Varnasrama-dharma and Srila Prabhupada

Although Lord Caitanya stated that varnasrama is external to bhakti (CC Madhya 8.59), all Vaisnava acaryas have recognized the importance of varnasrama in regulating society, and that it should be followed by devotees at least until they reach the perfectional stage. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura particularly emphasized the need for daiva-varnasrama-dharma, stating that premature abandonment of it had led to mere imitation of advanced bhakti by persons who were actually fallen (prakrta-sahajiyas).

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura instructed Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati to establish daiva-varnasrama-dharma and the pure chanting of the holy name. These two are linked, for the widespread chanting of the holy name necessitates the support of daiva-varnasrama-dharma; otherwise as history has shown it devolves into offensive chanting by prakrta-sahajiyas. Thus when Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati first toured South India, before launching his preaching mission, he took special interest in learning from Sri Vaisnavas and Madhvas about daiva-varnasrama-dharma.[...] read more