Questions & Answers - April 13, 2017

Shivanshu: Pranam Swamiji Swamiji can you please explain the concept of caste or Varna? Is one class superior from other?
Swami Ramswarup: My blessings to you. Caste is man-made and people consider the same on the basis of birth which is against the Vedas whereas four varnnas i.e., Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra are according to Vedas and based on qualities and discharge of moral duties i.e., not based on birth but on karmas.

Four Ashrams

There are four ashrams in the life, Brahmacharya ashram up to age of 25 years, Grihastha ashram up to 50 years, Vanprasth ashram up to 75 years and Sanyas ashram up to 100 years. So one should try to discharge his duties of every ashram knowing duties thereof and then must take sanyas, but if anybody else is interested to take sanyas being ascetic by true speech etc., then he can take sanyas even at an early age.

I have already written about caste system (varn vyavastha). Yajurveda mantra 31/11 says that caste is based on present deeds (karmas) and not by birth. The sense of Mantra is that if a son of shudra studies Vedas, controls senses/organs and mind, does practice of Ashtang yoga, then he will be considered Brahmin and a Brahmin who has no such qualities he will be treated as shudra etc., etc. There is no caste system in Vedas based on birth and the other holy books like Manusmriti, six shastras, Upnishads, Valmiki Ramayana, Mahabharat (Bhagwad Geeta) etc., were written by ancient Rishis/Munis based on only the knowledge of Vedas, so no caste system exists therein based on birth.

In this connection Yajurveda mantra 31/11 also says that he who knows Vedas and God, he is Brahmin being most supreme in the world like a mouth in the body. So anyone (of any caste) can be a Brahmin by hard studies of Vedas, practising Ashtang yoga therein and thus realizing God. One who has physical power in his arms, he is Kashtriye-Rajput to protect the country. So anyone can be a Rajput, holding the said qualities. One who has powers in his thighs to travel and to do hard work to establish business, he is Vaishya (businessman). One who has not studied, based on his qualities that he could not gain the qualities of Brahmin, Kashtriye and Vaishya, he is shudra (may be of any caste).

There is a symbolic story in Mahabharat. That once Yudhishthir saw that his brother Bhima was caught by a huge python. Yudhishthir asked python that my brother is a great warrior having sufficient power that you could not catch him. So really you are not python, tell me, who you are. Python replied that he was a yaksha. O Yudhishthir, if you would answer my question, then your brother would be released. Yaksha asked Yudhishthir that if a son of Brahmin takes wine, meat, gambles and does bad deeds then whether he will be considered as Brahmin and when a shudra (lowest caste) reads Vedas, does practice of Ashtang yoga, controls his five senses, five organs and mind and does always pious deeds then whether the son of such shudra will remain shudra? Yudhishthir replied that the Brahmin will be treated as shudra and shudra will be treated as Brahmin.

King Janak called all the emperors/anybody to break the bow to prove to be the best powerful emperor amongst all to marry his daughter Sita. So King Janak did not make any objection of caste system. So was the case of marriage of Draupadi where in the garb of a Brahmin Arjuna pierced the eye of the fish with arrow and Yudhishthir married Draupadi. Draupadi was daughter of Khastriye, Rajput whereas in the dress, Arjun was Brahmin. So qualities are to be checked either of boy or girl.

Anupam: Guruji pranam. Guruji mene net per diye aapke prashno ke uttet se paya ki kuch sharirik pareshanio ka samadhan bhi apne bataya hua tha.guruji mere husband ko phichle 3 salo se skin elergy ki samasya hai.alopathy homeopathy ke sabhi treatment liye.baba ramdev ka खाड me deshighee milaker khilane vala bhi prayog kia per pareshani vaisi hi hai.abhi bhi roj khujali udhti hai v red chakatte jaise ho jate hai.allegra v avil jaisi anti allergic tablates lene se labh ho jata hai asthai roop se.her din tablate leni padhti hai.kis cheej se allergy hai ye nahi samajh aa paya hai.yadi koi upay ho to please bataye.
Swami Ramswarup: My blessings to you, beti. Beti, jub doctor log blood test ityadi karke bhi yeh nahin jaan paye ki kis cheez se allergy hai to is beemari ka ilaj bhi mushkil ho jaata hai. Aap AIIMS, delhi mein is beemari ka ilaj karao, isse laabh hoga. Is beech aap peepal ke ped ke tane kee chaal, gooda sahit kaato (lagbhag 250gm kaato) aur isko dhokar one and a half glass paani mein ubaalo, jub paani ek glass reh jaaye tub iss paani ko thanda karke boiled kapade (saaf) se chchaan lo aur subah khali pet peeyein. Yeh kati huee chchaal 3-4 din chalegi, baar baar isey boil karo, 3-4 din ke baad doosree chchaal aur gooda kaat ke layo aur uska paani ubaal kar peetey raho. Aisa ek maheene tak karo, phir mujhe likhna. Ho sakta hai Ishwar kripa ho jaye.