Few guidelines for answering questions about Hinduism:
An answer is most acceptable and authentic when it is based upon Vedic scriptures
and gives proper reference to the source. Some of the credible
scriptures are as below:
Vedas and the primary Upanishads
Smrutis (Bhagavd Gita, Manu Smurti, etc.)
Puranas (18 puranas by Veda Vyasa)
Itihasa (Mahabharat, ...
From lowest quality to highest quality of references (according to me).
Wrong reference [for example, misquoting]
These should be avoided as they could be misleading.
Missing reference (for example, a link that doesn't work]
These are to be avoided, if the answer contains only the link.
Extremely Broad reference (for example, reference: Veda, Good luck!]
The site is based on Hinduism. If the user is a beginner in a sense that he is not at all informative about the Hinduism, I would suggest him to read this extensively long article on Wikipedia.
The reason I insist the users to read the article first is because this will prevent their questions to get closed for any good reason (if they ask) and also it will ...
This is an English-language site. Our posts must primarily be in English.
Now, of course, one may quote from texts in any other language, like Sanskrit or Tamil, but it would be best if an English translation was also provided alongside them.
Many users here do not speak English as a first language. That's totally fine - just do your best to write an ...
According to me, TV shows should NOT be counted as an authentic source, reason is that our daily soaps exaggerate the stories to make interesting to general public.
If you compare the shows you will get it that up to what extent they put their own stories and hence, they shouldn't be considered as a source to support your answers.
Update-1: Extended Time length and Exclusion Criterion
Update-2: Old unsourced answers are also subject to deletion now
Yes, regarding new unsourced answers, the time span of a week for normal/regular users and a fortnight for new users is fine. I suggest to add "citation needed" post-notice before deletion so that users can get notified/warned. I ...
No, "Personal Experience" alone can not be considered as a source. Since we supposed to provide correct information we need to cite some authoritative source. Visit Can we revisit the sources required rule?
Some information from an answer may help you regarding why we must insist on sources, how sources are useful and If you don't have reference to cite at ...
In my opinion, yes, Hindu astrology should be on topic. Astrology is deeply intertwined with many other aspects of Hindu ritual practice, and to arbitrarily separate out this particular aspect would make little sense.
What scriptures are considered valid?
All Hindu scriptures are valid and authentic source. Works of Acharyas, Sayings of Saints, Swami and Gurus are also valid source to cite.
What sources are considered valid?
Now talking about citing texts from websites.
Websites that provide English translation and commentary of Hindu scriptures:
Hindu scriptures are ...
Note: In addition to cover the question has asked, I felt to address some relevant issues and hence posting a general answer:
Hinduism StackExchange is not like a game show or popularity contest. The site is not here to dictate or define the views of it's users. The goal is to provide reliable information about Hinduism rather than debating among the ...
Along with what Shog posted, I think it is important to understand that this site should provide a much higher quality resource for information concerning the culture of Hinduism (whatever that is). People who are frustrated with Wikipedia and other blogs, sites, etc should be able to come here for expert, lucidly explained, and extremely well researched ...
Below are the full form of the abbreviations I have used so far:
BG - Bhāgavad Gitā
SB - Śrimad Bhāgavatam
MB - Mahābhārata
RCM - Rāmcharitmānas
VRM - Vālmiki Rāmāyan
VP - Vishnu Purana
BVP - Brahmavaivarta Purana
HP - Harivamsa Purana
GP - Garuda Purana
AP - Agni Purana
PP - Padma Purana
LP - Linga Purana
DB - Devi Bhagavata
Sve. Up -Svetasvatara Upanishad
I think this is a tricky issue. Let me preface this by saying that we shouldn't lose track of the purpose of the site. Yes, we spend a lot of time on this site discussing the details of various stories and quotations from sacred texts, and I certainly participate in that, geeking out with obscure questions about the scars on Ravana's shoulders. But we ...
According to me we shouldn't answer questions by providing scientific reasons behind a particular thing. For example, I had read a similar question before which we closed because the user was asking for a scientific reason, I would request not to provide science based answers as they are redundant in a way.
Science never believes in myths or miracles as it ...
I feel this is going to cause issue in a long run. I had posted this in the main room 2 days back.
we should start explaining in the answers rather than just posting
According to me, its fine to post the content from another source BUT it should be allowed as a supporting source for the information you share here.
