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Varna Ashram
and
Hindu Scriptures

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Compiled by Rakesh Bahadur
2003
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Table of Content
1. Introduction.............................................................................................................................4
1.1.
Caste................................................................................................................................ 4
1.2.
Varna............................................................................................................................... 4
1.3.
Jaati................................................................................................................................. 4
1.4.

The Issue......................................................................................................................... 4 2. Supremacy of Vedas............................................................................................................... 5 3. What Constitutes Vedic Knowledge....................................................................................... 5 4. Origin of Varnas..................................................................................................................... 5

4.1
Rig Veda......................................................................................................................... 6
4.2
Gita.................................................................................................................................. 6
5
Definition and Duties of Varnas............................................................................................. 6
5.1
Tejabindupanishad.......................................................................................................... 6
5.2
Gita.................................................................................................................................. 6
6
Varna by Birth......................................................................................................................... 7
6.1
Channdogaya Upnishad.................................................................................................. 7
6.2
Vajra Suchikopanishad................................................................................................... 8
7
Right to study Vedas............................................................................................................. 10
7.1
Yajur Veda.................................................................................................................... 10
7.2
Atharva Veda................................................................................................................ 10
7.3
Brahma-Sutras............................................................................................................... 10
8
Inter movement in Varna...................................................................................................... 12
8.1
Gita................................................................................................................................ 12
8.2
Apastamba Sutras.......................................................................................................... 13
9
Manu Samriti........................................................................................................................ 13
9.1
Definitions and Duties of Varna................................................................................... 13
9.2
Inter Movement of Varnas............................................................................................ 14
9.3
Special Treatment for Brahmans!!!.............................................................................. 15
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Is breakdown in Varna unexpected?................................................................................. 15 10.1 Prashar Samriti..............................................................................................................15 10.2 Sri Ramacharitamanasa.................................................................................................16

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What went wrong?............................................................................................................ 16
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Conclusions....................................................................................................................... 17 Appendices.................................................................................................................................... 20 Adi Sankracrya.............................................................................................................................. 21 Swami Vivekananda..................................................................................................................... 24 M. K. Gandhi................................................................................................................................ 30 Dr. Radha Krishnan...................................................................................................................... 34 Swami ChinmayaNand................................................................................................................. 35 Prof. Koenraad Elst....................................................................................................................... 38 Swami Sivananda (Divine Life Society)....................................................................................... 42

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