[Advaita-l] How to become a Hindu?
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Wed Aug 25 10:25:38 CDT 2010
Satish Arigela wrote:
>Can you please give the exact statements which say that this ritual applies
>I ask because I am aware of an opinion that this ritual is meant to bring
>only fallen brAhmaNa-s or dvija-s and hence it does not apply to
>the first place
Please see the following (page 150):
The vrAtyastoma and/or hiraNyagarbha vidhi was used to convert non Vedic and
even foreign invaders to the varNa system. Thanks to Murali Karamchedu for a
discussion on this topic. As you write, the vrAtyastoma was also used to
bring back fallen brAhmaNas who had not undergone the upanayana
(patitasAvitrikas) into the varNa system.
Some inscriptions also indicate that foreigners embraced the sanAtana
dharma, for example, the one mentioning that Heliodorus was a bhAgavata.
Also, there are examples where Indian Kings married hUNa princesses who,
along with the children, were absorbed into Hinduism.
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