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-
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, ...
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 ...
Is it true that the varna sankara in a lineage gets cleared after 7
Yes, it is true. See:
18 From men of the four classes, a Brahmin woman gives birth
respectively to Brahmins, Sutas, Magadhas, and Can dalas;
19 from the same men, a Ksatriya woman gives birth respectively to
Murdha¯vasiktas, Ksatriyas, Dhıvaras, and Pulkasas;
20 from the same ...
Vanaprastha is the 3rd Ashrama in the Hindu way of life. And, it is optional. Anyone completing the duties of the household life can take it up.
See the following verses from Chapter 6 of the Manu Smriti:
6.1. A twice-born Snataka, who has thus lived according to the law in the order of householders, may, taking a firm resolution and keeping
his organs in ...
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.
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
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
As described in an answer, the astrological Varna of a person is determined by checking the Varna of the rashi that the moon is placed in.
I’m giving not one, but two examples of the Varna being different from the astrological Varna. These are the two avatars of Narayana viz. Shri Rama and Shri Krishna. We know that Shri Rama and Krishna were Kshatriyas and ...
Short answer to your question is yes caste is hereditary as per Hindu scriptures whether Veidic or itihasas.
I) FROM VEIDIC LITERATURE:
Chhandogya Upanishad 5.10.7 - Those whose conduct has been good here will shortly get birth such as a Brahmana (brahmana yonim), a kshatriya, or a vaishya. But those whose conduct has been evil will be born in evil births ...
Varna is based on many factors including birth. There are several proofs for this in shastras.
Manusmriti 10.5 In all castes (varna) those (children) only which are begotten in the direct order on wedded wives, equal (in caste and married as) virgins, are to be considered as belonging to the same caste (as their fathers).
Padma Purana 2:38.20b-24. [The ...
Meaning of Varna
Varna comes from Vrina dhatu which means "choice". The other words from this root are Varan or to choose; Swayamvar; Aavaran or to cover self; Varnan or to describe.
Varna signifies our choice to perform karma in quest to reach Brahma.
Varna's translation to Caste or Color is incorrect, likely used by European translators to cast ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
A Varna system based on the gunas is not a practical system just as a jati system based on birth is an absurd and demeaning system. In todays age very few people will accept any birth based discrimination. A birth based system was linked with jobs in ancient times. The latest news in Tamil Nadu is that a 'non-Brahmin' lady has been appointed as a priest in a ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
The following verse (Sanskrit: Sloka) from Srimad Bhagvad-Gita (Chapter 4 - Sloka 13) is most authentic and adequate reference to be quoted
चातुर्वर्ण्यं मया सृष्टं गुणकर्मविभागशः ।
तस्य कर्तारमपि मां विद्ध्यकर्तारमव्ययम् ॥ ४-१३॥
English Transliteration of each syllable with meaning:
chātuḥ-varṇyam — the four categories of occupations;
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 ...
I think it is just a recommendation. It might not be mandatory.
See Vashishta Smriti 188.8.131.52-3:
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 ...