In the city there are many Vaisya elders and Sabaean merchants, whose houses are stately and beautiful.
A Sudra in distress may turn to a handicraft; and in the same circumstances a Vaisya may stoop to service.
Thus the Vaisya caste were in ancient times the tillers of the soil.
Vaisya, vīs′ya, n. a member of the third caste among the Hindus.
And a Vaisya, having earned wealth, should cause the rites enjoined in the Vedas to be performed for himself.
The Heads of the Vaisya families in them establish in the cities houses for dispensing charity and medicines.