Shukla Yajurveda 26.2 states:

That I to all the people may address this salutary speech, To priest and nobleman, Sûdra and Arya, to one of our own kin and to the stranger. Dear may I be to Gods and guerdon-giver. Fulfilled be this my hope: be that my portion!

The above verse has been used by Neo-Vedantins to claim that everyone is allowed to study the Vedas (or at least hear Vedic chanting).

My question is:

How have traditional Vedic commentators (i.e. Vedic commentators before the nineteenth century) such as Sayanacharya, interpreted this verse?

  • If you understand hinidi, I can post answer, but someone has to translate it into English. I can translate into English but I may not translate well because I am not familiar with some terms. This is not exact answer, but it is just reasoning which can be applied here. – user16618 Dec 20 '18 at 16:22
  • @RaRe I can't read Hindi... – Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury Dec 20 '18 at 17:21

I am just posting a Hindi Screenshot of it, someone who understands it better can translate if the answer is relevant.

After Baladeva Vidyabhusana argues that Itihasas and Puranas are the fifth Veda, an objection may be raised that then they also should not be open for all, then he answers it with the below verse that in Vedas certain mantras are open for outcastes, in the same way puranas and itihasas are open for all. The main verse is his, then commentary is by someone unknown person, he may be one of his disciples. enter image description here.

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    @UdayKrishna I think it's the other way around, in general vedas are restricted and if puranas and vedas are to be considered vedas, then one may say that they are also restricted. then he says there are exceptions in vedas, similarly in the same way puranas and itihasas though vedas are exceptions and open for sudras. Any ways the main point I think is that certain places exceptions are made in 4 Vedas for sudras or others, but it is limited to only that mantra etc. not the whole of the Vedas. – user16618 Dec 21 '18 at 7:15

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