• Shamsher singh

Excerpts from “A Call for an Intellectual (Bauddhika) Kshatriya”

[Yajurveda, has a verse that says: “यत्र ब्रह्म च क्षत्रं च सम्यञ्चौ चरतः सह| तं लोकं पुण्यं प्रज्ञेषं यत्र देवा सहाग्निना||” Shukla Yajurveda - 20.25 – Only when kshaatra and braahma come together the deities give punya; this is “prajnesam,” i.e. 'it is my understanding,' says Yajnavalkya.*] “The Vedas say that Brahma or spiritual power and Kshatra or political power must go together. When Brahma or spiritual power develops it creates an appropriate Kshatra or social power to extend its influence into society. It provides a dharmic order to our human relations, both individual and collective. If Brahma or spiritual power fails to impact the social order and raise the social Dharma, then it is a sign that this Brahma or spiritual power itself has failed, that it is not legitimate or real.” “In the Vedic view a country cannot exist without a Kshatriya order, which is the pillar of the society. The Mahabharata states that if there is not a righteous Kshatriya rulership that employs the danDa (rod) or is willing to punish adharma, then the people will end up eating each other.” “If a dharmic Kshatriya is not created through the force of Brahma or spiritual knowledge, then the law is that an adharmic Kshatriya will come to fill in the vacuum.” “Sri Krishna, the great avatar, worked throughout his life to create a dharmic Kshatriya, an order of noble souls who could establish and sustain a dharmic social order. He was willing to promote a great battle, a civil war among the Kshatriyas themselves, to allow his handpicked dharmic Kshatriya followers to gain power.” “One must remember the example of the Sikhs in India. Originally a purely spiritual (*dharmic) movement (*with emphasis on peaceful intellectual activities), they were forced to take up arms and to adapt a Kshatriya order by the cruel oppression perpetrated against them by the Muslim rulers of the time, in which torture and genocide was the rule of the day. In this way they grew and flourished and became a force to be reckoned with.” “Unfortunately India as a whole at that time did not take up the call of Sikh Dharma, which was the call for a real Kshatriya revival. The resurgent voice of Hindu Dharma that both Brahma and Kshatra are required, that spiritual knowledge must create a strong social order and discipline, was muffled. This movement of a new spiritual Kshatriya of modern Hindus, which the Sikhs began, needs to be completed today, not only for the regeneration of Hindu society but for the revival of Sanatana Dharma or the universal tradition of truth throughout the world.”

Image: A scene from Sikh Cavalry and Akalis, modelled on Soltykoff's depictions (of Naga [Nihang] Sadhu warriors along-with Akali soldiers carrying a battle-standard bearing the image of Kartikeya), entitled Habitants De Lahore, by Clerman.