Essentials of Sanaathana Dharma

///Essentials of Sanaathana Dharma
Essentials of Sanaathana Dharma 2018-05-14T17:42:32-04:00
  1. There is one Reality pervading everything known and unknown, seen and unseen. This is called as Brahman and also as Divine, Truth, Absolute, Being, Consciousness, Aananda to name a few
  2. This Brahman is One AND Many
  3. Brahman is both Sa-guna (with attributes) AND Nir-guna (without any attributes)
  4. Individual soul or Self (Aatman) as a pivot of manifestation of the Divine. Aatman is eternal and is Brahman – tat tvam asi (Thou are That).
  5. Karma and Re-birth act as forces of individual soul’s (Jiva) evolution
  6. Brahman manifests as or enable origination of various forms of Devathaa-s, called as Gods in common parlance.
  7. Sanctity of every living thing. Divine is in every living and non-living things of the Universe. Everything is Brahman
  8. Growing awareness about the relationship between Divine Being (Paramaatmaan) and Individual self or Aatman/Jiva constitute the process of spiritual unfoldment
  9. Purushaartha-s or Purposes of Man in Life: learn Dharma, acquire material soundness (Arthaa), acquiesce rightful basic Desires (Kaama) and strive for individual liberation (Mokshaa).
  10. Brahman as Consciousness (Pragnanam Brahman) has Power (“shakti”). This is the source or origin of Srishti.
  11. Srishti is not creation. There is no creation accepted in Hindu Saastra-s. There is no creation where something is made out of nothing. Srishti is a process where grosser manifestation of subtler energies and forces happen. We can call this as Creative Manifestation but not as creation as seen in other religions.
  12. All of earth as a family – seeking and nurturing Divinity in everything outside oneself: Vasudeva Kutumbakam
  13. Freedom to worship Brahman or Reality in any form or without either in pan-vedic (aasthika) or non-vedic (naasthika)
  14. Moksha or Liberation may indicate various states as per schools of Hindu thoughts. In essence, most of them aim for freedom from the cycle of birth and death, and an eternal relationship of some sort between individual soul(Aatman/Jiva) and Brahman.
  15. As a consequence of Karma, any action or event leaves Vaasanaa-s or traces of connection. Thus nothing that comes in to universe gets lost. Vaasanaa-s lead souls through the lives.
  16. As true religions can only come out of Truth, it can be said that most religions point towards the same source. Hindu dharma recognizes the considerable differences in theology and practice of religions, application and interpretations of religious principles among other religions. In spite of this heterogeneity among other religions, because of their Truth-source, Hindu dharma treats them with an attitude of mature imperturbable harmony (sarva dharma samobhaava)
  17. In terms of validity of religious processes, generally Vedas have supremacy over other injunctions. Thus there is a hierarchical arrangement of authoritative scriptural corpus.
  18. Practices of worship that are unique traditionally, culturally, linguistically and regionally but non-Vedic in nature but point to One Divinity, Reality are also accepted as integral and equivalent part of Sanathana Dharmaa.