Dictionary Of Hindu Religion | Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P-Q R S T-U V-W-X Y-Z
See also Dharm, Smriti (for Smriti's names)
A book containing precepts of spiritual, moral and worldly wisdom. These
precepts teach what is proper thought and conduct in various aspects of
human life and what is not. These instructions are for both individual
and government. There are four main sources to know one's Dharm -
But the Smriti are the best and un There are at least 20 recognized books on the subject. They are either called Smriti or Dharm Sootra.
Among the ancient books, Manu Smriti is by far the best known and most valuable.
Among the modern books, Aangiras Smriti is very valuable. Some of the other valuable
books are - Apastambh Smriti, Bhartrihari Smriti, Vashishth Smriti, and Yaagyavalkya
Smriti. The author of Manu Smriti is not the father of the mankind (Manu), nor he
should be confused with Vaivaswat Manu - the first recorded Aarya King. Vashishth is
not the first sage of this name who was the contemporary of King Harishchandra, or
with the second famous Vashishth, who wad the royal Priest of Dasharath, and who was
the descendent of the first Vashishth. The third Vashishth was the author of the book
on Dharm Shaastra and lived centuries later than the second Vashishth.
Hindu Dharm Shaastra
Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/06
Updated on 05/03/13