Srimad Bhagavatam 07.11.22-24 - Chanting Hare Krishna Is Everything And For Everyone (download mp3)
by Candramauli Swami at ISKCON Chowpatty
sauryam viryam dhrtis tejas
tyagas catmajayah ksama
brahmanyata prasadas ca
satyam ca ksatra-laksanam
To be influential in battle, unconquerable, patient, challenging and charitable, to control the bodily necessities, to be forgiving, to be attached to the brahminical nature and to be always jolly and truthful—these are the symptoms of the ksatriya.
astikyam udyamo nityam
Being always devoted to the demigods, the spiritual master and the Supreme Lord, Visnu; endeavoring for advancement in religious principles, economic development and sense gratification [dharma, artha and kama]; believing in the words of the spiritual master and scripture; and always endeavoring with expertise in earning money—these are the symptoms of the vaisya.
sudrasya sannatih saucam
seva svaminy amayaya
amantra-yajño hy asteyam
Offering obeisances to the higher sections of society [the brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas], being always very clean, being free from duplicity, serving one's master, performing sacrifices without uttering mantras, not stealing, always speaking the truth and giving all protection to the cows and brahmanas—these are the symptoms of the sudra.
It is everyone's experience that workers or servants are generally accustomed to stealing. A first-class servant is one who does not steal. Here it is recommended that a first-class sudra must remain very clean, must not steal or speak lies, and must always render service to his master. A sudra may attend sacrifices and Vedic ritualistic ceremonies along with his master, but he should not utter the mantras, for these may be uttered only by the members of the higher sections of society. Unless one is completely pure and has been raised to the standard of a brahmana, ksatriya or vaisya—in other words, unless one is dvija, twice-born—the chanting of mantras will not be fruitful.