Leverite; Vyasa; The Mahabharata

Palash Mazumdar palashm at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon May 1 22:43:06 UTC 2000

what on earth is 'leverite'?!!

>From: Steve Brown <sb009h at MAIL.ROCHESTER.EDU>
>Reply-To: Indology <INDOLOGY at LISTSERV.LIV.AC.UK>
>Subject: Leverite; Vyasa; The Mahabharata
>Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2000 17:26:03 -0400
>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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