The bashing of Brahmins and India’s caste-system has an agenda

Common people in the west know hardly anything about India. But one thing they all know: India has an ‘inhuman’ caste system, which is an important feature of their religion, Hinduism. Most also ‘know’ that Brahmins are the highest caste, which oppresses the lower castes, and worst off are the untouchables.

I learnt this already in primary school, but knew nothing at that time about the concentration camps of Nazi Germany only a few years earlier or about the atrocities of slavery or colonialism. Yet the Indian caste system with Brahmins as villains was part of the curriculum in Bavarian schools in the early 1960s, and it still is today: some time ago I asked three young Germans in Rishikesh what they associate with Hinduism. Their prompt reply was, “caste system”.  Surely, they also had learnt that it was most inhuman. In all likelihood, all over the world school children are taught about the ‘inhuman’ caste system. Why?

There is likely an agenda behind it.

Yes, the caste system exists, and untouchables, too. And it exists all over the world. Curiously, ‘caste’ is Portuguese for class. It is not even an Indian term. The ancient Vedas mention four varnas – Brahmins, Kshatryas, Vaishyas and Sudras, which form the body of society, like the head, arms, thighs and feet form the body of a human being. It is a beautiful analogy which implies that all parts are important. True, the head will be given more respect, but will you ignore your feet? Not everyone is made for intellectual work, fortunately, because a society without farmers, traders, workers won’t be possible. All have their role to play. And in future lives, there are likely to be role reversals.

Varna was not hereditary originally. It depended on one’s predominant guna (quality of character) and one’s profession. The job of Brahmins was specifically to memorise the Vedas and preserve them absolute correctly for future generation. They had to have predominately Satwa (pure) guna and had to stick to many more rules for purity than any other caste.

Brahmins were the guardians of the purity of the Vedas. So it is understandable that they would not touch those who for example remove the dead bodies of animals or clean the sewers, though a society needs people, who do these jobs, too. In the west, people also wouldn’t shake hands with them. But no issue is made out of it.

Due to their satwa guna, Brahmins were least likely to be abusive to other groups in society. Usually it is the group which considers itself socially just above another group, which looks down on those lower. This trait is there in all societies, but it is true, that in India, unfortunately over time, the four varnas were inherited by birth. There are today many Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, Sudras, who do not follow their dharma any longer and therefore should not consider themselves as belonging to their inherited varna.

But why is the structure of the society in India constantly decried, when nobody accuses for example the nobility, the highest ‘caste’ in the west, that it does not mingle with workers and won’t live in their neighbourhood?

Why is nobody upset that the British allowed only ‘whites’ into the club of Madikeri town in Karnataka and probably all over the country, as an old Indian gentleman told me? If I remember right, he said that the sign at the club read, “Dogs and Indians not allowed”.

Why is nobody upset that the agriculture policy of the British Colonialists starved some 25 MILLION Indians to death? 25 million men, women and children slowly dying because they had nothing to eat in a country that was one of the richest before the British took over… There are terrible pictures on the net of Indians only being skin and bones, barely alive.

Why is nobody upset that the British, after slavery was abolished, sent indented labour from India all over the world in cramped boats, where a big number died during the journey already (and were spared the torture in the sugarcane estates)?

Why nobody talks about what the Muslim invasions did to Hindus and especially to Brahmins? How cruel they were? How many Hindus were killed or made slaves? How many Hindu women committed mass suicide by jumping into fire so that they won’t fall into the hands of the Muslim troops?

Nowadays, due to ISIS we can well imagine what happened then, yet the Leftists and even ‘respectable’ British Parliamentarians are not concerned with all this. They are concerned with the ‘most inhuman caste system’ of India. It can be safely assumed that the colonial masters tried to drive a wedge between the castes by ‘fixing’ the former fluidity of varnas in their census from 1871 onwards. And today, their democratic successors, though without political power in India, try to drive a wedge with the help of manipulative media and even parliamentary legislation in their own country.

My point is: what Brahmins did by segregating from others or even snubbing others is negligible in comparison what Christian colonialists and Muslim invaders did.

So why are the so-called atrocities of the caste-system so hyped? The reason may well be to divert the attention from those who actually should feel guilty what they did and still do to India. It’s not the Brahmins. Many of them suffer today, mainly due to reservation and, though poor in many cases, by being excluded from benefits which are given to religious minorities or lower castes.

But this is not the only reason why the caste system and Brahmins are being bashed worldwide. Another important agenda is to shame Brahmins, to make them feel guilty about their forefathers and to make them reluctant to follow their original Dharma of learning and teaching the Vedas. The goal is to make Vedic knowledge disappear in India, because it poses a danger for Christianity and Islam. It can easily challenge their so called “revealed truths”. Vedic knowledge makes sense and is therefore the greatest obstacles for Christianity and Islam to expand over the whole world.

Unfortunately, a lot of Vedic texts are already lost. The former Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram, Sri Chandrashekarendra Saraswati, says in his book “The Vedas” that out of 1180 Shakas, into which Veda Vyasa divided the 4 Vedas some 5000 years ago, only eigth are still in use. (Just wondering: would a search in England, Germany and other countries rediscover some of this treasure? )

It is about time to stop this Brahmin bashing and stop portraying the Indian caste system as the worst that has ever befallen humanity. It sounds so fake, especially, when ISIS gets neutral treatment by just mentioning facts, like, “ISIL burns 19 Yazidi women to death in iron cages because they refused to have sex with fighters” without any emotional colour or condemnation.

Some time ago, I saw an old Brahmin couple in a temple in south India. They had dignity, but were very thin. When Prasad (sacred food) was distributed, they were in the queue before me. Later I saw that they joined the queue again…. It was in all likelihood due to poverty.

Brahmins don’t need to feel guilty about their forefathers. They can be proud of them, because it is only thanks to them that India is the only country that has preserved its precious, ancient wisdom at least partly. Yet others should indeed feel guilty, but those others are brazen and won’t. They rather vitiate the atmosphere with unjustified hatred for Hinduism and anti-Brahmanism.

By Maria Wirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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92 comments

  1. Gurudayal · · Reply

    Mam thanks for this great knowledge. I have to say many thinks and want ti know .thus i want to talk to you if it is possible.

    Plz provide me source to talk to you thanks.
    My email – gurudayaly@gmail.com

  2. What the aryan invaders did to this country is far worse than what the christian or islam missionaries have done. And the hinduism and brahmanism only flourished in India which is only one out of approximately 200 nations in the world. Knowledge was kept afar from all the varnas leading to a wide divide amongst the indigeneous dravidians. All thanks to these aryan invaders who changed the fate of indegeneous dravidians.

    1. Surya, USA · · Reply

      Aryan Invasion Theory is a myth created by a jealous Brit that was embraced by non Indians readily without any scientific basis. It was debunked with genetic studies thankfully. Indians have nothing to do with the DNA of people living in other regions. Chill.
      This sacred knowledge is kept secret because not everyone can understand the depth of the meaning of upanishads. For example google ‘Mahavakhyas’ and see the profound knowledge packed into those short lines.Do you think everyone can understand them, also how many contemporary hindus have taken pains to read the abridged version of upanishads, the most important scriptures of hinduism? Not many.

    2. jowilson365 · · Reply

      I can’t understand why only the proselytizing religions (Christianity, Islam, Buddhism) see to get great respect and honor as well as an intellectual appearance while non-proselytizing religions and cultures are treated as pagan.

      If you are saying that the “weakness” of Hinduism is that it did not spread beyond the Indian subcontinent, I can assume you can justify the 100 million people killed in the Americas in order to spread Christianity and the forced rape and conversion in the Middle East/Africa to grow Islam. Nobody seems to talk about those things because the focus is diverted to the “caste system” and “overcomplicated rituals” of Hinduism.

      I am a firm believer that the reason people criticize others is mainly because of their self-insecurity. This can be justified by the overwhelming criticism of the Hindu religion, which is simply because Christians and Muslims feel insecure of their theological beliefs that rely solely on a book and unverifiable claims which needs assistance from colonial rule and war to grow versus an umbrella of philosophies and practices that absorbs culture instead of destroying it.

    3. Aryan story is, yes, truly untrue and imaginary cooked story by the English only divide us to rule. It is has been already proved as fake and hence let’s not spread it further anymore, for God sake.

    4. Ohh really you are still believing a rubbish Aryan invasion wow ,you people are so insane and double minded,okk what knowledge you are talking about knowledge of farming ,business,trading and other services are available to shudras and vaishyas they can easily live with the use of that knowledge only knowledge of Vedas and monopoly over them are of brahmins so what wrong in this,a Brahman has to follow many disciplines for this ,a lower varna may not be able to follow these disciplines,if khatriya comes second in varna system they have to protect all other varna’s and sacrifice their lives ,when war broke out no shudra ,vaishya loosing their lives they live safely as khatriya are protecting them when foreign invaders came they humiliated Brahmans only as they were knowledge no other community follow such humilaliation ,during wars only khatriya loosing their lives no other community loosing their lives so to see varna system as evil makes a man evil himself,this was the perfect only wrong was the inherited untouchability

  3. Ashok gulati · · Reply

    Brahmins passed on the scriptures selflessly by making their children memorize all knowledge / shruties vedas /puran etc
    They used their children’s brains memory as SLATES to ensure that the knowledge given by rishies devas gods is passed on to coming generations.
    Indeed indebted to selfless pure Brahmins

  4. Upanuvakya · · Reply

    Dear Maria,
    Thanks for your article. I am a brahmin from Tamil Nadu, and was affected by the reservation policy missing my Engineering admission by a score of. 1.25 marks. You are really a brave woman, even though born a foreigner, you have understood India culture very well, than most born Hindus themselves, who unfortunately are trying to ape the west slavishly without discrimination. My pranams to you.
    Regards
    Upanuvakya

  5. Anand limaye · · Reply

    Proud to read this as a brahmin.yesnwht u said is true.

  6. I am a proud brahmin and your article made me feel prouder. Your thought process is thought provoking and has the capability of waking up the true brahmin. Certain of my uncles and grand fathers were vedic “pundits” and they earned tremendous respect, but always struggled financially. But that did not deter them from their professional commitment – memorize vedas and spread the knowledge (free of cost). Today, there are barely any who can propagate vedic knowledge. And it is shockingly sad as you pointed out, that the hidden agenda from the west will eventually prevail, unless a mass of brahmins wake up!

  7. Abhaya Dash (@DashAbhaya) · · Reply

    After going through the views of reader I suggest one and all to go through the reportaires of Megasthene Fabien Thomas Roe etc which largely talks about Indian society. A synthesis with a discount of the bias will give a reasonable picture of caste system and brahmnical structure. True intent of caste system was functional interdependence I.e. Jajmani system. But Indian curriculum doesn’t teach that.

  8. Abhaya Dash (@DashAbhaya) · · Reply

    A fair analysis giving a near truth depiction. Most of the so-called inhuman concepts like caste system, sati, child marriage, lack of education of women etc were predominantly an outcome of atrocities by Muslims and European invadors. But narrative was consciously changed the invaders consciously to cover their own guilt. Unfortunately post independence like leadership continued with the anomalies. Now it’s again the brahmnical class and people like Maria and Gautre who are trying for restoration of truth.

  9. Ganesh Atreya · · Reply

    Very well written Maria. Thanks for making an effort to bring out the truth.

  10. What you have written is only one side of the truth. The other side is that Brahmins themselves discarded Vedic studies and fell prey to the assuring western style education and job opportunities. They moved to metros in search of jobs and further moving to foreign countries. After they became well financially they did not lend a helping hand to propagate Vedas.

