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The four-fold spiritual class system – a system created by God for spiritual progress

Abstract

Sanatan Hindu Dharma has no beginning; it is eternal, ever new and created by God. Each and everything mentioned in it is for a reason and benevolent for mankind. Then how can the four-fold spiritual class system given by Sanatan Hindu Dharma be inappropriate ? Due to ignorance, people have become confused between the divinely created spiritual class system and the man-made caste system. They err in considering both as one and the same. We feel proud to present the topic of ‘the four fold spiritual class system’ in this conference on India’s ‘class (varna), caste and family (kul)’. This topic is not limited to India’s caste system, but applies to the whole world and is beneficial to all. In this discussion, we have tried to explain to the people in this modern world as to how the four fold spiritual class system is indeed beneficial and how it can be practically applied.

 

Every individual is born for attaining God-realization; however, today, most people have forgotten about it. As a result, out of the four fold pursuits of life (purushartha) given by Sanatan Hindu Dharma, mostly the pursuits of wealth and desires are undertaken; but the other two pursuits, namely attaining Righteousness (‘Dharma’) and the final liberation (‘moksha’) are forgotten. Hence, Dharma is not followed and the journey towards God-Realization does not occur. To facilitate this itself, God has created the four fold spiritual class system (Chaturvarnya). In it, God has guided which spiritual path an individual should follow as per his capacity and proportion of the three spiritual components (trigunas) – Sattva, Raja and Tama in him. Accordingly, the Brahmin varna studies and imparts knowledge, Kshatriya varna protects Dharma, Vaishya varna takes care of worldly affairs, and Shudra varna performs service. All these four varnas are complementary to and dependant on each other. Thus, by cooperating with each other, everyone can attain God. Currently, due to the intermixing of varnas, castes have emerged. Even so, it is possible for every individual to recognise their own capacity and follow their varna by consulting spiritually evolved people. This paper also includes novel information from divine knowledge obtained by some seekers of Sanatan Sanstha on ‘how to follow the four fold class system’.

 

Presently, the four-fold class system does not exist anywhere except India. Actually, this concept is for the benefit of the entire world. In this presentation, it is explained how others too, can implement this system. Most importantly, the concept of ‘attaining God-realization’ does not exist anywhere except in India. Hence, that also should be told to everyone by promoting Spirituality. This aspect of spreading Spirituality falls under the spiritual practice of the Brahmin class (varna).

 

In this presentation, it has also been given as to how seekers (sadhaks) are progressing spiritually (marching towards attainment of God) under the guidance of Sanatan Sanstha, a spiritual organization that is based in India and that follows the four-fold spiritual class system.

 

This presentation is intended to highlight that similarly, everyone should follow the four-fold spiritual class system that shows the appropriate path to God-Realization to everyone. Presenting this article on behalf of Sanatan Sanstha is also the spiritual practice of us (seekers) and comes under the Brahmin class (varna).

 

 

‘The system of four Classes (Chaturvarnayavastha) ’- A system formed by God for spiritual progress

Sanatan Hindu Dharma is perpetual, the one which has no beginning or end, ever new, and created by God. Each and everything mentioned in it is for a reason and proves benevolent to mankind. Thus, how can such  Class system be improper? Due to the ignorance of people, they have confused themselves between God created Class system and caste system which is created by mankind. They consider both as same and thus go wrong. We feel pride in presenting the topic about ‘the system of four classes’while talking about India’s ‘varna’, caste and family (kul) in the discussion. This topic is not only limited to India’s caste system but for the whole world and is benevolent for all. In this discussion, we will try to explain about how to adapt in today’s modern people. At first, we will see what is Chaturyavarna and caste.

 

1. What is Chaturvarnaya and caste?

1A. Chaturvarnaya: The social system where each and every person can behave as per their basic nature i.e. as per their triguna and nature so that they can progress spiritually is known as Chaturvarnaya. Human birth is for God-Realization. The Class system of four varnas namely Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra has been set up in Dharma to guide one about how one can progress spiritually and attain God as per their ability. This is one way of following dharma (dharmacharan).

 

1B. Caste: Chaturvarnaya came into existence in Treytayug. Later, as the mankind began moving towards ego, the attraction of man towards Great Illusion (Maya) started increasing. Thus there was adulteration in Chaturvarnaya and two castes namely Anulom and Pratilom came into existence. Anulom caste consists of children born due to relation between men belonging to higher class and the women of lower class. Pratilom is opposite of it. Though these castes were not aligned by Dharma, the sages thought that ‘mankind is the most important creation’ and thus accepted and made these castes favourable for life of Universe.

