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It should always be cherished whatever the situation. Food thus honoured gives one strength and energy. Food taken irreverently destroys both strength and energy. Wise men should endeavour to keep them under control like a horseman controls his horses.
Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh. Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned in the Veda and assented to in their hearts by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and inordinate affection. Elst, Koenraad. For a full discussion, see Elst, Koenraad. About the Manusmriti[ edit ] One thing I want to impress upon you is that Manu did not give the law of caste and that he could not do so.
Caste existed long before Manu. They were copied, translated and incorporated into local law code, with strict adherence to the original text in Burma and Siam, and a stronger tendency to adapt to local needs in Java Indonesia ". The role of then extant Manusmriti as a historic foundation of law texts for the people of Southeast Asia has been very important, states Hooker.
Along with Manusmriti Manava Dharmasastra , ancient India had between eighteen and thirty six competing Dharma-sastras , states John Bowker. Of the numerous jurisprudence-related commentaries and Smriti texts, after Manu Smriti and other than the older Dharma Sutras, Yajnavalkya Smriti has attracted the attention of many scholars, followed by Narada Smriti and Parashara Smriti the oldest Dharma-smriti. This text, of unclear date of composition, but likely to be a few centuries after Manusmriti, is more "concise, methodical, distilled and liberal".
Regarding the 18 titles of law, Yajnavalkya follows the same pattern as in Manu with slight modifications. On matters such as women's rights of inheritance and right to hold property, status of Sudras, and criminal penalty, Yajnavalkya is more liberal than Manu.
He deals exhaustively on subjects like creation of valid documents, law of mortgages, hypothecation, partnership and joint ventures. Jois suggests that the Yajnavalkya Smriti text liberal evolution may have been influenced by Buddhism in ancient India.
The Manusmrti has been subject to appraisal and criticism. Ambedkar , who held Manusmriti as responsible for caste system in India. In protest, Ambedkar burnt Manusmrti in a bonfire on December 25, Babasaheb Ambedkar condemned Manusmriti, Mahatma Gandhi opposed the book burning. The latter stated that while caste discrimination was harmful to spiritual and national growth, it had nothing to do with Hinduism and its texts such as Manusmriti.
Gandhi argued that the text recognizes different callings and professions, defines not one's rights but one's duties, that all work from that of a teacher to a janitor are equally necessary, and of equal status.
The Manu Smriti was one of the first Sanskrit texts studied by the European philologists. It was first translated into English by Sir William Jones.
His version was published in In fact, states Romila Thapar, these were not codes of law but social and ritual texts. He commented on it both favorably and unfavorably:. Ambedkar asserted that Manu Smriti was written by a sage named Brigu during the times of Pushyamitra of Sangha in connection with social pressures caused by the rise of Buddhism. Thapar writes that archaeological evidence casts doubt on the claims of Buddhist persecution by Pushyamitra.
Pollard et al. It has an affirmation of life, a triumphing agreeable sensation in life and that to draw up a lawbook such as Manu means to permit oneself to get the upper hand, to become perfection, to be ambitious of the highest art of living. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Part of a series on Hindu scriptures and texts Shruti Smriti Vedas. Other scriptures.
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Negotiating the Future of Sharia . Dharma and Dharmashastra. Views on Manusmriti have varied among Indian leaders. Ambedkar left burnt it in , while Gandhi right found it a mix of lofty as well as contradictory teachings. Gandhi suggested a critical reading, and rejection of parts that were contrary to ahimsa.
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For dating of Manu Smriti in "final form" to the 2nd century CE, see: Keay, p. Hopkins, p. For probable origination during the 2nd or 3rd centuries AD, see: Kulke and Rothermund, p. For the text as preserved dated to around the 1st century BCE. Retrieved Manu's Code of Law. Oxford University Press. Journal of the American Oriental Society. Beyond Tradition and Modernity Delhi: Oxford UP, , p.
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