Who is a True Brahmin?
A true Brahmin is a person
of spiritual knowledge grounded in cosmic intelligence, who
understands the universal order, and works to further it in the
world. To become a true Brahmin means to remain in a state of
learning, ever seeking to open up to the Divine Reality. It requires
a life of seeking truth and upholding firm ethical and spiritual
principles like non-violence, non-attachment, humility and
truthfulness. The pride of the Brahmin or the so-called priestly
class, is a contradiction in terms as a true Brahmin is one who is
without personal pride.
Such individuals become the
teachers of society and should be respected, not for their position,
but for the degree of connection with cosmic reality that they bring
to all. All cultures have their learned people whom they revere,
what could be called their Brahmins.
These should be people of
Self-realization for society to truly flourish. We should train at
least a portion of society from birth to pursue the spiritual life.
Otherwise our society's spiritual potential cannot truly grow. This
is the basis of a real Brahmin class but it should not be based on
birth alone. The individuals who belong to it must live the
appropriate life-style or they should not be considered part of it.