On the Over Spiritual Development of Ancient Brahmins

Europe never quite ever matched during its long history the religious development of the ancient Indian civilization. That is a fact.

Brahmins as Kingmakers

As kingmakers (Rajakartarah), the brahmins formed an integral part of the ancient Hindu political machinery, nay they were indispensable as every (proto-)king had to get their approval and sanction before their consecration. Heredity alone did not entitle a person to be crowned as king: he had to accept his office from the Rajakaratarah.

Why were these brahmins of such importance to the ancient Indian political system? They established a system of governance based on the Dharmashastra and Arthashastra. And this gave them, as is to be expected, immense power. You see, evolutionary speaking I think that religion is not simply a byproduct, it is rather important for the human being who has not yet come of age and who needs regulations in great and small things of everyday life as well as a source of consolation when faced with the terribleness of existence. Therefore he who controlled religion had the highest power of all back then. At this point, one may also recall the fact that the proto-kings of Mesopotamia were actually king-priests and that they sucked all the power from the priests for themselves when they established marriages with them.

Again, the great source of the power of Brahmins seems to have been their religious existence and that by means of such an organization, they gave themselves the power to elect kings whilst not mingling in political affairs as men of higher and supra-royal tasks.

Nietzsche on ancient Brahmins

Nietzsche held the brahmins in high regard. He saw at least two points for the superiority of their religious affairs when compared to the enfeebled Christian Europe:

  1. The Brahmins believed that they themselves as priests were more powerful than the Gods
  2. The power of the priests resided in the observances (prayers, ceremonies, sacrifices, hymns, verses)

On the latter point, it can be said that this remains an utterly true proposition: the first morality and truths of mankind consisted of nothing other than custom, that is to say, utter obedience to it regardless of whether this custom was ‘good’ or ‘evil’ compared to whatever reference point. Therefore it is indeed the case that the brahmin power derived from observing custom as out of this flew all the values that the community cherished and on which the brahmin had an exclusive monopoly.

The former point is the first ladder in a series that eventually leads to the throwing of God, and then later the priests themselves, aside. Hence the appearance of a Buddha as the teacher of self-redemption.

Finally:

There are recipes for the feeling of power, firstly for those who can control themselves and who are thereby accustomed to a feeling of power; then for those in whom precisely this is lacking. Brahminism has catered for men of the former sort, Christianity for men of the latter.

Let me know if you have any ideas about the topic! Thanks for reading!

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