Varnas VS Castes. What is the danger of dividing people into castes?
When someone talks about castes, India immediately comes to our mind. However, few people know how castes appeared on these lands as an idea of dividing people on the basis of birth. And it happened as follows...
Ancient Aryan tribes, moving south from the northeastern lands of Europe, brought the idea of caste to Ancient India. But at the very beginning of the new lands settlement, they introduced the concept of the varna system into Indian society, which, unlike the caste system, was a fair institution of social structure, since it divided people on the basis of their personal evolutionary development.
Such a division allowed each person to be in a varna, corresponding to his spiritual development. People with high spiritual development made up the highest varna, and people with low spiritual development made up the lower one.
But, under the varna system, unlike the caste system, people from the lower varna were only apprentices of people from higher varnas, but not slaves, as it later became under the caste system, and, as their spiritual development progressed, they could move to higher varnas. In fact, the varna system of Ancient India was built on the principle of apprenticeship with a goal of self-development of each individual person and the society as a whole.
However, the Aryan tribes moved further and further south of India, capturing the local Dravidian population. And from that moment on, the varna system began to undergo fundamental changes.
The Aryan tribes, or rather their princely dynasties, calling themselves maharajas, began to systematically destroy the Dravidian culture, gradually turning the Dravidians into their slaves. But the maharajas did not want to officially recognize a part of the population as slaves. Therefore, they came up with a cunning plan, according to which people were no longer divided into varnas, but castes. Thus, in a sophisticated way, they enshrined the slave system on the conquered lands. But the worst thing is that people accepted it...
In such a way, the caste system appeared in Ancient India, under which the main criterion for selection was a sign of birth in a particular caste. Since then, a spiritual level of a person has ceased to be taken into account at all, and a fair varna system, in which the level of spiritual development of a person was considered the main thing, disappeared. After a while, the varnas were completely eliminated, and spiritual qualities of a person ceased to play any role. At that point, a social status of a person was determined only on the principle of birth, because it was forbidden to move from a lower caste to a higher one already at the state level. This is how some people brought slavery to Ancient India, while others accepted it, agreeing to become slaves.
After reading this article, most people would say that the ideas of caste are a relic of history, and that in the modern world this idea has remained only in Indian culture. But taking a closer look at what is happening now, you will see that the ideas of caste are still present in every country, and especially in the countries moving along the path of capitalism. Only the selection criterion has changed. A financial position of a person has become this new criterion. Indeed, it is the availability of money that automatically makes a person of a higher caste out of an ordinary person. While everyone does not care what this person has to his name, and whether he has anything at all.
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