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 | ...
Kshatriyas and Vaishyas are allowed to drink certain forms of alcohol. Kumarila Bhatta discusses this in this excerpt from his Tantra Vartika, one of his commentaries on Jaimini's Purva Mimamsa Sutras. The context is that Kumarila Bhatta is discussing the fact that the practices of good men knowledgable about the Vedas are a Pramana or means of knowledge ...
The duties of Kshatriyas are mentioned in many scriptures. Let us take an example from the Kurma Purana:
The kshatriyas constitute the second of the four classes. They were created from Brahma’s arms. The duties of kshatriyas include dana (donation of alms), adhyayana (studying) and performing yajnas (sacrifices). But their primary duties are to take up ...
There are verses in "Shreemad Bhagvatam" that points towards "Lord Shree Krishna's" relation with Pandavas. Although he has been raised in Gokula, Kunti mother of Pandavas was sister of Vasudeva (Father of shree Krishna"). So we can say that Shree krishna was a kshatriya.
तं मातुलेयं परिरभ्य निवृतो भीम: स्ययन प्रेमजवाकुलेइंद्रिय:।
यमौ किरीटी च ...
"Hinduism" (a dharma and it's not same as a religion) is not about any impermanent worldly systems/customs/relations e.g., the varna-system. It is ultimately about mukti i.e salvation, and before that, to lead a life of OM, by performing karma as per dharma, that rather is the most personal thing for each human being. The only things that are universal are ...
In chapter 10, verse 34 Lord Krishna says:
मृत्यु: सर्वहरश्चाहमुद्भवश्च भविष्यताम् |
कीर्ति: श्रीर्वाक्च नारीणां स्मृतिर्मेधा धृति: क्षमा ||
Meaning: I am the all-devouring Death, and I am the origin of those things that are yet to be. Amongst feminine qualities I am fame, prosperity, fine speech, memory, intelligence, courage, and forgiveness.
Story of Parashurama is mentioned in many Puranas and in the Mahabharata. I'm quoting a section of the Chapter 116 and 117 of the Vana Parva of Mahabharata.
Parashurama was the son of Rishi Jamadagni and Renuka.
There was once a King named Kartavirya Arjuna of the Haihaya dyanasty. Rishi Jamadagni and Renuka offered hospitality to Kartavirya Arjuna and ...
Bhishma says this to Yudhishthira in Mahabharata Book 13 of Anushasana parva Chapter CXVI http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m13/m13b081.htm
"Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou sayest. There is nothing on earth that is superior to flesh in point of taste. There is nothing that is more beneficial then flesh to persons that are lean, or ...
The Smritis do not allow any of the twice borns to eat meat that is not first offered to Gods or Manes in sacrifice.
Manu Smriti 5.31. ’The consumption of meat (is befitting) for sacrifices,’that is declared to be a rule made by the gods; but to persist (in using
it) on other (occasions) is said to be a proceeding worthy of
Manu Smriti ...
Yes, Brahmins performed such rituals which turned non Kshatriyas to Kshatriyas.
One such instance is Hiranya Garbha (literally Golden Womb) ritual performed by Dantidurga, who is the founder of Rashtrakuta dynasty who overthrew Chalukya Dynasty of Karnataka. He was not a kshatriya by birth but turned to a Kshatriya after performing this ritual.
According to the Smritis, how many wives a person can have depends on his Varna.
´There are four classes: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Of
these, according to the order of the classes, a Brahmin may have four
wives, a Kshatriya three, a Vaishya two, and a Shudra one.
Baudhayana Dharma Sutras 1.16.10
Now, there is some difference of ...
NO; the mode of Rajas has nothing to do with number of wives. It has obviously nothing to do with Kshatriya-s.
Rajas is associated with "desires". All entities have mode of Rajas in them in some amount. It's cause of various sins, as discussed in this answer.
BG 14.7 - Rajas is the nature of passion, which is produced from lust & attachment; That ...
Manu Smriti 3.12. For the first marriage of twice-born men (wives)
of equal caste are recommended; but for those who through desire
proceed (to marry again) the following females, (chosen) according to
the (direct) order (of the castes), are most approved.
Manu Smriti 3.13. It is declared that a Sudra woman alone (can be) the
wife of a Sudra, ...
In Valmiki Ramayan: Kishkindha Kanda: Sarga 17, Vali (Bali) says:
पञ्च पञ्च नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्मक्षत्रेण राघव।
शल्यकः श्श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मश्च पञ्चमः।।4.17.38/39।।
O Rama, Brahmans and Kshatriyas are permitted to eat only the 5 kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., the porcupine, the hedgehog, the alligator, the rabbit and the tortoise. [English ...
This is what the chapter 113 of Markandeya Purana says in this regard
A brahman who marries wives among all the castes, provided that
he marries first a brahman woman, incurs no injury in his brahman-hood.
Likewise a kshatriya who marries first a kshatriya’s daughter, incurs no harm if he marries wives from lower castes.
