The sages, having heard the duties of a Snataka thus declared, spoke to great
souled Bhrigu, who sprang from fire:
'How can Death have power over Brahmanas who know the sacred science, the
Veda, (and) who fulfill their duties as they have been explained (by thee), O
Righteous Bhrigu, the son of Manu, (thus) answered the great sages: 'Hear,
(In-punishment) of what faults Death seeks to shorten the lives of Brahmanas!'
'Through neglect of the Veda-study, through deviation from the rule of
Conduct, through remissness (in the fulfillment of duties), and through faults
(committed by eating forbidden) food, Death becomes eager to shorten the lives
Garlic, leeks and onions, mushrooms and (all plants), springing from impure
(Substances), are unfit to be eaten by twice-born men.
One should carefully avoid red exudations from trees and (juices) flowing
from incisions, the Selu (fruit), and the thickened milk of a cow (which she
gives after calving).
Rice boiled with sesamum, wheat mixed with butter, milk and sugar, milk rice and flour-cakes which are not prepared for a
sacrifice, meat which has not been sprinkled with water while sacred texts were recited, food
fired to the gods and sacrificial viands,
The milk of a cow (or other female animal) within ten days after her calving, that of camels, of
one-hoofed animals, of sheep, of a cow in heat, or of one that has no calf with
(The milk) of all wild animals excepting buffalo-cows, that of women, and
all (substances turned) sour must be avoided.
Among (things turned) sour,
sour milk, and all (food) prepared of it may be eaten, likewise what is
extracted from pure flowers, roots, and fruit.