This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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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The superiority of the Brahmanas

The Brahmanas were symbolized as the mouth of the social order, and this accurately describes their role as teachers. They should not be imagined as ‘priests,’ necessarily, even if their carry out so many sacred rites. Their main function is the preservation and transmission of the doctrines, since they alone possess proper knowledge of this order. The Kshatriyas excel in action, and that is their order of operation. Taking this into account, it is obvious that, just as thought must precede action, so the Brahmanas must sit atop the hierarchy, maintaining the doctrinal principles upon which society itself is based. Their position is primary because the knowledge that is their vocation is primary. All else is but a secondary and contingent application of it, dependent on it for stability. The Brahmanas are the hub–or are the keepers of the hub–around which the great wheel of traditional civilization turns. This is why deviations away from traditional principles, not only for Hindus but for any civilization, usually involve a subversion of this hierarchy, which almost always comes in the form of an attempt of the Kshatriyas to deny superiority to the Brahmanas, or whatever social class serves an analogical function. The European Reformation is one example of this subversion that resulted in success. The superiority of the priestly class in Europe remained for some time after that subversion, but only as a superstition. For what could the Divine Right of kings possibly mean without a sacred authority to bestow it? It was Pope Leo III who crowned Charlemagne. He could not have crowned himself.

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