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Yes, Smriti Shastras categorically says whom you can marry and whom you should not. For example, Manu Smriti 11.171 On having had intercourse with one’s sister born of his father’s sister, or of his mother’s sister, or of his mother’s full brother,—one should perform the Cāndrāyaṇa. Manu Smriti 11.172 A wise man should never take these three as his wife; ...


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There can be many definitions of as to who, what, in which situation or how, any person constitute or can be called as "Father - Pitā ( पिता )" The more common term one might encounter used for father, is Pitṛ (पितृ) - but that is not just limited in terms of meaning to the sense of "father". Therefore, I have tried to compile a more ...


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Manu Smrti - Ch 10 But the dwellings of ‘Fierce’ Untouchables (Candalas) and ‘Dog-cookers’ (Svapacas) should be outside the village; they must use discarded bowls, and dogs and donkeys should be their wealth. (10.51) Their clothing should be the clothes of the dead, and their food should be in broken dishes; their ornaments should be made of black iron, ...


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PV Kane in his History of Dharma Sastras Vol 2 Part 1 page 89 writes The theory of the early smṛtis was that there were only four varṇas and there was no fifth varṇa. Vide Manu X.4 and Anuśāsana-parva 47.18.890. When in modern times the so-called untouchables are referred to as the pañcamas that is something against the smṛti tradition. Panini II 4.10 and ...


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The most important point to consider is that, as far as my knowledge, no Shaiva acharyas nor Vaishnava ones, nor acharyas from any background have ever dealt with this trouble. There is as per my knowledge, total acceptance of Ambika being wife of Shiva by all Shaiva Vedantins and Smartas. Neither Shankara, nor Srikantha and Appayya Dikshitar, nor Vaishnavas ...


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Isn't life according to Sanatana Dharma, the fruit of Sin and thus an endless sea of sorrow & suffering? Yes it is, according to Rama (son of Dasaratha), who presents a very pessimistic view of life in Vairagya prakaranam (Book 1) of Yoga Vasistha. Below are only a few quotations of Rama from the Yoga Vasistha as translated by Swami Venkatesananda. My ...


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This question shows a complete misunderstanding of all Hinduism philosophy and economics. First, let's discuss economics: 99% of humanity is not poor. Poor and rich are relative terms. I am poorer than Ambanis but richer than many others. If we go by global definitions and stats, around 9.2% of people are poor as of 2021. https://www.worldvision.org/...


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Yes,Adi Shankaracharya was aware of it प्राचीनशाल औपमन्यवः सत्ययज्ञः पौलुषिरिन्द्रद्युम्नो भाल्लवेयो जनः शार्कराक्ष्यो बुडिल आश्वतराश्विस्ते हैते महाशाला महाश्रोत्रियाः समेत्य मीमाꣳसां चक्रुः को न आत्मा किं ब्रह्मेति ॥ ५.११.१॥ ते ह सम्पादयाञ्चक्रुरुद्दालको वै भगवन्तोऽयमारुणिः सम्प्रतीममात्मानं वैश्वानरमध्येति तꣳ हन्ताभ्यागच्छामेति तꣳ हाभ्याजग्मुः ॥ ५.११.२॥ ...


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Permeating the earth, I nourish all living beings with My energy. Becoming the moon, I nourish all plants with the juice of life. (BG15.13) The following mentions the birth of a jiva in these yonis. अभ्रं भूत्वा मेघो भवति मेघो भूत्वा प्रवर्षति त इह व्रीहियवा ओषधिवनस्पतयस्तिलमाषा इति जायन्तेऽतो वै खलु दुर्निष्प्रपतरं यो यो ह्यन्नमत्ति यो रेतः सिञ्चति तद्भूय ...


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This quote is found in 8th Patala of Karana Agama: देव्युवाच: Devi asked: देवदेव जगन्नाथ सर्वानुग्रहतत्पर। विधानमिदमुकृष्टं वेदमन्त्र्समन्वितम्।। वेदाधिकारिणां सम्यगनुष्टेयं प्रकाशितम्। स्रीमुख्याः केन विधिना कृतार्थाः स्युर्निबोध मे।। Oh The Gods of Gods, the Lord of World, You are ready to grace all. This well-mannered method is connected with the hymns ...


