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Manusmriti Absolved:
Chapter 1 – The Pr.

Vineet Nanda

October 31, 2021. 1 minute Read

The Manusmriti is the first ancient legal text and constitution among the many Dharmasastras of HinduismIn ancient India, sages used to put their ideas on how the society should run solely based on Manuscript. 

मनुमेकाग्रमासीनमभिगम्य महर्षयः ।

प्रतिपूज्य यथान्यायमिदं वचनमब्रुवन् ॥ १ ॥

This one time, a group of Rishis visit Maharishi Manu as per the ancient prathaa (ritual) of approaching seniors to learn from them. After the initial exchange of salutations, they honour Maharishi Manu as, “the most suitable sage to answer their questions.” After considerable self-reflection, Maharishi Manu accepts their requests.

भगवन् सर्ववर्णानां यथावदनुपूर्वशः ।

अन्तरप्रभवानां च धर्मान्नो वक्तुमर्हसि ॥ २ ॥

The rishis speak, “Maharishi, you are a bearer of Divine knowledge. Would you kindly provide a structured answer on the roles, duties and responsibilities of people from the different varnas?”

त्वमेको ह्यस्य सर्वस्य विधानस्य स्वयम्भुवः ।

अचिन्त्यस्याप्रमेयस्य कार्यतत्त्वार्थवित् प्रभो ॥ ३ ॥

Rishis continue speaking, “Our Vedas are Svayambhuvaḥ (self-existent, not created by man) and understanding them requires the kind of spiritual wisdom that only you possess.”

स तैः पृष्टस्तथा सम्यगमितोजा महात्मभिः ।

प्रत्युवाचार्च्य तान् सर्वान् महर्षींश्रूयतामिति ॥ ४ ॥

Upon hearing these words, the Great Sage acknowledges the inquisitiveness of the Rishis and mentions that their kid-like curiosity is commendable; especially as they are such learned people themselves. Then, sitting up and assuming dhyana-mudra, Maharishi Manu says that Listen: Manusmriti Begins… Listen: Shruti Memorize: Smruti Manusmriti: Memories of Manu’s Speech.

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