Sunday, April 29, 2012

Sanatana Dharma

Sanatana means eternal, never beginning nor ending.
Dharma is from dhri, meaning to hold together, to sustain.
Sanatana Dharma eternally holds All together.

Sanatana Dharma is experience based rather than belief based.
'Satyam vada, Dharmam chara'
Literally means, Speak the Truth and Practice Dharma.

Ancient Hindu scriptures emphasize the importance of 'Satya' and 'Dharma'.  Satya is the eternal, absolute and unchanging truth. Dharma is often translated as righteousness, Law or Natural Law.

In the Rigveda, the word appears as an n-stem, dhárman-, meaning "something established or firm"

The Upanishads saw dharma as the universal principle of law, order, harmony, all in all truth, that sprang first from Brahman.

In the Brihadaranyaka's own words:
Verily, that which is Dharma is truth.

In the Mahabharata (12.110.11), Lord Krishna defines dharma as,
"Dhaaranaad dharma ity aahur dharmena vidhrtaah prajaah, Yat syaad dhaarana sanyuktam sa dharma iti nishchayah,"

meaning, Dharma upholds both this-worldly and other-worldly affairs.

 Sanatana Dharma

The prayer,
 “तमसोमा ज्योतिर्गमय” Tamasoma Jyothirgamaya,  in the tradition of Sanatana Dharma means “Lead me from darkness to light”. Darkness symbolizes ajnana or ignorance; while light symbolizes jnana or knowledge.
The Guru alone is capable of guiding one from the darkness of ignorance to the light of knowledge. It is due to this fact that utmost importance is given to the Guru in Sanatana Dharma.

About 1200 years ago, Great saint, Jagadguru Sri Adi Shankaracharya, the great philosopher, in his brief life of 32 years was instrumental in the spread of Advaita Vedanta philosophy of the Upanishads.  According to Sringeri Peetam Jagadguru Sri Bharati tirtha Mahaswamiji, Adi Shankaracharya re-established the path through which everyone can experience and become one with divinity.


Video link to the documentary released from Sringeri Peetam, about Jagadguru sri Adi Shankaracharya .



  1. sanathana dharma is to know self and god. thats why it consider all people as same ...

    1. Hari Om!
      Thanks for stopping by our blog page.
      Appreciate your comments. Excuse us for the delayed reply.

      All religions propagate the idea of rising above being a normal human being and attaining the supreme goal of self-realization.
      One of the greatest Hindu Gurus Sri Adi Shankaracharya strived to re-establish the Advaita Vedanta which says "there is only one" A - Dwaita. You are the Self (Supreme Being Brahma)
      "Aham Brahmasmi" (I am Brahma)or in other words "Tat Twam Asi" (You are that).
      When the consciousness or Atman or Brahma is one in all living things, human, animal or plant, everyone is equal.

      Dwaita Means duality. You and God. Here you see God in all forms and hence all are equal.

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