Rules and Regulations of Brahmanical Asceticism

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This translation of a twelfth-century Sanskrit text is the most comprehensive presentation of Hindu ascetic practices available in English. It is also the clearest.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791422847
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1994
  • Series: SUNY Series in Religious Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 458
  • Product dimensions: 5.91 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Table of Contents



The Author: His Life and Works

Yatidharmasamuccaya and the Ascetic Literary Tradition

Structure and Contents

The Domestication of Asceticism

The Character of Ancient Indian Asceticism

The Asrama System as a Structure for Inclusion

The Domestication of Asceticism in Yadava


The Rule Sanctioning Itinerant Asceticism

Age of Eligibility of a Candidate for Itinerant Asceticism

Renunciation after Marriage

Renunciation Permitted at Any Time

Renunciation before Marriage Only for the Handicapped

Renunciation before Marriage for Detached People

Renunciation When Death Is Imminent

Examination of the Insignia

Bodily Insignia

External Insignia

Description of the External Insignia

The Procedure of Renunciation

Renunciation When Death Is Imminent

Principal Activities

Renouncers Who Abandon Vedic Rites

Mendicant Renouncers



Daily Practices

Morning Duties

Midday Duties


Procedure of Eating

Rites Following the Meal

Evening Duties

Behavior toward Ascetics

Proper Conduct

Rules on Insignia and Related Penances

Wandering and Rain Residence

Rain Residence


The Procedure of an Ascetic's Funeral


Introduction to the Critical Edition

Description of the Manuscripts

Genealogical Relation of the Manuscripts

Constitution of the Text












Appendix 1: Long Variant Readings

Appendix 2: Index of Authors Cited

Appendix 3: Index of Citations

Abbreviations and Bibliography


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