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In the 20th verse of Brahmajnanavalimala, Adi Shankara says. ब्रह्म सत्यं जगन्मिथ्या जीवो ब्रह्मैव नापरः । अनेन वेद्यं सच्छास्त्रमिति वेदान्तडिण्डिमः ॥ २०॥ Brahma Satyam Jagan Mithya Jivo Brahmaiva Na Aparah Brahman (the Absolute) is alone real; the world is mithya; Jiva is non-different from Brahman. Mithya actually means it is not sat or asat. Shankara ...


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Interestingly, Most references are not mentioning this.. From Prtahsmarami sthothram by Adi Shankaracharya This is The Physical Supreme Purusha प्रातर्नमामि तमसः परमर्कवर्णं पूर्णं सनातनपदं पुरुषोत्तमाख्यम् । यस्मिन्निदं जगदशेषमशेषमूर्तौ रज्ज्वां भुजङ्गम इव प्रतिभासितं वै ॥३॥ Praatar-Namaami Tamasah Param-Arka-Varnnam Puurnnam Sanaatana-Padam Purussottama-...


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The Purusha Shuktam is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. This is confirmed in the last Part of the Purusha Shuktam which says hrīś-ca te lakṣmīś-ca patnyau, ahorātre pārśve, nakṣatraṇi rüpam | aśvinau vyāttam, iṣtaṃ maniṣāṇa, amuṃ maniṣāṇa,sarvaṃ maniṣāṇa ||22|| Hri (Bhudevi) and Lakṣmī are Your consorts. Day and night are Your two sides. The Constellations in ...


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Buddhism declined from India in the past, due to assimilation. Firstly, Buddhism had flourished in ancient India, Pakistan and Afghanistan, but eventually, the Buddhist locals became subject to "hard" assimilation into Islam by foreign invaders. See the Wikipedia articles Buddhism in Afghanistan, Buddhism in Pakistan and also this article section. ...


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Jainism has always been a small minority dharma and never achieved the prominence achieved by Buddhism. So one cannot say that Jainism has declined. The Buddhist case is different. Hindus did not destroy Buddhism. Buddhism collapsed due to internal weakness and timely Hindu reforms. Buddhism lost out in a free trade of ideas a long time ago. I do not accept ...


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Yes. As per Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa), most of the people in Kaliyuga will become shudra due to lack of knowledge and samskara. ŚB 12.3.25 तस्मिन् लुब्धा दुराचारा निर्दया: शुष्कवैरिण: । दुर्भगा भूरितर्षाश्च शूद्रदासोत्तरा: प्रजा: ॥ २५ ॥ tasmin lubdhā durācārā nirdayāḥ śuṣka-vairiṇaḥ durbhagā bhūri-tarṣāś ca śūdra-dāsottarāḥ prajāḥ Translation: ...


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First of all, the present day living hardly supports the Vedic varnasystem. So it is outdated. Secondly, if one is born in Brahman family but does not follow Vedas etc, then why one is Shudra?? S/he can be Vaishya or Kshatriya, depending on the profession.


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There are different origins about mlechhas origin. As per Mahabharata; they were born from Vashishth's cow. And many terrible Yavanas and Paradas and Sakas and Valhikas, and Mlecchas born of the cow (belonging to Vasishtha), of fierce eyes But as per Matsya Purana Chapter 10; they born out from King Vena's body


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According to Manu Smriti , all those other than 4 castes aren't born from Purusha and are called Dasyus. All those tribes in this world, which are excluded from the community of those born from the mouth, the arms, the thighs, and the feet of Brahman, are called Dasyus, whether they speak the language of the Mechlas or that of the Aryans. (Manu 10.45)


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This verse is taken from Aitareya Brahman. Charan vai madhu vindati, Charan swadum udumbaram Suryasya pasya shremanam, Yo na tandrayate charan Charaiveti, Charaiveti The english translation is here