Thus a vaisya, who ...
As far as i have read, eating meat without any rituals is never really recommended in any Hindu scriptures.
A Brahmana, engaged in the celebration of a religious sacrifice,
becomes degraded by not taking meat.
A Kshatriya should eat the cooked flesh of a quarry after having
propitiated therewith the gods and his departed manes. A Vaishya can
The translation of Gita 9.32 is usually incorrect.
māṁ hi pārtha vyapāśritya ye’pi syuḥ pāpa-yonayaḥ |
striyo vaiśyās-tathā śūdrās-te’pi yānti parāṁ gatim ||
The word Papa Yoni is literally translated as sinful birth. How can a yoni be sinful? The correct translation is
'O son of Pritha! Taking refuge in Me, women, Vaisyas, Sudras and
We are not in any kind of loss with these verses, the reason of these verses will fall in any of these three cases considering there is no interpolation.
Best case- There is no discrimination.
- Lord Krishna paused while referring women, castes &
pāpayonoyah. In written form this translates (his pause) as Even of low origin,
women, vaishyas, or ...
Here is what chapter 2 of the Manu Smriti says about the girdle:
mauñjī trivṛt samā ślakṣṇā kāryā viprasya mekhalā ।
kṣatriyasya tu maurvī jyā vaiśyasya śaṇatāntavī ॥
The girdle of a Brahmana shall consist of a triple cord of Munga grass, smooth and soft; (that) of a Kshatriya, of a bowstring, made of Murva fibres; (that) of a Vaisya, of hempen ...
Let me first mention the general duties of the Kshatriya Varna with an excerpt from the Kurma Purana:
The kshatriyas constitute the second of the four classes. They were created from Brahma’s arms. The duties of kshatriyas include dana (donation of alms), adhyayana (studying) and performing yajnas (sacrifices). But their primary duties are to take up arms ...
According to scriptures --- No way.. It is evident even from common sense ..
First of all, one who has renounced should not live in his native place. After he has renounced he has to start living in another place. How is that possible for a king?
A sage should leave his native land right after he has renounced. He should live far away from his own, ...
Krishna was born a Kshatriya. The Yadavas are a sub clan of Sona vamsa, which is a Kshatriya sub clan.I think Nanda Baba and Yashoda are of the same yadava clan, as stated in this Ethnographic Profile taken from wikipedia. You can also read this Quora article.
In this chapter of the Shanti Parva of the Mahabharata, Bhumidevi goddess of the Earth tells the sage Kashyapa about the Kshatriyas who have survived:
There are, O, regenerate one, some foremost of Kshatriyas concealed by me among women. They were born in the race of Haihayas. Let them, O sage, protect me. There is another person of Puru's race, viz., ...
I have searched Parashara,Vashishta and Yajnavalkya Smritis for relevant verses.Unable to find any.
The Manu smriti ,however,has a verse which says that the maker of bows and arrows are to be avoided(as sinners).
3.160. A maker of bows and of arrows, he who lasciviously dallies with a brother’s widow, the betrayer of a friend, one who subsists by
As per Lord Krishna the highest authority, any killing, especially animals, done by kshatriya is not exempt from sin.
We find multiple examples in Srimad Bhagavatam, e.g. King Prachinabarhi who killed animals during sacrifice and Narada showed him a dark future.
All these animals are awaiting your death so that they can avenge the injuries ...
Bhishma in the 116th chapter of Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata, declares that Kshatriyas don't commit any sin by eating meat:
"Bhishma said, 'It is even so, O mighty-armed one, as thou sayest. There is nothing on earth that is superior to flesh in point of taste. There is nothing that is more beneficial then flesh to persons that are lean, or weak, ...
According to Rāma, if you are a king (kṣatriya) you are allowed to hunt deer for both its flesh and also as a sport.
मांस हेतोः अपि मृगान् विहारार्थम् च धन्विनः |
घ्नन्ति लक्ष्मण राजानो मृगयायाम् महावने || ३-४३-३१
31. lakSmaNa = oh, Lakshmana; raajaanaH mahaa vane mR^igayaayaam = kings, in great, forests, in games of hunting; maamsa hetoH api =
God created Varnas but Varnas are decided by Karma not by birth.
Its always sin.
God created our body like a vegetarian.
I have some facts that human is vegetarian:
Nails: All non-vegetarian have sharp nails(like: Cat, Dog, Tiger etc) but vegetarian don't have sharp nails(Human, Cow, Horse etc).
Teeth: All non-vegetarian have sharp teeth(like: Cat, Dog, ...
Does Kshatriya Dharma allow the sacking and pillaging of a country after it has been conquered, or the slaughter of its citizens during a conquest?
No. At least not necessarily in the manner done by Mlecchas and demons, but in a different way.
According to the Manusmriti and the Mitakshara, when an army is sieging an enemy city, it is allowed to harass the ...