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As Pradip sir mentioned, anyone who knows Spiritual truth can bestow Knowledge. Ramanujacharya accepted Kanchipurna a Sudra as Guru. Nammalvar another Sudra wrote Divya Prabandham which is known as Tamil Veda. Dharmavyadha and Vidura were Sudras who bestowed knowledge even to Bramhins and Kings. These quotes proove that even a Sudra can be a Guru- ...


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Did Sudras have Varnashrama Dharma as opposed to Varna Dharma only? Yes, Shudras are considered lifelong Grihasthas. Shudras only belong in one Ashrama as per Gautama Smriti: Live with his wife (only) 'Another commentator explains the Sûtra to mean that he shall live with his wife only, and never enter another order (i.e. never become a student, hermit, ...


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As per Mahabharata: Anusasana Parva: If a Sudra unites with a woman belonging to the foremost of the four orders [i.e. Brahmana], the son that is begotten is called a Chandala. So Chandala is a mixed-cast. There are many mixed-casts due to Anuloma and Pratiloma marriages. Thus, Chandalas and other mixed-casts are not foreigners.


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No it is not justified. Nor is the definition of Chandala being born of a Sudra father and a Brahmana mother correct. These fanciful Smriti concepts are clearly wrong and are against the Vedas. This is clear from the Chandogya Upanishad definition of Chandala. Those whose conduct here has been good will quickly attain a good birth (literally womb), the ...


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The following verse is saying that a degraded Brahmin has to be practically treated as a Sudra. Manu Smriti 8.102. Brahmanas who tend cattle, who trade, who are mechanics, actors (or singers), menial servants or usurers, the (judge) shall treat like Sudras. So, the degradation is real and with real consequences. But if you want see such a degraded Brahmin ...


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Excellent question. The two are separate matters. Advaitha Vedanta is a philosophy of mind and spirit, based on Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Brahma-sutras. It discusses the three realities; Brahman, Jiva and Jagat and prescribes a methodology for achieving the highest goal - moksha. The Varnashrama Dharma is an economic theory not a philosophy. It is a ...


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Manu 10.10. Children of a Brahmana by (women of) the three (lower) castes, of a Kshatriya by (wives of) the two (lower) castes, and of a Vaisya by (a wife of) the one caste (below him) are all six called base-born (apasada). 10.11. From a Kshatriya by the daughter of a Brahmana is born (a son called) according to his caste (gati) a Suta; from a Vaisya by ...


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A story of Matanga attaining Brahmanahood is present in Skanda Purana. His father's name is Sugati. The names of his mother and biological father are not mentioned. There was an eminent Brahmana named Sugati in Dvapara Yuga. He had control over his sense-organs. He was truthful always and engaged in the study of the Vedas. Matanga was his son who was ...


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The definition of Chandala being born of a Sudra father and a Brahmana mother is not correct. These fanciful Smriti concepts are clearly wrong and are against the Vedas. This is clear from the Chandogya Upanishad definition of Chandala. Those whose conduct here has been good will quickly attain a good birth (literally womb), the birth of a brahmin, the ...


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You have to show some examples where you have seen the confusion for us to exactly understand your point. Although Shudras and mixed castes (Antyajas - those who are born out forbidden marriages) are different, a Shudra's touch is also regarded as "sullying" just like an Antyaja's touch is. Manu Smriti 3.241. A boar makes (the rite) useless by ...


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I defently think the below verses must literally make a Bramhana a Sudra but I am confused that Manu 11.192 prescribes Initiation for a Bramhana again by doing penance.Kanchi Paramacharya says after 3 Generations if a Family doesn't chant Gayatri, they can never become Bramhanas again. But I don't have any scriptural proofs for this. If anyone can answer ...


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Swami Vivekananda considered the astrolgical Varna to be the true Varna. Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste — the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor ...


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Your Varna refers to your ancestral profession - hardly anyone follows an ancestral profession and everyone is free to choose their own profession or vocation - none of which are of any interest to “Sanatana Dharma” except perhaps the priestly profession. There is no central authority or induction committee, or application office or process that will ...


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As per Gita 18.67 इदं ते नातपस्काय नाभक्ताय कदाचन | न चाशुश्रूषवे वाच्यं न च मां योऽभ्यसूयति || 67|| idaṁ te nātapaskyāya nābhaktāya kadāchana na chāśhuśhruṣhave vāchyaṁ na cha >māṁ yo ‘bhyasūtayi This roughly translates to This instruction should never be explained to those who are not austere or to those who are not devoted. It should also not be ...


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I think it is just a recommendation. It might not be mandatory. See Vashishta Smriti 7.3.7.1-3: 1 There are four orders of life: student, householder, forest hermit and wandering ascetic. After studying one, two, or all the Vedas, a man who has not violated his vow of chastity may live in whichever of these he prefers. The Manu Smriti also ...


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