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Sankha Smriti

Written by Sage Sankha brother of sage likhita and son of sage Sandilya. The Smriti contains 18 chapters and 350 verses are prose-verse. The Varna subjects of its 18 chapters include " Kartavya Karma" of the four Varnas, the description from conception to the Yajnopavit-Sanskar, Brahmachari's religion, Ethics, Short description of Ashtavidhi marriages, Legislative rituals of Panchamahachagnas, Vanaprastha-Sanyas Dharma formulation-Yoga-Pranayam , Importance of meditation, Nityanamittika Kamya, Description of Kriyanga conspiracies, Kriyasana, Tirthasthan method and glory, Representation of diversities in hands, Achman method, Angashparsh, Glory of evening, Agamadhar method, Gayatrijap method.

 Sankha Smriti
Shankha Smriti, a Hindu scripture that outlines the duties and rituals for different stages of life. The Shankha Smriti provides guidance on various aspects of life, including the duties of different castes, rites and ceremonies related to birth and marriage, the importance of preceptors, rules for maintaining celibacy, and the stages of life including Grihastha (householder), Vanaprastha (forest-dweller), and Sanyasa (renunciate). Here's a breakdown of the chapters and their key points: 1. The duties of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras, along with the importance of forgiveness, truthfulness, forbearance, and purity. 2. Rites and ceremonies related to conception, pregnancy, and birth. 3. The significance of the preceptor (guru) and the importance of right conduct, havana (sacrificial offerings), and Sandhyopasana (worship during dusk). 4. Detailed information on marriage, including the disapproval of marriages within the same lineage and the various types of marriages. 5. The five yajnas (sacrifices) for atonement of sins and the importance of hospitality in the life of a householder. 6. The transition from householder to forest-dweller (Vanaprastha) and the rules and practices associated with this stage of life. 7. The life of an ascetic (Sanyas Ashram) and the practices of pranayama, dharana, and dhyan leading to salvation. Additionally, the passage mentions specific rituals such as Punsawan Sanskar, Seemantonnayan, Jaat Karma, Naamakaran Sanskar, Surya Darshan, Annaprashan, Chudakaran Karma, and Upanayana ceremony (sacred thread ceremony). It's important to note that the Shankha Smriti is not one of the well-known Smritis (legal texts) in Hinduism, and its authenticity and historical context may vary. Different regions and communities within Hinduism may have their own specific rituals and customs that may not align exactly with the Shankha Smriti.

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धर्म एव हतो हन्ति धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः ⁠। तस्माद् धर्मं न त्यजामि मा नो धर्मो हतोऽवधीत् ⁠।⁠।⁠

dharm ev hato hanti dharmo rakshati rakshitah । tasmaaddharmo na hantavyo ma no dharmo hatovadheet ।।

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ॐ पूर्णमदः पूर्णमिदं पूर्णात्पूर्णमुदच्यते । पूर्णस्य पूर्णमादाय पूर्णमेवावशिष्यते ॥ ॐ शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः ॥

Om Purnamadah Purnamidam Purnat Purnamudachyate। Purnasya Purnamadaya Purnamevavashisyate॥ Om Shanti Shamti Shanti॥

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पिता धर्मः पिता स्वर्गः पिता हि परमं तपः। पितरि प्रीतिमापन्ने प्रीयन्ते सर्वदेवताः॥

Pita swarga,Pita dharm ,Pita hi Param Tapo। Pitori pritima pannay, Priyantay sarva devata॥

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प्रथमेनार्जिता विद्या, द्वितीयेनार्जितं धनं । तृतीयेनार्जितः कीर्तिः,चतुर्थे किं करिष्यति ॥

Prathame Narjita Vidya, Dvitiye Narjitam Dhanam । Trtiye Narjitam Punyam, Caturthe Kim Karisyati ॥

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अलसस्य कुतो विद्या ,अविद्यस्य कुतो धनम् । अधनस्य कुतो मित्रम् ,अमित्रस्य कुतः सुखम् ॥

alasasy kuto vidyaa , avidyasy kuto dhanam । adhanasy kuto mitram , amitrasy kutah sukham ॥

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एकवर्णं यथा दुग्धं भिन्नवर्णासु धेनुषु। तथैव धर्मवैचित्र्यं तत्त्वमेकं परं स्मृतम्॥

ekavarnan yathaa dugdham bhinnavarnaasu dhenushu। tathaiv dharmvaichitryan tattvmekan paran smriatam॥

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नीरक्षीरविवेके हंस आलस्यम् त्वम् एव तनुषे चेत्। विश्वस्मिन् अधुना अन्य: कुलव्रतं पालयिष्यति क:।।

nirakshiraviveke hans aalasyam tvam ev tanushe chet। vishvasmin adhunaa any: kulavratan paalayishyati k:।।

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उत्तरं यत्समुद्रस्य हिमाद्रेश्चैव दक्षिणम् । वर्षं तद् भारतं नाम भारती यत्र संततिः ।।

Uttaraṃ yatsamudrasya himādreścaiva dakṣiṇam varṣaṃ tadbhārataṃ nāma bhāratī yatra santatiḥ

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अग्निशेषमृणशेषं शत्रुशेषं तथैव च | पुन: पुन: प्रवर्धेत तस्माच्शेषं न कारयेत् ||

agnisheshamriansheshan shatrusheshan tathaiv ch | punah: punah: pravardhet tasmaachsheshan n kaaryet ||

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अपहाय निजं कर्म कृष्णकृष्णोति वादिनः । ते हरेर्द्वेषिनः पापाः धर्मार्थ जन्म यध्धरेः ॥

aphaay nijan karm kriashnakriashnoti vaadinah । te harerdveshinah paapaaah dharmaarth janm yadhdhreah ॥

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