 

2. How is it incorrect to reject Chaturvarnaya system under the pretext of equality?

2A. Chaturvarnaya exists in the entire Universe: Chaturvarnaya system is not only seen on mankind but also in plants and animals. For example - cow and snake are considered sattvik animals i.e. they belong to the Brahmin Class, Lion and Tiger are Rajasik in nature and hence belong to the Kshtriya Class. This means that Classsystem is a system which is decided as per one’s gunas. In society we have teaching and learning, protection system, comer, business and seva etc as per Class only.

 

2B. Basically equality is not the basic nature of Dharma but diversity is natural: In nature there is similarity in diversity. Division is not inimical to unity. Universe is different everywhere and that is why Universe exists.  Even the body of humans and their senses are different. The work of ears cannot be done by eyes and vice versa. Even the Universe is divided into various parts. It is oceans, lakes, rivers, mountains etc. Not only that even the blood of humans is different. The people who oppose varna system say that ‘it is possible to have unity by having meal in one plate and marrying in different caste.’ Is it possible? – H.H. Gurudev Dr. Kateswamiji, Vasala MAhadev, SreeRampur district, Ahmednagar.

 

2C. Chaturvarnaya created by nature: The 3 gunas (sattva, raja and tama) are the causes of the Universe. The Chaturvarnaya system is created by basic nature (prakruti) only.  Chaturvarnaya have been created from the prakruti based on respective gunas and karmas.

 

 

Varna/ Class

Dominant Guna

1

Brahmin

Sattva

2

Kshatriya

Raja predominant Sattva

3

Vaishya

Raja

4

Shudra

Tama

 

 

-       (Sreemad bhagwat Gita, Chapter 4)

It is improper to say that Brahmins created the spiritual class system for selfish reasons: If Brahmins were to have created the spiritual class system for selfish reasons, why would they leave profit-making activities like trade and industry in the hands of Vaishyas and power in the hands of Kshatriyas? Brahmins have been entrusted the following six acts (shatkarma) - 1. Study of Spirituality (adhyayan), 2. Teaching Spirituality (adhyaapan), 3. Performing sacrificial fires (yajan), 4. Guiding at a sacrificial fire (yaajan), 5. Offering (daan) and 6. Accepting offerings (pratigraha). Are these selfish tasks ? Even in that, teaching by taking yaajan, pratigraha and wealth are considered sins. In reality, the acts entrusted to Brahmins are unproductive (from the viewpoint of benefitting oneself).’ – H. H. Gurudev  Dr. Kateswamiji, Vadala Mahadev, Sreerampur district, Ahmadnagar.

 

3. Importance of Chaturvarnya System

Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra Class complement each other. None is higher or lower amongst them. Just as various parts of the body do various tasks and we don’t differentiate amongst them, similarly this is also like that. In it, our head is considered of Brahmin varna, hands of Kshtriya varna, stomach of Vaishya varna and from waist onwards is considered as Shudra varna. We don’t do tasks done by legs with our hands. When all these parts of the body work together, we are able to live properly. Similarly all varna are also as per their basic nature. Mainly as these four varnas are means for God-Realization there is no difference between them. All varnas have equal rights for God-Realization, this will be realized from the following points -

 

4A. All the classes have equal rights to attain God

‘Brahmane Shatakarme karavi | Ani Shudre tyasi naaskarave||’ (Dnyaneshwari)

Meaning: Brahmins should do good deeds and Shudra should pay obesience to him with love and respect. By doing this, whatever merits Brahmin aquires by doing good deeds, Shudra also attains equal merits and he is uplifted. By following the four class system and by following dharma, one can benefit.’H.H. Kane Maharaj, Narayangaon, Pune.

 

4B. Importance of class and Ashram

In Sanatan Hindu Dharma, the functional tenets of the Varnashram process are taught through the categorization of acts corresponding to the ‘fourfold stages of life’ (ashram) system.

 

4B1. Class: Spiritual class (varna) means the Code of Righteous Conduct that the embodied soul (person/jiva) has to undertake as per his inclination, by following various sanskars in accordance to the present times.

4B2. Ashram:As per Hindu Dharma, one is supposed to live by following 4 ashrams namely Brahmacharyashram, Gruhasthashram, Vanaprasthashram and Sanyasashram. Through the fourfold ashram stages, the jiva imbibes virtues (sanskars) and giving up the Great Illusion (Maya), begins the journey towards the spiritual class of non-duality with the divine, that is, towards the white formless radiance of Hansavarna. If one performs actions as per one’s varna and stage in life as prescribed in Hindu Dharma then one will obtain desired results.

4B3. System of varnas: The system of varnas does the implementation of things mentioned in the 4 Vedas which is full of chaitanya and creates impression on the jiva as per their varna. This mentioned ahead.

4B3A. Shudra dharma: In order to follow it, Hindu Dharma has created the Brahmacharyashram.

4B3B. Vaishya dharma: In order to follow it, Hindu Dharma has created the Gruhasthashram.

4B3C. Kshtriya dharma: In order to follow it Vanaprashthashram is created.

