Written by London Swaminathan


Date: 19 November 2018

GMT Time uploaded in London –14-28
Post No. 5679

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Manava Dharma Shastra (Manu Smrti)

We have already looked at the slokas `1 to 110’ of the Fifth Chapter.

Now we continue from Sloka/ couplet 5- 111

My Comments

1.Amazing thing about Manu smrti is that it is not only talking about cleaning or washing oneself, but also cleaning objects as if it is a science journal (see slokas 111 to 114).

2.Hindu’s belief of Dharba grass continue until today. Though now and then we see some scientific explanation for using the grass, nothing is proved beyond doubt. Further research is required.

3.Cow dung and Cow’s urine have anti- bacterial properties is proved and accepted now; but Manu talks about purification by fruits which is not popular nowadays.

4.Sloka 127. Even a Brahmin’s word will certify the purity of a thing or a task. It is no wonder Manu says that because Manu puts so many strict conditions on Brahmins. When one is truthful and honest anyone will accept his word. Foreign travellers who visited India also praised their honesty.

(My personal experience:- My mother used to buy vegetables from the vendors at our door step; whatever she takes from thevendor, she used to show to her, ‘look madam I am taking these many….;’ then the vendor woman would comment, Oh Madam, you are all Iyers/brahmins; you would not lie to us; so you don’t need to show me what you take inside the house.)


  1. Slokas 129, 130 about Purity of woman’s mouth and artisan’s hand are very interesting. This shows Manu’s high respect for both artisans and women.

6.Sloka 134 about 12 impurities give the list of 12 impurities in the body.


8.SLOKAs 155 and  156 are similar to Tamil Veda Tirukkural which says that a woman who worships her husband alone,  and not god, can perform miracles.

9.Sloka 158 is very interesting because Manu talks about widows . This shows Manu never knew Sati or supported Sati. He lived in the age of Rig Veda 5000 or 6000 years ago. But later accumulations are added to original Manu Smrti like we add amendments to our constitution now and then.

  1. DASYU- Sloka131 talks about Dasyu. This word was also abused by foreign miscreants who translated them as Tribal people; Kalidasa and others use it for robbers. The real meaning is Robbers, Thugs, thieves


now the original slokas…………………..


5-111. The wise ordain that all objects made of metal, gems, and anything made of stone are to be cleansed with ashes, earth, and water.

  1. A golden vessel which shows no stains, becomes pure with water alone, likewise what is produced in water as shells and coral, what is made of stone, and a silver vessel not enchased.
  1. From the union of water and fire arose the glittering gold and silver; those two, therefore, are best purified by (the elements) from which they sprang.
  2. Copper, iron, brass, pewter, tin, and lead must be cleansed, as may be suitable (for each particular case), by alkaline (substances), acids or water.


5-115. The purification prescribed for all sorts of liquids is by passing two blades of Kusa grass through them, for solid things by sprinkling them with water, for objects made of wood by planing them.

  1. At sacrifices the purification of (the Soma cups called) Kamasas and Grahas, and of (other) sacrificial vessels (takes place) by rubbing (them) with the hand, and (afterwards) rinsing (them with water).
  2. The Caru and (the spoons called) Sruk and Sruva must be cleaned with hot water, likewise (the wooden sword, called) Sphya, the winnowing-basket (Surpa), the cart (for bringing the grain), the pestle and the mortar.


5-118. The manner of purifying large quantities of grain and of cloth is to sprinkle them with water; but the purification of small quantities is prescribed (to take place) by washing them.

  1. Skins and (objects) made of split cane must be cleaned like clothes; vegetables, roots, and fruit like grain;

Cleaning with Fruits

5-120. Silk and woollen stuffs with alkaline earth; blankets with pounded Arishta (fruit); Amsupattas with Bel fruit; linen cloth with (a paste of) yellow mustard.

  1. A man who knows (the law) must purify conch-shells, horn, bone and ivory, like linen cloth, or with a mixture of cow’s urine and water.
  2. Grass, wood, and straw become pure by being sprinkled (with water), a house by sweeping and smearing (it with cow dung or whitewash), an earthen (vessel) by a second burning.
  3. An earthen vessel which has been defiled by spirituous liquor, urine, ordure, saliva, pus or blood cannot be purified by another burning.


5-124. Land is purified by the following five modes, viz.

by sweeping, by smearing (it with cowdung), by sprinkling (it with cows’ urine or milk), by scraping, and by cows staying (on it during a day and night).

  1. Food which has been pecked at by birds, smelt at by cows, touched with the foot, sneezed on, or defiled by hair or insects, becomes pure by scattering earth over it.
  2. As long as the foul smell does not leave an object defiled by impure substances, and the stain caused by them does not disappear, so long must earth and water be applied in cleansing inanimate things.


