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    Daksh Bansal
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    Hare Krishna Prabhu

    Prabhu in one place Prabhupada writes “It is said in the śāstras that the head of the body represents the brāhmaṇas, the arms represent the kṣatriyas, the abdomen represents the vaiśyas, and the legs, beginning with the thighs, represent the śūdras. The śūdras are sometimes called black, or kṛṣṇa. The brāhmaṇas are called śukla, or white, and the kṣatriyas and the vaiśyas are a mixture of black and white. However, those who are extraordinarily white are said to have skin produced out of white leprosy. It may be concluded that white or a golden hue is the color of the higher caste and black is the complexion of the śūdras.”

    I am not able to understand this because I do not understand how are skin colors related to varnas. Please explain it Prabhu.

    #15805
    Ashish Dalela
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    All variety is manifested by the combination of the three guna, including the colors. The sattva manifests yellow, rajas manifests red, and tamas manifests blue. Skin color is only one of the many types of variety manifest from guna. It is not the only determinant of a person’s class, but it is one of the many determinants.

    #15808
    Daksh Bansal
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    If I understand this correctly Prabhu then would it be correct to say that a brahmana can also have a black skin color and a sudra can also have a white skin color because this determinant is one among the many other determinants? What about the skin colors of personalities beyond the three gunas?

    #15810
    Ashish Dalela
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    Yes Brahmana can be dark and Sudra can be fair. But that is an exceptional and rare case. The general trend is that Brahmanas are fair and Sudras are dark. But there are rare exceptions. Vyasadeva for example was extremely ugly and fearsome. This is why the mother of Pandu went pale out of fear when she was asked to go in front of Vyasadeva, the mother of Dhritarastra closed her eyes, and the mother of Vidura sent a maid servant instead of going herself. These are exceptions and not the rule.

    As regards the transcendent personalities, there are different colors. Krishna is dark and Balarama is fair. Lord Shiva is fair and Lord Vishnu is dark. Most demigods are fair and most demons are dark. This is a very complicated science and I don’t have the level of expertise to explain all the nuances, so I will rather not try.

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