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The Caste System & God and Women ORIGIN OF THE CASTE SYSTEM What exactly is the caste system? What is its origin and what was its TRUE function in society? The Gita, the Lord as Krishna explains: "I classed men into four castes and assigned different functions to them in accordance with their different temperaments and past actions. The works assigned to priests, warriors, farmers and merchants, and laborers are graded in accordance with the qualities born of their inner nature. "Serenity, self-mastery, purity, spirituality, forbearance, wisdom, askesis and ingeniousness--all these are known as the priest's natural attributes. "Heroism, prowess, steadiness, skillfulness, large heartedness, in battle dauntlessness, administrative ability---all these are a warriors natural attributes. "Trade, commerce, agriculture and tending cattle are a farmer's or merchant's natural attributes, even as serving men through work is a Sudra's (laborer's) duty." What he tried to outline was a recognition of the different natural talents and abilities of each individual. In "trying" you can always expect failure more often than you can expect success from your efforts. That is why we use the term "efforting" most often instead of "trying". "Trying" indicates the intent of probable failure. "Efforting" indicates "working toward producing". As you might guess, man took the above classifications and distorted them. The original delineation simply meant that (especially at a time of unequal opportunities) man would probably grow into a given talent or service because of circumstance and his placement was equally suitable and praiseworthy in the eyes of God. It originated simply as categorization of four types of work. Sri Aurobindo, a Master Yogi, explains that: "There are thus four kinds of works, the work of religious ministration, letters, learning and knowledge; the work of government, politics, administration and war, the work of production, wealth-making and exchange; the work of hired labour and service. An endeavor was made to found and establish the whole arrangement of society on the partition of these four functions among four clearly marked classes. The system was not peculiar to India, but was with certain differences the dominating feature of a stage of social evolution in other ancient or mediaeval societies. The four functions are still inherent in the life of all normal communities, but the clear divisions no longer exist anywhere." -- PJ 12 -- pag. 145 From the view up here--the line of separation may not be as clearly indicate( as it once was but in some areas of experience the lines are more offensively drawn and warriors stand posted to see that those ones considered "lower" are not allowed to pass. The separation in the original was not one of hierarch: but only classification of "type". Just as in this little group, one receives, other format, another publishes and yet another prints while even yet another distributes---none stands alone and yet each "job" differs. One can be no more important than another. Perhaps one could consider Dharma's to be the most important for without her the word would not flow---but, without distribution it would stop at the keyboard. I hope I clarify myself. Today one can't help but notice that there are still basically four types of works in the world that loosely parallel those outlined. It is following one’s own nature (and that is the trick--your own, not another's definition) and developing one's innate talents that true happiness in one's work is usually found. Not all have the gift of drawing; not all have a "green thumb" for growing things; nor do you all have computer brains for numbers and science nor do you all feel drawn to studying philosophy or religions. But everyone is blessed with certain talents, and it behooves each one of you to discover what are your natural attributes and to nurture them, them to grow and flourish. For you all have a place in God's Master Plan, and it is in discovering your place or role in the Divine Plan that true peace, harmony and happiness can be found. What has happened, however, is that some of the groups of self-proclaimed "elite" have turned to classifying ones as being "above" another and enforce that those "they" consider to be "below in rank" remain unfulfilled to the extent that "the considered lower" quit, for the most part, efforting at moving across those erroneous barriers. But, in writing their own lines of demarcation they have accomplished something else much worse---CORRUPTION WITHIN THE GROUPS OF ISOLATION WHICH ULTIMATELY CAUSES THOSE SEPARATED AWAY TO FINALLY TIRE OF WALLOWING IN THE "SLOP" "THEY' "ALLOW' YOU TO BE "GIVEN" There, thank thy Creator, shall always be some who will not sit quitely and be murdered in emotion, soul and consciousness and will move on in behalf of “freedom" at all costs to self. But loud, raucous and criminal behavior only causes set-back. Change can only be brought forth through