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This is from Rigveda's Aitareya Brahmana 7.15 : अथ हैक्ष्वाकं वरुणो जग्राह तस्य होदरं जज्ञे तदु ह रोहितः शुश्राव सोऽरण्याद्ग्राममेयाय तमिन्द्रः पुरुषरूपेण पर्येत्योवाच नाना श्रान्ताय श्रीरस्तीति रोहित शुश्रुम पापो नृषद्वरो जन इन्द्र इच्चरतः सखा चरैवेति चरैवेति वै मा ब्राह्मणोऽवोचदिति ह द्वितीयं संवत्सरमरण्ये चचार सोऽरण्याद्ग्राममेयाय तमिन्द्रः पुरुषरूपेण ...


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Yes indeed those Bramhins who don't study Vedas and engage in improper occupations are considered to be Shudras. But he who does not perform Sandhya Vandana standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, shall be excluded, like a Sudra, from all the duties and rights of an Dvija.(Manu 2.103) A brāhmaṇa who does not repeat the Gayatri mantra is more ...


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According to the Bhagavad Gita (3:6), there is not a moment in life when one can remain without action: Karmendriyaani samyamya ya aaste manasaa smaran | Indriyaarthaanvimoodhaatmaa mithyaachaarah sa uchyate. || He who, restraining the organs of action, sits thinking of the sense objects in his mind, he, of deluded under-standing, is called a hypocrite. ...


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I can answer the first part of your question. “Prakshipt” according to the Hindi language means — interpolated. interpolation refers to the insertion of something into a text or something else. for example — if i had written an essay in 2018, then added something now — that’s considered an interpolation. often — interpolations cannot be credible. And, ...


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These are the verses against materialistic Desires,wealth and pleasure in Upanishads. The good is one thing; the pleasant, another. Both of these, serving different needs, bind a man. It goes well with him who, of the two, takes the good; but he who chooses the pleasant misses the end. O Nachiketa, after pondering well the pleasures that are or seem to ...


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Unproductiveness is not same as not doing duties. The product of Karma is not in our hands. Not doing duties--idleness--is not respected. Below are some examples: Rishi Bharadwaja to Sauviras king Satrunjaya says: They that are idle never win affluence; nor they that are destitute of manliness and exertion; nor they that are stained by vanity; nor they that ...


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Prof Mookerji in his "Ancient Indian Education (Brahmanical and Buddhist)" Page 51 says Women were then admitted to full religions rites and consequently to complete educational facilities. The wife was a regular participator in the sacrificial offerings of the husband [Rv. i, 122,2; 131,3; iii, 53, 4-6; v, 43,15; viii, 31,5; x, 86,10; etc.]. ...


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In the Shiva Purana 6.9.14 we have: रुर्दुःखं दुःखहेतुं वा तद् द्रावयति यः प्रभुः । रुद्र इत्युच्यते तस्माच्छिवः परमकारणम् ॥ ‘Ruḥ’ means misery or the cause of misery. This is destroyed, melted away, by Rudra. Hence the Supreme Lord, Shiva, who is the Ultimate Cause is called ‘Rudra’. In the Shatapatha Brahmana of YajurVeda we have: यद्रोदोत् तस्माद्रुद्र।...


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When trying to comprehend anything related to Sanatana Dharma/Hinduism, we need to utilize the tripartite lenses, as expounded by Yajur Veda (Taittiriya shaka yajur veda aranyaka to be specific; and to Shisksha Valli to be even more specific): AdhyAtmika drishti; Adi bhoutika drshti & Adi davika drshti. Our religion is a dArshana system afterall (I am ...


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There are two elements here, vedas and varnas. Tantras choose vedas to be the principal and not varnas. Thus we often come across a qualitative approach to definition of a Brahmin. For instance, In Sarvollāsatantram (Matrikabedh tantra) 23rd Ullhasa, वेदमाता जपेनैव ब्राह्मणो नहि शैलजे । ब्रह्मज्ञानं यदा देवि तदा ब्राह्मण उच्यते॥ Only reciting the vedic ...


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