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Manu Smriti 11.90

सुरां पीत्वा द्विजो मोहादग्निवर्णां सुरां पिबेत् ।
तया स काये निर्दग्धे मुच्यते किल्बिषात् ततः ॥ ९० ॥

surāṃ pītvā dvijo mohādagnivarṇāṃ surāṃ pibet |
tayā sa kāye nirdagdhe mucyate kilbiṣāt tataḥ || 90 ||

A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot;
he becomes freed from his guilt, when his body has been completely burnt by it.

But no such punishment is prescribed for Shudras. So they're free to enjoy.

Even other Rishis agree with Manu:

Gautama (23.1).—"They shall pour hot wine into the mouth of a Brāhmaṇa who has drunk wine; he will be purified by death."

Baudhāyana (2.1.18, 19, 21).—"If he has drunk Surā he shall scald himself to death with hot wine."

Āpastamba (1.25.3).—"A wine-drinker has to drink exceedingly hot liquor, so that he dies."

Is Manu Smriti anti-brahmin ?
Are these rishis also anti-brahmin ?

Manu was not a Brahmin. He was Kshatriya. Why do brahmins follow a scripture that does not even allow them simple pleasures of life, and instead mandates death penalty just for drinking some booze ?

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    Because protecting dharma needs loads of discipline and focused mind. IMO these enjoyment can not take the Brahmins any closer to their duties. That's why I think these punishment were enforced in manu Smriti.
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Aug 1 at 19:07
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    One verse doesnt proove anything. What about verses which say Sudras cant earn money, Sudra can be made to do anything which a Bramhin wants, Sudra should wear torn clothes , cant even sit on same seat as Dvijas, killed for adultery but Bramhin just fined ? And if anyone does a sin donate to Bramhins, Dont tax to Bramhins ? And then they cant even recite Vedas but massage feet of Bramhins and serve like a Menial as per Mahabharata ? And a Bramhin even if vile conduct to be respected and Sudra even if best conduct cant be admired ? Tonnes of such verses. Aug 2 at 4:40
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    No personal attack please. @SethuSrivatsaKoduru
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Aug 2 at 4:43
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    "Think honestly if you were a Sudra or a Chandala would you accept such inhumane treatment ? I would never because its the Conscience in me or Rta which tells me its wrong." <---------------- @SethuSrivatsaKoduru
    – TheLittleNaruto
    Aug 2 at 4:44
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    @SethuSrivatsaKoduru You are just looking at all the "anti shudra" verses, but I can also cherry pick dozens of "anti brahmin" verses. Shudras can eat garlic, onion, liquor. They can wake up at anytime. And btw brahmins can't earn money either. Only vaishyas main job is to earn profit. Brahmin and shudra should only earn enough money for sustenance. Rest go to charity. Because of these restrictions, would not brahmins convert to Christianity?
    – Ikshvaku
    Aug 2 at 10:03

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