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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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Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa) 7.11: यस्य यल्लक्षणं प्रोक्तं पुंसो वर्णाभिव्यञ्जकम्। यदन्यत्रापि दृश्येत तत्तेनैव विनिर्दिशेत् ॥३५॥ [Nārada Muni:] If one shows the symptoms of being a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya or śūdra, as described above, even if he has appeared [born] in a different class, he should be accepted according to those symptoms of ...


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In 7.11 The Perfect Society: Four Social Classes) of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa), Nārada Muni says यस्य यल्लक्षणं प्रोक्तं पुंसो वर्णाभिव्यञ्जकम्। यदन्यत्रापि दृश्येत तत्तेनैव विनिर्दिशेत् ॥३५॥ If one shows the symptoms of being a brāhmaṇa, kṣatriya, vaiśya or śūdra, as described above, even if he has appeared [born] in a different ...


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No, it is not an interpolation. The Taittiriya Samhita of the Krishna Yajur Veda says the same exact thing as the Rig Veda Purusha Sukta hymn about the origin of the castes and the Devas from the body of the Purusha, or in the Yajur Veda's case, Prajapati. Here is what it says in 7.1.1: Prajapati [or Purusha] desired, 'May I have offspring.' He meted out ...


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No. He will be considered degraded then. He will be a Brahmin just for the namesake. From Manu Smriti: 2.103. But he who does not (worship) standing in the morning, nor sitting in the evening, shall be excluded, just like a Sudra, from all the duties and rights of an Aryan. From VYasa Smriti , chapter 4: A Brahmana, who has not studied the Vedas, ...


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Yes Varna migration is possible. Change of Varna Narada said, 'If in members born in a certain Varna the qualities pertaining to another Varna are seen, they (the former) are to be classified as belonging to the latter Varna.' Srimad Bhagavata Purana VII.11.35 Sage Pulastya's views on how to become a Brahmana Sage Pulastya said,"..by vows, by ...


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There is one reference in Mahabharata that clearly states that Varna is independent of birth and specifies conduct to be the only ground. Maheshwara said, ‘..Neither birth, nor the purificatory rites, nor learning, nor offspring, can be regarded as grounds for conferring upon one the regenerate status.Verily, the conduct is the only ground. All ...


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Argument 1a) Manusmriti 4.176 says Let him avoid (the acquisition of) wealth and (the gratification of his) desires, if they are opposed to the sacred law, and even lawful acts which may cause pain in the future or are offensive to men. Hence, even any lawful act which may cause pain in the future and are offensive to men , like casteism/varna ...


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I will post some references where Lord Shiva spoke about Varnasrama Dharma. In SECTION CXLIII, Anushasana Parva of Mahabharata, Maheshwara says to Goddess Uma that varna comes by birth is just for sake of classification and later conduct alone decides Varna and Varna can be changed. Neither birth, nor the purificatory rites, nor learning, nor ...


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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 ...


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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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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 Brahmana ,...


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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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Here are three quotes in the Vedic Samhitas: ब्रा॒ह्म॒णो॑ऽस्य॒ मुख॑मासीद्बा॒हू रा॑ज॒न्यः॑ कृ॒तः । ऊ॒रू तद॑स्य॒ यद्वैश्यः॑ प॒द्भ्यां शू॒द्रो अ॑जायत ॥ १०.०९०.१२ The Brahman was his mouth, of both his arms was the Rajanya made. His thighs became the Vaisya, from his feet the Sudras was produced. ~Rig Veda 10.90.12 translated by R. Griffiths ...


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We can explain in following way: Gita/Mahabharata and other such scriptures talk about system of classes/divisions which is called varna-vyavastha (वर्ण व्यवस्था) In modern day, people misinterpret it with casteism (जाती वाद) There are only 4 divisions: Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya, Shudra; In a row form, they are Intellectuals, Warriors, Businessmen, ...


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Shanti Parva of Mahabharata says people of all varnas can perform sacrifices as at first only Brahmin Varna was created, from Brahmin Varna only other Varnas emerged. Bharadwaja said, 'If the distinction between the four orders (of human beings) be made by means only of color (attribute), then it seems that all the four orders have been mingled ...


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In Hinduism the sin of Brahminicide is considered as one of the most grave sins. Now, claiming (falsely) oneself to be someone of a higher caste is regarded as a similar offence. This is as per the Manu Smriti. Manu Smriti 11.55. Falsely attributing to oneself high birth, giving information to the king (regarding a crime), and falsely accusing one’s ...


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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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In Mahabharat era - Mahatma Vidura [महात्मा विदुर] - who was a dasi-putra (son of servant of Hastinapur's king) - was considered as Shudra (means worker class) Varna. And Sri Krishna did visit his home - when he visited as a "messenger of Pandavas" - with the purpose to avoid the war.


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See we need to understand that Bhagavan doesn't differentiate anyone based on Birth/Class. Lord Krishna(Vishnu/Rama) hugged Kubja(Nishada) and even visited her house.He embraced Guha and accepted love of Sabari. He also married Jambavati(Nishada).He ate banana peels offered by Sudra Vidura's wife and prefers to live in his small house than royal Kingdom of ...


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Various Śūdra and Dalit people have made contributions to Sanskrit literature, so they must have been able to learn Sanskrit to begin with, including the following - King Śūdraka (apparently Śūdra caste) – composed Mṛcchakaṭika Vidura (describes himself as Śūdra caste) – proclaimed the wisest person in Mahābhārata and taught Vidura-nīti Vālmīki (supposedly ...


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Yes, that etymology is based on Nirukta 2.3.4 of Yaska: वर्णः वृणोतेः । varNaH vRRiNoteH According to Unadi Sutras: 3-10 कॄवॄजॄसिद्रुपन्यनिस्वपिभ्यो नित् ॥ 3.10 kRRIvRRIjRRIsidrupanyanisvapibhyo nita Which stats Vriyat Iti Varna See page no. 101 of UnadiVriti. In his commentary called Rigvedadi Bhashya Bhumika, Swami Dayananda Saraswati has ...


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What is the meaning of Svadharma? What do scriptures say about the term? Gita explains the term Svadharma in Gita 18.47. One's own duty, even if without excellence (i.e. inferior in the scale of worldly values)is more meritorious spiritually than the apparently well-performed duty of another. For no sin is incurred by one doing works ordained ...


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This concept that only Kshatriyas are allowed to eat meat where as others are not is not supported in the scriptures like Manu Smriti. The rules of meat eating are the same for all the twice-born (Dvija) castes. The lawful consumption of meat is recommended but the opposite is discouraged. That's about it. Manu Smriti 5.33. A twice-born man who knows the ...


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According to Vedic astrology the varna is determined by the chandra rasis. Or it depends on where the moon was placed during the time of birth of a native. There are four varnas- Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra. Different natives, depending on the moon's placement in their natal charts, are assigned one of these four varnas as follows: Varna ----...


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Vedic Origin The Kayasth trace their genealogy from Adi Purush Shri Chitraguptaji Maharaj. It is said that after Lord Brahma had created the four Varnas (Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras), Yama snonym Dharamraj requested Lord Brahma to help him record the deeds, good and evil, of men, and administer justice. Lord Brahma went into meditation for ...


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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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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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I presume you are asking the difference between Varna (वर्ण)system and Jaati (जाति). The concept known as a caste system is an anglicised explanation of the Indian concepts of Varna (वर्ण) and Jaati (जाति). About Varna: In ancient India there was a concept of Varnashrama (वर्णाश्रम) wherein, besides 4 Ashramas, there were 4 Varnas or a primary broad ...


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