Sub :- Reservation : A social problem
Ref : - CASTE PROBLEM IN INDIA
Respected family members of this great holy Nation.
"I have a message for the world, which I will deliver without fear and care for the future. To the reformers I will point out that I am a greater reformer than any one of them. They want to reform only little bits. I want root-and-branch reform."
- Swami Vivekananda
THE UNDERLYING IDEA OF THE CASTE SYSTEM-3
1. As there are sattva, rajas and tamas - one or other of these gunas more or less - in every man, so the qualities which make a Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya or a Shudra are inherent in every man, more or less.
2. But at time one or other of these qualities predominates in him in varying degrees and is manifested accordingly.
3. Take a man in his different pursuits, for example :
a). when he is engaged in serving another for pay, he is in Shudra-hood;
b). when he is busy transacting some some piece of business for profit, on his account, he is a Vaishya;
c). when he fights to right wrongs then the qualities of a Kshatriya come out in him;
d). and when he meditates on God, or passes his time in conversation about Him, then he is a Brahmana.
Naturally, it is quite possible for one to be changed from one caste into another.
Otherwise, how did Viswamitra become a Brahmana and Parashurama a Kshatriya?
1. The means of European civilization is the sword; of the Aryans, the division into different varnas.
2. This system of division into varnas is the stepping-stone to civilization, making one rise higher and higher in proportion to one's learning and culture.
3. In Europe, it is everywhere victory to the strong and death to the weak.
4. In the land of Bharata (India), every social rule is for the protection of the weak.
Such is our ideal of caste, as meant for raising all humanity slowly and gently towards the realization of the great ideal of spiritual man, who is non-resisting, calm, steady, worshipful, pure and meditative. In that ideal there is God.
1. We believe in Indian caste as one of the greatest social institutions that the Lord gave to man.
2. We also believe that through the unavoidable defects, foreign persecutions, and above all, the monumental ignorance and pride of many Brahmanas who do not deserve the name, have thwarted in many ways, the legitimate fructification of this glorious Indian institution, it has already worked wonders for the land of Bharata and it destined to lead Indian humanity to its goal.
1. Caste should not go; but should be readjusted occasionally.
2. Within the old structure is to be life enough for the building of two hundred thousand new ones.
3. It is sheer nonsense to desire the abolition of caste.
catur-varnyam maya srshtam " guna-karma-vibhagasah,"
tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita : Chapter-4. Slokam-13.
Thank you for reading.
To be continued ...