enlightenment of the masses---such as we effort at here-doing. It does require that you, who are pushing for truth, utilize those thing: (loopholes) written into your "Caesar's Laws" for the elite to play the game more cleverly than they who persecute you through habit of power. You in the U.S. for instance, are now slaves to man-written "statutes" and your Constitutional Laws are all but forgotten and you don't even realize it. How many of you have a copy of your Constitution and Bill of Rights in your home, much less on your coffee table for ready reference---and do you know what to do with it when you refer to it? Well, we are going to write a lot about your Constitution in a separate journal and we are going to begin with the mandatory filing of Income tax forms which is illegal except for Washington D.C. and U.S. protectorates. Oh yes, I know, "they can over-ride the Constitution and do so at every turn of the road--- BUT WHO WILL BRING BACK YOUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IF NOT YOU? Almost everyone in your prisons are in there by "unlawful" prosecution. Keep in mind that anything the U.S. legislative democracy does is "legal" because they have written their own laws---but it is not "lawful" within the Constitution. We shall talk about, it at great lengths later but Dharma is working so many hours a day that we simply cannot cover it all instantly. We will effort at getting to that subject, however, before the ending of February that you might have time to consider what you will do at income tax form filing. -- PJ 12 -- pag. 146 JMMANUEL'S (ISSA. JESUS) PARABLE Lord "Jesus" explains this idea with the parable of the talents where He compares talents to money. In the parable, the master calls three servants and gives each a number of talents or sums of money according to their individual abilities. The ones receiving five and two talents respectively quickly double their number through hard work and ingenuity. But the one receiving only a single talent does nothing; he does not even try to use it or expand it in any way. When the master returns, he is greatly pleased with the first two servants who have wisely used their talents and increased their size and value. "Well done, good and faithful servants", says the master. "You have been faithful servants, you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master". But to the servant who did not even try to be a good steward, who refused to even use the talent given him, the master said angrily, "You wicked and slothful servant!. ... You ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest". He took away the servant's single talent and gave it to him who had the most talents, for he had used what God had given him wisely, saying, ''The man who uses well what he is given shall be given more, and he shall have abundance. But from the man who is unfaithful, even what little responsibility he has shall be taken from him. And throw the useless servants out into outer darkness . . LORD KRISHNA From the GITA: "Everyone acts impelled by his own Nature: even the illuminate is no exception. How then can inhibition avail in life?. . . '''Tis wiser to follow a line of evolution consonant with one's nature even when 'tis imperfect than to tread to perfection a path alien to one's native temperament. .. "A man attains salvation when he cleaves to his own vocation. Let me explain to you how he achieves this when he does his duty. The One who pervades the universe and is the origin of the compulsive urge to action--when Him men worship with their works, assigned by Him as their duty they attain perfection. "Better is an action prompted by your nature--even if it is not done well--than the one well done when 'tis another person's duty, but not your own. You incur no sin when you do your duty that suits your temperament. "None must disown a work hailed by his nature, even when 'tis defective. For all work is dogged by defects even as fire by smoke." Now, interestingly enough, it is actually going against one's natural inclinations that one incurs "sin (errors). Why? For two reasons, the first one being that God put all of you there for a purpose, that -- PJ 12 -- pag. 147 purpose being to serve Him in the way that He has ordained. Thus, when .one follows one's nature and develops one's innate attributes and God-given talents, with total integrity and honesty, and God-given talents, no matter what the field, one is fulfilling his or her purpose, playing his or her role in God's Great Cosmic Play. It is always man who comes along and redefines the meanings of the words. It is obvious that the politicians publicly pronounce (while they are running for office) that they are your servants and only wish to serve and give you the people all the wondrous gifts. They know, and you know, they consider themselves "masters" and will give you naught; whereby you laugh at their antics and go to sleep in their speeches---and yet, those same ones move right on into the leg-islatures and