1. Now these five great sacrifices, which are also called the great sacrificial sessions, are the sacrifice to be offered to the gods, the sacrifice to be offered to the manes, the sacrifice to be offered to all beings, the sacrifice to be offered to men, (and) the sacrifice to be offered to Brahman, 1
2. Let him daily offer (something to the gods with the exclamation) Svâhâ, be it only a piece of fuel. Thereby he performs that sacrifice to the gods.
3. Let him daily offer (something to the manes with the exclamation) Svadhâ, be it only a vessel filled with water. Thereby he performs that sacrifice to the manes.
4. Let him daily pay reverence to (all beings) endowed with life. Thereby he performs that sacrifice to the beings. 4
5. Let him daily give food to Brâhmanas, be it only roots, fruit, or vegetables. Thereby he performs that sacrifice to men.
6. Let him daily recite the Veda privately, be it only the syllable Om or the Vyâhritis. Thereby he performs that sacrifice to be offered to Brahman.
7. 'The private recitation of the Veda is, indeed, the sacrifice to Brahman. At that sacrifice to Brahman speech, forsooth, (takes the place of) the Guhû, the internal organ (that of) the Upabhrit, the eye (that of) the Dhruvâ, the understanding (that of) the Sruva, truth (that of) the final bath, heaven (is) the conclusion of the sacrifice. He who, knowing this, daily recites the Veda to himself, gains as much heavenly bliss as, and more than, he who gives away this whole earth that is filled with wealth, and imperishable (beatitude), and conquers death. Therefore the Veda should be recited in private. Thus speaks the Brâhmana.' 7
8. Now they quote also (the following passage): 'If, well anointed, well fed, and lying on a comfortable couch, one recites (the portion of the Veda referring to) any sacrifice, one has offered it thereby.' 8
9. Some (teachers) declare (that there is a text) which teaches a fourfold division of these sacred duties. (But) as no (other meaning is) perceptible, (the text) 'Four paths,' &c., refers to sacrificial rites. 9
10. (Viz.) to Ishtis, animal sacrifices, Soma sacrifices, and Darvîhomas.
11. The following (Rik) declares that, 'Four paths, leading to the world of. the gods, go severally from the earth to heaven. All ye gods, place us on that among them which will gain us undecaying prosperity.' 11
12. The student, the householder, the hermit in the woods, the ascetic (constitute the four orders). 12
13. A student (shall) obey his teacher until death.
14. A hermit is he who regulates his conduct entirely according to the Institutes proclaimed by Vikhanas.
15. A Vaikhânasa (shall live) in the forest, subsisting on roots and fruit, practising austerities and bathing at morn, noon, and eve; he shall kindle a fire according to the Srâmanaka (rule); he shall eat wild-growing (vegetables and grain) only; he shall worship gods, manes, Bhûtas, men, and Rishis; he shall receive hospitably (men of) all (castes) except those (with whom intercourse is) forbidden; he may even use the flesh of animals killed by carnivorous beasts; he shall not step on ploughed (land); and he shall not enter a village; he shall wear his hair in braids, and dress in (garments made of) bark or skins; he shall not eat anything that has been hoarded for more than a year. 15
16. An ascetic shall leave his relatives and, not attended by any one nor procuring any property, depart (from his house performing the customary ceremony) according to the rule. 16
17. He shall go into the forest (and live there).
18. He shall shave his hair excepting the top-lock. 18
19. He shall wear a cloth to cover his nakedness.
20. He shall reside in one place during the rainy season. 20
21. He shall wear a dress dyed yellowish-red.
22. He shall go to beg when the pestle lies motionless, when the embers have been extinguished, and when the cleaning of the dishes has been finished.
23. With the three means of punishment, (viz.) words, thoughts, and acts, he shall not injure created beings.
24. He shall carry a cloth for straining water for the sake of purification. 24
25. He shall perform the necessary purifications with water which has been taken out (of a well or tank) and has been strained. 25
26. (Ascetics shall) say, 'Renouncing the works taught in the Veda, cut off from both (worlds), we attach ourselves to the central sphere (Brahman).' 26
27. But the venerable teacher (declares) that there is one order only, because the others do not beget offspring. 27
28. With reference to this matter they quote also (the following passage): 'There was, forsooth, an Âsura, Kapila by name, the son of Prahlâda.
Striving with the gods, he made these divisions. A wise man should not take heed of them.'
29. Because no (other meaning is) perceptible, (the text) 'Four paths,' &c., refers to sacrificial rites, (viz.) to Ishtis, animal sacrifices, Soma sacrifices, Darvîhomas.
30. With respect to this (question the following verse also) is quoted: 'That eternal greatness of the Brâhmana is neither increased by works, nor diminished. The soul knows the nature of that (greatness); knowing that, he is not stained by evil deeds.' 30
31. If he says that, (let him reflect on the following verse): 'He who knows not the Veda, does not at death think of that great, all-perceiving soul, through which the sun, resplendent with brilliancy, gives warmth, and the father has a father through the son at his birth from the womb.'
32. (Moreover), 'Those who, being neither true Brâhmanas nor performers of Soma sacrifices, work not for that which is near, nor for that which is far, take hold of the word and with sinful (speech) ignorantly perform the rites.' 32
33. There are innumerable (passages in the Veda) which refer to the debts (to be paid by a Brâhmana), such as, 'May I obtain, O Agni, immortality 33
through offspring;' 'A Brâhmana on being born, (owes) a son to his ancestors,' &c.