In Hindu Dharma, we have ...
I looked through various quoted Wikipedia pages and found these two particularly objectionable:
(not even describing the varnas according to the Hindu scriptures, instead some tripartite hypothesis)
We should mark questions related to Sanskrit language as OFF-topic, BUT I would Not mark questions which ask to explain the meaning (not talking about translation, but literal meaning &/or thought behind the sloka) of a verse/mantra which are written in Sanskrit language.
For example, this is purely a Sanskrit question which I would mark as off-topic -
I could not agree more! Copy-pasting only creates duplicate content which someone can easily find on Wikipedia or some other site. It's just like shifting the content from those sites to this one. So we should try and encourage creation of original content here. I think we need to create an example by good quality posts in the beta so that when it goes ...
Ayurveda related questions should be on-topic only to a certain extent.
If the question is entirely based on Ayurveda and has nothing to do with other Hindu facts, mythology, system, etc., then, it should be either closed, or migrated to Biology.SE.
However, if it's regarding the history of Ayurveda, or is with reference to other parts of Hinduism that are ...
Comments should only be used if they give any constructive input to the post (Q&A) and don't turn out to be a long/open ended debate/discussion.
There is nothing wrong if there is a prolonged conversation with a fellow user, however in such case, it's better to use Chats, as they are meant to serve such purposes and even to talk on off topic ...
Instead of citing Wikipedia, it will be better to cite from the references of Wikipedia at least. Because Wikipedia content can change by any future users at any time and that change could be good or bad. (can't say).
I heard the above suggestion from Ankit Sharma.
Apart from my above solution, having more than one source in the answer is always better.
Are modern shlokas, scriptures, views, sayings etc. valid when using them as references? Or are only references from the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and other ancient texts considered valid?
It should depend on the subject of the question asked. All the questions here can be classified into 2 categories,
Questions revolving around Dharma, Mokśa or Adṛṣṭa ...
Let's pick and stick to one of these transliteration schemes in any given post:
Simplified: Rama, Sita, Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna
IAST: Rāma, Sītā, Śiva, Viṣṇu, Kṛṣṇa
Harvard-Kyoto: rAma, sItA, ziva, viSNu, kRSNa
Avoid Hindi spellings like Ram, Shiv, Krishn, etc. as they make it difficult when searching for these terms.
Ayurveda is indeed a part of Hinduism and the literal translation means "life knowledge". As Wikipedia also suggests, it is a system of Hindu traditional medicine and several old Sanskrit texts are known to exist which are among the foundational and formally compiled works of Ayurveda.
Avurveda offers many Hinduism centric ideologies and terminologies and ...
I agree in a way that we should cite from the books as well, but I strongly suggest to quote from Wikipedia as well, and also link to the respective page, the reason am saying this is...
Nothing on the web is going to be same, so not only Wikipedia, if user quotes from other website as well, who knows the content on that website may change?
Also its likely ...
One thing - if you are going to cite Wikipedia, it is a very good idea to link to a specific revision.
To do this, simply go to the left sidebar of Wikipedia, click on "Permanent link", and copy the URL of the page that that links you to. For example, this link takes you to the current-as-of-this-writing revision of the Wikipedia article on Hinduism: http:/...
From this page:
The Vedangas are the last treatises of the Vedic Literature. Paniniya
Shiksha (41-42) narrates two verses on the importance of the Vedangas
which describe Veda as a Purusha having six limbs as six Vedangas:
Chandas are His two feet, Kalpa are His two arms, Jyotisha are His
eyes, Nirukta is His ears, Shiksha is His nose and ...
The answer suggest a scientific answers. Science is an eternal part of Hinduism. Most of the practice and rituals are all due to their scientific significance. So, when answering any questions science should be referred. It is the reason why most of us have developed more belief in the religion. Ayurveda, Yoga and Astronomy are all integrated with our ...
Though Wikipedia may be useful for getting basic information about particular topic, However, Wikipedia can not be considers as reliable source to cite or take a reference.
From Ten things you may not know about Wikipedia:
We do not expect you to trust us
It is in the nature of an open collaboration and work-in-progress like Wikipedia that quality may vary ...