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Many Paths to One God

The Code Of Manu

Wound not others, do no one injury by thought or deed, utter no word to pain thy fellow creatures. 
He who habitually salutes and constantly pays reverence to the aged obtains an increase of four things: length of life, knowledge, fame and strength. 
A believer may receive pure knowledge even from an Untouchable, and a lesson in virtue even from a loose woman. ... 
Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself. ...True happiness is born of self-reliance. ... 
By falsehood a sacrifice becomes vain; by self-complacency the reward for austerities is lost; by boasting the goodness of an offering is brought to naught. ... 
One should speak truth, and speak what is pleasant; one should not speak unpleasant truth; one should not speak unpleasant falsehood. This is fixed law. ... 
One should cease from eating all flesh. There is no fault in eating flesh, nor in drinking intoxicating liquor, nor in copulation, for that is the occupation of beings, but cessation from them produces great fruit. 
The learned become pure by tranquility; those doing what is not to be done, by gifts; those with concealed sin, by muttering sacred texts; the most learned in the Vedas, by austerity. 
By earth and water what is to be purified is made pure; a river becomes pure by its velocity; a woman defiled by her mind becomes pure by her courses; a Brahmana, by renunciation of the world. The limbs become pure by water; the mind becomes pure by truth; the self of beings by knowledge and austerity; the intellect becomes pure by knowledge. ... 
No act is to be done according to her own will by a young girl, a young woman, or even by an old woman, though in their own houses. In her childhood a girl should be under the will of her father; in her youth, of her husband; her husband being dead, of her sons; a woman should never enjoy her own will. She must never wish separation of her self from her father, husband, or sons, for by separation from them a woman would make both families contemptible. She must always be cheerful and clever in household business, with the furniture well cleaned, and with not a free hand in expenditure. 
The good wife of a husband, be he living or dead, if she desire the world where her husband is, must never do anything disagreeable to him. But she may at will, when he is dead, emaciate her body by living on pure flowers, fruits and roots. She may not, however, when her husband is dead, mention even the name of another man. She must be till death subdued, intent, chaste, following that best law which is the rule of wives of a single husband. 
But the woman who, from desire of offspring, is unfaithful to her dead husband, meets with blame here and is deprived of her husband's place in the next world. She who, being restrained in mind and speech and body, is not unfaithful to her husband, attains the abode of her husband, and is called virtuous by the good. A twice- born man must burn a wife of such behavior and of the same caste, if dying before him, by means of the sacred fire and sacrificial vessels, according to rule. 
Having used the fires for the last rites to his wife dying before him, he may marry again, and again establish the sacred fires also. ... 
He who addressed the wife of another at a watering place, in a forest or wood, or at the union of rivers, would incur the sin of adultery. Attendance upon her, sporting with her, touching her ornaments or clothes, sitting upon a bed with her, all this is called adultery. If any man touches a woman upon an improper part of her body, or being thus touched by her, submits to it with patience, this is all called adultery, if done by mutual consent. One who is not a Brahmana deserves capital punishment for committing adultery. The wives of all the four castes must always be most carefully guarded. ... 
Wife, son and slave, these three are said to be without property: whatever property they acquire is his to whom they belong.

-The Ordinances Of Manu

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