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Any references where varna/caste is determined independent of birth/parentage?

Not by birth are the Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Sudra and Mlechchha separated, but by virtues and works. - Sukra Niti (Sukracharya's system of morals) 1.75-76 (references are to lines, not to ...
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Is Hinduism only for Brahmins and Kshatriya men?

Historically it might be true that many Hindus have been denied access to scriptures and knowledge of moksha. However, scripture says the exact opposite. I am the same towards all being. None is ...
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What are the names of kulas mentioned in Mahabharata?

Airavata Kula is mentioned in Gita press version. ऐरावतकुले जातः सुमुखो नाम नागराट् । [Udyog Parva 103]
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Switching caste was possible in ancient India. However, Dharmashastras do not have such provisions. Why?

But in Dharmasutras, we do not find any provision for changing caste. No. There is a provision to change caste according to many scriptures. But, it needs extreme dedication, which is uncommon. As ...
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How valid are these words of Arjuna in discouraging inter-caste marriages of 'contemporary' times?

Arjuna's statement is invalidated by Krishna's definition of Varnashram dharma. According to the aptitudes resulting from the dispositions of Nature (gunas) and works (karma), the social order of ...
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