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Can you subtract sin with enough virtue? Scriptural quotes/activities/instruction to wipe out any and all sin!

No. 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, ...
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Making others feel good with words - Is it Punya Karma?

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 ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

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, ...
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Does the fruit of Mantra Japa automatically go to Indra if Japa Samarpana Mantra is not chanted?

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 ...
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Which verses is the Vamana Purana the following quote is from?

This verse is found in the Vamana Purana 95.38 पञ्चनवतितमोऽध्यायः - वामनपुराणम् पितामहस्य पुरतः कुलान्यष्टौ तु यानि च। तारयेदात्मना सार्धं विष्णोर्मन्दिरकारकः।। ९५.3८ And the Eight Generations ...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

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 ...
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Why don't we remember our past lives?

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 ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

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 ...
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How much punya does Kanya Dana give?

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 ...
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Can you subtract sin with enough virtue? Scriptural quotes/activities/instruction to wipe out any and all sin!

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 ...
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Is heaven a place of extreme happiness? If yes, how to solve the paradox of experiencing hell in heaven?

Is heaven a place of absolute ('extreme' post-edit) happiness? No. Bhagavadgita 9.21 says ते तं भुक्त्वा स्वर्गलोकं विशालं क्षीणे पुण्ये मर्त्यलोकं विशन्ति | When they have thus enjoyed ...
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What are various ways, as per Scriptures, by which we lose our Punya:Good Merits?

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....
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Making others feel good with words - Is it Punya Karma?

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. ...
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Why don't we remember our past lives?

Let me answer this question from the book dialogues with guru(between chandrasekhar bharati and a disciple) This book was written by jnanananda bharati ji who took sanyaas from jagadguru abhinava ...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

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 ...
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What is the meaning of "MOKSHA"?

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 ...
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What is the biggest punya in Hinduism?

The answer is - there is no single answer for this question. As per different scriptures there maybe different outlook on the "biggest-puṇya". Consider these excerpts. 1. Padma Maha-Purāṇa. ...
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Does God help only if Punya deposit is available?

There are several things that can be looked upon while discussing this topic: What is a Punya Deposit? A Punya Deposit can be called as collections of remaining of all the good deeds which we have ...
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What are the vedic definitions for paapa and punya?

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 ...
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Can you subtract sin with enough virtue? Scriptural quotes/activities/instruction to wipe out any and all sin!

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, ...
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Is it a sin to alter or tamper with scriptures?

Yes, here is what the Manusmriti says: If a twice-born man has abandoned a refugee, or has tampered with the Veda, he atones for that offence by living upon barley for one year.—(198)
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Why don't we remember our past lives?

Memory depends on your sanskars. If you were deeply involved with someone and you die then probably you will again be involved with that being in next birth. You may not remember but others will. ...
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Why don't we remember our past lives?

I found this researching this question. The restriction to wombs might be because of the transmissible cancers, who are all not born from wombs. This is important because the forgetting of previous ...
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