I have heard/read that in some cases a marriage is forbidden on the basis of mismatching kundalis/gunas.

In some other cases it's forbidden because of caste incompatibility.

Basically my question has three parts:

  • Is there any relationship between the two practices?
  • Are the any Hinduism references that explain how kundalis/gunas work?
    • I just want to know how it works not if it works in real-life.
  • Are the any Hinduism references that explain how the caste system works?
    • According to wikipedia the caste system is in part the result of British Colonialism but my Indian friends tell me that the caste system has been around longer than that but that it's not clear if it's or not part of the doctrine.

If you don't have an answer but can point me to reliable sources I would very much appreciate it.

  • I think kundali matching is an astrological thing, whereas caste is a cultural thing. The two have become completely mixed so there is no idea which is which nowadays :). IMHO caste in the current scenario is no longer pertinent because Brahmins are only lip-service Brahmins i.e. they don't really know Vedas. Kshatriyas don't really rule or fight the wars anymore and almost everyone travels abroad anyways. Thus the very question of caste is now purely cultural and not at all religious :). Kundali matching is however astrological and quite different thing altogether. – Sai Jan 26 '15 at 4:17
  • So, none of them has anything to do with Hinduism? – pgpb.padilla Jan 26 '15 at 5:59
  • well that depends on how would you define Hinduism? IMHO kundali is astrological. It is like how you consult a doctor before taking a medication, similarly you check with astrology before making a marriage decision. It is like a science. Caste is however more complicated, because originally castes were intended to demarcate labor and quality of work (from birth or otherwise is a different issue). Thus it makes sense that a person in Brahmin caste marries another person in Brahmin caste just as the case now where engineers marry engineers and doctors marry doctors (not always but generally) Sir – Sai Jan 26 '15 at 6:05
  • However as of the current world scenario this is no longer applicable as is obvious. For example, Brahmins are supposed to read and recite Vedas and are not supposed to travel overseas. However it is evident here that they do not really follow any of these. Similarly no other caste really follows the scriptural injunctions of what they supposed to. However they are very quick to cite Hindu scriptures when it comes to inter-caste marriage. So the remnants of caste today are more cultural than religious. They mostly used to justify their own cultural conformity so Sir – Sai Jan 26 '15 at 6:09
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    I dont think this is a duplicate question. This question is seeking to understand the correlation between caste and astrological match in the context of marriage, whereas the other is questioning the validity of astrological matchmaking. – user1195 Jan 30 '15 at 17:59

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