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Item Code: IDF469
Author: Edited & Revised By: K.L. Joshi & Translated Into English By: Manmatha Nath Dutt
Publisher: Parimal Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: Sanskrit Text, English Translation, Notes, an Introduction and Index Verses
Edition: 2009
ISBN: 9788171102761
Pages: 141
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.8
Weight 320 gm
From the Jacket:

The Scriptural writings of the Hindus are divided, mainly, into two classes Sryti (or what is heard) and Smrti (or what is remembered). According to the belief of the Hindus, Smrti also is of divine origin; the difference between it and the Veda consists in the fact that in the Hindu System of Law the sense is recorded either in the divine words or other equivalent expressions.

Under the series of Smrtis (or Code of law) collectively known as Dharma-sastra, Parasara Smrti or Parasasa Dharma-sastra occupies an unique place. This (code) is holy, auspicious, life-prolonging, and heaven awarding. It imparts fame, knowledge, opulence and good fortune.

It contains twelve chapters containing five hundred and ninty nine verses in total.

The first three chapters belong to the Acara portion of the smrti in which the hermit describes about the rules of conduct, duties of Brahmana and other castes, definition of a true Atithi (guest).

Chapters 4 to 12 are devoted to the Prayascitta portion of the smrti in which there is brief description about various penances such as penance for mixing with low castes, peanance for being bitten by various animals and insects, penance for killing birds and beasts, expiation of murder and other sins and purifications such as purification of vessels and utensils and finally about various penitential rites.

The present translation of Parasara-smrti by M.N. Dutt is an authentic English Translation. The editor of the present book has further enhanced the English Translation by replacing older usage of English words with the corresponding modern words. He has done a good labour to put Sanskrit text and English Translation side by side for the benefit of readers. Further, he has corrected various diacritical notations that were incorrectly used in the earlier edition. Also the text has been corrected at appropriate places for a better edition of Parasara-smrti.

Chapter 1
Hermitage of Badarika. 1-8 1-2
Rules of Conduct and Law Codes in Various Yugas. 9-35 2-7
Value of Good Conduct. 36 7
Duties of Brahmana in Kali age. 37-38 7-8
Definition of an Atithi (Guest). 39-43 8-9
Various Homas. 44-54 9-11
Duties of other castes. 55-64 11-12
Chapter 2
Duties of four castes. 1-16 13-15
Chapter 3
Uncleanness consequent on birth and death. 1-54 16-26
Chapter 4 -
Sin of suicide. 1-7 27-28
Penance for mixing with low castes. 8-12 28
Rules of marriage and begetting children. 13-29 29-32
Chapter 5
Penance for being bitten by various animals or insects. 1-9 33-34
Cremation of a Brahmana killed by a cow who has committed suicide. 10-25 34-37
Chapter 6
Expiation of sin for killing birds and beasts. 1-14 38-40
Expiation of murder. 15-19 40-41
Expiation of other sins. 20-71 41-50
Chapter 7
Purification of vessels and utensils. 1-43 51-58
Chapter 8
Various expiatory rites. 1-49 59-68
Chapter 9
Sin or otherwise consequent on the destruction of a cow. 1-62 69-80
Chapter 10
Penance for holding forbidden sexual intercourse. 1-43 81-88
Chapter 11
Penance relating to interdicted food. 1-53 89-98
Chapter 12
Various penitential rites. 1-74 99-112

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