Showing posts with label gurutalpaga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gurutalpaga. Show all posts

Hinduism - What Is Gurutalpaga?

 



 ("I'm heading to the guru's bedside") Gurutalpaga was one of the four major offenses that rendered one an outcast from society, according to the dharma literature, which established guidelines for religious obligation and ethical conduct.

Having sexual contact with the wife of one's guru or religious instructor was considered this sin.

This was clearly a significant violation of trust since the disciple is regarded a part of the guru's family and is expected to treat him with respect and devotion.

Because these students are young men, and many of their gurus may have had spouses who were considerably younger than them, such close contact might have easily created major temptation, necessitating a rigorous restriction in order to preserve acceptable relationships.

The penances required for its expiation (prayashchitta) demonstrate the seriousness of this transgression.

The culprit may either rip off his genitals or hug the red-hot statue of a lady while laying on a red-hot iron bed, according to dharma literature.

In each instance, death was predicted as a consequence of his penance, albeit the scriptures always state that death erases the crime.



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Hinduism - What Are The Four Great Crimes In A Hindu Society?


The  Four Great Crimes  are a series of four major sins or societal misconducts committed by people. 

Four behaviors are considered such severe transgressions in the dharma literature that the individual who does them becomes an outcast from society. 


  • Murdering a brahmin (brahmahatya), 
  • stealing a brahmin's wealth (steya), 
  • consuming liquor (surapana), 
  • and adultery with one's guru's wife are the four acts (gurutalpaga). 

Aside from exile from society, another indicator of the seriousness of these offenses was that the punishments were so severe that they almost always resulted in death, and in certain instances, death was directly prescribed. 

The dharma literature not only specified such penalties for the real violators, but also expulsion for everyone who knowingly socialized with such persons for more than a year. 



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