धर्मो रक्षति रक्षितः। Dharmo Raksati Raksitah.

Dharma protects those who protect it.

– Veda Vyas, Mahabharat

12 Main disciples of Ramanandcharya

After Swami Ramanand returned from his pilgrimage, he decided that this dangerous problem needs to be addressed at a different level. We will have to wage a cultural and spiritual war. That is why he broke away from his Guru Brother and started a new order.

The order founded by him was essentially Hindu in nature, but he however moved away from the effete Hindu scholars, and made his own disciples. People in thousands became his disciples. There were no caste restrictions. Among the thousands who became his disciples, the 12 most prominent among them came to be known as “Dwadash Mahabhagwat”

I request you to pay attention to the name “Dwadash Mahabhagwat”. Among those 12 prominent disciples was Kabir who was a manufacturer of stoves, there was Raidas who was a tanner by profession, there is Dhanna who is a Jat by caste, but used to work as a butcher. There is Peepa who was a Kshatriya, and Sen who was a barber by profession. There were Brahmins like Brahmanand, Bhavananad and Sukhananad and Sursari. There was also a prostitute by the name of Ganga.

Now, you tell me how does Hindu dharma discriminate on caste lines? A saint of the highest caliber out of immeasurable compassion makes a barber a saint without discriminating in any manner, and you say that we are Pro-Brahmins? We discriminated on caste lines, create problems, believe in untouchability?