Niyamavidhi

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By Swami Harshananda

niyamavidhi (‘restrictive injunction’)

According to the Purvamimāmsā Darśana—the fifth in the series of Saḍdarśanas or Six Systems of Hindu Philosophy—the Vedas are full of vidhis (injunctions) and niṣedhas (prohibitions).

One of the various methods of classification of these vidhis is into three groups: apurvavidhi (injunction of something quite new); niyamavidhi (restrictive injunction); and, parisañkhyāvidhi (precluding one by injunction when two alternatives are possible).

For preparing the puroḍāśa (rice-cake), pounded rice is needed. Though unhusked rice can be dehusked by hand using the fingers or by pounding with a

pestle, the Sruti restricts it to the second method as a rule. The sentence ‘vrīhīn

avahanti’ (‘He pounds the rice’) is the example for a niyamavidhi.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore

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niyamavidhi (‘restrictive injunction’) According to the Purvamimāmsā Darśana—the fifth in the series of Saḍdarśanas or Six Systems of Hindu Philosophy—the Vedas are full of vidhis (injunctions) and niṣedhas (prohibitions). One of the various methods of clas¬sification of these vidhis is into three groups: apurvavidhi (injunction of some¬thing quite new); niyamavidhi (restrictive injunction); and, parisañkhyāvidhi (pre-cluding one by injunction when two alter¬natives are possible). For preparing the puroḍāśa (rice- cake), pounded rice is needed. Though unhusked rice can be dehusked by hand using the fingers or by pounding with a pestle, the Sruti restricts it to the second method as a rule. The sentence ‘vrīhīn avahanti’ (‘He pounds the rice’) is the example for a niyamavidhi.