Definitions

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  • n. any of the four original castes in Hinduism, or the system of such castes

Etymologies

From Sanskrit वर्ण (várṇa, "colour, tint, dye, pigment, appearance, aspect"), from verbal root √vṛ ("to choose, select"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Adultery means production of unwanted children known as varna-sankara, who disturb the world.

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  • The confusion between ‘jati’ and ‘varna’ when the caste system is described.

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  • It is evident; therefore, that Sanskritisation reinforces and consolidates the ‘immutable varna hierarchy’ rather than dislodges it or modify it.

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  • Astrology, yogic ideas of prana and kundalini and even the ideas of reincarnation, karma and varna (that is, caste order) are justified in the language of modern physics and evolutionary biology.

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  • The "Verenna" part, while clearly derived first and foremost from the old Sanskrit root varna which in the Rig Veda means "one who claims to be NT Wrong deceitfully".

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  • The Sanskrit word for caste, varna, also means color.

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  • The ancient racial division on the basis of varna or color was basically such a system of aesthetics that crystallized into a rigid caste system based on preferred professions.

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  • Forty verses of Guhyasamaja tantra is written in a very mystical and profound language; its each verse is formed by taking one varna of evam maya srutam thus interpreting the real intent of the secret verse.

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  • The original Hindu word for caste, varna, literally meant “color,” and caste has functioned in India historically as a kind of “apartheid.”

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  • The Balijas were proud of their Sudra status, in a world previously dominated by a classical Sanskritic varna scheme that insisted that kings had to be Kshatriya (two castes higher than Sudras).

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