Was Krishna the cause for castes as said by my friend?

Was Krishna the cause for castes as said by my friend?

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?”


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 and guiding people in sastras.  This varna was arranged so that the society will function undner the guidance of learnt persons according to sastras.


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 advices given by brahmanas.  They also offer dhan (donations) to brahmanas thereby they reduce their karma, or, transfers their karma to brahmanas.  Therefore, being a brahmana is not easy.  They accept donations from other three varnas and live.  This incurs transfer of the karma of the donors.  Thus, brahmanas accept new karma.  Therefore, we should see the brahmanas who live with the donations mercifully.  We should offer all the honours to them.


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 kshatriys 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.

(3) VYSIA:

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 things tolead 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.

(4) SUDRA:

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 efforts will come to standstill.

Every varna needs working people to perform some tasts related to their works.  Therefore, the working class of people are inevitable in a society.

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

Now, you can understand 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 considered themselves 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.  This made many sudras to think:  “Why should we live like slaves of others without respects? Let us too become like vaishyas and start trading.  Or, let me 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 makes 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.

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 and hence they stop participating in their assigned duties,  the entire social system collapses.Therefore 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” disappeared and “Birth based castes” are followed.

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Thus, 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.

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

The people are not ready to humbly honour 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.

Also read: The right process of sanyasa and devotion in kaliyuga in the absence of varnashrama dharma.

Author: RAJAN

RAJAN from Tamil Nadu, India, has decades of association with the devotees of Krishna. He is promoting many sites and he promotes this blog-website as an E-SATHSANGHA (E-FORUM) to give Spiritual Solutions for all the Material Problems faced by the devotees! In this site, he writes the friendly and practical tips for the practice of 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 has been counselling through social media and websites since the year 2011. His services are guiding more than 1,20,000 serious followers and lakhs of visiting readers! RAJAN accepts no credits for his services but dedicates all the credits to Krishna.

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