Varnas

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Varnas refers to the hierarchical division of Hindu society into social class. In the Sanatana Dharma, these classes are seen as "necessary for the society's cohesion and welfare."[1]

Related Terms

Sanatana Dharma > Achara, Ashramas, Brahman, Brahmarishi, Dharma, GodHead, Moksha, Neo-Hinduism, Paramatman, Purushaarthas, Rishis, Samadhi, Saptarishis, Varnas, Vichara

Notes

"The varna variety is an inevitable expression of Nature. We have no option in the matter. Instead, we should understand, assess, and be governed by it to properly lead our life and aspirations to the destined goals."[2]

"Because these are invisible, each is explained with its identification marks. For instance, regulation of desire, control of senses, austerity, cleanliness, tolerance, and straightforwardness are the traits that make the braahmana group. Braahmanas are generally calm and given to a life of self-restraint, inner excellence, and joy.

Kshatriyas are extrovert in nature, but chivalrous. They have such qualities and inspirations that keep societal behavior under check and balance. Heroism, valor, will, skillfulness, not retreating from battle, being given to ample charity, gifting, the feeling of lordliness—these are the traits of the kshatriya or warrior group.

Agriculture, rearing cows, dealing in trade, commerce, and industry are the predilections of the vaishya group. And the fourth group, shudras, has the predilection to be ready and willing to serve others, using their bodily resources and skill."[3]

Footnotes

  1. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.
  2. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.
  3. Vanamali. The Science of the Rishis: The Spiritual and Material Discoveries of the Ancient Sages of India. Toronto: Inner Traditions, 2015.