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Superiority/Inferiority: Daily Metta

Michael Nagler Posted by Michael Nagler.

Michael is founder and president of the Metta Center for Nonviolence and the author of Our Spiritual Crisis and The Search for a Nonviolent Future, which received a 2002 American Book Award and has been translated into several languages.

Superiority/Inferiority: Daily Metta

The varna system implies the obliteration of all distinctions of high and low.” ~ Gandhi, Ashram Observances in Action (1955), p. 50

Varna, literally “color,” means essentially “caste.” It often comes as a surprise that Gandhi did not favor eliminating the caste system, but rather purging it of its connotations of superiority/inferiority. This because he felt that there was something natural about caste distinctions, however much they had been abused and exploited, and properly understood they were a way to eliminate divisive competition and guarantee everyone the same living wage. It’s hard to imagine a caste system not being exploited, but for him it was harder to imagine a society not having one. History seems to bear him out. It is unfortunate that this important aspect of his deeply held belief in “heart unity” has been misunderstood.

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