What is ancestral curse and how does it affect a society? If you think in terms of Dharma and the four varnas it is obvious that all sections of society are not equally affected by ancestral curse. More so, because ancestral curse seems most effective only among the elites leading to problems like dropping fertility levels, loss of caste and so on. Why?
Consider the roles of the four Varnas in society and their “sins” (i.e. non-performance or wrong performance of their assigned Dharmic roles). Note that sins are different from mere inability. That is to say, a being a dull or stupid Brahmin is merely an inability, not a sin. A weak will/force of personality is an inability of a Kshatriya, not a sin. Lack of business acumen is an inability of a Vaishya, not a sin, while being physically weak or unskilled is an inability of a Shudra, not a sin. Sins are those acts which are deliberately and wilfully committed against assigned Dharmic duties of the respective Varnas. In fact, these inabilities are passed down to subsequent generations as consequences of past sins of the individual or family concerned.
- Brahmin – priests and intellectuals. Generally thought leaders, philosophers and advisors. Sins: failure to adhere to the greater Dharma, false teaching, intellectual dishonesty and giving adharmic advise from a position of trust.
- Kshatriya – warriors and kings. Generally political leaders, higher ranking military officers and law enforcers. Sins: Cowardice, failure to protect those under their protection, disloyalty to the King/Nation etc.
- Vaishya – merchants and entrepreneurs. Generally businessmen, traders, shopkeepers and so on, but may also include other entrepreneurial intellectuals. Sins: Dishonesty in business practices – unethical business practices, cheating customers, keeping fraudulent accounts, not paying employees properly and so on.
- Shudra – skilled and unskilled labourers and craftsmen. Generally carpenters, masons, rank-and-file soldiers and all kinds of skilled and unskilled labourers. Sins: Physical laziness, deliberate avoidance of work and putting in less effort at work.
If we understand the above roles in society, it becomes obvious that the different duties of each varna and the consequences of non-performance of such duties are highly varied.
The least affected by ancestral curse is the Shudra varna. Mainly because the non-adherence of the Dharma of a Shudra will merely result in his own suffering and the suffering of his family members (not going for work due to laziness will result in termination from employment or loss of pay). If an employer or society suffers at all due to the sin of a Shudra, it is very easily set right.
The other less affected Varna is the Vaishya. Because cheating in business and engaging in unethical practices will, in the long run, ruin the good name and reputation of the Vaishya concerned. If too many Vaishyas deliberately avoid their Dharma, it may affect the general business community and lead to a collapsing economy, but this is usually avoided, because the results of adharmic Vaishya conduct are obvious and the general lack of cohesion among Vaishyas act as a deterrent against collective misconduct.
The more affected Varna is the Kshatriya class. Because the failure to protect the Nation/King from foreign enemies or even internal enemies can lead to far more severe consequences, including the destruction of the Nation. This naturally puts a huge onus on the Kshatriya class to maintain solidarity and weed out disloyal and cowardly elements from their ranks. The highest the rank, the bigger the burden of the Kshatriya.
The worst affected is the Brahmin class. Because when a Brahmin, who is in a trusted advisory position, or looked on as a highly meritorious and worthy teacher abuses that position to spread false ideas and adharmic ideals, it destroys not only the Nation, but also civilization as a whole and the prevalence of adharmic ideologies prevents rebuilding civilization for generations to come.
This Brahminical sin is what has afflicted most of modern civilization the most. In past generations, nations ravaged by war were able to rebuild because the failure was that of the Kshatriyas, not the Brahmins. But modern society is continuously getting degraded and drowning in false ideology, evil teachings and adharmic religions which will take several generations to rectify, even after the underlying adharmic forces are destroyed.
Ancestral curse is very real. Modern “Brahmins” i.e, the society’s priests, thinkers, thought leaders and intellectuals are the culprits for the problems of the last couple of centuries. And no wonder that the modern “Brahmins” suffer the brunt of the ancestral curse.