On Oct 18, 2015, at 8:53 AM, BK Giri wrote:
The term arya (and aryan) is explained below.
Like brahmana, determining who is an Aryan depends on a persons qualities, not birth. Although born from the semen of a demon, Sri Prahlada Maharaja was an Aryan because he possessed the qualities described in these verses:
bhrātṛvat sadṛśe snigdho
[The qualities of Mahārāja Prahlāda, the son of Hiraṇyakaśipu, are described herewith.] He was completely cultured as a qualified brāhmaṇa, having very good character and being determined to understand the Absolute Truth. He had full control of his senses and mind. Like the Supersoul, he was kind to every living entity and was the best friend of everyone. To respectable persons he acted exactly like a menial servant, to the poor he was like a father, to his equals he was attached like a sympathetic brother, and he considered his teachers, spiritual masters and older Godbrothers to be as good as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He was completely free from unnatural pride that might have arisen from his good education, riches, beauty, aristocracy and so on.
In his Purport Srila Prabhupada writes:
As the moon never refuses to distribute its pleasing rays even to the home of a caṇḍāla, a Vaiṣṇava never refuses to act for everyone’s welfare. Therefore a Vaiṣṇava is always obedient to the spiritual master (ārya). The word ārya refers to one who is advanced in knowledge. One who is deficient in knowledge cannot be called ārya. At the present, however, the word ārya is used to refer to those who are godless. This is the unfortunate situation of Kali-yuga.
The word guru refers to the spiritual master who initiates his disciple into advancement in the science of Kṛṣṇa, or Kṛṣṇa consciousness, as stated by Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura (śrī-bhagavan-mantropadeśake gurāv ity arthaḥ). (SB 7.4.31-32, Purport)
Hitler made public and infamous his complete ignorance of the true meaning of the term aryan by supporting the breeding of certain types of humans (based on bodily characteristics), while forbidding or eliminating others. He, thereby, divorced the term from its original spiritual denotation.
Devotees who do the same are preaching a materialistic philosophy, not a spiritual one.
Wikipedia supports what I suspect is a biological fact I heard from Prabhu Gokulananda some time ago: there are no biologically diverse races, only tribal ones.
The original 19th-century and early 20th-century use of the term Aryan referred to “the early speakers of Proto-Indo European and their descendents”. Max Müller is often identified as the first writer to speak of an Aryan “race” in English. In his Lectures on the Science of Language in 1861 he referred to Aryans as a “race of people”. At the time, the term race had the meaning of “a group of tribes or peoples, an ethnic group”.
When Müller’s statement was interpreted to imply a biologically distinct sub-group of humanity, he soon clarified that he simply meant a line of descent, insisting that it was very dangerous to mix linguistics and anthropology. “The Science of Language and the Science of Man cannot be kept too much asunder … I must repeat what I have said many times before, it would be wrong to speak of Aryan blood as of dolichocephalic grammar”. He restated his opposition to this method in 1888 in his essay Biographies of words and the home of the Aryas.
Demons always try to exploit the devas by stealing their wealth and using it for their demonic purposes. In a similar way, Hitler stole the term aryan to promote his evil ideology.
Nazism & Adolf Hitler.
The ideology of Nazism was based upon the conception of the Aryan race being a master race. The Nazi conception of the Aryan race arose from earlier proponents of a supremacist conception of the race as described by racial theorist figures such as Arthur de Gobineau and Houston Stewart Chamberlain. — Wikipedia
From Srila Prabhupada’s explanation we can understand our gurus are the only ones truly capable of creating a master race. “Master” can only mean spiritual master. “Supremacist” can only mean those fully dedicated to serving the Supreme, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna. This can only be accomplished by being arya, “obedient to the spiritual master.”
Sriman Mahaprabhu’s teachings offer the only ideology capable of producing a master race, a tribe of spiritual masters:
yare dekha, tare kaha ‘krsna’upadesa
amara ajnaya guru hana tara ei desa
“Whomever you find, talk with him only about Krsna.” We have no other engagement. Whomever you find, any soul you come across, try to save him from this desert of mortality. I command you. Don’t be afraid; take the position of guru, the giver, and give it to everyone. (Sri Guru and His Grace)
Our tribal leaders are the six goswamis. Our mission is to make everyone a member of their tribe.
On Oct 18, 2015, at 7:35 PM, Gokulananda das wrote:
Yes, Maharaja you are right in remembering that conversation about only tribal races existing. I also am reminded of something from my youth that might shine some light on Hitler and his racial ideas regarding Vedanta and the Aryans.
When I was growing up my best friend’s grandmother would come live with him every winter for 6 months. They were a high caste Bengali family who were all educated at Oxford, Cambridge, etc. It turned out my friend’s grandfather (who was by then deceased) was a famous Indian anthropologist and Vedic scholar. So much so, that Adolph Hitler himself invited him to lunch around 1936 in Berlin when my friend’s grandparents were in Berlin for the Olympics. At that time, as I recall her telling me, Hitler was trying to portray the philosophical trajectory of his newly emerging reich as dovetailed with the ancient “Aryan” civilization described in the Vedic literature.
She described the scene at the lunch table as bizarre, with Hitler going on an on about the true Aryan civilization being white, and his Reich an extension of that civilization, etc. and the communists and the Jews trying to obscure this fact from the world, ad nauseam.
To this my friend’s grandfather said in a very quiet but steady voice “Herr Hitler, you must know that the Aryans were not white, but of golden complexion and that that civilization was based on Vedic culture, not a western warrior culture.”
To which Hitler said quite congenially “Yes of course, it was. But I am a soldier not a scholar and the German people need myths of their own”.
It has been almost 40 years since I heard this story first-hand, but the meaning is accurate in what I have written.
Hitler knew he was a cheater, like so many others, he thought the end justifies the means. He is an extreme example in a book of so many other more mild examples of what can happen when you stop the process of searching for the truth and instead embark on a journey to master the material energy. Which never ends well. For him it ended in a ditch, outside his bunker in the ruins of his capital city as his enemies surrounded him on all sides.