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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

THE DHARMA SUTRAS

The introduction of the means of gaining Siddhi, on the other hand, is without a parallel in other Dharma- Sutras, and the subject is entirely alien to the scope of such works. Its treatment, too, shows that chapters five to eight do not belong to the author of the major part of the Dharma- Sutra, for the description of the preparatory 'restraints' or austerities contains some what more detailed rules for a number of penances, namely, the Krccheas and the Chandrayana, which have already been described in the preceding Prasnas.

Moreover, the style and the language of whole, fourth Prasna is utterly different from that of the three preceding ones, and the differences observable are exactly the same as those between the first five and the last four Prasnas of the, Grhya-Sutra. The epic sloka, almost throughout, replaces the aphoristic prose, and the common slip shod Sanskrit of the Puranas appears, instead of the archaic forms.

Fourthly, the fourth Prasna is divided into Adhyayas, not into Kandikas, or Khandas and Adhyayas, which are found in the first two Prasnas. 29 It is, further, doubtful if the third Prasna, too, is the work of Baudhayana. Though it resembles in style and language the first two Prasnas of the book, the last peculiarity, observed above, about the fourth Prasna, appears here again. The first two chapters exhaust entirely the discussion of the whole Dharma; the third contains merely supplementary information on some points dealt with previously.

Several Adhyayas of the third Prasna have been borrowed from other works or are abstracts. Thus the tenth chapter has a close resemblance to the law-book of Gautama, and the sixth has some resemblance to Vishnu, 30 and the third comprises a summary of the doctrine of Vikhanas or of hermits living in the forest.

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