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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-...


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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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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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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. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Depends on what you mean by Brahmin. Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says (Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, Chapter 6 The Master with the Brahmo Devotees, available here - http://www.belurmath.org/gospel/index.htm): The conversation turned to the caste-system. Sri Ramakrishna said: "The caste-system can be removed by one means only, and that is the love of God. ...


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Kanyakubja, Konkanastha, Deshastha are geological regions in which the ancestors of those Brahmins lived. Each Brahmin family specialized in a particular Veda. Their lineage thus took the name of the Veda of their specialization. Some Brahmins specialized in more than one Veda. Dwivedis specialized in 2 Vedas. Trivedis specialzied in 3 Vedas and ...


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Inter caste marriages are never praised in Scriptures.Because they create the "Varna shankars" or mixed castes. For example see this: Manu Smriti 10.24. By adultery (committed by persons) of (different) castes, by marriages with women who ought not to be married, and by the neglect of the duties and occupations (prescribed) to each, are produced (...


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Here is statement of Lord Maheswara himself from the Anushashana Parva of Mahabharata: Endued with knowledge and science, purified from all dross, and fully conversant with the Vedas, a pious Kshatriya, by his own acts, becomes a Brahmana. It is with the aid of these acts, O goddess, that a person who has sprung from a degraded order, viz., a Sudra, may ...


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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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Though Bhashya of Adi Shankaracharya on this verse of BG doens't elaborate much, according to Sri Ramanujacharya, Brahmanas means the Vedas. Quoting Sri Ramanujacharya's Bhashya on mentioned verse: English Translation of Ramanuja's Sanskrit Commentary By Swami Adidevananda 17.23 Here Brahman means the Veda. It is the secondary meaning of the ...


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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 (prescribed) for a Brahmana. In the Sanskrit Shloka, the word used, which is translated as "teaching", is adhyApanam. Now, even the word for a professor/teacher in ...


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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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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, has one birth only; there is no fifth (caste). The first birth is when they are born (naturally) of their mothers' wombs and the second when they receive ...


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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 ...


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These are from the Neeti Saara or Neeti Shastra written by Baddena. it is one of the widely accepted Subhashitam text especially in South India. The ślokas are as follows बालार्कः प्रेतधूमश्च वृद्धस्त्री पल्वलोदकम् । रात्रौ दध्यन्नभुक्तिश्च आयुःक्षीणंदिनेदिने ( रोगवृद्धिर्दिनेदिने ) ॥ bālārkaḥ pretadhūmaśca vṛddhastrī palvalodakam । rātrau ...


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Janev is sacred thread that is given to brahmana when he accept being Brahmana only. Brahman child is given the ritual and is given Gayatri Mantra. who can wear Janev? A male person who can be either Brahmana, Kshatriya or Vaisya can wear Janev because they can read Vedas. Purpose for Kshatriya is that he will always protect Brahmanas and cows. Purpose ...


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Himself being a Brāhmaṇa, was it not wrong on Droṇa's part to learn warrior skills and impart them to Kṣatriyas? No. It's not wrong on Droṇa's part. It is actually recommended that a brāhmaṇa learn several skills, not just warrior skills and teach them to others depending on their varṇa (caste). But he should never put those skills to use and earn income ...


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