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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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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Why is food smelt by a cow impure when cow's dung and urine is used for purification rites?

Manu-smṛti 5.123: पक्षिजग्धं गवा घ्रातमवधूतमवक्षुतम् । दूषितं केशकीटैश्च मृत्प्रक्षेपेण शुध्यति ॥ १२३ ॥ pakṣijagdhaṃ gavā ghrātamavadhūtamavakṣutam | dūṣitaṃ keśakīṭaiśca ...
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Where can I read Manusmriti along with all its commentaries in English?

Manusmriti has more than six commentaries so far (Bhāruci, Medhātithi, Govindarāja, Kullūka, Nārāyana, Sarvajnanarayana, Nandana, Raghavananda, Ramacandra). Only Medhatithi's commentary which has been ...
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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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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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Why do Brahmacharis who break the vow of celibacy need to sacrifice a donkey as atonement?

From Apastamba Dharma Sutras 1.9.26.8: A [student] who has broken the vow of chastity, shall offer to Nirṛiti an ass, according to the manner of the Pāka-yajña-rites. This same Prayaschitta is ...
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Manusmriti says Sama Veda is impure, whereas Krishna says he is Sama Veda of all the Vedas

The Manusmriti says: The Ṛgveda is sacred to the gods and the Yajurveda is human; the Sāmaveda has been declared to be related to the Pitṛs; hence its sound is impure.—(124) This is odd ...
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What are the origins/geneology of various mleccha tribes?

“Those various men of Kṣatriya birth — Dramiḻas, Kaliṅgas, Pulindas, Uśīnaras, Kaulas, Sarpas, and Māhiṣakas — have reached the level of Śūdras because no Brahmins are seen among them.” ...
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Were the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis actually carried out or they merely served as a deterrent?

Were some of the harsher punishments laid out in smṛtis like the Manu actually carried out (any real examples?) or they merely served as a deterrent? From Manusmṛti: On abusing a Brāhmaṇa the ...
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Is it wrong according to Hinduism to marry a girl name Swati?

Manu Smriti 3.9 says this: "A man should not marry a woman named after a constellation". Now, Swati is a constellation. So, is it wrong to marry a girl named Swati?
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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What are the impure substances from which prohibited food grows

Manu RIshi talks about prohibited food items in Manu Smriti verse 5.5, the original verse is लशुनं गृञ्जनं चैव पलाण्डुं कवकानि च । अभक्ष्याणि द्विजातीनाममेध्यप्रभवानि च ॥ ५ ॥ Garlic, leeks ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does Manu Smriti declare temple priests as sinful?

"Physicians, temple priests, sellers of meat, and those who subsist by shop-keeping must be avoided at sacrifices offered to the gods and to the manes." (Manusmriti: 3/152) "(Food) given to a ...
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Are there any blasphemy laws in the dharma śāstras?

According to some comments & answers to What are the after-effects of insulting gods/goddesses? it appears that in the grand scheme of things, the Karma theory is going take care of all those who ...
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How is killing of black deer for skin and other products justified

Shatpath Bramhana says that brahmin boys should cover their bodies with skin of Black Deer or Krishna Mriga (Black Buck), and this is okay if they don't just kill them for that purpose. A dead buck's ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?