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For the questions about a caste-system based on varna e.g the Chaturvarna: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya, and Shudras. The mixed varnas, apostate varnas, and varnas not necessarily related to the Chaturvarna (e.g. Mleccha) are also valid for this tag.

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Is the pouring of lac in a Shudra who hears the Vedas or recites them intentionally Danda or Prayaschitta?

Generally, people say that Shudras who hear the sacred knowledge (Vedas) have to undergo painful punishments, but is this self-imposed or imposed by a ruling or governing authority? Because, if it is ...
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Books Defending Caste and Untouchability

It is obvious that today's historians never place themselves in the shoes of past people and have a very one-sided and biased view of history looking at an individual over a societal level. I am ...
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Since Hinduism teaches kindness and compassion to all living beings, why not to Sudras and Avarnas? [duplicate]

This is a genuine question I have regarding Hinduism. Almost all scriptures from Vedas to Upanishads to Dharmasutras to Puranas teach love, kindness and compassion to 'living beings'. Out of ...
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Did Varnasharma become birth based, but is objectively based on qualities?

Many scriptures say Varna is based on qualities and occuptation while others say it is based on gotra or birth. But, if India was a meritocracy wouldn't that eventually be practical to judge people ...
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Can a Kshatriya put on a Urdhvapunda Tilak?

I read some where that Narada Purana says a Brahmin should wear a Urdhvapundra (for Vishnu) and a Kshatriya should wear a Tripundra (for Shiva). Does the Narada Purana say it is absolutely necessary? ...
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The Metaphsyics of Varna

Clarification of Metaphsyics A clarification: By metaphysical I mean more the system in which it's decided and the various aspects of it ie what differs a Brahmin-Brahmin from a Brahmin-Chandala and a ...
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Books for Anyone Regarding the complex nature of Varna

I want books not modern ones, but ones by authentic religious personalities from olden times on the system of Varna and their differentitation of bodily and mental gunas. I would prefer a more ...
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Is Varna and Bodily Gunas have a similar system to genetics

Varna is based on birth or one's Gotra, but I found some similarities when studying simple Mendelian genetics keep in mind this is simple and not modern genetics. Now I am not saying necessarily that ...
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Regarding Mixed Castes in Mahabharta

So the Tirtha Yantra Parva of the Mahabharata says mixed castes are considered better than the original when purification rites are performed. (https://www.wisdomlib.org/hinduism/book/the-mahabharata-...
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Treatment of Chandalas

Within Ithihasas there seems to be bad treatment of Chandalas as Bhishma recounts. By Chandala I mean a child born to a Brahmin mother & Shudra father. Are there any alternative treatments ...
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Why are Hindu texts like Mahabharata so focused on race, lineage and varna?

I was reading Mahabharata, the abridged version from C Rajagopalachari ji. I liked the literature aspect of it and some of the advices there. But one thing that bothered me was the hyperfocus of the ...
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According to Vaishnavism, what is a fruitive activity?

I am currently reading Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu by Rupa Gosvami (with commentary by Jiva Gosvami). In it, it has been mentioned that a pure devotee is above fruitive activities such as the varnasrama ...
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Pravara of Suryavamsa Kshatriyas

From the question given here: Who is the Vaishya Rishi Sankila?, It is evident that true vedic kshatriyas must have a three-rishi (pravara) "Manava, Aida, Paururavasa" for the Hotri, ...
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vrAtyastOma on fallen dwijAs in Kali Yuga

In a previous question, we established the lack of kshatriyas and vaishyas in today's day and age. Basically, the only dwijAs to exist today are the sath BramhanAs. For reference, one can gloss over ...
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Can we go back to our own varna dharma?

If our Brahmin or Kshatriya ancestors did not perform Upanayana Samskara and have not followed their dharma can we still have rights to get Upanayana Samskara for ourselves and our children? If no, ...
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Did other Srivaishnavite teachers like Vedanta Desikan differ from Ramanuja on the caste system?

The Chaaturvarnya caste system of Aryaavarta has been reduced to just two castes in Tamil Nadu _ Brahmins and Sudras (polite Brahmins call them "Non Brahmins", since there cannot be ...
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Are there any principal Upanishads that don't mention the caste system?

Among Isha, Kena and Katha, Prashna, Mundaka, Mandukya, Tattiriya, Aitareya, Chhandogya and Brihadaranyaka upanishads, which, if any, don't mention the caste system at all?.
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Do any principal Upanishads unequivocally advocate for the birth-based caste system?

Apparently, Sankara cites the Rig Vedic Purusha Sukta while commenting about the caste system advocated in the Bhagavad Gita. But since the Vedas are regarded as apara vidya in comparison to the ...
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Exploring sadhanas for transformation: Overcoming the impact of birth on nature

In a fascinating discourse between Yudhishthira and Bhishma found in the Anusasanika Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhishma discusses the interplay between a person's birth and their conduct. He ...
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What was Sri Rama's opinion on the caste system?

Did Rama enforce castiesm or did he attempt to reform it or did he ignore it?
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Does canonical Sanskrit scripture contain rejections of caste that go beyond the birth vs qualities dichotomy?

Starting from the Purusha Sukta - there is the birth-based four-fold division of humanity - Brahmins,kshatriyas,Vaishyas and Sudras. https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/52131/12489 refers to an ...
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Which caste is "software developer"?