5-127. The gods declared three things (to be) pure to Brahmanas, that on which no taint is visible, what has been washed with water, and what has been commended as pure by the word of a Brahmana.

  1. Water, sufficient in quantity in order to slake the thirst of a cow, possessing the proper smell, colour, and taste, and unmixed with impure substances, is pure, if it is collected on pure ground.
  1. The hand of an artisan is always pure, so is every vendible commodity exposed for sale in the market, and food obtained by begging which a student holds (in his hand) is always fit for use; that is a settled rule.


5-130. The mouth of a woman is always pure, likewise a bird when he causes a fruit to fall; a calf is pure on the flowing of the milk, and a dog when he catches a deer.

  1. Manu has declared that the flesh of an animal killed by dogs is pure, likewise that of a beast slain by carnivorous animals or by men of low caste (Dasyu), such as Candalas.
  2. All those cavities (of the body) which lie above the navel are pure, (but) those which are below the navel are impure, as well as excretions that fall from the body.
  3. Flies, drops of water, a shadow, a cow, a horse, the rays of the sun, dust, earth, the wind, and fire one must know to be pure to the touch.


5-134. In order to cleanse (the organs) by which urine and faeces are ejected, earth and water must be used, as they may be required, likewise in removing the (remaining ones among) twelve impurities of the body.

  1. Oily exudations, semen, blood, (the fatty substance of the) brain, urine, faeces, the mucus of the nose, ear-wax, phlegm, tears, the rheum of the eyes, and sweat are the twelve impurities of human (bodies).
  1. He who desires to be pure, must clean the organ by one (application of) earth, the anus by (applying earth) three (times), the (left) hand alone by (applying it) ten (times), and both (hands) by (applying it) seven (times).
  2. Such is the purification ordained for householders; (it shall be) double for students, treble for hermits, but quadruple for ascetics.
  3. When he has voided urine or faeces, let him, after sipping water, sprinkle the cavities, likewise when he is going to recite the Veda, and always before he takes food.
  4. Let him who desires bodily purity first sip water three times, and then twice wipe his mouth; but a woman and a Sudra (shall perform each act) once (only).
  5. Sudras who live according to the law, shall each month shave (their heads); their mode of purification (shall be) the same as that of Vaisyas, and their food the fragments of an Aryan’s meal.
  1. Drops of water from the mouth which do not fall on a limb, do not make (a man) impure, nor the hair of the moustache entering the mouth, nor what adheres to the teeth.
  2. Drops which trickle on the feet of him who offers water for sipping to others, must be considered as equal to (water collected on the ground; they render him not impure.
  3. He who, while carrying anything in any manner, is touched by an impure (person or thing), shall become pure, if he performs an ablution, without putting down that object.
  4. He who has vomited or purged shall bathe, and afterwards eat clarified butter; but if (the attack comes on) after he has eaten, let him only sip water; bathing is prescribed for him who has had intercourse with a woman.
  5. Though he may be (already) pure, let him sip water after sleeping, sneezing, eating, spitting, telling untruths, and drinking water, likewise when he is going to study the Veda.
  6. Thus the rules of personal purification for men of all castes, and those for cleaning (inanimate) things, have been fully declared to you: hear now the duties of women.


5-147. By a girl, by a young woman, or even by an aged one, nothing must be done independently, even in her own house.

  1. In childhood a female must be subject to her father, in youth to her husband, when her lord is dead to her sons; a woman must never be independent.
  1. She must not seek to separate herself from her father, husband, or sons; by leaving them she would make both (her own and her husband’s) families contemptible.
  2. She must always be cheerful, clever in (the management of her) household affairs, careful in cleaning her utensils, and economical in expenditure.
  3. Him to whom her father may give her, or her brother with the father’s permission, she shall obey as long as he lives, and when he is dead, she must not insult his memory.
  4. For the sake of procuring good fortune to brides, the recitation of benedictory texts (svastyayana), and the sacrifice to the Lord of creatures (PraJapati) are used at weddings; (but) the betrothal by the father or guardian is the cause of (the husband’s) dominion over his wife.
  5. The husband who wedded her with sacred texts, always gives happiness to his wife, both in season and out of season, in this world and in the next.
  6. Though destitute of virtue, or seeking pleasure elsewhere, or devoid of good qualities, (yet) a husband must be constantly worshipped as a god by a faithful wife.


