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Is mleccha entirely different from Hindu classification?

According to the varna system, there are four varnas of human 1) Brahman 2) Kshetriya 3) Vaisya 4) Sudra A person if does not fall under any one of the four is Candala Then is mleccha ...
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What is the varna of Adrusyanti (Shakti's wife) [duplicate]

What is the varna of Adrusyanti (Shakti's wife)? Who are her parents?
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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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To which caste do people from the Vishwakarma community belong?

I belong to the Vishwakarma community and am not able to decide on the caste (Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra) I belong. As per my knowledge and learning, even the Vedas, Manusmriti and other ...
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Does ISKCON advocate birth-based caste-system or guṇa-based? And on what basis?

What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If they believe one's varṇa is based on their guṇa: Do they reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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What are the varnas of Vashishta and Arundhati?

Arundhati. is the wife of the sage Vashistha, one of the seven sages (Saptarshi). To which varna does Vashishta belong to? To which varna does Arundhati belong to?
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Is there an inherent relation between varna and skin color? [duplicate]

Is there an inherent relation between varna (caste) and skin color? By inherent I mean does scripture say that castes were created with a particular skin color? The scriptures say that kshatriyas were ...
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Did Lord Vishnu speak in support of birth-based or conduct-based varna?

Are there any instances of Lord Vishnu or any of his avatars speaking in favour of either conduct-based or birth-based varna?
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Do Sruti texts mention either or both of birth-based varna and guna-based varna?

Do Sruti texts mention birth-based or guna-based varna?[1]. To elaborate (further), are there any instances in Śruti scriptures which explicitly support either or both of birth-based varna and guna-...
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Who was the first śūdra to be born or appear on Earth?

Who was the first śūdra (or the śūdra-couple) to be born? Likewise, who was the first brāhmaṇa, the first kṣatriya and vaiśya to be born? Some might argue, the first śūdra could not have been ...
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Which Śruti texts explicitly state that varna is based on birth?

Are there any instances in Śruti scriptures which explicitly support birth-based varna? Edit: I'm not looking for interpretations, please only cite those references which exactly say that Varna is ...
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Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation?

Is the Rig Veda Purusha Suktam hymn an interpolation? Western scholars and Indologists think so, especially the part about caste. Here's what wikipedia says on Varna: This Purusha Sukta varna ...
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Do the Vedas allow Shudras to do undergo Upanayanam or perform Yajnas?

Can Shudras do Upanayanam or perform Yajnas as per Vedas?
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How have traditional Vedic commentators interpreted Shukla Yajurveda 26.2?

Shukla Yajurveda 26.2 states: That I to all the people may address this salutary speech, To priest and nobleman, Sûdra and Arya, to one of our own kin and to the stranger. Dear may I be to ...
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Can a Sudra attain higher caste according to Manusmriti?

Manusmriti Verse 9.335 says: शुचिरुत्कृष्टशुश्रूषुर्मृदुवागनहङ्कृतः । ब्राह्मणाद्याश्रयो नित्यमुत्कृष्टां जातिमश्नुते ॥ ३३५ ॥ śucirutkṛṣṭaśuśrūṣurmṛduvāganahaṅkṛtaḥ | ...
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Which varnas do they belong to?

People who follow Hinduism are classified based on varnas. If someone didn't follow Hinduism, how are their varnas determined ? If not, do they belong to any new category? Consider a white man, what ...
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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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Did Krishna ever talk beyond the four caste system?

In this question, I am assuming the meaning of words caste, Varna, class stands for same. Don't consider tribes as same as caste. Consider the following talks by Krishna in Mahabharata From Udyoga ...
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What is the meaning of the term “Svadharma”?

What does the term "Svadharma" mean? What do the scriptures say about the term? Is Varna exclusive of "Svadharma"?
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What is the source of “Vriyate iti Varnaha?”

The author of the blog post What's your Varna quotient? uses a certain definition of varṇa: The generic definition of the term 'Varna' comes from 'Vriyate Iti Varnaha' implying that one can choose ...
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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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Can a Kshatriya man marry Vaishya woman?

I have heard from my friend that Kshatriya man can marry Vaishya woman. Is it true? What do our scriptures say on this?
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What are duties and goals of a Brahmin and how should he behave?

Can anyone say the duties of a Brahmin and how he should behave? What should be his goals? As said in Bhagavat Gita, One should follow his own duties to attain liberation and so. If with any ...
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Does Manusmriti go against Vedas?

Doesn't barring Sudras(who form feet of Purusha) from studying Vedas and making them non-Vedic handicap the Purusha?
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Is hiding one's caste a punishable offense?

From this article: Although the first Maratha ruler, Shivaji, freely recruited Mahars in his army, two centuries later, by the time of the Peshwas, the status of Mahars was lower than ever. The ...
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Astrological signs and śūdra-like nature [duplicate]

According to this answer on Quora.com: In the astrological context, which determines a person’s character, everyone born under the rising signs (lagna) of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius is ...
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Is untouchability discussed in the Vedas?

