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

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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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19 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

    • You have to see the caste equals of Marathi and Telugu and if it is equal, marriage will be considered same caste one. If she is from, be careful, anyone of you will be punished under ‘ the Indian law ‘Honor killing’. If the girl is a Dalit (who born to biological parents rather than any one of the body parts of so-called Brhaman), leave her. Why you marry her and then your caste parent kill a girl. Let her live you can get many Reddy girls.

  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

  4. Dear sir…
    Namaste….
    My self a borned to a kerala hindu family, but now i am going to marry a christian boy because we are loving each other from last 6yrs. Born and brought up as hindu, i cant suddenly change my belifes and cant think the only jesus is divine… Please help me from this confusion… I need a guidence from you

    • If love is true then why change of religion is needed.. if he loves you so much is he ready to believe in OM , and your culture don’t mix up this… If love is true then religion can never interfere .

  5. Well the sloka you explained was the CONTINUATION OF THE SLOKAS in which Arjun was FEARFUL about the future consequences of the maas massacur in the war.
    No-where in bhagwat geeta krishna supported the intercaste marriage.
    Though social arrangements are earthly things and have nothing to do with liberation or moksha and so is the intersexual love. abandoning your mom and dad and sociaty for LUST shows your spritual downfall.
    And no-where in the religous or spirtual books there is singal example of a man marrying his daughter to a lower verna person.

    • My dear your talking about caste system by birth but lord Krishna has stated that there is no caste based on birth..
      It’s based on particulars gunna and karma.
      In present time example
      We work in office
      We are hired our post according to our qualifications and skillset .
      We get promoted to higher designation by improving our knowledge and skills with experience…
      So in that period of time he tried to say that there are only 4 casts made by him
      Brahmin- who studies Vedas, literature, Upanishads and knows about shastras

      Kshtriyas- who are warriors,train themselves in different weapons, learns politics from brahmins, saviours and kings of their kingdom who serve there population selflessly.

      Vaishyas- are the business persons , they learn trading cultures

      Shudras – are those who don’t learn or educate themselves and work as labours for others …
      In these a shudra also can be a brahmin if that person educates themselves and master the Vedas, Upanishads,shastras
      And brahmin to can become shudra if the person stops giving knowledge what he has learned and mastered instead work for others ..
      So in short and simple there was no caste based on birth and there were no chance of intercaste marriage..
      Example you can search this
      Ved vyasa during Mahabharata period was born to fisher women(boater) so according to that he should have been same but why is ved vyasa called brahmin..it’s because he mastered himself in spirituality,shastras,Vedas and he used to spread this knowledge to people’s according to their need..

  6. This is wrong. Krishna Doesn’t say forget this manliness is respinse to the above reply. Why are you taking slokas of different chapters, far apart and pytting them next to each other. Such adharma.
    In response to Arjun saying that I cannot firght battle because without sons and grandsons there will not be any pitri.

    • Okay so he has stated it directly..
      Klaibyam in Hindi if we try to understand this is napunsak linga.. napunsak- neuter gender.. Sanskrit words has different meanings placed according to sentence
      It also comes in handy to convey the likes of weakness, impotence, cowardice, timid and unmanly nature. so he has just stated the verse from Gita without researching the meanings of the words according to the sentence…
      So it’s true according to Gita that it shows weakness, cowardice, unmanliness whatever u wanna interpret..

  7. Hello, Please don’t distract people , in the verses Arjun is concerned about vices can increased after so many deaths of kshatriya clan in the war. They were supposed to protect everything from Woman to all people to wealth . If they die so many in numbers then bad people will rise and seek exploitation of woman where forced sex can lead to unwanted child birth … It talks nothing about marriage ..

    • Even you are wrong in this verse.
      Krishna tells to Arjun this kind of demoralisation doesn’t suits you.
      He says to abandon this petty weakness of this heart and stand against them in the war…
      It’s about dharma towards humanity in reality that’s it..
      In these verse there is no exploitation of women , no force sex, no child birth is mentioned…

  8. Dear Rgyan,
    You misinterpret the Gita. Please do not do that.
    You just picked up slokas of Gita randomly from different chapters to satisfy your wrong concept.
    In Gita, various slokas are elaborated for specific concepts.
    Here, you just picked up some slokas from different chapters to make your meaning.
    As per you, Shree Krishna responded to Arjun in the second chapter 2 for Chapter 1. Do you know, Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 are different. How fool are you?
    Chapter 1 is ‘Arjuna vishada yoga” and Chapter 2 is Sankhya Yoga.
    Please read Gita carefully and honestly.
    Do not pick slokas randomly to mean the wrong concept.
    By the way, Intercaste marriage is caste corruption. The children will be considered as outcasts.
    It is also the same in the case of interreligious.

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