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If I am a brahmin and I am trying to gain muscle can I eat meat in any form or cage free unfertilized chicken eggs?

I have been trying to build muscle without gaining much fat and when I keep my diet vegetarian I lose muscle weight and gain fat because everything is mostly carb based or fat based. I try to eat low ...
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What community of Brahmins have generally darker skin?

What community of Brahmins generally have darker skin? (I've seen some claims that varna is attached to skin color, and want to have evidence with which to possibly refute them.)
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Why Brahmins are immune to many punishments in Dharmashastras

I want to know why Brahmins were immune to many punishments in dharmashastras which are indeed heinous doesn't this mean a Brahmin can do anything he/she wants? Once again I am not 100% against these ...
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Essential Sacred Arts a Brahmin Must Know

I am wondering if there's any crafts or things a Brahmin (male) must know how to make for rituals and various other holy acts. If so please name them, how to make them, and possible substitutes for ...
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What puranas and ithihasas to Iyers follow being an aspiring "cultured" Iyer

I am curious what Ithihasas and Puranas as well as other legendary texts Iyers follow.
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Is it true Smartas (Iyers) revere Apastamba and Badhuyana Dharmasutras

As per Wikipedia, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iyer#Rituals) it says "Iyer rituals comprise rites as described in Hindu scriptures such as Apastamba Sutra attributed to the Hindu sage Apastamba....
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Is their story inverse to Matanga based on illegitimate birth?

From this story in the Mahabharata (https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-mohan/d/doc826352.html) Matanga who was thought to be a Brahmin by his cruel acts and nature was deduced to ...
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What is the best way for a brahmin man to die?

As far as I know the best way in which a Kshatriya man can die is in the battlefield and it ensures he goes to heaven. (Correct me if I am wrong) What is the best way for a brahmin man to die ? ...
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History of Brahmans in Actuality

I want to know what the life of typical Brahmins was like in India through primary sources and without text like law books etc. Are there any good biographies of famous Brahmins scholars, teachers, ...
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Can an unmarried Brahmin man cook and clean for himself?

Can an unmarried brahmin man who lives alone cook, clean, wash clothes for himself ? Or he must employ someone else to these things for him. Is it demeaning to his Varna ? Or Is it okay ?
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I need guidance and the right knowledge about the following [closed]

I am Samyak Marathe. For a very long time I have been denying the existence of god. From the point of view of Hinduism, it means that I don't believe in Brahman, the supreme creator from which ...
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Can brahmins of different regions such as AP/KA or north India wear PurvaShikha or is it only for brahmins of Kerala and Tamil Nadu?

I have a friend who is from Karnataka but was wearing a purvashikha... is it permitted??
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Are there Tamil Brahmin followers of Madhvacharya who aren't relatively recent migrants from Karnataka/Andhra Pradesh/Mahrashtra?

On the Wiki page for Madhva Brahmins, included is a list of Madhva Brahmin communities with a presence in Tamil Nadu, along with notes on where specifically they migrated from. Reproduced here: ...
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Do there (or did there historically) exist Tamil Brahmin communities that are strictly Shaivite (i.e., neither Smarta nor (Sri) Vaishnavite)?

Do/did strictly Shaivite Tamil Brahmin subcastes exist, and if so what is their origin. In the case of such a a Shaivite community that no longer exists, to which groups were they later assimilated to ...
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Who are Kanvas?

Who are Kanvas, those with Kanva gotra or people who belong to the Shukla Yajurveda Kanva shakha? I'm not able to find any useful reference, as there is a separate mutt of Kanvas in south India.
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Can an Aryan be a disciple of a Mleccha?

Can an Aryan/Arya (Brahmana) become a disciple of a Mleccha (Muslim)? Is it valid according to the Vedic scriptures? I read in Mahabharata that it is forbidden to even hear the language of Mlecchas... ...
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How to do prayashchit of not doing yagyopavit even after 16years of age as a brahmin

I heard one method of a prajyapatya vrat of 36 day and one of a mahanadi snana, please explain about these more and tell other procedures too.
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Who is a true Brahmin?

What do the Puranas say about moral decay in all castes? Here is a link from Kamakoti org https://www.kamakoti.org/hindudharma/part3/chap6.htm What are the quotes of proper behaviours of sections of ...
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Will the Veda competence be lost without any Hindu country? As per purana, did Veda prosper outside a Hindu rajya?

All know the scripture was entrusted to people with the onerous task of holding, passing, and ensuring accuracy of body and meaning of scripture. It is a very difficult life to be a vidwan Brahman, ...
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Who are BrahmaKshatriya?

Who are Brahma Khatriyas? What is there varna Brahmin or Kshatriya? Is such varna mentioned in Shastras? Should they use Sharma or Varma in Abhivadan or Sankalpa mantras? Are they eligible for both ...
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Brahmin warriors defending religion eg Somnath

Parasurama was a Brahman and a great warrior. Apart from Brahmavidya, Brahmans also learn shastra of fighting, war and weapons. When Somnath was attacked by Mahmud of Ghazni, Raj Navghans Commander ...
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Before the daily fire ritual - what is the purification?

This information coming from a Tamil Brahmin based on reference to Mahaperiyava's instructions and book on Achamanam written by the great Vedic Scholar Sri Sharma Sastrigal. Aachamana a.A ...
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Is sex for pleasure (for married brahmins) wrong

I have 2 questions For brahmins, is having sex for pleasure (non-procreative purposes) condemned in hindu scriptures? I don't think its mentioned in vedas but non-vedic scriptures are fine. This is ...
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Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra?

Can a Brahmin greet a Shudra? (According to the Dharma Shastras)
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Should a Brahmin who work for wage be considered as brahmin?

