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A guru or brahmana is meant for giving protection to the people from spiritual side. The king, ksatriya, is meant for giving protection to the people from material side. The vaisya is to produce from the material side

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Guru means as king is the representative for giving protection to the people, similarly, a guru or brāhmaṇa is also meant for giving protection to the people from spiritual side. The king, kṣatriya, is meant for giving protection to the people from material side. The vaiśya is to produce from the material side. Everything is systematically arranged.


Lecture on BG 2.2-6 -- Ahmedabad, December 11, 1972:

So if actually you want to make classless society, then you have to accept this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement. There is no other way. If you make artificially classless society, it will never be effective. The Communists are trying to make classless society. That classless society can be formed on spiritual platform, not on the material platform. This will be artificial. Paṇḍitāḥ sama-darśinaḥ (BG 5.18). When one is actually advanced in knowledge . . .

Advanced with knowledge means one should understand that, "I am eternal servant of Kṛṣṇa, or God." That is advancement of knowledge. Ahaṁ brahmāsmi: "I am not this body; I am spirit soul. And Kṛṣṇa is the Supreme Soul. I am part and parcel of Kṛṣṇa." Brahmā-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śocati na kāṅkṣati (BG 18.54). Simply by understanding that, "I am spirit soul, I am Brahman," will not help us. You must act like Brahman. Then it will be . . . janma . . . guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ (BG 4.13). There must be realization; that is guṇa. At the same time, there must be practical work.

That is Vedic civilization. You should not claim falsely. If you are actually brāhmin, you must act as a brāhmin. If you are a kṣatriya, you must act as a kṣatriya. Guṇa-karma-vibhāgaśaḥ. Not that "I am a brāhmin; now I have become something else." Just like in Calcutta we have seen there are small slaughterhouses, and they have posted one deity, Goddess Kālī, and have got sacred thread, and the signboard is: "This meat is sacri . . . slaughtered by a brāhmin; therefore it is pure." "Therefore it is pure." And that is going on. Oh, the meat-eaters, they take all this meat, and they think, "It is the prasāda of Goddess Kālī, and it is slaughtered by a brāhmin. There is no sin; it is all right." This is going on.

No. brāhmin is not meant for becoming a slaughterer, a killer. No. brāhmin should be truthful. brāhmin should be cleansed, no sinful life. brāhmin should be controlling the senses, controlling the mind. brāhmin must be well-educated, jñāna, and he must apply the knowledge in practical life and believe in the Vedic injunctions. These are the qualifications of brāhmin. Similarly, there are qualification of kṣatriyas, vaiśyas. We should follow that.

And it is the duty of the government to see that, "This man is claiming as a brāhmin, whether he is actually executing the duties of brāhmin?" That is government's duty. Not that they should simply fight that "I am brāhmin," "I am kṣatriya," "I am Hindu," "I am Muslim." No. The government's duty is to see that actually whether he is as he claims to be.

So Arjuna says that, "I do not like to kill my grandfather or my guru." Not only ordinary guru . . . Guru is never ordinary. Guru, that I have explained—never we should consider guru as ordinary human being. Guru means as king is the representative for giving protection to the people, similarly, a guru or brāhmin is also meant for giving protection to the people from spiritual side. The king, kṣatriya, is meant for giving protection to the people from material side. The vaiśya is to produce from the material side. Everything is systematically arranged.

So brāhmin means the intelligent class of men, kṣatriya means the administrative class of men, and vaiśya means the productive class of men, and the śūdra means ordinary worker. These divisions are everywhere. You cannot say that only the brāhmins and kṣatriyas and vaiśyas are in India. No. When it is a creation of Kṛṣṇa, or God, it must be everywhere—in every planet, in every country, every city.

Because anywhere you go, either in Europe or America, you will find some classes of men very intelligent class. They are interested in philosophy, science. Similarly, there is a class of men who are interested in politics. They are kṣatriyas, you can say. Similarly, there are persons who are interested in making money, vaiśyas. And there are ordinary class of men, they neither brāhmin nor kṣatriya nor . . . they cannot live independently.

Śūdra means he must find out a master. A master. Paricaryātmakaṁ karma śūdra-karma svabhāva-jam (BG 18.44). Śūdra's business is to find out a master. Just like a dog: a dog must find out a nice master. Otherwise it is a street dog; its condition is not very good. Similarly, a śūdra means he must have a nice paying master. Otherwise his life is at risk. So if you consider in that way, the śāstra says, kalau śūdra-sambhavaḥ.

In this Kali-yuga, everyone is a śūdra. You hardly find a real brāhmin or real kṣatriya or vaiśya. Because they are after service. In the śāstra it is said that a brāhmin, if he is in difficulty, he may take the profession of a kṣatriya or up to a vaiśya, but never take the business of a śūdra, like a dog. That is prohibited. And nowadays we are claiming to become brāhmin and going here and there with application, "If there is any vacancy, sir?"

So these things are topsy-turvied. Simply it has become a farce. Actually if we want to establish Vedic civilization, then we must follow strictly the principles of Vedas as it is described in the Bhagavad-gītā. And if it is practiced, then daiva-varṇāśrama-dharma. That is required.

Daiva-varṇāśrama-dharma. There must be the four division. Just like we have got four divisions in our body: the head division, the arm division, the belly division and the leg division. The leg division is the śūdra, the belly division is the vaiśya, and the arm division is the kṣatriya, and the head division is the brāhmin.

So these divisions are now lost. Actually, there is no kṣatriya, no brāhmin. Maybe there are some vaiśyas and śūdras. So suppose if your whole body there is only belly and leg, then what is the body? If you have no head and no arm, then how it is? What kind of body it is? So therefore, in the social order of the present day, there is no brāhmin, no kṣatriya. Only there are some few vaiśyas and śūdras. So therefore there is chaos all over the world.

So this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is meant for creating some real brāhmin. At least, there may be head. They are all mad after the influence of the material energy. So there is need of some brāhmin who can give advice to the people how to lead, how to become God conscious, how to become happy. There is great need of this movement. Simply so-called classless society will not help us. That is not Vedic civilization.