    1. Your accusation could be partially true, but entirely. I know personally that there are so many Brahmins who could not study Vedas due various reasons but helping the system or institutions generously that teach Vedas to aspirants. Even I myself, as a proud Brahmin, do some helping hand according to my level. Blaming blindly is not fair Sri Krishna Garu.

  11. jowilson365 · · Reply

    Thank you sir, and I will definitely take your suggestion, excuse me for my messy formatting.

  12. A well researched and well written article. Liked how you stated your points.👍

  13. Dear Ma’am,
    Forwarding an article as received. Relevant with wonderful article written by you.

    कुमार अवधेश सिंह के वाल से (साभार)

    मैं ब्राह्मण नही हूँ। कल एक वामी satya Raja मेरी पोस्ट पर ब्राह्मण के खिलाफ गालियां लिख रहा था। उस मनहूस को ये पोस्ट समर्पित करता हूँ।

    सवर्णों में एक जाति आती है ब्राह्मण, जिस पर सदियों से राक्षस, पिशाच, दैत्य, यवन, मुगल, अंग्रेज, कांग्रेस, सपा, बसपा, वामपंथी, भाजपा, सभी राजनीतिक पार्टियाँ, विभिन्न जातियाँ आक्रमण करते आ रहे हैं।

    आरोप ये लगे कि ~ब्राह्मणों ने जाति का बँटवारा किया।

    उत्तर – सबसे प्राचीन ग्रंथ वेद जो अपौरुषेय है और जिसका संकलन वेद व्यास जी ने किया, जो मल्लाहिन के गर्भ से उत्पन्न हुए थे।

    18 पुराण, महाभारत, गीता सब व्यास जी रचित है जिसमें वर्णव्यवस्था और जाति व्यवस्था दी गयी है। रचनाकार व्यास ब्राह्मण जाति से नही थे।

    ऐसे ही कालीदास आदि कई कवि जो वर्णव्यवस्था और जातिव्यवस्था के पक्षधर थे जन्मजात ब्राह्मण नहीं थे।

    अब मेरा प्रश्न उस satya raja के लिए

    कोई एक भी ग्रन्थ का नाम बताओ जिसमें जाति व्यवस्था लिखी गयी हो और उसे ब्राह्मण ने लिखा हो?

    शायद एक भी नही मिलेगा। मुझे पता है तुम मनु स्मृति का ही नाम लोगे, जिसके लेखक मनु महाराज थे, जो कि क्षत्रिय थे।

    मनु स्मृति जिसे आपने कभी पढ़ा ही नही और पढ़ा भी तो टुकड़ों में कुछ श्लोकों को जिसके कहने का प्रयोजन कुछ अन्य होता है और हम समझते अपने विचारानुसार है।

    मनु स्मृति पूर्वाग्रह रहित होकर सांगोपांग पढ़े। छिद्रान्वेषण की अपेक्षा गुणग्राही बनकर पढ़ने पर स्थिति स्पष्ट हो जाएगी।

    अब रही बात ” ब्राह्मणों “ने क्या किया ?तो नीचे पढ़े।

    (1)यन्त्रसर्वस्वम् (इंजीनियरिंग का आदि ग्रन्थ)-भरद्वाज

    (2)वैमानिक शास्त्रम् (विमान बनाने हेतु)- भरद्वाज

    (3)सुश्रुतसंहिता (सर्जरी चिकित्सा)-सुश्रुत

    (4)चरकसंहिता (चिकित्सा)-चरक

    (5)अर्थशास्त्र (जिसमें सैन्यविज्ञान, राजनीति, युद्धनीति, दण्डविधान, कानून आदि कई महत्वपूर्ण विषय है)-कौटिल्य

    (6)आर्यभटीयम् (गणित)-आर्यभट्ट

    ऐसे ही छन्दशास्त्र, नाट्यशास्त्र, शब्दानुशासन,
    परमाणुवाद, खगोल विज्ञान, योगविज्ञान सहित प्रकृति और मानव कल्याणार्थ समस्त विद्याओं का संचय अनुसंधान एवं प्रयोग हेतु ब्राह्मणों ने अपना पूरा जीवन भयानक जंगलों में, घोर दरिद्रता में बिताए।

    उसके पास दुनियाँ के प्रपंच हेतु समय ही कहाँ शेष था?

    कोई बताएगा समस्त विद्याओं में प्रवीण होते हुए भी, सर्वशक्तिमान् होते हुए भी ब्राह्मण ने पृथ्वी का भोग करने हेतु गद्दी स्वीकारा हो?

    विदेशी मानसिकता से ग्रसित कम्युनिस्टों(वामपंथियों) ने कुचक्र रचकर गलत तथ्य पेश किये। आजादी के बाद इतिहास संरचना इनके हाथों सौपी गयी और ये विदेश संचालित षड्यन्त्रों के तहत देश में जहर बोने लगे।

    ब्राह्मण हमेशा ये चाहता रहा किराष्ट्र शक्तिशाली हो, अखण्ड हो,न्याय व्यवस्था सुदृढ़ हो।

    सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिन:सर्वे सन्तु निरामया:
    सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु मा कश्चित् दु:ख भाग्भवेत्।।

    का मन्त्र देने वाला ब्राह्मण,वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम् का पालन करने वाला ब्राह्मण, सर्वदा काँधे पर जनेऊ कमर में लंगोटी बाँधे एक गठरी में लेखनी, मसि, पत्ते, कागज और पुस्तक लिए चरैवेति चरैवेति का अनुसरण करता रहा।मन में एक ही भाव था लोक कल्याण।

    ऐसा नहीं कि लोक कल्याण हेतु मात्र ब्राह्मणों ने ही काम किया। बहुत सारे ऋषि, मुनि, विद्वान्, महापुरुष अन्य वर्णों के भी हुए जिनका महत् योगदान रहा है।

    किन्तु आज ब्राह्मण के विषय में ही इसलिए कह रहा हूँ कि जिस देश की शक्ति के संचार में ब्राह्मणों के त्याग तपस्या का इतना बड़ा योगदान रहा।

    जिसने मुगलों यवनों, अंग्रेजों और राक्षसी प्रवृत्ति के लोंगों का भयानक अत्याचार सहकर भी यहाँ की संस्कृति और ज्ञान को बचाए रखा।

    वेदों शास्त्रों को जब जलाया जा रहा था तब ब्राह्मणों ने पूरा का पूरा वेद और शास्त्र कण्ठस्थ करके बचा लिया और आज भी वो इसे नई पीढ़ी में संचारित कर रहे है वे सामान्य कैसे हो सकते है?

    उन्हे सामान्य जाति का कहकर आरक्षण के नाम पर सभी सरकारी सुविधाओं से रहित क्यों रखा जाता है ?

    ब्राह्मण अपनी रोजी रोटी कैसे चलाये ? ब्राह्मण को देना पड़ता है पढ़ाई के लिए सबसे ज्यादा फीस और सरकारी सारी सुविधाएँ obc, sc, st, अल्पसंख्यक के नाम पर पूँजीपति या गरीब के नाम पर अयोग्य लोंगों को दी जाती है।

    मैं अन्य जाति विरोधी नही हूँ लेकिन किसी ने ब्राह्मण को गाली देकर उकसाया है।

    इस देश में गरीबी से नहीं जातियों से लड़ा जाता है। एक ब्राह्मण के लिए सरकार कोई रोजगार नही देती कोई सुविधा नही देती।

    एक ब्राह्मण बहुत सारे व्यवसाय नही कर सकता
    जैसे — पोल्ट्रीफार्म, अण्डा, मांस, मुर्गीपालन,
    कबूतरपालन, बकरी, गदहा,ऊँट, सूअरपालन, मछलीपालन, जूता,चप्पल, शराब आदि, बैण्डबाजा और विभिन्न जातियों के पैतृक व्यवसाय क्योंकि उसका धर्म एवं समाज दोनों ही इसकी अनुमति नही देते।

