are the mind born sons of Brahma. Brahmins were created by Brahma
so that they might instruct mankind. This was why they were considered
the highest of the four castes, as they had the most to do with
intellect. Since, it was recognized that knowledge is the only
thing that remains with a person throughout life Brahmins as teachers
were duly respected.
The Brahmins conducted the daily rites like the purification ceremonie's,
sacrifices and taught the Ved'ss. Their life was divided into four
stages (Brahmacharya for studying, Grihasth as a married man and
householder, Vanaprasth for performing penance in a forest and
Sanyas for renouncing worldly attachments). Brahmins had to maintain
a strict code of conduct and exemplify ideal behavior. Since they
were the teachers, preachers and priests they had to be proficient
in sacred knowledge through the Ved'ss.
The Shatapatha Brahmana declares that there are two kinds of divinities:
gods and Brahmins who have learnt the Ved's.