Re: Theos-World The Caste Issue in the Theosophist
Feb 14, 2010 08:41 AM
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
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,
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-#257;hmana-<WBR>s.
Foāhmana 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 sensitiveÂness 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 consciousÂness, when they reach the physical brain."
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