make their "legal" "unlawful" laws which enslave you the people. "All the world's a stage, and we are but players on that stage." Not everyone can be the leading man or lady, but the play can not go on without the stage hands, the lighting crews, the costume-makers, and the ticket-takers! All are equally essential and important to the overall production. In India, the castes are said to correspond to various parts of the body of the Lord depending on their functions. The priests and holy people are said to correspond with the Lord's head as learning, speaking and teaching are their main function; the warriors and politicians are said to be from the Lord's arms and hands as they are His instruments of direction and protection; the shepherds and farmers are from the Lord's belly area as their works usually involve foodstuffs, etc., and the laborers are from the Lord's feet as it is upon their labor that the rest of society stands. The idea is that all members of society, regardless of their function and work, are from the Lord and are part of the Lord; therefore, they are all essentially equal as how can one part of God be superior to another part of God? Well, one part can't be more important or superior----BUT MAN COMES ALONG AND REDEFINES THE TERMS AND SELF- PROCLAIMS ONE TO BE SUPERIOR TO ANOTHER AND THUS YOU HAVE THE TOTALLY INSIPID AND BANAL REWRITING OF THE LAWS OF GOD AND THE CREATION. AND LET US HEAR FROM SAUL (PAUL)-HE DID THE BEST HE COULD, JOHN! "Now God gives us many kinds of special abilities, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service to God, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are many ways in which God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in and through all of us. . . "The Holy Spirit displays God's power through each of us as a means of helping the entire church.... It is the same and only Holy Spirit who gives all these gifts and powers, deciding which each one of us should have.... Each of us is a part of the one body of Christ.... The Holy Spirit has fitted us all together into one body.... This makes for happiness among the parts, so that the parts have the same care for each other that they do for themselves. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.... -- PJ 12 -- pag. 148 "All of you together are the one body of Christ and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it." Now, I ask you---when your "preacher" gets to the pulpit and reads the above, does he treat you as an equal? Or does he, for example with these JOURNALS, tell you not to partake of them for they are of the Devil? Do you move like lambs to the slaughter in his "definitions" and "directions" or do you stand like the "equal" man or woman that you are and proclaim that you shall read and decide for yourself! Do you not see how evil corrupts even the houses of God (especially the houses of God) for it is the ultimate "perception" and "discernment" of one who has self-appointed himself as your warden. You see, in truth, he would urge you to surround yourself with God light and read of these things and if they are wrong you will discern it and return to that which you feel is correct. YOU ONES REFUSE TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELF--YOU EVEN GIVE YOUR VERY SOULS INTO THE HANDS AND CONTROL OF ANOTHER WHOM YOU KNOW NOT. SO BE IT. I hope you find it interesting that both the Christians and Hindus use the same illustration of the body of the One Lord to explain this idea of equality? In essence, what St. Paul and the Hindu scriptures are saying is that all human beings are equal in God's eyes as every human being is a part of the One God. Therefore, no caste, class, race, sex, religion, nationality, creed, culture and on and on, can be viewed as superior or inferior to another for how can one part of God be superior/inferior to another part of God? For, have ye not all the One Creator? EQUALITY OF ALL MANKIND The caste system, then, was meant as a logical division of labours based on one's natural attributes. However, the castes were not meant to be in watertight compartments. For example, if an individual were born into a farmer's household and yet his/her natural abilities and propensities lay in another area, such as politics or religion, he/she should have the right to freely follow his or her nature and do the work that suits his or her temperament. To deny a person this free mobility would be interfering with God's plan for that individual. I suppose you might agree with me that the Plan of God is most often violated? One of the main lessons that people who have had death experiences say they learned on "the other side" was that it was not only wrong to kill one's self, as that would be like throwing God's gift of life back in His face, but that it was also wrong to kill anyone else, as that would be interfering with God's plan and purpose for that person. In the same way, to deny someone the right to follow his/her nature and pursue the type of work that God has ordained for him/her nature and pursue the type of work that God has ordained for him/her is to, again, interfere with His plan and purpose for that individual. Let us look again at the Legend of St. Issa. Issa (or Jesus) was adamant about the equality and equal opportunity of all to perceive God and achieve union with Him: "He declaimed strongly against man's arrogating himself the authority to deprive his fellow-beings of their human and spiritual rights. 