What has Siva said about the caste or varna system?


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I will post some references where Lord Shiva spoke about Varnasrama Dharma.

In SECTION CXLIII, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata, Maheshwara says to Goddess Uma that varna comes by birth is just for sake of classification and later conduct alone decides Varna and Varna can be changed.

Neither birth, nor the purificatory rites, nor learning, nor offspring, can be regarded as grounds for conferring upon one the regenerate status. Verily, conduct is the only ground. All Brahmanas in this world are Brahmanas in consequence of conduct. A Sudra, if he is established on good conduct, is regarded as possessed of the status of a Brahmana. The status of Brahma, O auspicious lady, is equal wherever it exists. Even this is my opinion. He, indeed, is a Brahmana in whom the status of Brahma exists,--that condition which is bereft of attributes and which has no stain attached to it. The boon-giving Brahma, while he created all creatures, himself said that the distribution of human beings into the four orders dependent on birth is only for purposes of classification.

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    I will post more after collecting some references..
    – The Destroyer
    Apr 19, 2018 at 17:04
  • I was one second short of answering this lol.
    – user9969
    Apr 19, 2018 at 17:07
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    @SK Mahabharta is neutral text where Shiva is also praised. Some people claim even Ithihasas such as Ramayana and Mahabharata are Vaishnava scriptures. But If we read properly we see it as neutral text. For example, see this answer. Cherry Picking verses may produce biased opinions which some people do.
    – The Destroyer
    Apr 19, 2018 at 17:45
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    I don't see Siva being in favor of caste since he was insulted by Daksha for being a "pakhandi" It was only after Daksha Yagya that the Brahminic order gave him his share of sacrifices. @the destroyer
    – S K
    Apr 19, 2018 at 17:49
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    But this sentence " A Sudra, if he is established on good conduct, is regarded as possessed of the status of a Brahmana" is talking about a Shudra who is that by birth. :D Otherwise it does not make any sense. @TheDestroyer
    – Rickross
    Apr 21, 2018 at 5:52

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