Questions tagged [manu-smriti]

The Law of Manu- Manusmriti also known as Manav Dharam Shastra, is the earliest metrical work on Brahminical Dharma in Hinduism.

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Does Puri Sankaracharya or other teachers say what aspects of the British Raj were divine and based on Manusmriti?

Hindi video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9eI-hC7Aqs around 8:05 Their (British) rule had its glaring negativities thanks to their mental devilry, but whatever trace of divinity it had was due to ...
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Why killing someone, stealing and drinking, all are equated on a same level of offense?

Manu Smriti 11.65 - 11.66 11.65. Neglecting to kindle the sacred fires, theft, non-payment of (the three) debts, studying bad books, and practising (the arts of) dancing and singing, 11.66. Stealing ...
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Punishment for marital rape?

I had read a story where a king asked his menstruating wife to have an intercourse with him and she refused; but since he kept on insisting, his punishment would be that he gets casted to hell This is ...
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Why does Manu Smriti state that meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures?

According to this answer https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44832/22493: Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is ...
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Is Manu Smriti just about Bramhin Previlage?

An Anti Hindu from this website 1 lists problems with Manu Smriti Brahmins teach that God created them from his mouth to glorify them and created some other castes from his feet to let them serve the ...
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Adharma must prevail in this very Yuga?

Quoting Shastras from reputable sources: "Manu Smriti says: 1.85. One set of duties (is prescribed) for men in the Krita age, different ones in the Treta and in the Dvapara, and (again) another (...
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Is there any Vaishnava commentary on Manu-Smriti?

I have seen few commentaries (and even fewer translations in English) of the Manu Samhita. But I can't find any done by a Vaishnava (no regards to the sampradaya). Thus I'm wondering is it because ...
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Plant sap that make humans invisible

Are there any verses in Manusmriti saying about a plant sap that can make humans invisible, when applied to their feet? If yes, what is the name of that plant?
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A Western follower of Sanatan Dharma does have a Varna Dharma?

According to jyotish Kundali myself too I have a Dharma Varna. I want to know if is evaluable, if is true and finally if is important for a western born person in order to be accepted by any Hindu ...
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The destination and fate of Murderers

I'd like to make clear the destination and fate of murders. According to Manusmriti 12.54-55, Those who committed mortal sins (Mahapataka), having passed during large numbers of years through ...
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Can a non-Indian person trust Sanatan Dharma, follow it and so become Hindu? [closed]

Preface: I didn't find nowhere in the Shastras which I have read, nor in other books, if a person who was born inside a Western Country and feels devotion for Sanataan Dharma conducts of life, Devas ...
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8 forms of marriage [duplicate]

In this discussion between Dushyanta and Shakuntala, the king mentions about 8 forms of wedding. There are, in all, eight kinds of marriages. These are Brahma, Daiva, Arsha, Prajapatya, Asura, ...
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Are the Punishments in Manu Smriti and other Shastras literal?

Few verses of Manu Smriti like Manu 8.279-282 seem so offensive and against basic Compassion. Are they literal Punishments or just warnings not to commit bad acts???Even Shankaracharya quotes a verse ...
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What is the most heinous sin in Hinduism?

The question may be of a very broad scope and is open to discussions encompassing various scriptures like the Bhagwada Gita and Manu Smriti. I have been told that the gravest sin as per the Gita is to ...
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Can a mleccha convert marry a Dalit?

Since both "Mleccha" and a "Dalit" are casteless and Manusmriti says there is no fifth caste. Is this a valid marriage?
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What are the meal timings according to Smritis?

