Brahmins Naming Dress Eating Rules Manusmriti

Manusmriti provides exhaustive details on the modes of Dress,the Staff(Danda) a Brahmin is expected to carry, The process of preparing the Upaveeda How to drink water and how to eat, for Brahmins.


The rules as is the norm are very stringent.


Here they are.


Naming the Brahmin.



31. Let (the first part of) a Brahmana’s name (denote something) auspicious, a Kshatriya’s be connected with power, and a Vaisya’s with wealth, but a Sudra’s (express something) contemptible. 

32. (The second part of) a Brahmana’s (name) shall be (a word) implying happiness, of a Kshatriya’s (a word) implying protection, of a Vaisya’s (a term) expressive of thriving, and of a Sudra’s (an expression) denoting service. 

33. The names of women should be easy to pronounce, not imply anything dreadful, possess a plain meaning, be pleasing and auspicious, end in long vowels, and contain a word of benediction. 

34. In the fourth month the Nishkramana (the first leaving of the house) of the child should be performed, in the sixth month the Annaprasana (first feeding with rice), and optionally (any other) auspicious ceremony required by (the custom of) the family. 

35. According to the teaching of the revealed texts, the Kudakarman (tonsure) must be performed, for the sake of spiritual merit, by all twice-born men in the first or third year. 

36. In the eighth year after conception, one should perform the initiation (upanayana) of a Brahmana, in the eleventh after conception (that) of a Kshatriya, but in the twelfth that of a Vaisya. 

37. (The initiation) of a Brahmana who desires proficiency in sacred learning should take place in the fifth (year after conception), (that) of a Kshatriya who wishes to become powerful in the sixth, (and that) of a Vaisya who longs for (success in his) business in the eighth. 

38. The (time for the) Savitri (initiation) of a Brahmana does not pass until the completion of the sixteenth year (after conception), of a Kshatriya until the completion of the twenty-second, and of a Vaisya until the completion of the twenty-fourth. 

39. After those (periods men of) these three (castes) who have not received the sacrament at the proper time, become Vratyas (outcasts), excluded from the Savitri (initiation) and despised by the Aryans. 





41. Let students, according to the order (of their castes), wear (as upper dresses) the skins of black antelopes, spotted deer, and he-goats, and (lower garments) made of hemp, flax or wool. 

42. The girdle of a Brahmana shall consist of a of a triple cord of Munga grass, smooth and soft; (that) of a Kshatriya, of a bowstring, made of Murvafibres; (that) of a Vaisya, of hempen threads. 

43. If Munga grass (and so forth) be not procurable, (the girdles) may be made of Kusa, Asmantaka, and Balbaga (fibres), with a single three fold knot, or with three or five (knots according to the custom of the family). 

44. The sacrificial string of a Brahmana shall be made of cotton, (shall be) twisted to the right, (and consist) of three threads, that of a Kshatriya of hempen threads, (and) that of a Vaisya of woolen threads. 

45. A Brahmana shall (carry), ac cording to the sacred law, a staff of Bilva or Palasa; a Kshatriya, of Vata or Khadira; (and) a Vaisya, of Pilu or Udumbara. 

46. The staff of a Brahmana shall be made of such length as to reach the end of his hair; that of a Kshatriya, to reach his forehead; (and) that of a Vaisya, to reach (the tip of his) nose. 

47. Let all the staves be straight, without a blemish, handsome to look at, not likely to terrify men, with their bark perfect, unhurt by fire. 

48. Having taken a staff according to his choice, having worshipped the sun and walked round the fire, turning his right hand towards it, (the student) should beg alms according to the prescribed rule. 

49. An initiated Brahmana should beg, beginning (his request with the word) lady (bhavati); a Kshatriya, placing (the word) lady in the middle, but a Vaisya, placing it at the end (of the formula). 

50. Let him first beg food of his mother, or of his sister, or of his own maternal aunt, or of (some other) female who will not disgrace him (by a refusal). 


Procuring Food and Eating Procedure.


51. Having collected as much food as is required (from several persons), and having announced it without guile to his teacher, let him eat, turning his face towards the east, and having purified himself by sipping water. 

