I just want to know what makes a Brahmin. Does that depends on the karma? Does that depends on the fate? Does that depends on learning Vedas?

Some say that next birth of Brahmin is a cow. Is that true?

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    If you're born in the family of a Brahmin, then its due to your past karmas, conducive of letting you attain Moksha more conveniently. For that matter being born in any household is a result of your past karma. However with your own Karma/Guna/Sanskar, you might choose to change Varna, and thats perfectly possible. Remember, Varna is NOT the Caste System of today. Vidura in the Mahabharata was a Shudra who became a Brahmin due to his high learning. – user9072 Feb 10 '18 at 19:34
  • @Arkaprabha, btw Vidura may not be termed as Shudra as his father Veda Vyasa was considered Brahmana (precisely he was Parashara, like his own father). – iammilind Feb 11 '18 at 2:43
  • Interesting answers from this source quora.com/… – Kalyan Chakravarthi V Feb 11 '18 at 2:58
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    One who takes delights from one's own self primarily rather than external sources is a Brahmin. – Mr. Sigma. Feb 11 '18 at 4:09
  • @user 9072- so, per you, brahmin is a title that vidur earned?? Or there is a formal ritual to consider him a Brahmin? Hindus are patrilineal and thus both Ved Vyasa and Valmiki were sons of Brahmin men..Rishi Vishvamitra after doing tapas for 5000 years became gyani and was addressed as Brahmarishi by Vasishtha. All of our scriptures talk of birth based varna only. – 9bilvapatra Dec 28 '20 at 3:53

The qualities of Brahmana are as followed:

BG 18.42 - Steadiness, control, austerity, cleanliness, tolerance, sincerity, knowledge, science and faith are certainly Brahma(na)'s natural Karma

Anyone with predominantly possessing above qualities is Brahmana.
The varna-s are based on natural qualities or karma. Our natural qualities are mostly inherited from our forefathers, hence family lineage (viz caste) also has some role to play, even in today's time. Ultimately in which lineage a person would born is fate/luck. :-)

More details of what various professions may belong to 4 varna-s are described in this answer.

  • @iammilind does the answer mentions Brahmin (a caste) or Brahman (Supreme God). From spelling it seems the latter but from description it seems former. – Aby May 31 '18 at 3:45
  • @Aby pedantically, it's neither "BrAhmin" (caste) not "Brahman" (supreme). It's "BrAhmana", which is a class/division. There are only primary 4 classes as you know. The name is given as such because "BrAhmana" is closest to "Brahman", due to such person has the mode of "sattva" predominantly. – iammilind May 31 '18 at 3:52
  • Can anyone also detail the qualities of the other three varnas pl? I find too much obsession and focus only on Brahmins! – 9bilvapatra Dec 28 '20 at 3:54
  • @iammilind- i think rather karmas done in previous births decide our luck and station in life especially what family we are born in – 9bilvapatra Dec 28 '20 at 3:57

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