Vedah Smritah Sadaachaarah Svasyacha priyamaatmanah,
Etad chaturvidham praahuh saakshaat Dharmasya lakshanam

The four corner-stones of Dharma are Veda, Smriti, Sadaachaara and above all, one's own Inner Conscience.

The above Sanskrit śloka can be found at the end of this book (Dharma Bindu - Essence of Dharma Shastra).

What is the source of this śloka? Which scripture contains this?

yaś caturguṇasaṃpannaṃ dharmaṃ veda sa dharmavit
aher iva hi dharmasya padaṃ duḥkhaṃ gaveṣitum [MB, Shanti Parva, 12-130.019a]

Above, Bhishma seems to make an indirect reference to it in the Mahabharata and that reference has been used in this answer.


This Shloka is available in Manu Smriti, Chapter 2, Verse 12.

वेदः स्मृतिः सदाचारः स्वस्य च प्रियमात्मनः ।

एतच्चतुर्विधं प्राहुः साक्षाद् धर्मस्य लक्षणम् ॥ १२ ॥

vedaḥ smṛtiḥ sadācāraḥ svasya ca priyamātmanaḥ |

etaccaturvidhaṃ prāhuḥ sākṣād dharmasya lakṣaṇam || 12 ||

The Veda, the Smṛti, the Practice of cultured Men, and what is agreeable to oneself—these directly constitute the fourfold means of knowing Dharma.—(12)

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    Good find. This link has better translation and commentary also. Sep 23 '16 at 16:13
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    @sv. Thanks for the link. Actually I was searching for the good version of Manu Smriti. Sep 23 '16 at 16:48

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