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:

उत्पद्यन्ते च्यवन्ते च यान्यतोऽन्यानि कानि चित् ।
तान्यर्वाक्कालिकतया निष्फलान्यनृतानि च ॥ ९६ ॥

utpadyante cyavante ca yānyato'nyāni kāni cit |
tānyarvākkālikatayā niṣphalānyanṛtāni ca || 96 ||

Those other (doctrines) which spring up and perish are all worthless and false, being of modern growth.—(96)


Medhātithi’s commentary (manubhāṣya):

Other’—i.e., apart from the Veda;—‘doctrines’— teachings;—‘which spring up and perish,’—and because they spring up and perish, they are not eternal,—while the Veda is eternal.

Being of modern growths’— having been propounded by some person of the present time,—‘they are worthless’—not productive of any transcendental result.

Those other doctrines’—which bear traces of being propounded by dissemblers, and such other signs.—(96)


Explanatory notes by Ganganath Jha

This verse is quoted in Aparārka (p. 12.)

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