Where in the Padma Purana are the following verses located?

Na śūdrā bhagavad-bhaktās te tu bhāgavatā matāḥ
Sarva-varṇeṣu te śūdrā ye na bhaktā janārdane

A devotee should never be considered a śūdra. All the devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead should be recognized as bhāgavatas. If one is not a devotee of Lord Kṛṣṇa, however, even if born in a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya or vaiśya family, he should be considered as a śūdra.

Sva-pākam iva nekṣeta loke vipram avaiṣṇavam
vaiṣṇavo varṇo-bāhyo ’pi punāti bhuvana-trayam

If a person born in a brāhmaṇa family is not a vaiṣṇava, a non-devotee, one should not see his face, exactly as one should not look upon the face of a caṇḍāla, or dog-eater. However, a Vaiṣṇava found in varṇas other than brāhmaṇa can purify all the three worlds.

śūdraṁ vā bhagavad-bhaktaṁ niṣādaṁ śva-pacaṁ tathā vīkṣate
jāti-sāmānyāt sa yāti narakaṁ dhruvam

One who considers a devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who was born in a family of śūdras, niṣādas or caṇḍālas to belong to that particular caste certainly goes to hell.

Source: Purport section of this website.

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    I think this is present in the Uttara Khanda which is the most interpolated part of the Padma Purana.
    – user9969
    Oct 16, 2017 at 7:05
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury What makes you think that it is interpolated? Because many things are not acceptable to non Vaishnavas? :D Oct 16, 2017 at 7:09
  • @Sinister There are some verses spoken by Lord Shiva in the Uttara Khanda that does not match what Lord Vishnu says in the Kriyayogasagara Khanda. For example, Lord Shiva in the Uttara Khanda says whoever thinks any other Gods to be equal to Lord Vishnu is a Pasandi while Lord Vishnu says that His true devotees see Vishnu and Shiva to be equal in the Kriyayogasagara Khanda. See Triyugi Narayan Mani's answer here: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/20335/…
    – user9969
    Oct 16, 2017 at 9:17
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    @SuryaKantaBoseChowdhury I think I already explained the meaning when Vishnu says Shiva or other Gods to be equal. Vishnu is the antaryami of Shiva, Brahma etc., So, one should not censure the Vaishnavas and in that sense, they are equal. Same if you get Sayujya mukti.. But Vishnu himself is the creator, preserver, destroyer of the universe. We should respect them. What Vishnu and Shiva both spoke is true. In fact Vishnu speaks of the ritual Samashrayanam. If one undergoes it, one should not worship others. It is there in the Pancharatra agamas too. Oct 16, 2017 at 9:25
  • @Sinister Hey wait, isn't Samashrayanam the ritual done by Vadakalais?
    – user9969
    Oct 16, 2017 at 9:27

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A partial answer and Giving source for the following verse.

śva-pākam iva nekṣeta loke vipram avaiṣṇavam
vaiṣṇavo varṇo-bāhyo ’pi punāti bhuvana-trayam

In the world one should not look at a brāhmaṇa who is not a devotee of Viṣṇu as (one does not look at) a candala. Viṣṇu's devotee, even if he is outside the castes, purifies the three worlds. [Padma Purana Uttara Khanda Chapter 224 Verse 53.]

It should be noted that this is said by Lord Shiva to Parvati and by Vaiṣṇava, Shiva explicitly states that a Vaiṣṇava is one who has the markings of a conch and disc of Viṣṇu and not the others. So, by following this definition Vaiṣṇava is one who carries the conch and disc of Viṣṇu and one who worships Viṣṇu alone (These are words of Lord Viṣṇu himself). So, the notion of saying one who considers Viṣṇu as supreme or worships Viṣṇu alone is a Vaiṣṇava is from the scriptures itself and the words of God.

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    So, it means just because I am a worshiper of Shiva, even though I am a dwija brahmana, @Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury(vaishnava) shouldn't see my face?
    – user9554
    Oct 16, 2017 at 8:38
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    @Ajay Why did SuryaKanta Chowdhury come in middle? Is he initiated with the ritual? To answer your question, All should worship Vishnu. All should be Vaishnavas. Vaishnavas don't hate all other Gods. They are submitted to Vishnu for hteir life. It means accepting Him as father, mother, protector, husband etc., So, they won't accept others as supreme and Gods. They see them as devatas. Oct 16, 2017 at 8:57
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    @Ajay I gave the definition of a Vaishnva in my answer given by Vishnu and Shiva in the Padma Purana who is a Vaishnava. According to that, worshipping Vishnu alone is the first and the most important one. Respecting other Gods is also a duty of Vaishnava. A vaishnava should not see a face of ones who doesn't worship or disrespect Vishnu. That is the meaning. For eg: we don't talk or see the face of one who censures our father, mother. Oct 16, 2017 at 9:14
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    @Ajay These kind of words like- "One should not look at a Brahmana who is not Vishnu devotee.", "Brahmana who does not worship ShivaLinga goes to hell and born as Shudra.", "A non-worshipper of Devi goes to hell, and has to take birth again and again.", "Do not give food to a Brahmana who has no knowledge. One who gives food even a grain more than necessary to survive, to such Brahmana, looses all his Upnyas." – All these kind of over-exaggerations are found throughout literature. This are only affirmed assertions, but are not necessary.
    – user9392
    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:42
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    @AnuragSingh In which scripture is said Brahmana who does not worship ShivaLinga goes to hell and born as Shudra.? Thanks. Oct 21, 2017 at 17:37

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