Vedanta Desikan cites a statement the following Shatadushani http://gdurl.com/S8rkW

For statements such as the following are found in smrtis:

There is no expiation for drinking the milk of a brown cow, for having sexual relations with a Brahmin's wife, and for imparting the Veda to a Sildra.

(one assumes the Brahmin himself is excluded)

Where is this statement found in scripture?

  • Do you know the Sanskrit version?
    – user16581
    Feb 10, 2019 at 17:16
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    Type the link like this and it should work: gdurl.com/S8rkW Feb 10, 2019 at 17:41
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    Type http:// in front. Feb 10, 2019 at 17:49
  • I'll look; but the Sri-Vaishnavites on this forum should know how to get hold of the Sanskrit version @Lazy Lubber
    – S K
    Feb 10, 2019 at 18:17
  • @LazyLubber Here is the verse in Sanskrit: i.stack.imgur.com/r2Whf.jpg Feb 10, 2019 at 18:27

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This verse is found in Parasara Smriti, Chapter 1.

kapilākṣīrapānena brāhmaṇīgamanena ca / (67.1)
vedākṣaravicāreṇa śūdraś cāṇḍālatāṃ vrajet // (67.2)


  1. By drinking the milk of a tawny cow, by cohabiting with a woman of the Brahman caste, by discussing the sense of the words of the Veda, a Shoodra becomes a Chandala (Lowest sect)
  • This seems different from what Keshav Srinivasan linked to "Here is the verse in Sanskrit": i.stack.imgur.com/r2Whf.jpg
    – S K
    Feb 11, 2019 at 15:09
  • @SK yes slightly different with that verse. Feb 11, 2019 at 15:28

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