Hinduism

Hinduism Sanatana Dharma A Black Hole ?


I received an interesting comment for my Post ‘Shiva Linga In Mecca, OM Is 786?

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Principles of Sanatana Dharma, Hinduism

I am quoting it below.

But isn’t Hinduism a derivative of Buddhism and Jainism?… don’t you think Hinduism is just a black hole constantly changing and sucking in everything around and changing according to the geography and beliefs…. being purely pagan in its birth and then realizes knowledge and starts to adapt and reform around peoples beliefs?….

I am an amateur in my history of religion but it has always intrigued me.,… Hinduism i thought purely was a way of life….not a religion, that over the millenniums changed like Chinese whisper from location to location…. so much so there’s a depiction of Jesus Christ idol in a temple in Tamil Nadu.

I am not religious at all, because of what humans have turned GOD into…. but i am intrigued at our ways to story tell that has changed to belief over thousands of years…. Some where out there is the truth, but we can all only have an opinion of it…”

Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma is not a derivative of Jainism or Buddhism.

Jainism came later to Sanatna Dharma nd Buddhism later.

It is the other way around… Hinduism in the sense that  while these two systems do not believe in the authority of Vedas,

hence called Nastika System, believe in Karma theory, Moksha called Nirvana and Rebirth.

Jainism is a strict follower of the Ethics of the Vedas more than the Vedas in emphasizing Truth, righteousness.

Buddhism reaches th Stage of Advaita but falls short of it by declaring the Reality as Sunya, Zero, Nihilism.

So much is Buddhism similar to the Advaita of Adi Shankaracharya that He was accused of being a Pseudo-Buddhist!

These systems which decried the excessive rituals( Justifiably so) of Sanatana dharma ended up with Rituals.

They decried idol worship, landed in worshiping The Tirthankara, Mahavira and Buddha!

Yes, to an extent the statement that Hinduism is like a Black hole is true, it sucks the best out of every system and assimilates it.

The reason is that while other religions were founded , had a founder and an intention to have followers.

Hinduism, Sanatana Dharma was not founded by any one nor does it have a rigid text to follow.

It observes Life, tries out various methods to face life and after life and presents them all.

One can take any thing out of it and discard what does not suit him/her.

It is based on experience and intuition along with Reason .

It listens , never dogmatic.

By assimilating what is best it consumes other religions with out a fight for it is after Truth, what ever be the source.

Let noble thoughts reach my ears from everywhere-Rig Veda.

Bhatram Karnobhi Srunuyaama Deva

Yet one point to be noted is that it precedes all religions as evidenced by archeology, astronomy, etymology of Sanskrit and Tamil

When one starts questioning other religions, one does not get as authentic proof as in Hinduism.

Rama, Krishna, Ravana, Mahabharata,Ramayana, Agastya, Shiva ,Parashurama, ..all of them have left trails that can be verified.

If one were to ask fundamental questions as to what was before Christianity you get Judaism.

For Judaism, Sanatana Dharma.

For Islam the History of the middle east just  before Prophet has been erased to such an extent that one lands with Sumerian civilisation.Minoan!

The traces of Hinduism are found in Islam , Sumeria, Minoan civilization, Mayas, Incas,Polynesian Religions;

World languages trace their origins to Sanskrit and Tamil.

One finds evidence of Sanatana Dharma and Tamil, which is /was a part of Santaana Dharma,

In,

Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia,japan, Korea, New Zealand, Fiji, Mauritius, Australia,Oman, Saudi Arabia,Romania, Bulgaria, Germany,Ireland,England, Denmark,France,Greece,Egypt, Africa, Peru, Chile, US, ….

Yes Hinduism is like a Black hole it that it is so vast one finds it difficult to comprehend it!

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Pravaras Why Three Five Rishis


In Hinduism there is the practice of introducing oneself with reference to his ancestors.

It is logical to refer to oneself with them as it makes it easier to identify.

Without reference to them, we are not here, which many do not seem to acknowledge.

