I've read somewhere, most probably in some shastra, that in case of scarcity or lack of resource, and if it's a question of survival, a Kshatriya can ask for alms. What are your views regarding this?

Kindly adhere to shastras only with reference if possible.


Manusmriti 10.95 says

जीवेदेतेन राजन्यः सर्वेणाप्यनयं गतः । न त्वेव ज्यायंसीं वृत्तिमभिमन्येत कर्हि चित् ॥ ९५ ॥

jīvedetena rājanyaḥ sarveṇāpyanayaṃ gataḥ | na tveva jyāyaṃsīṃ vṛttimabhimanyeta karhi cit || 95 ||

The Kṣatriya, fallen in adverse circumstances, shall >subsist by means of all this; but he shall never think of >arrogating to himself the higher occupations.—(95)

Now begging for alms is not a prescribed activity of Brahmins. So Kshatriya seeking alms (which by default means that he is trying to survive ) is allowed

  • Thank you so much. Jan 5 '20 at 11:38
  • Begging for alms is not a prescribed for Brahmins? Are you sure about it? Jan 5 '20 at 14:03
  • @Sarvabhouma - Believe so. If not mistaken , begging only comes in when you are on the path of sanyasi Jan 5 '20 at 14:20
  • Begging is prescribed for a student (brahmachari). This includes Brahmins as well. I remember there is a verse Grihastas (married) should also beg alms. Brahmacharis take cooked rice. Grihastas take uncooked rice. I don't have the verse with me right now. Jan 5 '20 at 14:23
  • Please share. If some one is a student then his Varna is yet to be decided. But interested in seeing whether begging is prescribed or is it under certain circumstances Jan 5 '20 at 14:37

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