The Vishnu Smriti condemns bestial acts:
Causing (bodily) pain to a Brāhmaṇa; smelling at things which ought not to be smelt (such as excrements), or at spirituous liquor; dishonest dealing; sexual connection with cattle, and (sexual connection) with a man (or non-vaginal intercourse with a woman): such are the crimes resulting in loss of caste. He who ...
Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?
This presupposition is wrong; killing people of other castes is also a sin:
Manusmriti 11.126: One fourth of the expiation for the killing of a Brāhmaṇa has been prescribed for the killing of a Kṣatriya, one
eighth for that of a Vaiśya, and one sixteenth for that of a
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 ...
While agreeing to the answer of one member (@sv.), I am providing my answer below.
The Khajuraho temples feature a variety of artwork, of which 10% is sexual or erotic art outside and inside the temples.
We have to remember that Sex was never decried in the Veda or subsequent literature. Sex is but Natural to all living beings. And, to gratify sexual ...
N. Ramesan in The Tirumala Temple explains the idea behind those erotic scenes depicted in temple art:
These are erotic scenes shown in the sculptures in the Pratima
mandapa. Such scenes are not unknown in temples. The shāstras lay down
that Kāma is one of the purushārthas of life and the Vishnudharmottara
which is a standard ...
The question is specifically asking for counter arguments within scriptures that preaches against following a birth based system.
The strongest proof is provided in Manusmriti
3.109 A Brāhmaṇa should not advertise his family and Gotra for the purpose of obtaining a meal. Bragging about these, for the purpose of obtaining a meal, he comes to be called a “...
Well, we have the various Upavedas associated with the four Vedas. Dhanurveda, Ayurveda, Gandharvaveda etc.
There are four Upavedas: Dhanurveda, Gandharvaveda, Ayurveda and
Arthasastra. Some schools hold Sthapatyaveda as the fourth Upaveda
instead of Arthasastra.
Dhanurveda is the science of warfare. Gandharvaveda is the study
if aesthetics ...
There is no concept of judgment day in Hindu scriptures. Jeeva or individual soul goes through the process of repeated births and deaths till it attains liberation or moksha.
Refer What is the life cycle of a soul (atma) in Hinduism?
The Andhras was mentioned in Aitareya Brahmana, which is as follows:
This Risi Visvamitra had a hundred sons, fifty of them were older
than Madhuchhandtls, and fifty were younger than he. The older ones
were not pleased with (the installation of SunaWepa to the primogeni-
VisvAmitra then pronounced against them the curse,
you are right. Shruti is Ved. Smriti came much later and has way of life.
Adi Shankarcharya has given us 3 sources for Vedic knowledge - Prasthaan Trayee
1. Ved (its called Updesh prasthan) _ GOD Sadashiv samrambham
2. Geeta (called Sadhana Prasthan - how to get knowledge) - by Ved Vyasa - 2000 BC.
3. Brhamsutra (called nyaay prastan as Badaryan defended ...
Do scriptures specify how animals should be killed during the sacrifice?
Yes, the horse in the Ashwamedha is suffocated with a cloth.
Taittiriya Brahmana 3.9.20:
tArpyeNAshvam samjnapayanti | yajno vai tArpyam | yajnenaivainam samardhayanti | yAmena samnA prastotA'nUpatiSThate | yamalokam evainam gamayati
They (the Samitars, the slaughterers) kill ...
There is no animal sacrifice in Vedas. Some indologists have put the law of sacrificing animals in Vedas by wrong translations. In reality, animal sacrifice in yajnas is prohibited.
First of all, the synonym of Yajna used in Vedas is ‘Adhvara’ which means ‘non-killing”. Nirukta 1.8 says ‘dhvar’ means kill, and ‘Adhvara’ denotes the negation of killing (...
Rig Veda X.72.4 says
Earth sprang from the Productive Power the regions from the earth were
born. Dakṣa was born of Aditi, and Aditi was Dakṣa's Child.
That same Person became Pragâpati (lord of generation). And that
Person which became Pragâpati is this very Agni (fire-altar), who is
now (to be) built.
Chaitra Navaratri starts with pAdyami (1st day) of Chaitra month/mAsa.
King Dasaratha wanted to coronate Sri Rama in chaitra month.
चैत्रः श्रीमानयं मासः पुण्यः पुष्पितकाननः | यौवराज्याय रामस्य
सर्वमेवोपकल्प्यताम् || २-३-४ राज्ञस्तूपरते वाक्ये जनघोषो महानभूत् |
"This is the glorious and auspicious month of Chaitra, in which the
forests bloom ...