Hindu Saṁskāras: Socio-religious Study of the Hindu Sacraments

Front Cover
Motilal Banarsidass Publ., 1969 - Religion - 327 pages
The Hindu Samskaras give expression to aspirations and ideals of the Hindus. They aim at securing the welfare of the performer and developing his personality. They go back to a hoary antiquity. The Vedas, the Brahmanas, the Grhyasutras, the Dharmasutras, the Smrtis and other treatises describe the rites, ceremonies and customs here and there but they do not present them in their historical evolution. The present work is a systematic study of all the Samskaras enjoined to be performed at the various epochs in the life of an individual from conception to crematorium. The author has cited parallels in other religions to show that they are universal and have a recognised place in ancient cultures and are still represented within the limits of modern religion. He has also shown that the sacramental beliefs and practices, far from being an irrational priestcraft, are consistent and logical and have practical utility and intention. This work discusses the source, meaning, number, purpose and the constituents of Samskaras grouped under five heads: prenatal, natal, educational, nuptial and funeral. Besides being a landmark in Hindu culture, it presents patterns of life based on high ethical, spiritual and humanistic values.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

CHAP
1
CHAP
2
The Dharmasūtras
7
The Removal of the Corpse
8
The Relative Importance of Sources
13
Twofold Purpose
25
The Moral Purpose
31
iv Ceremonies
36
vi The Historical growth of Eight Forms a Paiśācha
159
b Rākṣasa
160
c Gāndharva
162
d Asura
164
e Prājāpatya
166
CHAP PAGE
168
1 Ārşa
185
162
187

Fire
39
The Jštakarma Birth Ceremonies
41
Divination
45
xvii The Ceremonies and their Significance
74
214
77
iv The Dharmsūtra the Smộti and Subsequent Peri
90
vii Suśruta on the Boring of Ears
104
146
138
The SamŠvartana or Snāna The End of Studentship i Introductory
141
The Karnavedha Boring The Ears
143
ii Importance
146
iii The Normal Course iv Three Types of Snataka v A Passport to Marriage
147
vi The Age vii The Permission of the Teacher
149
viii The Ceremonies and their Significance
150
ix The Respect paid to the Snātaka x An absurd Simplification
152
i The Imi ortance of Marriage ii The Origin
153
iii Premarital Stage
157
iv Marriage Proper v The Forms of Marriage
158
166
188
167
189
225
201
The Nuptial Bath
210
The Condition
216
Triratravrata
224
The Common Meal
225
The Vedārambha Beginning of the Vedic Study
234
Anustarani
237
Lying of the Widow on the Funeral Pyre
251
AsthiSanchayana
259
The Śmaśāna
265
The Procedure of the Samskāras
276
The Achievements of the Samskaras
277
The Keśānta Shaving of Beard
313
Prospects
319
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Bibliographic information