Brahmin

Brahmin

Brahmin is a name used to designate a member of one of the four varnas (castes) in the traditional Hindu societies of Nepal and India. Brahman, Brahmin and Brahma have different meanings.

About Brahmin

Brahmin is a name used to designate a member of one of the four varnas (castes) in the traditional Hindu societies of Nepal and India. Brahman, Brahmin and Brahma have different meanings. Brahman refers to the Supreme Self. Brahmin or Brahmana refers to an individual, while the word Brahma refers to the creative aspect of the universal consciousness. The English word brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word Brahmana. In the Smriti view there are four "varnas", or classes: the Brahmins, the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas, and Shudras. The Atreya smriti 141-142 enjoins that Traditionally Brahmin was the name given to persons who had attained the highest spiritual knowledge (brahmavidya) and who adhered to different branches (shakhas) of Vedas. This was described to be a difficult path of discipline of body, mind, and intellect. Irrespective of their birth or class, people who were dedicated to such an austere life were recognized as Brahmins.

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