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Caste Not Decided by Birth - Misconceptions about Indian Culture and Vedas - Chanakya Speaks

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Published on Jul 22, 2012

The video is taken from famous 'Upnishad Ganga' TV Series on Doordarshan. It also have a youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/upanisha... . Unforunately in India most metro don't find DD attractive because Doordarshan is about information but people want TRP driven content only :(

It is unfortunate that in this country of ours, where Vedas were the foundation of our culture, we forgot these original lessons of Vedas and got trapped in a variety of misconceptions regarding birth-based caste system and discrimination of people born in certain castes collectively known as Shudras.

The misleading theories of communists and biased indologists have already caused a great damage to our society and have sown seeds of differences. It is unfortunate that so-called Dalits consider themselves outcaste and hence we fail to unite together for prosperity and security. The only solution is to go back to the roots -- the Vedas -- and rebuild our understanding of our relationships with each other.

In this article, we shall evaluate the reality of caste system in Vedas and actual meaning of Shudra.

1. As discussed in the first article "Vedas and Shudra", there is absolutely no element of hatred or discrimination in Vedas regarding any person -- be he or she a Brahmin, Vaishya, Kshatriya or Shudra.

2. The concept of caste is relatively new. Vedas contain no word that can be considered a synonym for 'caste'. The two words commonly considered to mean 'caste' are Jaati and Varna. However the truth is that, all the three mean completely different things.

Caste is a European innovation having no semblance in Vedic culture.

Jaati
Jaati means a classification based on source of origin. Nyaya Sutra states "Samaanaprasavaatmika Jaatih" or those having similar birth source form a Jaati.

An initial broad classification made by Rishis is 4-fold: Udbhija (coming out of ground like plants), Andaja (coming out of eggs like birds and reptiles), Pindaja (mammals) and Ushmaj (reproducing due to temperature and ambient conditions like virus, bacteria etc).

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