[Advaita-l] Advaita and Caste System

Sunil Bhattacharjya sunil_bhattacharjya at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 27 12:37:46 CDT 2010


Who told you that the Advaitins preach the divisive caste system? First you have to tell us this before expecting a reply.


--- On Wed, 10/27/10, Suresh <mayavaadi at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Suresh <mayavaadi at yahoo.com>
Subject: [Advaita-l] Advaita and Caste System
To: advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org
Date: Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 9:55 AM


I understand that caste system was an integral part of Indian society, but isn't it strange that advaitins did nothing to abolish it? I can understand dvaitins and the rest maintaining caste system - they believe in distinctions, not only between souls and God but also between the souls themselves. But advaita preaches a lofty ideal, namely oneness. 

How could such people preach the divisive (not to mention racist) caste system on the one hand and the noble idea of nondualism on the other? It is so contradictory and baffling.

I hope someone can shed some light on this. I also hope no one takes my post the wrong way. At least to me, advaita and caste system are like light and night - they seem to have nothing in common. So it seems to me that the advaitins, from Sankara to Vivekananda to the latest guru, all had a good chance to reform Hindu society - and failed to do so.


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