Source of Brahminhood
sanjay.kumar at MAIL.MCGILL.CA
Wed Oct 4 11:55:20 UTC 2006
The verse you mentioned is perhaps from the Uttara-gita, published by the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune. The Critical Edition of the Mahabharata notes a conversation between Kr.s.n.a and Duryodhana in the star passage after 5.92.37, where Kr.s.n.a gives reasons for having meals at Vidura's house:
kaivarti-garbha-sambhuto vyaso nama mahamunih. tapasa brahman.o jatas tasmaj jatir na karan.am.
From: Indology on behalf of Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan
Sent: Tue 03/10/2006 11:21 PM
To: INDOLOGY at liverpool.ac.uk
Subject: Source of Brahminhood
Can anybody tell me the source and date of the verse "mastsyagandhastu
tanayo veda vyasa....tasmad jaatirna kaaranam" ? This verse is used by some to
argue that according to Hindu tradition a Brahmin is indeed born through
austerities and Brahminhood is not the result of physical birth.
Thanks in advance.
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