Manusmriti with the Commentary of Medhatithi

by Ganganatha Jha | 1920 | 1,381,940 words | ISBN-10: 8120811550 | ISBN-13: 9788120811553

This is the English translation of the Manusmriti, which is a collection of Sanskrit verses dealing with ‘Dharma’, a collective name for human purpose, their duties and the law. Various topics will be dealt with, but this volume of the series includes 12 discourses (adhyaya). The commentary on this text by Medhatithi elaborately explains various t...

Sanskrit text, Unicode transliteration and English translation by Ganganath Jha:

धान्यं हृत्वा भवत्याखुः कांस्यं हंसो जलं प्लवः ।
मधु दंशः पयः काको रसं श्वा नकुलो घृतम् ॥ ६२ ॥

dhānyaṃ hṛtvā bhavatyākhuḥ kāṃsyaṃ haṃso jalaṃ plavaḥ |
madhu daṃśaḥ payaḥ kāko rasaṃ śvā nakulo ghṛtam || 62 ||

By stealing grains one becomes a rat; by stealing bronze, a Haṃsa; by stealing water, a Plava; by stealing honey, a gnat; by stealing milk, a crow; by stealing sweets, a dog; and by stealing clarified butter, an ichneumon.—(62).


Medhātithi’s commentary (manubhāṣya):



Explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha

Rasam’.—‘Juice of sugar-cane’ (Kullūka);—‘quicksilver’ (Nārāyaṇa).

This verse is quoted in Parāśaramādhava (Prāyaścitta, p. 511).


Comparative notes by various authors

(verses 12.60-68)

See Comparative notes for Verse 12.60.

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