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Date: Sat Sep 21 1996 - 21:40:20 PDT
Mr. Sairam Ashvin asked: >>>>>>I would like to know in the simplest terms possible what a Brahmin is. i.e. what makes a Brahmin and what is required of him/her<<<<< Brahmin literally means ONE WHO IS CONSTANTLY IMMERSED IN BRAHMA (THE CREATOR). As per Yaksha Prasna, Yudhishtira declares that not learning of the Vedas, but CHARACTER alone is important for a Brahmin. (Chapter 18, verse 42) Lord Krishna in Bhagavadgita defines clearly the qualities or duties of a Brahmin as per the Gunas born of their own nature are: Serenity, self-restraint, austerity, purity, forgiveness, uprightness, knowledge, realization, belief in a hereafter. There are numerous other places where a Brahmin is defined in the same tone as this. You may be surprised, even the Buddhist scripture Dhammapada has a whole chapter on definition of a Brahmin. This is not different from what was already described in the Hindu works (perhaps forgotten! Biddha had to reinforce) -Sincerely, Tatachar.