How can a man know if he has the nature of a brahmana, kshatriya, vaishya or a shudra?

Past Samskara-s (impressions) determine the same.

One whose mind is longing for the quest of the self is a 'Brahmana' .

One whose mind & body are longing for activity and achievement on the mental and physical plane, fearless, full of dynamism with vigor and valor is a 'Kshatriya'.

One whose mind is intent on the calculation of gains is a Vaishya.

One whose mind and body are aligned for hard labor, is constantly after the senses and who is content with the pleasures of the body alone is a Shudra.

Though born in some other cast at birth, one belongs to that Varna as dictated by his Guna (traits) and Karma (actions). Thus one who is a 'Brahmana' by birth, but after sense pleasures is a Shudra; While one born as a Shudra by birth, but intent of realizing his self is a Brahmana.

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(That Supreme being is the absolute truth)  


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The term 'Yoga' is a derivative of the Samskruth verb 'Yuj' which refers to union. 'Yoga', also called 'Brahma vidy‚' is the eternal dissolution of the individual 'Aham' (Ego) into the Atman (self) for 'Mukti' (liberation). Mere indulgence in '¬sana' or physical postures is not Yoga. ¬sana is only one limb or 'Anga' of Yoga. The eight limbs viz. Yama, Niyama, ¬sana, Pr‚n‚y‚ma, Praty‚h‚ra, Dh‚rana, Dhy‚na and Sam‚dhi are the means to Yoga. Brahmacharya or spiritually based continence is one of the important components of 'Yama'. 'Brahmacharya':- "Brahmani charyathey ithi" - "To surrender one's Ego and go with the will of the Almighty."

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