1. The vow (of studying) the three Vedas under a teacher must be kept for thirty-six years, or for half that
time, or for a quarter, or until the (student) has perfectly learnt them.
2. (A student) who has studied in
due order the three Vedas, or two, or even one only,
without breaking the (rules of) studentship, shall enter the order of householders.
3. He who is famous for
(the strict performance of) his duties and has received
his heritage, the Veda, from his father, shall be honoured, sitting on a couch and adorned with a garland,
with (the present of) a cow (and the honey-mixture).
Having bathed, with the permission of his teacher, and
performed according to the rule the Samavartana (the
rite on returning home), a twice-born man shall marry a wife of equal caste who is endowed with auspicious
5. A damsel who is neither a Sapinda
on the mother's side, nor belongs to the same family on
the father's side, is recommended to twice-born men for
wedlock and conjugal union.
6. In connecting himself
with a wife, let him carefully avoid the ten following
families, be they ever so great, or rich in kind, horses,
sheep, grain, or (other) property,
7. (Viz.) one which
neglects the sacred rites, one in which no male children
(are born), one in which the Veda is not studied, one (the
members of) which have thick hair on the body, those
which are subject to hemorrhoids, phthisis, weakness of
digestion, epilepsy, or white or black leprosy.
8. Let him
not marry a maiden (with) reddish (hair), nor one who
has a redundant member, nor one who is sickly, nor one
either with no hair (on the body) or too much, nor one
who is garrulous or has red (eyes),
9. Nor one named after a constellation, a tree, or a river, nor one bearing the
name of a low caste, or of a mountain, nor one named
after a bird, a snake, or a slave, nor one whose name
10. Let him wed a female free from bodily defects, who has an agreeable name, the (graceful)
gait of a Hamsa or of an elephant, a moderate (quantity
of) hair on the body and on the head, small teeth, and