The Apastambīya Dharma-sūtra forms part of an enormous Kalpa-sūtra or In the case of the Āpastamba Dharma-sūtra it is, however, not necessary to rely on. The Apastamba Dharma and Grihya Sutras or Apastamba Sutras, are one of the many Dharma Sutras of India. They were followed mostly in South India. श् मात् नमःINTRODUCTION TO THE GRIHYA-SUTRAS We begin our discussion on Grihya Sutras which are coined with a name that life style i.

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He shall not sip rain-drops.

Regarding the explanation of the term Abhisasta, see below, 1 ;7;21 ; Thence it may be inferred that these ceremonies must be likewise performed on the latter occasions, though no absolute rule to this effect has been given, Such jnapakas are of frequent occurrence in all Sutras, and constitute one of the chief difficulties of their interpretation.

For it is a significant fact that the numerous ancient land-grants which have been found all over India indicate exactly the same state of things.

The Apastamba Sutras – Prasna I

At the new moon, he shall not study for two days apasgamba two nights. One should receive holy water in two hands – the right held above the left.

When he shows his respect to Gurus or aged persons or guests, when he offers a burnt-oblation [or other sacrifice], when he does apastambs at dinner, when sipping water and during the [daily] recitation of the Veda, his garment [or his sacrificial thread] shall pass over his left shoulder and under his right arm. According to him, either an equal stra may be given to each son, or the eldest may receive the best part of the wealth, or, also, a preferential share of one tenth of the whole property.

For during that night the sun and the moon apawtamba together. Nor shall he eat in a house where a lying-in woman has not yet come out of the lying-in chamber If he has been touched by a dog, he shall bathe, with his clothes on; I, 1, 1, 18, prescribes that the ceremony shall take place in the eighth year after conception.

The Apastamba Sutras – Prasna I

From him, who divides himself, spring all created bodies. However, please do xpastamba copy information from the website and then tell us that you were trying to give us publicity. These are anger, exultation, grumbling, covetousness, perplexity, doing injury, hypocrisy, lying, gluttony, calumny, envy, lust, secret hatred, neglect to keep the senses in subjection, neglect to concentrate the mind.


And during the time for rest he shall give his mind to doubtful passages of the lesson learnt.

Who this author really was, is a problem which cannot be solved for the present, and which probably will always remain unsolved, because we know his family name only. A Vaisya shall salute stretching forth his arm on a level with his middle, ie. Further on he notices the opinions of other teachers on this subject, and states that the practice advocated by some, of allowing the eldest alone to inherit, as well as the custom prevailing in some countries, of allotting to the eldest all the father’s gold, or the black cows, or the black iron and grain, is not in accordance with the precepts of the Vedas.

Alms are declared to be sacrificial food and the acarya [is in the position which] a deity [holds in regard to food offered at a sacrifice].

If [the student] is on a journey, he shall offer a part of the alms into the fire and eat [the remainder]. Having massaged the teacher’s right foot with the right hand below and above, one takes hold of it and of the ankle.

And [he shall salute in a similar manner] before the morning meal also other very aged [learned Brahmanas] who may live in the same village. He shall leave it when he has obtained a lawful livelihood. See Taittiriya Aranyaka 2: Some say, that he must press both feet, each with both hands, and embrace them.

The initiation is the consecration in accordance with the texts of the Veda, of a male who is desirous of and can make use of sacred knowledge. But, if the body is soiled by unclean things, one shall clean it [with earth or water], in a place where one is not seen by a Guru. Within the sight of his teacher or teacher’s relations he shall do none of those actions, as putting on a garlandnor cause them to be done. At sacrifices the sacred thread passes over the left shoulder and under the right arm.

II, 2, 3, Manu 2;na-anudesyam bhunjlta 1 1 22 1 1 Now a Brahmana also declares, ‘Verily, an empty, uncovered [pot] is he, whose hair is shaved off entirely; the sikha [topknot] is his covering’ Hence it follows that the top-knot should not be shaved off, except in the case mentioned in the following Sutra. Out of term he shall not study any part of the Veda which he has not learnt before.

In other cases, where the impurity lasts thirty-six hours only, the abstention from dining in such houses is shorter.


Honey, uncooked grainvenison, land, roots, fruits, a promise of safety, a pasture sitra cattle, a house, and fodder for a draught-ox may be accepted even from an Ugra.

Thus in a edict of king Harihara of Vidyanagara, dated Saka-samvat or A.

Thus the Veda is separated from profane speech. Your use of the website is subject to these Terms of Use. Nor shall he eat sitting in the same row with persons amongst whom one, whilst they eat, rises and gives his leavings to his pupils or sips water; 3. Loving him like a son and totally devoted to him, the teacher should impart knowledge to him, without holding anything back, with respect to any of the Laws.

Some declare, that if [the saliva falls] on the ground, he need not sip water. Nor that of men who live by letting lodgings or land. Appastamba can be no doubt that the south of India was conquered by the Aryans, and has been brought within the pale of Brahmanical civilization much later than India north of the Vindhya range.

He shall not salute with his shoes on, or his head wrapped up, or his hands full. In four of these a;astamba, Dh.


Let him not sport in the water whilst bathing; let him swim motionless like a stick. As to the Vedanta, Apastamba does not mention the name of the school. One shall do what is beneficial to the teacher, and shall not contradict him. But obedience [as towards the teacher] is not required [to be shown towards such a person]. Agni, the god of fire, is considered to be of the Brahminical caste, and hence he takes apastsmba place of the teacher or of the Srotriyas. Intercourse, dining, and intermarriage with them should be avoided.

The commentator declares that in Manu 3;1, the expression apzstamba he has learnt it,’ must be understood in this sense, [that the student may leave his teacher, if he has learnt the Veda after twelve years’ study, never before. According to 1;1;2;39 — 1;1;3;10, the rule of dress for students apstamba the following: Amongst fishes, the Keta ought not to be eaten,