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Vajra-Soochikaa Upanishat is one of the 108 Upanishad mentioned in the list of Upanishad given in Muktikaa Upanishat and it expounds certain tenets of other scriptures in a lucid manner. It belongs to Saam Ved. There is no reason to think that it is not a Hindu scripture because some people consider that it was authored by Ashwaghosh, a Braahman Buddhist scholar.
from a majority of our Saptarshi and Gotra Pravartak, the following
deities, sages and saints could be cited as the examples of non-Braahman.
Vajra-Soochikaa Upanishad is a reminder of the basic truth contained in the ancient scriptures to all those who take pride in their birth, but have none of the exalted qualities that qualify them to be true Braahman. It negates the notion that one belonging to a particular social or religious background, has certain privileges and rights over others.
exhorts the younger generation that their prime objective should be in
perfecting themselves morally and spiritually in order to realize Brahm.
The Upanishad extends hope to those who are willing to make supreme
sacrifices in order to realize their inner selves, regardless of their
background and their past. One of the most significant features of
the Vajra-Soochikaa Upanishad is
About Vajra-Soochikaa Upanishad
Vajrasoochikaa Upanishad does tell us that Braahman are not necessarily by birth. Purush Sookt makes us understand the attributes of the four Varn through the ways these Varn arose from the different areas of the Purush. Lord Krishn also tells us about the Gun-Karm Vibhaag. It could mean that initially all people were Braahman and that while some of their descendents remained Braahman many of their descendents became Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shoodra by virtue of their attitudes and tendencies, though their lineage originally started with Braahman parentage.
There is an adage which reads "birds of the same feather flocks together". Thus the different Varn groups formed and eventually camaraderie or brotherhood developed within the same Varn. Though not in a undignified or derogatory sense, it can be said that all were Braahman and who are not called Braahman are in fact fallen Braahman as their ancestors were originally Braahman.
Lord Buddha called the Buddhist monks as Braahman. The Buddhists have their Vajra-Soochi Upanishad and the message of that is similar to what the Vajra-soochikaa Upanishad (belonging to the list of the 108 Upanishad) says. While the Vaidik Vajra-Soochikaa Upanishad was revealed before Ved Vyaas classified the Ved in the Dwaapar Yug, the Buddhist Vajra-soochi was composed in the Kali Yug after the birth of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha believed that birth in a particular Varn was not by accident but by one's Karm. He dissuaded one untouchable girl from marrying his associate Aanand, saying that she became untouchable due a particular action of hers in her last birth.
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Created by Sushma Gupta on 3/15/05
Updated on 11/15/12