Vanity thought #844. Varnashrama dhama

This is not a misspelling, I really mean observation of Holy Dhamas as examples of working daivi-varnashrama.

Everyone born in the Holy Dhama and, to an extent, everyone granted residence in the dhama, is a perfect devotee of the Lord. These people (and animals and trees) perform their respective duties and are visibly affected by the material nature and influence of Kali yuga yet they still remain perfect devotees, never forgetting Krishna even for a second.

It’s impossible for them to do so even if they tried because Krishna (or Lord Chaitanya for Navadvipa) is their life and soul, they don’t exist without Him, there’s no meaning to dhamavasi without their worshipable Lord. Without connection to Krishna dhama wouldn’t even exist, that’s what makes dhama into what it is.

This extends not only to living beings there but to the entire manifestation – the land, the air, everything, and this realization blurs the difference between living and non-living entities. In the Holy Dhama nothing is ever separate from the Lord, everything is just a different energy engaged in His service.

That’s the “daivi” part, and everything else we see is varnasrhama. It might not look like anything we imagine but everyone has his duties to perform, Sun shines, trees grow, seasons change, people work, cows make milk – no one is slacking off.

Is it a spontaneous varnashrama or a traditional Vedic one? It depends, Vedic varnashrama forms the basis, we can’t argue against that, but modern influences shape people’s lives, too. Loi Bazaar is on the internet, after all. Brahmanas might not be as pure as thousands years ago but mlecchas from the West can often more than make up for for their corruption, which is only external anyway.

In the Holy Dhama Lord’s mercy is unlimited, no matter what you do, it doesn’t matter, there’s no punishment, there’s no banishment, your body will get some karmic results that’s all, which is irrelevant if you don’t have false ego in the first place. Everyone, every little bug, every dirty pig, thinks of nothing else by the Lord and, in return, is as dear to the Lord as the most celebrated personalities in Srimad Bhagavatam. Once you are part of a family, you are part of a family.

How can we judge dhamavasis then? We don’t. We just accept them as they are and we also accept that our brains are too small to comprehend their sometimes irrational activities. We also accept “double standards”, ie we must follow regulative principles but dhamavasis don’t. Fish, eggs, liquor, all kinds of otherwise prohibited items can be found there nowadays. Should we go around telling them off? No, never, dhamavasis are beyond reproach, let Krishna sort them out if necessary, we are there only to offer respect and beg for their mercy.

We worship the dust of the Holy Dhama, it’s a laudable attitude, but what about Dhama’s sewage? Is it any less sacred? No, but it’s difficult in our present state to worship fecal matter. Okay, but still there’s no principal difference between dhama sewage and dhama dust, it’s just a matter of our own limitations. This kind of limitation extends to every other aspect as well.

We can’t blame dhamavasis for not offering all the food they eat to the Lord first, we don’t blame dhamavasis for falling in love and uniting with their partners even if they might technically break the fourth reg, we don’t blame dhamavasis for anything, for that would be blasphemous.

This is what our daivi-varnashrama might look like, too.

In fact, as soon as we accept it as “daivi”, fully concentrated on the Lord, we should stop trying to judge it because that would be as blasphemous and judging dhamavasis. We won’t be allowed to criticize neither personal nor managerial decisions. The quality of those decisions won’t matter anymore, they’d be transcendental to any material considerations.

In fact, we would stop trying to organize things altogether – what’s the point if it doesn’t matter? Whichever way dice fall, the implementation would be fully Krishna conscious, just let it roll naturally.

Therefore we should give up controlling mentality if we want to implement daivi-varnashrama, its main point being not trying to control anything in this world but rather see everything as perfectly connected to Krishna as it is.

We can try to control things to elevate our present system to the daivi-varnashrama level, as madhyama adhikaris should do, but we should not forget that our success in controlling it would be relinquishing this control.

Makes me wonder why bother telling people what to do from the start. What is the value of it? There’s no absolute value in it, what is the value of its possible relative value? Not very much. It’s like eating prasadam to get over our attachment to food. Our need to eat is temporary and so while we have to eat we should try to do it with minimal damage. So is our desire to control – it’s temporary and we should engage it only in a highly controlled manner so that we lose our attachment to it.

With this in mind, we should know when to offer advice on how to improve things and when this advice is unwarranted. This makes it a bit of a paradox – we can’t implement varnashrama without telling people what to do, and we can’t have proper daivi varnashrama if we keep telling people what to do. Which one is it?

I tend to think that unless asked and unless told to, we should keep our suggestions to ourselves, but that’s a whole other topic.

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