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The words puṇya and pāpa are commonly found in the Hindu scriptures. Even the Rgveda has used the words punya (2.43.2) and pāpa (10.164.5). So also the Upaniṣads.
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Puṇya refers to the fruit of any good or meritorious action. Other words considered as its equivalents are: dharma, śreyas, sukṛta and vṛṣa.
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Puṇya gives happiness both here and hereafter.
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The most common definition of puṇya is that which causes happiness to others, reducing their problems and difficulties.
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The dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas give detailed descriptions of puṇya and pāpa, for the guidance of people in general.
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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== OLD CONTENT ==
 
puṇya (‘that which purifies’)
 
puṇya (‘that which purifies’)
 
The words puṇya and pāpa are commonly found in the Hindu scriptures. Even the Rgveda has used the words puṇya (2.43.2) and pāpa (10.164.5). So also the Upaniṣads.
 
The words puṇya and pāpa are commonly found in the Hindu scriptures. Even the Rgveda has used the words puṇya (2.43.2) and pāpa (10.164.5). So also the Upaniṣads.

Revision as of 09:20, 12 October 2014

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Punya, PuNya, Punya


puṇya (‘that which purifies’)

The words puṇya and pāpa are commonly found in the Hindu scriptures. Even the Rgveda has used the words punya (2.43.2) and pāpa (10.164.5). So also the Upaniṣads.

Puṇya refers to the fruit of any good or meritorious action. Other words considered as its equivalents are: dharma, śreyas, sukṛta and vṛṣa.

Puṇya gives happiness both here and hereafter.

The most common definition of puṇya is that which causes happiness to others, reducing their problems and difficulties.

The dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas give detailed descriptions of puṇya and pāpa, for the guidance of people in general.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

OLD CONTENT

puṇya (‘that which purifies’) The words puṇya and pāpa are commonly found in the Hindu scriptures. Even the Rgveda has used the words puṇya (2.43.2) and pāpa (10.164.5). So also the Upaniṣads. Puṇya refers to the fruit of any good or meritorious action. Other words considered as its equivalents are: dharma, śreyas, sukṛta and vṛṣa. Puṇya gives happiness both here and hereafter. The most common definition of puṇya is that which causes happiness to others, reducing their problems and difficulties. The dharmaśāstras and the purāṇas give detailed descriptions of puṇya and pāpa, for the guidance of people in general.