I have read that the prescribed duties of brahmin are becomings priests, learning and teaching so I want to clarify this doubt.

  • Related: Can the Guna-Karma classification of the Varna system be translated into profession?. --- A person with Brahmana traits is the best suited for any kind of teachings. In ancient times, it were Vedas etc; in modern times it's today's relevant topics.
    – iammilind
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 8:44
  • Yes medicine. Ethics. HR. Arts and many Commented May 28, 2018 at 12:49
  • what do you mean by 'other than vedas'? all topics needed for society to function - yagna for rains, dhanur vidya for fighting, go-krishi for cows & agriculture - are all present in vedas and veda-angas. and brahmins are the ones supposed to be teaching these, but not actually using it themselves to earn, but only get dakshina for teaching. for modern day, you can replace with appropriate changes like tractor instead of plough, but concept remains same. nowadays, more importantly, teaching the science of salvation is their main duty, since that can neither be replaced, nor avoided.
    – ram
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 16:15
  • No I am Bhramin by birth,I have read BE computer science.I am also reading vedas.I just asked this question so I can get involved in teaching profession and also I will follow the rule that a Bhramin should always subsist without expecting much money soo. Commented May 29, 2018 at 2:20

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Apparently Yes.

See the following verse from the Manu Smriti:

10.75. Teaching, studying, sacrificing for himself, sacrificing for others, making gifts and receiving them are the six acts (prescribed) for a Brahmana.

In the Sanskrit Shloka, the word used, which is translated as "teaching", is adhyApanam. Now, even the word for a professor/teacher in Sanskrit will be adhyApaka or "one who does adhyApanam"

So, apparently yes.

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    We also have direct examples from Itihasas and puranas where Brahmins taught many vidyas besides Vedas. Commented May 28, 2018 at 14:07
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    Gods like Rama, Krishna do not go immoral and unlawful act. Dharma differs with situation and time. We should not follow literally what is written in the smritis every time. If they do, there will be a definite reason for that. What I meant is there are many people in the epics and puranas who taught following the law not against it. Drona comes to mind first. He taught archery to many. I said something and you understand and and reply something else unrelated. Pfft.. Do you ever take my comment in the way I intended? Commented May 28, 2018 at 16:04
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    Bcz Ur comment somehow shows that Itihas Puranas are not Valid at all..this Q is answered in Puranas and that's not a story of past but talking on law...
    – YDS
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 16:48
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    My comment does not imply that Puranas are not "valid".. I hv never said that.. Now if u felt that way what can i do? @YDS
    – Rickross
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 16:51
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    @Rickross okay.. however I hv seen Ur same comment in many Questions.. and few people might feel same as me.. but if U didn't mean that then u don't need to do anything.. :)
    – YDS
    Commented May 28, 2018 at 16:55

As per Chapter 2 (Varnashrama Dharma) of Kurma Purana, there are six types of action that are recommended for brahmanas. These are

  1. yajana (performing sacrifices),

  2. yaajana (acting as priests at sacrifices),

  3. dana (donation of alms),

  4. pratigraha (receiving gifts),

  5. adhyapana (teaching) and

  6. adhyayana (studying).

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It doesn't have the word Vedas specifically. Moreover, as per Varna Ashrama chapter of Brahma Purana,

In times of emergency, a brahmana is allowed to adopt the livelihoods of kshatriyas or vaishyas to earn a living.

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Drona and his dharma

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