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If a Brahmin doesn't perform duties as per his varna, is he still called as brahmin?

Normal duties of Brahmana varna are waking up early morning, learning and chanting Vedas, etc, But if a Brahmin doesn't perform these duties, is he still respected like other brahmins who perform ...
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Kshatriyas and alcohol consumption

What are the alcoholic beverages suitable for consumption by a Kshatriya? What about other three varnas? Are they allowed to consume alcohol?
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How can a Chandala purify himself?

A Chandala is a person who disposes corpses. As Hindus don't even touch a person if anyone in his household is dead, a chandala cannot be touched by anyone as he always deals with disposal of corpses. ...
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Why in Hinduism, God is only for high caste? [closed]

As we know that Low caste people are not allowed to enter temple. Did Hindu God say only high caste can worship and low caste can not?
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about caste system [duplicate]

In Gita there is also caste system. May be it was for the stability of the society. My question : A son of a sudra may have potential to become a bramhin.( I mean to say that he may have more brain ...
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Why suthak applies for different number of days in different casts?

Why suthak effects on people for different days in defferent region or cast? I did read THIS ANSWER and came to know about suthak. But from the answer and also from the comment section of this answer ...
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Is Raavana a rakshasa or a brahmin and how he can be a king too?

First, how is Raavana a rakshasa and a brahmin at the same time? Second, if Raavana is Brahmin, how is he the king of Lanka? Since one's caste was determined based on one's karma, I would think ...
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Why Shudras are not allowed to have wealth?

Manu Smriti 10.129 "No collection of wealth must be made by a Sudra, even though he be able (to do it); for a Sudra who has acquired wealth, gives pain to Brahmanas."
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Examples of Varna migration in Hindu mythology?

Is migration between Varna really allowed in Hinduism? If yes, please give examples along with reference.
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What is the Kanya region of Bharatavarsha, identified as the only residence of the four castes?

Lalla's Shishyavriddhida Tantra is a Hindu astronomical work dating to the 8th century. In this excerpt from the Shishyavriddhida Tantra, Lalla describes the geography of Bharatavarsha, i.e. the ...
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Are there any explicit statements forbidding a bride to marry a groom of higher caste/kula/varna/jati? [duplicate]

In Bhagwad Gita (4:13) lord Krishna said Four classes have been created by me, based on the division of guna and action The four varnas are Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Shudras. Based on ...
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Do Varnas have subcategories?

Present Caste System is a modified Varna Dharma by Britishers. There are many subcategories even for a single Caste. (more than 7 in some cases) I didn't see any scriptures mentioning subcategories ...
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What happens if non-Dalit touches a Dalit? [duplicate]

What would happen to a non-Dalit if a Dalit touched them in Ancient India?
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Any references where varna/caste is determined independent of birth/parentage?

Is there any incidence or statement in the scriptures which shows that varna/caste was not deduced from birth/parentage, and was deduced only from "qualities independent of parentage"(without ...
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Does Karma punishment vary according to one's material nature and Ignorance?

Karma for killing a Brahmin is given punishment higher than other Varnas. This is because Brahmins are of Sattva guna in dominant manner than others Varnas.EXAMPLE :Lord Ram got Dosha for Killing ...
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Was sage Aitareya born out of Shudra woman?

In one of online answers I've found sage Aitareya who wrote Aitareya Upanishad was born out of Shudra woman! Can anyone give reference to support or reject this claim?
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Vedas said about only 4 castes based on job. Then how these much castes came [duplicate]

Vedas tells about 4 casetes Brahmin, Kshatriya, Shudra and vaishya based on jobs. But now, there are many castes like nambissan, namboodiri, thiyya, nair, etc. etc. How this splitted?
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Punishing a couple to stop intercaste marriage is of which Karma(Good Or Bad)?

Inter-caste marriage is not appreciated by our scriptures and also in practical life and Stopping a inter - caste marriage is dharma and is of good karma. Couples get killed or beated by their ...
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Does Hinduism promotes violence against inter caste marriage

Background: Many violence are occuring in name of STOPPING INTER CASTE marriage. Question : - Is our scriptures promoting these or not ?
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Difference/Relation between Varna and Jati

We know that there are four Varna(वर्ण) called Brahmin, kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. I found words/terms like Jati(जाति) and Jnati(ज्ञाति) are also used to convey similar meanings. One another ...
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Why casteism is based on birth rather than present Gunas & Karmas?

I've seen many Brahmins & Kshatriyas (called) behaving like Shudras (called). Being wallowed in material pleasures,cruelty,ignorance etc. On the other hand we find many Shudras behaving like ...
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What would be the varna of son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya Woman?

What would be the Varna of a son born out of Ugra father & Kshatriya mother? From Manu smriti chapter 10 From a Kshatriya and the daughter of a Sudra springs a being, called Ugra, resembling ...
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Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? And is Rāma justified in killing him without a second chance?

In Uttara-kāṇḍa of Vālmīki Rāmāyaṇa, we see Vālmīki narrate the story of Śambūka. Questions: Why did Rāma kill Śambūka? Is it because Śambūka was a śūdra or is it because he was doing tapasya for ...
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Which varna are 'Hindu' Buddhists part of?

There are a lot of our scriptures mentioning Gautam Buddha as one of Vishnu's avatars. You can see this Wikipedia post for the list https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gautama_Buddha_in_Hinduism If it is ...
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Colors of different varṇas: Is it their physical complexion or their qualities?

From here, is this Mahābhārata śloka and its translation really talking about (physical) complexion of people belonging to the four varṇas or just their outward behavior? If it's the latter, what does ...
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Are Sudras not allowed to study any scriptures of Hindusim?