34. 'Those dwell with us, who fulfil the following (duties), the study of the three Vedas, the studentship, the procreation of offspring, faith, austerity, sacrificing, and giving gifts; he who praises other (duties) becomes dust and perishes.'
256:1 11. This and the next four Sûtras agree almost literally with Satapatha-brâhmana XI, 5, 6, 1. See also Taitt. Âranyaka II, 10; Âpastamba I, 4, 12, 15-13, 1.
256:4 Govinda says that the Mantra is to be 'bhûtebhyo namah, adoration to all beings,' and adds that some consider the first three p. 257 Mahâyagñas to be performed by the Vaisvadeva and the Bali-offering, while others enjoin their separate performance.
257:7 Satapatha-brâhmana XI, 5, 6, z. See also Taitt. Âranyaka II, 17. K. reads dhritir dhruvâ, 'the firm resolve (takes the place of) the Dhruvâ,' which is apparently a correction made according to the Âranyaka. According to the commentary the text of the last portion of the quotation runs thus, 'yâvantam ha vâ imâm vittasya purnâm dadat svargam lokam gayati tâvantam lokam gayati bhûyâmsam kâkshayyam kâpa mrityum gayati ya evam vidvân,' &c. M. and K. do not give the whole passage. The published text of the Satapatha-brâhmana slightly differs from Govinda's version.
257:8 Satapatha-brâhmana XI, 5, 7, 3-4.
258:9 I read the text as follows, 'tasya ha vâ etasya dharmasya katurdhâ bhedam eka âhuh.' M. has bhedakam, the I. O. copy of the commentary bhedasaṅkâm, and K. tasya ha vâ etasya yagñasyâkaturdhâ bhûtam eka âhuh. Below in the commentary on Sûtra 27, Govinda repeats the latter part of this Sûtra in the form which I have adopted. The discussion which begins here is the same as that which occurs Âpastamba II, 9, 23, 3-24, 15.
258:11 Taittirîya Samhitâ V, 7, 2, 3.
258:12 K. omits this Sûtra. After it M. and K. have the following passage: 'brahmakârino ’tyantam âtmânam upasamgrihya ’kâryân bruvate vane srâmyantyeke [yâmtyete, K.] savaneshvapa upasprisanto vanyenânnenaikâgnim [nyenânnena naikâgnim, K.; vânyenaikânañ, M.] guhvânâh [guhvâs, M.] satyasyaike karmâni [karmani, M.] anagnayo ’niketanâh [tvâh kam, K.] kaupînâkkhâdanâ varshâsv ekasthâ uddhritaparipûtâbhir adbhih kâryam [apakâryam, M.] kurvânâh [kurvânâs tatrodâharanti, K.] sannamusale vyaṅgâre nivrittasarâvasampâte bhikshantah sarvatah parimoksham [parimeke, M.] apavidhya vaidikâni karmâny abhayatah parikkhinnâ madhyamam padam upaslishyâmaha iti vadanto,' The commentary gives a few portions of this passage further on. Irrespective of minor corruptions, it gives no sense in the place where it stands, and it seems probable that we have to deal with a confused and badly corrupted text, which Govinda arranged either as seemed good to him, or on the authority of better MSS.
259:15 This passage, which Govinda gives as one Sûtra, agrees word for word with Gautama III, 26-35, except in the beginning, where Gautama omits 'bathing at morn, noon, and eve.' The MSS. all read bhaiksham, 'begged food,' instead of baishkam, 'the flesh of animals slain by carnivorous beasts.' But Govinda's explanation leaves no doubt as to the correctness of the latter reading. The Dekhan and Gugarât MSS., including K., read agrâmyabhogî || agrâmyabhogî.
259:16 I adopt the readings of the Dekhan MSS., aparigrahah (for apratigrahah) and pravraget (for parivraget). The rule for the ceremony is given below, II, 10, 17.
259:18 This is Govinda's explanation of sikhâmundah, the reading of all MSS.
260:20 and 22. These two Sûtras are omitted in K. and M., which give them in the passage following Sûtra 12, as well as in the Dekhan and Gugarât MSS.
260:24 See below, II, 10, 17, 11. Govinda explains pavitra, 'a cloth for straining water,' by 'a bunch of Kusa grass for removing insects from the road.'
260:25 According to Govinda such water is to be used for washing off the stains of urine &c., not for drinking.
260:26 This Sûtra is again omitted in the MSS, of the text. M. and K. give it in the passage following Sûtra 12.
260:27 Gautama III, 36.
261:30-31. Taitt. Brâhmana III, 12, 9, 7.
261:32 Rig-veda X, 71, 9. My rendering of the difficult verse is merely tentative, and I have left out the word sirîh, for which I am as little able as other Sanskritists to offer a safe explanation, The general meaning of the verse, I think, has been rightly understood by Sâyana and Govinda, who both say that it contains a reproach, addressed to those Brâhmanas who, contented with the letter of the Veda, do not master its meaning.
261:33-34. The commentary omits these two Sûtras, which, however, seem necessary for the completion of the discussion. The p. 262 second occurs also Âpastamba II, 9, 24, 8. Though Baudhâyana does not express himself as clearly as Âpastamba, he disapproves, as it would seem, like the latter, of the opinion of those who gave an undue preference to asceticism at the expense of married life, the order of the householders.