Caste system is what we all know as Jaati in India. It is what is decided through birth. This caste system has no Hindu spiritual support! I repeat: No spiritual support!
Not the vedas, not the Gita, not upanishads say anything about a classification based on birth. They talk about the grand unity. How could they talk about such petty stuff?
Manusmriti has ample mentions and to malign Hindu spirituality some evil people have tried hard to present Manusmriti as Hindu spirituality. While in reality Manusmirti has got nothing to do with spirituality, its like the constitution of the time. The rule book for the society.
But Hindu spirituality does have a classification of two. It is:
- Brahmin – Ones that have united with brahman ( the God state)
- Shudra – Every one else.
Brahmins are called dwijas or twice born because the process of uniting with brahman means one’s own death. You literally feel like you are dying at one stage, and then the dwija is born in you. Then you have completely transformed, divine being. This is known as inner engineering. Many claim this experience has the capacity to even change our DNA. Lot of research is happening in this field.
Most people today wearing the garb of spirituality won’t come even close to this experience. Spirituality has become a business where the ignorant teaches another ignorant. Blind leading the blind.
What is Varna described by Krishna?
So, what krishna mentioned was Varna, which is also a classification. But the biggest difference is that varna described by Krishna is based on Guna-dharma, which means – being true to our own being.
Thus in the case of Arjuna, every ounce of him is a warrior. He will always be a warrior even if he runs away from the fight and goes and tries to sit in meditation in the Jungle. Krishna knows that Arjuna’s way is not of sitting and meditating, his way is the way of Karma yoga.
How does krishna know Arjuna’s Varna as Kshatriya?
Because krishna did the checking. It becomes clear when you see from Krishna’s perspective. After Arjuna went numb and Gandirv fell from his hand, Kirshna started his counsel by giving him the highest truth first.
The fact that nobody dies, noone kills.
We were always there, we will always be. We just change clothes when we die. Thus the world is nothing more than a stage. And it doesn’t deserve any more importance than a stage act.
This knowledge is known as Janana yoga, Gyana yoga or Sankhya yoga. This Sakhya yoga says, just knowledge is enough, no action is required. Simply knowing is Mukti. Very few people have just known and beome free. Ashtavarka MahaGita is this Sankhya yoga. It says your biggest ignorance is that you think you are bound by anything. “You were always free, o divine one! “states the MahaGita.
Moving on, Krishna saw this knowledge didn’t convince and then he imparted the knowledge of Karma yoga.
Here it is important to note that the entire Gita is a personal conversation between Krishna and Arjuna. Not for once did Krishna say.. “ and for those who are not like arjuna, this is the method.”.. clearly a third party addressing is not there in Gita. Thus a lot of what Krishna speaks is specific for Arjuna, and this has created a big divide in the spiritual community. For example:
- Krishna reminded Arjuna he is a Kshatriya and he should fight. If Arjuna were truly gyana yogi, kirhsna would not have told his this. It is because Arjuna is a karma yogi.
- Krishna advocates worship of God with form to Arjuna over formless worship. Again it is because Arjuna is not a Gyana yogi.