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The purity of the brahmanas is maintained through the observance of numerous restrictions, many of which relate to diet and contact with lower castes.
Among the brahmanas, one who has studied the Vedas is the best, and among the brahmanas who have studied the Vedas, one who knows the actual purport of Veda is the best.
By this means, householder brahmanas who actually abide by the principles of austerity and penance maintain themselves and their families and perform all necessary pious activities.
www.veda.harekrsna.cz /encyclopedia/brahmana.htm   (2031 words)

 Brahmanas and Aranyakas
Brahmanas and Aranyakas is one of the topics in focus at Global Oneness.
According to orthodox Vedic scholars the Vedas consist of the Mantras and the Brahmanas.
The four Vedas of the earliest Sanskrit hymns and verses: Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, and Atharva Veda.
www.experiencefestival.com /brahmanas_and_aranyakas   (1308 words)

 VNN Editorial - The Third Birth
"Brahmanas from a few generations" means either the descendants of those who have taken birth in other varnas yet qualified themselves as brahmanas or those who were qualified brahmanas according to the process mentioned in the Vedic literatures.
Therefore, at present, a brahmana should accepted as such only if he follows the rules and regulations of the satvata- agamas, tantras, or Pancaratras, since the scriptures clearly mention that brahmanas born in this age of Kali are impure, or their purity is not maintained through seminal descent.
In the dynasty of King Ajamidha, the brahmana Priyamedha was born.
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 Caste System
The Brahmanas always devoted to the scriptures on Brahma; and mindful of vows and restraints, are capable of grasping the conception of Brahman.
One that is Brahmana, when he becomes wicked in conduct and observes no distinction in respect of food, falls away from the status of a Brahmanhood and becomes a Sudra.
He should serve the Brahmanas and submit to them; should not study; sacrifices are forbidden to him; he should be diligent and be constantly enterprising in doing all that is for his good.
www.hinduism.co.za /newpage8.htm   (6559 words)

 `KULIN SYSTEM OF BENGAL WAS MEANT FOR SUPREMACY OF BRAHMINS,' How this was created to increase the population who would ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
These five Brahmanas as well as their servants the five Kayasthas were afterwards honored as the Kulina.
The Mauliks again are divided into two classes; the Deys, the Dutts, the Kars, the Palits, the Sens, the Sinhas, the Dasses and the Guhas are of the first class, the rest (which number 72) being of the 2nd class, The Guhas of the Bangaja Kayasthas are Kulins.
It is said that the Dattas not acknowledging the brahmanas as their masters and themselves as servants of the Brahmanas were not honoured as Kulins.
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Certain Brahmanas belonging to both classes, _viz_., those that maintained the sacrificial fire and those that maintained it not, who had, with their disciples and relatives, out of affection followed the Pandavas thither also passed the night with them.
And those foremost of Brahmanas, with swan-sweet voices spent the night, comforting that best of Kurus--the king." SECTION II Vaisampayana said, "When that night passed away and day broke in, those Brahmanas who supported themselves by mendicancy, stood before the Pandavas of exalted deeds, who were about to enter the forest.
And Yudhishthira was surrounded by numerous Brahmanas some of whom sacrificed with fire and some without it and some of whom, devoted to the study of the Vedas, lived upon alms or were of the class called _Vanaprasthas_.
www.gutenberg.org /dirs/1/1/8/9/11894/11894.txt   (22052 words)

 The Mahabharata, Book 13: Anusasana Parva: Anusasanika Parva: Section VIII
Brahmanas well-trained in several branches of knowledge, self-controlled, mild-speeched, conversant with the scriptures, well-behaved, possessed of the knowledge of Brahman and righteous in conduct, discourse in respectable assemblies like flights of swans.
If there be a Kshatriya of full hundred years of age and a good Brahmana child of only ten years, the latter should be regarded as a father and the former as a son, for among the two, verily, the Brahmana is superior.
Learned Brahmanas are like swans for in discoursing upon even the topics of the world they select what is good and instructive but reject what is evil and sinful, or, as the Commentator puts it, they know the difference between what is soul and what is not soul.
www.sacred-texts.com /hin/m13/m13a008.htm   (1037 words)

