Killing insects, small or large, or birds, eating anything kept
close to spirituous liquors, stealing fruit, fire wood, or flowers,
(are offences) which make impure (Malavaha).
Learn (now) completely those penances, by means of which all the
several offences mentioned (can) be expiated.
For his purfication the slayer of a Brahmana shall make a hut in the
forest and dwell (in it) during twelve years, subsisting on alms and
making the skull of a dead man his flag.
Or let him, of his own free will, become (in a battle) the target of
archers who know (his purpose); or he may thrice throw himself
headlong into a blazing fire;
Or he may offer a horse sacrfice, a Svargit, a Gosava, an Abhigit, a
Visvagit, a Trivrit, or an Agnishtut;
Or, in order to remove (the guilt of) slaying a Brahmana, he may
walk one hundred yoganas, reciting one of the Vedas, eating little,
and controlling his organs;
Or he may present to a Brahmana, learned in the Vedas, whole
property, as much wealth as suffices for the maintenance (of the
recipient), or a house together with the furniture;
Or, subsisting on sacrficial food, he may walk against the stream
along (the whole course of the river) Sarasvati; or, restricting
his food (very much), he may mutter thrice the Samhita of a Veda.
Having shaved off (all his hair), he may dwell at the extremity of
the village, or in a cow-pen, or in a hermitage, or at the root of a
tree, taking pleasure in doing good to cows and Brahmanas.
He who unhesitatingly abandons life for the sake of Brahmanas or of
cows, is freed from (the guilt of) the murder of a Brahmana, and (so
is he) who saves (the life of) a cow, or of a Brahmana.