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The caste system of India & Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on August 29, 2009

One of Sathya Sai Baba’s most bandied aphorisms states: “There’s one caste, the caste of humanity“. That is fine, but why therefore does he support the Indian caste system? He says he “must condemn the hatred between castes and religions” (Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4, p.84). “Varna or what we call caste, is a convenient arrangement for the conduct of worldly affairs… The four varnas are universal; they can be found in any country. The leaders of thought are the Brahmins; the fighters carrying arms are the Kshatriyas; the entrepreneurs and the business executives are the Vaisyas; the busy producers and the labourers are the Sudras..: “Each varna and asrama has its own rules, regulations and restrictions.”(Sathya Sai Speaks Vol. 4, p.230-1)

Sathya Sai Baba stated, however, The system of Varnas is ordained by the Vedas and so there can be no injustice in it; it is not an artifice invented by man.” (Sathya Sai Baba in Geetha Vahini, Ch. IX, p. 46 ) 

Comment: What a boon that almost the entire world holds this to be wrong and that it is India’s great calamity to suffer from its deep-rooted caste divisions – based on a fictitious idea of how ‘spiritual’ or ‘unspiritual’ people are (i.e. Sattwic, Rajasic or Thamasic)! A full account of the now-invidious caste system is found in the Manusmriti (Ordinances of Manu), which dates from A.D. 700, is the most authoritative work on Hindu law. Centuries later, it was adopted by British rulers in India.

The world in general condemns any such caste distinctions as being, divisive, discriminatory, unjust and oppressive. As Sai Baba describes the castes, their members are not even equal before the same law. It is most noticeable that he omits mention of the Dalits and casteless groups which are the victim of major social suppression. Such a divided and extreme caste system as India’s has not been common to other than despotic states. It is a far more rigid and unfair class system than has existed in European countries even when this kind of stratification was at it worst. The caste system in India was made illegal decades ago, but the practices continue throughout the population, though the grip of caste has weakened in some respects for a minority among the lower castes in recent times. Major local clashes and killings, rapes and burning out homes between castes are still widespread and extremely vicious, where the lower castes and the casteless are overwhelmingly the chief victims. extensive.

Despite the law, caste is invariably also mentioned in the countless daily classified matrimonial ads in the newspapers, which shows how deeply it permeates the society and personal relations. The several thousands of years old caste system in India is a gross – if inexplicable – aberration from Hindu religious values (Sanathana Dharma). Sai Baba is scripturally correct when he states that the Vedic religion clearly lays down that “birth into a family alone cannot decide caste; it has to be determined on the bases of character and occupation.” (Sathya Sai Vahini, p. 217) However, the exact opposite is the backbone of the present caste system in India, which Sathya Sai Baba always tends to accept rather than criticise.

The Indian system of castes is certainly very complex, consisting in the four main castes. These four are each subdivided into numerous sub-castes. The four traditional ‘Varnas’ – which figured in the ancient the ancient epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata – are the Brahmins or Hindu priesthood, the warrior castes (Kshtryas), the traders and farmers (Vaisyas) and the workers (Sudras). Formerly seen as having no caste at all are the Dalits (formerly openly called untouchables). Foreigners were once consigned to the untouchables and utterly disdained as mlechchhas.

While Sai Baba defends the basic system of class differentiation as unavoidable, it is frequently argued there that castes and especially sub-castes provide a haven for those born into them since it is a social network which can help its members and defend them. To this it must be said that those low castes with little or nothing cannot help their own kind much at all, while defense is necessary only against the warring by members of other castes. The casteless have had to struggle enormously with very little improvement of their status and opportunities so far.

Indians who use lofty rhetoric about progress, characterizing their society as “united in diversity,” seem to be simply perpetuating the system of social gradation that has blighted so many lives.” (Dr. J. S. Murthy). Murthy also rightly points out, “The British government of India had a considerable, transforming impact on the country’s Hindu social structure. The British brought change by passing many important laws designed to aid the marginalized lower castes–laws such as the Hindu Act, the Caste Disabilities Act, and the Widow Remarriage Act. But the British could not find a lasting solution to the problem of castes, particularly since the British saw themselves as a privileged ruling class.”

“The strongest, most systematic attack on the caste system has come in the twentieth century through the Constitution of India, adopted on November 26, 1949. India’s constitution guarantees the right of all its citizens to justice, liberty, equality, and dignity.

