- Brihat Parasara Hora Sastra
Some quotes sourced from Parasara Smriti :
“KRITE TU MANAVO DHARMASTRETAYAAM GAUTAMO SMRITAH ||
DWAPARE SHANKHALIKHITAA KALAU PARASHARAH SMRITAH ||
In Dwapara, Shankha’s Smriti , In Kali Yuga, it is Parasara Smriti”
UDDYAMENaiva SIDDHYANTI ||
KARYAANI NA MANORATHAIH ||
NA HI SUPTASYA SIMHASYA ||
PRAVISHANTI MUKHE MRIGAH ||
Meaning- Only by effort are tasks accomplished and not desires (chariots of the mind). As a deer doesn’t enter the mouth of a sleeping lion .
NYAYOPAARJITa VITTENa KARTAVYAM HYATMARAKSHANAM ||
ANYAAYENa TU YO JIVET SARVKARMABAHISHKRITAH ||
Meaning- Money earned fairly must be used for self protection. A person who lives otherwise is excluded from all karma.
Parasara in the Linga Puranam : Reference:
Parasara’s grandfather Vasishtha and his grandmother Arundhati were ready to jump off a cliff. Their 100 sons including the eldest Sakthi had been eaten by Kalmashapada and they had no desire to live. Mother earth caught them safely in her own arms. Then, their daughter-in-law, Adrishyanti, informed them that she was carrying Sakthi’s son and begged them to live. Parasara started reciting Vedas from his mother’s womb and delighted his grandfather. Several of the Veda Mantras in the first mandala of the rg veda are revealed to us through Parasara.
When Parasara learned that his father was eaten by a rakshasa he was angry enough to destroy the world. His grandfather persuaded him to meditate on Siva instead. After that, Parasara started destroying all rakshasas. Vasishtha told him that it was wrong to punish many for the sins of one and that Sakthi’s death was caused by his fate.
Parasara compiled the Purana Samhita and the Vishnu Purana with his grandfather’s blessing.
Reference : Vishnu Puranam : First Amsa First adhyaya Page 1 onwards.
It was taught to Parasara by his father’s father (pituh pitA) Vasishtha Brahmarshi. Parasara’s father (Sakthi) was eaten by the Rakshasa sent by Viswamitra. (Shlokas 12 and 13 ). This made Parasara very angry when he found out about it and he set about to destroy all rakshasas, till he was dissuaded by Vasishtha. Vasishtha told him that only fools cultivated anger. Anger destroys fame (yas’ah) as well as penance (tapah). No one can kill anyone., its one’s own karma that kills one. Therefore don’t come under the control of anger. Forgiveness is the essence of Sadhus.
Out of respect for his grandfather’s words, Parasara stopped the satra and Vasishta was very pleased with him. At that time, Pulastya, the son of Brahma came there and accepted water (arghya) and asana (seat). This elder brother of Pulaha was pleased by Vasishta’s peace loving gesture. He addressed Parasara as his child and blessed him that he would become a Puranakarta and become an expert in all sastras.
Parasara and the Varna System : If we remember that Parasara had a son, our Veda Vyasa, by Satyavati, a ferry girl, and the daughter/foster daughter of a fisherman chief then it is very surprising to see the stand that the Parasara Smriti takes on the Varna system and the duties of women.
This is like Thomas Jefferson and Slavery. He was a hero in one sense (American freedom) and insensitive in another sense (Owning Slaves).
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