While there is Intermittent Fasting and Time Restricted Feeding buzz going on in the fitness community, I want to know what is the take of Smritis regarding Time of Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Of ...
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Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta

I am looking for translated versions (English/Hindi) of Manusmriti with commentary of Kulluka Bhatta online .
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Was Vivekananda a proponent of birth-based caste-system or the guṇa-based? [closed]

What type of caste-system did Swami Vivekananda advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If he believed one's varṇa is determined by their guṇa: Did he reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Regarding the validity of Smritis

I have read the following claims regarding Smritis countless times : ... what scriptures also say. They say that you should keep the Desha (country or place) and the Kaala (time) in mind when you ...
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Does Manusmriti contain any statements regarding manual labor? [duplicate]

Is there any mention regarding manual labor in Manu Smriti?
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Was Manusmriti the constitution of Ram Rajya?

In Sarga 18 of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Valmiki Ramayana, Rama explains to a dying Vali as to why He attacked him behind his back. Rama categorically explains all the questions put by Vali in the ...
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Is capturing female slaves allowed?

Manu Smriti verse 7.96 says: rathāśvaṃ hastinaṃ chatraṃ dhanaṃ dhānyaṃ paśūn striyaḥ | sarvadravyāṇi kupyaṃ ca yo yaj jayati tasya tat || 96 || Chariots and horses, elephants, umbrellas, ...
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Is Kṛṣṇasāra mentioned in Manusmṛti 2.23 the spotted deer (Axis axis) or the blackbuck (Indian antelope)?

Ganganath Jha translates 'kṛṣṇasāra' as 'spotted deer': kṛṣṇasārastu carati mṛgo yatra svabhāvataḥ | sa jñeyo yajñiyo deśo mlecchadeśastvataḥ paraḥ || 23 || But the region where the spotted ...
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What are the quotes, from various scriptures of early Vedic times to early medieval times which define the term Mlecchas as distinct from Brahmins?

MLECCHAS The Vedics referred to all alien cultures and races that were less civilized in ancient times as 'Mleccha'. The term Mleccha means; The uncouth and incomprehensible speech of ...
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Does South India comes within land of mlechhas? [closed]

Manusmriti 2:22-23 But (the tract) between those two mountains (just mentioned), which (extends) as far as the eastern and the western oceans, the wise call Aryavarta (the country of the Aryans)....
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Can the lower borns enter varna system?

Ambaṣṭha, Niṣāda, Pārośora, Ugra, Sūta, Māgadha, Vaideha, Āyogava, Kṣattṛ, Caṇḍāla, Āvṛta, Ābhīra, Dhigvaṇa, Pukkasa, Kukkaṭaka, Śvapāka, Veṇa Manusmriti (10.5) onwards gives names of mixed varna ...
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Does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins?

Why does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins? For example: A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his ...
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Are there more than one manusmritis?

I came across an article criticizing Manusmriti for degradation of women (precisely), please see the link However, when I searched the given verses in an online library with sage Medhatithi's ...
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Can a Kshatriya ask for alms according to Hindusim?

I've read somewhere, most probably in some shastra, that in case of scarcity or lack of resource, and if it's a question of survival, a Kshatriya can ask for alms. What are your views regarding this? ...
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Why do some scriptures say men should not marry a girl who has no brother?

In various scriptures it is mentioned that we should not marry a woman who has no brother. Manusmriti 3:11. yasyāstu na bhaved bhrātā na vijñāyeta vā pitā | naupayaccheta tāṃ prājñaḥ putrikā'...
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Why does Manusmriti prohibit going near trees at night?

Manusmriti 4:73:- Let him not enter a walled village or house except by the gate, and by night let him keep away from trees. I don't understand why Manusmriti talks about this unnecessary law. What'...
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How a Teenage student should behave?

Is there any specific quote or reference in Hindu scripture related to the behavior and lifestyle of young Lerner. I understand that Sanatan Dharma is never about to-do and don't list but I believe ...
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Is manusmriti applicable on descendants of Brahma's mind born sons?

As we know some of Brahma's mind born sons also had progeny. So technically not all humans are descendants of Manu. Is my understanding correct? And if so, is manusmriti applicable on them?
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Is there an english translation of Manusmriti by Dr. Surendra Kumar available?

