ETHICS OF MANU DHARMA SASTRA. Introduction. The ancient Hindu law- books mark an important phase in the development of eth- ical thought in India. In Hindu mythology, Manu is the progenitor of the human race. Pages (PDF): codification of Hindu law, the Manava-dharma-sastra (Laws of Manu). Manu Smriti in Sanskrit Sloka with English Translation. Topics Manu Smriti, Manusmriti, Manaba Dharma Sastra, Hinduism, Hindu, Smritis.

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The teachings of Dharma (right living) therefore are the views of particular the Manu Smriti are the Laws of Yajñavalkya, Apastamba and Parashara to name. To dismiss the Manu Smṛti on the grounds that it is a ‗religious' text belies the . For Ambedkar, the varṇa-dharma teaching of the Manu Smṛti needed to be .. ( The great sages approached Manu, who was seated .. In the Krita age Dharma is four-footed and by reason of unjust gains agama, Dharma is deprived.

Genesis of the Laws of Manu It is believed that Manu, the ancient teacher of sacred rites and laws, is the a uthor of Manava Dharma-shastra.

The initial canto of the work narrates how ten g reat sages appealed to Manu to pronounce the sacred laws to them and how Manu fu lfilled their wishes by asking the learned sage Bhrigu, who had been carefully t aught the metrical tenets of the sacred law, to deliver his teachings.

However, equally popular is the belief that Manu had learnt the laws from Lord Brahma, th e Creator, and so the authorship is said to be divine. Scholars agree that the work is a mo dern versified rendition of a B.

Chapters two to s ix recounts the proper conduct of the members of the upper castes, their initiat ion into the Brahmin religion by sacred thread or sin-removing ceremony, the per iod of disciplined studentship devoted to the study of the Vedas under a Brahmin teacher, the chief duties of the householder - choice of a wife, marriage, prot ection of the sacred hearth-fire, hospitality, sacrifices to the gods, feasts to his departed relatives, along with the numerous restrictions - and finally, the duties of old age.

The seventh chapter talks of manifold duties and responsibil ities of kings. The eighth chapter deals with the modus operandi in civil and cr iminal proceedings and of the proper punishments to be meted out to different ca ste.

The ninth and the tenth chapters relate the customs and laws regarding inhe ritance and property, divorce and the lawful occupations for each caste. Chapter eleven expresses the various kinds of penance for the misdeeds. The final chapt er expounds the doctrine of karma, rebirths and salvation. The rigidity in the caste system and the contemptible attitude towards women are not acceptable tod ay. The almost divine reverence shown to the Brahmin caste and the despicable at titude towards the 'Sudras' the lowest caste is objectionable.

The Sudras were forbidden to participate in the Brahmin rituals and were subjected to severe pu nishments whereas the Brahmins were exempted from any kind of reprimand for crim es. The practice of medicine was prohibited to the upper caste.

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Here are some important quotations from the Manava Dharmasatra. Tamils proudly declared that they follow Manu Dharma Sastra in their ancient epigraphs and inscriptions. One Choza king was even named Manu Neethi Choza for his equal justice to an animal and human being. He executed his son under the wheel of a chariot which ran over a calf.

The calf came to his palace add rang the Bell of Justice at the gate.

The king ordered the execution of his son for killing the calf under his chariot wheel. This story went far and wide and found even in the Mahavamsa of Sri Lanka. The story is repeated in Tamil epic Silappadikaram, Pazamozi , Periapuranam and local Sthalapuranas.

In all these stories they praised the Laws of Manu. Man is a Teachable Animal Man is a teachable animal. That is why we have framed rules for him. Animals have no morality.

Hindus believed in changes. So they had various law books during different periods. Nothing remained static in the Hindu world.

It kept on changing. Manu was one of the law givers.

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So no one needs to worry about the interpolated shortcomings or discrepancies in the present law book. It was only used by anti Hindus, atheists and foreigners who came to rule India and spread their religion.

In the last few centuries vested interests misused this law book. The present book with all the interpolations was put to writing around second century CE.

Before that, it should have existed in its purest form.The Ordinances of Manu begun by A. The first Sanskrit work to b e translated into a European tongue.

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But it is also true that many others live respected lives as honored matriarchs. Thomas Duve , Max Planck Institute: Smritis are presumed to be the compositions of human authors, not Gods; these authors make it clear that they are merely anthologizing traditions handed down to them over generations.

Even war demanded a very rigorous code--yuddha-dharma. In all these stories they praised the Laws of Manu.

The king ordered the execution of his son for killing the calf under his chariot wheel. As an elephant made up of wood, as an antelope made of leather, such is an unlearned Brahmana, those three have nothing but the names of their kind Kural in Tamil can be compared with it.

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