1. Learn that sacred law which is followed by men learned (in the Veda) and assented to in their hearts
by the virtuous, who are ever exempt from hatred and
2. To act solely from a desire for
rewards is not laudable, yet an exemption from that desire is not (to be found) in this (world): for on (that)
desire is grounded the study of the Veda and the performance of the actions, prescribed by the Veda.
desire (for rewards), indeed, has its root in the conception that an act can yield them, and in consequence of (that) conception sacrifices are performed; vows and
the laws prescribing restraints are all stated to be kept
through the idea that they will bear fruit.
4. Not a single act here (below) appears ever to be done by a man
free from desire; for whatever (man) does, it is (the result of) the impulse of desire.
5. He who persists in
discharging these (prescribed duties) in the right manner, reaches the deathless state and even in this (life)
obtains (the fulfillment of) all the desires that he may
6. The whole Veda is the
of the sacred law, next the tradition and the virtuous
conduct of those who know the (Veda further), also the
customs of holy men, and (finally) self-satisfaction.
Whatever law has been ordained for any (person) by
Manu, that has been fully declared in the Veda: for that
(sage was) omniscient.
8. But a learned man after fully
scrutinising all this with the eye of knowledge, should,
in accordance with the authority of the revealed texts,
be intent on (the performance of) his duties.
9. For that
man who obeys the law prescribed in the revealed texts
and in the sacred tradition, gains fame in this (world)
and after death unsurpassable bliss.
10. But by Sruti
(revelation) is meant the Veda, and by Smriti (tradition)
the Institutes of the sacred law: those two must not be
called into question in any matter, since from those two
the sacred law shone forth.