The growing economic success of some in India has created a chasm separating the rich from the poor, who make up about 56 percent of the population. Economists describe “two Indias”–one rich and one poor. India’s caste system can no longer fully contain the socioeconomic change that the country is undergoing. Different religions, occupations, and levels of education are no longer correlated with caste. A high-caste person cannot be born a chief executive, for example, but must work to become one. A person of low caste may now get a good education and become an executive, a college professor, or even a government leader.”

Some of the caste rules that are widely observed today are:

Marriages between persons of different castes is forbidden.

No one can change caste in their own lifetime, though they can hope to reborn in a higher caste.

Higher caste members should avoid physical contact with lower (‘less pure’) castes, like the Sudras and Untouchables.

Is this system fair and good for humanity? It was possibly necessary for the Indian society to have this form of organization some centuries ago, but is now is completely unfair and counter-productive, especially if social equality is ever to be recognised in practice.

Sathya Sai Baba’s insistence that caste is unavoidable and is very proper for society, he makes the most bizarrely improbably prophesy: I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002,p. 267.

While India still labours under an extremely divisive caste system which, though considered illegal, flourishes throughout the land with only a few notable exceptions, how can India be an example of any kind of unity whatever? Amid all the communal strife within India, Kashmir and other contested areas –  and not least the continuing face-off and counter-accusations between Indian and Pakistan, it is unthinkable!
Sathya Sai Baba lives in a long-abandoned past where theocratic divisions ruled the populace and princes ruled according to religious scriptures. He wants to apply such notions to the present-day world which, by great good fortune, has in the main defeated just those oppressive and most often despotic systems of government.

In a high-flown theological speculation resounding fantasy nonsense, Sai Baba tries to justify and to ‘unify’ the castes so as to make them acceptable as such: “Caste is the Cosmic Person Himself manifesting as Human Society. It is the visible form of the Lord, charming in every limb. It is a great pity that this truth is not widely recognised. It is the good fortune of this land, Bharath, that in this Vision, the Lord, as the physical integration of the “caste limbs” is promoting peace and harmony, prosperity and well-being for all mankind.” and “Judging from mere appearance, one cannot declare that all men are one. We have to distinguish and discriminate and group those with Sathwic, Rajasic, Thamasic or combinations of one or more of those natures, separately. No one can say this is wrong.” (Sathya Sai Vahini, p. 216)

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Dalits ask Government to abolish caste-based discrimination

P. L. Mimroth, chairman of the Centre for Dalit Rights, Jaipur, led the group, while India was represented by Swashpawan Singh, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the U.N. Office. Mr. Mimroth said on his return here that India had for the first time admitted in a U.N. forum the existence of discrimination and marginalisation on the basis of castes and tribes. The Permanent Representative to the U.N. also stated that action at the government level to end discrimination was not enough and other stakeholders were being engaged to address the gaps.

“Mr. Singh’s admission in the U.N. body is a long-awaited indication of the Centre’s intent to do something for protecting the rights of Dalits,” said Mr. Mimroth, adding that it was high time the Centre initiated measures to stop violation of Dalit rights in the areas of access to education, health care, housing, employment and freedom of faith.

More than 10 countries raised specific questions or recommendations concerning caste-based discrimination in India. This seemed to be a “strong message” to the Centre that the international community was deeply concerned about the persistence of this form of discrimination that affected more than 16.7 crore Dalits.

Addressing the meeting, National Human Rights Commission’s representative Aruna Sharma called upon India to ratify the U.N. Convention against Torture. She said policemen at the lower rung inthe hierarchy often resorted to torture and harassment of people detained on suspicion of involvement in crimes.

However, Solicitor-General G. E. Vahanvati said the caste-based discrimination could not be considered a form of “racial discrimination” because the caste system, which was unique to India, was not racial in origin.

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… P/.L. Mimroth World Conference against Racism

“The Indian government is trying to stop such a discussion at Durban in a naked display of the prejudiced casteist policy of the ruling political parties and classes. The Indian government’s attitude has exposed as shallow its pretence of social equity.”
P.L. Mimroth, New Delhi

Dalit leaders, Human rights activists and concerned citizens demonstrated at the offices of the United Nations in New Delhi this morning, demanding that the forthcoming United Nations Conference in Durban, South Africa, on Racism, Racial Discrimination and Xenophobia discuss the issue of Caste and the violence that casteism has inflicted on the person and human dignity of hundreds of millions of people in several countries of Asia and other continents for over three thousand years.