52. (His meal will procure) long life, if he eats facing the east; fame, if he turns to the south; prosperity, if he turns to the west; truthfulness, if he faces the east. 

53. Let a twice-born man always eat his food with concentrated mind, after performing an ablution; and after he has eaten, let him duly cleanse himself with water and sprinkle the cavities (of his head). 

54. Let him always worship his food, and eat it without contempt; when he sees it, let him rejoice, show a pleased face, and pray that he may always obtain it. 

55. Food, that is always worshipped, gives strength and manly vigour; but eaten irreverently, it destroys them both. 

56. Let him not give to any man what he leaves, and beware of eating between (the two meal-times); let him not over-eat himself, nor go anywhere without having purified him- self (after his meal). 

57. Excessive eating is prejudicial to health, to fame, and to (bliss in) heaven; it prevents (the acquisition of) spiritual merit, and is odious among men; one ought, for these reasons, to avoid it carefully. 

58. Let a Brahmana always sip water out of the part of the hand (tirtha) sacred to Brahman, or out of that sacred to Ka (Pragapati), or out of (that) sacred to the gods, never out of that sacred to the manes. 

59. They call (the part) at the root of the thumb the tirtha sacred to Brahman, that at the root of the (little) finger (the tirtha) sacred to Ka (Pragapati), (that) at the tips (of the fingers, the tirtha) sacred to the gods, and that below (between the index and the thumb, the tirtha) sacred to the manes. 

60. Let him first sip water thrice; next twice wipe his mouth; and, lastly, touch with water the cavities (of the head), (the seat of) the soul and the head. 

61. He who knows the sacred law and seeks purity shall always perform the rite of sipping with water neither hot nor frothy, with the (prescribed) tirtha, in a lonely place, and turning to the east or to the north. 

62. A Brahmana is purified by water that reaches his heart, a Kshatriya by water reaching his throat, a Vaisya by water taken into his mouth, (and) a Sudra by water touched with the extremity (of his lips). 

63. A twice-born man is called upavitin when his right arm is raised (and the sacrificial string or the dress, passed under it, rests on the left shoulder); (when his) left (arm) is raised (and the string, or the dress, passed under it, rests on the right shoulder, he is called) prakinavitin; and nivitin when it hangs down (straight) from the neck. 

64. His girdle, the skin (which serves as his upper garment), his staff, his sacrificial thread, (and) his water-pot he must throw into water, when they have been damaged, and take others, reciting sacred formulas. 

65. (The ceremony called) Kesanta (clipping the hair) is ordained for a Brahmana in the sixteenth year (from conception); for a Kshatriya, in the twenty-second; and for a Vaisya, two (years) later than that. 

66. This whole series (of ceremonies) must be performed for females (also), in order to sanctify the body, at the proper time and in the proper order, but without (the recitation of) sacred texts. 

67. The nuptial ceremony is stated to be the Vedic sacrament for women (and to be equal to the initiation), serving the husband (equivalent to) the residence in (the house of the) teacher, and the household duties (the same) as the (daily) worship of the sacred fire.

68. Thus has been described the rule for the initiation of the twice-born, which indicates a (new) birth, and sanctifies; learn (now) to what duties they must afterwards apply themselves. 

69. Having performed the (rite of) initiation, the teacher must first instruct the (pupil) in (the rules of) personal purification, of conduct, of the fire-worship, and of the twilight devotions. 

70. But (a student) who is about to begin the Study (of the Veda), shall receive instruction, after he has sipped water in accordance with the Institutes (of the sacred law), has made the Brahmangali, (has put on) a clean dress, and has brought his organs under due control. 


Manusmrit Chapter 2.31.70


Brahmin An Outcast ,Vratya, Manusmriti

The much maligned  Manusmriti  reserves the strictest sanctions for Brahmins.


There are many citations in the Manu Smriti where these are mentioned.


In general, punishment for a Brahmin is thousand fold for an offense than what is being sanctioned for a Sudra.



In this article we shall see how a Brahmin is declared  as an Outcast in one instance, which is very serious.


