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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

"Is there nothing then that will go with me after my death?" was the query.

" Yes ", said Narada, " It is Dharma alone that accompanies the soul " and he recited: 

"Mritam sariram utsrijya Kasthaloshtasamam kshito", Vimukha bandhava yanti Dharmastam anugacchati. Dharmena hi sahayena tamastarati dustaram.

"Friends turn back leaving behind the dead body like a piece of stone or wood; Dharma alone followed him. By the help of Dharma alone one crosses the terrible darkness of death."

As the somber words fell on the ears of Padmavarna, he looked up and seeing their shining faces wondered if they were men or gods.

"Who are you?" he asked, "mortals or devas?"

Brahma and Narada manifested their divine forms, instructed him in the ways of Dharma and vanished.

Years rolled on. Padmavarna gave up all his evil ways and did penance. He realized the majesty of Dharma and declared it to the world.

"Law is the king of kings, far more powerful and rigid than they; nothing can be mightier than law by whose aid, as by that of the highest monarch, even the weak may prevail over the strong." (S.B. 14. 4, 2.23, Br. Ar. Up. I. 4. 14).

As he was the descendant of the gotra of Gautama, he came to be known as Rishi Gautama.

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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
How Dharma Came Into Existence Pg.3
You are Here! 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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