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Hinduism - Who Is Vasishtha

 



Who Is Vasishtha In Hindu Mythology?

Gautama, Bharadvaja, Kashyapa, Bhrgu, Atri, and Vishvamitra are the other Seven Sages whose names mark exogamous clan "lineages" (gotra; in exogamous groups, members must marry outside the group).

All brahmins are said to be descended from these seven sages, with each family's progenitor's name serving as its gotra name.

These gotra divides are still essential in current times, since marriage inside the gotra is prohibited.

The new bride takes her husband's gotra as part of her new identity after her marriage.

Vasishtha is a powerful sage who serves as the guru to the kings of the Solar dynasty, including King Dasharatha and his son, Rama, in the Ramayana, the earlier of the two great Hindu epics.

Vasishtha is particularly well-known for his long-running quarrel with the sage Vishvamitra, which has resulted in several clashes.

The feud's origins may be traced back to the disparity in rank between kshatriyas and brahmins.


~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Is Purusha Sukta In The Rig Veda?


("Hymn to Primitive Man") The hymn in the Rig Veda (10.90) that recounts the formation of the material and social universe as the outcome of a primal sacrifice is known by this name.

According to the book, there was once a primal man who was sacrificed and mutilated.

The brahmins originated from the primeval man's lips, the kshatriyas from his shoulders, the vaishyas from his thighs (a popular euphemism for the genitals), and the shudras from his feet, as did the four traditional main social groupings (varnas).

This poem is thought to be one of the most recent hymns in the Rig Veda, since it clearly represents the sacrificial paradigm that was so fundamental to subsequent Brahmana literature.

It is also notable for articulating the four varnas for the first time, as well as the symbolic functions associated with each: speech and the authority of the sacred word for brahmins; protection and military valor for kshatriyas; generation and production for vaishyas; and service to others for shudras.


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