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In Hinduism, the bond of marriage has a great importance. Marriage is seen as a way to achieve Dharma, Artha, Kama, Moksha. Marrying once/monogamy is given an importance. Monogamy is one of the reasons which made Sri Rama a model for our generations. Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Mahaswami (Kanchi Periyava) while explaining the greatness of marriage in ...


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As per vedas getting married to a girl after kidnapping is considered devil/daemon (दानव) Vivaha (marriage) which isn't righteous (धर्मानुकूलन). You have perfectly stated the correct thing. Shri Krishna indeed married Rukmani in a rākṣasa style: bhagavān bhīṣmaka-sutāṁ rukmiṇīṁ rucirānanām rākṣasena vidhānena upayema [SB - 10.52.18] Meaning ...


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I do not like to call anything discovered now as 'scientific fact' as any fact which is established now can be disproved in the future. (For eg. quantities like mass, time etc.. were considered absolute in the past and now they are considered relative). So, I like to use the term 'scientific concepts' for the present discoveries. There ...


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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 ...


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Shruti(श्रुति) means that which has been heard or communicated from the beginning. Veda(वेद) are Shruti scripture. It is said/believed that Rishi in the state of Tapasya heard Vedas directly from Parabrahma/Parameshwara, In other words Rishi attained this jnana in state of samadhi which is called Shruti. So, Vedas are called अपौरुषेय that means it is not ...


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Morality comes from scripture. For starters, here is what Adi Shankaracharya says in this section of his Brahma Sutra Bhashya, which is actually about the subject of animal sacrifice: [The reasoning criticizing animal sacrifice] is not valid, because our knowledge of what is duty and the contrary of duty depends entirely on scripture. The knowledge of ...


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There are countless verses in scriptures which counter this verse. Parashara Smriti is a Smriti text and Puranas are also Smriti text thus they have equal authority. Thus we can counter this verse by using Puranic verses as Authority. Although there are countless counter verses in every Puranas. I have here used only Padma Purana. Padma Purana Brahma ...


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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. ...


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As per the Parashara Smriti, curses(saapa) are effective in Kali Yuga as well very much like the previous 3 Yugas.Only difference being in the time after which the curses take effect. For example,In Krita curses effect immediately,in Treta after 10 days,in Dwapara after a month whereas in Kali it takes 1 year for the curse to take effect. The exact Sloka ...


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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 ...


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This quote with slight variation is present in Chapter 7, Purvabhaga of Kurma Purana. अव्ययं च व्ययं चैव द्वयं स्थावरजङ्गमम्। तेषां ये यानि कर्माणि प्राक् सृष्टेः प्रतिपेदिरे॥ ६४॥ तान्येव ते प्रपद्यन्ते सृज्यमानाः पुनः पुनः। हिंस्राहिंस्रे मृदुक्रूरे धर्माधर्मावृतानृते।।६५॥ तद्भाविताः प्रपद्यन्ते तस्मात्तत्तस्य रोचते॥ महाभूतेषु नानात्वमिन्द्रिया...


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There are 18 major Smritis in Hinduism. The Yajnvalkya Smriti chapter 1 verses given below mention the 18 respective authors. Manu, Atri, Vishnu, Harita, Yajnavalkya, Usana (or Shukracharya), Angira, Yama, Apastambha, Samvarta, Katyana, Vrihaspati, Parashara, Vyasa, Sankha, Likhita, Daksha, Gotama, Satatapa and Vashishta are the ...


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Lord Krishna did not forcefully kidnap Rukmani. It was a planned affair with the consent of the girl eloped. Thus, the word kidnap itself may not appropriately describe the event. It is true that the Vedas say that marrying a girl against her wishes isn't righteous. In case of Rukmani and Krishna, Rukmani had pleaded Krishna with a letter of pleasing ...


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There were no slaves in the Hindu world like the equivalent of it in the western world The above statement is true.But we do have the concept of "dasa/dasi" or servants or (some translate it as) slaves.But they are not the same as say sex slaves or war slaves."Servant" is the more proper word here not "slave". The dasa or dasis are there to help the ...


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Shruti Shruti when translated to English is 'that which is/was heard(by ancient seers/Rishis)'. So in hinduism there is only one scripture or literature which is heard (from the divine bramhan) that is Vedas, only the Samhita part of the Vedas is shruti since it is the only part that was heard by Rishi's in their deep meditations. So due to divine ...


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The only absolute is Brahman, there are no absolutes in this world. An action which may be good karma for you may be bad karma for another, and vice versa. As an example, killing a human normally leads to bad karma. However, as seen by the example of Arjuna in the Gita, a warrior's duty in a war is to kill - and for Arjuna to avoid killing will only lead to ...


