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THE Vedas speak of the four varnas (social groups), as directives for the exercise of the rights and responsibilities of individuals.The Ashrama Dharma, the Varna Dharma and the various Kula Dharmas (dharma of ascetics, social groups and families) and Deshaachaaras (customs and laws of the land)---are all means and methods of fostering the attitude of dedication and surrender.The four varnas are universal; they can be found in any country. The leaders of thought are the Brahmins; the fighters carrying arms are the Kshatriyas; the entrepreneurs and the business executives are the Vaishyas; the busy producers and laborers are the Sudhras.The specific allotment of duties and obligations as befits inherited skills and aptitudes, as well as the prescription of duties and obligations (Varna), in ccordance with the progress in age and spiritual accomplishment (aashrama) is the basis of the Varna-ashrama organisation.The Varnas (categorization of men under different types) in the Gita has been made on the basis of their Gunakarma Vibhaagashah (Respective qualities and actions). At birth every person is ignorant. When he dies he should die as a Jnani (a man who has perceived the truth). Likewise everyone is a Sudra at birth. This means he is an Ajnani (ignorant person). But when he dies he should die as a Brahmana (ajnani, who has realized Brahman).The four varnas form one organic whole one indivisible unity. No one can do without the other. On the harmonious cooperation of all the four depends the peace and prosperity of the community.The limbs may be different, with distinct names, forms and functions. But, they function only because of the unceasing grace of one Heart which supplies each with a single stream of blood. The qualities of each limb and its special activity may be different but the same Divine Impulse activates each one. There can be no question of inferior or superior, when all are cooperating in one common endeavor. They are all moved by the single urge of love towards the individual they constitute.This is compilation of the sayings by Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba on the above subject.