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Varnasrama Dharma (the Codes for Castes)
« on: February 05, 2009, 01:40:19 PM »
One Mr. Ranganathan I.C.S. asked Bhagavan on 4th July 1935:

In Srimad Bhagavad Gita, there is a passage. One's own dharma is the best; an alien dharma is full of risks.  What is the significance of one's own dharma?

Bhagavan: It is usually interpreted to mean the duties of the orders and of the different castes.  The physical environment must also be taken into consideration.

Devotee: If varnasrama dharma be meant, such dharma prevails only in India. On the other hand, the Gita should be universally applicable.

Bhagavan:  There is varnasrama in some form or other in every land. The signficance is that one should hold on to the single Atman and not swerve there from. This is the whole gist of it.

Sva = one's own, that is the Self, of the Atman.
Para = the other's, that is, of the non-Self, of the anatman.

Atma Dharma is inherence in the Self. There will be no distraction
and no fear. Troubles arise only when there is a second to oneself.
If the Atman be realized to be only unitary, there is no second, and therefore no cause for fear.  The man, as he is now, confounds the anatma (the nonself) dharma with Atma, the Self dharma and suffers. Let him know the Self and abide in it, there is an end of fear and there are no doubts.

Finally, it amounts to this:

Sva = atmanah (of Self)
Para = atmanah (of the non self)

Such doubts are natural. The orthodox interpretation cannot be reconciled with the life of a modern man obliged to work for his livelihood in different capacities.

(Source: Arunachala's Ramana, Boundless Ocean of Grace.
Volume No. 3. Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.