Our culture is equally fertile and resilient; its inner strength inexhaustible.
A Society Devoid of Inequality Many things happen in our social life. There are some faults in our direction of thinking, our principles of imagi- nations of social life, our statement of scripture. We cannot afford to sit and curse entrapping in illusions.
The Vedas, the Upanishads, the Shrutis, the Smritis, the Puranas all of them have been guides for society at currant.
Dr. Babasaheb proved that untouchability was not there in Vedic period, Up- nishad period, or Manusmriti period. In creation of the Vedic riches, the contribution of the Brahmin, the Vaishya, the Kshatriya and the Shudra was equal.
The creation of the best Gayatri Mantra is of non-Brahmin. He has written that in the age of Manusmriti society guilty was boycotted by the society, Brahmin were also not an exception. It is said in our culture that, “Jati Brah- man min Chatna”.
It is not true that one can be Brahmin by birth only. Vatsyayan has written that one who feels the reli- gion truly is a Rishi however he may be a backward by birth.
It is said in scripture that a king should take his work with backward class man instead of a Brahmin who is not well-behaved.
In Shanti parva of Mahabharata, Bhishma Pita- mah has described construction of a ministerial-assembly.
In that, all of the thirty-seven, 4-Brahmins, 4- Shrudras, 8-Kshatriyas and 21-Vaishyas are in- cluded. Very important thing is that the number of Brahmins and Shrudras are same. Yudhisthira has said that to protect the nation and religion, if Kshatriya and Brahmin get failed then Vaishya and Shudra can handle the situation.
Swami Vivekanand has said: “If you hear the deft of lion of unity in Hi- malayan forests, in the deep sound of river the mix with the thunder of rain and hear the sound of ‘Asti Bhati Priya’ or hear the warbling of beloved in a grove of beautiful Vrindavan, or get into deep meditation with a holy saint in a monastery at Kashiura, or take part in an incentive dance with Shri Gaurang Mahaprabhu’s devotees, ‘Vadkeľ and “Tenkel etc. are very important principles of unity – take shelter of them.
Or remember the preaching of preceptorof Madhva Sampraday. Hear the appeal- ing voice of Shikh Guru’s ‘Vahe Guru Ki Fateh’ or hear a preaching of Vdasi or Nirma’s Granth Saheb. Or disciples salute to Kabir Saheb’s saying Sat Saheb.
Enjoy by listening Sakhi or read a miraculous treasure of knowledge of reformer of Rajputs Daduor read his dis- ciples like Sundardas to know writer of Vichar Sagar Nishaldas or you hear de- scription of Lal Guru’s preaching from any person of lowest class.
All of them are saying the same thing, only the tune of their preaching is from shruti and Geeta, Vedas and Upnishads.
The saints of middle age have presented that message in a very simple language like, Jaati Paati Puchhe Nahi Koi, Hari ko Jape So Hari ka Hoi.” (No one asks the caste or creed, whosoever remembers God be- comes His) We don’t believe in old senseless tra- ditions and customs.
We have always been revolving.
That’s why it is said in our culture, ‘Purj, amity®va Na Sjdhu Sarvam’ (Every old thing need not to be necessarily good.) It is not good only because it is old but we have to keep which is the best. And we have to walk ahead with faith and trust. Efforts Towards Harmony When one is trying to bring harmony in the society, the people of back- ward classes who were suppressed and crushed have lost their patience.
Sometimes it appears that the tone which we hear from them is very disappoint- ing as if they have lost everything. It is very natural but we must help them to improve their trust and confidence; we have to help them to sustain their pa- tience and trust.
This is a society which is trying to improve their faults very open-heartedly perhaps the expected result may not be there. The pilgrimage of development of people is always been accepting good changes. The knower of the Vedas must be knowing that Indra, Agni and Varun were our main Gods. Today Shiva, Rama, Datta and Krishna have taken their place.
When belief of Shiv and Vishnu got established at that time controversy also related to the be- lief was there. Shankaracharya gave the conclusion by including it in reverence of Panchayatan. It is said that peacock, rat, bull, snake, swan, eagle, etc. were Gods of people living in forest. Hindus did not insult them but set them as companions of God. Peacock with Kartikey, Rat with Ganeshji, Ox with Shiv, Eagle with Vishnu, Swan with Saraswati.
All animals have been the ve- hicles of Gods with the systematic se- quence, the followers of this God got a good harmony.
Rishi Shrungi, Vishvamitra, Agastya were called Brahmins due to their religious nature. A son of backward class lady named Mahidas called Brah- min due to his qualities, and created “Aytarey Brahmin”. A guru gave ‘Up- nayan sanskar’ to Jabal who did not know even the name of his father and he turned Brahmin.
A trustwor- thy minister and the best friend of King Dasharath was also from back- ward class. All the companions of Rama were people from forest.
A queen and daughter-in-law of great Kshatriya family Meera took knowledge from Saint Raidasji, who was from backward class.
Guru Gobind Singh had founded a cult named Khalsa with the help of his five disciples of backward class and on the risk of his own life.