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What was Sri Rama's opinion on the caste system?

During Rama’s reign as king, the caste system was followed. Each case was engaged in happily performing their own assigned tasks. While giving a description of his reign, the Ramayana says: ब्राह्मणाः...
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Does canonical Sanskrit scripture contain rejections of caste that go beyond the birth vs qualities dichotomy?

Vajrasuchika Upanishad says the following: It is said that a Brahmana is so because of his caste. This is not acceptable because there are diverse communities in the world... ...Among these many have ...
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Why are Hindu texts like Mahabharata so focused on race, lineage and varna?

Let us discuss how you should understand the parts that are problematic. You have written: "But when I am reading the abridged version (God knows what will happen if I read the unabridged version)...
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Did other Srivaishnavite teachers like Vedanta Desikan differ from Ramanuja on the caste system?

Ramanuja is said to have advocated equality of all Hindus, This needs to be qualified for it is easily misinterpreted/misrepresented (including by some popular maThas on their websites). Equal in ...
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The Metaphsyics of Varna

As far as I know there is not a single scripture that reconciles both. You have to look at it from various scriptures. Also the history has to be looked upon to get a better understanding. By history ...
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Regarding Mixed Castes in Mahabharta

You've misread what the text is attempting to say. It at no point says Chandaalas (or other mixed Varna people) are better than Brahmanas or Kshatriyas after Upanayanam. What it is saying is that the ...
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Why are Hindu texts like Mahabharata so focused on race, lineage and varna?

But when I am reading the abridged version (God knows what will happen if I read the unabridged version), the text is so hyperfocused on one's family and ancestors it feels obsessive. Perhaps, more ...
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What was Sri Rama's opinion on the caste system?

In Adhyātma Rāmāyaṇa, Bhagavāna Rāmacandra says to Śabarī पुंस्त्वे स्त्रीत्वे विशेषो वा जातिनामाश्रमादयः । न कारणं मद्भजने भक्तिरेव हि कारणम् ।। यज्ञदानतपोभिर्वा वेदाध्ययनकर्मभिः । नैव द्रष्टुमहं ...
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Which is the earliest scripture to use the word "varna" to denote caste?

For the first genuine use of varna to mean caste, we must go to the Bhagavad Gita, considered to have been written around/before the start of the Common Era, perhaps around 400 BCE: Bhagavad Gita 4....
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Did Adi Shankara say that women and low castes cannot attain moksha?

You yourself Decide. Brahm-Sutra is the most confusing/tough tough-to-understand work of Shankaracharya (pretty obvious). It's prescribed to be read under the guidance of a Guru
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