As I understand Dr. Kumar has identified shlokas that are adulterated or interpolated, and he has accompanied it with an explanation. His work is on archive.org but in Hindi. 50% of verses seem out of ...
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How are interfaith marriages treated in hindu scriptures? [duplicate]

What do smritis say about marrying someone from other faiths?
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Suggestions for Hindu books regarding political philosophy

I am wanting to read and learn about Hindu political philosophy. I know about the "Laws of Manu", but I am unsure of any other books that relate, I would like to read similar things such as the famous ...
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What is the full form of the following sloka?

Swami Vivekananda has once quoted one line from a sloka which is most probably from the Manu-samhita, that reads charen mAdhukarim vrittim api mlechchhakulad api, Meaning : [a monk] should beg food ...
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Alternative translations to Manusmriti 4.53

English translation of Manusmriti 4.53 by Ganganath Jha says: नाग्निं मुखेनोपधमेन्नग्नां नैक्षेत च स्त्रियम् । नामेध्यं प्रक्षिपेदग्नौ न च पादौ प्रतापयेत् ॥ ५३ ॥ nāgniṃ mukhenopadhamennagnāṃ naikṣeta ...
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Rigveda verse after nocturnal emission in manusmriti

It is mentioned in Manusmriti in the 181th line that "A twice-born student, who has involuntarily wasted his manly strength during sleep, must bathe, worship the sun, and afterwards thrice mutter the ...
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Is it against dharma if a single son is following brahmacharya? Can an only son be a brahmachari even if he's not a sannyasi?

There is a story of Agastya muni. He saw his ancestors lying upside down without attaining salvation. They said that it is because there is no one to continue their family because Agastya muni did ...
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To which caste do people from the Vishwakarma community belong?

I belong to the Vishwakarma community and am not able to decide on the caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra) I belong. As per my knowledge and learning, even the Vedas, Manusmriti and other ...
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Are women considered spoils of war according to Kshatriya Dharma?

Historically, the armies of the Mlecchas, Asuras, and Rakshasas after defeating the army, killing the king, and conquering a city, would kill all the civilian men, rape all the women, make their ...
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What is the supernatural race called the “Uraga”?

This is not a duplicate because I'm specifically asking about the Uragas. "Uragas" are mentioned as a supernatural race in the Manusmriti alongside other celestial/supernatural races like the ...
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Discrepancy in the Manusmriti regarding Devas being fond of alcohol just like the Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Pisachas?

This answer says, from the Vyasa Smriti: Milk, wine, honey, and clarified butter are the articles which the gods are fond of. The word wine is used for Sanskrit "sura." Then there is this verse ...
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Which is the most authentic english translation of Manu Smriti?

Which is the most authentic translation of Manu Smriti preferably literal word to word one?
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Why are Daityas Sattvic according to the Manusmriti?

NOTE: This question is NOT a duplicate of this question. The Manusmriti has this verse about the types of bodies one can enter due to different Gunas. Here are the bodies can can be born in due to ...
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Which came first, dharma śāstras and smṛtis or the people that followed them?

This is a chicken-and-egg problem. Did the dharma śāstras and smṛtis come first and then people started following them or people already had some unwritten rules and they were then codified into ...
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What is the real meaning of “Kanyadhana”

I have read at a Hinduism website (Website Link) that the word "Kanyadhaana" is misinterpreted into meaning "Donating the bride" According to the web article: It's not "Kanya-...
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Are some verses of Manu Smṛitī added later?

A former IPS officer Dr. Dalbir Bharti writes in his book the constitution and criminal justice administration in the page 16 that ...in a research it has found that out of 2685 verses in the ...
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Do different castes have different Karmic outcomes for the same action?

The differential treatments of different castes that Manu et al prescribe are for earthly punishments/rewards for earthly actions. Does any scripture says that for the exactly same Papa or Punya, a ...