Who is a Brahmana? Will there be no brahmanas in kaliyuga as said by Bhagavatham?
A devotee who requested anonymity asked like this:
“Prabhu. I wish to become a brahmana. Please give me ways. Bhagavatha purana says you cannot see brahmanas in kali. why?”
A brahmana is one who Preach Vedic scriptures and Perform Vedic rituals, WITHOUT ANY OTHER ASSIGNMENTS. He should live only with donations. He should not do the jobs of other varnas. He should have satvik qualities and he should follow high degree of discipline and forgiveness. He should not retaliate though others commit offenses against him. He should pray and bless for the well being of others!
Of course getting birth as a son of such a brahmana is a fortune because he need not spend years to purify himself. He can get liberated faster than others if he too follows the qualities and jobs of brahmanas. But, just taking birth as a child of a brahmana is not the exclusive qualification to be a brahmana. It is just an advantage. That’s all.
If a brahmana by birth goes to any job in a company or anywhere, he is not at all a brahmana, but Sudra, because, Sudras are working class. A brahmana should preach vedic scriptures, get biksha (Donation in modern days) and live with the donations.
(My Vedic Brahmana family is against ISKCON way of devotion. How to explain? Read Here!)
So, in this kaliyuga, it is very difficult to see REAL BRAHMANAS, though there are a very few.
In my locality, there is a neighbour brahmana who is working in Indian Railways and also performing vedic rituals like marriage, death rituals, etc in part time. When he goes for Railway duty, he unbinds his sikha (hairs), wears pant/ shirt and appears as a hero. When he is invited for any marriage/ death rituals or Shrarth, he binds his hairs and wear dhoties and perform vedic rituals. After finishing these rituals by applying half day leave in Railways, he goes to job in the afternoon.
Can we call him as a brahmana? No.
If you see in this context, neither yourself nor the “working” brahmanas are brahmanas.
(VARNASHRAMA DHARMA – CAN ONE FOLLOW IT IN THE PRESENT SOCIETY? READ HERE?! )
I too took birth in a traditional vedic brahmana family. My father was performing vedic rituals and lived with the donations and he did not go to any job. So, I may call him a brahmana.
But, I am promoting business. Can I call myself as a brahmana just because I am a son of a brahmana?
No. I may call myself as a vaishya, who is begging Krishna to give me vaishnava qualities.
That is why, I am trying to make preaching as my full time activity to be a real brahmana again.
So, the status of brahmana is not heriditiary. It is based on our qualities and profession. The ‘Brahmana by birth’ are brahmanas only if they follow brahmana qualities and profession as per Bhagawan’s words in Bhagavad Gita.
(Was Krishna the cause for castes? READ HERE!)
So, if you like to become a real brahmana, you should not go to jobs and you should learn vedic scriptures, slokas, Practice devotion as full time activity (Eg: Full time Krishna Conscious devotees) and Preach to others and live with the donations offered by the devotees.
Are you ready to become so?
So, my sincere advice to you is:
Don’t wish to be a brahmana by doing all other material activities. Wish to become a Vaishnava. If you are a Vaishnava, you become above the brahmana status.
And, Acharyas like Sri Ramanuja, Srila Prabhupada, etc, have well simplified the saadhanas to become a vaishnava. A Vaishnava can even go to jobs, but, with a condition that he must offer a portion of it for the service of Krishna. He must chant Hare Krishna and follow regulative principles and the saadhanas recommended for devotees. No barrier to go to jobs with a Krishna Conscious mindset.
Now, tell me, which will be ideal for you?
To be a brahmana that is very difficult in this kaliyuga, or, to be a vaishnava that is possibloe for all?
You only have to decide this! My advice to you is: Be a Vaishnava.
That is why Bhagavatham said that TRUE brahmanas will be less in kaliyuga. We are seeing that now. Brahmanas also go to jobs and do business. They should not save money. But, they save more than others.
This is also a symptom of kaliyuga. There will be no varnashrama dharma in kaliyuga. All (or most of the people) will be sudras in kaliyuga.
Come, let us be vaishnavas!
(So, this Post will help you: WHO IS CALLED AS VAISHNAVA? WHAT ARE THE CLASSES OF VAISHNAVAS? READ HERE! )