In this discourse, Swami Nirviseshananda Tirtha explains with rare clarity and rationality the widely misunderstood concept of “Chatur-varna” vis-a-vis the “Caste system”.
Creation means variety. Various proportions and predominance of the 3 gunas – sattva, rajas, and tamas – give rise to infinite variety in Creation. Bhagavad Gita broadly categorizes these varieties into four groups or “varnas”, specifying the prominent characteristics in each.
The exposition clarifies the concepts of Svabhaava, Svadharma, Svakarma, and how the pursuit based on one’s predominant qualities leads to excellence. Excellence in individual performance, and also in art, culture, and industry of a society as a whole.
Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.