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Re: Theos-World The Caste Issue in the Theosophist

Feb 14, 2010 08:41 AM
by Drpsionic

The whole idea of genetics determining how people think and act is  
something fraught with danger.  To give a really funny personal example, I  am a 
descendant of Pope Alexander the Sixth, Rodrigo Borgia by his son Cesare  
Borgia.  If you take a picture of my profile and stick it over the profile  of 
Grandpa Alexander, they match, they really do, right down to the shape of the 
 nose.  When I showed that to my wife she was amazed.
Now, I am no Pope.  I am not even Roman Catholic.  And, to the  best of my 
knowledge I have never intentionally poisoned anyone.  (My  cooking skills 
do leave something to be desired.)  I would think that it  really does not 
matter what caste K was from, or his father was from or his  grandfather going 
back to when Vishnu fell off the big bird and landed on his  head was from. 
 The arguments over Krishnamurti's caste background are  absurd for a very 
simple reason.
Caste is absurd and for poor old Radha to even bring it up should not be so 
 much cause for controversy as it should be for riotous laughter.
Chuck the Heretic  

In a message dated 2/14/2010 12:47:57 A.M. Central Standard Time, writes:

Dear All,

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  Br&#257;hmana-#257;hmana-<WBR>s. 
Fo&#257;hmana 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 Br&#257;hmana 
did not indulge in alcohol,  drugs, tobacco, and
sexual_ activities which deaden sensitiveÂness and lead  altogether to a 
different bodily type. Br&#257;hmanism 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 Br&#257;hmana 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 consciousÂness, when they reach the  physical brain."



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