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Who Were the Brahmins

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We don't know exactly when Indian society began to develop but is widely thought that pockets of what we can define as civilisation have existed on the Indian subcontinent continuously over the past seventy thousand years. But it's only in the past ten thousand that what we can generally define as Hindu civilisation began to unify and flourish.

At one time the people were hunter gatherers as elsewhere in the world with Shamen developing spiritual concepts.  You could say these Shamen were the original scientists questioning the nature of existence and it seems apparent from the evidence that in India the Shamen (also referred to as mystics and yogis) were numerous enough to have a shared understanding.

With population growth and development of agriculture the Shamen gave way to the yogis and mystics who understood that the outer physical world that we enjoy and focus most of our energy into was in reality no more important than the internal world of consciousness. This knowledge had been around tens of thousands of years but is only with the stabilising influence of permanent settlements that it began to spread amongst the ordinary people.

The yogis and mystics came to understand that nature including humanity is fundamentally technological and that through certain processes, this technology can be enhanced and developed for greater human well-being and material knowledge. This wisdom resulted in improved physical applications for human well-being such as the knowledge of our place in the universe, the development of technologies such as metallurgy, medicine and greater human happiness.

The knowledge and wisdom arrived at by the yogis and mystics presented certain problems which must've been extensively discussed and the pros and cons carefully evaluated. There were evolving scientific and spiritual systems of knowledge that clearly had great benefit for human well-being and indeed human continuously that individuals with a disposition towards developing and preserving this knowledge took to it as a career path.

Over time as the population expanded people moved into different occupations either following in the footsteps of their parents or to satisfy the needs of their intellects. Over time guilds were formed and while the British were in India they transferred the impetus of the British class system onto the Indian population and labelled it as cast misrepresenting the guild system known as Varna.

Back to the Brahmins

Within greater India, the Brahmins who sat between the yogis and mystics, and the people evaluated the needs of the people, worked out solutions and provided them with factual information to improve their lives. This evolved into the gurukul education system and the great universities that made India a global centre of learning.

The Brahmins continued to liaise with the yogis and mystics and at a time before writing they evolved an oral tradition of transmitting affirmation on through the generations. These books are now known as the Veda's.

The Brahmins were primarily instrumental in sourcing and the passing on of knowledge and they did this very cleverly. Understanding that for any human being to be complete, they had to take as much care of their internal world and their outer, they developed methodology for every individual to appreciate aspect of his or her internal consciousness.

Knowing that physicality was important, they worked on improving conditions for physical life, vegetarianism evolved along with the Ayurvedic medical system. They also understood the pitfalls of capitalism and unrestrained technology which they did their best to limit while enabling the growth of civilisation, improvements to human well-being and physical welfare.

In terms of Hindu civilisation and I remind you here that the word Hindu is a geographic term, the Brahmins were never paid a salary but when the information they passed on to the people proved to be of value then the people would gift them with the physical means of sustenance.

The Brahmins steered the population toward a kind of flat civilisation. Unlike Persia, Egypt, Greece and Rome that had tiered societies with powerful rulers generating material wealth by conquest, Hindu civilisation was more focused on spiritual wealth and the accumulation of knowledge administered by a king who was also subject to democratic processes and had defined responsibilities.

Over several thousand years, the Brahmins guided the people of India to export their knowledge and wisdom which they did very successfully, even to the Americas. As we step into the modern era, the Brahmins helped the people resist the Islamic invasions but they were no match for the British with their modern weapons.

Under British occupation and exploitation, Indian culture was torn asunder and the British pressured the Brahmins through direct coercion and economic isolation to work for the new British Indian state. Because they were highly educated and had a gift for learning, they began to fill administrative roles setting them directly against the people they once served.

In the space of two hundred years, the Brahmins went from being the soft guides to the world's most highly successful nation to helping the British exploit India as their only choice was do or die. Today the Brahmins are reviled by some who are ignorant of India's history but praised and supported by those who know.

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