[Advaita-l] saMnyAsa and brAhmaNas (was RE: Fw: Re: waking, dreaming, sleeping as mutually supportive)
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Wed Oct 28 00:16:02 CDT 2009
Michael Shepherd wrote:
>Thank you, that's very clear. But which ashrama is the one for sudra ? If
>it's householder, then labour is incidental for the sudra. If it's
>brahmacharya, then does that widen the sense of that ashrama for all varna ?
>Or is it to be taken simply as 'learning to do one's divinely allotted job
Among the alternatives you mention, the last is close to what is meant. Bearing in mind
that we are talking about times which were very different from today's state of affairs,
the brAhmaNa's life, for example, has sharply demarcated stages. Each stage has
its own set of duties and rules of conduct. He goes away to serve the Guru and
receive a Vedic education for a number of years, returns home to get married and lead a
householder's life, etc. The absence of such demarcated stages in the life of the shUdra is
perhaps what is meant.
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