Advocates of the varnashrama dharma claim that we should follow the varna professions listed in the dharma shastras. For example: 10.47 - For Sūtas, the management of horses and chariots; for ...
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If kshatriyas and vaishyas don't exist, who can take up arms and do farming?

For example, the shastra says only people born as kshatriyas and who have done upanayanam can be military or police: Manu 10.79 - For the Kṣatriya, carrying of arms and weapons. For the Vaiśya, ...
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Was there any case of Yadav men marrying Kshatriya women?

Was there any case of Yadav men marrying Kshatriya women ? Duryodhan daughter married son of Krishna , but Duryodhan opposed it. Was there any such instance where Yadav men married Kshatriya women and ...
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Do people who are born in dwija castes did lots of virtues in their previous lives?

Is it true that those who born in twice-born castes (Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishya) did lots of virtues (Punyas) in their previous lives ? I am asking this as in the past only twice born castes had ...
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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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Is there any mention of presence of Ambasta caste community in Puranic or historic text?

A caste in India claim to be Ambasta . But there is a confusion , if it is the name derived from Ambasta as in Manusmriti (Brahman Father + Vaishya mother) or from Amba devi. I am asking this as I ...
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Is working for wage sin for twice-born castes?

Is working for wage sin for twice born castes (Brahmin , Kshatriya and Vaishayas) ? Does it lead them to hell ?
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Can a person be of more than one caste?

For example people like da vinci who are talented in many fields can they belong to more than one cast? what if a person is very intellectual like a brahmin can fight like a kshatriya?What caste will ...
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How many caste are there in Hinduism?

If one searches Caste on google images, the first few images they would be greeted with is this: However on wikipedia, the following is written: There are 3,000 castes and 25,000 sub-castes in India,...
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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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What are the marriage conditions for an offspring boy of sagotra vivah?

Marriage in Kaliyug is to be within castes not outside, but not sagotra as well or else the offspring is Varnasankara. The pramana for this is given across Shrimad Bhagvad Gita and Puranas. I am born ...
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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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Differences between Lingayats and Aradhyas?

Lingayat community was founded by Basavanna. What is the history of Aradhyas who are shiva followers too and they too wear lingas. What are the differences between these communities?
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When Varnas are already defined from were did yavana, mleccha or Chandalas originated

When Varnas are already defined as per Vedic principles from were did yavana, mleccha or Chandalas originated
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What was the caste of Vidur's wife?

What was the caste of Vidur's wife? To which caste does Vidur's wife belong?
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How valid are these words of Arjuna in discouraging inter-caste marriages of 'contemporary' times?

Consider the following words by Arjuna in Bagavath Geetha. यद्यप्येते न पश्यन्ति लोभोपहतचेतस: | कुलक्षयकृतं दोषं मित्रद्रोहे च पातकम् || 38|| कथं न ज्ञेयमस्माभि: पापादस्मान्निवर्तितुम् | कुलक्षयकृतं ...
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Which other scriptures say that inter-caste marriages can give better children?

In a discussion between Yudhishthira and Yaksha, Yudhishthira says that children from inter-caste couples can be treated better compared to the same caste couple if the inter-caste couple undergoes ...
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What is the story of Vasista changing his caste through penance?

It is almost impossible for an individual to change her caste in her lifetime. It will take at least five generations to change the caste. ‘Caste becomes elevated during the fifth or the seventh ...
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What are the possible names of 'others' who changed their own caste?

It is almost impossible for a person to change one's own caste during her lifetime. Bhishma said, 'The status of a Brahmana, O Yudhishthira, is incapable of acquisition by a person belonging to any ...
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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 Hinduism only for Brahmins and Kshatriya men?

Historically for thousands of years, only Brahmin and Kshatriya men had access to Hindu texts. Women, Vaishyas, Shudras, and any foreigners were not allowed access to Hindu texts or Hindu teachings, ...
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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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What are all the entities that are induced by ones kula (कुल)?

The word कुल is used across scriptures in different contexts. I am using the meaning of family here. Many entities are induced in an individual born in a kula. I want to know all the entities that are ...
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Was wife of Ved-Vyas a Brahmini or Murdhabhishikta?

I am asking this question as I wanted to know if a Murdhabhishikta man can marry a Brahmini girl or not. Ved-Vyas was a Murdhabhishikta as he had a Brahmin father(Parashara) and Kshatriya mother( ...
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Questions on Varna System [duplicate]

Can You Tell Me Some Verses From Hindu Scriptures Which Say Varna Is Not Based On Birth?
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What role does caste play in modern day Hinduism?

For the past times, one may argue in support of caste system as in support of categorization and classification of people, but disregarding social and political issues, does it hold any use today in ...
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What age should a Shudra do Upanayana?

I'm reading the Wikipedia page of Upanayana, Many medieval era texts discuss Upanayana in the context of three of the four varnas (caste, class) — Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas.The ceremony was ...
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How does caste relate to Hinduism in practice?

To my understanding in the most ancient times, caste was a label based on profession. My question is, did it have any influence on how Hinduism was practiced? For example, Would Hinduism, in practices ...
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How to identify caste of a non-Hindu/non-Indian? [duplicate]

Since four Varnas exists in all ethnicities and all species . How can one identity caste of a person who is not Indian. In the past many foreigners were assimilated in Kshatriya Varna -like Indo-...
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