[Advaita-l] kshatriya dharma according to manu smriti and its interpretation today?

D.V.N.Sarma డి.వి.ఎన్.శర్మ dvnsarma at gmail.com
Fri Jan 12 08:01:01 EST 2018

In the animal world animals fight for leadership of the herd. The idea is
the strongest will be able protect the herd more effectively.
I think that the same principle operates in the kshatriya dharma. The
kshatriyas fight in order to detemine who is the strongest and
the strongest assumes office.

In Vishnupurana Khandikya's reply to Kesidhvaja when he was asked why he
did not ask the kingdom as gurudakshina
illustrates this point.


On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 5:01 PM, V Subrahmanian via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> Maybe this statement is fitting in this context:
> असन्तुष्टो द्विजो नष्टः, सन्तुष्टः पार्थिवस्तथा
> An uncontented  brahmana is doomed and so a King contented.
> subbu
> On 12 Jan 2018 14:48, "Raghav Kumar Dwivedula via Advaita-l" <
> advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> Namaste Everyone
> Thank you Venkatraghavan ji for the manu smriti pdf references to kshatriya
> dharma in its 7th chapter.
> https://archive.org/details/ManuSmriti_201601
>  The general sense i get is that the kshatriya king who is committed to
> dharma and protection of shrotiyas is to challenge and wage war against
> unrightoeus kshatriyas who do not become his allies or vassals. This is of
> course quite natural. However i did not come across any explicit shastra
> reference to a 'dharma yuddha'  idea yet. What should be the primary
> *motive* for war for a kxatriya? The smRti seems more intent to look at war
> as an inherent dharma of kshatriya. Will read it a little more carefully
> and get back.
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