Varna and one more
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Mon Oct 15 13:32:52 CDT 2001
> Anyone who has spent even five minutes in India knows that ones caste
> based on birth. That this is even an issue shows how bogus it is to
> on books, ignoring the evidence in front ones own eyes.
Current conditions may not truly represent the truth. For instance, if
one looks at the current life style of brahmaNa-s (both in India and
elsewhere) and understand what brahmaNa dharma is about, it will be
I agree with Sadanandaji. One has to look at authoritative texts.
In vaidyanAtha dIxitIyam in the section varNashrama dharma prakaraNam
in the subsection brahmaNa dharma, there is a quote by one "devalaH".
He clearly states that different varNa-s are by birth and in addition
following the samskAra-s etc.
brahmaNyaaM brAhmaNaajjAtassamskR^ito brAhmaNobhavet.h |
evaM xatriya viT.hshUdrAj~neyAssvebhyassvayonijAH ||
"A brahmaNa is one who is born to brahmaNa female and brahmaNa male,
and who has gone through saMskAra-s such as jAtakarma. Likewise it is
for xatriya-s, vaishya-s and shUdra-s"
(above is my translation based on the tamil translation)
I do not know who this devala is. But MW dictionary lists him as a
descendant of kAshyapa and a seer in rig veda.
I am merely quoting what I just saw. I have *no* knowledge on these
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