If a Brahmin man work for wage (a shura attribute) , should he be considered as Brahman ? I had read somewhere that no matter what a brahmin man does, even if he indulges in wrongful things , he ...
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I am brahmin ( not following brahmachari) but does Sandhyavandane, etc!

I am brahmin ( not following brahmachari) but does Sandhyavandane, etc! Can I masturbate? Will that make me impure? Should I change my janeu later? Please answer!
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Which sins are equivalent to or even greater than Brahmhatya?

Brahmhatya is a very grave sin , and is frequently used as a parameter to judge other sins. Which other sins are equivalent to or greater than Brahmhatya ?
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Do even Brahmin men have Pitri-Rina?

I find many Brahmin men in Puranas remaining unmarried. And no one cared. Do Brahmin men also have Pitri-Rina ?
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Were there only Brahmins in Satyuga or in remote past ? Were all Varnas created from Brahmins?

Were there only Brahmins in the past ? Were all other Varnas created from Brahmins ? How did it happen ?
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I know my pravara and veda, can I find out my veda shakha and sutra?

I am Rigvediya "karnakamma" telugu brahmin of kamakayana visvamitra gotra, pravara being vaisvamitra daivasravasa daivatarasa. From this information could I find out my veda shakha and ...
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Was Dronacharya Brahmin or Kshatriya? or both? or neither?

Many people these days scream that varna is determined ONLY by guna & karma, not ONLY by janma. Dronacharya was a teacher, a brahmin by varna who followed his svadharma. Later in Kurukshetra war, ...
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Is it true that a Brahmin man can remain unmarried ( and be celibate) his whole life?

Is it true that a Brahamin man can remain unmarried (and be celibate) his whole life ? (While for men of other castes marriage is mandatory) . In Hindu scriptures ,I find many Brahman men remaining ...
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Is Brahma Yagna to be performed only after one's father is deceased?

Brahma Yagna is a Nitya Karma Anushtana performed by Dvija (Brahmanas, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas). Some people state that Brahma Yagna is only performed after the father is deceased. Others say that ...
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Do Rakshas have Brahmana Varna among them?

Rakshas can have Kshatriya Varna in them . The proof of it is , Ravana was son of a Rakshasi woman , but he was still considered as Brahmin. The mother of Ravana was Rakshasi-Kshatriya . This is why ...
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Do Devtas accept the offerings only by Brahmins?

Traditionally only Brahmins are allowed to become priests . What is the reason behind this ? Do Devtas accept offerings only by Brahmins ?
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Are Brahmins allowed to use non-cow leather products?

Are Brahmins allowed to use non-cow leather products? Obtaining leather involves ahimsa, but many things Brahmins already use involve ahimsa like silk (killing worms alive), deerskin for Brahmacharis, ...
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What varna does the child born from inter-Varna marriage in Hindu tradition, belong to?

I have heard from Puri Shankaracharya (Govardhan Peeth) the following formula to decide varna of child in inter-Varna marriage: Brahmin father, Kshatriya mother -> Kshatriya child Rest all of the ...
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What does hinduism say about fighting for brahmins?

I know it is mandatory for kshatriya to fight but what if the situation requires a brahmin or some other caste to fight?And how does a brahmin defends himself if he is against kshatriyas? Can someone ...
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Can a kshatriya be born as a brahmin in next birth? Can a woman be born as a male in next birth and vice versa?

What does the scriptures say about rebirth, is a brahmin always a brahmin , kshatriya always a kshatriya ?
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How to know which Brahmin sub-caste is real and which one is fake?

All Brahmin sub-castes call one another fake brahmins and themselves to be the real one. So, How to know which one is real and which one is fake ?
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Is Masturbation Bad For Me

Is it wrong to masturbate after wearing a Janeu? Please someone answer to my question. Thank you!
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After marriage, why does the ladies have to follow the man's customs?

This is a general query for which I just want to understand the fundamental reason why after the marriage of a man and a woman (as per Hindu traditions - More specifically Brahmin traditions), the ...
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By performing what acts does a brahmin become outcaste?

I want to know about all the acts on doing which a brahmin becomes outcaste or chandala!
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Can a non-initiated brahmin study the Puranas?

Can a non-initiated brahmin (usually considered a shudra (Skanda Purana Nagara Kanda 239.31)) study the Puranas? I have heard that even Shudras can study the Puranas and Itihasas but Vyasasmriti 1.22 ...
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Whose gotra has to be mismatched for marriage ? - Only father or both father and mother

As far as I know Gotra of fathers of bride and bridegroom has to mismatched for marriage between a man and woman.(in brahmins) Whose gotras has to be mismatched for marriage ? - Only father or both ...
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On doing what a Brahmin and Kshatriya lose his caste?

By doing what things a Brahmin loses his caste? On doing what a Kshatriya loses his caste?
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Is Brahma/Prajapati/Hiranyagarbha said to be a Brahmin?

Is caste system only for humans? has the caste of many RigVedic Gods - but Brahma/Prajapati/Hiranyagarbha is missing from the list. Does any other scripture say that Brahma is a Brahmin and is that ...
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On marriage within groups of the same caste

Kulinism was a practice unique to the Bengali Hindu society. Hagiographical accounts & extensive genealogical texts like Kūlapañjikās state that this system was introduced by a semi-legendary ...
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Does Krishna Bhagavatam say that Brahmins in Kaliyuga would not follow their Varna-Dharma?

The narrator says (in Tamil) that, according to Krishna Bhagavatam, "in Kaliyuga, Brahmins will have no defining characteristics except the yagnopaveetam" Source https://www.youtube.com/...
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Why are priests fighting in this temple? [closed]

https://youtu.be/tvKcoiYglDM Someone forwarded me this video and I can't tell why the brahmin priests are quarrelling with each other, that too in a place of worship. Anyone knows what led to the ...
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