Manu Samhita/Smriti with Six Commentaries


Jul 05, 2013 — USA (SUN) — For those who are adept at reading Sanskrit and wish to study the Manu Samhita (in parts or in entirety), I've managed to find and upload the entire Manu Samhita with Six Commentaries in Devanagari Script. You can download them here. If this link is not working for any reason, I have uploaded the same file to this location.

Kindly Note:

For those who are ISKCON devotees, there is sometimes a tendency to pick principles out of the Manu Samhita and try to think of applying them in our society. This is at many times discouraged by Srila Prabhupada and other acharyas of our Sampradaya, who state often that the Hari-bhakti-vilasa is the de-facto smriti literature for a Vaishnava society. The application of the Manu Smriti has been discouraged many times by our acharyas as seen in the following quotes:

    (a) "Yes, but we do not keep him shudra. A devotee is no longer shudra. We are creating brahmanas. Just like these Europeans and Americans. They, according to Manu-samhita, are mlecchas, yavanas. But we are not keeping them mlecchas and yavanas. They are brahmanas." — (Srila Prabhupada's Room Conversation, 5 June 1974)

    (b) "It is to be understood that the propagation of Mayavada philosophy by Sri Mahadeva and the propagation through Manu of social religious scriptures by Lord Brahma were both meant for bewildering unqualified people." — (Appendix to 'Brahmana and Vaishava' of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura)

    (c) "The varnashrama system continued purely for a long time, until Jamadagni and his son Parashuram, of kshatriya natures, claimed themselves as brahmanas. By following a varna contrary to their nature out of self interest, they created friction between the brahmana and ksatriya classes. Because of this seed of enmity between the two classes, the procedure of judging varna by birth became fixed. In time, this system of varnas without reference to nature entered covertly in the Manu-samhita and other scriptures." — (Sri Krishna Samhita of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura has clearly said in his quote (above) that the social principles in Manu Samhita are for bewildering unqualified people. Therefore, the uploader humbly suggests to devotees that this literature be seen only from the point of view of study, and not from the point of view of social application.

This upload is now made available for the pleasure of the devotees of Lord Hari by,

their servant,
Hari Parshad das


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