Monday, June 5, 2017

Who Is ‘Shudra’ according to Swami Dayananda

The word ‘Shudra’ has been a subject of dispute since the time when some reformers started ridiculing the cast system. Of course, the present day cast system cannot be accepted. Swami Dayanand Saraswati is one of the names who fought against the prevalent system of his time.  But, he also indicated the evidences, which had shown that the cast system was based on gun karma svabhava (quality, deeds and nature) of a person.

But, here I found some gentlemen quoting a line from Satyarth Prakash, one of the popular treatises of Dayananda, in which he said that Shudra should serve other varnas, and trying to prove him a castist. But, perhaps they forgot to read the other part of his book, in which he clearly said that a Shudra can become a Brahmin and similarly a Brahmin can become a Shudra according to the deeds. A long description has been written by him to prove that the varna system is according to deeds not according to birth. According to Satyartha Prakasha and his other books, Shudra is a person who is not able to do the mental work (which can be from any family) but can do the physical work. About other varna, Brahmin is the person who is learned, Kshatriya is the person who is warrior and Vaishya is the person who has the ability to do the business. A Brahmin’s son or daughter can be Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya or Shudra, and similarly the child of other persons of other varnas can be of any varna. The person who has the physical ability and not the mental efficiency often serves the persons with mental ability, and the same thing Swami Dayanand described about Shudra.

So, the Shudra according to Swami Dayanand has nothing to do with its pet definition. It is Arya Samaj founded by him where Shudra can also become a Pandit.  

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Honesty Is First Prerequisite to Spread an Ideology

“Honesty is the best policy”, this English proverb has been read by most of the people who have studied this language. But there is a question what honesty actually is. Is it just honesty of money? No, but it has a vast meaning. The honesty in thoughts is the first thing to be followed. I am not saying to reveal every thought in front of everyone. Of course, we need to hide some things for our own sake or for preventing the society from upheavals.

On Facebook, I am witnessing the views of certain people who want to spread a certain ideology – the Hindutva ideology. Well, I have also supported this ideology at certain instance wherever it is discussed intellectually. But, I am surprised to find some people on Facebook, who are willing to spread this ideology vaguely just showing some zeal. But, suppressing some logics and promoting a few points will not take anywhere to these people. For promoting the ideology in a proper manner, you are required to accept criticisms also by putting some of your emotions on the other side and also discard some of the things like a true Yogi does.