Make Vrindavana Villages
This small booklet is meant to serve as a general introduction to some of the basic concepts of varnasrama-dharma. For those unfamiliar with the principles of varnasrama-dharma, the book entitled “Varnasrama Education – An Introductory Manual” [soon to be published]will help clarify the question. In essence, the subject matter deals with both the topic of education as well as social and spiritual upliftment through a well established and scientifically planned educational system and social structure which encompass all spheres and all dimensions of life. Unless we understand these basic and standard traditional Vedic principles and until we become convinced of the importance and urgency to establish varnasrama-dharma, no educational system and no social structure will succeed in bringing about the individual and social stability so much needed in our present day severely misguided society.
As stated by Srila Prabhupada in his Essay on Gita-nagari in reference to the four principles followed by one of India’s modern leaders, Mahatma Gandhi: “The above four-fold Gandhi movements, if done in an organized, scientific way supported by all the authentic scriptures of all religiosities, will bring in that tranquility of peace respite of all harshness and bitterness of the present world, which we have longed for till now.” [Essay on Gita-nagari, Part 1]
It is our hope that all sincere seekers of knowledge and realization in the matter of personal and social equilibrium and development will benefit from the topic presented. Statements contained in this booklet are not the personal thoughts and ideas of one individual but rather reflect the thoughts and ideas of the great Acaryas or teachers of the ancient Vedic literatures. Readers interested in the subject are invited to read the books written by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, in particular the Bhagavad-gita and the Srimad- Bhagavatam. Both deal extensively with the subject matter. In particular, readers will find the essence of varnasrama-dharma principles elaborated by the great teacher Närada Muni in the Chapters 11 to 15 of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Seventh Canto. Other references have also been added in the annexes for further reading.
Bhakti Raghava Swami