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TL;DR They basically indicate the occupations that Brahmanas used to have back when they were officiating Vedic Yagnas rather than being temple priests and the like. In order to understand what it means for someone to be a Rig Veda Brahmana and so on, you need to understand the nature of the Vedas. As I discuss in this answer, how the Vedas originated is ...


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First of all, the quote is from this chapter of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, where Vali accuses Rama of acting sinfully in killing him: My skin is unwearable, holy people forbid my hair and bones, and uneatable is my meat for your kind of reputable people. Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of wild rodent, a kind of wild-boar, ...


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Many of our scripture are the inverse of rationality, especially in today's time. Respecting this sites rules, I will refer the text from Bhagavad Gita (BG), which I feel still relevant to this date (not saying that it's the only relevant text). I would refer links from Vedabase website, but it's recommended to understand Sanskrit or read other similar ...


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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 the Brahmana of Hindu caste system. Hindu scripture is talking of Varna which is dependent on conduct. Bhrigu said, 'He is called a Brahmana in whom are ...


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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: 8.348. Twice-born men may take up arms when (they are) hindered (in the fulfilment of their duties, when destruction (threatens) the twice-born castes (varna) ...


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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 (i.e. found) in Dvaravati and the stone born (i.e. found) in Gandaki, destroy in a moment men's sins earned during a hundred existences. Even if a man would have ...


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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 rites. So it is good that non brahmins too are taking interest in this else the divine knowledge of vedas would keep on reducing among the masses. Non-brahmins ...


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Not all Bengali Brahmins eat fish. Vaidikas, who migrated from Kannauj, follow the same dietary rules as Brahmins in the rest of the country. The reason for the relaxation of rules among the indigenous brahmins was Kulinism, introduced by King Ballal Sena (1160–1179). This soon led to polygamy, where women of lower castes could be married, which eventually ...


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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, shall be excluded, just like a Sudra, from all the duties and rights of an Aryan. From VYasa Smriti , chapter 4: A Brahmana, who has not studied the Vedas, ...


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The wearing of the sacred thread is part of the Dharma (duty) of the first three castes because as the Manu Smriti describes, they are the ones who can read the Vedas: 87) But in order to protect this universe He, the most resplendent one, assigned separate (duties and) occupations to those who sprang from his mouth, arms, thighs, and feet. 88) To ...


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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. Furthermore, Bibek Debroy who translated the BORI critical edition of Mahabharata says the same in his translation. ब्राह्मणानां सितो वर्णः क्षत्रियाणां तु लोहितः | ...


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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 sacrifice, Ravana, satiated with their blood, again went to the earth. (English translation source) The complete story of king Marutta's Maheshvara yajna is ...


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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. Marriage beyond Varna especially pratiloma union (lower Varna man and higher Varna woman) is bad (Refer: 1 and 2 Killing a Brahmin is one of the major sins (Refer: 5 ...


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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? By conduct? By study of Vedas? By education? Tell me precisely. To which Yudhishtir replies: शृणु यक्ष कुलं तात न स्वाध्यायो न च शृतं कारणं हि द्विजत्वे ...


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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 recension of the Veda and the Angas, and a son ignorant of the sacred texts whose father knows an entire recension of the Veda and the Angas, Manu Smriti 3....


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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 prohibited for Dvijas (twice borns) in Kali Yuga. This chapter mentions various deeds which are prohibited in Kali Yuga. समुद्रयात्रास्वीकारः कमण्डलुविधारणम् । ...


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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 guest arrives, or at the occasion of marriage or as an offering to the ancestors in the Shraadh ceremony. 9 These are the occasions for killing a cow: (the ...


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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 people e.g. Ashwalayana, Drahyayayana, Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Katyayana, Khadira, Latyayana, Paraskara, Sankhyayana and Apastambha is one of them. Parts of ...


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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 or the moon is seized by rahu, all water becomes as pure as the water of the Ganga, so far as bathing and giving, and other religious rites are concerned.


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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 was in such situation, one night a Brahmani Sandili came there with her husband and by mistake she felt on Sage Mandavya. This caused more pain to the sage and he ...


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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 Bṛihaspati' is Guru of Devas , his wife Tara is considered as Guru-Patni. So the Brahmana women here is "Tara" wife of "Bṛihaspati" I am here taking the help of ...


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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 Mahabharata) to his [supposed] Brahmana disciples. Moreover, with the context of Moksha and Dharma, Shri Krishna declares that the study of Gita (learning or ...


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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 Acharya, the founder of Gayatri Pariwar seems to be instrumental in bringing about this change. The Hinduism Today article Wow! One Million Join Vedic Rites ...


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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 is not prepared (with spices), and salt unprepared by art, are called, on account of their nature, sacrificial food. A Brahmin can meat under certain ...


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From the quoted passage, it seems that St Jerome is referring to Śramaṇas. These are also called Samanas in Pali. The meaning of this term is "One who labours for a higher purpose or religious purpose". These people considering themselves different from the path of Vedas and Brahmins was the reason for the separation. They opposed rituals recommended in the ...


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These are understood as northern vs. Southern difference but it actually has to do with the rules of vedic chanting which comes under siksha part of the vedanga. For madhyAndina branch of shukla yajurveda samhita there are many special and unique features such as horizontal hand gestures and double pronunciation and so on Sha , va , ya, refa, etc. Are ...


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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,Chapter 10,Verse 14


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Brahman is that which is permanent in things that change. It is without name and form, which two are the characteristic natures of the world of appearance, and is essentially existence-absolute. Existence can never change, never perish, though things in which also it is, perish. Hence existence is the nature of Reality and is different from the things of ...


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Sri Garga or Gargacharya or Garga Muni was a celebrated seer in both the Vedic and Puranic domains. There is mention about him in many puranas and Mahabharata. Garga Samhita is attributed to Sage Garga. He was famous in the lineage of Great rishi Bhaaradvaja. Garga had established a gotra in his name. He is the seer of hymn 6.47 of the Rig veda and also for ...


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