The Caste Issue in the Theosophist
Feb 13, 2010 10:47 PM
Please find quoted below the Brahmin Caste issue talked about so much in recent TT discussions. I do, however, have to confess that I got the month wrong. It was not in the August 2009 issue, but the July 2009 issue of the Theosophist. The Text given below is excerpted from the Watch-Tower written monthly by the President of the TS, Mrs Radha Burnier:
"As was said, K was born in a Brāhmana family, far from rich, but having the tradition and way of life of Brāhmana-s. For centuries a Brāhmana was expected to live a life characterized by no indulgence in food which was not pure, in the sense of bringing harmonious influences into the body. This is called sattvic food, because it does not create or add to excitability, irritability, lethargy or dullness. So a real Brāhmana did not indulge in alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and
sexual activities which deaden sensitive¬ness and lead altogether to a different bodily type. Brāhmanism also meant devoting one's life to learning and teaching, not merely as a means of communication but something more, and to relinquish occupations which would aggravate excitement and violence. This kind of genetic heritage gave a certain quality to the body and a real Brāhmana realizes this. A teacher-to-be was at a great advantage, having this kind of physical inheritance which allows the body to respond to the vibrations of conscious¬ness, when they reach the physical brain."
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