Inter Caste Marriage valid or not! Explained by Bhagavad Gita.

Hinduism has many rich mythology and sacred beliefs associated. Major Hindu population follows these beliefs exclusively. Still, misconception or you can say- manipulation, has given a different shape to the society.

Inter caste marriages are considered to be a social taboo in Hinduism. People believe that, those who break this taboo acquire bad luck and negative incidents due to bad karma.

inter caste marriage

Let’s discuss this context on the basis of ‘Shri Math Bhagavad Gita’ – the most sacred book of Hindu religion. In reality this entire system of caste allotment is not understood by common people since the ‘Dwapara Yuga’.

Gita Chapter 4, Verse 13.

Gita-inter caste marriage

“Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah

Tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam”

Lord Krishna said:-

“The four categories of occupations were created by me according to people’s three qualities and activities (guna and karma). Although I am the creator of this system, know me to be the non-doer and eternal.”

  • This verse from Gita clearly states that caste is assigned to people not on the basis of their birth but on the three attributes and profession carried by them.
  • No child is automatically bound to the same caste as his parent.
  • The purpose of allotting caste is to enable the person to do his specific karma and reach towards ‘Moksha’ i.e. Liberation.

Gita Chapter 1, Verse 40, 41.

Arjuna saying about inter caste marriage

“adharmabhibhavat kṛiṣhṇa praduṣhyanti kula-striyaḥ

striṣhu duṣhṭasu varṣhṇeya jayate varṇa-sankaraḥ”

“sankarah narakaya eva kula ghnanam

kulasya ca patanti pitarah hi esam lupta pinda udaka kriyah”

Arjuna said:-

“With the preponderance of vice, O Krishna, the women of the family become immoral; and from the immorality of women, O descendent of Vrishni, unwanted progeny are born.”

Here Arjuna is saying Krishna that in a family of different castes, the women become corrupt and the pithrus of the family fall off without getting the appropriate pindam, which leads the family to the gates of the hell. When there is increase of unwanted population, a hellish situation is created both for the family and for those who destroy the family tradition. In such corrupt families, there is no offering of oblations of food and water to the ancestors.

Gita Chapter 2, Verse 3

krishna supporting inter caste marriage

In response to the above given comment by Arjuna in Chapter 1, Verse 41 and 40;

Krishna said:-

“klaibyam ma sma gamaḥ partha naitat tvayyupapadyate

kṣhudram hṛidaya-daurbalyam tyaktvottiṣhṭha parantapa”

“O Parth, it does not befit you to yield to this unmanliness. Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O vanquisher of enemies.”

“Hence, in Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna has clearly supported inter caste marriages.”

 This practice of caste discrimination is manmade and those who follow it are termed “unmanly” by the Lord in Gita. So, if you are a Hindu and you think you are upgrading your religion and dynasty by not supporting inter caste marriage, then you are WRONG!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. SIR I’m Belong to Reddy caste And a girl. belongs. to marathi caste. is it worng to marry her does society won’t accept our love. I’m shamed to born to be a human.. caste system destroys the love of the peoples.. PLS Help solve the probelm of this caste

  2. Hi,
    I am not sure how you reach your very overarching conclusion by quoting the lines above which didn’t say anything about marriage. There are proper Aachara granthas to look at for such injunctions but Geeta is there for a much higher purpose first and such things later. Your quoted verses in no way validate OR INVALIDATE intercaste anything !

    Varun

    • Hi Varun,

      Nice to see you come up with your opinion.
      We just want to convey the message that, the caste system is not about in which family the person is born to; rather it was about what occupation the person is into. People today determine their castes depending on what their family earlier had.

  3. Dear Sukanya/ Rgyan,

    It is good that you have point to say that Bhagvad Gita has supported inter-caste marriage. I think this is purely your personal experience and you wish to marry a different caste guy.Mostly people who have misunderstood Hindu religion or non-followers or western influenced guys speak like this without concrete evidence and proofs. Santana Dharma is not what you wish or like. It is a practice to reach god not worldly desires or fancies.

    Firstly, please let me know if you may have validated your belief with reference to Bhagadvad Gita with some good renowned spiritual guru. If yes, please share us his name and place of his ashram.
    Secondly, how did you come to conclusion that you are right in your understanding. Please explain.

    Kindly give reply asap.
    Thanks,
    Rahul

    • Gita Chapter 4, Verse 13.

      “Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah

      Tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam”

      Lord Krishna said:-

      “The four categories of occupations were created by me according to people’s three qualities and activities (guna and karma). Although I am the creator of this system, know me to be the non-doer and eternal.”

      This verse from Gita clearly states that caste is assigned to people not on the basis of their birth but on the three attributes and profession carried by them.
      No child is automatically bound to the same caste as his parent.
      The purpose of allotting caste is to enable the person to do his specific karma and reach towards ‘Moksha’ i.e. Liberation.

      IF YOU HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS REGARDING THE INTERCASTE MARRIAGE, YOU CAN SHARE US YOUR VIEWS AT support@rgyan.com

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