Hindu Ethics: Purity, Abortion, and Euthanasia

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of religion, on the one hand, and yet removes that freedom when the basic revelations of the religion are found to contravene the Constitution's premise of equality. The courts of India have the difficult task of having to arbitrate this fundamental clash. 107


NOTES
1
John B. Carman, "Axes of Sacred Value in Hindu Society"," in Purity and Auspiciousness in Indian Society, edited by John B. Carman and Frederique A. Marglin. Liden : E. J. Brill, 1985, p. 109.
2
"Clean and Unclean", The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, vol. 1, New York: Abingdon Press, 1962, pp. 641ff.
3
T. N. Madan, "Concerning the Categories śubha and śuddha in Hindu Culture" in Purity and Auspiciousness in Indian Society, p. 17.
4
For an excellent analysis see the papers by T. N. Madan, A. Hillebeitel, V. Narayan , and F. A. Marglin in Purity and Auspiciousness in Indian Society, 1985.
5
Yoga Sūtra I.2
6
Yoga Sūtra 2.32 on śaucha.
7
A. L. Basham, The Wonder That Was India. New York: Grove Press, 1959, p. 16.
8
Basham, The Wonder That Was India, p. 18.
9
Katherine Young, "Hinduism" in Women in World Religions, edited by Arvind Sharma, Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 1987, pp. 59- 103.
10
Shakuntala Rao Sastri, Women in the Vedic Age. Bombay: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, 1969, p. 16.
11
Bhagwat Saran Upadhaya, Women in Rgveda. New Delhi: S. Chand & Co., 1974, p. 185.
12
See the analysis of Gerald Larsen, Classical Sākhya. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1979, p. 94. Some scholars, however, question this analysis by Larsen.
13
See Padmanabh S. Jaini, The Jaina Path of Purification. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1979, Cp IV "The Mechanism of Bondage."
14
Larsen, Classical Sākhya, p. 97, for his analysis of the Kaāṕha Upaniṭad.
15
Kaṭha Upaniṣad III.3-4.
16
Kaṭha Upanisad III.6 & V. 1.
17
See Mircea Eliade, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969, p. 25.
18
Maitrī Upaniṣad III.4 as translated by S. Radhakrishnan, The Principal Upaniṣads. London: Allen and Unwīn, 1968, p. 807.
19
Maitrī Upaniṣad III.5 as translated by R. E. Hume, The Thirteen Principal Upanisads. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1968, pp. 419-420.

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  • Introduction 1
  • Notes 7
  • 1 - Purity in Hinduism: with Particular Reference to Patañjali's Yoga Sūtras 9
  • Notes 34
  • 2 - The Classical Hindu View on Abortion and the Moral Status of the Unborn 41
  • Notes 61
  • 3. Euthanasia: Traditional Hindu Views and the Contemporary Debate 71
  • Notes 121
  • Bibliography 125
  • About the Authors 131
  • Index 133
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