[an error occurred while processing this directive]
HinduNet
  
Forums Chat Annouce Calender DigiCards Recommend Remote Invites
[an error occurred while processing this directive]


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

THE DHARMA SUTRAS

He considers himself to be a child of the Kali Yuga, the age of sin, and says distinctly 73 that on account of the unsatisfactory condition of society and transgression of rules, no Rishis are born among, the Avaras [later generations] and he refers repeatedly to the weakness and of the Avaras and contrasts their deviations from moral laws with the holiness of the ancient sages, who were able to commit various forbidden acts without diminishing their spiritual Merit. 74

The Sutras of Apastamba are traditionally believed to be later than those of Baudhayana and earlier than those of Hiranyakesin. The similarity and identity of many of the Sutras, the adherence of Apastamba to later doctrines, and his caveat in favour of the older customs all support the above presumption.

Apastamba differs from Baudhayana in certain points 

  1. The substitutes for legitimate sons. 

  2. Niyoga for widows. 

  3. The number of marriage rites.

Baudhayana as has been observed above allows eleven kinds of substitutes for a legitimate son: this is due to the excessive importance of a son for rendering funeral oblations, without which the souls of the dead are sure to fall into the region of torment hence to fulfill this need Baudhayana allows affiliation of illegitimate sons, illegitimate sons of wives, the legitimate and illegitimate offspring of daughters, the children of relations or even of strangers who may be solemnly adopted or have been received as members of the family without any ceremony or been acquired by purchase and some of them are allowed to take the place and enjoy the rights of legitimate sons. 75  

Back ] Women In The Sacred Laws ] Up ] Next ]

Women In The Sacred Laws
About The Dharma Sutras
Page1
Page2
Page3
Page4
Page5
Page6
Page7
Page8
Page9
Page10
Page11

Page12

Page13
Page14
Page15
Page16
Page17
Page18
You are Here! Page19
Page20
Page21
Page22
Page23
Page24
Page25
Page26
Page27
Page28
Page29
Page30
Page31
Page32
Page33
Page34
Page35
Page36
Page37

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
More Information about HinduNet Inc.
Privacy Statement
The Hindu Universe is a HinduNet Inc., website.
Copyrighted 1994-2003, HinduNet Inc.