SMRITIMUKTAPHALAM VARNASRAMA DHARMA KANDAM CANTO ON VARNASRAMA DHARMA
BY SRI VAIDYANATHA DIKSHITAR
Translated by P.R.Kannan
‘Nibandhana’ book compiled by Vaidyanatha Dikshitar and titled ‘SMRITIMUKTAPHALAM’, meaning
‘Pearl of Smritis’. This great work, also called ‘VaidyanathaDikshitiyam’, is divided into six Kandams, the first being ‘Varnasrama Dharma Kandam’. Dharmas for people in the four Varnas and Asramas have been dealt with in great detail here, citing not only the views of various Rishis, but also Vedas, Puranas,Dharmasutras, previous Nibandhana books etc. together with the compiler’s own explanation as required.
About The Author: Not much is known about this distinguished author’s personal life history. It appears that he lived about 300 years ago; was born in a place called Kandramanikkam in Chola country in Tamil Nadu in Vadula gotra in brahmana community. It is bewildering to note that in those early times when modern day facilities like printed books did not exist and sources of information were difficult to reach, one individual could have compiled so much from so many varied sources and presented such an easy-to-digest compilation.
About The Translator: The translator P.R.Kannan, a retired Civil/ Structural Engineer, has been writing religious books and delivering religious discourses. As instructed by Sri Kanchi Sankaracharya Swamiji, he has translated several books- Sri Rudram, Sama Veda- An Introduction, Tula Puranam, Bala Bodha Sangraham, Sivagitimala (Siva Ashtapadi), Gita Sundaram, Venkatachala Mahatmyam, Aravindopanishad, Sri Lalita Trisati Stotram- Commentary, Narayana Bhattatri’s Sripada Saptati and Aurobindo’s Bhavani Bharati. He hasalso published a compendium on Apara Kriyas and Sraaddham. Hisbook ‘Sri Jayendra Vijayam’ in English was published by Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham in 2015 during the Sahasradina Sathabhishekam celebrations