Untouchability can be of a couple of forms: one which arises out of temporary impurity (aśauca) e.g., not touching a menstruating woman a person is untouchable due to the nature of his work e.g., a ...
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Has Siva spoken in favor of the varnashrama system?

What has Siva said about the caste or varna system?
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, at what age can one be certified a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), at what age can a person be certified as a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc? ...
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According to guṇa-based varṇa system, can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc?

According to proponents of guṇa-based varṇa system (i.e., those that do not believe you are born into one specific Hindu varṇa), can a Christian or Muslim be also a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, etc., based ...
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How do I prove casteism is not an inherent part of Hinduism?

I understand Bhagavad gita says varna is by profession and not by birth. But how should I explain it to a non-hindu or an atheist who is too ignorant to read hindu books and argues that casteism is an ...
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How does Sonadanda's characterization of a Brahmin agree or disagree with other definitions in scripture?

http://www.sacred-texts.com/bud/dob/dob-04tx.htm Dialog between Sonadanda the Brahmin and the Buddha: " 11. Now the Blessed One became aware in his own mind of the hesitation in the mind of ...
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Is there any explicit writing by Swami Vivekananda on his psychological theory of Varna?

Swami Vivekananda has written about his ideas of caste in his Complete Works. I am posting one example for the convenience of the reader.
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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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How does Swami Vivekananda's psychological theory of Varna interpret Gita verses 4.13, 18.41-47?

Gita verses 4.13 and 18.41-47 have been traditionally interpreted in terms of birth into endogamous groups called castes. Swami Vivekananda has provided us with an alternative interpretation many ...
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Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti?

Is it permissible to deny the authority of Manusmriti considering that all the four major schools of Hinduism(Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smarta tradition) only consider Vedas and Upanishads ...
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Were there sacraments to convert non-arya and arya but non-kshatriya kings to kshatriyas?

Wiki article of Mahapadma Nanda says The Puranas describe Mahapadma as a son of Mahanandin by a woman from the Shudra caste.[ Jain works like Parishishtaparvan and Avashyaka sutra represent him as ...
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The Varna system and capitalism

I usually tend to accept most of the teachings of Gita pretty easily. However, I can not easily digest the verse 18.47: It is better to engage in one's own occupation, even though one may perform ...
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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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What are the counter-arguments within Hinduism(scriptures) against the Birth based Varna and Caste system?

Even if earlier Varna was not birth based, and later it degenerated into birth base Varna and even later into birth based caste system. But whether there are counter arguments within Hinduism(esp. ...
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How is the ritual of Vratyastoma performed?

Vratyastoma, is a ritual performed by Vratyas (people who have failed to perform Upanayana in time) to readmit themselves to the fold of Varnashrama Dharma. Many Westerners who convert into Hinduism ...
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Is meat eating outside of yajnas considered sin for Varnas like kshatriyas and sudras too?

Just like all religions Hinduism also maintains that eating animals outside of religious sphere, without offering it to god (s) leads to sin/bad karma, is this applicable unto kshatriyas too?
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What do the Vedas say about caste?

What do the Vedas say about caste? For the purpose of this question you can take a broad approach of the definition of caste. Like if it is called varna in vedas, then I want to know what the vedas ...
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Can families that have been Vratyas for 3 generations or more perform the Vratyastoma ritual?

Vratyastoma is a ritual performed by Vratyas (people who have failed to perform Upanayana in time) to readmit themselves to the fold of Varnashrama Dharma. Many Westerners who convert into Hinduism ...
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Does varna mean color?

I came across a post of an atheist page on facebook that stated that "varna means color, so varna might attribute to color based discrimination along side cast based discrimination" is that true?
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How can subhuman treatment of a person be justified because he was “born” in a particular varna?

I was very shocked to read recently that venerated gurus of vedanta like Adi Shankara and Ramanuja said shudras (and women) have no right to study vedas when infact vedas clearly don't say so . Quite ...
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What are the duties of Dvija-Bandhus?

According to the book "Hindu Dharma" by Sri Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati: If the Gayatri has not been chanted for three generations in the family of a Brahmin, its members lose caste (they ...
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What is the connection between vāstu śāstra and the varṇa system?

I heard that vāstu śāstra is tightly linked to the varṇa (caste) system. E.g., a brāhmaṇa should construct a house on white land, the soil should smell like a lotus, taste very sweet, facing north, ...
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What is Śuka's birth-based varṇa? Is his biological mother literally a parrot or a human named Ghṛtācī or he had no mother at all?

The birth of Vyāsa's son, Śuka, is narrated in the Mahābhārata as follows. Bhishma said. 'The son of Satyavati having obtained this high boon from the great God, was one day employed in rubbing his ...