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There are some people who keep claiming that one can be called brahmin by karma and give the reference of Yaksha Prashna in which Yudhishtra talks about brahmin-hood and claims that brahamana hood does not depend on birth.

Is there any reference in Vedas which explicitly mentions this claim?

  • So you want answer from vedas only? – hanugm Nov 8 '19 at 8:34
  • Related hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/29075/12304 – YDS Nov 8 '19 at 8:37
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    Then try to rephrase the title. – hanugm Nov 8 '19 at 8:49
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    Listen, O Yaksha! It is neither birth, nor study, nor learning, that is the cause of Brahmanahood, without doubt, it is behaviour that constitutes it. One's behaviour should always be well-guarded, especially by a Brahmana. sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03311.htm May be you used karma instead of behavior – hanugm Nov 8 '19 at 8:53
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    @TalkisCheapShowmeCode: The Veda definitely talk about dwija - twice born. However, it does not indicate brAhmanas, as commonly believed. It indicates one who got REALISATION. Veda mantras are cryptic and should be understood in an esoteric manner only. – Srimannarayana K V Nov 8 '19 at 13:06

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