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Does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins?

Why does the Manusmriti have verses discriminating against Brahmins? For example: A twice-born person, having, through folly, drunk wine, shall drink wine red-hot; he becomes freed from his ...
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Which Mahabharata verse does Swami Vivekananda refer to show earliest humans were Brahmins and they denigrated to lower varnas as time progressed?

In the Kumbakonam lecture of 1897, Swami Vivekananda said the following: We read in the Mahâbhârata that the whole world was in the beginning peopled with Brahmins, and that as they began to ...
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Do Vedas mention about Chaturvarna? [duplicate]

As per my understanding, Vedas are source of knowledge while Chaturvarna(i.e. caste system) creates separation more than knowledge. So my question is, Where is the first mention of Chaturvarna found?...
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Among castes eligible to wear yagnopavitam, do different castes/sub-castes wear different kinds of Yagyopavitam?

Do scriptures prescribe how the yagynpavitam should be made (number of threads, knots etc.)?
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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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How can a European born converted Hindu become a Brahmana? [duplicate]

Converting to Hinduism and Caste Very interesting Q&A My question is: Because I am white Hindu, how can I become one day a Brahmana? Also: in astrology Indian websites, my jyotish kundli states ...
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Which is right varna based on birth or varna based on Guna and karma?

Which is right varna is based on birth or varna is based On guna and karma ? In view of advaita followers The kamakoti peetham tell that varNa is by guNa but guNa is by birth But vaishanvas tells that ...
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Why cant Hinduism accept Guna Based Flexible Varna system as Buddhism?

Buddha says "While the differences between these species are defined by their birth,the differences between humans are not defined by their birth.In individual human bodies you can’t find such ...
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Which scripture mentions the verse “Chandalohpi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah…”?

Chandalohapi munisrestha haribhaktiparayanah | Haribhaktivihinashcha dviijohapi shvapachadhamah || English Translation: Chandalas with Hari Bhakti are superior to Munis. But if a Dvija is devoid of ...
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Does the Kamma caste existing today fall into Sudra Varna?

There was no strict varna system in South India outside Kerala. They had only three classes namely Brahmin, non-Brahmin and Dalit. So their divisions are different from varna system. Since the Brahmin ...
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Are persons from lower castes allowed inside temples according to agama shastras?

In the pre partitioned era some temples placed ban on lower castes entering temples. Is there any basis for this prohibition in the agama shastras?
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Why was Varna formalised?

My understanding is that caste is not a legitimate Hindu concept and that it is varna instead. From what I’ve read, varna is like the division of labour within society, but my question is, why was ...
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Last name of Shree Ram and Shree Krishna?

I always wondered what were the last name of avatars - Shree Ram and Shree Krishna. I know that Ram was kshatriya and Krishan was nand. But I don't know their real last name. Did they even had one? Or ...
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Scriptural definitions for caste, Varna, class and tribe [duplicate]

The words such as Varna, caste, class, tribe etc., was used extensively in Hinduism scriptures. Please provide the definitions for each of the listed along with a single person example as shown below;...
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Why Casteism is there in Hinduism? [duplicate]

If we the people are the actual reason for building our own castes then why do gods (krishna as kshatriya, parasurama as brahmana) take birth in particular castes?
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Are there sects that explicitly deny caste/varna/jati and do not practice it in real life?

There may be sects that deny caste in their sectarian works but practice it in their real life. Are there any sects who actual do not practice the caste system?
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What do the scriptures say about inter-caste marriage? [duplicate]

Please don't hijack the question with other related things like equality and caste. Only post answers with sources to scriptures that particularly talk about inter caste marriage. Sources are ...
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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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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 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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do Hindu scriptures say anywhere that one varna is higher or lower than another?

Purusha sukta (in a verse considered by modern scholars to be a later interpolation) implies it ( "The Brahmana was his mouth; the Rajanya (Kshatriya) was made his arms; the Vaishya was his thighs; ...
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What is shudra-brahmin?

What is shudra-brahmin / shudra-kshatriya ? Which is mentioned in Shiva purana
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Does the incident of Shankara meeting a Chandala prove that Shankara never had realization?

According to Advaita Vedanta, things like caste, gotra, etc, will cease to exist after realization. But when Adi Shankara met a Chandala in Varanasi, he asked the Chandala to move away from his path. ...
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Was there a caste called “dog cookers”?

The Sanskrit word is "shva-paka" - were they the alleged result of caste-mixing? What is their background?
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Is this euphemism from scripture?

A lady in a YouTube video says "fourth varna" to refer to the varna said to be born from Purusha's feet. Does scripture use this euphemism anywhere?
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Are there finer classifications than the 4-varna/guna classification in scripture?

Priests, Warriors, Traders, Labourers is fine and dandy but where do scientists, journalists and artists, to name a few temperaments/occupations, fit into this? I remember reading that a Soviet ...
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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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Do jambavanta is dalit? [duplicate]

Many south people tell that Jambavanta is dalit it is true what Ramayana and other scriptures are telling about jambavanta varna .
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What is the varna of Jambavan?

Many people in South India say that Jambavan is a dalit. Is it true? What do Ramayana and other scriptures say?
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Caste system from the perspective of vedic astrology

It can be argued that the caste system is equivalent to Ricardo's theory of comparative advantage (1817), but instead of looking at advantages in supply chain management, technology, logistics, etc., ...
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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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What is the relationship between caste system and kundalis and gunas? [duplicate]

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 ...
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Why is Caste System there in Hindu religion? [duplicate]

I don't understand why Caste System is there Hindu Religion. How could it be possible that a religion divides people? If I am not wrong Lord Shri Krishna himself describes caste in Shrimad Bhagvat ...
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What Varna and caste would work of today's physicians and doctors be classified as according to duty of various varnas? [closed]

In the respective Varna what position they would be? Kindly tell me.
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Do Srivaishnavites have the equivalent of “ghataka shrutis” to resolve the birth vs guna caste question?

It is claimed by Srivaishnavites that although scripture has statements supporting Nirguna Brahman and also statements supporting Saguna Brahman - Ramanuja allegedly found yet another category of ...
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Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins according to scriptures? [closed]

Should Hindu politicians support Brahmins according to scriptures? Is it a sin if Hindu politicians don't support Brahmins? Please cite verses from scriptures.
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When did untouchability start?

Kalavai Venkat's "Caste: a HAF-baked Lamentation" tells that "untouchability started in 12th century" Can somebody provide any reference from any book/scripture/history etc for the statement that "...
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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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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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Does Bhagavad Gita reinforce the caste system? [closed]

so says http://www.theosophy-nw.org/theosnw/world/asia/as-bandy.htm The dogmatism employed by the voice of Krishna throughout the Bhagavad-Gita, and the primal importance and almost excessive ...
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Have there been instances of rivalry between Brahmins and Kshatriyas?

The Wikipedia article on Kshatriyas suggests possible rivalry between the two varnas due to ambiguity in their relative positions in the society. In the period of the Brahmanas (800 BCE to 700 BCE) ...
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Can a person of one caste have friends of another caste?

Is this allowed? Do the hindu texts speak anything about this? Can a person of one caste have friends who are of a different caste?
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Earliest documented use of caste system? [closed]

What is the earliest use of modern-day caste system in India? Where is this documented so I can reference it? CLARIFICATIONS: These clarifications respond to questions and apparent confusions about ...
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Is anti-Brahminism a sin according to scriptures?

Is anti-Brahminism in accordance with Hinduism and its scriptures? Is it a sin or is it glorified?

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