Note : As the baiters may take an excessive interest in this post, It is important for me to make some clarifications.
- It is my intention to show that Indians were broadminded before “Victorian Christian Morality” was forced on us by the British Rule.
- If a girl conceived a baby out-of-wedlock that baby was to be raised by the girl’s father as his own son. And this several centuries before the virgin Mary conceived Jesus, however immaculately.
- If a girl was abducted, she was to be rescued and treated as a maiden and given in marriage as per sacred rites to a worthy man.
- This was a Noble and Wise thing to do. I would like people to see the English Movie Juno.
- The entire “restriction on women thing” I see as an imposition on Indians by the middle eastern religions. And then Indians get hit on both sides, “by the liberated west” who think Indian women were not allowed freedom by Hindusim and by the Christian propaganda who call Indians immoral. I am getting royally fed up of this!!
- Om Tat Sat!
Source : SBE 14: Vasishtha: Chapter XVII. The following passage is quoted from VÂSISHTHA DHARMASÂSTRA, but the author may not be the same as ourVasishtha, the husband of Arundhati and the great grandfather of Veda Vyasa वेद व्यास.
- 2. It is declared in the Veda, ‘Endless are the worlds of those who have sons; there is no place for the man who is destitute of male offspring.’
- 5. ‘Through a son he conquers the worlds, through a grandson he obtains immortality, but through his son’s grandson he gains the world of the sun.’ 5
- 6. There is a dispute (among the wise; some say), The son belongs to the husband of the wife;’ (and some say), ‘The son belongs to the begetter.’ 6
- 8. (Some say), ‘If (one man’s) bull were to beget a hundred calves on another man’s cows, they would belong to the owner of the cows; in vain would the bull have spent his strength.’ 8
- 9. (Others say), ‘Carefully watch the procreation of your offspring, lest strangers sow seed on your soil; in the next world the son belongs to the begetter; (by carelessness) a husband makes (the possession of) offspring in vain.’ 9
- 10. If amongst many brothers who are begotten by one father, one have a son, they all have offspring through that son; thus says the Veda. 1011. If among many wives of one husband, one have a son, they all have offspring through that son; thus says the Veda. 11When a father who has only sons can appoint a daughter as a son.15. The third is an appointed daughter. 1516. It is declared in the Veda, ‘A maiden who has no brothers comes back to the male ancestors (of her own family); returning she becomes their son.’ 1617. With reference to this (matter there is) a verse (to be spoken by the father when appointing daughter), ‘I shall give thee a brotherless damsel, decked with ornaments; the son whom she may bear, shall be my son.’ 17“… a custom which, though rarely practised, still occurs in Kasmîr, and by which a brotherless maiden is given a male name. A historical instance of this kind is mentioned in the Râgataraṅginî, where it is stated that Kalyânadevî, princess of Gauda and wife of king Gayâpîda, was called by her father Kalyânamalla. When I collated this passage with the help of a Kasmîrian, I was told that a certain Brâhmana, still living in Srinagar, had changed the name of his only child, a daughter called Amrî, to the corresponding masculine form, Amargû, in order to secure to himself through her the same spiritual benefits as if he had a son….”Re-Marriage : 18. The fourth is the son of a remarried woman. 18
19. She is called remarried (punarbhû) who leaving the husband of her youth, and having lived with others, re-enters his family; 19
20. And she is called remarried who leaving an impotent, outcast or mad husband, or after the death of her husband takes another lord. 20
Sons of Unmarried Girls
21. The fifth is the son of an unmarried damsel. 21
22. They declare that the son whom an unmarried damsel produces through lust in her father’s house, is the son of his maternal grandfather. 22
23. Now they quote also (the following verse): If an unmarried daughter bear a son begotten by a man of equal caste, the maternal grandfather has a son through him; he shall offer the funeral cake, and take the wealth (of his grandfather).’