Introduction / History
Gaur Brahmins live all across the nation of India. They are a large sub caste of Brahmins, the highest caste in Hinduism. Much smaller groups of Gaur Brahmins live in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Nepal. Gaur Brahmins traditionally serve as the priests, scholars and teachers of the Hindu religion.
The primary language of the Gaur in Pakistan is Sindhi. As educated people, they are also able to speak Urdu and English. A complete Bible and the JESUS Film are available in Sindhi. There are few if any believers among the Gaur Brahmins of Pakistan.
During the Partition of India in 1947, most Brahmins fled Pakistan for India. A tiny group of Gaur Brahmins reside in Pakistan today.
What are their lives like?
Today Gaur Brahmin are landowners and business owners. Lower castes frequently work on land owned by Gaur for a percentage of the crop. The Hindu caste system is not nearly as influential in Muslim Pakistan as it is in India.
Monogamy is the norm among the Gaur. Parents strongly encourage their children to marry other Brahmins. The Gaur want their sons and daughters to obtain graduate degrees and enter careers like computer science, medicine, engineering, teaching, and public administration.
Hindus like the Gaur try to keep a low profile in a Muslim nation such as Pakistan.
What are their beliefs?
Hinduism is the ancient religion of India. Hinduism is a catch-all phrase for the local religions of South Asia, so it is very diverse. At the popular level, Hindus worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods as Christians do. There are other Hindus who are much more philosophical, especially among the Brahmins.
Almost all Hindus participate in yearly celebrations like Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.
What are their needs?
The Gaur Brahmins are often proud of their heritage and status as high caste Hindus. Pride can often be a major obstacle for people who might otherwise accept the free gift of salvation by faith, not works.
Ask God to move Hindu background believers to tell the Gaur about the God of the Bible.
Pray for Holy Spirit to direct believers to go to live in Gaur Brahmin communities.
Pray for Christ to reveal himself to Gaur Brahmins, especially leaders in their families and communities.
Pray for the spiritual eyes of Gaur Brahmins to be opened to Jesus Christ as their lord and savior.
Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Gaur Brahmins in this decade.