Regulative Principles are applicable for all the varnas and ashramas. This Post explains REGULATIVE PRINCIPLES FOR FOUR VARNAS AND ASHRAMAS in the words of Srila Prabhupada!

Regulative principle is applicable to all varnas and asramas, the castes and occupations of life. There are four varnas, namely the brahmanas (priests and intellectuals), the ksatriyas (warriors and statesmen), the vaisyas (businessmen and farmers) and the sudras (laborers and servants).

There are also four standard asramas, namely brahmacarya (student life), grhastha (householder), vanaprastha (retired) and sannyasa (renounced).


The regulative principles are not only for the brahmacaris (celibate students) to follow, but are applicable for all. It doesn’t matter whether one is a beginner–a brahmacari–or is very advanced–a sannyasi. The principle of remembering the Supreme Personality of Godhead constantly and not forgetting Him at any moment is meant to be followed by everyone without fail.

If this injunction is followed, then all other rules and regulations will automatically fall into line. All other rules and regulations should be treated as assistants or servants to this one basic principle.

The injunctions of rules and regulations and the resultant reactions are mentioned in the Eleventh Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, Fifth Chapter, verses 2 and 3. Camasa Muni, one of the nine sages who came to instruct King Nimi, addressed the King and said, “The four social orders, namely the brahmanas, the ksatriyas, the vaisyas and the sudras, have come out of the different parts of the universal form of the Supreme Lord as follows: the brahmanas have come out from the head, the ksatriyas have come out from the arms, the vaisyas have come out from the waist, and the sudras have come out from the legs. Similarly, the sannyasis have come out from the head, the vanaprasthas from the arms, the grhasthas from the waist and the brahmacaris from the legs.”

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

These different orders of society and grades of spiritual advancement are conceived in terms of qualification. It is confirmed in Bhagavad-gita that the four social orders and the four spiritual orders are created by the Lord Himself, in terms of different individual qualities. As the different parts of the body have different types of activities, so the social orders and spiritual orders also have different types of activities in terms of qualification and position. The target of these activities, however, is always the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

As confirmed in Bhagavad-gita, “He is the supreme enjoyer.” So, whether one is a brahmana or a sudra, one has to satisfy the Supreme Lord by one’s activities. This is also confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam by a verse which reads, “Everyone must be engaged in his particular duty, but the perfection of such work should be tested by how far the Lord is satisfied with such activities.” The injunction herein is that one has to act according to his position, and by such activities one must either satisfy the Supreme Personality or else fall down from one’s position.

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For example a brahmana, who is born out of the head of the Lord, has as his business to preach the transcendental Vedic sounds, or sabda-brahma. Because the brahmana is the head, he has to preach the transcendental sound, and he also has to eat on behalf of the Supreme Lord. According to Vedic injunctions, when a brahmana eats it is to be understood that the Personality of Godhead is eating through him. It is not, however, that the brahmana should simply eat on behalf of the Lord and not preach the message of Bhagavad-gita to the world. Actually, one who preaches the message of the Gita is very dear to Krsna, as is confirmed in the Gita itself. Such a preacher is factually a brahmana, and thus by feeding him one feeds the Supreme Lord directly.

Similarly, the ksatriya has to protect people from the onslaughts of maya.  That is his duty. For example, as soon as Maharaja Pariksit saw that a black man was attempting to kill a cow, he immediately took his sword, wanting to kill the black man, whose name was Kali.<footnote> Not to be confused with Kali, the demigoddess who is the devastating feature That is a ksatriya’s duty. Violence is required in order to give protection. In Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna directly gave His order to Arjuna to commit violence on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra, just to give protection to the people in general.

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

The vaisyas are meant for producing agricultural products, trading them and distributing them.

And the working class, or sudras, are those who haven’t the intelligence of the brahmanas or the ksatriyas or the vaisyas, and therefore they are meant to help these higher classes by bodily labor.

In this way, there is full cooperation and spiritual advancement among all the different orders of society. And when there is no such cooperation, the members of society will fall down. That is the present position in the Kali-yuga, this age of quarrel. Nobody is doing his duty, and everyone is simply puffed up by calling himself a brahmana (intellectual) or a ksatriya (soldier or statesman). But actually such people are without status. They are out of touch with the Supreme Personality of Godhead because they are not Krsna conscious.

(Was Krishna the cause for castes as said by my friend? READ HERE!)

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