Varnashrama Dharma

(The Taproot of Racism in the World)

A few years ago, a group of Brahmins filed a petition with the Backward Commission at Mylapore, Chennai, India, requesting backward community status. On October 8th, 1995 the Tamilnadu Brahmin Association organized a rally "Demanding 20% Exclusive Reservation for hitherto neglected Forward Communities in Tamilnadu". These are unusual happenings in the Brahmin community, and why are these things transpiring?

One sympathizes with the Brahmin community in the problems that they face, but to understand the cause of these things we have to look at history and comprehend certain facts from it. The Brahmin community is generally classified as from the mythical Aryan race that entered India sometime after the 1st millennium BC. The word Aryan is derived from the Sanskrit word 'arya' which means noble. They were the first of the so called Aryans that came into India for survival. However, they were a very small minority compared to the Dravidians who were the local inhabitants of India. The Dravidians were an advanced civilization as evidenced by the archaeological excavations in the Indus Valley.

This minority Brahmin community to preserve self interests, resorted to deceptive ways. As nomads passing through West Asia, they had gathered much of the religious beliefs of the local inhabitants. With this background, they portrayed themselves as priests and used religion to gain political and economic control of India. They devised the "Varnashrama Dharma or Manu Dharma" (caste system) which teaches that God did not create all men equal, but in a hierarchy. Of course Brahmins were at the top of this hierarchy and established themselves as mediators between God and Man.

Over the years the caste system has been used to cause divisions and conflicts amongst the Dravidians while Brahmin control of India was maintained. However, there was a heavy price for this, and that price was not paid by the Brahmins, but by the Dravidians. Many innocent lives have been either seriously hurt or killed, and certain people are living under the most oppressive circumstances. Few years ago a five year old child in Salem district was blinded in one eye by a teacher because she dipped her cup in the drinking water pot at the Government school where she was a student. It is interesting to note that such caste prejudiced practices do not occur in private schools. Two circulars of the Brahmin Samaj and RSS (recently published in various magazines) show the horrifying extent to which some Brahmins would go to preserve their own self interests. Certainly even though every Brahmin may not be individually involved, the general Brahmin community reaction has been one of indifference to these things.

The Deivanayagams in their newsletter, Dravida Samayam, dated June, 1998 write,

When the Europeans came to India, the Brahmins supported and assisted them to capture the political power of India and enslave the Indians. This is not new since when we analyze the history of India, it is revealed that the Aryan Brahmins have acted as the traitors through the ages. The Europeans were made to believe that they and the Aryan Brahmins were from the same stock, and since the Aryan Brahmins supported and assisted the Europeans to capture the political power of India, they made the world believe that the Brahmins are the leaders of Hindu Religion. Thus they have attributed special achievements and qualities to the Brahmins and have deceived the whole world.

Though history reveals the fact that Hindu Religion is of the Dravidians and the Aryans have nothing to do with Hindu Religion, it was made to believe that the Brahmins are the leaders of Hindu Religion. The Europeans who coined the term 'Hinduism' to denote all the Indian religions, made the world to believe that the Brahmins are the leaders of Hindu religion. Hence, international scholars often write that the Brahmins are the leaders of Hindu religion.

The question immediately arises as to why the Europeans propagated this ideology to the world, and the Deivanayagams give the answer.

There are many similarities between the Aryan Brahmins and the Europeans. Both of them were proud of their light complexion and followed color discrimination. They came from the outside into India and were involved in activities with the motive of exploiting and enslaving the Indians. They prided themselves as superior over the Indians, the Dravidians, though the divine thoughts and philosophies originated from the Dravidians, and looked upon others as inferior to themselves. However, the concept of the Dravidians is 'Every country is my country and all are my kith and kin' and they wanted to be affectionate and friendly with everyone. The Aryan Brahmins pretended that they were spiritualists (soulists) and claimed that the Vedas, which were compiled by a Dravidian, Veda Vyasa, belong to them and enslaved the people in the guise of religion. Similarly the Europeans claimed that the Bible belonged to them, and showed themselves as the leaders of Christianity, while involved in activities which enslaved others.

Even though the Aryans claim that the Vedas belong to them, no correlation can be seen between the Vedas and the Hindu Religion. In the Vedas the names of Saivite and Vaishnavite Gods and Goddesses do not occur, and there is no place for these deities. Nature worship is predominant in the Vedas and they are Agni (Fire), Varuna (Water), Vayu (air)...etc. Since they are fire worshippers, during their special family occasions, as the Saivite and Vaishnavite priests instead of worshipping Siva or Vishnu, they worship and give importance to Agni (Fire), and they degraded Siva as the God of Sudras.

Thus, the Aryans developed the Manudharmasasthra in order to bring racism into Indian society (please see Aryans for details). They elevated themselves as a superior caste by birth and degraded the Dravidians as a lower caste by birth. The Deivanayagams write,

In Northern India after the reign of Harsha, that is in the 7th c.A.D., the reign of ‘Huns’ started spreading and they are referred to as demonic hordes by the historians. Huns were the cruel rulers who tyrannically suppressed and oppressed the Dravidians in northern India from 7th c.A.D. to 12th c.A.D. During this period the 1) Persians 2) Greeks 3) Sakas 4) Romans 5) Kushans and the 6) Huns who came to India in different periods without any religion were united as Aryans (Sanskrit word for noble) and were ruling. During this time, the Aryan laws like Manudharma Sasthra, which elevate the Aryans (foreigners) and degrade the Dravidians (Indians) were devised.