  1. No sacrifice, no vow, no fast must be performed by women apart from their husbands; if a wife obeys her husband, she will for that reason alone be exalted in heaven.
  2. A faithful wife, who desires to dwell after death with her husband, must never do anything that might displease him who took her hand, whether he be alive or dead.
  3. At her pleasure let her emaciate her body by living on pure flowers, roots, and fruit; but she must never even mention the name of another man after her husband has died.


5-158. Until death let her be patient of hardships, self-controlled, and chaste, and strive to fulfil that most excellent duty which is prescribed)for wives who have one husband only.

  1. Many thousands of Brahmanas who were chaste from their youth, have gone to heaven without continuing their race.
  2. A virtuous wife who after the death of her husband constantly remains chaste, reaches heaven, though she have no son, just like those chaste men.
  3. But a woman who from a desire to have offspring violates her duty towards her (deceased) husband, brings on herself disgrace in this world, and loses her place with her husband in heaven.
  4. Offspring begotten by another man is here not considered lawful, nor (does offspring begotten) on another man’s wife (belong to the begetter), nor is a second husband anywhere prescribed for virtuous women.
  5. She who cohabits with a man of higher caste, forsaking her own husband who belongs to a lower one, will become contemptible in this world, and is called a remarried woman (parapurva).
  1. By violating her duty towards her husband, a wife is disgraced in this world, (after death) she enters the womb of a jackal, and is tormented by diseases (the punishment of) her sin.
  1. She who, controlling her thoughts, words, and deeds, never slights her lord, resides (after death) with her husband (in heaven), and is called a virtuous (wife).
  2. In reward of such conduct, a female who controls her thoughts, speech, and actions, gains in this (life) highest renown, and in the next (world) a place near her husband.
  3. A twice-born man, versed in the sacred law, shall burn a wife of equal caste who conducts herself thus and dies before him, with the sacred fires used for the Agnihotra, and with the sacrificial implements.
  1. Having thus, at the funeral, given the sacred fires to his wife who dies before him, he may marry again, and again kindle the fires.

169.(Living according to the preceding rules, he must never neglect the five great sacrifices, and, having taken a wife, he must dwell in his own house during the second period of his life.



TAGS- Manu on women, Hindu woman, Purity, cleaning, mouth


‘Women in state affairs are like Monkeys in Glass Shops’ (Post No 2625)


Compiled by london swaminathan


Date: 12 March 2016


Post No. 2625


Time uploaded in London :–  21-34


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 angry wife mrdang

JNU Ignoramuses burnt Manu Smrti!


Show me one ancient book where women are not criticised, where women are not degraded, where women are not presented negatively. There is no book in the world which praised women sky high except the Vedas and Manu Smrti. The Wedding Mantras of the Vedas are more beautiful than the love duets in our romantic films. If one looks at ancient Tamil literature there are hundreds of negative remarks on women. If you look at the proverb book in any world language there are hundreds of anti-women proverbs and sayings. But some idiots at the JNU in Delhi, have printed 40 verses of Manu Smrti and burnt them a few days ago, as reported in all Indian Newspapers. Immediately a professor of JNU said that this is what they teach at JNU. As soon as the students are enrolled, periodical brainwashing starts where all the anti-Hindu materials are distributed by the communist and communalist elements. All Indians know that we don’t use Manu Smrti, but only Ambedkar Smrti, I mean , The Constitution of India.


The following Manu slokas/couplets are from my 2013 and 2014 blogs. Then I am going to give you all the anti-women proverbs from English Proverb book. Now I repeat – Show me one ancient book where women are praised like in the Vedas or Manu Smriti. Again I repeat: Show me one ancient book where women are not criticised. The fact of the matter is they criticise women when they act like bitches or prostitutes and they are praised sky high where they act like chaste women or women with motherly affection.


 Angry Wife Punishment(1)

Manu, author of the great law book Manava Dharma Shastra, says,


‘’women must be honoured and adorned by their fathers, brothers, husbands and bothers-in-law, who desire their own welfare. Manu 3-55


‘’Where women are honoured, there the gods are pleased; but where they are not honoured, no sacred rite yields rewards. Manu 3-56


Where the female relations live in grief, the family soon wholly perishes; but that family where they are not unhappy ever prospers. 3—57


The houses, on which the female relations, not being duly honoured, pronounce a curse, perish completely, as if destroyed by magic’’ Manu 3-58


Hence men, who seek their own welfare, should always honour women on holidays and festivals with gifts of ornaments, clothes and dainty food. 3-59



“ Yatra naryast pujyante ramante tatra devatah

Yatraitastu na pujyante sarvastatraphalah kriyah”

Manu smriti 3-56, Mahabharata 13-45-5


‘Where women are worshipped, there the gods are delighted; but where they are not worshipped, all religious ceremonies become futile’—Manu Smriti.


