Hinduism Is

Sanatana Dharma

Rig Veda says: "Ekam Sat, Viprah Bahudha Vadanti", which means that there is only One God (Truth) and people see Him (It) differently.

 Thank you for visiting this website about Sanatana Dharma. Do you actually know what it is? Well, there is a lot of disinformation… Someone rules this world... Moreover, there are not many valuable books around with Truth. Many "Coca Cola Gurus" come here with intention to manipulate. What is Hinduism then? First of all, it is living with the principles of this beautiful Universe; many outwardly complicated things are simple from within and are only made "complicated" by people who want to mask their purpose to manipulate others. But what is Sanatana Dharma? Let us answer this complex question.

Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. It is a hybrid corpus within the body of which many different opinions, even the contradictory ones, can coexist peacefully with one another; if someone tries to define this nonmonolithic hybrid with "Western thinking" (or the "European one"), he or she will usually write a definite nonsense.

On the picture (right) Lord Skanda enjoys presence of His two consorts.

Thus, it is not a good thing to try to define Hinduism. The first approach to Sanatana Dharma is in the article about Lord Ganesh, but here we can say at least the following: Sanatana Dharma is the religion revealed by Gods in a very ancient history of our Earth, several thousand years before Christ. For followers of Sanatana Dharma the Vedas, or the epics like Ramayana or Mahabharata, are the same what Bible is to Christians and Holy Qur'an to Muslims. Hinduism differs from Western (and European) style of thinking which - on a philosophical premise - does not solve problems for most of the time but rather makes huge knots of interpretations even of the simplest things - in India, you will not find a book about who is faster - a turtle or Achilles; in Europe, it is in libraries... Sanatana Dharma is not a speculation, it does not have one founder, it does not have one theological system, and it consists of a variety of religious groups that had come into being many thousand years ago and which gradually evolved and are evolving even today. Like every religion, it has false and enlightened teachers. As it is difficult to judge many aspects of life, society, proper conduct and opinions of a variety of people, etc., a "guru" is often chosen to help followers grasp the ancient wisdom of Gods. Sanatana Dharma is a theistic approach. For Buddhists, Gods are not so necessarily important on their path to nirvana, but in Hinduism no one can achieve liberation without approaching the Gods. Some teachers became generally accepted, for example, a famous Indian philosopher Adi Shankar, as well as many others.

The goal of Sanatana Dharma is moksha - it is the final state of a soul that liberates itself from the circle of reincarnations and comes to the world of the Devas - Higher Beings. A path to this goal is contoured in Hindu scriptures and brought closer via instructions of gurus, who often do not share the same views among themselves. Moksha results in the Absolute Peace (Shanti), Absolute Knowledge (Videh), Absolute Enlightenment (Kaivalya) and Absolute Bliss (Swarga).

Within the concept of Sanatana Dharma, the term Trimurti (Holy Trinity) covers three Absolute Gods: Brahma - the Creator, Vishnu - the Preserver, Shiva - the Destroyer. However, some groups place more emphasis on Parvati (Shiva's consort), Skanda or Ganesh (Shiva's and Parvati's sons), or even Surya. These all can be approached as Absolute Divinities.

In Ganesha Purana it is written:

At His command Lord Vishnu maintains the universe. At His command Lord Shiva destroys the universe. At His command the Sun, Lord of the day, moves throughout the universe...

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The website started on July 2, 2007, and was last updated on October 2, 2013