Were chaturashram (4 stages of life) applicable for all the 4 castes (Brahmin, Vaishya, Kshatriya, Shudra)? Did lower castes really get the chance to observe bramhacharya, i.e. to be educated?

  • It refers to the 3 upper castes, the twice born. But it is caste based upon one's spiritual propensities, not upon what deteriorated over time to become based on birth. – Swami Vishwananda Jun 15 '17 at 14:26
  • Everyone including shudras and women got some education or knowledge of their family occupation. They had a duty to perform in this samsara, just as brahmanas had a duty e.g. a shoe-maker's son would be taught how to make shoes, and cart-rider's son would be taught how to ride carts. But only the 3 dvija varna men would be taught Vedic chants.. and shudras could not take sanyasa. – ram Jun 16 '17 at 6:23
  • Any link supporting ur comments!@ram – Santanu Debnath Jun 17 '17 at 4:07
  • Is your question limited to only brahmacharya or all the ashramas in life? The title suggests all but the body is limited to Brahmacharya. You can add all the ashramas. – Sarvabhouma Jun 17 '17 at 17:25
  • I was asking for all ashrams but pointed out brahmacharya because I thought sudras may not allowed to perform brahmacharya. Answers for both ashrams with scriptural evidence are welcome. – Santanu Debnath Jun 18 '17 at 4:03

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