Chapter 15: The Art of Suchness
It is obvious that if a society is divided into fixed divisions, then there is a great possibility that when a kshatriya dies, his soul would seek its next abode in the same neighborhood. It will enter into the womb of a kshatriya woman. And if a person’s soul continues to be born as a kshatriya for a few times, it will become kshatriya-like. You won’t be able to produce such a kshatriya, such a fighter of that caliber, even by giving someone a regular military training. Similarly, if a soul were to be reborn as a brahmin ten or twenty times, the kind of pure brahminic quality that will unfold because of it can never be created by putting someone into a gurukul - an ancient forest university run by a brahmin teacher - and educating him there.
The amazing thing is, we have devised educational means good for only one lifetime. Some people in the past had worked out a system of education that would last for an infinite number of lives. It was indeed a remarkable experiment, but it met with decay. It became corrupt and putrefied - not because the idea and its application were wrong, but because its fundamental sutras, its main principles were lost. And those who claim themselves to be the custodians of the system do not have a single sutra to vouch for. No brahmin, no shankaracharya holds any sutra, any understanding on which they can lay their claim or authority. They only quote their scriptures which state that a brahmin is a brahmin, and a sudra is a sudra. But scriptures are of no use; only the scientific principles work.
So the most incredible experiment this country did was that of planning the birth of a soul for lifetimes. That means they not only prepared the man for this one life, they also made a controlled and systematic effort to redirect and channel his consciousness for the lives ahead - because it is possible that a brahmin may take birth in a sudra family and lacking an appropriate environment, he may not be able to carry the gains of his past lives into his next lives. This can cause great difficulty. It is also conceivable that what he could have achieved in ten days by being born in a brahmin’s home, he may not achieve in ten years in a sudra’s home.
So such an advanced concept and far-reaching vision of human evolution was at the base of this clear fourfold division of the Indian society. The people had worked out the idea of taking birth in the same neighborhood so that one may keep finding wombs of the same quality for lives together.
For example, all the twenty-four births of Mahavira and of Buddha took place within the kshatriya tradition. Their entire growth happened in a particular direction. In each birth they were given a definite training. No gap existed between the training and direction given to them in successive births - an unbroken continuity was maintained. That’s why we could produce such incredibly unique individuals. Producing people of such caliber now has become very difficult. Their appearance on this earth will now just be a matter of chance. Giving birth to such people through such a systematic planning has become very difficult indeed.
Let us talk more tomorrow.