In the mythology of the Puranas and the epics, the picture of sins (pāpa ) and virtue (pūnya) that emerges is mostly based on the superstitions and is not comprehensive to present a unequivocal, logical, argumentative answer to your question. However, Vedas presents an answer that appeals to logic and legal philosophies.
Before dealing with the ...
Two things are to be noted. Regarding truth
सत्यं ब्रूयात् प्रियं ब्रूयात् न ब्रूयात् सत्यमप्रियम् |
प्रियं च नानृतं ब्रूयात् एष धर्म: सनातन: ||
One should always speak the truth. One should always speak kind words. Do not speak truth that hurts. Do not lie for the sake of pleasing.
Regarding Praise, Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekhara paramacharya of Sri ...
Donation is a very good thing, in fact a man should donate 1/3 of his earnings. According to Gurus, charity is not only good karma but it brings a lot of peace inside. A person donating to get good karma will not get the fruits of his deed.
But,if you do it selflessly or unconditionally i,e. not expecting a return out of it, then, the good karma is stored.
Few reasons are:
If we remember our past lives then we end up seeing all our relatives & friends in animals and other beings. We would be emotionally lost and we may waste our complete life in their service!
We would run after our worldly possessions gained in our previous births and will start fighting for command over it, this way we stop working ...
Mantras work whether you know their meaning or not. Mantras are vibrations, that is why their proper intonation is important. If I am tone deaf but know all the words to a song, your ears will still not find my singing appealing.
When a mantra is given by an enlightened person, they put some power into the transmission to you when you hear it. Many people ...
There are three kinds of happiness: Aihikam of happiness in this life, Amushmikam of happiness in Swarga, and Nihshreyasam or happiness in Moksha. Aihikam is both mixed with sorrow and temporary, Amushmikam is unmixed with sorrow but still temporary, and Nihshreyasam is both unmixed with sorrow and eternal. For more detail, here is what Ishwara Krishna's ...
The full process of Japa in short has the following steps:
Taking the Sankalpa (stating the purpose of Japa and revealing to the World that you will be doing the Japa)
Performing Rishi-Adi Nyasas ( 6 limbs of a mantra to be planted at their respective places on our body)
Doing Kara Nyasa and Anga Nyasa (for invoking divinity in our own body and for making ...
In Kurma Purana, Lord Shiva states that he always grants protection to his devotees.
Parama Shiva asserted:
Naaham Tapobhirvividhairna Daanena na cheyjyayaa,
Shakyo hi Purushair jaaturmutey Bhaktiamanuttamaam/
I am always realisable by Bhakti or Pure Devotion and not necessarily
by Tapasya, Daana or Charity and Yagnaas!.
Na madbhaktaa vinashyanti madbhaktaa ...
It is a myth that anyone can indeed subtract sin from virtue or doing a certain activity would rid one of one's sins or give moksha!
The Law of Karma is very complex as well as subtle.
According to Ramayana, the fruits of Dharma as well as Adharma have to be borne by the individual concerned separately.
न तु धर्मोपसंहारमधर्मफलसंहितम्।।5.51.28।।
I have heard that it gives the father the Brahma Loka. But, the references I have collected only say that it guaranties the father a place in the celestial region. Also, it bestows merit equal to performing a Jyotistoma Vedic Yajna.
Following verses are from the Samvarta Smriti:
He, who, decorating a maiden with ornaments, gives her, unto a
Is heaven a place of absolute ('extreme' post-edit) happiness?
Bhagavadgita 9.21 says
ते तं भुक्त्वा स्वर्गलोकं विशालं
क्षीणे पुण्ये मर्त्यलोकं विशन्ति |
When they have thus enjoyed vast heavenly sense pleasure and the
results of their pious activities are exhausted, they return to this
mortal planet again. Thus those who seek sense ...
There must be many ways of doing so. Here are few of them from the Atri Smriti:
To cleanse the teeth with a finger, to eat unmixed salt, and to eat
earth is equally sinful like eating beef. (310)
[To live under] the shade of a Kapithva-tree during the day, [to take] curd in the night,[to live] under the shade of a Sami-tree, to use a ...
There are several different aspects to this question. First, consider what happens to you if you do not wash one day, or do brush your teeth. Your body will not die nor will your teeth fall out, but you do feel a little dirtier - you are a little more immersed in the world. Likewise with your japam. If you do not do japam for one day or a few days, your ...
Yes, donation is a good karma. In fact donation or charity is the primary virtue of this age of kali:
tapaḥ paraṃ kṛtayuge tretāyāṃ jñānaṃ ucyate
dvāpare yajñaṃ evāhurdānaṃ ekaṃ kalau yuge [Manu - 1.86]
Austerity is the supreme virtue in the age of Satya and jnana (knowledge) is said to be supreme in Tretaya. Yajna is supreme in the age ...
In the Gita (4.5) Krishna says to Arjuna 'Many a birth have I passed through, O Arjuna, and so have you. I know them all, but you know them not, O scorcher of foes.'
Memories are a part of the mind, the mind dissolves with the gross body upon death. What is carried from one life to another are 'impressions' on the jiva. If you do something with all your ...
I believe that it is pure causeless mercy of the Supreme Lord that we can't remember our past life experiences.
We can't handle the traumatic situations of this one life; what to speak of countless other previous lives?
Anyways in Srimad Bhagavatam Lord kapila explains how the child loses one's memory when he comes out of the womb of mother.
this is ...
In the Thirumantiram, tenth volume of 12 volumes of Tirumurai, Thirumoolar mentions among those that pleases Lord Shiva. Thirumoolar is one of the 18 Siddhars and also one among the 63 Nayanars.
Yaavarkumaam Iraivanuku Oru Pachillai
Yaavarkumaam Pasuvuku Oru Vaayurai
Yaavarkumaam Unnumpothu Oru Kaipidi
Yaavarkumaam Piraruku Innurai Thanei
Manu smriti 4.239. For in the next world neither father, nor mother,
nor wife, nor sons, nor relations stay to be his companions; spiritual
merit alone remains (with him).
So, husband-wife and other relations seem to exist only till death and cease to exist after that.
Therefore, the hypothetical example isn't really leading to a paradox. It isn't ...
There would be no point in taking refuge in God if God only helps a good person. Where would a bad person go? Of course the bad person must sincerely try to be good.
Nanda: "But how can we obtain God's grace? Has He really the power to
Sri Ramakrishna (smiling): "I see. You think as the intellectuals do;
one reaps the results ...
From Talk 502, Talks with Ramana Maharshi, 16th August 1938
There is room for kama (desire) so long as there is an object apart
from the subject (i.e., duality). There can be no desire if there is
no object. The state of no-desire is moksha. Because of duality a
desire arises for the acquisition of the object. That is the outgoing
mind, which is the basis ...
There was a mention of Punya in Rig Veda II.43.2
उद्गातेव शकुने साम गायसि बरह्मपुत्र इव सवनेषु शंससि | वर्षेव वाजी
शिशुमतीरपीत्या सर्वतो नः शकुने भद्रमा वद विश्वतो नः शकुने पुण्यमा वद
Thou like the chanter-priest chantest the Sāma, Bird; thou singest at
libations like a Brahman's son. Even as a vigorous horse when he comes
near the mare, announce to us ...
Mahabharata gives a list of methods to get rid of the effect of sin.
Yudhisthira says,’…a perpetrated sin is expiated by auspicious acts,
by publishing it wildly, by repentance, by alms-giving, by penances,
by trips to tirthas after renunciation of everything, by constant
meditation on the scriptures. Of all these, he that has practiced