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First of all, the sons who are born out of proscribed marriages will not belong to any of the 4 castes (varna-s). As there is no 5th caste, they all will belong to the unknown caste or the out-cast. But they have different names so that they can be differentiated. 10.4. Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya castes (varna) are the twice-born ones, but ...


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Mantras (मन्त्र) means “mystical formula” or a ritual formula used in worship , meditation , Yajnas (Sacrifices ) , devotion etc. in Vedic or Tantric practices and is associated or is of some deity or group of deities. Mantras are used throughout vedic and puranic literature. Vayu Purana is giving us the definition of mantra as - मन्त्राणां ...


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All the 108 upanishads contained in the list of Muktika upanishad are considered to be shruti. The complete text of muktika upanishad is here and the translation is here. All the three above upanishads are listed there as numbers 61, 18, 37. SrI VidyAraNya svAmI cites Muktika Upanishad (MuktikopaniSat) in PanchdaSI 4.68 and thus says all the upanishads cited ...


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Note: Actually it's better, if I make a chart of all the intermixed children names & duties. However, I am posting this answer to make a reference elsewhere. Later depending on time & interest, I will be creating a chart and posting here. The names in "bold" are the different castes. From AnusAsana Parva: Yudhishthira said, 'Through ...


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Their Varnas can not be known precisely. Simply because their races propagated without following the marriage rules prescribed in the Hindu scriptures. So, they may have had innumerable instances of what is called mixing of castes, speaking from the perspective of Hindu scriptures like Manu Smriti. But originally they definitely had to belong to one of the ...


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In which all scriptures (Vedas, Tantras, Agamas, etc.) is the science of mantra and the types of mantras mentioned? The science of Mantras, Purascharana and allied stuffs are extensively dealt with in the Tantras. Tantras or Agamas deal with the subject more exhaustively than any other scriptures do. That's primarily because, discussing the science of ...


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Since you mentioned other scriptural references, I am quoting what Garuda Purana says on the classification of Puranas according to Gunas. Garuda Purana classify Puranas according to Gunas in completely different manner. Garuda Purana, Brahma Khanda, Chapter 1: The Puranas devoted to Vishnu are called Satvikas. These should be preached to peoples ...


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Yes.Surya is right. E.g., Brahmā Purāṇa is a work of Agastya ṛṣi(Rishi). That said, our ṛṣis are deemed authorities, meaning that if they asserted something (even without proof), it has weight which means their commandments are to be followed at all times. Keep in mind that there are various hierarchies of ṛṣis and this information helps us to gauge their ...


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Hindu scriptures can be broadly classified as follows: 1.Vedas 2.Upanishads 3.Smritis 4.Agama & Tantra 5.Darsana 6.Itihasa Of these 6 divisions everything except the 6th one ,viz:Itihasa, come under either Sruti or Smriti classifications. Itihasa comprises of the Ramayana & the Mahabharata.


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