Reservation : - A social problem - Part- 5.3
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
SOLUTION OF THE CASTE PROBLEM-3
To the Brahmanas I appeal, that they must work hard to raise the Indian people by teaching them what they know, by giving out the culture that they have accumulated for centuries.
It is clearly the duty of the Brahmanas of India to remember what real Brahmana-hood is.
As Manu says, all these privileges and honors are given to the Brahmana because, "with him is the treasury of virtue".
He must open that treasury and distribute to the world.
It is true that he was the earliest preacher to the Indian races, he was the first to renounce everything in order to attain to the higher realization of life, before others could reach to the idea.
It was not his fault that he marched ahead of the other castes.
Why did not the other castes so understand and do as they did?
Why did they sit down and be lazy, and let the Brahmanas win the race?
But it is one thing to gain an advantage, and another thing to preserve it for evil use.
Whenever power is used for evil it becomes diabolical; it must be used for good only.
So this accumulated culture of ages of which the Brahmana has been the trustee, he must now give to the people, and it was because he did not open this treasury to the people, that the Muslims invasion was possible.
It was because he did not open this treasury to the people from the beginning, that for a thousand years we have been trodden under the heels of everyone who chose to come to India; it was through that we have become degraded, and the first task must be to break open the cells that hide the wonderful treasures which our common ancestors accumulated; bring them out, and give them to everybody, and the Brahmana must be the first to do it.
There is an old superstition in Bengal that if the cobra that bites, sucks out his own poison from the patient, the man must survive. Well then, the Brahmana must suck out his own poison.
****( 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 ...