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

H S Chandramouli hschandramouli at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 02:10:06 CDT 2016

Sri Santosh Rao Ji,

Reg your observation  << in bhagavata purana 11:17:10 Krishna tells uddhava

 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?  >>,

My understanding based on the Gita Press Gorakhpur edition is that the

statement cited by you is applicable only to the first Satya and Treta
Yugas of

 the present Kalpa and not to the subsequent Yugas ( all including Satya and

 Treta Yugas ) of the Kalpa. It could be considered as an elaboration  of

 Order of Creation at the beginning of any Kalpa in a little more detail
than the

 crisp statements made elsewhere including the Shrutis. It should not be

 considered as a contradiction between this Purana and Purusa Sukta for




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