4B3D. Brahman dharma: In order to follow it Sanyasashram is created.

 

4B4. Importance of Vedas: Rugved, Yajurved, Samved and Atharva ved are the four supporting pillars of Hindu Dharma because the unmanifest chaitnaya generated from them is from the God Himself.

4B5 . Establishment of 4 varnas in the Tretayug: The sages in the Tretayug established the 4 varnas namely Shudra, Vaishya, Kshtriya and Brahmin because  behaving by understanding the underlying meaning is beyond the capability of common man. These four varnas are the ones which makes one aware about his actions as per Hindu Dharma.

4B6. Establishment of the fourfold stages of life (ashrams) system in the Dwaparyuga: Later as spiritual purity (sattvikta) began reducing in the eras (yugas), in Dwaparyuga, rules were laid down for actual acts as per one’s basic nature and the stage of life, to convince about the importance of spiritual classes, Thus, the fourfold stages of life (ashram) system was born.

4B6A. Reduction in ego by doing sadhana as per Shudra varna in the Brahmacharyashram: In the Brahmacharyashram the impression of obedience where ‘the jiva has to listen to elders and act accordingly’ is formed. This itself is known as sadhana as per the Shudra varna. In this varna, it helps to reduce ego of the jiva.

4B6B. The give and take account reduces in the Gruhasthashram by doing sadhana as per Vaishya varna: In Gruhasthashram the impression of abiding by one’s duty is formed in the jiva where it learns to ‘abide by one’s duty for everyone in the family and keep them happy.’ This is known as sadhana as per the Vaishya varna. In this give and take account of the jiva reduces alot and it get the opportunity to practically learn the principle ‘what I see is my duty.’

4B6C. In the Vanprasthashram by doing Kshatriya varna sadhana, one can get involved in God’s thoughts: When the jiva enters in the Vanprasthashram, at that time it goes away from Maya and mind gets trained to think about God. In order to go away from Maya, one has to perform sadhana as per Kshatriya varna.

4B6D. In Sanyasashram one can give knowledge to others by doing sadhana as per Brahmin varna: Sanyasashram means going from sacrifice to detachment and teaching other jivas about the moral impressions practically. This itself means sadhana as per the knowledgeable Brahman varna.

4B6E.  Moving towards the Hansa varna after inclination for God’s unmanifest (nirgun) form: When the jivas begins to realize about the unmanifest from the Sanyasashram, at that time it begins to move towards the Hansa varna – Through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil (06/01/2006, at 1:48 pm)

 

4C. Rules set to avoid having ego about one’s varna: So that one’s head does not become proud and it looks after everyone, importance is placed on paying obeisance to the feet . So that one’s arms do not become unnecessarily proud about their strength, paying obeisance by folding the two hands is recommended. This strength in unity and attitude of coordination itself are responsible for success. This is possible only with the emotion of surrender. If the society and nation too, work like this, then that society and nation will become powerful.’H.H. Parshram Pande Maharaj (12/02.2006)

 

4D. Importance of Class system acknowledged by some western writers

4E. 1. Sydney Low writes, ‘Hindu society has survived several natural calamities and political catastrophes because class system gave it the stability and satisfaction’.

 

4E. 2. Sir Henry Cotton says, ‘Class system has kept the Hindu society indivisible. This system will continue to exist ’.

 

4E. 3. Dr. Annie Besant says, ‘It is not right to abolish the class system which has protected thousands of generations. While Chaldea, Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome vanished; but the India of same age is stable. It will remain so because of the stability given by the Class system.’

 

4E. 4. Abbe  Dubois writes ‘’India never degraded into a savaged state; because the Hindu society is divided into classes. Art developed in India. The science of civilisation reached its peak here, whereas else where in the world we can see uncivilized behaviour.

 

                                    - H.H.Gurudev Kate Swamiji, Wadala Mahadev, Taluka Srirampur, Dist. Ahmadnagar

 

5. Identifying one’s Class

Manusmruti  says, ‘A person performing good actions (karmas) is born in a best family/place whereas a person doing bad actions is born in an average family/place. The class of a person can be recognised based on his birth’. In ‘Bhagavad-Gita’ it is stated ‘Chaturvarnyam mayaa srushtam gunakarmavibhagashaha|’ In this, ‘karma’ refers to distribution of duties of the class! ‘KarmaVibhag’ means the division of duties as per class. Guna means three subtle spiritual components namely sattva, raja and tama. ‘GunaVibhag means division of Guna into Karma’. As per the karma in previous births, the division of sattva ,raja and tama takes place in the current birth. A person is born into a class as per the composition of sattva, raja and tama, this itself is ‘division as per Guna Vibhag. A person’s duties are determined as per his class. It is known as ‘Karma Vibhag’

(One point to be noted here is that Karma does not refer to the the actions performed by a person in worldly sense or his profession, but Karma means action performed for Dharma (Righteousness) that is spiritual practice done for God-Realization - Compiler)

 

5A. Caste is determined from the birth whereas class is determined from Jiva’s Guna and karma

Everyone wants to know ‘what is a Class (Varna) and to which class does he belong’. Only authorities in Spirituality like Saints and Guru can tell a Class (Varna) of a Jiva. Owing to lack of knowledge about class system many think that caste system and class system are one and the same.

