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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Ajatashatru(2)?

A renowned philosopher who was also the ruler of Benares in the Brhadaranyaka Upanishad. 


  • Even though Ajatashatru was a kshatriya warrior king and thus should have been receiving instruction from Gargya, Ajatashatru is notable for instructing Gargya, a brahmin priest, on the nature of Brahman, even though this was inappropriate by contemporary standards because Ajatashatru was a kshatriya warrior king and thus should have been receiving instruction from Gargya. 
  • Several instances in the Upanishads depict kshatriyas instructing brahmins, which is unusual. 

Such incidents illustrate the essence of knowledge as understood in the Upanishads: it is attained by personal effort and realization rather than being bestowed by birth or social status.

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