That instance is Upanayana, wearing of the Sacred Thread)Ceremony)




36. In the eighth year after conception, one should perform the initiation (upanayana) of a Brahmana, in the eleventh after conception (that) of a Kshatriya, but in the twelfth that of a Vaisya. 

37. (The initiation) of a Brahmana who desires proficiency in sacred learning should take place in the fifth (year after conception), (that) of a Kshatriya who wishes to become powerful in the sixth, (and that) of a Vaisya who longs for (success in his) business in the eighth. 

38. The (time for the) Savitri (initiation) of a Brahmana does not pass until the completion of the sixteenth year (after conception), of a Kshatriya until the completion of the twenty-second, and of a Vaisya until the completion of the twenty-fourth. 

39. After those (periods men of) these three (castes) who have not received the sacrament at the proper time, become Vratyas (outcasts), excluded from the Savitri (initiation) and despised by the Aryans. 

40. With such men, if they have not been purified ac cording to the rule, let no Brahmana ever, even in times of distress, form a connexion either through the Veda or by marriage. “

Manu Smriti Chapter 2:31;39








Smritis List Manu Smriti Not For Us

Smritis mean ‘those that are remebered’.


These are the orally transmitted Traditions of  Hinduism, some them have been written.



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Religious Texts Of Hindus Chart

In terms of Religious Authority, they are of secondary in nature, the first and foremost being the ‘Sruthi‘,’ The Heard’ by the Rishis form the Ether,   The Vedas.


The Smritis function as unwritten code of conduct.


They lay down Norms of Behaviour in the Society and also are advisory in Nature to kings and his subjects.



Smritis also reflect the social Life of the Vedic India down the Ages.


There are Eighteen Smritis.


These are also called Dharma Sastras,Rules of Righteousness.


They are,


Yajnavalkya ,















Atri and


The Laws of Manu are intended for the Satya Yuga,

 Yajnavalkya ,for the Treta Yuga,

Sankha and Likhita are for the Dvapara Yuga and

of Parasara are for the Kali Yuga.

We are familiar with the Manu Smriti, which is not intended for KaliYuga.

Read my Post Manu Smriti not for Kali Yuga.

The Smritis are long treatises in Sanskrit prose.

These were /are transmitted Orally .

To remember, them Hinduism had devised systematic Memorizing Technics called ‘Paatas”

A sample of This procedure,

  • Forms of recitation included the jaṭā-pāṭha (literally “mesh recitation”) in which every two adjacent words in the text were first recited in their original order, then repeated in the reverse order, and finally again in the original order.[9] The recitation thus proceeded as:

word1word2, word2word1, word1word2; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3; …

  • In another form of recitation, dhvaja-pāṭha[9] (literally “flag recitation”) a sequence of N words were recited (and memorized) by pairing the first two and last two words and then proceeding as:

word1word2, word(N-1)wordN; word2word3, word(N-3)word(N-2); …; word(N-1)wordN, word1word2;

  • The most complex form of recitation, ghana-pāṭha (literally “dense recitation”), according to (Filliozat 2004, p. 139), took the form:

word1word2, word2word1, word1word2word3, word3word2word1, word1word2word3; word2word3, word3word2, word2word3word4, word4word3word2, word2word3word4; …Source.Wiki.








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Manu’s Derogatory Remarks On Women Status

I shared some of my posts on Vedas where I have quoted from the Vedic Texts how women were accorded the highest regards ,women were Great Rishis.

One of readers from Facebook  sent in a Link which  quotes Manu on Women.

They are derogatory to Women.

Or Are they?

Before let us know what Manu Smriti is about and who Manu is.

Manu is a name for one who lays down Social norms, de facto.

This Manu changes from time to Time.

There are different Manus for different Manvanntaras, a Period of Time devised by Hindus.

Las of Manu

Manu Smriti Book by Buhler

On Manu and Manvantaras please read my posts filed under Hinduism.

So Manu  Smriti is not a fixed standard text that was followed nor does it carry the force of the Vedas.

