In the Vedic culture the whole system of varnasrama is given to divide the animals from the humans. So before varnasrama is practiced then, basically human society is a type of polished animal society. Varnasrama means that there is a basic direction of becoming self-realized, of being… uh, following the laws of God and these things are organized in such a way that people in their retired life, they’re able to concentrate on God consciousness and their active life there are various programs. The whole system was given by Krishna just to bring the people to the platform of human life. But uh, people are very far away from varnasrama culture.
HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja
5th June 1983, Atlanta