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Women In The Sacred Laws
Kulapati's Preface The Author
Foreword Prologue
The Dharma Sutras Contemporary Evidence
The Manu - Samhita The Later Law-Books
Digest On Hindu Law Espirit Des Lois
Major Sections

WOMEN IN THE SACRED LAWS PROLOGUE

As the guests were about to relax, armed men rushed towards them with swords in their hands. But lo! they remained there transfixed! It was the will of the gods!! They could neither move their uplifted swords nor go back. Padmavarna stepped in and went to seize the guests.

Brahma said with a smile, " My brother, we are pleased with your hospitality. Who are you and what do you want of us? We shall be pleased to give you all that you ask." Padmavarna said, "I am Padmavarna, the king of this region. I lure rich merchants and kill them and take their wealth."

"We shall gladly give them to you if you carry them with you to heaven after death."

Padmavarna said, " Why, that is not impossible!"

"Have you seen anyone taking them?"

Padmavarna began to reflect; the words of Brahma were working on his mind. Brahma said, "My brother! we give you time.

Keep us here in strict guard and go to the cremation ground. Tell me if you see anyone taking his wealth with him after death."

Padmavarna asked his men to guard them and went to the cremation ground. He found every minute a dead body coming. They were stripped of everything and consigned to flames! Not one of them carried any wealth! No, even the body nourished so tenderly was destroyed!

Padmavarna returned sad at heart in the evening: his mind was filled with dismay. He related to Brahma what he had seen.

Brahma whose mind was filled with com- passion said, My brother, nothing of this earth can a man carry when he dies-even this very body is left behind as a load not to speak of riches."

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Women In The Sacred Laws
About Prologue
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.1
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.2
You are Here! How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.3
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.4
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.1
The Meaning And Scope of Dharma Pg.2
The Period Covered By Law-Books Pg.1
The Buddhist Law Pg.1
The Buddhist Law Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.1
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.2
Law and Religion in Hindu Culture Pg.3

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