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Kayastha Caste.


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In south India, people may not know of this caste. It is unique to Eastern India.
In Bihar and parts of UP, they form a very strong community.

Kayastha is a caste that in all practical terms came into existence during the medieval period of Indian history.

Hindus serving under the Delhi sultanate and Mughals were collectively identified as Kayasthas. This was considering non-cooperation of Brahmins Vaishyas and Kshatriyas with the newly established Muslim rule. The Kayasthas were initially boycotted by other caste considering their employment with Muslim rulers. This forced them to function as a caste and intermarry among its ranks. Brahmins were earlier responses for paperwork and administration in earlier Hindu kingdoms but their strong rejection for Muslim rule particularly in North India created a requirement for a class to fill the administrative vacuum. The traditional poverty of brahmins in northern India can be attributed to their rejection of Muslim rule and taking up of agrarian lifestyle. The creation of mythological lineage must be perceived as part of Sanskritisation that was common across India 17th century onwards.

To this day Kayasthas are the most prosperous and modern among northern Indian castes. unlike southern India where Brahmins had an upper hand until recently.


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The katha of Kayasthas

WHO are Kayasthas and what is their origin? Just as the Kshatriyas worship their arms and weapons on the occasion of Dasehra and the Vaishyas take out their bahis (cash-books) and khatas (ledgers) and venerate them on Divali, the Kayasthas, too, reverently place a pen and an ink-pot before their founder and patron deity Chitragupta on dooj (the 2nd day in the phase of the waxing moon), after Divali. They invoke his blessings to give them strength through the pen, considered mightier than the sword.

But where do the Kayasthas or the writing caste fit in in the four-fold varna system of the Hindus?

It is said that Brahma, the Creator, having established the four varnas — Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra — ordained Dharamraj ( also called Yamraj, the god of death) to keep a record of the deeds — good and evil — of all life-forms born and yet to be born on the earth, in the heavens above and in the lands below. Dharamraj, however, complained, "O Lord, how can I alone keep a record of the deeds of the beings born into 84 lakh yonis (life-forms) in the three worlds?"

Brahma then closed his eyes, meditated for a while and lo and behold! there appeared a radiant figure with a quill-pen in one hand and an ink-pot in another. Brahma named him Chittagupta for he was conceived in his cognitive-self (chitta) and he was lying in Him, dormant and secret (gupta). He was born of Brahma’s body (kaya) and so the Lord decreed that his progenies be called Kayasthas. He was assigned to work as a minister, to write and record for Dharamraj. Thus, the fifth varna, the Kayastha, came into existence.

Obviously, this caste did not exist at the time of Gita, because Krishna does not mention it.

Chapter 4: Transcendental Knowledge​

catur-varnyam maya srstam
tasya kartaram api mam
viddhy akartaram avyayam.

People create their own history, for their own convenience. Then cleverly write in the ancient language and place in ancient texts.



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Khayastha is the corrupt form of the word in Sanskrit Kharyastha (Scribes). In Tamil காரியஸ்தர். Many prominent personalities belong to this Caste. Arobindo Ghosh, Swami Vivekananda, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, A C Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, Subhash Chandra Boston, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Jayapraksh Narayan, Amitab Bhachan are Khasthas.
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