Three persons who each know one of the three principal Vedas, a
logician, a Mimamsaka, one who knows the Nirukta, one who recites
(the Institutes of) the sacred law, and three men belonging to the
first three orders shall constitute a (legal) assembly, consisting
of at least ten members.
One who knows the Rig-veda, one who knows the Yajur-veda, and one
who knows the Sama-veda, shall be known (to form) an assembly
consisting of at least three members (and competent) to decide
doubtful points of law.
Even that which one Brahmana versed in the Veda declares to be law,
must be considered (to have) supreme legal (force, but) not that
which is proclaimed by myriads of ignorant men.
Even if thousands of Brahmanas, who have not fulfilled their sacred
duties, are unacquainted with the Veda, and subsist only by the name
of their caste, meet, they cannot (form) an assembly (for settling
the sacred law).
The sin of him whom dunces, incarnations of Darkness, and
unacquainted with the law, instruct (in his duty), falls, increased
a hundredfold, on those who propound it.