Leverite; Vyasa; The Mahabharata

vijay shankar vijay0104 at YAHOO.COM
Mon May 1 09:40:00 UTC 2000

Rajesh Kochhar (2000) The Vedic People(New Delhi
Orient Longman),pp44-45 discusses the niyoga practice
in the context of Mahabharata. His source is PV
Kane(1974)History of Dharmasastra,Vol 2,pp599-601.

--- Steve Brown <sb009h at MAIL.ROCHESTER.EDU> wrote:
> friends;
> As an aspiring undergraduate indologist; i read your
> discussions daily with interest (albeit often a bit
> confusedly when you speak about languages).  Now, i
> must ask for your learned advice and assistance.  I
> have been Studying Krsna Dvaipayana Vyasa's
> character in the Mahabharata for some time now, and
> as the time of my paper draws imminently near, i
> have taken a bit of a new direction.  I am now
> curious about Vyasa's enaction of leverite to
> maintain the Kuru line.  so i am undertaking a
> short-term (to be continued over the summer after
> completion of the paper as well) quick and dirty
> examination of the law of leverite. currently my
> only source is Doniger's translation of The Laws of
> Manu, which i have failed to find anything
> discussing leverite in.  so, what can you all tell
> me about leverite, any english sources i can look
> to, i have access to the History of the
> Dharmasastra, however, i do not really have time to
> scour that several thousand page text this week,
> does anyone have an idea where this law may be
> discussed in either of these volumes?  Beyond that,
> what can anyone tell me about how this law works,
> who it is intended to be enacted by, the dharmic
> consequences of enacting it?
> thanks much
> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
> Stephen J Brown
> University of Rochester
> " The Spirit of God, I realized, is exaustless
> Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light..."
> -Paramahansa Yogananda
> Lord Buddha was once asked why a man should love all
> persons equally.
> "Because," the great teacher replied, "in the very
> numerous and varied lifespans of
> each man, every other being has at one time or
> another been dear to him."

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