'Verily,' He said, 'God has made no difference between His children, who are all alike dear to Him... -- PJ 12 -- pag. 149 "One law has been given to man to guide him in his actions: Fear (revere, respect, honor) the Lord, thy God; bend thy knees only (only before HIM) and bring to Him only (to HIM only) the offerings which come from thy earnings...be humble and humiliate not your fellow-man. Help the poor support the weak, do evil to none, covet not that which belongs to others:.. He who has recovered his primitive purity shall die with his transgressions forgiven and have the right to contemplate the majesty of God." Oh would it be I could get you to reread the above at least three times---REALLY read it, before moving on. ONENESS OF THE HUMAN FAMILY The one you call Jesus said: “My Father-God, who was and is and evermore shall be .. Who in the boundlessness of love has made all men to equal be. The white, the black, the yellow, and the red can look up in thy face and say, Our Father-God. . . ''The Holy One has said that all His children shall be free; and every soul is a child of God. The sudras shall be as free as priests; the farmers shall walk hand in hand with kings, for all the world will own the brotherhood of man. “O men, arise! Be conscious of your powers, for he who will need not remain a slave. Just live as you would have your brother live; unfold each day as does the flower; for earth is yours, and heaven is yours, and God will bring you to your own." Oh, you don't remember that part? Try the Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ! It is quite filled with wondrous insight. GOD AND WOMEN Interestingly enough, many of "Jesus" disciples and followers in Israel or Palestine were women. Yes, you understood them to all be men? Well what does "disciple" mean? It means admirer, buff, devotee, enthusiast, fan, follower, groupie, apprentice, beginner, freshman, intern, neophyte, newcomer, novice, novitiate, pupil, chela, recruit, rookie, student, tenderfoot, trainee, believer, convert, follower, zealot - - - - -, how many do you wish? Man again set his own rules and laws. The women were considered to be "unworthy" by the orthodox Jewish priests to enter into the Inner Temple of the synagogues. Women were viewed as existing solely for the service of men and were definitely second class citizens, if now even lower in class unto third or fourth. Jesus decried this inequality and the double standard of justice meted out to women, as in the case of the adulteress: (''He among you who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.'') It would be logical that some of the men in the crowd had even bedded with the woman if indeed she was an adulteress. Jesus made no distinction between men and women when it came to His followers, and it is perhaps -- PJ 12 -- pag. 150 for this reason that Jesus showed Himself first to a woman---Mary Magdalene---upon His coming into his higher being of light. Better quoted: " .. an old woman who had approached the group, to better hear Issa, was pushed aside by a man, who placed himself before her. "Then said Issa: „It is not good for a son to push away his mother, that he may occupy the place which belongs to her. Who so doth not respect his mother--the most sacred being after his God--is unworthy of the name of son. "Hearken to what I say to you: Respect woman; for in her we see the mother of the universe, and all the truth of divine creation is to come through her. "She is the fount of everything good and beautiful, as she is also the germ of life and death. Upon her man depends in all his existence, for she is his moral and natural support in his labors. "'In pain and suffering she brings you forth; in the sweat of her brow she watches over your growth, and until her death you cause her great anxieties. Bless her and adore her, for she is your only friend and support on earth. '''Respect her; defend her. In so doing you will gain for yourself her love; you will find favor before God, and for her sake many sins will be remitted to you. "'Love your wives and respect them, for they will be the mothers of tomorrow and later the grandmothers of a whole nation. "'Be submissive to the wife; her love ennobles man, softens his hardened heart, tames the wild beast in him and changes it to a lamb. "'Wife and mother are the priceless treasures which God has given to you. They are the most beautiful ornaments of the universe, and from them will be born all who will inhabit the world. '''Even as the Lord of Hosts separated the light from the darkness, and the