Carlos Castenada often used a term ‘Sorcerer‘ in his books which means a person who is always connected to the Source.That term can be best used to describe a Brahman.The three gunas or qualities-Sattva,Rajas & Tamas are found in every human in different proportions.Brahman is one of the four class of people who is inclined to have the Sattva guna in highest proportion.Brahman,basically,adheres to the principles of Vedas,the foundations of Hinduism.His primary duty is to practice Dharma.Everything in daily life of a Brahman is a ritual.
Early history of Brahmins-
When the Aryans arrived in India three thousand years ago,the long-established Indus Valley Civilization was on the verge of extinction.After many years,at the time of the Gautama Buddha,Brahmans held a prestigious position among all sects.They were mostly priests & teachers,who were primarily engaged in attaining the highest spiritual knowledge. A Brahman lived an ascetic disciplined life,receiving the minimum necessities of life by spreading & teaching their philosophy.Religious rituals in temples & homes of Hindus had to be performed only by a Brahman.
It was believed by everyone that Brahmins held a sacred knowledge which they kept secret among themselves.They were considered to be the ones who were closest to God or more of a liason between a man & God. This was one point which Gautama Buddha could not accept.He felt if we all are children of God,then everyone should have the ability within to seek the absolute truth.He himself being a Kshatriya, took out on his quest for the ultimate truth.In the end when he was enlightened,he taught his philosophies to others which is now practiced as Buddhism in different countries.
But why was it believed that the ceremonies & rituals could only be performed by Brahmans?What was that sacred knowledge which Brahmans held secret at that time.This question drives my attention.Brahmans believed that if a certain knowledge is kept secret, it becomes more potent.
Today in modern India, the situation of Brahmans is worrisome.The community of Brahmans has seen a steep downfall in recent years mainly due to unsatisfying greed & vested interest of many political leaders.Brahmans living in the village are suffering from extreme poor conditions,while those in the cities have lost their spiritual magnificence & wisdom and have taken to over-indulgence of sensual pleasures. The secret knowledge which was their primary asset has been lost somewhere down the line.
For any society to make a progress,a balance has to be maintained.A modern Brahman must remember that his strength lies in his spiritual knowledge & as a Brahman,his motive should not be that of mere personal gain but to work for the welfare of society as well.