O Adi shankaracharya and Acharya Ramanuja commenting on Brahmasutras said Sudras are not allowed to study or hear any Vedas. If a sudra studies or hears Vedas he should be punished. Reading or ...
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Why are men who don't wear yajñopavītam asked to wear one during certain rituals?

I've seen this practice where the archaka or priest asks the person doing certain rituals like the Śrāddha to temporarily wear a yajñopavītam or something similar (quickly made out of a towel), I ...
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Rules of achamana to be followed by the Sudras and the Strees(women)

What is achamana? From wiki: Achamanam (achamana, achmana) is one of the most important rituals in the Hindu tradition. It is a male purification ritual that is believed to cure all physical ...
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Can a Sudra become a Brahmin in 'this' birth?

Scriptures have remedy for everything. Various mantras various austerities can give us miraculous position. For eg. It is possible to become Indra (who is King of Heaven) by performing 100 Ashwamedha ...
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Why low-caste people are not allowed inside some temples and homes?

In most temples and homes, especially in villages, low-caste people are not allowed. These regulations are being followed for thousands of years now. What is the reason behind such practice? What do ...
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Status of world during first time lord came to create souls? [duplicate]

If souls are situated in material bodies(Bhramana,Kstriya,Vasiya,Sudra,Animals,Rakshas,Asuras,etc) ,then in the beginning of the universe the souls will have their first birth and will have no karma ...
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Who is the Vaishya Rishi Sankila?

As I discuss in this question, every Brahmana is a descendant of sages, which is why every Gotra or clan of Brahmins has an associated list of Pravaras, a list of the sages they're descended from. For ...
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In which caste was Lord Krishna born into?

What is the caste that Lord Sri Krishna was born into? Was it kshatriya (warrior) or Yadava (shepherd)? People from the yadava community claim that Sri Krishna is a Yadava and was born into their ...
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Are we encouraged to become a brahmin?

Is becoming a brahmin best for us? if yes then why? are we discouraged if we choose a different path?
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What is the current status of the four varnas created by God?

We all know that four varnas — Brahmana, Vysya, Kshatriya and Sudra — were created by God, and each varna’s people would mutually help each other, through the jobs assigned to them. But as of now in ...
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Why don't Sudras wear a sacred thread?

According to caste-system based on Manu-smriti, only the first three categories i.e., Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas are allowed to wears the sacred thread. Why are Sudras not entitled to wear the ...
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What is the exact dharma to be followed in case of a marriage outside the caste or religion? [duplicate]

What exactly does the dharma say in the tricky circumstances or situation where a brahmin community girl loves and willing to marry a non-brahmin hindu/non-religion boy. What Dharma is to be ...
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How Four Natures created which are described in Bhagavad Gita?

Lord Shri Krishna said regarding four Natures to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita. In this Sloka of Bhagavad Gita: ब्राह्मणक्षत्रियविशां शूद्राणां च परंतप। कर्माणि प्रविभक्तानि स्वभावप्रभवैर्गुणैः।।18.41।। &...
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Can the Guna-Karma classification of the Varna system be translated into profession?

What is the Varna of: an engineer a singer a doctor I have chosen a few random samples to understand the Varna system better. How would these be classified as - Brahmin, Vaishya, Sudra and Kshatriya?...
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How caste is determined? [duplicate]

If I was a person who belong to some other religion and later converted to Hinduism. How my caste would be determined? In Indian society, I see that the caste is determined based on birth. Surely, ...
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Does caste matter for a person converting to Sanatana Dharma? Will he be fully accepted as a Hindu though he has no caste?

Is it true that if a person converts to Sanatana Dharma, he still cannot be fully accepted as a Hindu because he has no caste? If it is so, then how can such person convince others that he is a ...
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What does hindu scriptures say about caste system? [duplicate]

The major problem in India is caste system . What is hindu scriptures stands on caste system ? Does hindu scriptures support or forbid caste system ?
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Examples on the flexibility of Varna in ancient times

One of the arguments given by people (incorrectly) to show oppression in Hinduism is that the Brahmins were elites and unfairly discriminated against the lower caste people, also known as anti-...
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Can a Dalit caste person be a priest?

If a person belonging to the Dalit caste is chosen to be a priest, is that allowed? I do understand that Gita says varna is by actions and not by birth. Although, in practice, we see a lot of ...
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Does Geeta advocate the execution of one's dharma according to the varna system?

Does Geeta advocate the execution of one's dharma according to the varna system?
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Can different people of different varna share the same gotra?

Every we time go to a temple, when the priest performs archana, he asks us our Gotra. Gotra states our lineage from the sages. In some states of South India, Brahmins and Gouds have the same gotra ...
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Can Hinduism work in a classless society?

I'm not Hindu but it's my understanding that there are Hindu texts that specify a caste system. Must these systems be followed, or is something like a classless society as outlined by Marx (minus the ...
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?

This question itself is motivated from this other question: What are different types of sins? Where the accepted answer cites some points from scriptures: Maha-pataka: Killing a Brahman, ...
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What do holy books say about inter-caste marriages? [duplicate]

What do holy books say about inter-caste marriages? I heard somewhere that marriages between different castes causes वर्ण संकर (Varna Samkar) and our holy books don't support inter-caste marriages. ...
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Are the Nishada and Rathakara castes eligible for the Vedas and Jnana?

As I discuss in this question, by far the most popular school of Hindu philosophy is the Vedanta school, which bases its tenets on the doctrines laid out in the Brahma Sutras, a work by the sage Vyasa ...