dry land from the waters, so does woman possess the divine gift calling forth out of man‟s evil nature all the good that is in him. "Therefore I say to you, after God, to woman must belong your best thoughts, for she is the divine temple where you will most easily obtain perfect happiness. '''Draw from this temple your moral force. There you will forget your sorrows and your failures, and recover the love necessary to aid your fellow-man. "‟Suffer her not to be humiliated, for by humiliating her you humiliate yourselves, and lose the sentiment of love without which nothing can exist here on earth. -- PJ 12 -- pag. 151 '''Protect your wife, that she may protect you--you and all your household. All that you do for your mothers, your wives, for a widow, or for any other woman in distress, you will do for your God.'" This does not mean that woman, then, goes forth and battles against man to put him beneath her and proclaim herself above him. In this day the balance has been tilted by the thrusting and "fighting" for equality of the sexes as to become absurd in the other direction. The balance is the respect and love of one sex for another in equality according to the abilities and responsibilities involved. THE BALANCE SHALL NEVER BE THROUGH LEGISLATION FOR MAN CANNOT LEGISLATE MORALITY! IT WILL COME THROUGH THE EQUAL MEETING TOGETHER OF MEN AND WOMEN IN SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING. IT HAS NAUGIIT TO DO WITH "JOB" OR "STATUS" AS DEFINED BY SOCIETY. Clearly, the Master Teacher did not view women as inferior to men. On the contrary, He stressed that it was the feminine aspects of love and compassion that men themselves must cultivate if they are to realize the highest spiritual truths. Even your current "scientists" are recognizing the need to place greater emphasis on stimulating the right hemisphere of the brain, which is considered to be the portion that is associated with what you have "traditionally" considered feminine qualities--love and nurturance, cooperation and compassion, patience and tolerance, intuition and creativity. However, as you MARCH and demand and push and shove, you women acquire the very traditional attributes accorded "to men". Yet if you see your own feminine reflection in a male, you denounce him as being a "wimp". Likewise you go further and make a big to-do about the left hemisphere of the brain to be the analytical side that controls logic, reason and qualities that have been “traditionally” associated with men. NOW WHO DO YOU SUPPOSE SET UP THESE GUIDELINES? DO YOU SUPPOSE IT WAS YOUR LOCAL DELEGATION OF WOMEN? Rise above this ridiculous separation of gender; cast aside this foolish perception of division. You are forcing a major segment of your society into proclaiming homosexuality wherein in actuality, the sexes simply are thrust apart and are no longer in comfort one with the other and has actually no relationship to homosexuality in the least--it becomes a behavior pattern and a deadly one at that. You are developing a segment of female that is more violent, more addicted to self-greed, and less nurturing than in all times since creation of your placement. It is right that women take a stand for equality of respect and in services rendered but ones must always use wisdom and caution that in the righting into balance the scales are not tipped off-balance to the point of great destruction and past the ability of righting. The perception is that the Mother Earth is coming into her time of feminine projection--can you ones not accept that it cannot be one or the other and maintain balance? Women are beginning to call for a new vision of your future, politically, eco-nomically, and spiritually: a vision of mutual cooperation, not competition; of trust and love, not suspicion and hate. Examples can be seen worldwide as women become more visible and begin to gain a new sense of awareness and confidence in themselves and in their ability to perform the various roles assigned to them in God's Cosmic Play: as wives and mothers, scientists and teachers, social activists and politicians, and above all, as spiritual leaders calling for Peace in the world. -- PJ 12 -- pag. 152 But let us consider what else has happened by not correctly analyzing the problem. You have continued to misuse the tools of procreation and turned it into some type of "right" for fun and games. Therefore, being that women bear the children and men tend the woman and child during pregnancy and childbirth, at least originally in traditional manner, it has become chaos. The children who are birthed are tossed to child tenders who basically keep the child alive. The mothers move off into the workplace and men feel rejected, to feel unrejected they hop into bed and prove their manhood, thus causing either stringent birth control or unwanted children or abortion. The cycle grows larger and larger and now you have a planet overpopulated by some 5 and 1/2 billion people and total unbalance between your sexes. You make your marriages and build in contracts to cover the divorces and the children are caught in the middle of total nightmare existence of insecurity and rejection. Adults of both sexes are so miserably unhappy that escape is sought in more loose morality and substance abuse to simply make it from day unto the next. You do not look at what the problem really is, you move on in the wave of chaos and asking ''why doesn't the government do something, put in more money, use more police, make some more laws and on and on, Without once regaining balance and morality along with responsibility for actions, to solve the problem. You simply remain blinded by the false perception of the problem. YOU CANNOT LEGISLATE THESE THINGS INTO SOLUTION. YOUR MOTHER IS COMING, ALSO Indeed, it is no coincidence that women desire to be considered equally and speak up more readily for their "rights". It is unfortunate that it must be thus. The feminine form of God is returning just as is the masculine form. The American Indians are awaiting the return of both, the feminine form in the form of whom they reverently label White Buffalo Cow Woman. According to the Indian tradition, this feminine form of God incarnated ages ago and brought the Word of Truth, as well as the Sacred Pipe--The Peace Pipe--to the Indian people. She promised that She would return at the end of this Age to help usher in the New World of Peace. In an effort to show you ones that in truth there is balance and harmony the Christed energy was sent forth to be born of woman that you might see that there would not have been one without the other. But most of you missed the point. The very earth itself is called Mother, or Grandmother. From the substance of earth you are created--birthed by the Creator. Therefore you must have Father/Mother God--Mother Creation/Father Creator. There have been many signs brought unto you in your last decades to help you see the principle but most forget or get lost in the controversy of the churches whether to ordain or deny the truth of the signs. The stars in the heavens are verifying the fulfillment of the prophecies, that the feminine aspect of God is also to make Her appearance on Earth and Her influence felt throughout the world. -- PJ 12 -- pag. 153 I do not like to use astrologic signs for description for the term, again, has been distorted into the act of "fortune-telling", but the facts remain that the stars do give signs for which you must watch. For one great point is that often that which you visualize is not what "you perceive or define as stars or planets". Millions of your stars and planets are naught more than space ships---bigger in size than is your little Earth. They can be rotated and replaced and moved about your heavens at will, without disrupting the magnetic balance of the orbiting solar system or galactic balance. In 1981, a rare triple conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn took place in the only purely feminine sign of the twelve signs of the zodiac---according to your perception and definition---not so in truth! But for the sake of non-argument (for God will effort to allow you signs which fit into your comprehension) we will use the traditional perception of your placement. This referenced sign is Virgo, representing the Virgin or the Mother. This is the same conjunction that took place around the time of Christ's birth as nearly as the astrologers can theorize. That one called Virgo was called by your astronomers, historians, theologians and astrologers as being the famous Star of Bethlehem of which the Bible speaks. (Interestingly enough, the star-craft aboard which Sananda traveled most widely is labelled--for you ones--The Star of Bethlehem. I use the term as past tense, for the command ship is now called THE PHOENIX. This does not mean there is no longer a Star of Bethlehem, it only indicates that Sananda Jesus Emmanuel is most often aboard this command ship in these critical times of the cycle closing.) The expert historians will point out that the magi were highly knowledgeable about astronomy and astrology, and that they understood the meaning of this rare conjunction, i.e., that a great Messiah (Messenger of God, the Word) was to be born. They point out that though the stars do not control earthly life, they do influence and reflect events taking place on earth---a great point indeed. This rare conjunction took place in Pisces around Christ's birth, Pices being considered the sign of the zodiac representing the Son and corresponding on the earth to the country of Palestine, and placed exactly opposite Virgo, representing the Virgin or the Mother, on the zodiac! Isn't it interesting that Emmanuel, the Son, was born of Mary, the Mother (Virgin)! (By the way--"virgin" had a much different definition than you tout of it!) This rare conjunction also took place at the time of the Buddha's birth in 63 B.C., and again forty years later at the time of His "Enlightenment". Coincidence, perhaps? -- PJ 12 -- pag. 154 ---------------------------