[Advaita-l] Varnashrama dharma begins in treta yuga?

Praveen R. Bhat bhatpraveen at gmail.com
Sun Apr 24 03:22:31 CDT 2016

Namaste Santoshji,

Isn't the word used there हंसः for the social class? If so, that is not the
same as चतुर्वर्ण। One who knows "सः अहम्" is हंसः। Then it would mean that
in satyayuga, people of all varNas follow svadharma and because of that, as
per the Gita, स्वकर्मणा तम् अभ्यर्च्य सिद्धिं विन्दति मानवः।  (Of course,

This may be one way to reconcile both.

--Praveen R. Bhat
/* Through what should one know That owing to which all this is known!
[Br.Up. 4.5.15] */

On Sun, Apr 24, 2016 at 2:30 AM, Santosh Rao via Advaita-l <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> in bhagavata purana 11:17:10 Krishna tells uddhava that in satya yuga, only
> one social class was present. He says further that it wasn't until treta
> yuga that the 4 varnas emanated from the purusha. Is it then correct to say
> that varnashrama dharma begins only from treta yuga onwards? How exactly is
> this to be understood?

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