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Throughout the Mahabharata the Pandavas are praised for their devotion to religion. But, on more than one occasion they remain safe because they dress as, and pretend to be, Brahmins. They did this knowing that they would be favorably treated—which wouldn't have been the case if they had pretended to be Vaishyas. Why is such deceitfulness sanctioned for them? Is it okay for anyone to pretend in such a way or was this specifically allowed for the Pandavas?

Yudhisthira was said never to lie, is such deceit not considered lying?

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    Which instance are you referring? Pandava-s dressed as Brahmana once after failed attempt to burn them in a house of lac (LAkshagraha). For security reasons it was justified to hide their original identity. Yudhishthira's nature was not to lie. But he was not bound by such condition. He did whatever was righteous. You may want to specify particular instance. – iammilind May 24 '18 at 14:22
  • There were many instances. Are you saying that the morality of deceit lies in the particular circumstances? – Rubellite Yakṣī May 24 '18 at 14:31

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