Varṇāśrama-dharma, the system of four social orders (varṇas) and four spiritual orders (āśramas), is the only system of social organisation, which enables a person of any class to discharge his occupational duty as a form of devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, thus enabling one to fulfil the ultimate goal of life.
While acknowledging the near impossibility of establishing varṇāśrama in the modern age, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami’s revered spiritual master His Divine Grace Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda cited his spiritual predecessors and put forth a challenging mission for the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement: to revive the varṇāśrama-dharma social structure and save human society from gliding down to hellish life. Accordingly, Śrīla Gour Govinda Swami, as always, very strictly following the instructions of his most beloved spiritual master, delivered numerous lectures on this topic.
Vedic Dharma and the Varṇāśrama System is a series of lectures, elaborating on the purports of Śrīla Prabhupāda, delivered by His Divine Grace explaining the system of varṇāśrama-dharma and how it functions in the society, the basic Vedic rules and regulations, and the dharma of each āśrama, to assist us on our path of hari-bhajana. His Divine Grace Gour Govinda Swami Mahārāja was a practical teacher, he did not teach only theoretically.
This publication has been manifested through the combined efforts of many admirers, followers and disciples of His Divine Grace. We wish to please him with our insignificant endeavours and pray for his vaiṣṇava-kṛpā, for this is the only way out of this dreadful ocean of material existence.
We hope that all who read this book will greatly benefit from it.