 

A caste is determined from the family in which a Jiva is born. Thus a caste system is birth based. A Class (Varna) is determined from the composition of three Guna (subtle spiritual components) and karma(Spiritual Practice) of a Jiva. Hence when a Jiva is born into a Brahman family, his caste is Brahman but his class may or may not be Brahman.(The reason being that in the current times all the classes are mixed with each other and hence a person born in a Brahman family may not be of pure Brahman class - Compiler) If his Karma and Guna are in accordance to Brahman class then only he would be a Brahman by class.(Guna here denotes spiritually subtle components Sattva, raja and tama - Compiler) Accordingly if a Jiva is born into any other caste and if his Guna and Karma are in accordance of Brahman class , then he would belong to Brahman class. Same applies to other classes like Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra.

                                   

- Divine Knowledge received through Dr.Charudatta Pingale (3rd March 2006, 6.30 am)

 

5B. Only the spiritually evolved could determine the Class (Varna)

Now we know that Caste is gross and is based on the birth whereas Class (Varna) is subtle and based on the Guna. An average person cannot identify the Gunas in a spiritually evolved person. Only a spiritually evolved person can identify Gunas in a person and tell his class accurately. In the current era of strife (Kaliyuga) as there are very few spiritually evolved persons we rarely come across someone telling the class. Also as the society is not following what is told by spiritually evolved, the class system is vanishing in the Kaliyug.

                       

- Divine Knowledge received through Ms. Madhura Bhosale (29h August 2006, 9.35 am)

 

5C. Reasons for a birth in a specific Class

           

Determining Element                       Percentage

1. Destiny                                            50       

2. Conducive for Spiritual Growth            30

3. Give and Take Account                        5

4. Other                                               15

                                                ---------------------------

                                    Total                100

 

-       Dr. Jayant Athavale (Year 1992)

 

5D. If everybody practices ‘Swadharma’, liberation is certain in 3 births! :  Anybody who practices Swadharma will progress. If a Brahman practices ‘Swadharma’, he will be librated in 3 births. If a Shudra practices Shudra dharma, he too will be liberated in 3 births.

                                                                                    - H.H.Gurudev Kate Swamiji (3rd April 2008)

 

6. Collective (Samashti) Spiritual Practice as per Class

1. Brahman: Giving knowledge and self realisation

2. Kshatriya: Protecting good people and destroying the evildoers

3. Vaishya: Arranging the bread and butter for the society.

4. Shudra: Serving the society

 

When people belonging to all the classes feel ‘I will be happy only when the society will be happy’ ‘I’ becomes expansive.

 

6A. A Shudra spiritual practice is easier than that of a Brahman.

 

1. ‘Dharma’ for a Brahman is very rigorous. Penance is his life. If a Shudra pays obeisance with faith to a Brahman, who is regularly studying Veda, he would receive the fruits of seven days of Veda study done by the Brahman.

2. What a Brahman achieves by rigorous penance can be achieved by a Shudra by a mere obeisance or service. Service is in the blood of a Shudra. Service is the ultimate Dharma for him. Service is God! In service only he will be liberated.

                                                                                                - H.H.Gurudev Kate Swamiji (3rd April 2006)

 

6B. Importance of Brahman class

 

Spiritual Practice of Shudra, Vaishya and Kshatriya is only for their own progress; whereas Spiritual practice of Brahman class is aimed at guiding others on the path of spiritual progress along with their own progress. Thus, there is a yearning for others’ spiritual practice to occur, which means there is more expansiveness.

 

7. Qualities required as per Class (Varna) and the prescribed Karma (Spiritual Practice)

 

7A. Brahman Class

 

7A1. Definition: If any Jiva is focusing on the further points while doing his daily activities and is inculcating the required qualities then the Karma that he is doing would be of a Brahman class. And the Jiva doing such Karma would be a seeker in Brahman class.

 

7A2. A Brahman Class seeker’s journey to study

A. Remembering ‘I am not the body but God’

B. If ‘I am Brahma (God)’ then putting efforts to experience it.

C. Making efforts as per Guru’s guidance.

D. Experiencing true nature of self that is ‘Brahma or God’

E. Learns to conduct his actions in accordance with scriptures and righteousness (Dharma) , so that they are guiding and ideal for others.

 

7A3. A Brahman class seeker’s journey into teaching

A. Following the Spiritual Class System (Varnashram) and guiding the society about the scriptures as per the prevailing times.

