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What does Hinduism say about masturbation?

Hindu Scriptures describe masturbation as a sin. The Parashara Smriti, Chapter 12 , Sloka 63 specifically deals with masturbation and provides an expiation(prayaschitta) for that sin too. ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

Yes, Manusmriti forbids sexual intercourse with a virgin girl (without marriage). It consists provisions for the atonement of this sin. Carnal intercourse with sisters by the same mother, with (...
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Is this verse from the Brihaspati Smriti telling to kill rape victims?

Well, not only it is contradicting with common sense, it is also clearly against what Atri Rishi has to say in the Atri Smriti: When, after delivery, the menstrual blood is seen, the woman becomes ...
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Does Hinduism forbid sexual intercourse before marriage?

Apart from the verse found in Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer above there is another verse in the Manu Smriti that clearly condemns pre-marital sex. It is said that only virgins are fit for marriages: ...
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Do a couple need to purify themselves after copulation?

Yes. According to Apastamba Dharma Sutra, couples need to purify themselves after copulation. From Praśna II, Paṭala 1, Khaṇḍa 1, Let him have connubial intercourse in the interval also, if his wife (...
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Is Sambhoga (sex) the need of the body or soul as per Vedas?

The soul does not have a gender like male, female etc. And, sexual needs are based on genders. So, needless to say, that the Soul can't be affected by sexual desires. Here's a verse from the ...
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Is Sambhoga (sex) the need of the body or soul as per Vedas?

Are the carnal desires being needed by the body or the soul? No Clearly carnal desires are not needed by soul , nor it is attached by it. It's also said in our Upanishads that he (soul) is pure one,...
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In brahmachayra what do I do with pent up sexual energy?

you can not just stop having sexual thoughts, you have to replace the sexual thoughts with something else. First is to have satvik food and stop seeing sexual explicit movies, sexually explicit TV ...
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Relations with Cows?

It is forbidden. Intercourse with all animals is forbidden, it's just that the Prayaschitta required is more arduous in the case of a cows than in the case of another animal. Here is what the Atri ...
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What is the punishment for raping a woman according to Smriti?

The Cambridge Dictionary defines rape as: to force someone to have sex when they are unwilling, using violence or threatening behaviour In this regard the prescription of the currently available ...
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Did Arjuna marry a widow? Was Ulupi a widow?

Arjuna spent one night with Ulupi and begot a son named Iravat. Ulupi's husband was killed by Garuda a long time ago and she was living in her father's palace. Arjuna gave Ulupi the status of a wife ...
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Was widow re-marriage prevalent in Mahabharata?

Yes. Hindu scriptures allow women to remarry after husband's death. Naradha Smriti 12.97 “When her husband is lost or dead, when he has become a religious ascetic, when he is impotent, when he has ...
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What is the punishment for consensual sex in Hinduism?

In section CIV of Anusasana Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma told the following words to Yudhishthira Persons of every order should never have sexual congress with other people's wives. There ...
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What's the view of Hinduism on prostitution and premarital sex?

"... does it mean that premarital sex was non-existent?" If a boy & girl adore each other and consummate the relationship, then such act was called GAndharva marriage. In such case, girl's wish ...
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Is sexual activity by *devadasi* sanctioned in Hinduism?

Devadasi system is considered sacred and is not meant for any sexual aspect at all. Hence the question of "forced sexual activity" by Devadasi-s, becomes moot. From the wiki page, the ...
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Is it a sin to have sex with promiscuous, unmarried women?

O Fair One! Thus I have described to you the characteristics, approved by S’âstras, of cow-killing (Gohattyâ) and murdering a Brâhmin (Brahmahattyâ). Now hear which women are (Agamyâs) not fit to ...
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What is the punishment of lesbian sex, according to Smritis?

Quoting from the extant Manusmriti. The provisions dealing with female homosexuality are given in the chapter on adultery. The punishment for the same is as follows: If a maiden pollutes another ...
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What place does a thing like prostitution occupy in the Hindu context?

Prostitution is always condemned in Hindu Scriptures. Here are few verses from Parashara and the Manu Smritis: 66.By selling Wine and meat,by consuming prohibited foods,cohabiting with prostitutes ...
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Is married person eligible to practice Raja Yoga?

See the following Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse: Brahmacharyaratasyaiva nityam hitamitasinah Mandaladdrsyate siddhih kundalyabhyasayoghinah|| Only one who delights in the life of celibate (...
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Is a woman required to be chaste even before being married and during marriage?

Manu Smriti says that the religious ceremony of marriage is never meant for ladies who have lost their virginity: 8.226. The nuptial texts are applied solely to virgins, (and) nowhere among men to ...
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What destroys Kaam in a man?

Bhagavad Gita श्रीभगवानुवाच असंशयं महाबाहो मनो दुर्निग्रहं चलम् । अभ्यासेन तु कौन्तेय वैराग्येण च गृह्यते ॥ ३५ ॥ Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa said: O mighty-armed son of Kuntī, it is undoubtedly very difficult to ...
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In what scenarios, is adultery not punishable?

The following verse from Manu Smriti gives the impression that a woman can perform adultery when her husband is unwilling. Manu Smriti 8.317. The killer of a learned Brahmana throws his guilt on him ...
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Relations with Cows?

Oh ok just now realised what you are actually asking. What Atri Smriti is saying is , that (santapana) is the punishment for having unnatural sexual intercourse with any female animals except a cow. ...
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On use of contraceptive methods and enjoying sex-life without being kandarpa

One thing is very clear that a man should mate with his wife only. As far as contraceptive methods are considered, I cannot say about women, but as far as men are considered, though a contraception is ...
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Are there any prescribed Mantras, Stotras, techniques, etc that can help to inhibit sexual tendencies?

It is extremely tough if not impossible to control such thoughts on your own, instead pray to God, he being the inner controller will certainly help you. Sri Ramakrishna The Great Master / Sri ...
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Is it a sin for a man to have sex with women who aren't his wife(s)?

So, my question is, is it also adultery for the man when that man has sex with unmarried, promiscuous women? Defiling unmarried girls is regarded as equal to one of the 5 Mahapatkas (great sins)....
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Why is a woman's virginity more valued than a man's? Is men's virginity not required for marriage?

it's NOT true that only virginity of women is stressed upon in Hindu scriptures. Men's virginity also required during first marriage. Men's life span is divided into 4 stages (Ashrama): Brahmacharya (...
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Wasting Sperm on masturbation

Suppose, a couple is trying for a child. In that case, prior to that, how long should the husband conserve the semen (avoid masturbation/or sex) for a good child. The Mahapurushas say the couples must ...
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