[Advaita-l] Is this really in the 'Manu-smRti'?
Jaldhar H. Vyas
jaldhar at braincells.com
Thu Jul 12 16:31:51 CDT 2012
On Tue, 10 Jul 2012, V Subrahmanian wrote:
> Long ago I had heard the following verse which says: From the 'brAhmaNa-s'
> of 'this' country all the other people from the world over learn/ed the
> rules of conduct.
Yes. In the edition of the manusmrti I have, it is 2.20.
2.17 describes the boundries of Brahmavarta between the Saraswati and
Drshadvati rivers. (Both now dried up.)
2.19 calls Kurukshetra and the lands of the Matsyas, Panchalas, and
Shurasenakas as Brahmarshidesha. And as 2.20 says it is from the
Brahmanas of this country (along with Brahmavarta) that the entire earth
should learn their acharas.
Needless to say, the center of gravity of Vedic culture has moved since
that was written.
 The Kurus were based around Hastinapura - Indraprastha where modern
Delhi is. The Panchalas around Kanyakubja (Modern Kanauj in U.P.), The
Matsyas to the north of Panchalas, and the Shurasenakas around Mathura.
So we are basically talking about modern Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhanda,
Western UP and the northernmost parts of Rajasthan and MP.
Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar at braincells.com>
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