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I have two questions on this:

  1. How can one find out his/her varna? For example, my caste is Kasar - what varna do I belong to?
  2. Is there actually any strong link between caste and varna at birth i.e. a Brahmin will stay Brahmin even if he changes his profession considering modern era?
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How to find your varna from your caste?

Currently, there are two methods, the neo-Vedantin/neo-Hindu way, and the orthodox Hindu way, propounded by orthodox Vedic followers.

  1. Neo-Hindu way

The neo-Hindu way is based on autonomous self-identification; i.e. you pick your varna.

  1. The orthodox way

The orthodox Hindu way is based on ancestry, as I show in this answer.


The neo-Vedanta way is more or less a modern invention to suit Western beliefs of "all men are created equal" that British-educated, modern Indians have adopted, whereas the orthodox way is the correct way as per scriptures and all orthodox followers of Hinduism.

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    @ram Ok I removed – Ikshvaku Feb 28 at 22:51
  • @Ikshvaku What would be my varna by the orthodox way considering my caste is Kasar who used to be artisans dealing with making and selling bangles (out of brass, I guess). Some of them identify to be Brahmins, some Kshatriya and some like my parents don't know as they have long ago left that professions (caste-related). – ThePreserver Feb 29 at 3:25
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    @John Do you remember your gotra? And yes, Brahmanas who drink, etc are fallen brahmins; brahmabandhus. – Ikshvaku Feb 29 at 3:34
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    @JohnRay, kashyap prajapati is the progenitor of all creatures including animals, birds, snakes.. so if someone doesn't know their gotra, they can say kashyap gotra and it most likely wouldn't be wrong - this is the reasoning i heard in pravachan – ram Feb 29 at 3:59
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    @Ikshvaku, i think brahmabandhus are those who don't follow their occupation, yet help brahmin community, i don't think it includes fallen outcastes (until they perform expiation) – ram Feb 29 at 4:23

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