[Advaita-l] RE: janmana jaayate shUdraH
Raghavendra N Kalyan
kalyan7429 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Feb 16 17:52:25 CST 2005
>Does traditional varNa dharma say wealth and resources and
>opportunities are to be reserved only for brAhmaNas and/or dvijas? No.
Excuse me for my interference sir, but I would like to bring to your attention, the following -
This is from Manusmriti -
8.417. A Brahmana may confidently seize the goods of (his) Sudra (slave); for, as that (slave) can have no property, his master may take his possessions.
8.416. A wife, a son, and a slave, these three are declared to have no property; the wealth which they earn is (acquired) for him to whom they belong.
11.11. If a sacrifice, (offered) by (any twice-born) sacrificer, (and) especially by a Brahmana, must remain incomplete through (the want of) one requisite, while a righteous king rules........
11.12. That article (required) for the completion of the sacrifice, may be taken (forcibly) from the house of any Vaisya, who possesses a large number of cattle, (but) neither performs the (minor) sacrifices nor drinks the Soma-juice;
11.13. (Or) the (sacrificer) may take at his pleasure two or three (articles required for a sacrifice) from the house of a Sudra; for a Sudra has no business with sacrifices.
9.149. If there be four wives of a Brahmana in the direct order of the castes, the rule for the division (of the estate) among the sons born of them is as follows:
9.151. Let the son of the Brahmana (wife) take three shares of the (remainder of the) estate, the son of the Kshatriya two, the son of the Vaisya a share and a half, and the son of the Sudra may take one share.
9.154. Whether (a Brahmana) have sons or have no sons (by wives of the twice-born castes), the (heir)must, according to the law, give to the son of a Sudra (wife) no more than a tenth (part of his estate).
There are more such examples. Might I then ask you to reconsider your opinion?
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