RE: [latestprophet] Re: Varna & Varnashram>>Jena da
- Dear Vagabondindia bhai,
Varnashrama word has two components. Varna+ Ashram. No doubt, Varna is
included within Varnashrama. The application of Varna is mainly in two
areas i.e. marriage and occupation. In my analysis, the word Eugenics
includes the Varna based Marriage system. So, only occupation is left
out. Moreover, when Thakur uses the word Varnashrama, he emphasizes on
'shrama'( ?labour). customs and hygiene should not be governed by Varna
only ( Varna may be an added factor but not the deciding factor in
these). Perhaps, Varna and Varnashrama words could be correctly analysed
on the basis of the following three sayings of Thakur as quoted below:
Thakur defines the word ashram in Anushruti part 1, Varnashrama/17.
"Acquisition of wisdom through appropriate labour is labeled as ashram
( yathayatha parishrame gyaner yethay aharan
Sudhi jana Karen tarei ashram bale sambodhan.)
In Saswati, pocket edition,1997 (vani No.967) Thakur mentions:
" Acquisition of satta-nurturing upliftment through action- as
appropriate for instinct, is the objective of Varna and Ashrama.
( Baisistya mafik shrama kare satta-pariposhani utkarsha arjana i- Varna
O ashramer tatparya)
In Sambiti, birth centenary edition, vani No.460) Thakur mentions:
"The guidelines of varnashrama is formed according to the performance of
instinct based labour"
(Baisistya mafik shrama karar upara-i varnashramer manadanda
Please let me know if some conceptual contradiction is arising out of
our discussion. Does the above sayings help us to conclude any thing? I
also want to clarify my understanding.
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Sent: Saturday, October 01, 2005 2:00 AM
Subject: [latestprophet] Re: Varna & Varnashram>>Jena da
Dear Jena da,
I just happened to read ur post again. Ur mentioning of Varna and
I feel that Varnashram just means " Varna-system". Varnashram doesn't
mean only the occupation/emplaoyment aspects, rather all the laws which
are based on Varnas. Including marriage, social customs, hyiegene
etc.So, its not that Varna and varnashram are some altogether different
wht do u say ?
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