Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Difference between a Brahmin and a Pandit?

To many people the word brahmin and pandit means the same. I wanted my 2 brahmin friends accompanying me to a recent Jaipur trip, to visit the Amer fort temple. They wanted to leave fast and rest. I insisted..In the heat of Amer and the afternoon, my friend retorted "There is a difference between brahmins and Pandits", i stuck to my guns, "Whatever but i want you visiting the temple". A bystander (sharmaji) could not stop himself from asking the difference between brahmins and pandit (in his lovely heavily accented khadi boli) with my friend OM, and OM gave a very straight and accurate reply...Sharmaji was dumb struck,,,I don't remember the reply as i was enjoying the expression on sharmajis face after the reply from OM..

Answer - 
Pandits usually charge a fees for things that they do... like karm kand etc...

Brahmins are the ones who are also priests, gurus etc but live on dakshina and not fees...

5 comments:

~ | | OM | | ~ said...

Pandits usually charge a fees for things that they do... like karm kand etc...

Brahmins are the ones who are also priests, gurus etc but live on dakshina and not fees...

Reeta Skeeter said...

Ah interesting insight that...

Anonymous said...

In the begning there are only four cast name BARHAMAN,SHTRIYE,VASHEV and SHUDR.BARHAMAN is the cast who taught the SHTRIYE to gain book study and fighting study ,so BARHAMAN is the TEACHER (GURU in HINDI) of SHTRIYE .now I want to explain that who is PANDIT ,as u know the opposite of KING is bagger(runk in HINDI) and opposite of PANDIT is IDIOT(MURKH in HINDI),so PANDIT means who is INTELLIGENT(BUDHIMAN in HINDI) and PANDIT is PROFESION ... ,it means any cast be the PANDIT but have the INTELLIGENCE and PURITY , only because of PURITY(PAVITRTA in HINDI) and INTLLIGENCY some the BARHAMAN be the PANDIT ....LASTLY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT BARHAMAN IS THE CAST AND PANDIT IS PROFESION ....THIS IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE I LISTEND. :-)

Anonymous said...

Brahman is a caste and pandits are those related to the karma kaand etc,it may say that is like a occupation.

Sourabh Mishra said...

Pandit means vidvaan- a scholar. A learned man is known as Pandit. Brahman are the people who left the world for knowledge and research. Though both are scholars, both may be teachers. However, later in the history, Pandits (Originally Purohit) were those people who did Karm Kaand but Brahmans did not indulge themselves into worldly matters. They focused on spiritual life, teaching and gaining knowledge. They, though having knowledge of Pooja paath, generally do not do it.
One more thing there are four types- Brahman, Pandit, Purohit, Bhaabhan and Panda.. They all have their own role.
Brahman- For research, study and teaching
Pandit- For advice to Kings and were scholars of particular subjects
Purohit- Involved in Karm Kaand
Bhaabhan- A scholar but living a life of beggar or born in a good family but begs or attends ceremonies for food (like- Bhij, Chhati, Terhavi)
Panda- Sitting on the banks of rivers and involved in rituals related to death.
(None of them is birth based, anyone could be Brahman, Purohit, Pandit, Bhaabhan or PAnda according to their Karma). Like Valmiki turned into Brahman by attaining knowledge. Vishvamitra, being a king, turned into Brahman after attaining knowledge.