Yes indeed those Bramhins who don't study Vedas and engage in improper occupations are considered to be Shudras.
But he who does not perform Sandhya Vandana standing in the morning,
nor sitting in the evening, shall be excluded, like a Sudra, from all
the duties and rights of an Dvija.(Manu 2.103)
A brāhmaṇa who does not repeat the Gayatri mantra is more ...
Yes, the event where Parvati closed eyes of Lord Shiva took place several times. Devi manifests in her various forms in various times and plays with Lord Shiva.
In the Taittariya Samhita of the Yajurveda 2.2.5, a story is given where the Sun suddenly loses its brightness and darkness spreads. Then the Gods pray to the deities Soma-Rudra and by the grace of ...
And then we see in Bhagavad Gita that Krishna says that he is only Rama among warriors and Rama is mentioned along with lion, Garuda, Prahlada, wind and Ganges!! Like he is almost degrading Rama to just a warrior and a small portion of himself
This is not degradation. In this chapter, Krishna is giving Brahman's divine manifestations (दिव्य विभूतियाँ). In ...
To answer your question,I would like to bring to your notice the fact that in the Puranas ,Satya Yuga is shown as a person who actually fights(under the command of Lord Vishnu as Kalki) against Kali.
Here is one quotation from Kalki Puran that describes a pre War conversation between Lord Kalki and Satya Yuga:
(Kalki Puran,Chapter 19)
Text 4 and 17 will ...
From Bhagavata Purana 3.11.10:
यामाश्चत्वारश्चत्वारो मर्त्यानामहनी उभे । पक्ष: पञ्चदशाहानि शुक्ल:
कृष्णश्च मानद ॥ १० ॥
It is calculated that there are four praharas, which are also called
yāmas, in the day and four in the night of the human being. Similarly,
fifteen days and nights are a fortnight, and there are two fortnights,
white and black, in a month.
There dosen't seem to be any "secret message" as sent by Dhṛtarāṣṭra for Arjuna.
This is what we get from the Book 5: Udyoga Parva, Section XXII.
"Dhritarashtra said, 'They say, O Sanjaya, that the Pandavas have arrived at Upaplavya. Go thou and enquire after them.
Thou must greet Ajatasatru (i.e. Yudhiṣṭhira) in the following words- '...
Yes, Krishna and Krishnaa (Draupadi) were friends:
53 कथं नु भार्या पार्थानां तव कृष्ण सखी विभॊ
धृष्टद्युम्नस्य भगिनी सभां कृष्येत मादृशी
O Krishna, how could one like me, the wife of Pritha's sons, the sister of Dhrishtadyumna, and the friend of thee, be dragged to the assembly! ~Mahabharata: Vana Parva: Arjunabhigamana Parva
Draupdi was NOT a normal ...
First of all, the present day living hardly supports the Vedic varnasystem. So it is outdated. Secondly, if one is born in Brahman family but does not follow Vedas etc, then why one is Shudra?? S/he can be Vaishya or Kshatriya, depending on the profession.
TL;DR, the answer is
To ease the Earth of her burden :- for the destruction of the Asuras and for the welfare of the three worlds
Unable to bear the burden of Asuras' incarnations, the goddess of the Earth went to Lord Brahma and the Lord ordered all the devas to incarnate:
And the Creator then commanded all the gods saying, 'To ease the Earth of her ...
The context is the Rājasūya Yajña. Reproducing the Sanskrit verses with their hindi translations here:
गवां शतसहस्त्राणि शयनानां च भारत ।
रुक्मस्य योषितां चैव धर्मराजः पृथग् ददौ ॥५२॥
प्रावर्ततैवं यज्ञः स पाण्डवस्य महात्मनः ।
पृथिव्यामेकवीरस्य शक्रस्येव त्रिविष्टपे ॥ ५३॥
भारत ! धर्मराज युधिष्ठिरने एक लाख गौएँ, उतनी ही शय्याएँ, एक लाख ...
1. Did Indra know Shri Krishna as an avatara of Hari?
Yes, Indra knew that Shri Krishna was an avatar of Vishnu after the Govardhana Hill incident. The same is known from the following lines selected:
It is wonderful as well as dear for me to see that you are able to conceal the complete Vaishnava splendour within your human body, which comes out when you ...
Simple answer - because he was a far better warrior than Karna.
2 defeats of karna on the 16th day.
Karna, leaving Satyaki quickly pierced Arjuna with three arrows and Krishna with twenty, and Partha again repeatedly. Although many were the arrows that he shot while slaying his foes in that battle, like Indra himself inspired with wrath, Karna yet felt ...
Vinita (Garuda's mother) said that Uchchaihsrava horse' color is white but Kadru (Sarpas' mother) said that it' tail is black. They decided to examine it next day on the condition that loosing party will become slave.
Kadru ordered her children Sarpas/Nagas to resemble the horse' tail as black but they refused to do so and angry Kadru cursed her own children:...
Here is the reference from Mahabharata.
Bhishma said, "Thou art endued with great intelligence, O
Yudhishthira! It is even so as thou sayest. The person is very rare
who is possessed of all those good qualities. To be brief, conduct
like this (viz., the presence of all the virtues spoken of), is very
difficult to be met with even upon careful search. I ...
I am answering this question based on occupational(karmic) perspective of Varna at society level only.
It is well-known that a person cannot survive without doing a karma. Everyone needs to do some karma and every person does karma. Observe the following words of Krishna
With regard to the topic at hand, the Brahmanas have held opinions of
various kinds. ...
As an analogy, you are asking what does the Chemistry textbook say on how you should behave with your teacher and with other students when you are in the chemistry lab. You won't find it in Chemistry textbook, but you will find it in the university rules & regulations manual. And depending on which university it is (i.e. on which kingdom/empire/county ...
If Lord Krishna was able to prevent the Kurukshetra war, why did he allow the war to take place and happen which resulted the deaths of thousands of people?
Utanka asks the same question to Krishna in the Ashwamedha parva of Mahabharata -
Utanka said,--'Since, though able, O Krishna, thou didst not rescue those foremost ones of Kuru's race, who were thy ...
Yes, you are absolutely right. All Saptarishis are indeed Brahmarishis. They were actually Brahma's mind-born sons (Manasputras). He created these mind-born sons, like himself. That's why they are all Brahmarishis. (Vishnu Purana I.7.1-5). However, not all Brahmarishis are Saptarishsis. For example, Vishwamitra became Brahmarishi by his effort. But remember ...
Lord Krishna indeed went to Vaikuntha with his own transdental body.
Without employing the mystic āgneyī meditation to burn up His transcendental body, which is the all-attractive resting place of
all the worlds and the object of all contemplation and meditation,
Lord Kṛṣṇa entered into His own abode.(SB 11.31.6)
Srila Prabhupada Comments
Lord is is ...
Mother Sita is a form of Lakshmi Devi. However, Mother Draupadi is a form of Sachi Devi. Please see the reference from Sripada Srivallabha Charitamrutam below (Page 87 of the English version):
The cursed Devendra was born as five ‘Pandavas’. Though there were five forms and five
minds, the atma which was the support of them all was one. This was a strange ...