Brahmins and orthodox religion
A cursory look
The very small number of Brahmins in India are further divided based on
Whether they follow, Advaitha , Visishtadvaitha or Dvaitha and further sub sects in each of these groups
By the Vedas and suthras and gothras they follow
The language they speak
The state they belong
Based on whether they are orthodox or modern
The original Dharma of all the Brahmins was either learning of Vedas or learning of Agamas, with the main aim of preserving them. One of the foremost duty of a Hindu king was to look after the Brahmins and provide them their needs so that knowledge of Vedas and Agamas , which are the foundation of our religion are preserved.
Since all Brahmins had lot of time to spare and since their profession was getting knowledge , they contributed great amount of knowledge to their country in all most all the scientificc subjects . They never ever thought that the great knowledge that they have could be sold and that they also could become rich.
Over time with disappearance of Hindu kings , though few rich people helped them to study Vedas , slowly all Brahmins became very poor.
It was at this time due to compulsion of circumstances that they started selling their knowledge .Once they understood that by doing so , they can become rich , they started neglecting the learning of Vedas and Agamas .A minority however continued to do that and they were looked after by the rich among the Brahmins
Modern education showed the rich Brahmins , the luxuries they can enjoy , if they could spare the time and they started neglecting rituals also , The poor Brahmins thought that they also should become rich and started educating their children in modern schools.
The very few and meagre number of Brahmins who had studied Vedas had all moved to big towns where , by practice of what they have learnt , they could also become rich and Instead of the disciplined simple life that they used to lead , they also started leading a life of luxury. The result was , temples in villages are not able find experts in Agamas to worship and the few Brahmin families living in villages are not able to find priests . And the few Brahmin priests are demanding huge Dakshinas .Possibly this will contribute further to the destruction of our religion
Majority of the Brahmins especially in south , cannot be considered as poor . Most of them are upper middle class, and few of them are lower middle class .
What is the future? Possibly only God can tell.