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There are three variants of this Shloka available: Vishnu Purana 1.5, Linga Purana 1.70, and Kurma Purana 1.7. The Vishnu Purana quote is: nāmarūpaṃ ca bhūtānāṃ kṛtyānāṃ ca prapañcanam / (63.1) vedaśabdebhya evādau devādīnāṃ cakāra saḥ // (63.2) The Linga Purana quote is: nāma rūpaṃ ca bhūtānāṃ kṛtānāṃ ca prapañcanam // (258.2) ...


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The Manu Smriti also mentions undertaking sea voyage as a prohibited act. One becomes fallen/degraded by doing so. For example, in the list of all the persons who are not considered fit to be invited in a Deva/Pitru related sacrifice, one who has undertaken a sea voyage is there. 3.157. He who forsakes his mother, his father, or a teacher without a (...


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Citing from The Mahabharata, Book 7: Drona Parva: Ghatotkacha-badha Parva : SECTION CLXXV, describing the battle between Vikartana's son, Karna, and the Rakshasa Ghatotkacha. Of blood-red eyes, Ghatotkacha was of gigantic form. His face was of the hue of copper. His belly was low and sunken. The bristles on his body all pointed upwards. His head was ...


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As per Shiva Purana: PART TWO RUDRA SAMHITA: SATI KHAND: Chapter 24, [Lord Shiva said to Sati:] The fair-complexioned one is younger brother Laxman, the incarnation of Shesha. The elder brother is complete incarnation of Vishnu. He is called Rama. So, you can see that Shiva Purana (important scripture for Shaivas) portraits Rama as an ...


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The Dharma Shastra (the rule book of what to do and what not to do) to be followed in Kali Yuga is Parashara Smriti only & not those of Manu and others. This is as per the Parashara Smriti . I don't know if there are any other Scriptures which contradicts with this or not. Refer to Parashara Smriti : According to the nature of age the Laws to be ...


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Here is my partial answer. Abortion is a grave sin.The Parashara Smriti says that the sin is even greater than in the case of killing a Brahmin.And killing a Brahmin is considered as one of the 5 mortal sins in Sanatana Dharma. Manu Smriti also declares it as a sin.It says no libations of water for those women who committed abortions during their ...


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Bhishma says this to Yudhishthira in Mahabharata Book 13 of Anushasana parva Chapter CXVI http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b081.htm "Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou sayest. There is nothing on earth that is superior to flesh in point of taste. There is nothing that is more beneficial then flesh to persons that are lean, or ...


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Laws of morality or the laws pertaining to what's good and what's bad are the ones which are laid down in the scriptures. So, its definitely not the other way round. Vedo Akhilo Dharmamulam Smritikhilo Cha... ............... 2.6. The whole Veda is the (first) source of the sacred law, next the tradition and the virtuous conduct of those who ...


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The Devi Bhagavata Purana says so. In the Purana's 35th Chapter of the 9th Book,, Yamaraja says: 1-44. Dharmarâjan said :-- O Chaste One! Without serving the Gods, the Karma ties can never be severed. The pure acts are the seeds of purities and the impure acts lead to impure seeds. If any Brâhmana goes to any unchaste woman and eats her food, he ...


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From Manu Smriti 2.10: Srutis tu vedo vigneyo dharmashAstram tu vai smriti | OR By Sruti is meant the Veda and by Smritis are meant the Dharma ShAstras. So, the VedAnta Sutras is a Darshana scripture and it's neither Sruti nor Smriti. Just because, some texts/scriptures has authors do not mean they all fall into the Smriti category. For ...


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In Hinduism the sin of Brahminicide is considered as one of the most grave sins. Now, claiming (falsely) oneself to be someone of a higher caste is regarded as a similar offence. This is as per the Manu Smriti. Manu Smriti 11.55. Falsely attributing to oneself high birth, giving information to the king (regarding a crime), and falsely accusing one’s ...


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You can not really save Dharma. You can follow it. And, by following it, you're doing what's required of you. Like, from Devi Bhagavatam 11.1: Deliverance of one's Self depends verily on his own Self. Therefore one should always earn and store dharma (religion) and observe always there the right conduct to help one in the next world. If Dharma be on ...


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Who or What defines which karmas are good and which are bad? Its mostly the holy scriptures that determine the nature of karmas. Our own inner conscience also should be able to judge in many situations if not in all situations. Further, our elders also help us in determining what's good and what's not. The advices of our parents and elders are nothing but ...


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"Sruti" means which has been heard.Sruti refers to the Vedas. "Smriti" however refers to the Dharma Shastras.Smriti means which has to be remembered.It also means traditions that has to be remembered.So,Smritis are the traditions that are handed down to us from time immemorial. There are 18 major Smritis :Manu,Yajnvalkya,Vyasa,Atri,Vishnu,Harita,Parashara,...


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