This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Could the Hindu world abandon caste?

The conditions of the Kali Yuga make the levelling systems appear more appropriate or ‘adaptable’ to the requirements of the epoch. We have said that Islam is powerful precisely because it counteracts many aspects of this chaotic context. One might suggest, then, if a levelling outlook is not in itself inappropriate, why the Hindus should not just abandon caste and transform their world into something more suitable to present conditions.

This can be answered in several ways, the first of which is that caste is the concrete foundation upon which Hindu doctrine was developed: that is not to say that doctrine is subordinate to social conditions, but that the social conditions of caste have, for thousands of years, supported the development and preservation of metaphysics in such a way that the one cannot be discarded without losing both. The absence of caste means (if we take the Semitic religions as our examples) that exoterism and esoterism are intertwined and metaphysics veiled in such a way that it can protect itself from the encroachment of exoterism that constantly threatens. To remove the distinctions in the social order would in a sense open flood gates on the intellectual plain as well, and it is difficult to see how the metaphysical core of Hinduism would survive. In other words, Hindu civilization would cease to be Hindu if it tried to abandon caste.

From another point of view, we should point out that hierarchy and caste are possibilities and express an aspect of human nature, and in that sense the Hindu system is a necessity of manifestation and must be what it is and cannot be anything else. Much like a person is body and soul and ceases to be that person if either component were replaced, so we say that the ‘body’ of Hinduism could not be anything other than what it is, and that, should it grow sick and wither, this would be along the natural course of things, whereas any attempt to transfer its ‘soul’ to a different, more egalitarian social body, would amount to an abomination.

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