Truth of "Caste System in Hinduism"

Truth of "Caste System in Hinduism"
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Naradas Buzz Report: The Caste system commonly referred as 'Varna Pratha', is the most debated thing in modern time. There is a bunch of information available on the internet regarding the caste system, unfortunately most of them are false and bogus. Varna is a Sanskrit term, derived from 'vr'-to cover, to envelop, count, classify, consider, describe or choose. But many believe that the caste system is birth based, and it shows Brahmanical patriarchy. However, religious books from Hinduism tell a totally different story about the caste system. let’s see.

 According to manusmiriti(10/65) it says Brahman becomes shudra and shudra becomes brahmin on the basis of qualities.

There is another Sloka from Skanda Purana [Vol.18 Book VI , Nagar Kanda , Chapter 239 Verse 31-34] which says it says all are shudras from birth, with samskaras they become knowledgeable.

There are lots of times when Varna of a person changes and is based upon qualities.

Satyakama Jabala -

 Maharshi Valmiki - Valmiki was born as Ratnakkardah, One day, he met the great sage Narada who questioned him of his duty. Moved by Narada's words, Ratnakara began to perform penance and chanted the word "Mara" which meant "kill". As he performed his penance for several years, the word became "Rama", the name of Lord Vishnu. Huge anthills formed around Ratnakara and this earned him the name of Valmiki. Narada declared Ratnakara to be a great Sage and Brahmin, a member of the high caste. Ratnakara, rechristened as Valmiki, learnt the scriptures from Narada and became the foremost of ascetics, revered by everyone.”

Source : Valmiki - Wikipedia

Maharshi Vishvamitra - Vishvamitra was a King in ancient India, also called Kaushik (descendant of Kusha) and belonged to the Amavasu Dynasty. Vishwamitra was originally the Chandravanshi (Somavanshi) King of Kanyakubja. He was a valiant warrior and the great-grandson of a great king named Kusha. He was Kshatriya by birth, but he became Maharshi. He was the teacher of Lord Rama and his brothers. He is also credited as the author of most of Mandala 3 of the Rigveda, including Gayatri Mantra.

In Modern India, there are lots of instances when a Shudra is appointed as ‘Priests’ in temples. Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP) trained 5000 Dalits ( Lower caste people ) as Priests across the Country.  Even VHP demands Dalit priests for Ram temple, Ayodhya. So, it is clear that the Varna system wasn’t based on birth, rather on deed. It’s also true that there were a number of stories when lower caste people were denied entry to enter temples. It was the problem of society; it required a solution. Swami Dayanand Saraswathi and Arya Samaj played a major role here. 

Special Thanks to @VedicWisdom1, a famous twitter user to religious the source of religious texts. He also wrote a thread on “Varna system and its relevance in 21st century”.