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<small>By Swami Harshananda</small>
 
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Vyāsa, also known as Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana and Vedavyāsa, is the reputed author of the epic Mahābhārata and also the purāṇas. However, the Vyāsasmrti as available now in print is a work of another Vyāsa who might have lived during the period A. D. 200-500. He might have been a contemporary of other writers of smṛtis like Bṛhaspati and Yājñavalkya.
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Vyāsa, also known as Kṛṣṇa [[Dvaipāyana]] and [[Vedavyāsa]], is the reputed author of the epic Mahā[[bhārata]] and also the [[purāṇas]]. However, the Vyāsasmrti as available now in print is a work of another Vyāsa who might have lived during the period A. D. 200-500. He might have been a contemporary of other writers of smṛtis like Bṛhaspati and Yājñavalkya.
  
 
The printed text as available now has 250 verses and deals with the following topics:
 
The printed text as available now has 250 verses and deals with the following topics:
 
* Extent of the land where the dharmas described here apply
 
* Extent of the land where the dharmas described here apply
* Relative authoritativeness of the Śruti, smṛti and the purāṇas
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* Relative authoritativeness of the Śruti, smṛti and the [[purāṇas]]
 
* Mixed castes
 
* Mixed castes
 
* Sixteen sanskāras
 
* Sixteen sanskāras
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* Gifts
 
* Gifts
  
Other well-known writers on the dharmaśāstra often quote verses as of Vyāsa. These are mostly from the Mahābhārata. There are also verses not found in the epic. These verses are of about 200 in number which deal with the topic of vyavahāra or common laws. Quite a few legal matters bearing on gifts of land, procedures in lawsuits and division of ancestral property are dealt with in these verses. The topic of śrāddha<ref>Śrāddha means obsequial rites.</ref> is also touched upon.
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Other well-known writers on the dharmaśāstra often quote verses as of Vyāsa. These are mostly from the Mahābhārata. There are also verses not found in the epic. These verses are of about 200 in number which deal with the topic of vyavahāra or common laws. Quite a few legal matters bearing on gifts of land, procedures in lawsuits and division of ancestral property are dealt with in these verses. The topic of [[Śrāddha|śrāddha]]<ref>[[Śrāddha]] means obsequial rites.</ref> is also touched upon.
  
  
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram [[Krishna]] Math, Bangalore
  
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]
 
[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 08:37, 19 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Vyasasmrti, VyAsasmRti, Vyaasasmrriti


Vyāsa, also known as Kṛṣṇa Dvaipāyana and Vedavyāsa, is the reputed author of the epic Mahābhārata and also the purāṇas. However, the Vyāsasmrti as available now in print is a work of another Vyāsa who might have lived during the period A. D. 200-500. He might have been a contemporary of other writers of smṛtis like Bṛhaspati and Yājñavalkya.

The printed text as available now has 250 verses and deals with the following topics:

  • Extent of the land where the dharmas described here apply
  • Relative authoritativeness of the Śruti, smṛti and the purāṇas
  • Mixed castes
  • Sixteen sanskāras
  • Duties of a brahmacārin
  • Duties of a wife
  • Nitya, naimittika and kāmya karmas of a householder
  • Gifts

Other well-known writers on the dharmaśāstra often quote verses as of Vyāsa. These are mostly from the Mahābhārata. There are also verses not found in the epic. These verses are of about 200 in number which deal with the topic of vyavahāra or common laws. Quite a few legal matters bearing on gifts of land, procedures in lawsuits and division of ancestral property are dealt with in these verses. The topic of śrāddha[1] is also touched upon.


References

  1. Śrāddha means obsequial rites.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore