In the previous episode we had witnessed two important categories of people who directly go to hell. So far we’ve discussed nine different categories of people going to hell, according to Vidura, the ninth one being that if a person is failing to live up to the duties and responsibilities of his/her clan or community of birth, this person would straightaway go to Hell or “Naraka”. Eventually we discussed the significance of the “Varnaashrama Dharma” of each religion and for each community of people in this world. We had concluded yesterday’s episode by saying that we have an important discussion to follow, pertaining to this point. In today’s episode we shall have the detailed discussion and then subsequently move forward with the next category.
If we take an exploration of the “Varnaashrama Dharma” according to our ancient Vedas, it has been prescribed that each sect of people are meant for a certain occupation and this constitutes the balance in the world. Of course this sect division comes along with a human being’s birth and it has to be respected. We might know that the Vedas prescribe four different sects of people – Brahmana, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Sudra. The Brahmana’s “Varnaashrama Dharma” is to learn the Vedas, scholar them thoroughly, interpret its meaning and essence and propagate it to the world for global well being. The Kshatriya’s “Varnaashrama Dharma” is to stand up and fight for the cause of the country’s safety. If there are enemies coming and invading the country, it is the bound duty of the “Kshatriyas” to fight the enemy and protect the nation. The “Vaishya”’s “Varnaashrama Dharma” is to do business – buying and selling of all kinds of products that are required for the funcitioning of normal life. It might range from utility items to grocery items to food grains, etc. Finally the “Varnaashrama Dharma” of the Shudra is to take care of all the household activities such as cleaning, maintaining the house and the country at large properly. Thus we can see here that each sect of people had their own duties, roles and responsibilities to fulfill, so that the balance in the world is maintained.
However, people who came much after the Vedic period started to misinterpret this concept according to their own whims and fancies! People started to wrongly interpret that the Brahmins occupy the highest position in the society, followed by the Kshatriyas, the Vaishyas and finally the Shudras. It is to be noted very clearly that the Vedas have never prescribed one sect of people to be high/low compared to the other. For the Vedas, everybody are equal and each person has his/her own “Dharma” to fulfill. This doesn’t mean that one person is of a high level and the other is of a low level! Over a period of time, people failed to understand this logic and tried to inflict lot of pain and pressure on the lower categories of the societal strata and this lead to a big lack of unity amongst people! Even today, we see this societal divide amongst people very clearly in India, although politicians try their tricks in the trade to “proclaim” to the world that India is a united society! In fact, it is only the politicians who fuel the divide, just for their vote bank politics and as common people, we should be aware of such goons and we shouldn’t fall to their prey at any cost! Hence the point here is that, each person irrespective of which class or community or sect he/she might belong to, has their own “Varnaashrama Dharma” and we should meticulously stick to it.
But is it happening today? Of course we see lot of division in the society with resepect to religions, communities, castes, creeds, etc. Even if we keep all this aside, given that we’re a part of a particular community, are we following our Varnaashrama Dharma today? For instance, how many Brahmins today are doing “Veda-Adhyayana”? Most of us have started to do every other thing apart from learning the Vedas – We go for a formal school and college education, go for jobs, handle money, do business, etc. In strict terms, Brahmins are not supposed to touch money by their hands! Of course we would argue back by asking a counter question – Is it possible to make a living in today’s world with only the “Veda-Adhyayana”? Of course not! This is where we’re deviating from our “Varnaashrama Dharma”. As per the Vedas, the Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and the Sudras should in their respective ways, protect the Brahmins who perform the “Veda-Adhyayana” to protect the world! But is it happening today? Who is protecting the Brahmins and in what ways? In today’s society, “Anti-Brahminism” is on the rise due to whatsoever reasons and this has resulted in a huge exodus of Brahmins to many foreign countries like the United States, Europe, Britain, Australia, etc. over the years. Of course, since Brahmins are born intelligent, they tend to excel in every profession they enter into, thus making a successful professional career worldwide! However at this point, if there can be one request or a suggestion to all of our readers, irrespective of whichever profession we might be in, and in any part of the world – We should make sure that we learn the Vedas, and perform our “Varnaashrama Dharma” in the correct way. There should be no compromise on this, although we might be into various other professions in our daily life! We should make sure that we never compromise our “Varnaashrama Dharma” and go into another profession, irrespective of who we are, what we are and where we are! Similar to the Brahmins, other categories of people should also follow their respective “Varnaashrama Dharma” without fail. First of all we should realize that no category is high or low here – All of us are equal and interdependent on each other. In fact, the Vedas has prescribed these four categories, only with the parameter called “Interprependancy” and there is no question of high or low! Hence people should neither feel jealous that they’re of a “higher” community nor feel low that we are from a “lower” community. We should never feel ashamed to follow our duties and responsibilities in this world, no matter who says what!
Thus the important message from today’s episode is that, we should never compromise on our “Varnaashrama Dharma” and if we tend to do so, we should be prepared to go to hell! We shall wait till the next episode to witness the tenth category of people who would reach hell! Stay tuned! J