 The Mahabharata, Book 13: Anusasana Parva: Anusasanika Parva: Section XXXIII
One should always utter the praises of the Brahmanas who are conversant with all duties, who are righteous of behaviour, who are devoted to diverse kinds of act, and who are seen to derive their sustenance from diverse kinds of occupations.
The Brahmanas, O ruler of men, who are highly blessed, are elder in respect of their origin than the Pitris, the deities, human beings (belonging to the three other orders), the Snakes and the Rakshasas.
Where the dispraise of Brahmanas is uttered, one should sit with face hanging down or leave that spot (for avoiding both the utterer and his words).
www.sacred-texts.com /hin/m13/m13a033.htm   (1087 words)

 Brahmanas   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
Brahmanas: The Brahmanas and the Aranyakas in the Hindu Scriptures
The Upanishads belong to the third division of the Vedas and are appended to the Brahmanas.
Although the Upanishads are usually considered by modern scholars to be as a whole of later date than the Brahmanas, the original Upanishads were composed in an antiquity which anteceded that of the Brahmanas, and are probably coeval with the composition of the Vedas themselves.
www.experiencefestival.com /brahmanas   (1089 words)

 The Milk Ocean - Dimensions of Good and Evil
The answer is that the mere dedication of whatever service he or she is capable of doing-as long as that service is pleasing to Krsna-is sufficient to raise that devotee to the status of a transcendental associate of the Lord, far above the material mode of goodness.
Since those brahmanas had arranged for nice foodstuffs to be offered in the sacrifice, Krsna told His friends to beg charity from the priests in the name of His brother and He Himself.
The narrative of the brahmanas and their wives illustrates the choice human beings face between attraction to the gunas and attraction to the Supreme Person.
www.iskcon.net /milkocean/texts/doge/01_02_06.htm   (934 words)

 RSB Net - Home of Rajapur Saraswath Brahmins
The present sub-sect-Rajapur/Balawalikar Gaud Saraswath Brahmanas were the original settlers of Gomantak and are the integral part of Saraswath Brahmanas of "Saraswat Desh" who finally came to settle down there in "Agraharas" which mean the settlements of Brahmanas not only performing religious functions and pursuing academic activities but also guiding the community in various professions.
Scholarly brahmanas were invited to these 'agraharas' to settle down by granting them lands, excavating tanks and building temples which act was considered as bringing one merit or 'punya'.
As noted earlier, the Saraswath Brahmanas, who are descendants of Saraswat Muni ancient brahmana tribe and original inhabitants of north-west of India on the banks of the famous Saraswati river, now vanished and centuries later they migrated to the south and finally their Agrahara settlements in Gomantak in the Konkan region of the west coast.
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 Hinduism - The Age Of Brahmanas And Upanishads
As one Brahmanas puts it, the sacrifice leads the way to heaven; it is followed by the dakshina, or fee paid by the sacrificer to the sacrificant priests, which of course materially strengthens the efficacy of the sacrifice ; and third comes the sacrificer, holding fast to the dakshina.
Nevertheless it must be confessed that there is a tone of ritualistic professionalism in the Brahmanas that is unpleasing ; the priest-hood are consciously superior to nature, God, and morals by virtue of their " Triple Science," and they constantly emphasise this claim.
Before the Upanishads we find no evidence of this doctrine: the nearest approach to it is in some passages of the Brahmanas which speak of sinful men dying again in the next world as a punishment for their guilt.
www.oldandsold.com /articles25/hindu-19.shtml   (4397 words)

