from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A treatise for authoritative instruction among the Hindoos; a book of institutes; especially, a treatise explaining the Vedas.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A text-book or book of laws among the Hindus: applied particularly to a took containing the authorized institutes of their religion, and considered of divine Origin.
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Dearest—I am sitting up in my berth watching the majestic shaster Mount Shasta with the morning sun playing on the great snow fields on her sides and thinking of the last time we saw her together.
I mention in my book that English gypsies call the New Testament (also any MS.) a _shaster_, and that a betting-book on a racecourse is called
Dr.A. F. Pott in his _Zigeuner_ (vol.ii. p. 224), intimates very decidedly that you took the word _shastr_ (Exhastra de Moyses) from Sanskrit and put it into Romany; declaring that it would be very important if _shaster_ were Romany.
A shaster or shastra, from the Sanskrit root _ças_, to govern, relates to discipline.
The judges asked the pundits whether the woman is "enjoined" by the shaster voluntarily to burn herself with the body of her husband.