is a natural system of social organization which can bring about a peaceful
society where everyone is happy. This system is described in the timeless
Vedic literature of India and it is called Varnasrama dharma.
The purpose of the Varnasrama social system is to provide a
structure which allows people to work according to their natural tendencies
and to organize society so that everyone, regardless of their position,
makes spiritual advancement.
People can only work with a cooperative spirit if there is a central
point. Over the years proponents of many different political ideologies
have tried to unite society by providing such a central point, however,
these attempts have all ultimately failed.
Generally people work for their own pleasure and this is sometimes extended
to working for the family, the nation or even the whole world. Because
the aims and aspirations of the members of society are so varied it is
practically impossible to achieve a peaceful situation as everyone is
working to fulfill his own personal goals.
The only universal central point around which everyone can work is
God. He provides an absolute, eternal center for all our activities. If
we try to make something else the central point the resulting society
is doomed to fail.
The Varnasrama system recognizes there are many different types
of people who may not be spiritually inclined. The society is organized
under the direction of qualified brahmanas and is divided into
four occupational and four spiritual divisions in such a way that everyone
is serving God simply by performing their occupational duties. As the
entire society is arranged to please God, anyone working within the society
also pleases God.
The Structure of Varnasrama Society
The practical application of the Varnasrama system is to divide
the society according to four occupational and four spiritual orders
The Varnasrama system recognizes the natural talents and abilities
of each person and provides work according to a persons qualities.
There are four qualities of work, the brahmanas are the intellectual
and priestly class, the ksatriyas are the government, the military
and the administrative classes, the vaisyas are farmers and
businessmen, and the sudras are workers.
There are also four spiritual divisions, brahmacary, student
life, grhastha, married life, vanaprasta, retired life
and sunnyasa, renounced life. If this system is properly implemented
under the direction of qualified brahmanas the result will
be peace and prosperity throughout the world.
The Corrupt Indian "Caste" System
The Varnasrama social divisions are based on qualities and
work. If someone has the qualities of a brahmana and if they
work as a brahmana they are accepted as a qualified brahmana.
This system should not be confused with the corrupt "caste" system
In India people claim to be brahmanas simply because they
are born in a brahmana family even though they do not possess the
qualifications or qualities of a brahmana and in most cases
they are not working as brahmanas either..
The result of the corruption of the original system has been the
destruction of the entire social structure in India and the "caste"
system is now being used by the rich to exploit and oppress the poor.
Divisions According to Qualification
In Varnasrama society all members are equally important. An analogy
comparing the social body to the human body is given to explain this.
The brahmanas are the head of the body as they possess the
intelligence and give directions to the other parts of the body. The
ksatriyas are likened to the arms of the body as their business
as administrators and the military is to protect the social body from
threats from outside (attacks from enemies) and disruption from within.
(Thieves and rogues).
The vaisyas are likened to the stomach. The stomach provides
energy to the body. The vaisyas, as the productive class, are
the farmers and businessman who produce and distribute food to the
social body. The vaisyas are also responsible for protecting
The sudras are likened to the legs as they provide the manual
labor required by the social body.
We look after our whole body. It is not that we attend to problems
affecting the head and neglect problems in the legs. The body works
as a coordinated unit and a problem anywhere in the body causes a
disruption to the proper functioning of the whole body and is therefore
immediately attended to.
The social body should work as a coordinated unit with different
members of the society acting in their respective positions as brahmanas,
ksatriyas, vaisyas and sudras according to their qualities.
The result will be a happy, peaceful and efficient society.
Although all members of the social body are important, as
the brahmanas are the intelligent class directing society
by giving guidance and advice to the king or government (ksatriyas),
it is vital that they be properly qualified.
If the head of society is not functioning properly the whole
social body is in trouble.
All over the world we are seeing misguided governments make
the lives of their citizens hell, simply because they have no
qualified brahmanas to give them advice.
The whole planet has become very unfortunate and disturbed due
to such unqualified leadership.
The brahmana's position is that of an unpaid adviser
to the king or government. The business of the brahmana
is to understand the Vedic Scriptures and be expert in applying
them in different places and at different times.
The Vedic system doesn't require the creation of any new
rules or legislation The perfect laws have been given by Manu,
the father of mankind in the Manu Samhita, and the qualified
brahmana simply implements these timeless laws. There is
no need for imperfect man made laws.