 Brahmana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Brahmanas (Sanskrit ब्राह्मण, Brahmin Books) are part of the Hindu Shruti; They are composed in Vedic Sanskrit, and the period of their composition is sometimes referred to as the Brahmanic period or age (approximately between 900 BC and 500 BC).
The earliest Brahmanas may have been written several centuries earlier, contemporary to the Black Yajurveda commentary prose, but they have only survived in fragments.
Each of the four Vedas have their associated Brahmanas.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Brahmanas   (127 words)

 Buddhism: An Atheistic and Anti.Caste Religion?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
The re-establishment of this non-sacrificial culture was identical to Ashoka with the re-establishment of the brahmanas’ reputation.
The renewal of the cult of brahmanas by the Buddhist ruler Ashoka was not a politically motivated tactical move.
In vain one seeks for an ancient Buddhism that is atheistic and is opposed to the brahmanas.
web.uni-frankfurt.de /irenik/relkultur50.HTM   (4961 words)

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When any of those samanas and brahmanas as who speculate on the past and adhere to views relating to it declare their many and varied wrong views about the past, all of them do so in these eighteen, or one of the eighteen, different ways and in no other way.
Bhikkhus, of those (holding the wrong views), those samanas and brahmanas who hold the view that there is eternity as well as non-eternity declare on four grounds that atta as well as loka is in some cases eternal and in others not eternal, (based on their own personal feeling of satisfaction in their view).
Bhikkhus, of those (holding the wrong views), those samanas and brahmanas who view the world as finite and those who view the world as infinite declare on four grounds that the world is finite or that it is infinite, (based on their own personal feeling of satisfaction in their view).
web.ukonline.co.uk /theravada/brahma2.htm   (9099 words)

 Brahmana Guru & The Sarasvata Parampara - Krsna Talk 42
Such seminal pseudo-brahmanas of dim understanding strive to be acknowledged as (pseudo-) brahmanas and claim that if one is born in anything other than a pseudo-brahmana lineage, he can never become a Vaisnava acarya, bear the title of 'vidyabhusana' or study the sruti and other sastras.
It is from vrtta-brahmanas (brahmanas by aspiration and engagement) that the lineage of seminal brahmanas sprang, who accepted the smarta-dharma established by Manu and other rsis.
In this dynasty was born the sage Pramiti and Saunaka Rsi.
www.vtweb.com /gosai/krishna-talk/brahmana-guru.html   (6203 words)

 The Nilamata Purana
The Brahmanas and the Satvatas should be worshipped on the 12th and the 15lh.
O Brahmana, on the bright fifth of Indra's fortnight, my worship should be performed with a great quantity of scents, incense and grains, gifts of garlands and clothes, gratification of the sacred fire and the Brahmanas, gifts of various sorts for the dramatic performances, and decorations of the earth.
O Brahmana, Vitasta.should be worshipped on those seven days, with scents, garlands, eatable offering, gifts of beautiful earthen lamps, various sorts of flags, red threads, bangles, various sorts of fruits and by gratifying fire and the Brahmanas.
www.koausa.org /Purana/Verses701-802.html   (2159 words)

 The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Rajadharmanusasana Parva: Section LXXVII
That king, O monarch, in whose dominion a Brahmana becomes a thief, is regarded to be the author of that misdeed.
The Brahmanas in my kingdom are all devoted to the performance of the duties of their order.
For the sake of righteousness, those Brahmanas that are not observant of the duties of their order should be chastised and separated (into a distinct class) from their superiors.
www.ibiblio.org /sripedia/ebooks/mb/m12/m12a076.htm   (1127 words)