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Brahmin Gotras.

It is customary for Ancient Indian writers to refer either to parents or their preceptor/s, as they were placed in a Higher Status than parents,.

Thus we have the parent,Grand parent referred to in Slokas and Stuthis.

Vyaasam Vasishta Napthaaram, Sakthe Pauthra Kalmasham,

Parasaraathmajam Vande Sukha Naadham Thapo Nidhim-Vishnu Sahasra Naama.

Here the author Vyasa introduces himself as,,

Great Grand son of Vasishta,

Grand son of Sakthi,

Son of Parasara, and

Father of Sukha.

How logically the terms are arranged.

Great Grand Father, Grand Father, Father, Self and son!

For Guru reference,

Adi Shankaracharya never mentions himself directly in his works.

‘Sri Govinda Bhagavatpaada Sishya,’

Disciple of the Noble Govinda Bhagavatpaada”

This system has been in place from the early period of the Vedas.

The founders of the Humanity, as far as Hindu Texts go, are the Saptha Rshi, the Seven Sages , after whom the lineage is from.

And they are referred to in introducing oneself.

This system is called the Gotra.

This is patrilineal.

Then there is Pravara.

a Pravara (Sanskrit for “most excellent”) is a particular Brahmin’s descent from a rishi (sage) who belonged to their gotra (clan). In vedic ritual, the importance of the pravara appears to be in its use by the ritualist for extolling his ancestry and proclaiming, “as a descendant of worthy ancestors, I am a fit and proper person to do the act I am performing.” Generally, there are either three or five pravaras. The sacred thread yajnopavita worn on upanayana has close and essential connection with the concept of pravaras related to Brahmin gotra system. While tying the knots of sacred thread, an oath is taken in the name of each one of these three or five of the most excellent rishis belonging to one’s gotra.

The full affiliation of a brāhamana consists of (1)gotra, (2)sutra (of Kalpa), (3)shakha, (4)pravaras .

(Example :) A brahmana named ‘Rama’ introduces himself as follows : I am ‘Rama’, of Shrivatsa gotra, of Āpastamba sutra, of Taittiriya shākha of Yajurveda, of five pravaras named Bhārgava, Chyāvana, Āpnavan, Aurva and Jāmdagnya (This example is based upon the example given by Pattābhirām Shastri in the introduction to Vedārtha-Pārijata, cf. ref.).’

It may be noted in the Pravara,three or Five Rishis are mentioned.

For example, Kasyapa, Apasthara, Naithruva’

This is different from Kasyapa Gotra.

There is another Pravara for Kasyapa Gotra as well.

Kasyapa, Aavatsaara, Daivala.

The same with the other Rishis.

Sometimes three Rishis are mentioned and at times Five.

Why?

One view is that these references are to the excellent ancestors from the Gotra.

My view is that , if that be case the first Rishi should always be the founder.

But , as in Nythruva Kasyapa, Kasyapa does not appear as the First Rishi but it is Naithruva.

Reason is that many Rishis have more than one wife and many children through each of them.

Kasyapa had more than one wife.

The Prajapati Daksha gave his thirteen daughters (Aditi, Diti, Kadru, Danu, Arishta, Surasa, Surabhi, Vinata, Tamra, Krodhavasha,Idā, Vishva and Muni in marriage to Kashyapa.

Though the Father is one, mother differs.

To identify and emphasize the differentitae, the three or Five Rishis are mentioned.

Traditionally the first wife’s son carries the Father’s name as Gotra and the others the son of the Second or third wife and but to make the reference correct the founder is mentioned later in the Pravara.

The pravara identifies the association of a person with two, three (or sometimes five) of the above-mentioned rishis. It also signifies the Sutras contributed to different Vedas by those rishis.

