Showing posts with label vaishya. Show all posts
Showing posts with label vaishya. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Are Vaishyas?

 


The vaishyas were the third of the four main social groupings (varnas) in ancient Hindu social theory, having less influence than the brahmins and kshatriyas but higher rank than the shudras.

The vaishyas' social role in this kind of society was economic activity, which provided the material foundation for social existence.

This concept is replicated in the Purusha Sukta, which describes the vaishyas as being produced from the Primeval Man's (purusha's) thighs—a common euphemism for the genitals, and therefore the most direct connection with fruition and reproduction.

In reality, the vaishyas regarded jatis (endogamous social groupings, frequently designated by hereditary profession) engaged in a wide range of economic activities, from farming to animal husbandry to various crafts and services.

~Kiran Atma


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Hinduism - What Are The Two Hindu Initiation Ceremonies Of Upanayana Samskara And Diksha?

 

In general, an initiation is a ceremony in which a person is bestowed with new powers, abilities, and responsibilities.

There are two main ceremonies of religious initiation in the Hindu religion.

The upanayana samskara, also known as the "second birth," is a teenage religious initiation performed on a "twice-born" male—that is, a member of the brahmin, kshatriya, or vaishya group.

The second form of initiation, diksha, is bestowed on a person at the discretion of a guru or religious preceptor and has no restrictions on who may get it or when.

 


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