- From Hindi क्षत्रिय (kṣatriya, "protector of gentle people"), from Sanskrit क्षत्र (kṣatra, "rule, dominion, authority"). Related to satrap. (Wiktionary)
“At the top of the system is the Brahmin consciousness, which is conscious of itself, it's seeking truth, teaching and advising the kshatriya.”
“To maintain justice and prevent the strong from despoiling, and the weak from being oppressed, is the function for which the kshatriya is created.”
“Many kshatriya ladies, even of royal families, were in this category.”
“He is to be as vast and sincere as true brahmin in his aspiration towards Knowledge, as strong and courageous as kshatriya in his power and leadership, as generous and productive as vaishya in his dealing with life matters and wealth, as laborious and helpful as shudra in his service and help to others.”
“The Gandhian establishment was not entirely happy with Sri Aurobindo because of his insistence that India must cultivate the kshatriya spirit, not merely Bhakti and Jnana.”
“Aurobindo came to establish the kshatriya aspect of Madhwas philosphy.”
“The Madhwas philosphy has both brahminical and kshatriya aspects to it, but the SI Brahmins have generally laid stress on the brahminical aspect, Mokhsa, acquistion of vedic knowledge and ascetism and morality, almost completely ignoring, especially in modern times the kshatriya aspect which enabled the Vijayanagar Empire to come into existence.”
“It is the kshatriya interpretation of Madhwas philosphy and also its most brilliant presentation of Ideas and Concepts of Madhwa.”
“It is clear that successful military campaigns brought to power men with varied social antecedents who then claimed kshatriya status.”
“Indeed, Ashoka's pleas for social harmony suggest that those labeled vaisyas and placed third in the hierarchy persistently challenged Brahmans and kshatriya through their patronage of the heterodox sects of Buddhism and Jainism and through their support of the ruler.”
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