I personally believe that a mother would never ask someone to kill her
own children moreover she would ask to kill the wrong and the negative
things within each individual.
What you feel is absolutely correct.Goddess Kali does not need the sacrifice, the necessity arises only from the side of those who eat meat.Because the Shastras unanimously agree ...
One of the primary reasons is the sin destroying effects the Lord's names. The inspiration for doing this can be linked to the story of Ajamila as described in the Bhagavatam:
Ajamila was a pious brahmana. But once he saw a prostitute engaged with a man in the forest and since then he got infatuated. He fell down from his religious activities and went so ...
No, it's not like that, it can be read on normal days as far as I know. The Garuda Purana has a part known as preta kalpa which describes the journey after death and the related rituals to be done. Those are referred and read during the occasion of the passing away of someone. So it has become a taboo or fear to read it on other days like it has happened ...
Scissors symbolises that the Goddess cuts asunder the attachments to
this material worlds, much feared by the spiritual souls.
The first thing we need to verify is whether Goddess TAra is at all described in scriptures as holding scissors or not. If we can prove that she is not , then there is no need to answer your remaining questions.
Goddess TAra is ...
The seven steps around the fire represents seven promises taken by newly married couple in the presence of the fire. In Hindu religion, he is believed as the maintainer of life. He carries the fruits of the yajna performed by us. So seven steps are done in presence of fire. These are called as SaptaPadi meaning seven steps in sanskrit. The couple take seven ...
I am supplementing the answer given by defining the term Sudra.
These teachings are not to be imparted to persons who are wicked,
haughty, barbarous, foul in conduct, hypocritical, given to sensuous
indulgences, interested exclusively in their worldly concerns, who are
without devotion to Me or who persecute My devotees.
Srimad Bhagavata Purnana ...
Are sudras allowed to read scriptures other than Vedas ?
Yes they are allowed to read and hear some Scriptures like the Puranas,Itihasas etc.
From Devi Bhagavatam:
18-24. At every Manvantara, in each Dvâpara Yuga, Veda Vyâsa expounds
the Purânas duly to preserve the religion. Veda Vyâsa is no other
person than Visnu Himself; He, in the form of Veda ...
In chapter 36 of Sri Tantraloka, Sri Abhinavagupta describes in detail how the Guru-Shishya Transmission took place:
2) Bhairavi Devi
3) Swachhanda Bhairava
7) Kamalaja (Brahma)
9) Guru (Brihaspati)
Out of 9 crore diversifications (NavaKotiVistara) Bhairava ...
Varaha Purana suggests to bathe the images of Naga in milk on Naga Panchami and it doesn't mention anything about feeding milk to snakes.
If one remains austere on that day, give us all that is sour in food and bathes the images of Nagas in milk, they become friendly
Nagas were sent to Patala on Panchama tithi and people celebrate ...
There are many folk tale behind the drinking of the milk, the famous one is :-;
A tale of a farmer living in a village. He had two sons and one of
whom killed three snakes during ploughing operations. The mother of
the snake took revenge on the same night by biting the farmer, his
wife and two children and they all died. Next day the farmer’s only
No. A married woman is not allowed to remove mangal sutra for the sake of convenience.
As you have said in the question, we see many people who do not wear mangal sutra to offices and to some social gatherings. But it is not allowed to remove it by her own will. This also applies to men who are not wearing Yagnopaveetha(sacred thread). It is not an ordinary ...
As per the scripture, it is done for the spiritual benefit of the child in the first or the third year after his/her birth:
As per the direction of the revealed texts, the chuda karma
(tonsure) must be performed, for the sake of spiritual merit (observing dharma), by all
twice-born men in their first or third year. [Manu - 2.35]
As per the mantras ...
Quoting from About.com
If there is any color that can symbolize all aspects of Hinduism, it's
saffron - the color of Agni or fire, which reflects the Supreme Being.
As such, the fire altar is regarded as a distinct symbol of ancient
Vedic rites. The saffron color, also auspicious to the Sikhs, the
Buddhists and the Jains, seems to have obtained ...
This chapter of the Manu Smriti explains the circumstances in which you should and should not give to someone:
One should give, according to one's ability, wealth to Brahmanas learned in the Veda and living alone; (thus) one obtains after death heavenly bliss.... Accepting presents from blamed men, trading, serving Sudras, and speaking a falsehood, make (...
I guess this practice was started mainly to take care of the following:
To ensure that you utter the name of God through daily social communications in case you don't have time to go to temples and conduct formal worship to the God.
The names of Gods when uttered frequently in social life might have a long lasting cleansing and soothing effect on ones sub-...
This is from the concluding cheaper of the book Journey from Many to One / Essentials of Advaita Vedanta by Swami Bhaskarananda.
I found this relevant to your question.
