Did Krishna create caste system to divide the society as said by atheists?

Did Krishna create caste system to divide the society as said by atheists?

Question in detail:

“Hare Krishna anna. One of my college friend passes abusive words about Krishna telling that he is the person who started caste system. What reply I should give him?”


The view that Krishna created caste system is wrong. Varna is the system of classification of people according to their profession.  It was arranged by Krishna Himself so that every varna co-operates with other three varnas and live peacefully.

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Duties: To advise the kings in their ruling the country adhering to the Kshatriya dharma, Performing Vedic rituals and guiding the people as instructed by the scriptures.  This varna was arranged so that the society will function under the guidance of experts who have learnt dharma.


Without brahmanas, the people of all the other 3 varnas will go immoral and the rulers will deviate from dharma.  Other varnas are guided by the advice given by the brahmanas.  They also offer dhan (donations) to brahmanas thereby they reduce their karma, ie, they transfer part of their karma to brahmanas.  Therefore, being a brahmana is not easy.  They teach the people in the scriptures, accept donations from other three varnas and live.  This incurs transfer of the karma of the donors to the brahmanas.  Thus, brahmanas accept new karma. Therefore, we should see the brahmanas who live with the donations as great people who sacrifice themselves for the elevation of sinners like us.  We should offer all the honours to them and it is the duty of other three varnas to support the brahmanas regularly.  In other words, the brahmanas are the gurus of other three varnas. So, others should offer Guru dakshina to avoid sins as they gain knowledge and vedic services from brahmanas. It is also said that if a person learns from a brahmana without giving dhaan to him, the education will not help him in elevation and useless.

So, the brahmanas are the Gurus and guides for the whole society.

(Who is a Brahmana? Will there be no brahmanas in kaliyuga as said by  Bhagavatham? READ HERE!)


Duties: The rulers and security people.  They were classified to protect the people and help them live peacefully.  Military and police services also come under kshatriya varna.


Without kshatriyas, the country and people of all the other 3 varnas will be under the threat of enemies and thieves. If there are no kshatriyas, other three varnas can not either live or sleep peacefully.  The kshatriyas sacrifice many happy moments of their own personal life and protect the borders, land, properties of the people, etc.  Just imagine a society without policemen.  The thieves will get more strength and threaten others and loot their properties.  If there is no military, countries will always face unrest.  We have also seen even in India that the anti national and antisocial elements increase their activities to destabilize the country when there is no strong government in the centre and states.  Therefore one should give all the respects and honours to the military/ Navy/ air force/ police personalities.  We should keep the government administrative system strong to keep the anti national and anti social elements under control.

(Is it true that Vaishnavas are equal to Brahmanas? Why? READ HERE!)


Duties: Trading and business community.  They perform agriculture and produce milk to feed the people; They also trade (buy & sell) the grains and other needs of the people.  So, the people will get all the required things to lead their life.


Without vysias, the people  of all the other 3 varnas will starve due to the lack of grains, milk and other products.  If we discourage the vysias, they will stop producing and trading and hence other varnas can not get their needs.  Therefore one should give all the respects and honours to the trading community, farmers, milk producers/ sellers etc.


Duties: Working class.  They work for all the other three varnas and get salary for that so that all the functions of the society such as discipline, protection, production and trade are properly maintained.



Without sudras,  the people of all the other 3 varnas will not get workers and hence all their business and efforts will come to standstill.

Every varna needs working people to perform some tasks related to their works.  Therefore, the working class of people are ‘the must’ in a society.

Just because these working class of people work and get salary from other three varnas others should not insult or ill treat the working class.  They dedicate their energy to work for other three varnas to earn in their business and receive their due of salary.  Without them no business can be performed.

Now, you would have understood that NO VARNA IS INFERIOR AND EVERY VARNA IS THE BACKBONE OF A SOCIETY. Every varna is important for the maintenance of the affairs of this society.


Without understanding the importance of every varna in the society, some people thought that Krishna created caste system and considered themselves as superior.

For example, other varnas failed to realize that without the working class (sudras), all the other three varnas can not survive. Without this realization, they kept the sudras as lower class.

(Was Krishna cursed and killed and then left this world? READ HERE!)

This made many sudras to think:  “Why should we live like the slaves of others without respects? Let us too become like vaishyas and start trading.  Let us too become a kshatriya and protect the country and get respects.”

Therefore, the working people wanted to become business persons.  Now a days, most of the working class are switching to other professions and hence there is deficiency for the workers in some industries.  For example, even for the farming activities, getting workers has become very difficult as every farmer tries to make his sons and daughters as doctors or engineers, and they do not want their children suffer like them.  Since a job as engineer is considered as more respectful and profitable than farming, such demand for farm workers now a days. The farmers and construction workers bring the workers from thousands of miles away because of the lack of local workers.

Therefore, all the working class should be given their due of respects and honours by other three varnas for helping the other varnas in their duties.  This is the plan of Krishna.

If any varna is suppressed by other varnas that makes them stop performing their assigned duties, the entire social system collapses. Therefore, thinking that Krishna created caste system to dominate each other is wrong, and if followed properly, Varna system initiated by the Lord Krishna Himself, will keep all the four sections of the people happy.


But, due to the advancement of kaliyuga, the “Profession based varnas” gradually disappeared and “Birth based castes” are followed. This has made the people think that Krishna created caste system existing today.

Now a days, most of the people have become sudras as most of us are working and earning.  Even many of the so called brahmanas (by birth) are going to companies and offices for working and they are actually sudras, not brahmanas.

Thus, the Varna system created by Krishna is almost not existing now.

Because of the selfish and superior acts of other varnas, the sudras have started to think that being workers is not respectful and profitable.  This has created demand for the workers and hence other varnas have to pay enourmous payments for the available workers.

Other varnas have spoiled the well balanced varna system initiated by Krishna, that expects every varna to honour the importance of other three varnas and live happily.

(Are Inter Caste marriages prohibited by the Scriptures? Is it allowed for devotees? READ HERE!)

Every man gets a kind of pleasure when he suppresses others. This “superiority complex” of every varna, has collapsed entire “cooperative” system of society.

Most of the people are not ready to serve others, but, they always want to lead others.

This is the real cause for the collapse of the Varna system initiated by Krishna Himself.  Any system will be useful ONLY UNTIL EVERY MEMBER OF THAT SYSTEM COORDINATES WITH OTHERS UNDERSTANDING THE IMPORTANCE OF OTHERS IN THE SOCIETY.

Hope all of you are clear about the real intentions of Lord Krishna in creating Varna System. He gave a necessary system. We made it to collapse and made the people think that Krishna created caste system.

So, do not think that Krishna created caste system and do not blame Krishna for the degradation caused by the people themselves.

(The right process of sanyasa and devotion in kaliyuga in the absence of varnashrama dharma! READ HERE.)

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, a Life Patron and an Initiated Devotee being in ISKCON for nearly three decades, serves anonymously to avoid Prominence and crowd as an insignificant, Humble and Neutral Servant for all the devotees of Krishna! He promotes Social media forums and this blog-website as e-satsangha (e-forums) blessed with Lakhs of followers, to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems of the devotees since 2011! He writes friendly and practical tips to practice devotion (i) without hurting the followers of other paths, (ii) without affecting the personal and career life, and (iii) without the blind, superstitious and ritualistic approach! He dedicates all the glories and credits to his Guru and Krishna.

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