Being a brahmana or Vaishnava – which is recommended for kaliyuga?
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 the Vedic scriptures and Perform Vedic rituals, WITHOUT ANY OTHER ASSIGNMENTS.
A brahmana should live only with biksha (donations) after doing good to others.
(Is Brahmana Diksha (Second Initiation) Compulsory for all? READ HERE!)
A brahmana 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.
(Why next birth in Brahmana family, not vaishnava family if we fall down? READ HERE!)
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.
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.
(VARNASHRAMA DHARMA – CAN ONE FOLLOW IT IN THE PRESENT SOCIETY? READ HERE?! )
Can we call him as a brahmana? No.
If you see in this context, neither yourself nor the “working” brahmanas are brahmanas.
I too took birth in a traditional 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. I was promoting business for living. So, I could not call myself as a brahmana though I am a son of a brahmana. I identified myself as a vaishya, who was begging Krishna to give me vaishnava qualities.
Only when I quit my material business and dedicated for Krishna for full time, I have become real brahmana now and beyond that I have become a vaishnava who is beyond the identities of Varnashrama dharma.
(My Vedic Brahmana family is against ISKCON way of devotion. How to explain? Read Here!)
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.
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.
(Is it true that Vaishnavas are equal to Brahmanas? Why? READ HERE!)
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 the condition that he should also involve in 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 possible for all?
(Was Krishna the cause for castes? READ HERE!)
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 now a days.
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 and serve the Lord Krishna!
(WHO IS CALLED AS VAISHNAVA? WHAT ARE THE CLASSES OF VAISHNAVAS? READ HERE!)