In the Indian tradition, the most ancient Smrti has been created by Prajapati Manu. It is the oldest and most authentic text of Human Theology. Many directives of the Manu Smrti can be seen in the great epic Mahabharata also compilation of which began in the Dvapara Yuga. Manu Smrti contains about 2600 slokas in the 12 chapters. The main contents of the 12 chapters speak about the different ways in which a human can get happiness. The main topics are : the genesis of the universe, procedures of performing ceremonies, the methods of fulfilling vows, holy baths, performing marriages, Mahayajaya (religious sacrifices), method of pacifying deceased ancestors etc., regular ablutions and routines, Sutaka Vrata, edible and non-edible things, cleanliness, impurity, the duty of the wife, Yanaprastha, liberation, detachment, the duty of Royal people, the relegation of duty, the duty of women and men, the narrow, parochial castes, the duty in emergency, repentance, transmigration, Supreme bliss, the objective of the universe, actions, the merits, and defects coveted to deeds, place and castes, the duty of the clan and liberation.
by G Buhler
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