Canto 4: Creation of the Fourth OrderChapter 14: The Story of King Vena

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.14.45

taḿ tu te 'vanataḿ dīnaḿ

kiḿ karomīti vādinam

niṣīdety abruvaḿs tāta

sa niṣādas tato 'bhavat


tam — unto him; tu — then; te — the sages; avanatam — bowed down; dīnam — meek; kim — what; karomi — shall I do; iti — thus; vādinam — inquiring; niṣīda — just sit down; iti — thus; abruvan — they replied; tāta — my dear Vidura; saḥhe; niṣādaḥ — of the name Niṣāda; tataḥ — thereafter; abhavat — became.


He was very submissive and meek, and immediately after his birth he bowed down and inquired, "Sirs, what shall I do?" The great sages replied, "Please sit down [niṣīda]." Thus Niṣāda, the father of the Naiṣāda race, was born.


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.

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