“Polite Terms of Address.”

“So they have got respectable terms. Just like a brahmana i addressed as pandita maharaja. A ksatriya is addressed thakura saheb, thakur. And a merchant is addressed: sethji. And the labourer class addressed as chouddhari, means leader. In this way everyone has got respectable position.” (Srila Prabhupada from a conversation in Montreal, July 16, 1968)