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Well, what is pleasing/acceptable to oneself is also one of the means of Dharma just like the scriptures (or the scriptural injunctions) are. Because, Manu Smriti 2.12 says: वेदः स्मृतिः सदाचारः स्वस्य च प्रियमात्मनः । एतच्चतुर्विधं प्राहुः साक्षाद् धर्मस्य लक्षणम् ॥ १२ ॥ vedaḥ smṛtiḥ sadācāraḥ svasya ca priyamātmanaḥ | etaccaturvidhaṃ ...


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There are 18 major Smritis in Hinduism. The Yajnvalkya Smriti chapter 1 verses given below mention the 18 respective authors. Manu, Atri, Vishnu, Harita, Yajnavalkya, Usana (or Shukracharya), Angira, Yama, Apastambha, Samvarta, Katyana, Vrihaspati, Parashara, Vyasa, Sankha, Likhita, Daksha, Gotama, Satatapa and Vashishta are the ...


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The following verse is saying the same: Sampadah swapna samkAshA yauvanam kusumopamam | TaricchanchalamAyushcha kasya syAjjAnato dhritih || Wealth (prosperity) is like a dream. Youth is like a flower/blossom (i.e it withers in no time). Life-span is momentary like lightning. Who can have patience after knowing all these? KulArnava ...


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The answer to this question is given in scripture itself and in the writings of the greats. Scripture can be regarded as scripture only if it is reasonable. Bhisma said in Mahabharata 'Even the words heard from an ignorant person, if in themselves they be fraught with sense, come to be regarded as pious and wise. In days of old, Usanas said unto the ...


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Is everything in the universe conscious according to Hinduism? No, not everything is conscious. According to Viśiṣṭādvaita propounded by Sri Rāmānujāchārya, the Vedas declare that there exist 3 independent tattvas (entities), which are chit (Jivatmas), achit (matter), and Ishvara (Brahman). Ishvara, or Brahman, exists as the Antaryami (inner-self/inner-...


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Yes, dark complexion is considered beautiful in Hindu scriptures. Like, Draupadi is one of the most beautiful woman and she is of dark complexion. It is mentioned in Mahabharata, Book 1: Adi Parva: Chaitraratha Parva: SECTION CLXIX. And there arose, after this from the centre of the sacrificial platform, a daughter also, called Panchali, who, blest with ...


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In any logical/mathematical sysem, we have certain Axioms, whose validity are taken for granted within that system. For example, a mathematical system that tries to introduce the concept of real/complex numbers, the three Axioms - field, order and completeness Axioms - are taken for granted. That is they are not required to be proved (within that ...


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What exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma? This question can be generalized to, "What exactly is the role of Smritis (Puranas, Itihasas, etc) in the Santana Dharma?" because the Itihasas serve the same purposes. There are two purposes of Smritis: To propagate Vedic knowledge to women, Shudras, other low-castes, and fallen Dvijas. To ...


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One example of the symbolic interpretation of Vishnu's form is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp057.htm PARÁŚARA. (says) --Having offered salutation to the mighty and indescribable Vishńu, I repeat to you what was formerly related to me by Vaśisht́ha. The glorious Hari wears the pure soul of the world, undefiled, and ...


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You can find that in Brahmavaivarta Purana: Ganapati Khanada: Chapter 18: [Kashayapa] Finding his son falling pronounced a curse on Shiva that the way in which you have killed my son similarly the head of your son will also be shattered.


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Yes, twitching of left eye means something desirable is about to happen. Here is one example from Srimad Bhagavatam in which Rukmini's left eye twitches when Lord Krishna was arriving in her palace. evaṁ vadhvāḥ pratīkṣantyā govindāgamanaṁ nṛpa vāma ūrur bhujo netram asphuran priya-bhāṣiṇaḥ (SB - 10.53.27) Meaning: O King, as the bride thus awaited ...


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Yes, there is a genuine reason for killing the washerman. Krishna killed the washerman to stop his blasphemy and then to give Moksha. The washerman talked bad words regarding Rama's relationship with Sita during his previous birth but Rama didn't choose to punish the washerman for that. The particular story regarding washerman is found in the following ...


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Shanti Parva of Mahabharata says people of all varnas can perform sacrifices as at first only Brahmin Varna was created, from Brahmin Varna only other Varnas emerged. Bharadwaja said, 'If the distinction between the four orders (of human beings) be made by means only of color (attribute), then it seems that all the four orders have been mingled ...