B. Trying for the worldly upliftment of all the living beings and for spiritual upliftment of a Mumukshu.

C. Explaining the cause effect relationship of the incidents taking place in human life to a Jiva and society.

D. Awakening the realisation in Mumukshu Jiva and society ‘I am not body I am Brahma (God)’ .

E. Guiding and protecting Jiva on the path of spiritual practice at every stage.

            A Brahman Class seeker has to attain all of the four pursuits of life (Purusharth) that is Dharma, Arth, Kaam and Moksha. Out of these four he can attain Moksha by his own efforts, and for the attainment of other pursuits he has to depend upon the other classes.

 

7A4. Qualities required for Individual (Vyashti) Spiritual Practice in a Brahman Class seeker

A. Awareness about his incompleteness

B. Passion for knowledge and consistency in action (Karma)

C. Undeviating devotion unto God/Guru

D. Intense yearning for God realisation and ready to sacrifice everything for it.

E. Readiness to sacrifice his body for others as a service unto God.

F.  One who offers intellect by studying until the attainment of ‘Divine Knowledge (Brahmadnyan)’ and after that by teaching.

G. One who is continuously trying to go beyond all the three Gunas (subtle spiritual components Sattva, Raja and Tama) by awakening spiritual emotion through continuous ‘Soham’ or one who is trying to merge into ‘Hansa’ class (Varna)

           

7A5 Qualities required for Collective (Samashti) Spiritual Practice in a Brahman Class seeker

A. Love without expectation for Samashti (All living beings) and one who sees everyone with the same perspective (Samadrushtti)

B. Intense desire for the Spiritual upliftment of self and others.

C. One who gives due respect to authority Jivas from all classes and the one who guides from time to time.

D. One who acts for the upliftment of all the living beings and Universe in favourable times.

 

7B. Kshatriya Class

7B1. Definition: If any Jiva is focusing on the further points while doing his daily activities and is inculcating the required qualities then the Karma that he is doing would be of a Kshtriya class. And the Jiva doing such Karma would be a seeker in Kshatriya class

 

7B1. Qualities required for Individual (Vyashti) Spiritual Practice in a Kshtriya Class seeker

 

7B1A. One whose faith is ideal

1. One who agrees/accepts to the authority of Ved, Upanishds and scriptures like Ramayan, Mahabharat, also one who accepts the existence of gross, divine and demonic powers and has experienced it.

2. One who has immense faith in Righteousness’, Saints or Guru and Guru lineage.

 

7B1B. One who follows Dharma

1. The one, who respects and protects the things associated with Dharma that is symbols of Dharma, Swadharma, temples, books, hermitages in the Guru lineage, Gurus, saints-seers, sages and celibates.

2. One who does spiritual practice as per situation, spiritual science and under the guidance of Guru or Saint.

3. One who uses the good qualities and loyalty of the enemy for the benefit of the nation and protecting Dharma (Righteousness)

4. One who shows indigenous people and foreigners ‘what is Righteous kingdom’.

 

7B1C. One who knows the need of Kshatradharma Sadhana (Spiritual practice for destroying the evildoers)

1. One who is aware of the need to have Brahmatej (Divine radiance) and Kshatratej (fighting spirit) for the protection of self, society and Dharma

2. One who awakens the Kshatratej (fighting spirit) in self by doing spiritual practice.

3. One who struggles or fights continuously with unrighteousness, injustice, impurities, distressing energies, falsehood, Charvak philosophy etc.

 

7B1D. One who does spiritual practice of other Varnas (spiritual class) along with Kshatriya Varna (spiritual class warrior)

1. One who attains all four pursuits of life. Knowing that difference in varnas is complementary to each other not inequality as the purushartha of ‘Dharma’ is dependent of self, moksha depends on Brahmin varna and artha and kaam depends on vaishya and shudra varnas

2. One who sees other varna people with equal perspective

3. One who completes the spiritual practice of kshatriya varna in this very lifetime and making efforts to complete the spiritual practice of Brahmin varna too.

4. One who makes efforts for God realisation by accepting vanaprasthashram and sanyasashram at right time

 

7B2. Samashti qualities necessary for a seeker of kshatriya varna (spiritual class warrior)

 

7B2A. Governance

1. Increasing the government treasury and using only 2-3% of it for personal expenses

2. Motivating people to pay the taxes honestly and help the government treasury.

3. Sacrificing luxury and pleasures for protecting the nation

4. Taking initiative to form a sattva (spiritually pure) predominant society

 

7C. Vaishya varna

 

7C1. Definition :Out of the four pursuits of life ‘artha’ can be attained with self strength. If we remain complementary to the Brahmin and kshatriya varna for that, then we get protection of Brahmatej (Divine radiance) and kshatratej (fighting spirit). Brahmin and kshatriya varna people too can follow their duties towards Dharma as there is support from the economy for an excellent social system. Seekers offering wealth, earned by righteous means, for divine mission are doing the spiritual practice as per vaishya varna.

