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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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What is a Mlechha and what are their religious rights?

I am a Muslim born who left Islam 2 years ago, although I am still a theist. I am currently researching about other religions and as of now, I like Hinduism better than any religion I have studied. ...
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Can a shudra male marry a mleccha female?

Does the answer differ with sāmpradaya? Are mlecchas initiated into a traditional sāmpradaya still considered mlecchas?
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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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What exactly are the Hindu laws for 'avarna' or dalit people?

I want to know that in Hindu scriptures from Vedas to Puranas to Smritis to Shastras, what are the laws regarding avarna people (people outside of varna system)? I want to see some actual quotes. I ...
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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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Funeral for Varna Sankar वर्ण संकर?

How does a Varna Sankar perform funeral of his parents ? Will they be stuck in preta yoni ? Can they be given Pind Daan ? Please give sashstra reference, as far as possible.
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Can a Shudra have a characteristic of a Brahmin and vice-versa?

So many people in history were born in a different class, but had attributes of another caste, are there shastra-ic perspective to this?
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Can Brahmin's give daan to lower Varnas if it helps them?

What is the view of giving daan to lower communities? Can I give daan to communities that would use it?
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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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Gunas and Varna better explanation

So I know the basics of Varna and the Gunas I have read the Bhagavad Gita, but I am still confused about the nature of Varna. Bhishma in the Anusasanika Parva describes a changing Varna to a Brahmana ...
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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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A peculiar question regarding marriage?

Namaste, Is there any mention in our scriptures about a man marrying a girl of different kingdom? Of course there are mentions about kings..but are there mentions about other varnas like Brahmanas or ...
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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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How can I change my Varna from Shudra to Brahmin?

I want to change my Varna from Shudra to Brahmin, what is the procedure as per vedas or other authentic book.
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Are there any examples of a Shudras upgrading their Varna in Hindu scriptures?

Although there are multiple examples in Hindu scriptures where Kshatriyas became brahmins (Kaushik, Harit, Moudgalaya Gotra and many others have Kshatriya men as progenitors). But Are there any ...
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If a person reverts back to sanatan dharma which varna does he belong

If a person do gharwapsi to sanatan dharma which varna does he belong Quote with scriptures Or his daily work will determine the varna??
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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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Is there any reference where dvija means enlightened person?

Came across a post recently by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, where he says that dvija means an enlightened person: “Enlightened ones have always been referred to as dwijas or ‘twice born.’ May you ...
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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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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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Apart from Brahmarishi Vishwamitra any people from Kshatriyas became rishis?

Vishwamitra was originally a rajanya and then achieved enlightenment. I take it that he achieved Brahmin Varna. Are there any more examples with references?
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Remedy for Varna Sankar वर्ण संकर?

Gita (1.40 - 1.42) talks about varna shankar, can not perform shraddha/tarpan, hence his ptiris fall to hell along with him. सङ्करो नरकायैव कुलघ्नानां कुलस्य च | पतन्ति पितरो ह्येषां लुप्तपिण्डोदकक्रि...
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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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When does the Mahabharata indicate the onset of widespread Varna Sankarya (i.e., inter-caste marriages) in society?

In a discussion with Nahusha, Yudhisthira states 'In human society, O mighty and highly intelligent serpent, it is difficult to ascertain one's caste, because of promiscuous intercourse among the ...
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Is their any verse in Yoga Vasistha which promotes Varna by karma?

I want some verses from Yoga Vasista which says Varna is by karma if there's any only from Yoga Vasista.
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What is the Dharma of women of all varnas?

We know that Dharma is different for all men of different varnas. Is there Dharma defined for women of different varnas? I have not found it in any scripture so far. Dharma of all women seems to be ...
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What does scriptures say about doctors/Vaidya?

I think Vaidya or Chikitsa Karmi is attributed to caste born from Brahman father and Vaishya mother, which is not considered as a good type of marriage ( as wife is two varna lower than the father) . ...
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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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How did Dayanand Saraswati deal with the fact that the Krishna Yajurveda forbids Shudras from performing yajna?

Dayanand Saraswati was a religious leader in the 19th century who believed people of all castes should be allowed to study the Vedas. He created the Arya Samaj for this purpose and in the the centres ...
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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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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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How can fault created in varnashankar be corrected?

Can someone explain in detail how fault created in varnashankar child be corrected ? Suppose a brahmin man marries a shudra woman , the child will be Parsarva. Now can this Parsava man marry a Brahmin ...
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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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What are the duties of Kshatriya , Vaisyas and Shudras?

As per my knowledge 6 Duties of a Brahmins are - Sacrificing for self , sacrificing for others , Reading scriptures , Teaching scriptures , Giving Daan , Taking Daan. Similarly , What are duties of ...
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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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Who has the right to sport a Shikha?

Can Shudras, non-initiated Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas etc. sport a Shikha?
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What is my my pravara and gotra if belong to tulasi gotra?

I have asked many people about tulasi gotra but i couldn't find my pravara and what Varna i belong to. Please tell me if someone knows
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What is the correct way to recognize varna by astrology?

Most northern Indian astrologers define varna by the sign of the zodiac occupied by the Moon. Most South Indian astrologers define varna by the nakshatra occupied by the Moon. And what is the ...
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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 are the incidents from old scriptures in which Kshatriyas honored the Brahmins?

In Sanathan dharma, there are four varnas: Brahmin, Kshetriya, Vaishya, and Shudra. It is well known that, in general, Kshatriyas and other orders pay respect, and give honor to Brahmins due to their ...
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Did Rukmini ever worry about polygyny of Krishna?

Consider the following lines in THE RIDDLE OF RAMA AND KRISHNA by Babasaheb Dr. B.R. Ambedkar regarding the marital relation of Rukmini with Krishna Krishna was now, for the first time, married. He ...
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Why Ramunajacharya is considered as an idol of equality?

What were the views of Ramanujacharya on varna? Which instances in Ramanujacharya's life made him idol of equality?
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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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Do corrupt women also produce Varna-Sankara?

Gita 1:40 (Arjun says) From the predominance of sin , O Krishna, women become corrupt , and then O descendant of Vrishni, cross-breeds are born. Above verse of Gita indicates that when women become ...
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Can a NON-BRAHMIN be a teacher?

Were there any instances in itihasa shastra where non-brahmin were teacher?
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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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