To quote a contemporary example, Manu Smriti is like the Directive Principles of State Policy, while the Vedas are akin to the Fundamental Rights enshrined in the Constitution of India.

While former need not be followed but only commendatory in nature , the latter has the force of Law and has to be followed.

In case of Conflict between the two, the Fundamental Rights will prevail.

So Vedas are like the Fundamental Rights and Manu Smriti, Directive principles of State Policy.

The major difference is that unlike the Fundamental Rights, Vedas can not be changed/amended.

As time changes, so are the customs and values.

Hence Manu Smriti also changes , depending on the Yuga.

What we now have as Manu Smriti , I am not sure is the one meant for Kali Yuga,

And The Manu Smriti reflects the Social Life.

Like the Films, the question of whether Society influences Life or the other way around, one is never sure.

With this back ground let us look at the quoted texts which are derogatory to women.


1.”Swabhav ev narinam …..” – 2/213. It is the nature of women to seduce men in this world; for that reason the wise are never unguarded in the company of females.”

I do not see anything derogatory here.

It is by  way of explanation of Nature.

Being a Seductress is not repulsive, it becomes dangerous when one falls for it. without thinking of the consequences to himself and family.

By implication it is the nature of Men to go after women,

True, but we do not admit it.

“Avidvam samlam………..” – 2/214. Women, true to their class character, are capable of leading astray men in this world, not only a fool but even a learned and wise man. Both become slaves of desire.”

This follows the earlier one and this is a fact;we may not like the fact.

Some times we refuse to accept Nature, when explained.

We may not like Gravity,but it is.

Truth need not be palatable.

Look at the Empires that have Crashed,Misery befallen ,from Ramayana to French/Russian Revolution.

Dasaratha was a wise King,Draupadi was born in Fire ,yet one’s one moment of weak will sent Lord Rama to forest and another ensured Mahabharata war.

What Bloody Mary did and the Tsarina had for Rasputin History knows.

Expressing the consequences arising out of nature is not to defame.

3.Matra swastra ………..” – 2/215. Wise people should avoid sitting alone with one’s mother, daughter or sister. Since carnal desire is always strong, it can lead to temptation.

This actually insults Men, nothing is said of women here,

And it is also a sordid fact which none seems to acknowledge is the amount of Incest that goes on.

Other Smritis also say that after the Age of ten , a Girl must not sleep in the same bed with her father,brother.

Hinduism knows Human instincts and goes by it, not by misplaced ideological non sense.

Essentially we are animals by Instinct.

One has to evolve by practice.

This verse is by way of caution and I see nothing wrong in it.

Why should women object to this?

It is for their safety and welfare.

Read under ‘interesting and funny’ in my blog.

4.Naudwahay……………..” – 3/8. One should not marry women who has/ had reddish hair, redundant  parts of the body [such as six fingers], one who is often sick, one without hair or having excessive hair and one who has red eyes.

This seems to be a correlation arrived at(may be true or untrue) between Physiognomy and Behavior.

Manu Smriti says of Men that a woman should not marry a Angaheena physically challenged,one who has deserted his wife/Family,has disease.

This is not an insult, is an advice.

5.Nraksh vraksh ………..” – 3/9. One should not marry women whose names are similar to constellations,  trees, rivers, those from a low-caste, mountains, birds, snakes, slaves or those whose names inspires terror.

This reflects the belief of the times.

For example every Nakshatra has some or other  stigma attached to it.

Chithrai Appan Theruvile-parents of children born in Chithra Nakshatra shall be on the streets, deserted by their children.

Is it?

No. It is a belief the people had.

6.Yasto na bhavet ….. …..” – 3/10. Wise men should not marry women who do not have a brother and whose parents are not socially well-known.

What is wrong in this?

Even to-day we check the family background before getting married.

The point about Brother is that one who s born with a Brother knows to deal with a Man better than the one with out a sibling.

This is a fact.

There are 40 quotes on the site,

As the blog is getting lengthy, I shall post in the next Post/s.



Thank you Mr.Sridhar Aiyangar.


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Hinduism Daily Rules To Follow.

