Saturday, 12 December 2015

The varna vyavastha.

HARIH  OM 

The  Gita  revisited.
The  varna vyavastha.

                        The  varna  system  is  the  classification  of  men  according  to  the attitude  of  their  mind  (  guna )  and  the  profession  undertaken  (  karma ). . The  four  varnas  are  Brahmins (  thinkers  and  teachers )   Kshatriyas (  managers  and  leaders  )   ,  Vaishyas   (producers  of  wealth  and  resources  )  and  Sudhras ( labourers  and  workers ).  The  birth  factor  is  also  taken  into  consideration  because  the  family  environment  a man  is  born  in  depends  upon  on  his  fructifying  karma  which  is  the  result  of  his  gunas  and  karmas . Hence  the  birth  factor  also  becomes  a  secondary  basis  for  this  classification. 

                   The  Brahmin   has  the  greatest  responsibility  of  guiding  a  country  . He has  to  be  self-controlled  and  disciplined , poised,  alert   and  knowledgeable. . The  Kshatriyas  are  expected  to  work  hard   to  carry  out the  wishes  of  the  Brahmins    to  protect  the  country  . . The  vaishyas  must  generate  the  finances  to run the  country   and  the  sudhras  serve  the  others  in  society  . . The  fourfold  classification  is  not  peculiar  to  India  , but  it  is  indeed  a  universal  classification and  applies  for  all  times.  In  modern  times  they  may  be  called  as  creative  thinkers , the  politicians  , the  commercial  workers  and  the  labourers  .

                      The  Lord  brings  up  the  topic  of  the  varna  system  here  again  in this  chapter. He had  already  talked  about  the  same  topic  under  the  discussion  on  caste system  in  the  7th  chapter. . The  Lord  wants  Arjuna  to  understand  that  Arjuna's  guna  and  karma   are  both  designed  as  a  Kshatriya   and  hence  it  becomes  his  duty  to  fight  this  righteous  war. 

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