This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Direct and indirect participation in the tradition

Full participation is reserved for the first three castes, hence the designation arya, which we have mentioned elsewhere as referring, not to some ancient race, but to the first three castes; in addition, these are also designated dwija or ‘twice born,’ which this second birth being spiritual, much like the Christian notion of second birth through Baptism. This means that for the Shudras, participation is indirect, through the mediation of the other castes. They are not a vital part of the body of Purusha, but spring from the earth under his feet.

Additional remarks on caste will be reserved for the section dedicated to that subject.

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