Agrarian Society
Akira The Don


Agrarian Society Lyrics (feat. Alan Watts)

The Hindu
Divide life into certain stages
What are called the Ashamas
The first is called Brahmacarya
The second Grehasta
And the third Vanaprastha

Means the stage of the student, the apprenticeship
Grehasta the stage of the householder
And Vanaprastha
The stage of the forest dweller
This is related
To the cultural history of early India

Before we have agrarian communities
We have a hunting culture
Which is on the move
In a hunting culture
Every male
Knows the whole culture
There is no division of labor
And the holy man of the hunting culture
Is of course called a Shaman

A Shaman
Is a
A realized man
A man who knows the inner secret
He's seen through the gate
And he finds it by going away alone into the forest
And cutting himself off
From the tribe
That is to say from social conditioning
And he goes maybe for a long period into the forest
And comes back
He's found out who he is
And he sure as who he was told he was

But as hunting cultures settled into agrarian patterns of life
What do they do?
They build a village
And around the village they set up a stockade
Which is known as the Pale
And the village is always of course standing at crossroads
And there you get in an agrarian society a division of labor
And the division of labor comprises four
In Medieval Europe we call them Lord spiritual
Lords temporal
And Serves

In India they are
That means fighter

So, you've got the priests
The warriors
The merchants
And the laborers
Division of labor
The four Sections of town
So, the four basic casts
So, when you are born you are born into a caste
And your duty as a Grehasta or householder
Is to fulfill your caste function
And to bring up a family
When you've done that
You go back to the forest
Back to the hunting culture
And you drop your role
And you become nobody
A shaman again
So a Hindu calls one who does this
Ashramana which is of course the same word as Shaman
And the Chinese called him a Shia
A Shaman is an immortal
Why immortal?
Because it's only the role that's mortal
The big front
The persona

The one who you really are
The common man that is to say the man who is common to us all
Which you could call the son of man
That's the real self
That's the guy who's putting on the big act
And of course, he has no name
Nobody can put a finger on him
You can't touch the tip of the finger with the tip of the finger

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