From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Jit Majumdar
- born twice; born a second time
- a (male) member of the first 3 “varnas”, i.e. the brāhmaņas, the kşatriyas, and the vaiśyas, who are symbolically “born” a second time, upon going through the upanayana ceremony, which marks their entry into the first stage of one’s life called brahmacarya, meant for scriptural, social and moral education to prepare for life.