Daily nectar of word meaning Day 18

நாள்தோறும் சொற்பொருள் அமிர்தம்

Where are we with the ‘varna dharmā ‘, the ideal division of labour?

Over the years, the spirit of varna dharmā has been systematically thrashed in India by the aggressors and agnostics. Misunderstood and hijacked by the avarice of those with power and authority, and somehow with their absolute impunity, undue discrimination crept in to erode the harmony.

Freewill and personal choice for taking up varna dharmā were eventually lost, giving ways to alleged hereditary rights and blind faith.

The Brahmins lost the purity of purpose and compromised their principled life of simplicity and sacrifices for earning and enhancing their life style. Kshatriya had abandoned their duties to protect others. Vaishya instead of being the oil of wealth movement across the society, became self-cantered competitive forces of economy. Shudrā were found to be neglected, suppressed and pushed aside without due access and opportunities. The anarchy of caste system had thus spread orthogonal to the virtuous goals of varna dharmā .

Yes, so we are here today witnessing the societies as merely the multitudes of individuals, each pulling in different direction individually or collectively in the name of caste, class, dogmatic creed etc.

At least we must recognise the Vision of Veda, in which all are equal. Everyone has the right of choice to be a ‘dvija’. Wearing of sacred thread as a mark of being a dvija, was once the norm for both men and women. Every dvija has the access to Veda and to learn its important and relevant aspects for life.

In other words, ‘adhyāyana’, or learning of Veda is open to all who choose to learn. Only the ‘adhyāpana’ or teaching of Veda to others is prescribed as a visesha dharmā only to the Brahmin. To our dismay, this tradition is not even known to us.
Today we are a mixed bag. In our life style, each one of us can deem to be in all four varna, at least in some part of our life. May be not knowingly.

Can we at least understand and follow the visesha dharmā to each of the role that we perform? If so How?

(to be continued – Mee. Rajagopalan – 27/05/2017)


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(தொடரும் – மீ. ராஜகோபாலன், 27/05/2017)

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