Written by London swaminathan
Date: 13 January 2017
Time uploaded in London:- 21-44
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What causes one’s destruction? Sanskrit scholars (Pundits) have a list; they have compiled the list out of past experience. I am pretty sure we can find lot of examples for each category.
Vinaasahetavah (causes of destruction):
Strii – ruupam = woman is destroyed by her beauty.
Chittoor Rani Padmini is a good example; her beauty made Aaludin Khilji to invade the Rajput Kingdom and she had t jump into fire along with her friends to save her honour.
Brahmana-rajaseva = Brahmins by service to the king
Nanda vamsa kings are typical xamples; they ridiculed all the Brahmins including Chanakya; first the Brahmins suffered at the hands of the Nava Nandas and then Chanakya destroyed them. Parasurama’s clash with kshatriyas is also famous
Gavah duurapracaarana= Cows by grazing distant field
Many of the village disputes are due to the cows grazing someone else’s field, usualy away fom one’s own field.
Hiranya lobhalipsaa – Gold by greed; here gold stands for all sorts of wealth. Most of the non violent prisoners are jailed because of their greediness.
Strii vinasyati ruupena braahmano raajasevayaa
Gaavo duuraprachaarena hiranyam lobhalipsayaa
–Subhasita ratna bhadaagaaram 153/19
Garuda Purana also has a similar couplet (sloka):-
ruupena strii = woman by beauty
krodhena tapah = penance by anger
duuraprachaarena gaavah = cows by distance gracing
ksudraannena dvijaah = Brahmins by eating unhygienic food.
Striyo nasyanti ruupena tapah krodhena nasyati
Gaavo duuraprachaarena kshudraannena dwijottamaah
Garuda Purana 115-7
Causes for the Fall of Brahminhood: Manu
Veda- anabhyaasa = not learning the Vedas
Acaaravarjana = abandoning the codes of conduct
Aalasya = lethargy
Annadosa = disrespect for food
anabhyaasena vedaanaamaachaarasya sa varjanaat
–Manu Smrti 5-4
Source Book: Encyclopaedia of Numerals (Volume 1)
The Kuppuswami Sastri Research Institute, Chennai 600 004, Year 2011