 Vaisnava Excellence Volume 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-06)
As already explained, the four divisions of society--namely the intelligent class of men (the brahmanas), the ruling class (the ksatriyas), the mercantile class (the vaisyas), and the laboring class (the sudras) - are meant to achieve one goal in life: self-realization, or cultivation of the human spirit.
The intelligent class of men, the brahmanas, are to inspire the ksatriyas and vaisyas in performing sacrifices for spiritual cultivation, and thus the cooperation of the brahmanas, ksatriyas, and vaisyas uplifts the people in general, or the ordinary laboring class of men.
As soon as this cooperation between the four classes of men in society stops and the basic principles of spiritual culture are neglected, the social structure of humanity becomes a second edition of animal life, based on the propensities of eating, sleeping, fearing, and mating.
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 Brahmana - Vaisnava - Madhvacarya - Gaudiya
The child born of a brahmana in the womb of a brahmana wife is known as a brahmana." (Harita Smrti 1.12.15)
At the time of the British, it was the brahmanas who, tempted by money, taught Sanskrit to the likes of H.H. Wilson, who proceeded to tamper with the scriptures and translate them in such a way as to make sanatana-dharma look barbaric (See also Vedic Chronology).
From ricksaw-wallahs to politicians, brahmanas have entered every occupational sphere there is. Even those who are performing puja in the temples are generally on the government's payroll and will stop at nothing to squeeze a few rupees from innocent pilgrims.
www.gosai.com /dvaita/madhvacarya/Brahmana-Vaisnava.html   (2954 words)

 A Glimpse of Vedic Literature By - Kumar Sanjay Jha
The two Brahmanas attached to the Rg-Veda are Aitareya Brahmana and Kausitaki Brahmana.
The Gopatha Brahmana is appended to the Atharvaveda.
These Brahmanas, in fact, are the elaborate commentaries on the various hymns is Samhitas.
www.ignca.nic.in /nl001802.htm   (1385 words)

 The Mahabharata, Book 14: Aswamedha Parva: Anugita Parva: Section LXXXIX
The Brahmanas then with cool minds, taking up the marrow of that steed, cooked it duly, O chief of Bharata's race.
The Brahmanas also divided amongst themselves, agreeably to Yudhishthira's permission, the diverse ornaments of gold that were in the sacrificial compound, including the triumphal arches, the stakes, the jars, and diverse kinds of vessels.
After the Brahmanas had taken as much as they desired, the wealth that remained was taken away by Kshatriyas and Vaisyas and Sudras and diverse tribes of Mlechechas.
jerrygallery.net /kryszna_art/mahabharata/m14/m14089.htm   (1063 words)

 Krsna and the Cowherd Boys Celebrate the Siva-ratri Festival
Brahmanas are not meant to be brahmanas alone; they should create other brahmanas also.
If a man is found who agrees to become a brahmana's disciple, he is also given the chance to become a brahmana.
The brahmana is always engaged in the worship of Lord Visnu.
krishna.krishna.org /Articles/2003/03/010.html   (2442 words)

 Harappan Civilization Rig Veda Sama Veda Yajur Veda Atharva Veda Brahmanas
More recent categories of Vedas include the Brahmanas or manuals for ritual and prayer, the Aranyakas or forest texts for religious hermits, and the Upanishads or mystical discourses which will be discussed in the next chapter.
Between about 900 and 700 BC the Brahmanas were written in prose as sacerdotal commentaries on the four Vedas to guide the practices of the sacrifices and give explanations often mythical and fanciful for these customs.
Wendy O'Flaherty has translated some stories from the Jaiminiya Brahmana illustrating how they dealt with the fears of death, God, the father, wives, and demonic women; many of these stories are sexually explicit, indicating that these people were not afraid of discussing their sexuality.
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The Brahmanas are endued with a mild disposition.
The Brahmanas are superior to even those that are higher than the high and the low.
If such Brahmanas, who must be regarded as the foremost of their order, live in thy kingdom, thou shouldst regard them as fire covered with ashes.
www.hinduism.co.za /untoucha.htm   (1284 words)

 Hindu Scriptures
The Brahmanas or explanations of Mantras or rituals.
The Brahmana portion is suitable for the householder (Grihastha; one who belongs to the second of the four Asramas or orders of life; from 25 to 50 years of age).
The Brahmanas also are of three different varieties depending upon their content: Vidhi, Arthavada and the third, Vedanta Vakyas.
www.hinduism.co.za /hindu2.htm   (10244 words)

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