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TL;DR: May or may not be permitted for Kshatriyas, but forbidden for everyone else, and not encouraged for Kshatriyas either. Technically there is no such thing as premarital intercourse in Hinduism. Whenever two people consummate a relationship, regardless of the circumstances, it is usually classified as a marriage of one sort or another. It's even ...


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Here are some sources. Hindu scriptures - Best site to get Hindu Scriptures in Sanskrit and English. This site has all main scriptures such as Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas and many other Ancient Scientific literature. (This site is getting revamped now with new design. Click on hinduscriptures.in to read introduction to Hindu scriptures Internet Archive -...


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In Hinduism we have the concept of "Ashtavidha Mithuna" .i.e 8 forms of copulation all of which are equivalent or equally important in a given context . For example,from the book Essence of Dharma Sindhu : During the Upavaasa time(fasting time), one should not take water too many times, should not chew betel leaves/nuts, should not sleep, nor resort ...


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MOTION OF EARTH Rig Veda 10.22.14 “This earth is devoid of hands and legs, yet it moves ahead. All the objects over the earth also move with it. It moves around the sun. In this mantra, Kshaa = Earth (refer Nigantu 1.1) Ahastaa = without hands Apadee = without legs Vardhat = moves ahead Shushnam Pari = Around the sun Pradakshinit = ...


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The Bhavishya Purana is one of those scriptures which is not available in its authentic form. There isn't a single manuscript available now. It has been altered and modified by so many people to suit their needs that now, it's nothing more than a couple of Sanskrit slokas. Stephen Knapp describes it best: However, I should also point out that this ...


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The Brahmastra is the weapon of Brahma. Like other astras (celestial weapons), it is invoked with a special mantra, and then you can use it to destroy anything that is created by Brahma. The Brahmastra does refer to a special arrow, but an ordinary arrow can also be given the same power using the mantra, and as discussed below, some people have even used the ...


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Due to the dominance of Vedanta school in present time, Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism) is often seen only in the light of Vedanta. If we go with respect to doctrines, Vedanta is only a small part of philosophies of Sanatana Dharma. Sanatana Dharma is mainly represented by six philosophies like Vedanta, Mimamsa, Nyaya etc.. Among the six school of philosophy, ...


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No, Hindu scripture doesn't talks about Adam and Eve... However some people compare the story of Bhavisya Purana containing name Adam and Havyavati as Adam and Eve and their story sounds pretty much similar. But we can't be sure about stories of Bhavisya Purana because it is supposed that it suffered high interpolation. Even if we consider story of Bhavisya ...


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Note: Skip to bottom of this answer to download complete Purana as single PDF file. All these puranas are scanned and non text searchable. Index here shows Skanda Purana consists 23 Volumes.Of 23 Volumes,20 volumes were found from West Bengal Dspace. Skanda Purana Volume 1 Volume 2 Volume 3 Volume 4 Volume 5 Volume 6 Volume 7 Volume ...


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Chakras are the major energy centres of our subtle body. So, there are not only 7 but many other chakras also. However 7 Chakras are considered the main. The refrences of 7 chakras and Kundalini Shakti are in Puranas and Upanishads. Lalita Sahasranama stotra from Brahmanda Purana gives the most precise description of Kundalini in just 3 verses. मूलाधारैक ...


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First of all, yes, there is a notion of a greater Vishnu and a lesser Vishnu. This concept is expressed in simplest terms in this chapter of the Vishnu Purana: Affecting then the quality of activity, Hari, the lord of all, himself becoming Brahmá, engaged in the creation of the universe. Vishńu with the quality of goodness, and of immeasurable power, ...


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The following sentence from question motivates/inspires me to introduce following two steps: Ok, I understand there are lot of Hindu scriptures. Step-1 Know about Hindu scriptures. First of all you should get basic knowledge about Hindu scriptures You can read following articles: Hindu texts Overview Of Scriptures Scriptures of Hinduism The ...


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Pancha-Brahmans are the five fold manifestation of Lord Shiva and are named as Sadyojata, Tatpurusha, Aghora, Vamadeva and Ishana. Each five manifestations further manifest as five deities which are as Brahma from Sadyojata, Vishnu from Vamadeva, Rudra from Aghora, Maheswara from Tatpurusha and SadaShiva from Ishana. Thus the primary Pancha Brahmas are: ➡➡...


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Meaning of Pashupati: Pashupati means Lord of all Pashus. Here Pashu means every creatures and not just animals. It is clarified itself in the YajurVeda. Yajurveda states: येषामीशे पशुपतिः पशूनां चतुष्पदामुत च द्विपदम् ।। [YajurVeda 3.1.4] Which Pashus do the Pashupati rules? He rules both the two footed and four footed. When Vedas say ruler of two ...


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There are seven chakras in a Human body as Yoga and Tantra prescribes. These are: Sahasrara (सहस्रार्) Agya (आज्ञा) Vishuddi (विशुध्दि) Anahata (अनाहत) Manipura (मणिपुर) Swadhisthana (स्वाधिशतान) Muladhara (मूलाधार) Chakras are supposed to be mystic power centres in human body along the spine. Kundalini Shakti (often called Serpent Power) is dormant in a ...