Hinduism sets down Rules for every one.

Lifestyle tips from the Vedas.

Hindu Rule for Life,From the Veda.

It does not say that Hindus alone should follow these rules.

Nor does it sat that only those who follow these Rules are Hindus.

These are suggested ways o Life as found by wise men.

We have these sets of Rules, not classified as rules as such in the Vedas, Puarana, Epics Like the Mahabharata and other literature .

So it becomes difficult to codify all these under one head.

But efforts have been made earlier with various Smritis, like Manu Smriti,Sukra Neethi,Vashista Needhi,Vidhura Needhi.

Even these texts are too long and at times difficult to understand.

Sree Vatsa Somadeva Sarma,under the guidance of Kanchi Maha Periyavar, published a book in Tamil,’Vaidika Samvardini’,containing the essentials of behavior according to Hinduism.

These rules, contrary to popular misconception, is to be followed by all, not meant for only Brahmins.

One wil notice that these rules have a scientific bearing and are conducive to good Health , both mental and Physical.

The Rules:

Do not look at the Sun, during,

Sun Rise,,


At Noon,

as a Reflection in Water,

and during Eclipses.

2.Always perambulate in a Clockwise direction, Brahmins,Temples,Idols of God,Cow, Married woman, and Pipal tree (AswathaTree)

* King Dileepa did beget children because he perambulated these  anti clock wise.

3. What not to do with Fire.

Blowing out by Mouth,

Jumping over,


Keeping on the ground(keep on a non combustible) container,

Douse it with Water,

Warm the feet,

Drop unclean things and

add more fire to the existing Fire.

4.How to approach a Holy Rivers.

Do not keep your feet first.

Sprinkle water on the head first(Prokshana),

Then wash feet.

Do not take bath without clothes , have a cloth for private parts’

Do not spit or gargle .

If you need to, take water in a vessel and gargle.

Do not urinate or pass motion.

Do not Drop stones.

5.Never do the following for only for one self.


Prepare Garlands.

Prepare Snacks.

These are to be offered to God and Guests first.

6.How to Sleep.

Sleep only after washing and drying  the feet.

Pray God.

Do not sleep. keeping the head in the North.

Do not sleep in a dilapidated building.

Do not Sleep in a Cot that is disrepair.

Never wake up one who is sleeping.

Never wake up the elders.

7.Do not do the following with a woman in Menstruation.

Do not go near them for the fist three days.

Do not talk with them nor hear them while eating.

Do not eat what is left after they eat.

You can approach them only after the fifth day.

8.How to treat a Cow.

perambulate in a Clock wise direction.

Scratching it.

Provide food .Never beat it in any form,

Never inform owner if the Cow grazes on the field.

8.Do not use the following which others have used,


Footwear,Seats,Vessels used for drinking water, partaking Food,bed ,Japa Mala and Garlands.


Inhale the smoke from the Corpse,

expose yourself to Early morning Sun,

Shadows of Men,

Shadows of the morally deviant.

To be Continued.

Aswatha Stotra:

Among the trees Aswatha is the most religious for all Hindus. In most of the places, an idol of God is consecrated below the tree. In Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the family which plants the tree, does sacred thread ceremony to the tree and then conducts its marriage with the neem tree. Most of the serpent temples in Kerala and Ganesa temples in Tamil Nadu are below this tree. Women who are not able to beget children are asked to go round the tree daily.  The great shade of the tree is used as the meeting place of senior citizens in every village.)



Moolatho Brahma roopaya , madhyatho Vishnu roopine,

Agratha shiva roopaya Vruksha rajaya they nama.                                          1


My salutations to the king of trees.

Whose root is the form of Brahma,

Middle is the form of Lord Vishnu,

And top is the form of Lord Shiva.


Aswatha sarva papani satha janma arjithanicha,

Nudhaswa mama vrakshendra , sarva aiswarya pradho bhava.                          2


The holy fig(banyan)  tree pushes away , all sins earned,

In several hundred births, and Oh king of trees,

Please grant me all different types  of wealth.


