Sudras are majority 85% of society and they were Engineers, Metal Works, Potters, Carpenters, Artisans, Craftsmen, Tradesmen, Peasants, Weavers, Cart-builders and other Service Professions . If they stopped all works to build society and study Vedas how will society run? Study of each Veda takes 12 years with lots of restrictions on food, wealth etc. Its ...
The OP asks the following question -
Does this imply that Shudras are forbidden from the knowledge of Vedas?
Answer: The Hindu Smriti texts do not permit Shudras to obtain knowledge of the vedas.
Brutal punishments are prescribed for Shudras who listens to or recites or remembers the vedas.
Gautama Dharma Sutra 12
Now if he (Sûdra) listens intentionally ...
Sama Veda, S.V Ganapathy -> Nice introduction to Sama veda
Secrets of Rig veda, R.L. Kashyap -> Nice introduction to Rig veda
The Vedas, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati -> Good introductory book by a Sannyasin
Brahma Sutras, according to Sankara, Swami Vireshwaranandha, not really vedas but on Upanishad commentaries by Sankaracharya. Quotes vedic ...
The idea that fish and meat are bad is a post-Buddhistic idea. A spiritual aspirant has the option of eating fish and meat if he wants. There is nothing wrong in rearing and selling fish.
He who thus knows this Yajnayajniya Saman, woven in the limbs of the
body, is endowed with all the limbs, and is not crippled in any limb;
he reaches the full length of ...
Yes, it is but you might be surprised to know that an apparently harmless job like ploughing the field (for agriculture) is even a bigger sin. Because several organisms like worms are getting killed in the process.
What sin a fisherman incurs in the course of one full year, — the same is incurred by the driver of a ploughshare made of iron in the
course of ...
There are some occasions and situations when Veda study is forbidden. Among them, as far as the forbidden Tithis are concerned, Purnima (full moon), Amavashya (new moon), 2 Chaturdashis and 2 Ashtamis of any month are mentioned as the ones in Manu.
4.113. Nor during a fog, nor while the sound of arrows is audible, nor during both the twilights, nor on the ...
This is my take on your question.
No matter what your faith is, if someone is regularly bashing your faith, then they are not really worthy of being your friends. It sounds very hypocritical when people of Abrahamic religions point fingers at you, given that Islam and Christianity have a very bloody history and their own share of indefensible doctrines.
You want to become an expert in Hinduism. The books suggested below will certainly be very helpful in your project.
You should read a low level introductory book that nevertheless gives a decent overview of Hinduism. Otherwise you will have difficulty in understanding Hindu scriptures. Books like 'The Hindu mind' by Bansi Pandit and 'The complete Idiot's ...
What are the luxuries of Swarga Loka? And how Swarga Loka has been defined in the Vedas?
It is a place of material happiness. Indra loka is part of Swarga loka. Vedavya's Yoga Bhashya (Vedavyasa's commentary on Patanjali's Yoga Sutras) describes the heavens. Here is the description for Swarga:
The inhabitants of the Mahendra (Maha Indra's loka) are the six ...
This question has been super actively pursued only in the last few months across a variety of age groups, regions and at times faiths.
I grew up in a reading, writing and discussion oriented household, I literally have inherited various 80-90 year old versions of select shrutis, smritis and have to now struggle to find a way to preserve them.
Brings me to ...
Bhagavan Krishna says about the span of His devotees being existent in this age of Kali, as 10,000 years.
𝐁𝐫𝐚𝐡𝐚𝐦𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐢𝐯𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐚 𝐏𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐚, 𝟒.𝟏𝟐𝟗. 𝟒𝟗 𝐭𝐨 𝟔𝟐
हे नाथ रमणश्रेष्ठ यासि गोलोकमुत्तमम्।
अस्माकं का गतिश्चात्र भविष्यति कलौ युगे॥४९॥
O lovable lord, you are now proceeding to Goloka. What ...
Well, the Aitareya Brahmana has a beautiful way of expressing what the Yugas really mean. This is a very famous section in the story of Harishcandra.
Aitareya Brahmana 33.3.3:
कलिः शयानो भवति संजिहानस्तु द्वापरः ।
उत्तिष्ठंस्त्रेता भवति कृतं संपद्यते चरंश्चरैवेति ॥
Kali is when one sleeps, Dvapara is when he wakes up, Treta is when he stands up, and Krta is ...
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.
I was like you, similar. Till 25 years I was an agnostic although a born Brahmin. When I came to the west around that time there weren’t any big groups etc. Now we see a lot of faith groups The best book that I found that helped me initially was “Hindu Dharma : The Universal way of life” by Chandrasekarendra Saraswati’s Tamil lectures translation. I bought ...
