In the Hindu varna (class) system, a Vaishya (Sanskrit वैशढ़य vaiśya) is a member of the second of the four classes of traditional Hindu society. Sikhism does not accept the caste system and a Sikh is prohibited to take the persons caste into consideration in their dealing with society.
This class comprises merchants, artisans, and landowners. A person born into a Brahmin/Kshatriya/Vaishya family becomes twice-born (dvija) when he undergoes upanayanam, initiation into Vedic education or education helping them master those parts of the four Vedas concerning their occupation.
- See Wikipedia article on Vaishya for more information