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 ...
Correct, the ancient Vedic culture actively advocates and promotes cow protection.
There are a few reasons for why the cow is considered holy:
Traditional Deity worship required pancagavya, or five ingredients, which are cow dung, cow urine, milk, ghee, and curd. Cow dung has antiseptic properties, cow urine has medicinal properties, milk is nutritious, ...
As per the scriptures, one who commits suicide becomes a ghost:
udbandhanamṛtā ye ca viṣaśastrahatāśca ye
ātmopaghātino ye ca viṣūcyādihatāstathā [GP - 2.22.8]
One who dies by hanging, also through poison and weapon, one who commits suicide and also dies by cholera etc. becomes a ghost.
The scriptures also prohibit to perform any funeral ...
Mutual consent does not make the actions allowable or moral. Thieves may mutually agree on robbing someone and not each other, but it does not make their actions either moral or allowable. Such actions as you describe are condemned by all the scriptures. Swami Nikhilananda in his writings on Hindu ethics says:
Besides the objective duties based on the ...
Punishment for illicit sex (which includes sexual intercourse with someone else's wife and also with one's maid) as per Srimad Bhagavata Purana is torment in a hell called "Taptasurmi".
yas tv iha vā agamyāṁ striyam agamyaṁ vā puruṣaṁ
yoṣid abhigacchati tāv amutra kaśayā
tāḍayantas tigmayā sūrmyā lohamayyā puruṣam
āliṅgayanti striyaṁ ca puruṣa-...
Your confusion arises because you think that Hindu scripture supports the Hindu caste system as seen today. That is not the case. The term Brahmana in Hindu scripture has a different connotation from the Brahmana of Hindu caste system. Hindu scripture is talking of Varna which is dependent on conduct.
Bhrigu said, 'He is called a Brahmana in whom are ...
Lending at interest is not a sin at all. Its perfectly legitimate. But usury (lending money at unreasonably high rates) is a minor sin(an Upapataka).
Manu Smriti 10.115. There are seven lawful modes of acquiring
property, (viz.) inheritance, finding or friendly donation, purchase,
conquest, lending at interest, the performance of work, and the
Yes God knows as he is antaryami or one who resides inside us.
The Vedas say that the Brahman or God has entered our body and has established himself in the mind.
Shariram brahma prAvishat.
Brahman (or God) has entered our body.
Eko ha devo manasi pravishtah.
The only way to cleanse one of sins permanently is to bathe in the Atman. What does bathing in a Tirtha mean?
Tuladhara said, ‘ All rivers are as sacred as the Saraswati, and all
mountains are sacred. O Jajali, the Soul is itself a Tirtha. Do not
wander about on the Earth for visiting sacred places. A person, by
observing these duties ( that ...
No, A person can't get punishment of same sin twice. After getting punishment of his sin, person becomes sinless. If a King punish a culprit for his sin Or he shows mercy on culprit, in either case that person will be free from his sin. But if King don't gives suitable punishment
to that culprit then King himself has to suffer from that punishment (which was ...
The basic teaching of Hinduism and the scriptures of it is to not to feel guilt of past mistakes, and even the sinful of sinners can cross over the Ocean of Samasra and come out of past sins through spiritual knowledge.
Bhagavad Gita 4.36 Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental ...
Vishnu Smriti and Satatapa Smriti are two such scriptures that extensively deal with this topic. These texts link various sins committed in previous lives with the diseases/bodily deformities that one is supposed to get in the current life.
Quoting from Vishnu Smriti XLV:
Now after having undergone the torments inflicted in the hells, and having ...
First lying is adharma; although you may not be hurting someone else, you are hurting yourself.
One should always tell the truth, but one should never tell a harsh truth. A harsh truth is a truth that is hurtful or cause offense in some way or perhaps feeds your own ego (this is really being hurtful to your own self).
This does not mean you should lie. ...
Yes, it is. In Hinduism it is a commonly known concept that everyone who is born on earth remains indebted to at least three things. These are known as the three types of rinas (debts). They are:
deva rina (debt owed to gods for providing us light, water, air, etc.)
rishi rina (debt owed to sages for providing their knowledge)
pitru rina (debt owed to ...
The question seems simple, but it's a bit broad because there are hundreds of sins mentioned in our scriptures. There are so many kinds of sins mentioned in our scriptures that categorizing them would be difficult. Generally, a sin is committed when the prescribed laws of the sages are violated either by mind, body or speech:
varṇāśramaviruddhaṃ ca karma ...
Samba got relieved from Curse of Krishna (disease of Leprosy) by praying to Lord Surya, as per suggestions of Narada.
This is mentioned in Bhavishya Purana, Varaha Purana and Samba Purana which are basis for Surya Worship.
On seeing the deplorable condition of Samba, Narada suggested Samba a method to get rid of sins and remedy of the curse of Krishna.
