[Advaita-l] RE: Vedic Shakhas for kshatriyas and vaishyas?

Srikrishna Ghadiyaram srikrishna_ghadiyaram at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 18 21:59:47 CST 2005

hariH Om !!

--- Satish Arigela <satisharigela at yahoo.com> wrote:

> --- Sanjay Srivastava <sksrivastava68 at hotmail.com>
> wrote:
> > >Baudhayana says that, if a Brahmin finds it
> > impossible
> > >to maintain by being an Acharya or a Purohita, he
> > may
> > >take to the livelihood of a Kshatriya or of that
> of
> > a
> > >Vaishya.
> > 
> > Is this the case here, sir? Did the original
> poster
> > discuss the case of 
> > a_particular_Brahmin who
> > found_it_IMPOSSIBLE_to_maintain by being an
> Acharya 
> > or a Purohita? 
> My quoting of Baudhayana is in response to Shri
> ShriKishna's following statement.
> "Is there a permission that such brahmana can get
> into
> trade, law, medicine for earning living and compete
> with other communities ?"
> > What about the case raised by the
> > original poster where 
> > subject did not even try to be an Acharya or a
> > Purohita simply because this 
> > was not as rewarding as other professions?
> It doesnt take much to recognise that it is
> impossible
> for anyone as of now to survive solely on those two.
> While it is true that a Brahmana should not abandon,
> those professions at the very outset, I wonder what
> choice does one have given that many existing
> purohitas just starve(there are wealthy ones too but
> very rare). Guess how worse it will become if all
> present Brahmanas become purohita-s?
> Why starve to death when there is a provision? IMHO,
> it is appropriate to invoke apad-dharma because
> there
> is no King anywhere that will support Brahmanas nor
> sufficient number of dvijas who are interested in
> learning vedas.
> I guess there is no harm as long as the chosen
> profession doesnt prevent performance of nitya
> karmas.

If brAhmaNa-s should change as per the changing times,
why not others as well ? 

Do we have to stick to a tradition which is gone, as
you admit that kings and patronage has gone now. 

I am generally inclined to think that many people do
not have the 'commitment' to pursue the vedic
education excepting an insignificant percentage of the
people of the brAhmaNa caste fold itself. As such, low
number of experiments in structure by sustaining
deviations do not produce any greater good to society.
Also, if the results of the  vedic education have to
give true results to the individual and to the society
in general, we need to identify right combination of
mind, temperament, ability to derive support from
family and society and LIVE through entire life. It is
possible that these are nurtured in certain families.
Though we can not scientifically prove, it is possible
that the three gunas theory seems to suit more for the
people of the present brAhmaNa community in larger
numbers and probably, in smaller numbers for other
communities. For me this is the only generic reason
which seems to appeal. Comments from all of you are

Om Namo Narayanaya !!


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