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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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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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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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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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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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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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Similar question was also asked by Gargi to Yagyavalkya, the scholar of vedas who defeated other Brahmin scholars in the courtyard of Janaka. This is what he answered Brihadaranyaka Upanishada 3.6.1 Then Gārgī, the daughter of Vacaknu, asked him. ‘Yājñavalkya,’ she said, ‘if all this is pervaded by water, by what is water pervaded?’ ‘By air, O ...


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No one has created Brahman. There is no beginning or end of Brahman. Only Jagat (universe) is what apparently created and destroyed. Following is the the text from Chhandogya Upanishad constitutes the knowledge Aruna gave to his son Shwetaketu when he returned home after learning of 12 years: VI-ii-1: 'In the beginning, dear boy, this was Being alone, ...


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Good question, but a real answer is lost in the sands of time. Chandradhar Sharma in his work A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy (https://archive.org/details/IndianPhilosophyACriticalSurvey), chapter entitled Sankhya: Tradition regards Kapila as the founder of this system. But Sankyha-pravachana-sutra which is attributed to him is generally regarded ...


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We can guess two reasons: Krishna himself likes indirect descriptions. As can be seen from Bhagavata 11.21.35: parokṣa-vādā ṛṣayaḥ parokṣaṁ mama ca priyam The Vedic seers, however, deal in indirect terms as I am pleased by such indirect descriptions. Hence, Shukadeva indirectly refers to Radha by using common nouns such as ‘Kaachit’ (One Girl), ‘...


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Part 1 of Jayadratha Yamala is available in pdf. You need to create an account to look at the preview. (Clicking on below link takes you to pdf) https://www.scribd.com/document/51868775/Jayadratha-Yamalam-Part-1-Ok However it does not contain the coveted and elusive Bagalaamukhi sahasranamam.


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According to the Pratiṣṭhālakṣaṇasamuccaya of Vairocana, the Gāruḍa Tantras represent the first division of the Śākta Āgamas. In the first chapter of the essay by S. Sridhar Swaminathan, a list is given of these Gāruḍa tantras: Haratantra, Hūṅkāratantra, Bindusāratantra, Kālāmṛtatantra, Devatrāsatantra, Sutrāsatantra, Śābaratantra, Kālaśābaratantra, ...


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Hinduism is a Henotheist Monotheist religion and the hymns of the Rigveda, the oldest scripture of Hinduism, mention many deities, but praises them successively as the "one ultimate, supreme God", alternatively as "one supreme Goddess", thereby asserting that the essence of the deities was unitary (ekam), and the deities were nothing but pluralistic ...


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There are multiple places in Gopala Tapani Upanishad, Uttara Tapani where phrase gopalo'ham and so'ham occurs. 2.38-40: tasmād eva paro rajaseti so’ham ity avadhāryātmānaṁ gopālo’ham iti bhāvayet, sa mokṣam aśnute | sa brahmatvam adhigacchati | sa brahma-vid bhavati yo gopān jīvān vai ātmatvenāsṛṣṭi-paryantam ālāti hy oṁ tat sad gopālo bhavati,...


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Only a Pativrata alone can enter the pyre upon the death of her husband. That too, if she has young children, or she is pregnant, or she is menstruating, even a Pativrata too cannot undergo Sati. I will provide verses from scriptures which discuss Sati practice: Parasara Smriti 4.32 If a woman follows her departed lord, by burning herself on the ...


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Most probably it appears first in Sri Rudram of the Yajur Vedas. Mantra 11 विकिरिद विलोहित नमस्ते अस्तु भगवः । यास्ते सहस्रँ हेतयोन्यमस्मन्निवपन्तु ताः ॥ Meaning: विकिरिद- Destroyer of miseries like sin, disease, poverty etc., विलोहित- Of white complexion, भगवः- Possessor of six glories like wealth etc., ते- to you, नमः ...


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