For example, Kashyapa Gothram has 3 rishis associated with it viz. Kashyap, Nidruva and Avatsara

In a court case “Madhavrao vs Raghavendrarao” which involved a Deshastha Brahmin couple, the German scholar Max Mueller’s definition of gotra as descending from eight sages and then branching out to several families was thrown out by reputed judges of a Bombay High Court. The court called the idea of Brahmin families descending from an unbroken line of common ancestors as indicated by the names of their respective gotras and pravaras impossible to accept. The court consulted relevant Hindu texts and stressed the need for Hindu society and law to keep up with the times emphasizing that notions of good social behavior and the general ideology of the Hindu society had changed. The court also said that the mass of material in the Hindu texts is so vast and full of contradictions that it is almost an impossible task to reduce it to order and coherence.

 

Citation and Refeernce.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravaras

For details of Pravaras  https://www.trsiyengar.com/termsandConditions.shtml

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Vishnu Propped Up Mahabali Hari Nama Mala By Mahabali Text Video


King Mahabali, Grand son of Prahalada, a Great Vishnu Devotee, was a powerful King and as He became arrogant he was destroyed by Lord Vishnu in His Avatar as Vamana.

King Mahabali composed the Hari Nama ala on Lord Vishnu.

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Vamana Avatar of Vishnu

According to the Brahma-Vaivarta Puranam, it was Lord Vishnu who positioned Bali in power to curb the pride of Indra.

The Bhagavata Purana reads “He (Vishnu) will take the kingdom away from Purandara (Lord Indra) and give it to Bali Maharaja.”

Composition of song: King Mahabali had composed a beautiful song ‘Hari Nama Mala Stotram” in honour of Lord Vishnu. Pandit Jasraj has a famous Bhajan by the name of ‘Om Namo Bhagwate Vasudevaya’.

Translation of Hari Nama Mala by Sri. P.R.Ramchander.

Govindam Gokulanandam,

Gopalam Gopikapathim,

Govardhanodharam Dheeram,

Tham vande Gomathi priyam.                              1

 

I salute that lord, who is dear to Saraswathi,

Who gives pleasure to the herd of cows,

Who brings joy to those in Gokula,

Who takes care of the cows,

Who is the Lord of all gopis,

And who is the hero who lifted the Govardhana Mountain.

 

Narayanam narakaram,

Nara veeram Narothamam,

Nrusimham, Naganatham,

Tham vande narakanthakam.                                  2

 

I salute the Lord who killed Naraka,

Who is the Lord Narayna,

Who has taken a human form,

Who is a great human hero,

Who is a great human being,

Who is Lord Narasimha,

And who is he lord of serpents.

 

Peethambaram, Padmanabham,

Padamaksham, Purushothamam,

Pavithram, Paramanandam,

Tham vande Parameshwaram.                      3

 

I salute that God of all gods,

Who wears yellow colured silk,

Who has a lotus flower over his belly

Who has lotus like eyes,

Who is the purest among all men,

Who is purity personified,

And who is the greatest bliss.

 

Raghavam, Ramachandram cha,

Ravanarim, Ramapathim,

Rajeevalochanam Ramam,

Tham Vande Raghu Nandanam.                                      4

 

I salute that son of the clan of Raghu,

Who is Lord Raghava,

Who is Lord Ramachandra,

Who killed Ravana,

Who is the Lord of Lakshmi,

Who has lotus like eyes.

And who attracts all the world.

 

Vamanam, Viswaroopam,

Vasudevam, cha Vittalam,

Visweswaram Vibhum Vyasam,

Tham vande Veda Vallabham.                                            5

 

I salute  that Lord of all Vedas,

Who is Lord Vamana,

Who is the form of the universe,

Who is the son of Vasudeva,

Who is Vittala,  the deity of Pandharpur,

Who is the Lord of all universes,

Who is the expert of knowledge,

And who is Veda Vyasa.

 

Vamadevam, Divyasimham ,

Dayaum, Deena nayakam,

Daithyarimdeva devam cha,

Tham Vande Devaki Sutham.                                                  6

 

I salute that son of Devaki,

Who is Lord Vamadeva,

Who is the holy lion,

Who is store house of mercy,

Who is the protector of all the oppressed,

Who is the killer of all asuras,

And who is the deva of all devas.

 

Murarim madhavam mathsyam,

Mukundam dushta mardhanam,

Munjakesam Maha Bahum,

Tham vande Madhu Sudanam.                                      7

 

I salute the slayer of Madhu,

Who is the enemy of Mura,

Who is the consort of Lakshmi,

Who took the form of Fish,

Who grants salvation,

Who punishes bad people,

Who has hair like munja grass,

And who has long arms.

 

Kesavam kamala kantham ,

Kamesam kousthubha priyam,

Koumodhakidharam krishnam,

Tham vande kouravanthakam.                                 8

 

I salute the god of death of Kouravas,

Who killed the asura called Kesi,

Who is the consort of Kamala,

Who is the lord of Kama Deva,

Who liked the gem called Kousthubha,

Who carried a mace called Koumodhaki,

And who is black in colour.

 

Bhoodaram , bhuvananandam,

Bhoothesam, bhootha nayakam,

Bhavanaikam, Bhujangendram,

Tham vande bhava nasanam.                                     9

 

I salute him who destroys sorrow,

Who carries the planet earth,

Who is the cause of happiness for the world,

Who is the god of all beings,

Who is the king of all beings,

Who can be seen just by thought,

And who has an immeasurable form.

 

Janardhanam Jagannatham,

Jagad jandhya vinasanam,

Jamadagnyam Paramjyothi,

Stham vande jalasayinam.                                    10

 

I salute him, who sleeps on water,

Who gave pain to the asura called Janan,

Who is the lord of the entire universe,

Who is the killer of the darkness of this universe,

Who is the son of Jamadagni,

And who is the eternal light.

 

Chathurbhujam Chidanandam,

Chanura malla mardhanam,

Charachara gatham devam,

Tham vande chakra paninam.                                  11

 

I salute him, who holds the holy wheel,

Who has four hands,

Who is eternally, ever lastingly happy,

Who killed the wrestlers Chanura and Malla,

And who is the divine power of movable and immovable.

 

Sriyakkaram sriyonadham,

Sreedharam, Sreevaraprdham,

Sreevatsa lasitham soumyam,

Tham vande Sri Sureswaram.                                        12

 

I salute him, who is the lord of all devas,

Who grants all forms of wealth,

Who is the consort of goddess of wealth,

Who carries Goddess Lakshmi on his chest,

Who grants boons requesting wealth,

Who shines because of Sreevatsa,

And who is embodiment of tranquility.

 

Yogeeswaram yagnapathim,

Yasodananda dayakam,

Yamuna jala sachayam,

Tham vande yadunayagam.                                            13

 

I salute him, who is the lord of all yadavas,

Who is the god of all yogis,

Who is the lord of all yagnas,

Who is the source of happiness to Yasoda,

And who has the same luster as the water of Yamuna.

 

Saligrama sila shuddham,

Sanka chakropa shobitham,

Surasura sada sevyam,

Tham vande sadhu vallabham.                                      14

 

I salute him, who is the darling of all good people,

Who is as clear as the Saligrama stone,

Who shines holding the conch and the wheel,

And who is always worshipped by devas and asuras.

 

Trivikramam tapomurthim,

Trividhagouga nasanam,

Tristhalam theertha rajendram,

Tham vande thulasi priyam.                                             15

 

I salute him, who holds the thulasi as  dear,

Who took the giant form of Trivikrama,

Who is the object of meditation,

Who destroys the three types of sins,

Who holds all the three worlds,

And who is the greatest sacred water.

 

 

 

Anantham aadhi purusham,

Achyuthm cha vara pradham,

Aanandam cha sadanandam,

Tham vande chaga nasanam.                                 16

 

I salute him, who cannot be destroyed,

Who does not have an end,

Who is the primeval man,

Who is one without change,

Who is the giver of boons,

Who is happiness,

And who is ever lasting bliss.