 

7C2. Qualities necessary for vyashti sadhana (individual spiritual practice)

a. Accepting the authority of Ved, Upanishads and Holy Scriptures (Ramayan, Mahabharat)

b. Accepting the existence of divine and negative energies

c. Having faith in Dharma, Saints and Guru

d. Remaining constantly in keertan (singing praises of The Lord), bhajan (singing devotional songs), nirupan (analysis/contemplation on the divine), satsang (remaining in holy company)

e. Knowing that one should not earn through unrighteous means. Diseases, suffering, disputes are created from the wealth earned through unrighteous means and such wealth has to be offered at the Holy feet of Saint or Guru to get rid of the sufferings.

f. Making rightful and sufficient offering

g. Gaining Saints’ grace for protection of self and society

h. Aware of the need of rulers, who do spiritual practice themselves

i. Doing spiritual practice by seeking Guru’s guidance

j. Sacrificing one’s body by doing whatever satseva (service unto the truth) he gets

k. Completing the spiritual practice as per vaishya varna in this lifetime and making efforts to do spiritual practice of the next level

 

7C3. Qualities needed for samashti (society) mission

a. Not giving foreign currency a place in the domestic economy by trade practices

b. Knowing that gaining unreasonable profit means buying sins and the Lord’s fury in exchange of money

c. Knowing that offering wealth where Dharma and nation are at loss is a becoming part of the sins.

d. Making donations to the Saints’ mission for protecting Dharma, knowing that offering for protection of Dharma is to secure national interest

e. Paying required taxes on time

f. Connecting trade with Dharma mission on the occasions of religious and holy festivals

g. Offering financial help to Saints, Guru, religious festivals and participating in service

h. Coming forward to help society in times of crisis instead of being profit oriented

i. Helping the government treasury in crisis times

j. Noting the activities of the enemy while doing business and informing the security officers of the state about them

k. At times taking weapons into hands for protecting the nation and ready to offer everything for protection of Dharma

 

7D. Shudra varna ((labourer class)

 

7D1. Definition :Attaining the pursuit of ‘kama’ (desire) oneself, the shudra varna people have to depend on other varnas for attaining other three pursuits. Also while attaining the pursuit oneself, the shudra varna people, get protection of kshatratej (fighting spirit) and brahmatej (Divine radiance) from the Kshatriyas and Brahmins. The shudra varna people remaining complementary to other varnas is like establishing ‘the Divine kingdom’ in the society. The four varnas are like four legs of a palanquin. The social system remains balanced if they remain complementary to each other. Even if one leg becomes weak, it is harmful for the social system. It affects the balance of the social system. In a way it proves as the beginning of anarchy.

 

7D2. Qualities needed in the seeker doing spiritual practice as per shudra varna (labourer class)

a. Accepting the existence of divine and negative energies

b. Having faith in Dharma, Saints and Guru

c. Accepting the authority of Ved, Upanishads and Holy scriptures (Ramayan, Mahabharat)

d. Knowing the importance of service and doing any service and respecting Saints

e. Making offering as per capacity

f. Making efforts to realise God in this lifetime itself by doing spiritual practice under the guidance of the Guru

g. Sacrificing body in Saint’s mission

h. Aware of the need of Saint or Guru’s grace and seeker rulers for protection of self and society

i. Ready to offer everything to help nation and Dharma in times of crisis

 

-Divine knowledge received through Dr. Charudatta Pingale (11.5.2006. 10.30am)

 

8. Current state of the society with respect to the system of four varnas (spiritual classes)

 

8A. The rulers and society becoming directionless due to ‘mixing of spiritual classes’ in the form of giving up swakarma (actions as per one’s varna and ashram)

 

‘Today, the world is afflicted with ‘mixing of spiritual classes’ the form of giving up swakarma (actions as per one’s varna and ashram). When this kind of mixing of classes starts, everyone’s attention gets focused on artha-kama (wealth-desire). Then vanshsankar spreads mixing of genealogy. Today people, who have absolutely no desire for knowledge, are getting educated with the hope of getting a job! People who have no desire or capacity to impart knowledge, are doing so because it pays them. The officers appointed to protect people are exploiting the people. Leaders are giving slogans like ‘Let us burn the constitution that we ourselves have written’. The reason for all this is the lack of qualities required for the respective acts ! People are carrying out various actions despite lacking the necessary qualities.’