    ऐसा करने वालों से उनके समाज के लोग सम्बन्ध नही बनाते।

    वो शारीरिक परिश्रम करके अपना पेट पालना चाहे तो उसे मजदूरी नही मिलती, क्योंकि लोग ब्राह्मण से सेवा कराना पाप समझते है।

    हाँ उसे अपना घर छोड़कर दूर मजदूरी, दरवानी आदि करने के लिए जाना पड़ता है। कुछ को मजदूरी मिलती है कुछ को नहीं।

    अब सवाल उठता है कि ऐसा हो क्यों रहा है? जिसने संसार के लिए इतनी कठिन तपस्या की उसके साथ इतना बड़ा अन्याय क्यों?जिसने शिक्षा को बचाने के लिए सर्वस्व त्याग दिया उसके साथ इतनी भयानक ईर्ष्या क्यों?

    मैं ब्राह्मण नहीं लेकिन बताना चाहूँगा की ब्राह्मण को किसी जाति विशेष से द्वेष नही होता है। उन्होंने शास्त्रों को जीने का प्रयास किया है अत: जातिगत छुआछूत को पाप मानते है।

    मेरा सबसे निवेदन –गलत तथ्यों के आधार पर उन्हें क्यों सताया जा रहा है ?उनके धर्म के प्रतीक शिखा और यज्ञोपवीत, वेश भूषा का मजाक क्यों बनाया जा रहा हैं ?

    मन्त्रों और पूजा पद्धति का उपहास होता है और आप सहन कैसे करते है?

    विश्व की सबसे समृद्ध और एकमात्र वैज्ञानिक भाषा संस्कृत को हम भारतीय हेय दृष्टि से क्यों देखते है? हमें पता है आप कुतर्क करेंगे, आजादी के बाद भी 74 साल से अत्याचार होता रहा ।

    हर युग में ब्राह्मण के साथ भेदभाव, अत्याचार होता आया है।

    कुमार अवधेश सिंह के वाल से (साभार)

  14. Reblogged this on The Wandering Monks and commented:
    True This

  15. Excellent analysis and exposure of prejudice against India. I enjoy reading & learning from your BLOGS. Thanks

  16. Dr. Shib Narayan Sen · · Reply

    The original article and interactive comments are praiseworthy. The Shastra Dharma Prachar Sabha 91 Chowringhee Road, Kolkata-20, have published highly informative and worth reading books like Jati Bhed which may be obtained.

  17. P.K.Muliyil · · Reply

    IT IS A “SHAME” THAT MY REPLY ON THE ARTICLE SENT YESTERDAY(20.10.17) WAS NOT PUBLISHED SELECTIVELY ??? WHAT TYPE OF JOURNALISM ARE YOU FOLLOWING ?? YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY “WAH ! WAH! ” THEN ONLY YOU RESORT TO PUBLISHING THOSE ARTICLES. A VERY VERY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS WITH YOUR JOURNALISM – SUCH TYPE OF ATTITUDE WILL NOT SUSTAIN YOU IN THESE COMPETITIVE MARKETS !!

    == P.K.MULIYIL ==
    ( pravir_muliyil@yahoo.co.uk)

    1. i checked twice, but there was no comment from you yesterday. so i wonder what you are talking about. this comment is 17 hours old, but to approve it, i have to go to the website, and it is just now that i went to wordpress for the first time today. you cannot expect immediate approval when i don’t see your comment.
      truly amazing that you have such unfounded suspicions after just one day wait. please check, i publish all comments except those with badly abusive language.

    2. Dear Maria ji

      I wonder why you still resond to such inferior opinions expressed by some slender and indicipline persons. Please keep distance from such filthy way of responses, for God sake.

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