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Do scriptures allow Hindus to marry foreigners?
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No, the Dharma Shastras explicitly forbid Hindus from marrying foreigners, otherwise known as Mlecchas. Here are some verses from the Atri Smriti that prohibit interracial marriages: The purification ...

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Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation?
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No, it is not an interpolation. The Taittiriya Samhita of the Krishna Yajur Veda says the same exact thing as the Rig Veda Purusha Sukta hymn about the origin of the castes and the Devas from the body ...

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Can Sri Krishna be called 'a person'?
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Can Sri Krishna be called 'a person'? Yes, here is what Ramanujacharya says in the introduction to his Bhagavad Gita Bhashya: Nārāyaṇa is the Consort of Sri, He is absolutely auspicious and is the ...

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Is the Manusmriti written to favor a particular Varṇa?
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NOTE: Manusmriti critics have cherry-picked certain verses from the Manusmriti to show that Manu was unfair towards Shudras and partial towards Brahmins. The purpose of this answer is to provide the ...

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Was Vishnu Sahasranama, a part of Anusasana Parva of Mahabharata, or a later day addition?
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According to the [Spitzer Manuscript], Anushāsanaparva is not a part of original Mahabharata. If the above material is correct... Just because a random manuscript doesn't list the Anushasana Parva, ...

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Is there any verse or historical evidence suggesting that manusmriti is more authoritative than other smritis?
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1) Among Dharmasmritis(Manusmriti, Naradasmriti , Parashara Smriti,Yajnavalkya Smrti ... etc) , is there any verse or historical evidence which suggests that manusmriti is more authoritative/...

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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?
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Why slaying a woman must be considered "just a minor offense" (upapataka) while killing a brahmin (ब्रह्म-हत्या) is a despicable unforgivable offense - mahapataka? Why such presumed ...

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Do the Vedas and the Upanishads support atheism(lack of belief in the existence of God or gods)?
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Do vedas support atheism? Give reference from vedas and upanishades only No they don't because they always say God (Brahman) created the universe. For example: Taittiriya Upanishad - [Brahman] ...

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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage?
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Why does the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharat promote Child Marriage? Not just the Vishnu Purana and Mahabharata, but all Dharma Shastras promote child marriage: Manu 9.94 - A man thirty years old shall ...

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Has any Hindu scholar who upheld birth based Varna system refuted Assalayana Sutta?
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Has any Hindu scholar who upheld birth based Varna system refuted Assalayana Sutta? Yes, the medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Yamunacharya, who lived a hundred years before the time of Ramanujacharya, ...

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Do the Vedas allow Shudras to do undergo Upanayanam or perform Yajnas?
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No, the Taittiriya Samhita of the Krishna Yajur Veda forbids Shudras from engaging in sacrifices. 7.1.1 says: From his feet he meted out the Ekavinça Stoma. After it the Anustubh metre [5] was ...

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Mentions of intercaste marriage in ManuSmriti or Manu Dharma
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Why is intercaste marriage bad? Intercaste marriages are bad because the offspring produced are genetically inferior. This is especially the case for Pratiloma marriages. Even when the husband is a ...

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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only?
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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only? Yes, Shudras are considered lifelong Grihasthas. Shudras only belong in one Ashrama as per Gautama Smriti: Live with his wife (...

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What do ancient Hindu acharyas say about accepting the authority of Shruti but denying the authority of Smriti?
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Ancient Acharyas say that it is only logical to accept the validity of Smriti, because the expounders of Shruti also expound the Smriti. Hence, the Smriti is based on Shruti. Firstly, we accept the ...

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Is everything in the universe conscious according to Hinduism?
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Is everything in the universe conscious according to Hinduism? No, not everything is conscious. According to Viśiṣṭādvaita propounded by Sri Rāmānujāchārya, the Vedas declare that there exist 3 ...

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Slavery in Hinduism
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No, Hinduism forbids forced slavery, i.e. enslaving of others. Verses from various Dharma Shastras: Nārada (Theft, 28).—‘he who steals a man shall have to pay the highest fine; he who steals a woman ...

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Does Manusmriti go against Vedas?
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No, prohibiting Shudras from studying the Vedas does not go against the Vedas. In fact, encouraging them to study the Vedas is going against the Vedas. This is because you can only study the Vedas if ...

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Can we do Mantra japa while consuming non vegetarian on a daily basis?
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Since you're a dvija, it should be known that eating the meat of un-sacrificed animals is highly sinful: Manu 5.33 - In normal times the twice-born man conversant with the law shall not eat meat ...

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What are the quotes, from various scriptures of early Vedic times to early medieval times which define the term Mlecchas as distinct from Brahmins?
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What makes a Brahman comparatively distinct from the Mlecchas, according to the Vedas? Brahmanas are considered "bhu-suras" or "earthy gods", the highest of man, whereas Mlecchas ...

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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not? This presupposition is wrong; killing people of other castes is also a sin: Manusmriti 11.126: One fourth of the ...

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Is Purusha (mentioned in Purusha suktam) same as Brahman (Parabrahman)?
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Is Purusha (mentioned in Purusha suktam) same as Brahman (Parabrahman)? Yes, he is. The Purusha is described as the origin of the universe, the elements, all the Devas, all the worlds, and everything ...

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Do the mleccha civilizations become stronger than the vedic civilization in kali yuga?
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Do the mleccha civilizations become stronger than the vedic civilization in kali yuga? Yes, kali yuga is when the destruction of Vedic civilization and the rise of the Mleccha civilizations happens. ...

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Has any ancient or medieval Vedic scholar refuted the guna-based varna theory?
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Has any ancient or medieval Vedic scholar refuted the guna-based varna theory? Yes, medieval Sri Vaishnava scholar Vedanta Desikan has refuted the guna-based theory in his work called the ...

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Is there any proof that none of our ancient rishis were unmarried or left their families?
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Is there any proof that none of our ancient rishis were unmarried or left their families? No, the Four Kumaras, sons of Lord Brahma, were unmarried. Same with Narada. Born from Brahma's mind, the ...

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What exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma?
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What exactly is the role of the Puranas in the Sanatana Dharma? This question can be generalized to, "What exactly is the role of Smritis (Puranas, Itihasas, etc) in the Santana Dharma?" because the ...

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Is anti-Brahminism a symptom of Kali Yuga?
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Is anti-Brahminism a symptom of Kali Yuga? Yes, losing faith in Brahmins and going against them is a symptom of Kali Yuga according to the scriptures. From the Vishnu Purana: PARÁŚARA.--Hear, ...

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Does Vedic karma yield fruit in foreign countries? Will it give adverse results?
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Many contemporary Acharyas say that Yajnas don't yield fruits overseas, or they say that Yajnas only yield fruits for the first generation of Indians living overseas, but that it's recommended to do ...

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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?
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Why are Shudras reciting the Gayatri mantra? The answer is partly because of adopting Western beliefs, which all Indians are taught in Indian public schooling, such as "all men are created equal" and ...

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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men?
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Is there a scripturally recommended age of marriage for men? For dvijas (brahmin, kshatriya, and vaishya), it's immediately after Vedic study is completed. The time when Vedic study is completed is ...

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Why there is a contradiction between verse of brihadaranyaka upanishad?
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In the first verse Prajapati created the woman but in the second verse (1.4.3) aham split himself into two man and a woman. They are not contradictory because they can be combined into one coherent ...

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