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Can a Brahmana raise a war or kill someone?

The Brahmins can indeed raise war in times of emergencies or when their life is endangered or when the situation demands so. The Shastras clearly allow it. Manu Smriti ,Chapter 8,Sloka 348,says: ...
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?

Your confusion arises because you think that Hindu scripture supports the Hindu caste system as seen today. That is not the case. The term Brahmana in Hindu scripture has a different connotation from ...
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

gAyatri mantra HAS TO BE recited by non brahmins also, Kshatriyas and vysyas too have right for vedic initiation/upanayana. Secondly women too have right to study and chant vedas and conduct vedic ...
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If a Brahmin doesn't perform duties as per his varna, is he still called as brahmin?

No. He will be considered degraded then. He will be a Brahmin just for the namesake. From Manu Smriti: 2.103. But he who does not (worship) standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, ...
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Is Shalagram worship forbidden to non-Brahmins?

No. It is not forbidden. The importance of Gandaki river is explained in chapter 20 of Patala Khanda of Padma Purana. In that chapter, the importance of śālagrāma is also said. The disc born (...
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Colors of different varṇas: Is it their physical complexion or their qualities?

These "colors" are to be understood metaphorically or allegorically as Gunas (qualities). As mentioned in this answer, white represents Satva, Red represents Rajas and Black represents Tamas. ...
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Why are Sudras fined very harshly for adultery whereas Dwijas aren't fined much? Also why is killing a Sudra same as killing animal?

Please do read the summary and appreciate the post as the detailed part is disastrously long. Summary: There are a few things to keep in mind: Adultery (intercourse outside marriage) is a sin. ...
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Was Ravana a vegetarian?

Ravana was not a vegetarian. As per UTTARA KANDA of Valmiki Ramayana, this is what Ravana did in king Marutta's Maheshvara yajna: And then devouring the Maharshis that were present at the place of ...
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Can a brahmin eat meat according to shastras

Manu Smriti includes meat (prepared without spices) among Havi (i.e. food that are fit to be offered in Vedic sacrifices). 3.257. The food eaten by hermits in the forest, milk, Soma-juice, meat which ...
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On doing what a Brahmin and Kshatriya lose his caste?

Generally by not following one's own duties (as per caste/Varna) and by following duties prescribed for others one looses their caste. Manu smriti 10.97. It is better (to discharge) one’s own (...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Parashar Smriti, Chapter 12 source 1 source 2 says , during eclipse all waters become pure like Ganges. सर्वं गंगा समं तोयं राहुग्रस्ते दिवाकरे। सोमग्रहे तथैवोक्तं स्नानदानादि कर्मसु।। When the sun ...
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What do scriptures say regarding Immigration & Emigration?

Where is it mentioned that such journey is prohibited? Chapter 22, "Varnasramavidhi" (Rules to be followed by four Varnas) of Brihan Naradiya Purana states "Samudrayatra" (voyage over sea) is ...
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If a brahmin has qualities of sudra should he be prohibited from duties of a brahmin?

Yaksha asked Yudhishtir the following question- राजन् कुलेन वृत्तेन स्वाध्यायेन शृतेन वा। ब्राह्मण्यं केन भवति? प्रब्रूह्मोतत्सुनिश्चितं Meaning: King, how does one become a Brahmin: by birth? ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

I believe Swamiji must have been referring to the few verses in Dharma Sutras that do mention consumption of bovine meat. The Apastambh Grihya Sutra mentions that cattle may be slaughtered when a ...
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If my father doesn't study the Veda, does this make me ineligible to learn Vedas?

If the father is not learned in the Vedas, even then the son is allowed to study them. Manu Smriti 3.136. If there is a father ignorant of the sacred texts whose son has learned one whole ...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

The Grihya Sutras are scriptures that detail the rules and regulations regarding Vedic domestic rituals for householders (Griha - House in Sanskrit). There are various such Sutras written by different ...
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Who was the wife of Kaushik who stopped the Sun from rising to save her husband's life?

According to Skanda Purana, Volume 15, Chapter 171, her name was Sandili. According to this chapter, Sage Mandavya was ordered by a King to be impaled though he was not in fault. When Sage Mandavya ...
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Who was the Brahmin's wife in Atharva Veda hymn that was abducted and restored?

The name of the Atharva-Veda -Kanda 5 -Sukta 17 is Brahmajaya sukta. The meaning of word Brahmajaya is wife of guru , or Guru-Patni. Which is also called as Brahmani or consort of Brahmana. Since ...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Padma Purana also says that during the eclipse, all waters become same like Ganges and all Brahmins become equivalent to Vyasa. कुर्याद्ग्रासंसैम्हिकेयस्तत्क्षणंदुर्लभंभवेत् | सर्वगङ्गासमंतो...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

The Katyayana Smriti also says the same : During solar and lunar eclipses all the waters, that exist on earth and even that in a well, become like that of the Ganges. Katyayana Smriti,...
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How do the scriptures describe an ideal Sanyasi?

Vishnu Purana, Book 3, Chapter 9 describes about the four orders of life: Brahmacharya, Grihastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa. In Vanaprastha, one prepare himself for Sanyasa, so I am mentioning all the ...
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Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not?

Why is killing a brahmin considered sin while killing other caste people is not? It's a wrong notion that only killing Brahmins is a sin and killing persons belonging to other varnas isn't. Penances ...
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Does not performing the Garbhadana samskara result in Sudra progeny?

This issue arises only when we relate Garbhadhana with "varna". We must understand that all the samskaras are not related to varna. I have given references of "varna" in my answers ...
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Can Brahmin be a teacher on any other topics other than Vedas

Apparently Yes. See the following verse from the Manu Smriti: 10.75. Teaching, studying, sacrificing for himself, sacrificing for others, making gifts and receiving them are the six acts (...
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Do any other scriptures mention Brahma Tirtha, bathing where non-Brahmins become Brahmins?

Yes. The property of Brahma Tirtha : bestowing Brahman-hood after a holy bath has been mentioned in other scriptures such as Narada Purana. In a conversation between Vasu and Mohini, Vasu tells about ...
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Prohibitions on Brahmins regarding reading Bhagavad Gita

There are no such restrictions whatsoever. Krishna DvaipAyana VyAsa (also known as Veda VyAsa) was a Maharshi & son of a Brahmana named ParAshara. Sage VyAsa himself had passed on Gita (as part of ...
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

Why are Shudras reciting the Gayatri mantra? The answer is partly because of adopting Western beliefs, which all Indians are taught in Indian public schooling, such as "all men are created equal" and ...
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Why Gayatri mantra is widely recited by non-bramhins nowadays which was once the stronghold of only the brahmins?

Who is responsible for the deviation from this ancient practice and making it possible for others to follow this irreligious marvelous idea of devotion? In the 20th century, Pandit Shriram Sharma ...
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Why are some brahmins called Dwija or twice born?

Not only Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are also called twice born. Manu Smriti 10.4. Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya castes (varna) are the twice-born ones, but the fourth, the Sudra, ...

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