A Dharmic Question

ravi chandrasekhara vadhula at YAHOO.COM
Wed Nov 21 12:48:41 CST 2001

Pranam to all,

I have read that offspring of Brahman male with a
Vaisya female is either a Brahman or Ambastha; but
offspring of Brahman males and Kshatriya females are
Brahmans similar to savrana vivaha among Brahmans, not
charioters,; but the offspring may have slightly
different rights as opposed to offspring of savarana
marriages among Brahmans. But I think this applies to
whether the female is a primary or secondary wife.
This would be a good question for one of the
Shankaracharyas. Does anyone know if Sri Chandrasekhar
Bharati, the former acharya of Sringeri or Sri
Chandraskerandra Saraswati, the former acharya of
Kanchi have commented on anuloma vivahas ?

Ravi Chandrasekhara
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> Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2001 15:14:34 -0800 (PST)
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> Namaste Shri Jaladhar,
> I read the thread, 'A Dharmic question' posted on
> the
> Advaita-L archives at escribe.com. Since I think
> that
> you put commendable efforts to sustain sanAtana
> dharma, I am writing this to you.
> What I have read is different from what you have
> mentioned. The caste of the offsprings of anuloma
> are
> not brAhmaNas. Manu himself says that though the
> 'seed' is from a higher caste, that of mother brings
> down the caste of offspring. Later in the 10th
> chapter, Manu gives the castes of different
> mixtures.
> For example, the offspring of brAhmaNa male and a
> vaishya female is an ambaShTha.
> Though all anulomajas have the same duties to do as
> a
> dvijas, their primary occupation is different (a
> brAhmaNa's primary occupation is vedAdhyayana and
> teaching); for ex, offspring of brahmana+kshatriya
> female would be charioteers (I might be wrong here),
> that of Brahmana male and vaishya female would be
> medicine.
> I have read pertinent sections in gautama,
> Apasthamba
> and parAshara smritis. They all concur.
> I am not sure of this, but whether the first wife is
> a
> 'savarNajA' or not, is a factor that decides whether
> the act of marrying out of caste incurs sin or not;
> not the status of offsprings.
> Regards,
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