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Understanding Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Truth

Sanatana Dharma

Sanatana Dharma, the eternal truth, is a way of life that has been practiced for millions of years. Here's a brief introduction to Sanatana Dharma.


 

The Sanatana Dharma, also known as Vaidika Dharma or Hinduism is a religion based on the Vedas and is considered to be the oldest of all living religions. Its philosophy is profound and magnificent, and its ethical teachings are pure and unmatched. Moreover, its rituals and ceremonies are flexible and can be adapted to various situations. The Sanatana Dharma is often compared to a river that has both shallow and deep parts, making it suitable for people of all levels of understanding. Its perfection is complete, and it fulfills all human needs, leaving no room for other religions to add anything. The more one studies it, the more it illuminates the mind and satisfies the soul. For young people, learning about Sanatana Dharma guarantees an increase in happiness and a source of comfort during difficult times for the rest of their lives.

 

What is Dharma?

धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहुर्धर्मो धारयति प्रजाः

'Dharma' refers to that which supports and unifies all people in the universe. It is not a mere set of beliefs that have no bearing on daily life, but rather the very principles that lead to a healthy and benevolent life. To understand and follow these principles is to be a true follower of Vaidika Dharma or a Hindu, and to walk the path towards happiness, both for the individual and the community. The word 'religion' also shares the same etymological meaning of binding people together. 'Vaidika' means 'related to the Vedas or Perfect Knowledge.' Therefore, Vaidika Dharma translates to 'the Religion of Perfect Knowledge.'

 

The foundation of Sanatana Dharma

The foundation of Sanatana Dharma is the Shruti, which includes the Four Vedas. These Vedas are the ultimate authority in Hinduism and collectively comprise THE VEDA, THE PERFECT KNOWLEDGE. They were revealed by Brahma, perceived by the Rishis, and expressed in language by them for the benefit of all.

युगान्तेऽन्तर्हितान् वेदान् सेतिहासान् महर्षयः ।

लेभिरे तपसा पूर्वम् अनुज्ञाताः स्वयम्भुवा ॥

The Vedas, along with the Itihasas, are withdrawn at the end of each Yuga. The great Rishis are then permitted by Svayambhu (Brahma) to recover them through intense spiritual practices (Tapas). 

However, it is believed that some  modifications are made to suit the needs of the age, as the Vedas are revealed again at the beginning of each cycle. This is evident in the Devi Bhagavata - 

वेदमेकं स बहुधा कुरुते हितकाम्यया ।

अल्पायुषोऽल्पबुद्धींश्च विप्रान् ज्ञात्वा कलावथ 

People of Kaliyuga would have short lives and limited intelligence, they would be unable to master the entire Veda on their own. So Bhagawan Vishnu, in the form of Vyasa, divided the one Veda into many parts, with the intention of benefiting humanity. 

 

The evolving Sanatana Dharma

The Rishis are believed to constantly oversee the Religion they bestowed, withdrawing and revealing knowledge according to the needs and capacities of each era. It is believed that if portions of the sacred texts have disappeared, as evidenced by the difference between the number of shlokas mentioned in some texts and the number of extant shlokas, it was for the benefit of humanity and brought about by the Rishis themselves.

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very detailed explanation sir, thank you 🙏❤️💯 -Sandesh

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Knowledge Bank

Who founded Sanatana Dharma?

Sanatana Dharma is not founded by any single individual or prophet. Instead, it is eternal and have no beginning or end.

What is the role of yoga in Sanatana Dharma?

Yoga is an important part of Sanatana Dharma, and it is believed to be a way to achieve spiritual and physical balance. Yoga includes various practices such as meditation, breathing techniques, and physical postures.

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