Yesterday I said I would talk a bit more about the Arya Samaj and how they are more free in some things. I don’t support all of their ideas, for example not the celibacy which they believe in. But with their full believe in the scriptures they say that it is nowhere written that a woman could not be a Swami or would be in any way less worth than men.
And one of their best beliefs is in my opinion that they fully condemned the caste system. They found out that there was nothing written about it in the Vedas. And this is how they treat everybody equally, no matter from which caste, even if they were from the caste which was ‘untouchable’ for the higher castes.
Nowadays there are still some very conservative, orthodox people who believe very much in the caste system and who wouldn’t touch a person from these low castse. I wrote before already that this is one of the main ideas of our school: to have everyone together, without any difference, so that the children learn from the beginning that we are all the same. And hopefully this will also have an influence on their parents.
Today Thomas and Iris had to leave the Ashram. This makes us all very sad because we love to be with them and they love to be with us. I know that our living style is different from most people because people tell me they are happy to be with their friends but also happy when they can go into their own home and close the door so they are not with them. But we live with another concept: when we are with our friends or when they are here at the Ashram, everybody is like in his own home. You can be alone if you want to without insulting anybody and you can always enjoy just being together. This is the love in our friendship and no matter where we are or our friends are, we are together.