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According to Devi Bhagavatam it is a sin to kill mosquitoes. The reason is that Almighty has created mosquitoes to be like they are. They drink blood as it's part of their Swadharma. He who kills a black serpent on whose hood there is the lotus mark, lives in Sarpa Kunda for as many years as there are hairs on his body and he is bitten by serpents there and ...


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There are various methods of getting rid of committed sins. Like confession as approved by scriptures, recitation of mantras and scriptures, repentance, austerities etc. See: Manu Smriti 11.227. By confession, by repentance, by austerity, and by reciting (the Veda) a sinner is freed from guilt, and in case no other course is possible, by liberality Even ...


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There are many such occasions and days when Veda study is forbidden. Those are enumerated in Manu Smriti 4.101 onwards: 4.101. Let him who studies always avoid (reading) on the following occasions when the Veda-study is forbidden, and (let) him who teaches pupils according to the prescribed rule (do it likewise). Then the text gives a long list of ...


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Any one who dies in Varanasi will get moksha. I am posting a passage that describes Sri Ramakrishna's experience in Benares. The party entered holy Benares by boat along the Ganges. When Sri Ramakrishna's eyes fell on this city of Siva, where had accumulated for ages the devotion and piety of countless worshippers, he saw it to be made of gold, as the ...


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Yes, we have such verses. For example from Manu Smriti: 11.51. A stealer of (cooked) food, dyspepsia; a stealer of the words (of the Veda), dumbness a stealer of clothes, white leprosy; a horse-stealer, lameness. 11.51a. The stealer of a lamp will become blind; he who extinguishes it will become one-eyed; injury (to sentient beings) is punished by general ...


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Can one get rid of their bad karma by self-inflicting pain? DISCLAIMER: Do not try the following at home although Manusmṛti recommends it. Also, your state/local laws may not allow this. For a certain sins, Manusmṛti actually recommends physically harming oneself: Expiation of drinking Wine (surā) A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, ...


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There are methods to reduce the effect of bad karmas. Yudhisthira says,'…a perpetrated sin is expiated by auspicious acts, by publishing it wildly, by repentance, by alms-giving, by penances, by trips to tirthas after renunciation of everything, by constant meditation on the scriptures. Of all these, he that has practiced renunciation is believed to be ...


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Insulting someone is a verbal sin. So, prima facie it is Y who has committed a sin not X. Manu Smriti 12.5. Coveting the property of others, thinking in one’s heart of what is undesirable, and adherence to false (doctrines), are the three kinds of (sinful) mental action 12.6. Abusing (others, speaking) untruth, detracting from the merits of all men, and ...


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Criticizing Vedas is a sin that is equal to one of the major sins of Hinduism viz:- drinking Sura. Manu Smriti 11.56. Forgetting the Veda, reviling the Vedas, giving false evidence, slaying a friend, eating forbidden food, or (swallowing substances) unfit for food, are six (offences) equal to drinking Sura. Whether criticizing is a sin must be depending on ...


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athedānīṁ pratiṣiddha-lakṣaṇasyādharmasya tathaiva kartuḥ śraddhāyā vaisādṛśyāt karma-phalaṁ visadṛśaṁ bhavati Just as by executing various pious activities one achieves different positions in heavenly life, by acting impiously one achieves different positions in hellish life. In Srimad Bhagavatam 5.25.20 its said as:- yas tv iha vā agamyāṁ striyam agamyaṁ ...


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Excessive thinking of Lord even in the mood of hated/abuse results in Moksha only. By enmity or by devotional service, by fear, by affection or by lusty desire — by all of these or any one of them — if a conditioned soul somehow or other concentrates his mind upon the Lord, the result is the same, for the Lord, because of His blissful position, is never ...


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The habit of forgetfulness is considered as a bad habit, especially if it is exhibited in dharmic activities. That is, if a person is bounded to perform a duty and exhibits incautiousness towards such activities, then it maybe considered as a sin. While enumerating that qualities that a king should not possess, Narada mentions incautiousness also Dost thou ...


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No Gods do not inherit sins due to activities by their avataras. Karma of humans is different from Leela of avatars. Karma causes sins, but Leela does not. Similar question has been asked by Parīkṣit Mahārāja about the activities of Lord Krishna. The question by Parīkṣit Mahārāja is given below Parīkṣit Mahārāja said: O brāhmaṇa, the Supreme Personality ...


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Not all sinners will get moksha directly although they die in Varanasi. Some has to become Pisacha and they will get liberated afterwards. But it should be noted that no one who dies in Varanasi will born again including living animals. Sinners, in this context, can be divided into two kinds: Sinners who committed their sins at Varanasi and sinners who ...


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Here's the full context of that quote. He's saying that even saints were once normal men i.e., sinners but they eventually overcame their flaws. Sin Is Ignorance "What is sin?" asked a disciple. "Sin is error; it is born of ignorance," replied the Master. "What is ignorance? What is error?" "Ignorance is the lack of ...


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There is no best option available other than gita on all life problem. Its said gita for emotional pain to loss of people either naturally or accident. Baghavad Gita Chapter 2 sloka 11-13 श्रीभगवानुवाच | अशोच्यानन्वशोचस्त्वं प्रज्ञावादांश्च भाषसे | गतासूनगतासूंश्च नानुशोचन्ति पण्डिता: || 11|| śhrī bhagavān uvācha aśhochyān-anvaśhochas-tvaṁ prajñā-vādānśh ...


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Mahabharat has many discussions where qualities due to karma are described. One can acquire good qualities willfully while avoid bad qualities by carefully choosing karma. One can ditch bad qualities like Kaam (Want), Krodh (Anger) and Lobh (Greed) by following principle of Ahimsa or Avoiding Cruelty. Sankshipt Mahabharat, Anushashan Parv, Page 708 (Geeta ...


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No, Kundalini is not the same as sin. Kundalini is Sakti and is one with Pure Consciousness. In theology Kundalini Sakti is the Divine Mother. It is She who evolves mind, senses and five Bhutas (sensible matter). After She evolves solid matter (earth), Her creative activity stops and she coils round the Svayambhu-Linga in Muladhara chakra and 'sleeps'. The ...


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Although, this does "seem" to be like a newly discovererd loophole. Since, the hiṃsā (violence) part, explicitly seems to be missing, which in the otherwise natural case involves - killing the animal itself. And in that way, one may argue that yes, since no kind of violence is involved and no jīvātman seems to be harmed, thus, we are allowed to ...


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As per Sadhguru, Karma is neither good nor bad. It is the accumulation of paths one took in their life's journey till now which affects their future. One can't get away from Karma but can maintain a distance by being conscious of it. It is important to remember that karma is not a negative word. Karma is what gives stability and structure to your life. ...


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There is no mention of any process or technique by which anything is transferable from one person to another. In fact, to the contrary, everything about a person completely sticks to that individual alone. For example, Brhadaranyaka Upanishad 4.4.2: तं विद्याकर्मणी समन्वारभेते पूर्वप्रज्ञा च His deeds, his knowledge and his past impressions follow him. ...


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Papa and Punya is not defined in absolute term. Gita in Ch.4 solka 17 says गहना कर्मणोगति (The intricacies of action are very hard to understand.). As an example read the story of Mandavya in Mahabharat (here). Even the great Rishi is punished for a small trivial action. Vyasa knows the best. He says: "Ashtadasa Puraneshu Vyasena Vachanam Dwayam, ...


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