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Brahmin, Brahma and Brahman
The three very important words in Hinduism are interrelated: Brahmin, Brahma and Brahman. Brahmin is the first caste among Hindus, Brahma the creator of the Universe and Brahman the ultimate Hindu reality. The world Brahman is the key though it might have been coined after Brahma and Brahmin.

One can consider the origin of the three words from either Brahman or Brahma. Brahmin is derivative of either of the two. There is a difference of ‘A’ and ‘I’ in Brahman and Brahmin. A stands for Rama and I stands for self. What it means is that ultimate manifestation of Ishvara or Rama on earth is in the form of Brahmins. From Brahman if ‘N’ is removed it becomes Brahma. Now ‘N’ stands for Krishna implying Krishna is not related with Brahma.

Similarly, if ‘N’ is added to Brahma then it becomes Brahman implying that Rama along with Shiva, Brahma and Krishna is the ultimate reality. If from Brahma, ‘A’ is deleted and ‘I’ is added it becomes an intermediate word Brahmi. Now, if ‘N’ is added it becomes Brahmin implying that Brahmins are the favored creation of Brahma and kin to Devas, who are the great worshipper of Rama and Krishna both.

The fact is that Rama and Krishna are both Brahminical deities and as per Hindus’ vocabulary on earth they both are Brahmin-Kshatriya. In reality, Rama is the creator of Brahmin caste and Krishna formalized the caste system by preaching the dharma in Bhagavad Gita and by formally creating many more castes. But to be fair to Brahmins, Rama was the secretive sacred-most deity of highest Brahmins till the medieval time after which Rama was reinvented for all of the Hindus.  

All the three words start with ‘B’ and all have Rama either explicit or implicit. ‘B’ comes after ‘A’ implying Hindu history and even some of the supposed mythology which could be neurological history for Hindus, is after Rama. Simultaneously, it is true that the theory of genesis is not unique and it varies with sects in Hinduism. Even in Vaishnaivism; the sect in which Vishnu dominates over others, it is Krishna who is considered the bigger incarnation of Vishnu. This has to do with Rama absolving himself in favor of other Ishvara which became the tradition of Hinduism after him: he did that to prove the true meaning of Sanatana Dharma and to uphold the theory of constant incarnations.  

Let us analyze Rama more carefully. After ‘R’ it is ‘S’ implying Shiva, after ‘A’ it ‘B’ implying Brahman and Brahma after ‘M’ it is ‘N’ implying Krishna and after another ‘A’ it is ‘B’ implying Brahmin. It should be noted that all the four are after Rama, and therefore, Rama is first historic Ishvara. It should be noted that the relationship between Brahmin, Brahma and Brahman is not only strong in Roman script but also in Devanagri script. There is ‘Rra’ in all three words when spoken and written in Hindi.

For all practical purpose the Brahmins matter the most. There is nothing wrong in some pride of Brahmins about their place in Hinduism though in modern political context it appears somewhat unsavoury and impractical. The fact is that Brahmins’ belief that all incarnations of the Vishnu in the past have favored them and all future incarnations will also favor them is also not that off the mark.

While this is true that both Rama and Krishna have favored Brahmins over others but for future the assertion needs to be qualified. The fact is that Rama created Brahmin caste because they were the fairest and most intelligent: people who would carry his preaching till end and follow the path shown by him. It should be noted that Rama was born well before the dawn of consciousness and there was no other way to protect the religion but to create a superior caste in that period of auditory hallucinations. While Krishna favored Brahmins because it was they who would be torchbearer and Krishna found their way as superior one. He also knew that one day Hindus would face opposition from their religion’s antithesis and Brahmins would lead the fight.

Now as far as the future is concerned people should be careful. The fact is that any future incarnations of Vishnu may favor Brahmins as a group but not that overwhelmingly as they did in the past. One thing is definite that the supposed incarnation of Vishnu would not castrate any people be they outcastes or minorities. This has to do with the idea of state being the most important one and Vishnu being the preserving deity. Therefore, one should be careful in interpreting texts in modern contexts. The probability of Rama taking incarnation is higher than Krishna’s for obvious reasons.

By accepting the holy Trinity as the ultimate reality along with the Shakti, Hindus believe in Ex Uno Plurus; from one to many, but that one is Rama. Of course, there is not much difference between Rama and Shiva. But one thing is certain that the dominance of ancient Brahmins in Hinduism is undisputed and should be respected by all Hindus. Modern Brahmins on their part should be a bit more modest about their place in Hinduism.   

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