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From The River Of Heaven
Index

Hindu And Vedic...

The Eternal Teaching Nature's Medicine...
Science Of Light

Social Science...

Sanskrit.. Karma And The Science ..
Universal Forms... Vedic Cosmology..
Dharmic Philosophies The Paths Of Yoga...
The Source Of Teachings

Appendix

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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VEDIC SOCIAL SCIENCE : THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF CULTURE
These four energies are the four main powers of Nature in human beings. They are the movements of the cosmic Nature (Prakriti) in man. They are the four main ways of action for all human beings of all times and places. What determines them is not some social custom or convenience but the attributes of our nature. This is revealed by our values in life, by what we really believe in our hearts. It can be ascertained by what we spend the greatest amount of our time pursuing. If we are mainly occupied in pursuing spiritual knowledge, we are a Brahmin. If we are mainly concerned with accumulating money, we belong to the commercial class. If we are mainly after pleasure we are of the servile class. 

Birth and family can be an important factor in determining this but in itself it is not enough to indicate it. We sometimes see people of spiritual disposition born in commercial families. We sometimes see people of commercial disposition born in a line of priests. 

The man of spiritual knowledge understands all these four orders of society and is capable of functioning in any of them. He sees them as different aspects of his own nature; the laborers as his legs, the merchants as his belly, the nobility as his arms and the priests as his head. Until we reach this perspective we cannot go beyond rebirth in the human world. 

As long as the social order in ancient India was maintained and the dharma or religious practice of the family continued birth could be relied on most of the time as the indication of an individual's place in the social order. But according to the Bhagavad Gita this Aryan family system broke down in India over three thousand years ago at the time of Krishna. Hence after three thousand years this system of determining natural aptitude has degenerated into the caste system which resembles it now only in form.

 

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About Vedic Social Science : The Spiritual Basis Of Culture
Background Of Society-Pg1
Background Of Society-Pg2
Background Of Society-Pg3
The Class Structrure-Pg1
The Class Structrure-Pg2
The Class Structrure-Pg3
The Vedic Social Order -Pg1
The Vedic Social Order -Pg2
The Vedic Social Order -Pg3
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg1
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg2
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg3
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg4
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg5
The Structure Of Human Society-Pg6
The Limitations Of Society-Pg1
The Limitations Of Society-Pg2
The Limitations Of Society-Pg3
The Four Stages Of Life -Pg1
The Four Stages Of Life -Pg2
The Four Stages of Life -Pg3
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