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Does Bhagavat Gita Encourage Casteism?

Living with Awareness Series Part I

Introduction

What does Krishna meant when he said, “Arjuna, you are a Kshatriya (warrior caste) and therefore your duty is to fight”. Do this Krishna’s words indicate that he believed in the caste system? (In ancient India there were four main castes – Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya and Sudra)

Naran S. Balakumar believes Krishna meant something else. Read this post to know the insights of Naran on this topic.

Different Castes in place

The beauty of human being is that a person can play different roles in life. The mind is a multi-faceted energy field. It thinks and analyses in parts.

When one part of the mind discusses, then it is the policy-maker within. The part of the mind that takes a decision after deep analysis based on darma, justice and fairness – rights and wrongs, is the Brahminical part. For some, it is the dominant part. The mind can take a decision in many ways, based on circumstances and environment. If one takes the decision based on darma, we are activating the Brahminical part of the mind. We can call that part as the analytical or the logical part.

If you base the decision on anger and violence, you are activating the Kshatriya part of the mind. It is nothing but the military part (protection by fighting).

If you take the decision based on adjustments and compromises, you are activating the Vysya part (Vysya – trader).

If you cannot take a decision, and you depend on others (considered by us as superiors) for our decision, you are activating your Sudra part (submissive, indecisive part).

Thus, Caste is nothing but playing different roles in our lives.

Initiating Castes

How you are activating these parts? It is due to influence by desires coming out of Ego and Pride.  

Desire to control belongs to Brahminical mind and Kshatriya mind. For the Brahminical part, ego is more dominant and for the Kshatriya part, pride is dominant. Desire for approval, appreciation or recognition is the Vysya part. Desire to feel more secured is there in all four parts. However, this is more in the Sudra part.

 If a person predominantly takes a decision activating only one part, then that part of the mind becomes his personality. This is how Casteism was born. Many were responsible for bringing in castes in Indian society.

While walking on the path of healing let us not drag ourselves into confusion by thinking about caste, race and religion. They are aberrations of the society and let us ignore them.

Next Post on Living with Awareness Series Part II:

Does Bhagavat Gita Promote Violence?

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