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Is hiding one's caste a punishable offense?

In Hinduism the sin of Brahminicide is considered as one of the most grave sins. Now, claiming (falsely) oneself to be someone of a higher caste is regarded as a similar offence. This is as per the ...
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Which scriptures mention Siva beheading Brahma?

Chapter 8, Vidyeswara Samhita of Shiva Mahapurana says Shiva created "Kala Bhairava" from his eyebrows to behead Brahma when Brahma lied about top of infinite Linga. Bhairava is nothing but Lord ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Summary: (Read conclusion below for a summarised compact understanding, since answer is long.) Upapātaka doesn’t mean minor sin but general sin. There’s no hierarchy of sins per say except the 5 ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Why slaying a woman must be considered "just a minor offense" (upapataka) while killing a brahmin (ब्रह्म-हत्या) is a despicable unforgivable offense - mahapataka? Why such presumed ...
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Are the Punishments in Manu Smriti and other Shastras literal?

If the crimes are imaginary only then it makes sense that the punishments are not literal. If crimes happened in real then apt punishments must also be delivered in real. So, the punishments are ...
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Does Manusmriti (or similar works) prescribe punishments for Brahmins who propagate scripture to the undeserving?

The following verse says that the sin a Brahmin commits by teaching someone who is undeserved is removed by Japa (reciting sacred texts) and Homa (burnt offerings). Manu Smriti 10.111. The guilt ...
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Why can't we enter heaven with our physical body?

"Why can't we enter in the heaven with the human body?" Followers of Dharma Can enter the heaven with physical body. There are at least 2 instances. Sudarshana and his granddaughter-wife ...
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Do entire countries suffer punishment for their sins?

Do entire countries suffer punishment for their sins? Yes, Lord Rudra destroys evil countries. From the Mahabharata: In consequence of the sins perpetrated by sinful men, the god Rudra appears in ...
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Does Hinduism have a notion of proportionate punishment?

Does Hinduism have a notion of proportionate punishment? Yes, some crimes are greater than other crimes. Also, crimes done intentionally are more punishable than crimes done unintentionally. The ...
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Does Medhatithi contradict Manu Smriti while writing Bhasya? Does this verse of Manu allow a Bramhana to commit all bad acts and escape punishment?

Summary: No there are no such meanings to be derived from this verse. The verse is a prescription to the king to not succumb to arrogance and invite his ruin by provoking and dishonouring those who ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Why slaying a woman must be considered "just a minor offense" (upapataka) while killing a brahmin (ब्रह्म-हत्या) is a despicable unforgivable offense - mahapataka? Why such presumed ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

Manusmṛti allows a parent to discipline a child to keep them on the right path. Since a dharma śāstra itself is recommending this, there should be no bad karma as a result of this action. bhāryā ...
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Punishment for Blasphemy?

Yes. There is prescription of hell for such people. A sinner who slanders Brahma, the creator of the world, the goddess Durga who is the best of female deities, Laksmi, Saraswati, Sita, Tulsi, Ganga, ...
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Was Ashwatthama punished for his heinous crime?

Pandavas went to punish Ashwatthama for the crime of killing Pandva children and Dhrishtadyumna but he used the divine weapon brahmashira against them. Then, Arjuna also used brahmashira in defend and ...
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What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people?

What can a king do to prevent Rudra from destroying his kingdom and people? By offering the Ashvamedha. After the sacrificial horse has been slain in the year-long Ashvamedha ritual performed by ...
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Karmic result of a gay man marrying a straight woman fraudulently

According to Manusmriti: A husband under no circumstances shall betray the trust, respect and honor of his wife, for another woman; for it will bring shame to himself, his family and wrath of God ...
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Is capital punishment allowed in hinduism for abuse?

The answer to the question in the title is NO. There are punishments given for verbal abuses in the Manu Smriti but those are not death penalty. The punishments are based on the Varnas of the ...
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Which scriptures mention Siva beheading Brahma?

I have heard from learned persons, the answer as follows: Lord Shiva marries Maa. Parvathi. Lord Brahma conducts the marriage as the main priest. After the marriage, Shiva was very happy and wanted to ...
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Is Kushagni Pravesa a punishment mentioned in scripture?

Is Kushagni Pravesa a punishment mentioned in scripture? Yes, it is a punishment for some crimes, as listed below: Bṛhaspati (22. 27-28).—‘In the case of women, men, gold, gems, the property of ...
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How does the concept of reincarnation fit in with heaven and hell?

Vedanta says that moral excellence is necessary for moksha or liberation. It is a simple fact that most people are morally imperfect. If you don’t accept the concept of reincarnation then you will ...
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Who is 'they' in Gautama Dharmasūtra 23.1?

Who shall pour hot spirituous liquor into the mouth of the brāhmaṇa? The king or fellow brāhmaṇas? Even though the text does say "they should", it is neither the king nor other Brahmanas, ...
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How is prāyaścitta different from daṇḍa? Are both complementary to each other?

How is prāyaścitta different from daṇḍa? Are both complementary to each other? Prayaschitta and regal punishments (danda) both serve the same purpose: destroying the sin of the crime or sinful ...
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Eternal Hell in regards to Mahabharta

As the other answer points out, the sanskrit slokas referred by the OP are - yakṣa uvāca — akṣayo narakaḥ kena prāpyate bharatarṣabha / etanme mṛcchataḥ praśnanaṁ tacchīghraṁ vaktumarhasi // ...
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Eternal Hell in regards to Mahabharta

The given ślokas aren't from Udyoga Parva (314.105-107). In the link given by OP, it's from adhyāya 311 of Vana Parva. In the Gītā Press version, it's adhyāya no. 313, śloka 103 onwards in Vana Parva. ...
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Why does Skanda Purana say to cut off the tongue of a low-caste person who reads the Vedas?

One explanation offered by Medhatithi is that whoever studies the Vedas should study the whole thing, not just a few verses/passages from here and there. Therefore a shudra is to be punished for ...
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Does hurting someone for their own good accumulate bad karma?

Sri Krishna says in BG as follows: कर्मण्येवाधिकारस्ते मा फलेषु कदाचन। मा कर्मफलहेतुर्भूर्मा ते सङ्गोऽस्त्वकर्मणि।।2.47।। Let your claim lie on action alone and never on the fruits; you ...
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ill effects of not fulfilling a vow- Tirupati

Lord Balaji never punishes anyone. If you look into the history of Tirumala you will be admired how the process of vow fulfillment came into effect at Tirumala . https://www.tirumala.org/TempleLegend....
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Is the law of karma violated when entire countries get punished for the evil actions of certain individuals?

This objection is actually brought up in the discourse between King Aila and Rishi Kashyap. Aila says, 'If chastisement touches all viz., the honest and the wicked alike, in consequence of the ...
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Do entire countries suffer punishment for their sins?

No, God does not punish entire countries for their sins. The theory of karma only applies to individuals. God remains detached from the universe. It is primordial nature that runs the universe. ...
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