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|South Asia Forward Caste - Brahmin
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Brahmin is the highest of the four Hindu varnas or "types" of caste communities. The English word Brahmin is an anglicised form of the Sanskrit word brahmana. "Brahman" refers to the first of three major Hindu gods whereas "Brahmin" refers to an individual.
Brahmins typically have early morning devotional times which they call pujas which involve prayer, meditation and making offerings to their deities. Though they originated as the priestly varna, today only certain subsets of Brahmins are still involved in priestly duties for others such as teaching, preaching or performing public rituals.
The religious training of Brahmins prepares them well for advanced mathematics. In today's world, the top positions in such areas as computer programming, business, teaching, and politics are often filled by Brahmins. Though there are many wealthy Brahmins, those who perform Hindu rituals for a living are often poor. Among these are the ascetics, wandering holy men, who live from donations from others.
The vast majority of Brahmins in the South Asian countries are in India, but a small number live in Bhutan.
Bhutan is primarily a Buddhist country. The high caste Hindu Brahmins get very little notice in that country.
Since they have the highest status of any Hindu varna, Brahmins believe that they have everything to lose by "converting" to another religious system. A Brahmin believes he is on the verge of reaching nirvana if he earns good karma in this life by doing what he is supposed to do. He believes that it took thousands of years of being reincarnated to reach the high state he now enjoys. Switching to a "different God" would surely result in an inferior reincarnation after he dies.
Brahmins in Bhutan need believing friends who will faithfully lead them to Jesus Christ. It may take years for Brahmins in Bhutan to accept that Christ has the spiritual answers that all of us need.
Brahmins are the key community who uphold Hinduism. Pray that the light of the gospel breaks through the veil that blinds this community.
Pray that the true God will reveal Himself to this community and use Brahmins to preach and teach about Jesus Christ.
Pray for a disciple making movement to flourish among every Brahmin group.