 

– H. H. Gurudev Dr. Kateswamiji (Ghanagarjit, June 2009)

 

8B. There is no alternative to varnas (class), not to caste! : Bhagwan Srikrushna told us about the varna system (spiritual class). If any work has to be completed, then it should be done as per one’s capacity. To achieve that Srikrushna told us to plan as per the varna system. In every company efficient managers do the same thing. There no one looks at the caste but they look at the capacity and allocate work. Now the ‘efficient administrators’ have learnt to plan in this way; whereas Srikrushna had told this in Dwaparyug itself. Though it is so, those, who hate Hinduism and Brahmins, keep shouting that ‘varna system is caste system’ and on the other hand they support reservation. In reality they are the ones maintaining castism. Every example in the following chart will explain how there is no alternative to varnas, not to caste.

 

 

 

Politicians

Courts

Schools

1

Brahmin

Leaders

Judge

Principal

2

Kshatriya

Those, who fight for the party

Lawyers of the opposite party

Teachers giving physical education

3

Vaishya

Those, who provide funding to the party

Those, who do the expense of the judicial procedure

Those, who give donation to school

4

Shudra

Those, who work for the party

Typists, attendants, etc.

Attendants, etc.

- Dr. Jayant Athavale (Bhadrapad Shukla 6, Kaliyug Varsha 5110 (5.9. 2008)

 

(The above chart is given in a broad sense. For spiritual practice to occur as per the four varnas, while doing that action one has to have the spiritual emotion that ‘I am doing this for realising God’. Also he has to follow Dharma. Does that happen currently? – Compiler)

 

8C. Action is important and not varna (caste):‘It is said that ‘Sanatan Dharma is declining because Sanatan Dharma people follow castism, varna system (Hindu class system) and it creates many problems’. This is not true. A true Sanatan Hindu accepts varna-ashram system. Only varna system does not contribute in evaluating someone as higher or lower, but his actions hold importance. Lord Ram was born in Kshatriya family; whereas Ravan was born in a Brahmin family. Sriram accepted Rajdharma. He did not do any sacrificial fire. Yet people of Brahmin, kshatriya, vaishya and shudra varna and that of four ashrams had offered themselves to Him. This was because His actions were superior and worth following. Ravan was born in a good family. Daily he used to do Agnihotra, he had the knowledge of Vedas. Despite that he was not an ideal in the society as his actions were not good. Where we are born is not important, but our actions are important.’

 

9. Guidance by Sanatan Sanstha as per the varna system

9A. HH Dr. Jayant Athavale telling spiritual practice knowing that a seeker is moulded as per varna and not caste and due to that in a short time we see developing of Saints in Sanatan Sanstha: A seeker is not moulded as per the varna (class) or what is now prevalent in Kaliyug as castes. To develop a seeker one has to identify the basic divine constitution of the person and accordingly show them the correct path of spiritual practice and teach them to implement it. This is what exactly H.H. Dr.Jayant Athavale (the founder of Sanatan Sanstha) aims and guides the average person by identifying his constitution and class to the path of seekership. That is why the seekers in Sanatan Sanstha are progressing rapidly towards the path of Sainthood.

 

- Divine knowledge received through the medium of Sau. Anjali Gadgil ( Chaitra K 10, Kaliyug Varsh 5110       ( 20.4.2009), 3.12 PM)

 

(Sanatan Sanstha is a spiritual organization operating in India and by doing sadhana (spiritual practice) in this organization under the guidance of H.H.Dr.Jayant Athavale, 7 seekers have become saints (Spiritual level of 70 % or even more). Also 150 seekers have reached spiritual level of 60 to 69 %. In today’s kaliyug the spiritual level of an average person is 20% and the spiritual level of God is 100%. These seekers are from various castes, still they progressed spiritually. Based on this, irrespective of what caste an individual belongs to, his spiritual progress occurs only depending on the spiritual path, that is, the sadhana has to be as per the varna. In this Kaliyug, only Saints can tell the correct spiritual path. The spiritual progress of seekers of Sanatan Sanstha is the proof of H. H. Dr. Athavale’s accurate guidance. - Compiler)

 

9B. H. H. Dr Athavale’s words which profess that varna means the inclination of the inner attitude and to do spiritual practice according to that, results into faster spiritual progress!

 

9B1. Dr. Jayant Athavale: ‘It is not that spiritual practice is as per varna, but varna is based on the capacity to do spiritual practice. Sanatan’s seekers are doing sadhana as per various varna and progressing faster, this is due to their capacity to do sadhana as per their respective varna! (Paush K. 8.Kaliyug Varsh 5110 (18.1.2009))

 

9B2. Commentary: Importance of doing spiritual practice as per Gurukrupayoga

 

9B2A. Importance of spiritual practice as per Gurukrupayoga: Gurukrupayoga advocates spiritual practice as per the principle ‘there are as many temperaments as there are people and corresponding number of paths of spirituality.’ Here the spiritual path is given as per the inner inclination, the vyashti sadhana occurs well, which helps in imbining various aspects of samasthi sadhana. This gives strength to the mission of reinstatment of Dharma and protection of Nation.

