Hinduism and Sanatana Dharma
Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Righteousness)
Sanatana dharma, as Hinduism is also known, is not confined within the boundaries of any one country. It is universal in nature, and embraces all religions. Narrow sectarianism can survive only for a limited period of time. But, sanatana dharma is eternal.
There is no beginning or end to sanatana dharma. It has no single founder or prophet. There is no single authorized scripture or book. Sanatana dharma was not founded on the spiritual experience or revelation of a single person. It’s origins are based on the experience, intuition and realization of a number of mystics, sages and seers, who were illuminated and understood the infinite.
There is no dogma, as anyone is free to understand the truth personally. It is thus tolerant, granting the freedom to express and enquire, in search of evidence.
Oldest Living Religion
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions in the world. It is not limited to a particular set of people or class. Sanatana dharma absorbs all faiths, religions and even diverse customs and rituals. It believes in unity and solidarity in diversity. Sanskrit is the world’s oldest language, older than Latin and Hebrew. The vedas, written in Sanskrit, reveal wisdom, the nature of life, the meaning of death, and give information about the Absolute and the cosmos.
God is in All
Sanatana dharma teaches us that God is in everything and everyone. He permeates everything. There is one truth, which is described in many ways, and can be reached by various paths. When one realizes the truth, all differences merge into oneness.
The Isa upanishad says “Renounce and enjoy”. Sanatana dharma aims to make all people righteous and gentle. It says man is divine in nature. One only has to realize this truth to see the divinity in others as well. This can make the world a peaceful place.