Raken Marimuthu


High Caste


They may be the cleaners cleaning toilet bowls
The illiterate farmers tilling the land for vegetation
The priest attending to the duties of his prayer house
The soldiers defending the country at the border
Or the businessmen churning wealth for the nation
They may be anything doing anything and any where
High caste is not determined by their birth or job
It is not an honor bestowed by lineage of descendants
It is not the birth right of some chosen few
For status is not determined by the job that you do
It is decided by the nobility of your genes and traits
Those that are human at heart are people of high caste
They are the benevolent angels in human clad
Noble in desires, thoughts, words and deeds
All in harmony at all moments of their life
Piously, persistently pursuing purpose of life
With dharma as their foundation and salvation as goal
Sharing a crump of bread for those deserted in life
Helping a fellow human to be more human
Always detached in all their worldly attachments
Dignified with lofty thoughts though poor
Believing in one race, the race of humanity
Following one religion the religion of love in the world
Making everyone his kinsmen and all nation his own
These great persons are people of high caste
7am Tuesday,27th August 2013, Puchong
Raken Marimuthu

Submitted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Ancient Manu Dharma categorizes human beings according to the work they do. It is wrong. Caste is determined by your Traits, attitude, behavior, action, character habits and your life style.

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  • Somanathan Iyer (9/8/2013 2:32:00 AM)

    Manu Dharma found to be good in those days because the rulers were implementing and following that. Yes in this age it is not applicable at all. All those with selfless and greed less minds are to be considered high today. A nice write. Thank you (Report) Reply

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