-6

Note, that this question is NOT a duplicate of this, or this, or even this.

This verse from the Narada Smriti permits sex with promiscuous women, prostitutes, and unmarried women freely:

12.78 - Intercourse is permitted with a wanton woman, who belongs to another than the Brahmana caste, or a prostitute, or a female slave, or a female not restrained by her master, if these women belong to a lower caste than oneself; but with a woman of superior caste, intercourse is prohibited.

Narada is understood to be an incarnation of Vishnu. This means that Vishnu permits men to have sex with prostitutes, promiscuous girls, unmarried women, and female slaves.

But first, is this an authentic verse spoken by Narada Rishi himself?

According to the footnote for that verse on sacred-texts.com, there were many medieval commentators for that verse, namely, Madhvacharya, Vigñânesvara, Mita Misra, Viśvanātha, and others.

My question is, can someone provide an English commentary for that verse, or an English translation of the Sanskrit commentary for that verse?

Thanks

  • 3
    Why these sort of questions are downvoted by some almost patterned regular downvoters? – hanugm Jan 19 at 5:26
1

That alleged verse from the Narada Smriti is not cited by the 9th century scholar, Vācaspati Miśra in his work known as Vivada Chintamani, which is a summary of Dharma based on several Dharma Shastras, in the sections named "Punishment of adultery, fornication, and rape", "Intercourse with prostitutes and unnatural crimes", "Of prostitutes", and "Of women and other matters".

In those sections, Vachaspati Mishra, cites one verse from the Narada Smriti that appears to permit adultery in some cases:

enter image description here

And doesn't cite that alleged verse at all from the Narada Smriti, which he would've cited along with this verse if that verse actually existed in the Narada Smriti, which means that that verse is probably a late interpolation.

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .