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No this shloka is not from Shreemad Bhagvat Purana. This shloka is given in Skanda Purana Vol.18 Book VI , Nagar Kanda , Chapter 239 , ( Efficacy of Adoration , Penance etc.) Verse 31-34 जन्मना जायते शूद्रः संस्कारात् द्विज उच्यते। शापानुग्रहसामर्थ्यं तथा क्रोधः प्रसन्नता ।|31-34|| 31 : A Man is no better than a sudra at his birth .He is called ...


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I have used this YajurVeda mantra in more than one answers of mine till date. One such answer is this one. The correct translation, word to word, is as follows: YathA imAm vAcham kalyAnim AvadAni janebhyah (1) BrahmarAjanyAbhyAm sudrAya cha AryAya cha (2) SwAya cha aranAya cha (3) Meaning May i speak the sacred word to the masses of the ...


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There are no specific restrictions for reading and understanding Bhagavad Gita based on castes, differentiation apart from two cases, where Krishna himself emphasizes on to whom this Gita knowledge should not be spoken and to whom this knowledge shall be revealed BG 18.67: This instruction should never be explained to those who are not austere or to those ...


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Let us see what the Yajueveda 26.2 mantra is actually saying. यथेमां वाचं कल्याणी मावदानि जनेभ्य:। ब्रह्मराजन्याभ्यांSS शुद्राय चार्याय च स्वाय चारणा य च । प्रियो देवानां दक्षिणायै दातुरिह भूयासमयं मे काम: समृध्य तामुप मादो नमतु ।।२।। As we.(Mantra Drashta Rishis) have advised the meaning of the Ved-Vani (Meaning of Vedas) for the welfare of ...


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If the father is not learned in the Vedas, even then the son is allowed to study them. Manu Smriti 3.136. If there is a father ignorant of the sacred texts whose son has learned one whole recension of the Veda and the Angas, and a son ignorant of the sacred texts whose father knows an entire recension of the Veda and the Angas, Manu Smriti 3....


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Exception - Nothing can prevent a true brahma jnani from renouncing everything (including his body, food to nourish the body, medicine to preserve it, or any relationships arising from the body), irrespective of his varna, if he is simply going to sit under a tree as aja-gara vritthi and let his body drop off like a dried leaf. That means he has reached ...


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Who is Shudra (or Sudra) A Sudra is not a Sudra by birth alone--nor a Brahmana is Brahmana by birth alone. He, it is said by the wise, in whom are seen those virtues is a Brahmana. And people term him a Sudra in whom those qualities do not exist, even though he be a Brahmana by birth. (Source: Vana Parva: Tirtha-yatra Parva of Mahabharata) A man, may be ...


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From Wikipedia, the author of that article - Devdutt_Pattanaik is an Indian author known for fictional work and interpretations of ancient Indian scriptures Someone with a scientific bent of mind would not 'believe at first sight' that there are only ten. They would ask 'Are there 10 verses..' instead of 'What are the 10 verses..' Any case, the list of ...


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No, the Taittiriya Samhita of the Krishna Yajur Veda forbids Shudras from engaging in sacrifices. 7.1.1 says: From his feet he meted out the Ekavinça Stoma. After it the Anustubh metre [5] was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra [Shudra], of cattle the horse. Therefore the two, the horse and the Çudra, are dependent on others. Therefore ...


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No, prohibiting Shudras from studying the Vedas does not go against the Vedas. In fact, encouraging them to study the Vedas is going against the Vedas. This is because you can only study the Vedas if you have done Upanayanam, and the scriptures prescribe Upanayanam for Brahmins, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas only. Shudras do not undergo Upanayanam, and hence, do ...


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No, the Vedas don't declare Shudras to be eligible to recite the Vedas. If they would be eligible for Vedic study, then the Taittirya Samhita of the Krishna Yajurveda wouldn't forbid Shudras to perform Yajnas: From his feet he meted out the Ekavinça Stoma. After it the Anustubh metre was created, the Vairaja Saman, of men the Çudra [Shudra], of cattle the ...


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Can a Sudra perform a Vedic sacrifice? Usually no. Given below are the duties of the 4 Varnas. 1.88. To Brahmanas he assigned teaching and studying (the Veda), sacrificing for their own benefit and for others, giving and accepting (of alms). 1.89. The Kshatriya he commanded to protect the people, to bestow gifts, to offer sacrifices, to ...


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As per the shastra one attains dwijahood i.e twice born when the samskara i.e sacred thread ceremony is performed. In absence of this even the brahmin is not entitled for vedas. For performing this samskara there are various ages recommended for various varnas. Just like brAhman the kShatriya & vaishya are also entitled to upanayana samskAra and ...


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That is what i always intended to say the back answer of yours say women must stay away from rituals and same for shudra but vedic richas are even created by women that's why i always intend to find answers from vedas inspite of smritis and purans the voilence prevails there. when the knowledge is also for a stranger then why not for people of us. Read from ...


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There is no direct reference to that verse in Complete Works and that's because Swami Vivekananda did not agree that Shudras are forbidden to study the Vedas. Complete Works / Volume 6 / Epistles - Second Series / VIII: The Achârya(Adi Shankara) could not adduce any proof from the Vedas to the effect that the Shudra should not study the Vedas. He only ...


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According to Swami Vivekananda, Sudras are eligible to read the Jnana Kanda of Vedas. Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda / Volume 6 / Epistles - Second Series / VIII: The Achârya(Adi Shankara) could not adduce any proof from the Vedas to the effect that the Shudra should not study the Vedas. He only quotes ("The Shudra is not conceived of as a ...


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In ChAndogyo Upanishad 4.2.3 the Shudra word is found. The translator of my book (SwAmi GambhirAnanda) says that according to ShankarAcharya and according to Brahma Sutra 1.3.34-35, here the word's Yogic meaning is implied. And, for that meaning, the etymology is the following: Shudra --- "ShuchA dravati" (one who melts in grief/sorrow is a Shudra). ...


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If for Mahabharata (of which Gita is a part) it is said that it can be recited by everyone then "Yes" will be the answer. But have a look at the following verses from Vyasa Smriti: Brahmanas, Kshatriyas, and Vaishyas are called the twice-born. Their first births take place when they are delivered of their mother's womb ; their second, when they duly ...


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I am not sure what he means by saying that "there are only two verses for the Sudras". There are many more such verses which either contain instructions for a Sudra or are related to them in some way. Here are three of them for example: 2.24. Let twice-born men seek to dwell in those (above-mentioned countries); but a Sudra, distressed for subsistence, ...


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Are Shudras and women fortunate than Brahmanas? Yes, Shudras and women are more fortunate than Brahmanas. From the Vishnu Purana: As my son plunged down into the water, and again rose up from it, the Munis heard him exclaim, "Excellent, excellent, is the Kali age!" Again he dived, and again rising, said in their hearing, "Well done, well done Śúdra; ...


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As per the purusha suktam the shudras emerged from the feet of virAta purusha. This has created a confusion that since they are related to feet, they are inferior. However, it is not the case, the lord's feet is the holiest of all. Most of the poojas and prayers are related to lord's feet. Many stotras and mantras have phrases like "i worship your feet", "I ...


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The age of a person is irrelevant in the guna based Varna system. Just read through the relevant Gita verses. O great hero! The duties of Brahmanas, Ksatriyas, Vaisyas and also Sudras have been divided according to the quality born of their own nature. [Gita 18.41] Serenity, control of the sense, austerity, purity, straight-forwardness, knowledge, ...


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Śruti scriptures i.e., Vedas and Upanishads doesn't have any verses supporting either birth-based or guna-based varna. In Smriti scriptures, there are lots of verses that support guna-based varna such as one from Brahma Purana (Chapter 115 - 53-65) where Mahadeva says: Even a Śūdra who is richly endowed with the knowledge of the Vedas shall become a ...


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According to Manu Smriti -- NO. See the following verse for e.g.: 10.4. Brahmana, the Kshatriya, and the Vaisya castes (varna) are the twice-born ones, but the fourth, the Sudra, has one birth only; there is no fifth (caste). If a Sudra can attain higher caste in the current life then it would not have said for him that he has only one birth. ...


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Their primary duty is not providing money, rather their duty is physically serving Brahmanas and other Dvijas. Here is what chapter 1 of the Manu Smriti says: One occupation only the lord prescribed to the Sudra, to serve meekly even these (other) three castes. And here is what Medhatithi says in his commentary on the Manu Smriti: ‘The Lord’, ...


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Literal reading of scriptures can force one to do gymnastics with the letter and spirit of the Vedas. I do hereby address this salutary speech for the benefit of humanity, the Brahmanas, the Kstariyas, the Sudras, the Vaishyas, the kinfolk and the men of the lowest rung of society. Yajur Veda 26.2 translated by Devi Chand It is obvious from the text ...


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Does this oppress Shudras or is it actually beneficial for them to serve the twice-born? It does not oppress Shudras, but instead, is actually beneficial for them to serve the twice-born. In fact, the quality of Tamas oppresses Shudras, as explained by this Mahabharata verse: Mahābhārata—Anuśāsana (Do.).—‘Finding the Śūdra oppressed with bad traits ...


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See the verse given below: If a Sudra uses abusive language or physical violence against twice-born people, the part of his body used for the crime should be chopped off. If he has sex with an Arya woman, his penis should be cut off and all his property confiscated; if the woman had a guardian, then, in addition to the above, he shall ...


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