This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

NOTICE:
This Dark Age is now available in paperback on Amazon. The print version is MUCH cleaner than this online version, which is largely unedited and has fallen by the wayside as the project has grown. If you’ve appreciated my writing, please consider leaving a review on the relevant paperback volumes. The print edition also includes new sections (Military History, War Psychology, Dogmatic Theology).

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Bhakti and the effacement of caste

Although the emphasis of caste is on the pseudo-divinity of the intellect, and therefore on objective distinctions, there is also an admission within Hinduism that bhakti is a legitimate path and one that, by its nature, transcends caste. Sri Ramakrishna is known for saying that “through bhakti an untouchable becomes pure and is raised up,” and that “the rules of caste are automatically effaced for the man who has reached perfection and realized the unity of things; but as long as this sublime experience has not been obtained no one can avoid feeling superiority towards some and inferiority towards others, and all ought to observe the distinctions of caste.”

As an example of this in miniature, Ramakrishna cites the invocation of the Divine Name, a universal practice, and says that those who invoke the Name of God becomes saints. By the standard of bhakti—and this is its virtue—an outcaste may please God more fully than the Brahmin.

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