P.L. Mimroth, Convener for the Centre for Dalit Human Rights (CDHR) see Dalit Warrior
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Dalits kept out of the electoral process in 2009

The Evil That Men Do Tribal women claiming rape by Salwa Judum men in Chhattisgarh put a question mark on the NHRC, which rejected their testimonies. Photographs by SHAILENDRA PANDEY [http://www.tehelka.com/story_main42.asp?filename=Ne180709coverstory.asp] Ajit SahiAJIT SAHI Editor-at-Large.

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India will lead the world – Sathya Sai Baba

Posted by robertpriddy on June 7, 2009

“Today is Krishna Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna. I am making a promise today that the people of all the countries, viz. Pakistan, China, Germany, Russia will be united. That should be our goal. The goodness of Bharat will lead to this unity.” Sanathana Sarathi Sept. 2002,p. 267

This makes any well-informed person think both how vague and how extremely unlikely Baba’s ‘promises’ often are. Does he mean that through India’s offices all countries of the world will join in one union, like a glorified USA or EU? Devotees will doubtless interpret this prediction of the current alliance against terrorism between countries who now agree they are going to war against the terrorists. But Sai Baba specifically included ‘the people of all the countries”. Even Israel, Palestine, Irak, Iran? Would it were so! But even conveniently united efforts on the political scene against a common external enemy come and go according to circumstances… unlikely to last!

In his Convocation address in November 2008. Sai Baba said: “I did not come across anyone who hates Me. Till now, I have no enemies at all. All people love Me, since I love one and all.” and “Very soon, the entire world will be united. In fact, after 28 years, the world itself will become “Bharat”. Everyone will call himself a Bharatiya (one imbued with godliness – Bhagavat rathas). No one will refer to themself as belonging to this state or that state, this region or that region. You may go to any country, but you refer to yourself as belonging to the country of Bharat.”

What does Sai Baba mean by Bharat? Bharat is a name for India, but for Sai Baba it means a legendary India believed once to have existed, a kind of utopia. Fort he surely can’t be talking about the India we know of today! He likes to conflate India with Bharat, which exists solely in an imagined future far away from present-day sub-continent with all divisions, crimes, corruption and violence. How can such a nation, where most basic human rights are totally disregarded for the great mass of its population, conjure forth all this goodness that will unify the world? Well, only the Lord knows, what with the massive and blind retributive killings by Indian forces of innocents in Jammu/Kashmir and of Nagas in the East, with its persistent and repressive caste system, widespread colour discrimination, ever-repeated murdering of Dalits, Moslems, Christians, tribals and the still very widespread burning of brides, repression of women’s rights, slavery of millions of landless bonded labourers and its ca. 20 million child labourers? It’s a nice thought, but is not Sai Baba fanciful now… or, as he says of his critics ‘imaginative’? Here is some more of his ramblings:-

“This land of Bharat has acquired great name and fame for erudite scholarship. This land of Bharat is a divine land, which has produced great intellectuals in the fields of music, art, literature, and various sciences BUT People have forgotten the basic principles of this great culture and are imitating Western culture. The Bharatiyas today are like the elephant, who is unaware of its own strength. With a swish of its tail, an elephant can knock a man off his feet and throw him yards away. Such a powerful elephant will humbly obey the commands of the mahout. It just acts according to the wishes of the mahout. BUT Unfortunately, today the Bharatiyas have forgotton these great values and therefore become slaves in their own country. (Sathya Sai Baba)

He sees himself as the mahout! But he has failed in his promises to ‘clean up his backyard’ (i.e. transform India) before doing the same for the rest of the world. He rides an elephant which can’t be made even to remember its “basic principles” and “values”. Meanwhile, countless Indians imitate Western culture, and almost all who can afford it go to the West, not least for a proper education. one wonders? Many diaspora Indians have made huge contributions to modern science and arts, and they promote forward-looking values – not traditional religious puritanism and despotic social systems such as Sai Baba typifies. Indian achievers will never embrace the puritanically fundamentalist and largely fallacious ‘teachings’ Sathya Sai Baba gives, especially his abysmally ignorant science as “Saience”.

>Quotation of [prediction made by Sathya Sai Baba to John Hislop

Sai Baba’s boast to Dr. John Hislop that India is the locomotive that will pull the world to rights due to its spiritual and moral superiority has, of course, failed to appear. That his students would occupy positions of power long since and thus change society has also proved to be an empty boast. See here:-

India’s prophesied future world leadership?

Sai Baba: India’s great lost culture and values

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