Hindu Statement

Its not a Religious Statement, Its a Cultural Statement!!!

Cast’e’ Away.

The caste divide has become bane of Hinduism and India. the only gainers from this whole perverted scheme of things seem to be either the  Upper Caste land lords  and the politicians of the lower caste.  Akin to cancer the only cure for it is to kill it in its roots and not leave even a trace of it.

What probably started as a noble cause to delegate work among themselves, our ancestors turned it into a 4 headed monster. A monster that has 4 heads, but for sure no brain. Just like the ones who propogate it!! Yes I did say that.
How else will you describe a social set up that makes a life pure/impure from birth!! A baby born in this world is probably the most purest thing, be it a brahmana or a shudra. How will you explain the fact that a precious life form becomes untouchable as soon as it makes its way into the world.

By definition, a brahmana is one who understands the Brahman(God) ,understands the Vedas and preserves the spiritual aspects of peoples lives, A Kshatriya is one who protects people, a vaishya is the Trader/peasant class and the shudra is the labour classes. Probably this was not decided at birth but by the duty one undertook, and i dont see a reason why a shudra should become an untouchable , or why a brahmin should preside over the other 3 classes. They just are doing their jobs.  But then almost every human institution degenerates and this is what probably has happened .

I am questioning the Caste system prevelant today.

Why should a baby born to a brahmin be a brahmin when the baby does not even know what the hell the Vedas are or for that matter who the hell(heaven) God is?? Why should a shudras baby be a shudra when it probably is not even a fraction dirty as a grown up brahmins mind is??
What would you call a brahmin kid who tends to like trading than reading the vedas? What would you call a kshatriya boy who is too afraid to fight and falls down unconscious when he sees blood. Who the hell are the brave soldiers who fight on the borders of our country so that we don’t get to see another Mohamed of Ghazni? Do they all belong to the kshatriya class. If so would a brahmin send his son to join the armed forces? Is a shudra allowed to send his son?? and is a shudra joins the army is he given a separate quarters because he is an untouchable?
In the present world can a CEO say that he is the topmost class and a mechanic is an untouchable?? How much more nonsensical can it get?

Why is it that the caste system is so prevalent that it has become a synonym to Hinduism all across the globe? Why is it that we are the way we are….Once the richest Nation and now among the poorest.
Why is it that we dont seem to learn!

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January 23, 2009 - Posted by | My Views - My Ramble's | ,

5 Comments »

  1. Hi,
    Your article is a very complex one and something I have myself pondering over for a very long time and I haven’t found an ultimate answer. But during the course of search I have found certain things that I would wish to share which could probably help in your question.

    First of all it would be a lot more easier if you can call the system, ‘Varna’ System instead of the caste system, which is a heavily distorted version of the original. Let me give you some examples that give you the complexity of the question. Paraurama was a Brahmin, but when his father had been murdered and the holy cow stolen, he literally went on a carnage. He was a warrior. He had students to whom he taught warfare(against Kshatriyas). Drona and Kripa in Mahabharatha were warriors too who were engaged in wars and battles. Vishwamitra became a Brahmin by his Tapas(austerities). Shantanu marries a fisherwoman girl, Satyavati and agreed to all of her conditions. The list goes on.

    So these are just some of the examples that show that the rules were not always obeyed and we don’t even see any disapproval to these actions.
    In our scriptures, you would notice that the Varnas were made according to the mixture of three qualities, sattva, rajas and tamas. The Brahmins had more sattva, the Kshatriyas had more of the other qualities and so on. So the perception was if two good things joined the result from that union would also be good. But at the same time you have stories of people who though born in lower castes have become holy or even more than brahmins. On case would that be of Narada. He is Shudra by birth in his previous birth but he comes in contact with sages and is born a Brahmin in his next birth. One thing you would have to consider here is the reincarnation( it may sound to be a over rationalization, you might not buy it), but it is a very very important part of our philosophy. There are countless , innumerable stories where you reincarnation and karma plays an important role. Nothing happens at the snap of fingers. Everything happens in their due time. If you think about it, it is very philosophical and very true. We have to take of the I – want – to know- everyhing- now glass and try to look things from a broader perspective. Anyway the reason I am mentioning this is that a shudra needn’t be a shudra all the time. In a religion which believes Evolution(of soul) there is no place for such narrow mindedness.

    Sorry for this long comment, but there is one more point I would like to mention. In Srimad Bhagavatham, you would find an interesting phrase which says that there is no validity of Varnas in Kaliyuga, everybody is a Shudra , meaning we are not as pious as we should be. And that is why it recommends Bhakti Yoga as a means of worship. So is it valid to maintain the classes. ‘No’. Buit I don’t see any wrong in somebody trying to be a Brahmin( born into a brahmin family) to follow their practices, their traditions as long as they don’t treat others as untouchables or shudras. This goes for all Castes, which are by the by artificial distortion and opportunist creation.
    If there is a comparison of Hinduism to Caste System, then it is due to the media and people who want to see it destroyed. I can quote and you can see for yourselves that any intellectual will admire Hinduism for it basic tenets. And its not that this division is specific to only Hinduism. Plato mentions it in his books. The Egyptians had it. But I believe there is something pragmatic about it that it had survived when the others have become extinct.

    Comment by iyerandiyengar | January 25, 2009

  2. hi iyerandiyengar ,
    Thanks for taking time to read and comment on the article.
    First thing is that my article is not complex, its as simple as saying caste system has to be eliminated BECAUSE it has not helped people, rather, not helped a majority of people. It probably has helped the people at the higher strata of the society, but it has not and will NEVER help the society completely, unless its implemented in the right frame of things. Which again is the idealistic scenario.

    Now lets look at the varnashrama system that you mentioned.
    “The Brahmana was the mouth of the purusha, his two arms were made into the Rajanya, his two thighs were the Vaishya, and from his two feet the Shudra was born”. from Rigveda, thats the varna system according to the rigveda.
    I cant think of anything but a caste discrimination from this, unless you think in a radically different way saying, the feet that carries the burden of the whole purusha is more important, the thigs which support the body comes second, that arms which help in other works are an requirement but third in line and the mouth that only talks needs to be the last in the lineup……..Well that will turn the whole caste system on its head. Which I think is not the fact.

    “He is Shudra by birth in his previous birth but he comes in contact with sages and is born a Brahmin in his next birth.” If caste system and stuff like untouchability has got nothing to do with varnashrama, then why make a big fuss of narada being a shudra in one birth and becoming a devarishi or brahmin in his next birth?? Why the hell do I have to go through such a pain of meetng many sages to become a brahmin from a shudra.. while the union of two brahmins becomes a brahmin by default?
    Thats because the people who wanted power and wealth, people who wanted everyone tothink that they are amongst the best of the lot, contorted culture to suit their needs.

    There is a lot of good things in our culture , but there are some really , really bad things that needs to be eliminated. I guess we need to agree to that.

    Comment by borneveryday | January 26, 2009

  3. Please read this when you get a chance.

    http://www.simplymalayalees.com/evaartha/newsletter.asp?article=29

    Comment by ambikaz | February 3, 2009

  4. Ok..But I dont know what you are intending by that link.

    Comment by borneveryday | February 4, 2009

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