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HH Pujyashri Shankaracharya Swamigals will perform the Nitya Pujas at Shrimatam camp in the Madras Sanskrit College, Mylapore, Chennai from 18 May 2015 to 4 June 2015. Various spiritual & cultural programmes will take place right through the day. Devotees are invited to attend the pujas and receive the blessings of Sri Chandramouleeswara Swamy and Pujyashri Acharya Swamigals.  For further details, contact - 98400 56148, 98404 12086, 98410 13074, 99405 56633
Yajur Veda Sammelan at Shrimatam Camp, Mylapore
Chidambaram Shri Nataraja Temple - Yagashala and Kumbhabhishekam in benign presence of Their Holinesses
Shrimatam Camp arrives at Chidambaram - Photos
Shrimatam camp at Puducherry -Satabhishekam Celebrations - His Holiness' call for helping earthquake affected
Sri Shankara Jayanthi celebrations at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir- 17-23 April 2015 - Photos and report
Shankara Jayanti Celebrations - Report and Photos - 23 April 2015
Their Holiness' visit to Shankara Nethralaya, Chennai
Sri Shankara Jayanti Mahotsavam at Srimatam Camp in Chennai & Other Centres
Shankara Jayanthi Mahotsav at Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir- 17-23 April 2015
Camp Chennai - New Year - Manmata Samvatsara - Their Holinesses bless devotees- 14 Apr.2015
Camp Chennai - Rig Veda Sammelan commences - 10 April to 16 April 2015

Hindu Dharma: Dharmasastra

The chapters that exist in "Dharmasastra" are listed in this page. To go to another part in "Hindu Dharma", please either go back or see the bottom of this page.

Realising the Ideals of the Puranas The noble characters who figure in the Puranas serve as an ideal for all of us to follow. When we read their stories we are inspired by their example and we ask ourselves why we cannot be like them ourselves, why we should not share their qualities. But, even if we wanted to emulate their lives, would we be able to live like them without deviating at any time from the high principles that they upheld? Man ...
 
Smritis and Allied Works Manu, Parasara, Yajnavalkya, Gautama, Harita, Yama, Visnu, Sankha, Likhita, Brhaspati, Daksa, Angiras, Pracetas, Samvarta, Acanas, Atri, Apastamba and Satatapa are the eighteen sages who mastered the Vedas with their superhuman power and derived the Smrtis from them. Their works are known after them like Manusmrti, Yajnavalkya-smrti, Parasara-Smrti and so on, and they contain all that we need to know about all the dharmas to be adhered to and ...
 
Vaidyanatha-Diksitiyam Vaidyanatha Diksita's own name for his work is Smrti-Muktaphala-Nibhandana-Grantha. We know very little about the author of this extremely useful book. Diksita must have lived some two hundred years ago; he belonged to Kandiramanikkam, near Nacciyarkoil (in Tanjavur district). It must be noted that he himself practised the dharmas he had dealt with in his nibhandana and he is also believed to have performed big sacrifices. ...
 
Freedom and Discipline There are a hundred thousand aspects to be considered in a man's life. Rules cannot be laid down to determine each and every one of them. That would be tantamount to making a legal enactment. Laws are indeed necessary to keep a man bound to a system. Our sastras do contain many do's and dont's, many rules of conduct. There is much talk today of freedom and democracy. In practice what do we see? Freedom has ...
 
Signs and Marks If we call ourselves Hindus we must bear certain external marks, outward symbols. The boy scouts have a uniform of their own. Army and navy men are distinguished by certain insignia. There are number of divisions in police force. Even though their functions will not change if they wear one another's uniforms or badges, there is a strict rule with regard to their dress and insignia. The policeman's cap must ...
 
Smritis - not Independent Works There is a wrong impression about the dharmasastras even among those who treat them with respect. They think that the rules and duties of the Smrtis were formulated by their authors on their own. They call these authors 'lawgivers' who, in their opinion, laid down 'laws' that reflect their own views. Further they think that the dharmasastras were composed in the same way as our Constitution. Such a view give rise to another ...
 
The Source of Smritis is the Vedas The best testimony to the claim that the Smrtis are founded on the Vedas is provided by the words of mahakavi(great poet). Sankara, Ramanuja and Madhva, the founders of our religio-philosophical systems, proclaim that our dharmasastras are in accord with the Vedas. But they had, each of them, a doctrine to establish. Besides they had also the goal before them of preserving the tradition and they would not naturally go against it. With a poet ...
 
Sruti-Smriti - Srauta-Smarta To discriminate between Sruti and Smrti is not correct. Sruti, Smrti and the Puranas, all three belong to the same tradition. Sankara is said to be the abode of the three('Sruti-Smrti-Purananam alayam'). If the three were at variance with one another how can they exist in harmony in the same person? Those who follow the tradition of Acarya are called 'Smartas'. The word'Smarta' ...