Thursday, 17 December 2015



The  Gita  revisited .
Swabhava .

                      The  Lord  proceeds  to  elaborate  on the  duties  assigned  to  each  varna  ,depending  upon  their  swabhava  , which  again  depends  upon  the  proportion  of  the  three  gunas,  namely  sattva   rajas  and  tamas,  each  person  has  . Naturally  ,the  duties assigned  to a  brahmana  would  be  different  from  that  given  to  kshatriyas  , vaishyas  and  sudhras.  The  same   difference  in  duties  given  to a kshatriya  from  that  given  to the  others  in the  varna  scheme  could  be  seen   and   so  on..... Shastras  prescribe  duties  ,which  when  pursued   sincerely  in  letter  and  spirit  ,help  the  tamasic  to evolve  into  a rajasic  person  and  a  rajasic  to evolve  into  a  sattvic  person. . Even  sattva  has  to  be  transcended  to  experience  the  Infinity  .

                    The   classification  according  to  guna  and  karma  was  made  the  basis  for  the  varna  scheme  when  it  was  introduced  .  But  the  four  fourfold  classification  we  see  now  today is  very much  different  from  what  they  were  really  meant   to  be. . Now,  a  mere  hereditary  birth right  in  the  society  divides  the  society  into  castes  and  sub-castes.  The  present  day  politicians  also  play  a  caste  politics  for  vote-bank  and  in this  process  then  there  seems   to  be  no  end  to the  present  degenerated  form  of  the  caste  system . 

                    A  brahmana  was  a  highly  cultured  man  with  a  great  proportion  of  sattva   and  hence  could  have  a  control  over  his  lower  desires   and   sense  organs  and ,who  had a  mastery  over  the  mind  . Now  a  brahmana  is  one  who  calls   himself  a  brahmana  by  being  born  in a  brahmin  family  ,who  claims  his  distinction  by  birth alone  ,exhibiting  no  good  qualities  that  he  could  be  proud  of. Hence  he  has  lost  all  the  reverence  that  his  forefathers  enjoyed  in their  lifetime .

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