The qualities of a brahmana are given in the Bhagavad-gita
as peacefulness, self control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty,
knowledge, wisdom and religiousness and all of these qualities
must be actually manifest before someone can be accepted as a
Giving Charity to the Brahmanas
On special days such as the birth of a child, marriage and
other auspicious occasions it is customary for the ksatriyas
and vaisyas to give in charity to the brahmanas.
The ksatriya king is wealthy because in return for
giving the citizens protection he levies taxes. The vaisya
farmers and businessmen are wealthy because of their farming
and trading activity. The brahmana takes whatever small
amount is required to maintain himself and his family and
he distributes the rest of the charity he receives for the
benefit of thepeople in general.
Because the brahmana is intelligent and an expert
in spiritual matters he can understand how best to distribute
charity. It is for this reason in Vedic society charity
is given to the brahmanas. It is not very intelligent
to give charity to unqualified persons, for they will simply
squander it. For example if you give a drunkard money, it
will be used for purchasing alcohol, not food. Such charity
is charity in the mode of ignorance and is not very auspicious.
The ksatriyas take the positions of king or politicians
and the military.They administer society according to the directions
and advice of the brahmanas.
Their qualities are given in the Bhagavad-gita as heroism,
power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity
The Perfect King
A good ksatriya king is strong and just, he acts
according to the advice of the brahmanas, he is loved
by the law abiding citizens and feared as death personified
by the thieves and rogues.
In a country ruled by a qualified ksatriya king the
citizens are protected and thus they develop good qualities
and are peaceful and happy. Because the king is strong and
honest the citizens have no fear of being disturbed by thieves
and rogues or by attacks from invading armies. They also have
no fear of being plundered by unfair or exorbitant taxation
or dishonest government officers, as such a strong king will
quickly correct any corruption within his own ministry.
The lives of many saintly kings are described in Srimad
Bhagavatam and we recommend those interested m hearing
more about the the qualities and activities of such great
souls study the Srimad Bhagavatam..
The Problem With Modern Government
In modern governments we find many politicians and government
officers who are simply interested in a good salary and a
comfortable life. They achieve this for themselves and their
colleagues by levying exorbitant taxes and creating an ineffectual
and bureaucratic top heavy government.
The citizens under the rule of such an unqualified government
are most unfortunate. They are not protected from thieves
and rogues from within the country. Instead they are exploited
by the governments taxation system. Excessive taxation is
levied to maintain the ineffectual top heavy bureaucratic
system. No one can be happy in such a difficult position
Selection of Members of the Government
Unless a person has the qualities of a ksatriya
he should not be given the position of king, president, prime
minister, minister or a military man.
If the men in these positions do not have the qualities of
a ksatriya (heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness,
courage in battle, generosity and leadership) then the government
becomes unworkable and the society suffers due to lack of
Currently, all over the world, the people in general are
suffering because the governments of the world are full of
unqualified persons who have no idea of the process of creating
a fair society and maintaining law and order.
The vaisyas are responsible principally for the production
food and the protection of the cows. It is the duty of the brahmanas
to understand the Vedic Scriptures and give guidance to the ksatriya
government and military who, in turn give directions to the vaisyas
and the sudras.
The qualities of a vaisya are given in the Bhagavad-gita
as farming, cow protection and business and they work to provide
the society with the required food, clothing and other goods.
The sudras have little intelligence and must therefore
be engaged in the service of one of the other three classes.
Their occupation is to perform manual labor, give service
and to engage in arts and craftsmanship.
The sudras are unable to support themselves independently
therefore they must take shelter of an employer who can direct
and provide for them.
It is described in this age of Kali almost everyone is a sudra.
We can actually see society is now so degraded that practically
everyone must work as a sudra by serving an employer.
Only the sudras take such employment, the brahmanas
simply depend on God and this way they get everything required.
They receive charity from members of the other divisions of society.
The ksatriya has some land and collects taxes from the
citizens and the vaisya makes some money by trading farm
produce and doing business. Only the sudras depend on someone
else for their maintenance.
If proper education is provided then the sudras who have
the capacity to learn can be elevated to higher positions in the
A society of sudras means a society of chaos as sudras
don't have the intelligence to organize society, therefore, there
is great need to train qualified brahmanas to reestablish
the "head" of the social body. If this is done there is certainly
hope for the future
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