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Twitching of eyes have great significance in our scriptures. There are various description of auspicious and inauspicious omens in our scriptures and eye twitching is one of them. Twitching of Sita's left body parts is mentioned in Valmiki Ramayana Sundara Kanda. In chapter 27 verses 48 to 50. निमित्तभूतमेतत्तु श्रोतुमस्या महत्प्रियम् || ५-२७-४८ ...


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Lord Shiva being Supreme Lord of Vishnu and Lord Vishnu being Supreme Lord of Shiva is stated in Harivamsa Parva of Mahabharata in 2.125.41 रुद्रस्य परमो विष्णुर्विष्णोश्च परम: शिवः । एक एव द्विधा भूतो लोके चरति नित्यसः ॥ rudrasya paramo viShNurviShNoshcha paramaH shivaH |eka eva dvidhA bhUto loke charati nityashaH ||2.125.41 The supreme lord of ...


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No this shloka is not from Shreemad Bhagvat Purana. This shloka is given in Skanda Purana Vol.18 Book VI , Nagar Kanda , Chapter 239 , ( Efficacy of Adoration , Penance etc.) Verse 31-34 जन्मना जायते शूद्रः संस्कारात् द्विज उच्यते। शापानुग्रहसामर्थ्यं तथा क्रोधः प्रसन्नता ।|31-34|| 31 : A Man is no better than a sudra at his birth .He is called ...


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I do not like to call anything discovered now as 'scientific fact' as any fact which is established now can be disproved in the future. (For eg. quantities like mass, time etc.. were considered absolute in the past and now they are considered relative). So, I like to use the term 'scientific concepts' for the present discoveries. There ...


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Hindu scripture is made up of two categories, Shruti and Smriti. Shruti means "that which is heard" (what Christians would call "revelation"). Hindus believe that from time immemorial, sages known as Dhrishtas (literally "seers") have, during a state of Tapasya (deep meditation), heard sacred verses directly from the gods. As I discuss in this question, ...


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The Swami has every right to hold such an opinion. Ordinary Hindus also have the right to disagree with his opinion. The Swami does not have authority over Hindus. Bhishma said in Mahabharata Santi Parva Section 132 that a man "is said to be conversant with duty, who knows duty as depending on all four foundations§". Footnotes § These four ...


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Abortion is strictly forbidden. Here is what this chapter of the Gautama Dharma Sutras says: A woman becomes an outcast by procuring abortion, by connection with a (man of) lower (caste) and (the like heinous crimes). And here is what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: Libations of water shall not be offered to those who (neglect the prescribed ...


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Lord Mahadeva does really exist. He stays on Mount Kailash, which is currently present in Tibet. But for a normal human eye, Mount Kailash looks like just normal mountain. The people well versed in Yoga can see divine Mount Kailash with Lord Mahadeva at that place. Just like how Parameswara always stays at Kasi, He also stays in human form as Rudra or ...


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Whether Lord Shiva is greatest Vaishnava or greatest Shaivite or greatest Shakta or greatest any other, depends on scripture which you read. As per Shiva Purana: In Koti Rudra Samhita Shiva Purana chapter 42, Suta states: सर्वे रुद्रं भजन्त्येव रुद्रः कंचिद् भजेन्न हि । स्वात्मना भक्तवात्सल्याद् भजत्येव कदाचन ।। All worship Rudra but Rudra ...


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Name of God represents the attribute of God. Since a single Name doesn't cover all the attributes of God multiple names are given to cover the attributes of God. Lord Shiva has infinite attributes. Vedas themselves give multiple names to Lord Shiva so that they can cover maximum attributes of Lord Shiva. Here I have prepared famous names of Lord Shiva ...


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Various aspects of Lord Shiva are revealed under Rudra Suktas of RigVeda. They are like: 1) Revealing of Lord Rudra as One without Second: Lord Rudra in Vedas has one peculiar characteristic ie. He is stated as the one without second. YajurVeda Taittariya Samhita 1.8.6 clearly states 'Eka Eva Rudro Na Dwitiya.' ie. 'Rudra yields noone to ...


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Yes, there are scriptures that are used by Ramanandi Vaishnavas to support their claim of Lord Rama being the Original Supreme Personality of Godhead. raghavasya guno divyo mahavisnuh svarupavana । vasudevo ghanibhutastanutejah sadasivah ।। matsyasca ramahrdayam yogarupi janardanah । kurmascadharasaktisca varaho bhujayorbalam ।। ...


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In the Aitreya Brahmana of RigVeda 3.44 “The Sun does never set nor rise. When people think the Sun is setting (it is not so). For after having arrived at the end of the day it makes itself produce two opposite effects, making night to what is below and day to what is on the other side…Having reached the end of the night, it makes itself produce two ...


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Hindu scriptures, including the Mahabharata which contains the Bhagavad Gita, were originally passed down through countless generations via oral tradition. But nowadays the main source we have on them (other than the limited oral tradition that still goes on in some ashrams) is via written manuscripts, and manuscripts had to be copied and recopied as the ...


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Hinduism/Sanatan Dharam is much older than any other practicing religion that's why there is no literature to inter-marry other religions. This is more like a culture question. Culturally People who termed Hinduism as a religion abstain to marry into other religion due to cultural differences and various other reasons like sometime they need to convert to ...


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