Readings from a 20th Century Hindu Law Book (Smriti)

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    Dharmashāstra~viruddho yo loke prachalitashcha yah, āryacharyānugo yashcha sa dharmo~tra uchyate. (1.19)
    What is not against law books and which is prevalent among people, and what is according to the behaviour of nice people, I tell you that dharma here.

    Rishibhishchāparairuktam swatvashāstreswhu tanmaya, vishweshwarasmritau sārtha varnyate yugasamgatam. (1.21)
    What rishis have said in their law books, that I explain here according to times along with meaning.

    Brahmanastu samutpannah jagaduktam purātanaih, navyā vidyutakanotpannam manyate tadshamshayam. (1.22)
    In older times, they said the universe arose out of Brahman. People of today, believe that to have arisen certainly from atoms.

    Sāmkhye purushasānnidhyāt prakritih srishtikāranam, tathā ghanarinānunam sānnidhyam nūtane mate. (1.23)
    In Samkhya the coming together of purusha and prakriti is accepted as the reason for creation. According to the new belief, this is believed by coming together of positive and negative nuclear particles.

    Agocharam brahma matam munibhistattvadarshibhih, vaigyanikairmatā shaktirmāyeti parigrihyatām. (1.24)
    The rishis who knew the truth knew Brahman to be beyond understanding. What scientists accept as energy, understand that as Māya.

    Saiva tāpe prakāshe cha chumbake vidyudādishu, bhuvi graheshu sūryeshu cha sarvatrāstīti nishchitam. (1.25)
    That energy certainly exists everywhere in heat, light, magnetism, electricity, etc., and in Earth, and Sun.

    Samsarakāranam Brahma māya tatchhaktirityadah, vedeshu yatsamakhyatam grāhyamasyām smritāvapi. (1.26)
    The reason for the universe is Brahman and Māya is its power. That, which is mentioned in the Vedas should be taken as the view of this smriti too.

    Kāranam yad vyavasthāyā asyāh shaktayā nirantaram, tadeva brahma gnānagamyamatīndriyam. (1.27)
    Which is the eternal reason of this arrangement of power; that, which is known by knowledge and not attained by senses; know that as Brahman.

    * "VISHWESHWARA SMRITI" (1947)
     
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    Brahmāndasyakatāhastya vyāso gnātum na shakyate, asminkana evā~sāmkhya rājante sauramandalāh. (1.43)
    The wok-like space in the universe cannot be measured. In this many solar systems shine like small grains.

    Tadandasāgare sheshastaptanīhārarūpatah, vyāpyākhilam kundakairvirarāja samantatah. (1.44)
    In this ocean-like universe, Shesha pervades in all directions in shape of hot nebulae with many spirals.

    Suptonārāyanashchāseet kendrashaktiswarūpatah, pralaye līnamabhavadvishvam hi sacharācharam. (1.45)
    There, like the central power slept Narayana. The seen and unseen universe was in a state of dissolution.

    Atha kāle samāyāte bahulyāmiti samsmaran, shaktirūpastu bhagawānjajāgāra swayam punah. (1.46)
    Then when the time came, the Lord woke up thinking 'though I am one, let me be many'.

    Gatirāvirbabhūvātha nīhāre chakravattadā, tattvāni navatirdve cha prādurbhūtāni vai tatah. (1.47)
    At that time, the nebulae started revolving like a wheel, and gave rise to ninety two elements.

    Nīhārāt sarvamutpannam brahmānde sacharācharam, atou navatitattvāni karanāniha tasya tu. (1.49)
    The eternal universe universe arose from the nebulae, and the ninety elements* are the reason for it.

    * Two were lost in the beginning - Madhu and Kaitabha, demons killed by Lord Vishnu, that is why ninety now.

    Panchatattvāmayi vyākhya syātsamkshepakritā pura, yatau bhumau jale vāyou samlīnānyeshu bhūrishah. (1.50)
    In earlier times the universe was taken as composed of five elements, this must have been said for brevity, because Earth, water and air are composed of many elements.

    Shaktiswarūpam tejo~stihyākāshastattvato~parah, vaignanikam matamidam samkhepena mayoditam. (1.51)
    Tejas is not an element but a form of energy, Space too is not an element. I have explained this scientific view in short.

    * "VISHWESHWARA SMRITI" (1947)
     

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