Almost all cultures & civilizations have warned against harsh speeches. Even the sarcasm or the criticism also mustn't be cruel in nature. Better to withdraw them. During SabhA Parva, when Draupadi was won, following conversation takes place:
Duryodhana said,--'Come, Kshatta, bring hither Draupadi the dear and loved wife of the Pandavas. Let her sweep ...
The sage Vyasa gives the following reasons for having written the Mahabharata.
As the full-moon by its mild light expandeth the buds of the water-lily, so this Purana, by exposing the light of the Sruti hath
expanded the human intellect.
(Mahabharata Adi Parva I)
In former days, having placed the four Vedas on one side and the Bharata on ...
Such actions can be done in following ways:
One doesn't intend to harm, but due to some indirect actions, a person ends up damaging something. This doesn't result in anything as there was no purpose behind it. Some people feel sorry and some don't. Both are OK.
The Qn is not about this category, so not discussing much.
Prayer, PujA (worship) etc can remove sins committed in infinite number of our past lives.
Here is a proof that prayer in the form Mantra Japa can do it:
Lakshyadwayen pApAni saptajanmakritAnyapi | NAsayet TripurA
devi sAdhakasya na samsayaha || JaptvA lakshyatrayam mantri yantrito
mantra vigraha | PAtakam nAsayedAsu yadi janmasahasragam ||
There are many methods to remove Brahmahatya Sin and visiting Kasi (Varanasi) is one among them. This is described in Chapter 182 - Mahatmya of Kasi Tirtha of Matsya Purana.
आदेहपतनाद्यावत् क्षेत्रं यो न विमुंचति। न केवलं ब्रह्महत्या
प्राकृता च निवर्त्तते।। १६ ।। प्राप्य विश्वेश्वरं देवं न सा
भूयोऽभिजायते। अनन्यमानसो भूत्वा योऽविमुक्तं न मुंचति।। ...
Vidura discusses the importance of controlling one's speech
To control speech, O king, is said to be most difficult. It is not
easy to hold a long conversation uttering words full of meaning and
delightful to hearers. Well-spoken speech is productive of many
beneficial results; and ill-spoken speech, O king, is the cause of
evils. A forest pierced ...
Although you have already selected an answer i am adding another one.
The reasons are two:
All your questions are answered in Manu Smriti itself and
The punishment for verbal abuse is also explicitly given in it which is missing from the selected answer.
Hindu Shastras describe 3 kinds of sins:
those done by mind(thought)
those done by speech and ...
It is described in Rigveda Mandala 10, Sukta 34. You can read HYMN XXXIV. Dice, Etc.
Quoting couple of verses that show the adverse effects of gambling and advice not to gamble.
जाया तप्यते कितवस्य हीना माता पुत्रस्य चरतः क्व स्वित्।
ऋणावा बिभ्यद्धनमिच्छमानोऽन्येषामस्तमुप नक्तमेति॥ १०.०३४.१०
10 The gambler's wife is left forlorn and wretched: the ...
Hinduism doesn't dictate confession because the core principle of Hinduism is "The jeevathma and paramathama are one and the same (advaitha philosophy)". All the wrong deeds are always done in presence of conciousness. For example when we do a wrong thing and realize that it was a mistake, we realize that mistake was done in the absence of conciousness, we ...
What is the need of austerities if you have Love for God? What are the use of austerities if you have no Love for God?
As Sri Ramakrishna ponted out;
The farther you walk West, the farther away are you from the East. Walk towards God and the farther away you will be from lust. The more you worry about lust, the more it will consume you. Walk towards God ...
Basically there are two types of Merit Karma.
1) Done for getting Punya-Karma.
Good work done with an intention of getting good results of that deed. A person may do good work with a view of getting reward either from God, or from other circumstances or in next life. Such Karma are called Punya Karma. Doing punya karma is good but these karma gets ...
It looks like Balarama was aware of His divinity. Balarama is avatar of Adishesha who is Lord Vishnu Himself. So, it's like Lord Vishnu killing Romaharshana. Even it is virtuous or a boon to get killed by Lord. So, Romaharshana (Suta) was blessed for getting killed by Lord.
Anyways, Balarama mentions the reason in detail in Chapter 19 Setu Mahatmya Brahma ...
From Shiva Gita, Virodhi Bhakti too if in excess resulting into devotion, can become cause of liberation.
अनादरेण शाठ्येन परिहासेन मायया . शिवभक्तिरतश्चेत्स्यादन्त्यजोऽपि विमुच्यते 
Anyone while doing criticism, or while disrespecting, or due to jealousy, if gets devoted or gains devotion for Shiva, he would get cleansed of all the Sins immediately....
A punishment which one has to face in the afterlife is given in Devi Bhagavata Purana 9.33.
The wretch that abuses Mûla Prakriti, the Vedas, the S’âstras,
Purânas, Brahmâ, Visnu, S’iva and the other Devas, Gaurî, Laksmî,
Sarasvatî and the other Devîs, goes to the hell named Bhayânaka
Narakakunda. There is no other hell more tormenting than this. The