The following is from Shiva Purana's Vidyeśvara-saṃhitā (Chapter 17). It is about how Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras can become Brahmins.

क्षत्रियः पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रियो ब्राह्मणो भवेत् ।। मन्त्रसिद्धिर्जपाद्यैव क्रमान्मुक्तो भवेन्नर । वैश्यस्तु पञ्चलक्षण वैश्यत्वमपनेष्यति ।। पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण मन्त्रक्षत्रिय उच्यते । पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण क्षत्रत्वमपनेष्यति ।। पुनश्च पञ्चलक्षण मन्त्रब्राह्मण उच्यते । शूद्रश्चैव नमोऽन्तेन पञ्चविंशतिलक्षत ।। मन्त्रविप्रत्वमापद्य पश्चाच्छुद्रो भवेद्द्विज । नारीवाथ नरो वाथ ब्राह्मणो वान्य एव वा ।।

So it says Kshatriyas become Brahmins, and Vaishyas/Shudras become Mantra-Brahmins. According to another translation given on Hindu Scriptures website it is written here that

In case a Sudra adding Namah at the end of the mantra, recites the mantra by twenty five lacs of times, then he achieves the position of a mantra Brahmana. After reciting the japam by twenty five lacs of times again, a Sudra is turned into a pure Brahmana.

Is this quoted part in bold part explicitly stated, or is it implied from the previous verses? Is there any place where it says mantra-Brahmin is not a pure-Brahmin or is it translator's own opinion?


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No. On further reading it says that the person has lost all the qualities of his previous varna. So he has nothing to do with his previous varna.

(124) A Kṣatriya must repeat the mantra five hundred thousand times to remove Kṣatratva.

(125) A Vaiśya dispels the Vaiśyatva by five hundred thousand japas.

(126) Then he becomes a mantra-Kṣatriya by repeating it five hundred thousand times. He then dispels the Kṣatratva by five hundred thousand japas.

Not only this, verse 124 also says that Kshatriya becomes only Brahmin, it does not say mantra-Brahmin:

(124) A further repetition of five hundred thousand times enables him to become a brahmin.

So "mantra-brahmin" is only a a way of specifying how person becomes brahmin, ie, using mantras. It is a type of Brahmin that has lost all qualities of previous caste and is now only in Brahmin varna.

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