What is the caste system?

Radhika Raman Das
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Based on the Vedic scriptures, there is no caste system because the word ‘caste’ implies that which is fixed from birth and not changeable. But there is a Vedic class system, which is defined in the Bhagavad-Gita as follows:

“Brahmanas, ksatriyas, vaisyas, and sudras are determined by their nature, qualities, and work performed.”

Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 18.41

What this means is that based on the qualities developed and the actions taken by a person. A person will belong to one of four classes:

Brahmans – Peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, wisdom and religiousness. Those who possess these qualities should be the leaders in society.

Ksatriyas – Heroism, power, determination, resourcefulness, courage in battle, generosity and leadership. Those who possess these qualities should be the administrators in society.

Vaisyas – Farming, cow protection and business. Those who possess these qualities should be the business owners and farmers.

Sudras – Labor and service to others. Those who possess these qualities should work under the guidance of the above classes.

Every corporation in the world uses the Vedic class system. For example, in a corporation people are employed based on the qualities of work they have developed. Some are vice presidents, some are managers, some are admin clerks, and some are janitors.

It is a fact that everyone is not the same. This can be proven by the fact that not everyone has developed all qualities to the same degree. By following the Vedic class system, everyone will strive to become the best among men. Those at the top (Brahmans) will strive to keep their high position, and those below will strive to advance to a higher position. At work, do you want to advance or would you prefer to stay in the same position?

Everyone would agree that at work, there should be opportunities for advancement for everyone based on the effort put in by each worker. If there are no opportunities for advancement based on the efforts of the workers, then everyone loses the motivation to work and the quality of workers diminishes. This would result in the collapse of the corporation.

In a classless society, there is no motivation to develop good qualities and everyone becomes degraded into the lowest class. This is the case everywhere in the World today. The leaders in most countries around the World are thieves, liars, and have no spiritual knowledge. The result of this is that the public suffers with injustice, high taxes, inflation, unemployment, and insecurity.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the Politicians were peaceful, self-controlled, pure, tolerant, honest, knowledgeable, and religious? This is the aim of the Vedic class system. To ensure that suitably qualified personnel are appointed suitable roles in society. This concept is already used in corporations around the world.

The current caste system in India is a complete corruption of the Vedic class system that is prescribed by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita and so it should be rejected.

Currently the son of a Brahman is also called a Brahman, even though the son only has the qualities of a Sudra. Can the son of a high court judge also be called a judge? Can the son of a doctor be also called a doctor? The simple answer is no. One can only be called a judge or doctor, if one has developed the qualities of a judge or doctor.

Those outside India, often attack Sanatan-Dharma (the Eternal Religion) due to the Vedic class system, but they have a history of human slavery, hatred, violence against those who don’t follow their recently created religion, they want to practice their religion freely everywhere in the world, but will not allow others to do the same (wickedness), they impose a tax on those who don’t follow their religion, no equal rights for those who don’t follow their religion, and curse others a life of eternal hell for simply following a religion given to them by God Himself. The Vedic class system is civilized, logical, and justice for all. Slavery, hatred, violence, wickedness, unjust tax, non-equality, and wishing hell for anyone is uncivilized.

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Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at "The Vaisnava - Online Magazine", he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.
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