In previous articles, we have discussed the actual meanings of Daas, Dasyu and Rakshash and have concluded that they refer to no tribe or race, but to criminals and hence Vedas call for their destruction. This debunks the myth spread by communists and indologists with vested interests on Aryan Invasion Hoax and stories of how Aryans killed natives called Dasyu or Daas and later made them their servants or Shudras. We have already seen that while Vedas are critical of Dasyus, they hold Shudras in high esteem and call for their well-being.

Before we explore the Vedic Varna Vyavastha in detail, let us discuss what Vedas say on Dignity of Labor.

Nowadays several categories of jobs are considered suitable for low-caste. These include bulk of effort-oriented tasks. However nothing could be far from Vedas. In Vedas, dignity of labor is the key underlying concept. Let us review some mantras in Vedas in this regard:

Farming:

Rigveda 1.117.21
The King and minister should sow seeds and do farming from time to time to set right examples for Arya. This makes them deserving of praise.

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Rigveda 8.22.6 echoes the same sentiment.

Rigveda 4.57.4 states that the king should hold the plough and start the farming during beginning of season. He should also ensure healthy cows for milk.

Accordingly, we also find in Ramayan the reference of King Janak ploughing when he found Sita (Ramayan 1.66.14)

Rigveda 10.104.4 and 10.101.3 states that scholars should plough land.

In Adiparva 3.24 there is reference of Dhaumya Rishi would sent his student Aaruni to control the water flow to farms, indicating that the Rishi used to get involved in farming activities.

The entire 4.57 Sukta of Rigveda states the glory of farming by one and all.

Tailor and Weaver:

Rigveda 10.26 states that Rishi do Yajna, are benevolent for all, experts in transportation science, rear sheep for wool, make clothes out of wool and clean the clothes.
Yajurved 19.80 again states that wise people weave various kinds of clothes.

Rigveda 10.53.6 also stresses on importance of weaving.

Rigveda 6.9.2 and 3 stress on having training centers for weaving clothes which should be learned by everyone.

Artisans and technicians:

‘Taksha’ word is used in Vedas for artisans, technicians, carpenters and related skilled labors.

Rigveda 4.36.1 stresses on glory of those who construct chariots and planes. The next mantra states that such carpenters and technicians should be invited to noble Yajna.

Further in same sukta, Mantra 6 considers Taksha worthy of eulogy and in next one, skilled labor is called as scholar, creative and patient.

Other mantras that sing glory of skilled labor are Rigveda 10.39.14, 10.53.10, 10.53.8, Atharvaved 14.1.53, Rigveda 1.20.2, Atharvaveda 14.2.22, 14.2.23, 14.2.24, 14.2.67, 15.2.65, Rigveda 2.41.5, 7.3.7, 7.15.14.

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The skills mentioned include making vehicles, clothes, utensils, forts, weapons, toys, pots, wells, buildings and cities among others.

Some mantras in Rigveda like 1.116.3-5 and 7.88.3 encourage Arya to make ships and travel far away to explore the world. Those involved in constructing boats and ships are praised.

Some other mantras praising various kinds of professions include:

Commerce – Rigveda 5.45.6, 1.112.11

Boatman – Rigveda 10.53.8, Yajurved 21.3, Yajurved 21.7, Atharvaved 5.4.4, 3.6.7

Barber – Atharvaved 8.2.19

Goldsmith and Gardener – Rigveda 8.47.15

Ironsmith and Smelter – Rigveda 5.9.5

Metallurgy – Yajurved 28.13

Thus it is evident that not only Vedas contain description of various kinds of skills and technology, but also glorify the dignity of labor.

It is a baseless allegation that Vedas demean those involved in labor-oriented tasks.

On contrary, Vedas affirm highest Dignity of Labor. In next article, we shall discuss about Vedas and Caste System.