In Hinduism, sins are divided into three categories -- 1. mental sins (sins committed by thoughts) 2. verbal sins (committed by speech) and 3. bodily sins (those committed by actions).
In this classification, lying comes under type 2 i.e. sins committed by verbal actions.
Manu Smiti has the relevant verses:
12.5. Coveting the property of others, thinking in ...
Let us ask ourselves -
If we are Brahman, what does it mean by we see Brahman?
Is this Maya more powerful than Brahman?
How would any one know the mistaken state during mistaken state?
The mistaken state will only be known after one comes out of the mistaken state. One would not know that it is a dream while dreaming. One would not know that he mistook a ...
Krishna never opposed Vedas. He tries to convey the message that the information and understandings from the Vedas are used to just attain higher celestial abodes for personal selfish reasons which please one's senses by those with less understandings and never understand that all duties should be done for the happiness of the supreme lord Krishna without ...
The incident involving Shiva evolving as a fire is related to Arunachala (Tiruvannamalai). It is not found in Rig Veda. It is found in the Samhita of the Skanda Purana
Original Sanskrit text
Glory of Arunachala
Rudra (Sankara) Samhita alone has thirty thousand verses. The
Maheswara Khanda is one of the twelve Khandas (divisions) of this
Is it possible for the Vedas to have been authored?
Yes, they were authored. First off, here is some background information: If a text is authored, then it can be doubted because the author might be wrong. Thus we can doubt the Bible, Koran, etc. and all other spiritual and scientific texts because the writers could be wrong. But if a text is authorless, ...
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, ...
I am not aware of any story related to such observance. Just a side note: Hinduism do not prescribe such things. This kind of observances are influenced by local rituals. For example: What to eat and not eat on Ekadashi differ widely in different states in India.
According to Vedas and upanishads, supereme parama barahma who is shapeless and formless take form as Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. For the process of creation, preservation and destruction.
Kaivalya Upanishad mantra 8
He is Brahma, he is Siva, he is Indra. He is the imperishable, supreme self illumined Lord. He alone is Vishnu. He is the life giving breath. ...
The seer (rishi) is Visvedevas (Viśvedevāḥ) according to this Krishna-yajurveda Taittiriya Samhita published by Svadhyaya Mandal, Pune in 1957.
The screenshot below is from the Kanda 4, Prapathaka 4, Anuvaka 12. The Nila Sukta starts with gṛṇāhi | ghṛtavatī. Viśvedevāḥ is the seer for entire 4.4.12.
When Duryodhana lay dying after his fight with Bhima, Balarama, who had just arrived, wanted to punish Bhima for not following rules...He had lifted his weapon, when Lord Krishna stopped him. In sharp tones, he reminded Balarama that he had gone on a pilgrimage, refusing to take sides in the war between dharma and adharma. A person who does so has no right ...
Summary: the fundamental essence of Brahman is the same in the Vedas and Puranas. The Puranas are only a simplified version to take people to the same Supreme God. The same Brahman is extolled with attributes (Saguna) in the Puranas.
In the Vedas and Puranas, the essence of the Supreme God is the same. the Supreme God is Brahman, the omnipotent, ...
The specific sutras you reference have always been controversial. All the arguments, on all sides, narrow down to one question - who is sudra, who is not; is varna from birth, or from conduct. The specific verses are Brahma Sutras 1.3.34-38. Before quoting these verses and some commentary in both Shankaracharya and Ramanuja, it is best to first reference ...
There are certain scriptures in Hinduism which directly support Science - I will mention few of them for the sake of it.
Earth is a Globe : This globe of earth, the seat of all the Suras and
Asuras, and surrounded by the luminous sphere (of time) in the manner
of a walnut covered by its hard crust, subsists under His
command.(Yoga Vasista 1.26.34)
Sudras are majority 85% of society and they were Engineers, Metal Works, Potters, Carpenters, Artisans, Craftsmen, Tradesmen, Peasants, Weavers, Cart-builders and other Service Professions . If they stopped all works to build society and study Vedas how will society run? Study of each Veda takes 12 years with lots of restrictions on food, wealth etc. The ...
As you may know it is forbidden to recite Vedic mantras near a corpse.
Manu Smriti 4.108. In a village where a corpse lies, in the presence
of a (man who lives as unrighteously as a) Sudra, while (the sound of)
weeping (is heard), and in a crowd of men the (recitation of the Veda
must be) stopped.
Now, in some scriptures a Sudra is compared to a Shava or a ...
Scriptures mention a lot of contradictory things, it has been a lot of years since they were written and for the same reason the statements of scriptures contradict themselves.
For example Taittiriya (7.1.1) says :
 was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra, of cattle the horse. Therefore the two, the horse and the Çudra, are dependent on others. ...