The Scriptural writings of the Hindus are divided, mainly , into two classes Shruti (or what is heard) and Smriti (or what is remembered). Of all the Smritis, Manusmriti is regarded by the Hindus as next in sanctity to the Vedas. After Manu, among other seers, Yajnavalkya is known to be a great philosopher and spiritual master. His institutes are regarded by the Hindus as second in importance to those of Manu.
Yajnavalkya Smriti is also divided into three sections-
(i) Acaradhyaya- It is divided into thirteen prakaranas. It tells about the life of celibacy which consists of various samskaras such as upanayana. Then comes various prakaranas related to marriage, class and caste, duties of a householder, acceptable and non-acceptable food, gift, oblation for pitrs, peace for planets and administration rules.
(ii) Vyavaharadhyaya- The second chapter deals with behaviour (especially the behaviour of a king and his ministers).
(iii) Prayashcittadhyaya- This chapter consists of 334 verses which are broadly classified into 5 prakaranas namely, Ashauca-dharma, Apaddharma, Vanaprastha-dharma, Yatidharma and finally Prayashcitta.
The present translation of Yajnavalkya Smriti by M.N.Dutt is an authentic English translation with various notes at appropriate places for researchers. The editor of the present book has further enhanced the English translation by replacing older usage of English words with the corresponding modern words. He has done a good labour to put Sanskrit text and English translation side by side for the benefit of readers. Further, he has corrected various diacritical notations that were incorrectly used in the earlier edition. Also the text has been corrected at appropriate places for a better edition of Yajnavalkyasmriti.
|Book :||Yajnavalkyasmrti (With Original Sanskrit Text, Literal Prose English Translation, Introduction and Index of Verses)|
Book ID :33271
ISBN 13 :9788171102730
Year of Publication :2006
Weight :1 Kg.