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Do upanishads speak about disposition based varna (caste) rather than birth based?

In following blog there is an article on vajra suchi upanishad which has some statements regarding disposition based varna vs birth based varna. This upanishad is believed to be a vedantic text. What ...
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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only?

I guess they only had to follow Grihastha ashrama when they attained the appropriate age, learning and renunciation being denied to them.
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Were our scriptural recommendation of vanaprastha and sannyasa compulsory or voluntary?

Our scriptures suggest to leave the family and go to forest at the age of fifty :पञ्चाशोर्द्ध्वे वनं व्रजेत्. Reference:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanaprastha At the same time our scriptures ...