The cause of Ashram practice and Caste

Service inspires the desire for equality, acquisition and ownership, which is possible through industry, commerce and art. When we make something, sell it, or perfect it, we come to own it – it is our expression. Such ownership inspires a desire of defense and preservation, as we would defend ourselves. Discovering our inability to protect what is ours, our inability to defend even ourselves from decay and death, leads to profound understanding, wisdom and nobility.

Thus, the Buddha Gotama, an Avatar of Vishnu, explained it is not by birth that one is a high caste, a "supreme man," a "superman," a Brahman, praised by Indra and Brahma. At every step through life, by increasing self-control and righteousness, one becomes a better person. It is our human nature which gives rise to the societies, the castes and ashrams, even the worlds themselves that we wander through in life.