Ayurbalam yaso varcha , praja pasu vasooni cha,

Brahma prajnam cha medham cha thwam nodehi Vanaspathe.                           3


Would you not give me, Oh product of the forest.

Long life, fame, splendour , children , cattle and riches,

As also knowledge of God and intellectual wisdom.


Sathatham varuno raksheth thwamarad vrushtirasrayedh,

Parithasthwam nishevantham thrunani sukhamasthu they.                                   4


You are always protected by Varuna as you are rain dependent,

And you do not allow any grass to grow in the shade round you.


Akshi spandham bhujaspandham duswapnam dhurvichinthanam,

Sathroonam cha samuthanam hyaswastha samaya Prabho.                                    5


Oh Lord Aswatha , please control pain in the eye,

Pain of hands , bad dreams , bad and evil thoughts,

And help me in destruction of my enemies.


Aswathaya varenyaya sarva aiswarya pradhayine,

Namo duswapna nasaya , suswapna phala dhayine.                                                  6


Oh Aswatha who blesses us and grants all type of wealth,

My salutations to you , who destroys bad dreams and grants good dreams.


Yaam drushtwa muchythe rogai,

Sprushtwa papapai pramuchyathe,

Yad ashrayath chiran jeevi,

Tham Aswatham namamyaham.                                                                                  7


I salute that Aswatha ,

Seeing which diseases flee,

Touching which sins are destroyed ,

And surrendering to which ,

You get long healthy life.


Aswatha sumaha bhaga , subhaga , Priya darsana,

Ishta kamam cha  may dehi shatrubhyascha parabhavam.                                                8


Oh great Lord Aswatha, who is pretty and looks pretty,

Please fulfill all my desires and give disappointment to my enemies.


Aayu prajam dhanam dhanyam soubhagyam  sarva sampadam,

Dehi deva maha Vruksha , thwam aham saranam gatha.                                                    9


I surrender fully to you  and ,

So be pleased to give , oh great tree,

Long life, sons, wealth , cereals,

Great luck all types of wealth.


Rig yaju sama manthrathma, sarva roopi, parathpara,

Aswatho veda moolo asou rishibhi prochyathe sada.                                                        10


Great sages go in search of Aswatha ,

As it is the soul of Rig, Yajur and sama Vedas

And takes all forms , greater than the greatest,

And is the root of all the three Vedas.


Brahmaha guruha chaiva daridhro vyadhi peeditha,

Aavarthya  laksha sankhyam tham sthothram yedath sukhee bhavth.                               11


If this prayer is repeated one hundred thousand times,

Even those cursed by Brahma or the teacher,

And those who are  poor and diseased,

Would get cured of all ills and lead a pleasant life.


Vyaktha avyaktha swaroopaya , srushti sthithyantha karine,

Adhi madhyanth soonyaya vishtarasravase nama.                                                             12


Salutations to the very stable one,

Who has clear and unclear forms,

Who creates , looks after and destroys,

And who does not have beginning, middle and end.


Ravim rava vadharaogye,

Shivam some Shivaya cha,

Shakthim bhoume jayarthi cha,

Vanijyarthi budhe saran,                                                                                                    13


Gurou gurum cha Vidhyarthi,

Dhanarthi bhargave sriyam,

Sarva dukha vimoksharthee,

Sarvesam mandha vasare.                                                                                                 14


Sarvada sarva devam scha ,

Viseshanmada somayo,

Aswatha roopino devan,

Vruksha rajo prapoojayeth.                                                                                                15




Go round on Sundays and worshipping Sun  to get heath,

Go round on Mondays and worshipping Shiva to get pleasant life,

Go round on Tuesdays and worshipping Parvathy  ,to get victory,,

Go round on Wednesdays and worshipping devas , to get luck in business,

Go round on Thursdays  and Worshipping Guru to get good knowledge,

Go round on Fridays and worshipping Goddess Lakshmi to get wealth,

Go round on Saturdays and worshipping  the greatest god , to get rid of all sorrow.


Always all gods  especially Saturn and the moon,

Worship the God in the form of Aswatha,

And offer prayers to this Lord of all trees.