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From Vyasa Smriti's Chapter 2: A wife should quit her bed before her lord, cleanse (wash) her person, fold up the beds, and make her house clean and tidy. (20) Then having entered the chamber of Homa (sacrificial fire) she should (first) wash and plaster its floor, and; then the yard of her house, and after that, wash with warm water the ...


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Darshan – looking at a member of the opposite sex with carnal desire. Sparsha – desire to touch, embrace or be near a person of the opposite sex. Keertan – praising his or her qualities to your friends. Keli – amorous sport with the opposite sex. Guhya Bhaashan – talking privately to a member of the opposite sex. Sankalpa – lustful thought of the ...


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I first want to differentiate between avatara of Bhagavan, and a temporary appearance of a Deva, because the word 'God' is used loosely in your question. Devas are Svarga-loka vasis (residents). They may appear briefly on earth for a specific purpose, whether selfish or altruistic. An example is during Nala-Damayanti Swayamvar in Mahabharata Nalopakhyana ...


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According to the Devi Bhagavatam, for the benefit of the Sudras, lower Dvijas and women Puranas are composed. 18-24. At every Manvantara, in each Dvâpara Yuga, Veda Vyâsa expounds the Purânas duly to preserve the religion. Veda Vyâsa is no other person than Visnu Himself; He, in the form of Veda Vyâsa, divides the (one) Veda into four parts, in ...


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According to Manu Smriti reading "bad books" is a minor sin (UpapAtaka) that leads to loss of caste. Brahmins or Dvijas should not read such books. Manu Smriti 11.65. Neglecting to kindle the sacred fires, theft, non-payment of (the three) debts, studying bad books, and practising (the arts of) dancing and singing, 11.66. Stealing grain, base ...


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According to Atri Smriti, if a Sudra recites the Vedas, then that brings about the destruction of the whole kingdom. By following his own religion even a S'udra enjoys the celestial region. Another's religion should be renounced like the most beautiful wife of another person. (18) The S'udra, who engages in the recitation [of the Gayatri] and the ...


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Yes, the Manu Smriti also says the same: 4.37. Let him never look at the sun, when he sets or rises, is eclipsed or reflected in water, or stands in the middle of the sky and, also the Apasthambha Smriti: He should avoid looking at the sun as it rises or sets. During the day the sun protects creatures, and during the night, the moon. Therefore, ...


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Apart from the Srimad-Bhagavatam the key Gaudiya Vaishnava texts are: • Chaitanya Charitamrita by Krishnadasa Kaviraj. You can buy it here in nine volumes (along with the commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) here. • Chaitanya Bhagavatam by Vrindavana Dasa. You can read it here. • Chaitanya Mangala by Lochana Dasa. You can read it here. • ...


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I will post what I consider key books. I am limiting to very few though it is not that others are less important. For some of the books I didn't give English links, because free online versions are not available for the whole book. Such books can be bought online if need be. 1.Bhagavata Sandarbha also known as Sat Sandarbhas: (Jiva Goswami) The first four ...


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The Upanishad passage you mentioned is from Chandogya Upanishad's 6th Adhyaya 16th Khanda: VI-xvi-1: ‘Dear boy, (The officers of the king) bring a man, holding him by the hand (while saying) "He has taken something, he has committed a theft, heat the axe for him". If he is doer of that, then he makes himself false. And being addicted to falsehood, ...


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If we see by name, both includes word "Dharma" i.e both texts are about Dharma. So, talking about content, both DharmaSutra and DharmaShastra constitutes nearly same topics. Now, the term "Sutra" in DharmaSutra gives indication of the nature of text. sūtra सूत्र Definition: n. a short sentence or aphoristic rule, and any work or manual consisting of ...


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Such quotes are unlikely to be found. Not sure whether you will get anything dealing with the issue directly from the Vedas either. But Smritis state that only during emergencies one may not follow Dharma. This injunction is not applicable during normalcy. Parashara Smriti's 7th chapter has the following verses: During a civil commotion, or in exile, ...


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The portion you quoted in your question is from Kathasaritsagara and the exact verse number is 92. In that verse the names of two sons of Kartikeya are mentioned. For the start let's take a look at original sanskrit shloka which is not present in English version of your post. तद्वज्राभिहतस्याङ्गात्षन्मुखस्योद्वभूवतु: | पुत्रौ शाखविशाख्याख्यावुभा...


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