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There is one concept that I learned from Hinduism that tremendously helped me to understand the nature of human callings and the order of things in this world overall. I’d like to share with you a concept of Varnas.

Varna is a Sanskrit word which means type, order, color or class.

Basically, Varna is a caste, a layer of societal hierarchy in Hindu communities. According to Hindu literature, the society is divided into four castes based on occupation: Shudra, Vaishya, Kshatriya, and Brahmin.

  • Vaishya — merchants, traders, agriculturalists (now sales and services, businessmen).
  • Kshatriya — rulers, and warriors (now managers, supervisors, politicians, CEOs).
  • Brahmin — priests, scholars and teachers (now professors, thought leaders, people of knowledge).

Conclusion #1. All people are different but all are equally important.

We are different from each other the moment we rock up to this planet. Our individuality starts to shine from the moment we open our eyes. It’s a fact. Buddhists will rationalize our differences by the concepts of reincarnation and family karma. Scientists will adduce arguments about genetic heredity. Both interpretations are worth consideration yet both are equally irrelevant to one practical implication:

Conclusion #2. Elevating the level of consciousness must become a personal mission.

Although it is true that in society all castes are equally important, in Hinduism all varnas are organized in a hierarchical pyramid in which Shudra comprises the base level, with Vaishya, Kshatriya, and Brahmin correspondingly positioned on top. In this pyramid, each person finds his place based on his inherent motivation and personal goals.

Varnas represent the steps of personal evolution.

If you know your inherent motivation you can easily identify your varna. Essentially, your varna is your current level of consciousness.

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