The Path of Manu: Progenitor of Mankind

Vaivasvata Manu is the progenitor and father of the human race. It is from Manu that all noble and true human beings descend. It is for this reason that human beings are known in Sanskrit as Manushya, or descendants of Manu. Manu is known to be the author of the Manava Dharma Shastra, one of the most profoundly instructive and enlightening of the Vedic scriptures. In this special livestream discourse, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya will shed light on several verses from this beautiful text that reveal the spiritual path taught by Manu.

“Studying the Veda, (practicing) austerities, (the acquisition of true) knowledge, the subjugation of the organs, abstention from doing injury, and serving the guru are the best means for attaining supreme bliss.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 12.83)

“Whatever is hard to be traversed, whatever is hard to be attained, whatever is hard to be reached, whatever is hard to be performed, all (this) may be accomplished by austerities; for austerity (possesses a power) which it is difficult to surpass.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 11.238)

“As a fire in one moment consumes with its bright flame the fuel that has been placed on it, even so he who knows the Veda destroys all guilt by the fire of knowledge.” (Manava Dharma Shastra, 11.246)

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