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Davinder Prasad
5 years 5 months ago
Brother Agniveer, We are really inspired by your efforts to put the records striaght and promote the caste equality amongst Hindus in UK. Unfortunately, a significant majority of Hindus are in desperate need of moral, sprititual and factual education and it would be great if you could help us in… Read more »
Agniveer
5 years 5 months ago
Dear Brother, We went through your site and are pleased to see your works. We would be keen to support in any form whatever we can do to eliminate the slur of caste system. We are aware of many casteist elements in UK, some of whom are at senior positions… Read more »
Salkia
5 years 8 months ago

I know I’m a bit late in reading this, but thanks Agniveer. I was looking for an article on this subject for a long time. Well done!

roger
roger
5 years 10 months ago

@Arya

Bro, What an answer! simply superb. Again many many thanks to you! Couldn’t have been better that that.

roger
roger
5 years 10 months ago

Brothers, what’s your take on Demons/Ghosts?

roger
roger
5 years 10 months ago

I personally do not believe in these things, but still need an answer from vedic perspective. People are murdered for doing witchcrafts and stuff like that as they were suspected by their fellow villagers. Ofcourse all of you have heard about this. its there in almost everydays news.

Arya
Arya
5 years 10 months ago
Brother roger As per Vedas, there are three entities God, soul, and matter/energy/Prakriti. All this creation is a combination of soul and Prakriti. Now God cant be any ghost so as the Prakriti. Now remains soul. Any soul can have two states, either Bandhan or Mukti (salvation). Any soul in… Read more »
roger
roger
5 years 10 months ago

@Arya

Bro, What an answer! simply superb. Again many many thanks to you! Couldn’t have been better that that.

abhijeet4288
abhijeet4288
6 years 1 day ago

The brahmins and oother upper castes would be happy if they are made SC/STs in today’s India for getting reservation benefits. Even the Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims want reservation benefits!!

Arya
Arya
6 years 4 months ago

@correctfunda
In Vedas!

Arya
Arya
6 years 5 months ago

@Rashmi
namaste sister,
Would you please give the mantra which says that without a guru you can not know God?

Arya
Arya
6 years 5 months ago

@Rashmi
No person can become God and all actual gurus like Rishi Patanjali consider Eeshvar as guru of gurus of all times.

R-H
R-H
6 years 6 months ago

Thanks Agniveerji…

I think everyone who say that Vedas degrade labourer class , must read this article..

@Agniveer ji
You Rock!!!

Juber Ali
Juber Ali
4 years 10 months ago
________Yajurved 19.80 again states that wise people weave various kinds of clothes_____ Then all Doctors, Engineers, sportsmen, politician, bureaucrats & business men etc should leave their Job & go to factory for working as labour. What a foolishness mentioned! __________Vedas contain description of various kinds of skills_________ Is there any… Read more »
pathikarya
pathikarya
4 years 10 months ago

Juber:-

today u r wearing different kind of clothes with differend kind of science involved. those people who weave different kind of clothes naturally intelligent.

Apply ur independent mind and the see the beauty of Vedas which dont regard any work inferior.

Vinay Arya
Vinay Arya
4 years 10 months ago

All works cannot be done by a single man.Some would be doctors some would be engineers.The God says that there should be Doctors,scientists,engineers ,labours etc.But it does not mean that doctors should go for labou,engineers should go for doctoring ec.

Apolloreach
Apolloreach
4 years 10 months ago
Juber, get a life man. Given you have been repeatedly told about casteism, you seem to be upset that the Vedas say things on the contrary to the data with which you have been conditioned and you are trolling away here. No work is regarded in the Vedas as unworthy… Read more »
harsh singh
harsh singh
7 months 17 days ago
this is what happens whenmadarsachaaps try to understand eternal knowledge there is where they end…yajurved 19.80- says – just as intelligent weaver weave best designed cloth from a wollen yarn,intelligent people(scientists n engineers) should create great models of machines with their imagination and expertise,and so the scholars and researchers of… Read more »
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