 

Leelaya Dhootha Bhoobaram,

Loka sathwaika vanditham,

Lokeswaram cha Sree kantham,

Tham vande Lakshamana priyam.                            17

 

I salute him , who is dear to Lakshmana,

Who decreased the load of the world by simple play,

Who is worshiped by good people of the world,

Who is the Lord of the world,

And who is the consort of Goddess of wealth.

 

Harischa harinaksham cha,

Harinadham Hari Priyam,

Halayudha sahayam cha,

Tham vande Hanmathpathim.                                      18

 

I salute him, who is the lord of Hanuman,

Who is lord Hari,

Who has deer like eyes,

Who is the Lord of Hari,

Who is the darling of Hari,

And who was assisted by Lord Balarama.

 

Phalasruthi:-

Harinama krutha mala,

Pavithrapapanasini,

Balirajendrachopthascha,

Kandedharya prayathnatha.                                             19

 

Benefit:-

This garland made out of names of Hari,

Which is holy and destroys sins,

Which was composed by Mahabali,

Should be worn on the neck,

Even if  it is difficult.

Sanskrit Text of Hari Naa Mala.

 

 

॥ श्रीहरिनाममालास्तोत्रम् ॥

गोविन्दं गोकुलानन्दं गोपालं गोपिवल्लभम् ।
गोवर्धनोद्धरं धीरं तं वन्दे गोमतीप्रियम् ॥ १॥

नारायणं निराकारं नरवीरं नरोत्तमम् ।
नृसिंहं नागनाथं च तं वन्दे नरकान्तकम् ॥ २॥

पीताम्बरं पद्मनाभं पद्माक्षं पुरुषोत्तमम्
पवित्रं परमानन्दं तं वन्दे परमेश्वरम् ॥ ३॥

राघवं रामचन्द्रं च रावणारिं रमापतिम्
राजीवलोचनं रामं तं वन्दे रघुनन्दनम् ॥ ४॥

वामनं विश्वरूपं च वासुदेवं च विठ्ठलम् ।
विश्वेश्वरं विभुं व्यासं तं वन्दे वेदवल्लभम् ॥ ५॥

दामोदरं दिव्यसिंहं दयाळुं दीननायकम् ।
दैत्यारिं देवदेवेशं तं वन्दे देवकीसुतम् ॥ ६॥

मुरारिं माधवं मत्स्यं मुकुन्दं मुष्टिमर्दनम् ।
मुञ्जकेशं महाबाहुं तं वन्दे मधुसूदनम् ॥ ७॥

केशवं कमलाकान्तं कामेशं कौस्तुभप्रियम् ।
कौमोदकीधरं कृष्णं तं वन्दे कौरवान्तकम् ॥ ८॥

भूधरं भुवनानन्दं भूतेशं भूतनायकम् ।
भावनैकं भुजङ्गेशं तं वन्दे भवनाशनम् ॥ ९॥

जनार्दनं जगन्नाथं जगज्जाड्यविनाशकम् ।
जमदग्निं परं ज्योतिस्तं वन्दे जलशायिनम् ॥ १०॥

चतुर्भुजं चिदानन्दं मल्लचाणूरमर्दनम् ।
चराचरगुरुं देवं तं वन्दे चक्रपाणिनम् ॥ ११॥

श्रियःकरं श्रियोनाथं श्रीधरं श्रीवरप्रदम्
श्रीवत्सलधरं सौम्यं तं वन्दे श्रीसुरेश्वरम् ॥ १२॥

योगीश्वरं यज्ञपतिं यशोदानन्ददायकम्
यमुनाजलकल्लोलं तं वन्दे यदुनायकम् ॥ १३॥

सालिग्रामशिलशुद्धं शङ्खचक्रोपशोभितम् ।
सुरासुरैः सदा सेव्यं तं वन्दे साधुवल्लभम् ॥ १४॥

त्रिविक्रमं तपोमूर्तिं त्रिविधघौघनाशनम् ।
त्रिस्थलं तीर्थराजेन्द्रं तं वन्दे तुलसीप्रियम् ॥ १५॥

अनन्तमादिपुरुषं अच्युतं च वरप्रदम् ।
आनन्दं च सदानन्दं तं वन्दे चाघनाशनम् ॥ १६॥

लीलया धृतभूभारं लोकसत्त्वैकवन्दितम् ।
लोकेश्वरं च श्रीकान्तं तं वन्दे लक्षमणप्रियम् ॥ १७॥

हरिं च हरिणाक्षं च हरिनाथं हरप्रियम् ।
हलायुधसहायं च तं वन्दे हनुमत्पतिम् ॥ १८॥

हरिनामकृतामाला पवित्रा पापनाशिनी ।
बलिराजेन्द्रेण चोक्त्ता कण्ठे धार्या प्रयत्नतः ॥

॥ इति महाबलिप्रोक्तं हरिनाममालास्तोत्रम् ॥

Citation and Refernce.

 

http://sanskritdocuments.org/doc_vishhnu/harinAmamAlA.html?lang=sa

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahabali

 

 

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Lord Balaji Feet Thirumala Man Made?


The legends of India and Hinduism are at once mind boggling to the extent of testing one’s imagination and at the same time most of them are verifiable with facts from antiquity, Astronomical dating, Linguistics, Carbon Dating..

Sreevari Padaalu Thirumala.Image.jpg Lord Balaji Foot prints.Tirumala Hills, India

.We have Human settlements in India,in Chennai itself dating back to 1.07 Million years!

We have Bhimbedka rock inscriptions dating back to some 50,000 years.

Lord Balaji Face in Tirupathi Hills.jpg. Lord Balaji Face in Tirupathi Hills.

We have references to Tsunamis in Tamil Classics,which are now being accepted by science as Facts.

Mount Toba’s ashes settled in Jwalapuram, Kurnool, Andhra and this is dated again to antiquity.

We have the Nazca lines of Peru which resembles Shiva’s Trident.

Lord Krishan’s  son Pradhyumna built a city in Russia.

Lahore Pakistan was built by Lava, son of Lord Rama.

The Mayas and Incas followed the Agama procedure in building their Pyramids.

In the Middle east we have the Shiva Temple now called Mecca.

Also we have a Shiva temple in Petra Jordan.

The US is not far behind nor are the Americas.

The Central American countries followed Ramayana and even Andal’s Thiruppaavai.

Makara Sankaranthi was celebrated there.

And we have a Natural Vishnu temple in the Grand Canyon.

I have written on all these with authentic proof and Links.

About a couple of years back I posted an article that the Thirumala Hills in the Eastern ghats of India resemble the face of Lord Venkateswara of Tirupati.

I also posted some articles on some strange happenings in Tirupati which defy reason.

Mind you these have been documented.

Now as the Deccan Plateau is one of the oldest landmass of the earth and it has a natural arch, I checked whether  I could find any information geologically in support of the Legend of Lord Balaji.

In the process I came across information that Lord Venkaestwara’s Feet are to be found in the Thirumala Hills.

And people worship this.

Though I had been to Tirupati many times I never knew of this.

 


Srivari Padalu:

According to Vedas/Puranas ‘Srivari Padalu’ is the place where Lord Venkateswara Swamy first set his feet on one of the seven hills namely ‘Narayanagiri’. The footprint of the Lord is available in this place to the pilgrims with restricted access by T.T.D so that they cannot touch the foot prints. Pilgrims have to climb 300 odd steps to reach this divine spot from where a beautiful top view of the temple town ‘Tirumala’ is very delightful to watch.

 

Location: Srivari Padalu , Tirumala

 

Distance: 6 Km from Tirumala Bus stand

 

Timings: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM

 

Address:
Srivari Padalu,
Narayanagiri Road,Tirumala,
Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh
India

What about the History of the Easten Ghat of which the Thirumala forms a part along with six other Hills?

The Eastern Ghats are older than the Western Ghats, and have a complex geologic history related to the assembly and breakup of the ancient supercontinent of Rodinia and the assembly of the Gondwana supercontinent.

The Eastern Ghats are made up of charnockites, granite gneiss, khondalites, metamorphic gneisses and quartzite rock formations. The structure of the Eastern Ghats includes thrusts and strike-slip faults[2] all along its range. Limestone, bauxiteand iron ore are also found in the Eastern Ghats hill ranges.

The Eparchaean Unconformity of the Tirumala Hills is a major discontinuity of stratigraphic significance that represents an extensive period of erosion and non-deposition. It is seen at the steep natural slopes, road scars and ravines in the Tirupati– Tirumala Ghat road in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh.

Which individual has gone up to the top of the Thirumala hills  to sculpt Two Feet  only to propagate Hinduism and Lord Venkateswara?

And what did he get out of this?

 

Citation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_Ghats

http://tourism.intirupati.com/place/srivari-padalu/

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Hinduism

Sanatana Dharma Different From Hinduism


The term Sanatana Dharma and Hinduism are often used interchangeably.

I have also been using  he same way.

Adi Shankaracharya Quote on the essence of Sanatna Dhama.Image.jpg Adi Shankaracharya Quote on the essence of Sanatna Dhama.

I am using this to enable people to find the information as many are familiar with the term Hinduism.

But are they really the same?

There are the same but with a minute difference.

Sanatana Dharma denotes oldest dharma, Dharma being translated as Righteousness.

On what Dharma is I shall be writing in detail.

The essentials of the Sanatana Dharma are.

  • Reality-centered rather than prophet-centered.
  • Experience based rather than belief based.
  • Beyond any historical date of founding.
  • The process of growth, which comes from the seed.
  • Inherent in, and inclusive of all.
  • In the world, while above the world.
  • Both immanent and transcendent.
  • The whole and the parts.
  • Loving of all and excluding of none.
  • The primary worship is for Agni.
  • Various Deities have been  mentioned. each being worshiped for a specific purpose.
  • Two levels of Knowledge, one Apara which deals with the Higher Knowledge of Brahman, Apara, the other one being what we use now, for practical life,Para Vidya.
  • Two specific areas mentioned one by performance of Duties and another  Path of Knowledge.(Gnana and karma Kandas)
  • It encompassed all Living beings.
  • It emphasizes self-realization .
  • Reality is Attributeless,Nirguna, though the Gods described in the Vedas attribute qualities to Gods, they are to be considered as stepping sones to Self Realization and they are not an end in themselves.
  • Yagas and Yagnyas were performed.
  • Sanatana Dharma is intensely personal.
  • No collective/community worship is recommended.
  • No mention of temples and temple worship.
  • They do not talk of Hell for not following The Vedas.
  • Santana Dharma encompassed the world.
  • Prayer or one’s self is not encouraged.

Hinduism.

A name given by the west to denote people who were living on the Banks of the River Sindhu, Punjab.

The practices followed by these people, which was a corrupt form of Sanatana Dharma was called Hinduism.

Many Gods are worshiped.

Fire worship is more or less extinct.

Community worship is in vogue.

Worship In temples.

Many rules as Sampardayas or More are being practised, which do not have the sanction of the Vedas.

Following of Self styled Gurus, rather than a qualified Guru is being followed.

Prayer for Self aggrandisement is in practice..

Vedic Karmas are not being followed as much as they should be.

Sanatana Dharma, over years of practice deteriorated into becoming a belief of worshiping many Gods and indiscriminate performance of yagas and yagnyas without referring to Gnana Kanda.

This resulted in the erosion of the Sanatan Dharma.

It took a Buddha to found Buddhism, which revolted against Sanatana Dharma, but that was absorbed by Sanatna Dharma later is a different issue.

To restore Sanatana Dharma Adi Shankaracharya established the Shanmathas and systematized all the Yogas, Bhakthi, Karma, Gnana Yogas.

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