 

9B2A1. Varna is decided based on the capacity to do spiritual practice: Varnais based on the capacity for spiritual practice. Jiva who does sadhana via medium of energy of knowledge is of brahman varna. The one who does physical seva is the sadhak of shudra varna. When sadhana happens as per the various varna and one’s inherent nature and capacity, the divine qualities get developed in lesser time and Jiva can achieve rapid spiritual progress. In Sanatan various ways of spiritual practice as per Varna are available. In seva of producing holy publications, the intellectual capacity and inclination is utilised. Where as in art department, Sculpting section, Music and Dance section the ability to understand the subtle is utilised.

 

9B2A2. Prayer, gratitude, chanting and attitude of service (sevabhav) are important: Spiritual practice done as per any varna cannot be classified as a inferior or superior. As per the law that God resides in everything, God’s particular form resides in the respective varna or mixed varna. Since it is important to pray, chant and pay gratitude to reach the divinity inherent in the respective varna or mixed varna, the spiritual scale is applied that everyone has to do everything with an attitude of service. 

 

9B2A3. Varna, means spiritual practice done with understanding the inner inclination and adhering to the laid down rules; with such a sadhana purification of the body occurs in minimum time: If we do spiritual practice by recognizing our Varna (our inner inclination), and by adhering to the rules prescribed for the respective varna, our inner purification occurs in the minimum time. In spiritual practice when thoughts as per one’s own inclination are surrendered unto the divine, one’s ego (‘I’ness) is completely offered unto the divine within a short period. On the other hand, since various personalities have various energy sources and flows, if the divine energy in them is not recognized and they are not given the appropriate direction in spiritual practice, then it can waste many precious years of spiritual practice.

 

9B. 2B. Spiritual practice as per spiritual level

 

9B2B1. 50% spiritual level: Till 50% spiritual level the varna is decided based on one’s spiritual practice.

 

9B2B2. Spiritual level more than 60% (the journey is from duality varna to non-duality varna): Beyond 60% spiritual level, the jiva starts getting liberated from the duality of the Great Illusion (Maya). Hence, he automatically starts feeling Bliss for seekers (sadhaks) doing spiritual practice (sadhana) as per their different types of inclinations. He starts feeling one with all seekers’ various services unto God and types of spiritual practices. He begins to experience the essence of oneness of various varnas which all reflect ultimately the one God principle. As the importance of God principle inherent in every varna is understood, his journey starts from the spiritual classes of duality with the divine towards the spiritual class of non-duality with the divine. H. H. Doctor expects exactly this to happen.

 

- Divine knowledge received through the medium of Mrs. Anjali Gadgil (Chaitra Krushna,10, Kaliyug varsh 5110, 920.4.2009) , 3.12 PM

 

9C. The spiritual level necessary for spiritual practice as per varna, major component of yoga, level of spiritual progress and nature of distress and it’s level

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

Varna

Level of Sadhak

Important component of the spiritual path (yoga)

Level of spiritual progress (%)

Nature of distress

Level of distress (%)

1.Bramhan

Sadhak

Faith

30

Spiritual

30

2.Kshatriya

Gentleman

Bhav

20

Physical and mental

20

3. Vaishya

Gentleman

Belief

10

Physical

10

4. Shudra

Believer in God

Belief

10

Physical

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Through the medium of Mrs.Anjali Gadgil, Jestha Shudh Chaturdashi, Kaliyug varsh 5110 (17.6.2008) at 12.28 p.m.)

 

9D. Intermixing of castes (jati-sankar) is inevitable!

‘In Satyug all were of Brahmin varna. The fourfold varna were originated during Tretayuga. In Dwaparyuga the fourfold varna system was firmly established. In the current era of strife (Kaliyuga), . In the time cycle, the opposite journey that is from Jaati to varna and from varna towards the one Brahmin varna, is not possible. As the time cycle is a forward moving cycle,  later on there will be intermixing of castes too, leading to its eventual end (dissolution). Then varnas will be recreated. For this to happen, the intermixing of castes is inevitable ! - Dr. Jayant Athavale (12.4.2007)

Four varna’s are created by God; but the caste system is created by man and not by God. Then will it be appropriate to blame God for the caste system which are separate from four varnas? When the castes are created by us, should we not destroy them ourselves? Only thing is the current method which is prevalent for destroying the caste is incorrect. One needs to learn how to destroy the caste system from those who are followers of dharma. The current practice of nullifying castes are also unrighteous.

Conclusion:All should forego their ego and without showing one’s power, should undertake the spiritual practice as per one’s varna. They should follow dharma and achieve Communion with God. And we all should have respect for the four varna system. By keeping this respect one can obtain Blessings and participate in the establishment of divine kingdom.

 

Courtesy: Sanatan Sanstha.

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