[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Forums Chat Annouce Calender DigiCards Recommend Remote Invites
[an error occurred while processing this directive]

Awaken Bharata


Keys To The Awakening Of Bharata A Call For An Intellectual...
The Importance Of Kshatriya... 

The Two Wings Of Dharma

Anti-Brahmanism Sarva Dharma Samabhava...
The Danger Of Hindus.... Hinduism Under Siege...
Devic And Asuric ... Sufis And Militance
Hindu Dharma And ...

The New Masks...

Hindu Political And ... The Hindu Renaissance...
Vedic Dharma And ... A Hindu Call...
Major Sections
Books By David Frawley

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

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Brahmins are also different from the monks and swamis in Hinduism, who as part of their renunciation must give up their identification with class, including that of a Brahmin. Hindus look up to these swamis and sadhus as their true spiritual leaders, not simply to Brahmins, who serve a more outer ritualistic role. Brahmins function more as outer religious functionaries than as inner illuminates. 

To compare Brahmins to Catholic priests is inappropriate, as is to cast the European distrust of Christian priests and preachers upon them. The second is the Western democratic dislike of the "higher classes," like the European aristocracy in the days of kings. Brahmins, however, were never higher classes in the Western sense, like the rich aristocrats as in eighteenth century Europe. As already noted they have been neither princes nor the wealthy who live in luxury. 

They were seldom landowners who ruled by force but rather teachers, scholars and priests wedded to poverty, simplicity and learning. Meanwhile the wealthy classes in India, whom the Western media would assume are Brahmins, are more likely to be Shudras, members of the old servant class, many of whom are now wealthy, particularly in South India (Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu), or Vaishyas, the business class, as in Gujarat and Rajasthan. 

Back ] David Frawley ] Up ] Next ]

About The New Communalism
Introduction Pg1
Introduction Pg2
Introduction Pg3
Traditional Role..Pg1
Traditional Role..Pg2
Traditional Role..Pg3
Traditional Role..Pg4
Traditional Role..Pg5
Traditional Role..Pg6
The Mistakes..Pg1
The Mistakes..Pg2
For the Future Pg1
For the Future Pg2
[an error occurred while processing this directive]
HinduNet Signature Merchandise

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
More Information about HinduNet Inc.
Privacy Statement
The Hindu Universe is a HinduNet Inc., website.
Copyrighted 1994-2003, HinduNet Inc.