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Hinduism - What Is The Historic Symbolism, And Tradition Associated With Gambling In A Hindu Society?


 A behavior having a long history in Indian society, but one that Hindu scriptures nearly usually depict negatively.

The Rg Veda, the oldest Hindu sacred literature, has the first mention in a song known as "The Gambler's Lament." The hymn is a first-person narrative of a gamer's infatuation with gaming and how it wrecked his life.

It concludes with a caution to the listener not to be lured by the seductive call of gambling.

The Mahabharata, the second of the two major Hindu epics, likewise portrays gambling in a bad light.

Yudhishthira's (the oldest of the five Pandava brothers who are the epic's heroes) main flaw is a gaming addiction, but it has terrible consequences.

Yudhishthira loses his kingdom, his brothers, and even himself in a dice game with the realm's most skilled player, Shakuni; as a consequence of the game, he and his brothers must go into exile.

These legendary representations reflect Hindu society's views toward gambling.

Sober and honest Hindus have traditionally avoided gambling games since they are not a reliable or acceptable means to risk one's money or make a livelihood.

The only time when caution and prudence may be justified is during the Diwali celebration, which is dedicated to Lakshmi, the goddess of riches and prosperity.

Gambling is a traditional aspect of Diwali celebrations, and it is used to honor Lakshmi as Lady Luck.

Diwali is most often celebrated in people's homes, therefore any gaming will take place among friends and family, with solely minimal wagering.

Apart from Diwali, gambling is absolutely prohibited in polite society, and its disruptive potential is severely limited even on Diwali. 


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