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The Grihya Sutras, Part 1 (SBE29), by Hermann Oldenberg, [1886], at

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1. Now, after having paid reverence to Brahman, to the Brahmarishi, to (those who descend from) Brahman's womb, to Indra, Pragâpati, Vasishtha, Vâmadeva, Kahola Kaushîtaki, Mahâkaushîtaki, Suyagña Sâṅkhâyana, Âsvalâyana, Aitareya, Mahaitareya, Kâtyâyana, Sâtyâyana, Sâkalya, Babhru, Bâbhravya, Mandu, Mândavya, and to all the teachers of the past, we will henceforth explain the rules for the Âranyaka as forming the subject of Svâdhyâya (private recitation of a text).

2. The teacher abstains through one day and one night from sexual intercourse and from eating flesh.

3-5. Raw flesh, a Kandâla, a woman that has lately been confined, or that has her courses, seeing blood or persons whose hands have been cut off: (these persons and things he shall know form) impediments for the study.

4. And of the corpse-like (animals?).

5. Those which enter (their dens?) with the mouth first (?).

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6. When he has vomited, or when his beard has been shaved,

7. When he has eaten flesh or partaken of a Srâddha or birth dinner,

8. During the days that immediately follow on (days of) study in the village,

9. Three nights (and days), if (he has been) put out of order,

10. (Or has been violently) seized by others,

11. And during the second half of the days that precede (?) the Parvan days,

12. And if fire-flames, lightning, thunder, (heavy) rains, and great clouds appear,

13. And if a storm (blows) that carries away pebbles, as long as that lasts.

2, 1. During four months after the full moon of Âshâdha let him not study.

2. Especially the Sakvarî verses (are concerned by what has been declared). Such are the rules.


141:1 1, 1 seqq. Comp. the general remarks on this sixth book in the Introduction, p. 11.

For the names in the opening invocation, comp. above, 1V, 10; on the Vratas and the study of the different Âranyaka sections chiefly treated of in this book, see above, II, 11. 12, and the Introduction, p. 8.

141:2 Comp. II, 11, 6.

141:3-5 Comp. II, 12, 10, and the note of Nârâyana, p. 160 of the German edition.

142:2 2, 2. It seems to me that this Sûtra should be divided into two (after sakvaryah), so that the words iti niyamâh would correspond to iti bhâshikam, chap. 2, 13.

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