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Arise Arjuna Hinduism And The Modern World
Index of Arjuna

Preface

Arise Arjuna Hinduism In Crisis
Misrepresen- tations Of Hinduism

Hindu Funda- mentalism

Leftist Scholarship In India India And The Concept Of Nation-State
Religious Persecution In Pakistan Taking Offense In At Once...
Vedanta Unity And Universality... Practical Vedanta...
The Unity Of Religion... Swami Rama Tirtha On Islam
A Comment On Ram... Yogic Spirituality And Islam
India And Hinduism... The Aryan Invasion Of India
The Aryan-Dravidian Divide The Unity Of The Vedic...
The Ancestry Of Ravana East And West...
The Value Of Hindu... An American Discovers...
Major Sections
Books By David Frawley
Arjuna

Awaken Bharata

From The River Of Heaven How I Became A Hindu
The Myth Of Aryan Invasion Of India

Hinduism : The Eternal Tradition, Sanatana Dharma

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THE ARYAN-DRAVIDIAN DIVIDE

The Racial Interpretation of the Vedas 

European Vedic interpreters used the racial idea to explain the Vedas. The Vedas speak of a battle between light and darkness, between the Sun God and his manifestations and the demons of darkness. This was turned into a war between light-skinned Aryans and dark-skinned Dravidians. 

Such scholars did not bother to examine the fact that most religions and mythologies including those of the Ancient American Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Persians have such an idea of a battle between the forces of light and darkness (which is the symbolic conflict between truth and falsehood), but we do not interpret their statements racially. In short, Europeans projected racism into the history of India, and accused the Hindus of the very racism that  they them-selves were using to dominate the Hindus.

European scholars pointed out that caste in India was originally defined by color, which is how they translated the Sanskrit them varna, the basis of caste. In vedic thought Brahmins are said to be white, Kshatriyas (warriors) red, Vaishyas (merchants) yellow, the Shudras (servants) black. Hence the Brahmins were deemed to have been originally the white Aryans and the Dravidians the dark Shudras, whom the Aryans enslaved. 

However, the colors of the different classes refers only to the gunas or qualities of each class, which represent different energetic types of human being. White is the color of purity (sattva guna), dark that of impurity (tamoguna), red the color of action (rajoguna), and yellow the color of trade ( also rajoguna). To turn this into races is simplistic and incorrect. Where is the red race and where is the red race and where is the yellow race in India? And when have the Kshatriyas been a red race and the Vaishyas a yellow race?

 

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