‘The Laws of Manu’ or ‘Manu Dharma Shastra’ is one of the standard books in Hindu scripture – a text that is recognised as an arm of the ‘vedas’. Comprising 2684 verses, divided into twelve chapters presenting the norms of domestic, social, and religious life in India. Sir William Jones assigned the work to the period 1200-500 B.C. But scholars agree that the work is a modern versified rendition of a 500 B.C. Dharma-sutra, which no longer exists and possibly contorted to suit the BLATANT double standards of men who adapted it.
Modern day thinkers have criticised the Manu Dharma Shastra and fairly so! While the authors show some semblance of thought every now and then, their line of thought is largely INSANE and the people who wrote this should have been locked up and the keys thrown into the ocean. We should probably burn all reference to this text except maybe for entertainment sake!
I am going to share with you some of the idiotic verses in Chapter 9 of Manu Dharma. Here are some gems:
Verse 1 – “I will tell eternal duties of a man and wife who stay on the path of duty both in union and in separation.”
I pity the people who listened to him! They must have been more dim witted than this moron!
Verse 2 – “Men must make their women dependent day and night, and keep under their own control those who are attached to sensory objects.”
Excuse me??? Tiger Woods, Bill Clinton and numerous other ‘non women’ – how do we explain their sensory tendencies?
Verse 3 – “Her father guards her in her childhood, her husband guards her in her youth, and her sons guard her in old age. A woman is not fit for independence.”
“not fit for independence”?? Says who?? Do you think they might have felt threatened?
Verse 4 – “A father who does not give her away at the proper time should be blamed, and a husband who does not have sex with her at the proper time should be blamed; and the son who does not guard his mother when her husband is dead should be blamed.”
I would like to clarify here that ‘proper time’ is mainly in the context of procreation and the fertile period. No baser or finer emotions are considered!! A woman is born to give birth .. no more no less!!
Verse 8 – “The husband enters the wife, becomes an embryo, and is born here on earth. This is why a wife is called a wife (jaya), because he is born (jayate) again in her.”
யப்பா! தாங்கலடா சாமி! (there is no translation that will do justice to this piece of Tamil slang that means … Maaaan, this is just toooooo much )!!
Verse 10 – “No man is able to guard women entirely by force, but they can be entirely guarded by using these means:”
சதி திட்டம் (translated it means ‘the plot thickens’)!!
Verse 11 – “he should keep her busy amassing and spending money, engaging in purification, attending to her duty, cooking food, and looking after furniture.”
For once I not only agree with but totally condone this. No complaints about amassing, spending, cooking, keeping the bed warm or looking after furniture as long as I am not treated as one of the furniture I look after!!
Verse 13 – “Drinking, associating with bad people, being separated from their husbands, wandering about, sleeping, and living in other people’s houses are six things that corrupt women.”
இந்த ஒண்ணுலயே சுத்தமா மொத்தமா காலி… இப்போ எல்லா பொம்பளைங்கணும் கெட்டவா! கலி காலம்பா… Ladies, we are all TOTALLY CORRUPT!! No hope for us. We are worse than the worst scum 🙂 BTW, sleeping refers to sleeping in the day when there is work to be done!!
Verse 14 – “Good looks do not matter to them, nor do they care about youth; ‘A man!’ they say, and enjoy sex with him, whether he is good looking or ugly.”
The man who wrote this must have been eating coloured mushrooms from his backyard!! I am not sure I know any woman who would have sex with a random man but then again, darling, if I had to live with you and your incredible intelligence, I’d probably tempted to do it just to spite you and get up your nose!!! For ugly men there are always brown paper bags : )
Verse 15 – “By running after men like whores, by their fickle minds, and by their natural lack of affection these women are unfaithful to their husbands even when they are zealously guarded here.”
CHARMING!!!!!!! இந்த ஆளுக்கு சுத்தமா மறை கழண்டு பொச்சா? (has this man totally lot his marbles??)
There is so much in this book that annoys me and to articulate the reasons for my annoyance would need a series of posts. That would keep me busy for at least 3 years!! There is just no evidence of finer emotions. In fact, verse 96 says – “Women were created to bear children and men to carry on the line.” I’ll talk about all that in the days to come!
I have one request for all of you who read this. Can you please (pretty please) write for my sake, or for entertainment sake write a set of laws to match these ones that would appeal to modern day women and I’ll put it up as a post. I’ll start it off ….
Verse 1: I’ll tell you all the rules that you must follow to keep your marriage happy.
Verse 2: Brute force, emotional blackmail – we can see through this stuff, darlings. The sun ain’t gonna rise in the West no matter how hard you try. நாய் வாலை நிமித்த முடியாது. So guys and gals, just BACK off and stop trying to change each other and let each other be …