One acharya/Guru excels ten Upadhyayas/teachers in glory; a father excels 100 acharyas/Gurus in glory; but a MOTHER excels even a thousand fathers in glory (Manu 2-145)


“Her father protects her in childhood, her husband protects her in youth, and her sons protect her in old age; a woman is never independent”. Manu IX-9 (The meaning is that she is always protected and not left alone without support)


And of feminine forms I am fame(Kirti), prosperity (Sri), speech (Vac), memory (Smrti) , intelligence (Medha), firmness(Dhrti) and patience (Kshama).—Bhagavad gita—X-34


All good qualities are kept in feminine forms.


As a contrast western countries burnt 200,000 women at stakes branding them witches. The most famous woman thus burnt alive was Joan of Arc.


60+ Anti-Women Proverbs!


Anti -Women Proverbs from The Peguin Dictionary of Proverbs, Collection of 6000 proverbs, first published in 1983


1.Women are the snares of Satan

2.Women are the Devil’s nets

3.A wicked woman and an evil is three half pence worse than the devil

4.There is no devil so bad as She Devil

5.Women and Dogs set men together by ears.


6.No war without a woman.

7.No mischief but a woman or a priest at the bottom of it.

8.Weal and women cannot pan,

But woe and women can (pan means come together)

9.Women’scounsel is cold

10.Take heed of  a young wench, a prophetess and a Latin woman.



11.A morning sun, and a wine-bred child and a Latin-bred woman seldom end well.

12.Women are like wasps in their anger

13.hell hath no fury like a woman scorned (William Congreve1670-1729)

14.Women in state affairs are like monkeys in glass shops.


  1. Women naturally deceive, weep and spin.



16.Women may blush to hear what they were not ashamed todo.

17.A maid and virgin is not alone.

18.Maidens should be meek till they be married

19.Women are saints in Church, angelsin the street, and devils at home.

20.Trust not a woman when she weeps.


21.When an ass climbs a ladder, we may find wisdom in women

22.A woman cuts her wisdom teeth when she is dead.

23.A woman’s advice is no great thing, but he who wont take it is a fool.



24.If a woman were as little as she is good, a pea pod would make her a gown and a hood.

25.Woeful is the household that wants a woman

26.Women are necessary evils.

27.A woman is a weather cock.


28.A woman’s mind and a winter wind change oft

29.Women are as wavering as the wind

30.A woman’s thoughts are after thoughts (Indian proverb)

31.A woman either loves or hates in extremes.

32.Women must have their wills while they live, because they make none when they die.


33.Swine, women, and bees cannot be turned

34.Forbid a thing, and that women will do.


35.It is no more pity to a see a woman weep, then to see a goose go barefoot.

36.A woman’s sword is her tongue, and she does not let it rust.

37.Arthur could not tame woman’s tongue (King Arthur).


38.A woman’s tongue wags like a lamb’s tail.

39.A woman’s tongue is the last thing about her that dies.

40.One tongue is enough for a woman.

41.Women are great  talkers.


42.women, priests, and poultry, have never enough.

43.A ship and a woman are ever repairing.

44.Two daughters and a back door are three arrant thieves ( A reference to the expense of bringing up daughters)

45.Dally not with women or money.

46.A woman and a glass are ever in danger.

47.Who has a woman has an eel by the tail.

48.Women and music should never be dated (age of women should never be asked or disclosed.)

49.Never trust a woman, even if she has borne you seven children (Japanese Proverb)

50.From the evil woman guard yourself and the good one never trust.



51.A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them the better they be.

52.Tell a woman she is fair, and soon she will turn fool.

53.Maids say No and take it.

54.Saying No a woman shakes her head lengthwise (meaning yes)

55.Women in mischief are wiser than men.


56.A woman is flax, man is fire, the devil comes and blows the bellows.

57.Woman is the confusion of man.

58.Men get wealth and women keep it.

59.A clever man will build a city, a clever woman will lay it low (Chinese proverb)

60.A woman is the weaker vessel

61.A man o straw is worth a woman of gold.

62.Man, woman and devil are three degrees of comparison.

63.A bad woman is worse than a bad man

64.The female of the species is more deadly than male (Rudyard Kipling)

65.Deeds are males and words are females

66.A man is as old as he feels, and a woman is as old as she looks.


woman drawing


I have already listed 300 Tamil proverbs on women in three parts. I have given most of the Sanskrit quotes in different articles. I have 150 more Sanskrit quotations on women which I will give separately. No ancient culture is women friendly if you go by the literature. So don’t be foolish to look at some verses in Manu Smrti which is not followed by anyone.