Another interesting fact is brought out by the Deivanayagams,

In the book titled ‘Sacred books of the East’ the author Maxmuller expounded the Vedas, Bhagavad Gita, Manusmrthi etc. However, he did not mention any one of the Tamil literatures of the east viz. Tevaram, Thiruvasagam, Nalaira Divya Prabhandham etc., which are the foundational sacred books for Saivism and Vaishnavism.

Why did he neglect the other sacred books of the east? The Deivanayagams write,

The Aryans have an international organization known as ‘International Aryan league’ and they work tirelessly together irrespective of religion, nation, language etc. Since their prime motive is to establish their supremacy and enslave others in their thinking and social life, they are united together in their efforts to achieve their purpose.

Racism, based on one's skin color or varna, as a well-developed theory in the world society is a fairly recent phenomenon. If racism was prevalent in Shakespeare's day, he would not have written his play Othello which portrays a black man marrying a white woman in the 17th century! The Encyclopedia Britannica states that,

The 18th century was predominantly environmentalist in its outlook; the science of that day tended to attribute social behavior either to climatic and geographical environment or to sociocultural factors. Racism as a widely accepted "scientific" theory of behavior did not appear until the 19th century, which was the age of racism par excellence. Although Charles Darwin himself was not a racist, his theory of biological evolution was extended to social evolution, giving birth to the theory of social Darwinism. Mankind was regarded as having achieved various levels of evolution, culminating in the white-European civilization. These stages of evolution were thought to be related to the innate genetic capabilities of the various peoples of the world. By the second half of the 19th century, racism was accepted as fact by the vast majority of Western scientists, and various forms of it were popularized through the writings of Joseph-Arthur, comte de Gobineau. Houston Stuart Chamberlian, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Rosenberg, and Adolf Hitler.

A question naturally rises as to why racism arose in the world society in the 19th century, though it has been prevalent in India from about the 8th century, that is from the time of Adi Sankara. The answer is found in the fact that in 1794 William Jones started publishing his translation of Manu Dharma which was in Sanskrit into English. The British Dictionary of National Biography states,

As a great Jurist Jones understood that the power of England in India must rest on good administration, and that the first requisite was to obtain a thorough mastery of the existing systems of law in India, and to have them codified and explained. In short, in his own words, 'he purposed to be the Justinian of India' (TEIGNMOUTH, ii. 88). With this idea in his mind, he decided to prepare a complete digest of Hindu and Muhammadan law, as observed in India : and to assist him in the colossal labor he collected round him learned native pundits and Muhammadan lawyers. He did not live long enough to complete this task, but he was enabled to publish the first stages in his masterly rendering of the 'Institutes of Hindu Law, or the Ordinances of Menu (Manu), 1794.........

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total market value of all final goods and services produced in a country in a given year, equal to total consumer, investment and government spending, plus the value of exports, minus the value of imports. Both India and China were the most affluent regions in the world for many centuries.

However, when the British came to India for trade, they deceptively took control by setting Indian against Indian, assisted by the Brahmins. This completely destroyed India's moral fibre and ruined its economy. The Brahmins worked with the British to take control of India. They were quick to portray Manu Dharma (the law of the Caste System based on ones skin color or varna) as the Hindu law, and through the translation of William Jones this poison entered the society of the world. As stated earlier racism was accepted as fact by a vast majority by the second half of the 19th century and many European scholars under it's influence started identifying with the Brahmins. A.A. McDonnell in his book titled 'India's Past' (Oxford, At the Clarendon Press, 1927) writes,

"This work summarizes India's intellectual history, which in its various aspects has been the subject of my studies for slightly more than half a century (1875 to 1926). It sets forth in nine chapters the mental development of the most easterly branch of Aryan civilization since it entered India by land till it came in contact by sea with the most westerly branch of the same civilization after a separation of at least 3,000 years. The four centuries that have since elapsed (1498 to 1926) are here touched upon only as showing the most recent distribution of the Indian vernaculars and the rise of their literature, as well as the process by which the development of the purely indigenous period gradually became known to the new-comers from the west....These two civilizations, starting from a common source, have after a separation of at least 3,000 years again become united during the last four centuries, representing together a quarter of the total of the earth's inhabitants. During these four centuries the new-comers from the west have gained acquaintance with and recovered the history of India's past mental development. At this, as set forth in the following pages, will, I trust, contribute something to clearer mutual understanding by two civilizations which in their origin were one and the same".

Remember Hitler who identified himself with the mythical Aryan race, and the world is yet to recover from Nazism. If racism was to be eradicated, there must be specific and coordinated action both within the organizations themselves and society at large, particularly through the educational system from pre-primary school, upwards and onwards (Case of Stephen Lawrence). In India presently the reverse of this is happening. Religious organizations like the VHP raise massive funds at home and abroad under the guise of charity, but use it to promote violence, communal hatred and historical deception.

Thus, racism is destructive to the world society and it is the responsibility of every Christian to be a salt against this poison. And dear guest, if you have partaken of this poison then use this time that God's grace has given to you to repent and be restored in your fellowship with God through Jesus Christ, since God's Word says,

Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.  For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption; but he who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:7-8

Christians, God will hold us responsible if we do not stand in the Gap for our nation (Ezekiel 22:23-31)

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