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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...lived; but their claims to
being Brahmanas may only be denied by our writer and his
sympathizers, just as the claim of the Brahmanas of Bengal is
sometimes denied to-day. The classification of Brahmanas by
locality, like Pancha-Gauda and Paneha-Dravida, does not appear to
have arisen. Our writer regards the son of a Brahmana by a
Kshatriya-woman as a Brahmana, but whether it was so or not is
doubtful. From what I have said before regarding the nature of
dharma it would not be difficult to estimate the value of our
author's statement and to discover the facts at the basis of it.
Our writer intended to refuse to recognize as valid the existing
conditions when there was no Vedic authority. All that he meant by
making the above remarks was that the son of a Kshatriya woman by a
Brahmana ought to be classed as a Brahmana. The statement itself,
unless supported by outside evidence, throws no light on the fact.
The dubious way in which the writer has made the statement makes me
feel very great doubt regarding the possibility of a Kshatriya
woman's son being a Brahmana. He writes (x, 6): "Sons begotten by
twiceborn men on wives of the next lower castes are declared to be
similar to their fathers, but blamed on account of the fault
inherent in their mothers." A timid statement of this kind8 reveals
a doubt felt by the author in the matter, and such a doubt is
verynatural. Let us examine the causes which induced our writer to
make such an indefinite statement. For this purpose a glimpse at
certain other facts regarding the condition of the Brahmana caste
becomes necessary. The Brahmanas were not organized into a regular
corporation which controlled the admission of persons to
Brahmanahood, but the recognition or nonrecognition of any...
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