Hinduism, the oldest of all major religions, belongs to the oldest
living civilization of this planet.The difference between a young
civilization and an old civilization is comparable ...
Is it Adharma to give Dana without considering what we are giving and whom we are giving.
We find exact answers to the above questions in our Purana’s also.. Puranic literature discusses about different kind of charitable gifts , who is eligible to provide charitable gifts their merits and demerits etc. .in very detail. For example Form Skanda Purana we ...
Religions like Christianity and Islam threaten their followers with eternal hell if they don't obey the rules. Thus these rules are commandments. There is no fear in Hinduism. The reason is that God runs the entire show in Christianity and Islam and any wrong doing is a direct offence against God. That is not the case in Hinduism. God is a non-doer and ...
Hinduism is almost always Vedic, even if the customs, method of worship, etc. change. It is true that performance of Vedic Yajna, rituals, etc. have decreased, but that's only obvious for this age of Kali. However, this doesn't mean that Vedic traditions have been forgot. Veda mantras constitute three kandas or sections (kanda trayatmika veda). They are:
A small but popular story is there for this.
When Lord Sri Venkateshawara (MahaVishnu/Balaji) was inside the snake-antHill on Tirumala , one sacred cow is to come and give milk to the Lord daily (Brahma took the form as sacred cow), When a cow-herd man at once saw the sacred-cow pouring milk in the snake-ant Hill, he became angry and without understanding ...
In our culture we never say Good bye , we say come back again , I am Gujarati we used to say come back again, In Gujarati we says "chaalo aavjo" means come back again. And "Tack care is there every time". but we never say Good Bye & we also says Pranam & take Permission for go outside, from our elders and they give us blesses.
It's not mandatory to sacrifice animals in Devi or Kaali worship. But goat or animal sacrifice is considered as non-killing.
The animals which are sacrificed to the Divine Mother will go to heaven. This is mentioned in Chapter 26, 3rd book of Srimad Devi Bhagavatam. This chapter describes procedure to celebrate Navaratri in detail.
मांसाशनं ये कुर्वन्ति ...
This is to supplement Sree Charan's correct answer with quotes from Shastras.
The Manu Smriti says that there is no Vedic sacrament for women.But what is Vedic sacrament for men the nuptial (wedding) ceremony is that for the women.
Hence, removing the mangal sutra (which is considered as a proof or symbol of the marriage) by women, is considered as ...
First of all dealing with Apatra Dana or charity given to the undeserving candidate.This is condemned in Scriptures.
From the book "Essence of Dharma Bindu "
Devala Maharshi clarifies: Charity given in small or large quanties is
irrelevant but whatever is handed over with Shraddha bhakti or
reverence and sincerity are given and the recipient too ...
Yaksha asked Yudhishtir the following question-
राजन् कुलेन वृत्तेन स्वाध्यायेन शृतेन वा।
ब्राह्मण्यं केन भवति? प्रब्रूह्मोतत्सुनिश्चितं
Meaning: King, how does one become a Brahmin: by birth? By conduct? By study of Vedas? By education? Tell me precisely.
To which Yudhishtir replies:
शृणु यक्ष कुलं तात न स्वाध्यायो न च शृतं
कारणं हि द्विजत्वे ...
We need to see what term is used for those scriptures in our scriptures. We should stick to it.
The word used is "Itihasa" only. Here are various references from various scriptures:
One should make them [i.e., the invited Brahmanas] listen to the Vedic
recitations, Dharma-Sastras, Itihasas (History) Puranas, and the
most beautiful portion [of the S'...
Those whose father is alive should NOT shave.
There isn't anything like this. You are not allowed to have a clean shave (shaving moustache) if your elder brother is alive. Only brahmins are not allowed to have a clean head, as they need shikha. others can have clean head without any issue.
We should not Shave on Thursday(because wealth might go away) ...
The Grihya Sutras are scriptures that detail the rules and regulations regarding Vedic domestic rituals for householders (Griha - House in Sanskrit). There are various such Sutras written by different people e.g. Ashwalayana, Drahyayayana, Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Katyayana, Khadira, Latyayana, Paraskara, Sankhyayana and Apastambha is one of them.
Parts of ...
Q-2. why did he divide them further?
It's explained at Sakhas now Studied!:
Krsna Dvaipayana knew all the 1, 180 sakhas( recensions) of the Vedas revealed to the world by various sages. They were mingled together in one great stream. Being remarkably gifted, our ancestors could memorise all of them. For the benefit of weaker people like us, Vyasa divided ...
I wasn't aware that Vishnu Sahasranama has many versions until I read this question. So, I am unable to verify and compare them to answer. However, I remember a view point of one of the upanyasakar (person who delivers religious discourses) that this sahasranama is great because:
It is asked by Dharmaputra who was a great person following dharma to the ...