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SOCIAL SCIENCE : THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF CULTURE
While democracy may be better
than a false hierarchy, it remains inferior to a hierarchy of real values.
It can only be an intermediate phase between the degenerate ancient hierarchy and a revised
futuristic one. Society cannot be free of hierarchy. Each society has
its standards and authorities. We can either base it on a true set of
values defined by a spiritual evolution or it will establish itself according to the lower
values of wealth, power and pleasure.
The outer goals of life have their necessity but it is only superficial.
They are not the real aim. Our purpose in incarnation is to grow in consciousness. For our functioning
we need certain objects to allow us to live. We need to have a certain
pleasure in what we do. We need to be recognized for our skills so that
we can contribute to society. We need some knowledge about the outer world. This is like a man on
a journey spending a few days to gather experience in a different land. He needs to be able to
provide for himself during his stay. But his real home is elsewhere. He
cannot lose sight of the fact that he is only a traveler, in transit. He must
pursue his primary goal, which is to return home.
Hence we see that the Vedic system of social science of Manu is
universal. It a conscious organization of the different aptitudes of humanity. It applies in
all cultures. We must be one of the four varnas. The variation in culture
is according to which of the varnas is given power or priority.