Sunday, March 11, 2018

Shudra (Part 7.)

It is now clear why and how the Shudra becomes a Brahmana. Once the Shudra becomes a Brahmana—attains the Brahma state—though he ceases to be recognized as a Shudra, yet he shows all those real qualities of the state of Shudra, i.e., actionless, egoless, conductless, thoughtless, etc., i.e., the state of ‘Be as it may’. A person who reaches this high state of ‘Be as it may’ is the Brahmana.”The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A, page 37

Be as it may.” Upasani Maharaj refers to this state again and again throughout His talks. To the topsy-turvy mind of the worldly minded, “Be as it may” might suggest a state or practice of dullness, lack of ambition, drive, goalessness, or indifference—a waste of a perfectly good life.
But in the natural world—the world that understands its purpose, place, and meaning in the greater theme of creation—the state in which one actions are motivated by the needs of others, rather than the desires of oneself—Be as it may is a prescription for playing the game of life (dharma) at the highest level—the highest common denominator.

Real happiness lies in making others happy.” – Meher Baba
How can one make others happy if one is always thinking and acting on one’s own behalf? There seems to be two correct options; either act out of the real interest of others, or not act at all, beyond responding to the exigencies of the situations one finds oneself in. Recently a friend passed this advice on from a friend of his, “There are only two businesses; my business and none of my business.” My friend then went on to say, “But, in fact, there is only Baba’s business (God’s business),”—the Shudra’s ‘business.’

One who is in the real state of Shudra acts correctly, but acts without consciousness. It is a divine irony that the Shudra has to lose his Shudra state in order to regain it again consciously.
The pure Shudra and the pure Brahmana were the only two states to begin with. First appeared the pure Shudra; then he became the Brahmana with the help of Brahma-kriyas—(practices). The other two common states (castes) of Vaishya and Kshastriya, to which the majority of the human beings belong in the world, are meant for the proper working—for the stability—of the human society. For attaining the Bliss, the pure states of Brahman and Shudra are alone qualified.The Talks of Sadguru Upasani Maharaja, Volume 1, Part A, page 38

When Perfect Masters speak about the beginning, they are speaking about a time when the sanskaras that impress consciousness were natural—about a time when consciousness did not, as it were, dote along the way of reincarnation. It appears that we are not now  in that period of time.

Right to begin with, thus, there were only these two states of Shudra and Brahmana, but later, as the objects and affairs of the world began to affect them, many of these pure Shudras and pure Brahmanas could not keep up their levels and began to degrade themselves; they lost their Brahma-kriyas and thus they and their descendants became impure and degraded. To establish proper order amongst the human beings under those circumstances the four-fold class system of Brahmana, Kshastriya, Vaishya, and Shudra was instituted. If human beings behave according to what is laid down for their class, they soon attain the pure Shudra or the pure Brahmana state. This happens by exchange of births from one class to another on the strict observance of the different rules meant for each class.” – Ibid. page 39

Farmers and merchants are in the Vaishya class. They work hard, labor hard, and do spiritual practices appropriate to the state of their sanskaras. The Kshastriya class is a warrior class; they protect society. They too have appropriate spiritual practices they have to maintain. The question arises: In today’s modern western society, are these castes—these categories—even with all of their sub-categories, able to account for all of the various individualities of the modern world?

Meher Baba said many things about the caste system as it is found today; the gist of these comments is that the caste system is not necessary and that it actually has become a hindrance along the path to God-consciousness. Instead, Avatar Meher Baba—the Ancient One—brought us The New Life—a life that is as modern as it is ancient and as eternal as it is timeless. Reprinted here, without permission:

“This New Life is endless, and even after my physical death it will be kept alive by those who live the life of complete renunciation of falsehood, lies, hatred, anger, greed and lust;  and who, to accomplish all this, do no lustful actions, do no harm to anyone, do no backbiting, do not seek material possessions or power, who accept no homage, neither covet honor nor shun disgrace, and fear no one and nothing; by those who rely wholly and solely on God, and who love God purely for the sake of loving; who believe in the lovers of God and in the reality of Manifestation, and yet do not expect any spiritual or material reward; who do not let go the hand of Truth, and who, without being upset by calamities, bravely and wholeheartedly face all hardships with one hundred percent cheerfulness, and give no importance to caste, creed and religious ceremonies.
 “This New Life will live by itself eternally, even if there is no one to live it.” – Meher Baba

(To be continued.)

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