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Sanatana Dharma

Sanatana Dharma is a tangible knowledge-based
approach to knowing life and the nature of existence and living.

It should never be confused with religions are
belief systems based on someone else's ideas.

Within the spiritual traditions alive within India as indicated by the lion man found in Germany dated to 35,000 BC and the antiquity of Vedanta, it's said there was a first yogi, a man born within a strong spiritual tradition about 14,000 BC. It's said that he realised and understood the nature of existence in a way that modern science is coming to understand, and he taught the means by which we can all understand and unlock the doors to happiness and joy, to let there be a heaven on earth.

Today we call this yoga which is as relevant today for human well-being as it was then. Unlike the believers in God's who must die to enjoy the benefits of heaven, Shiva proved that heaven, happiness and joy are not external to the human condition, they are embodied and by exploring the technology of being human (yoga), this possibility may become reality.

The existential truth of what he'd discovered included the possibility that life emerged from, the fact that the atom contains more empty space than substance, and that as sensory creatures, the entirety of our life experience takes place within our own consciousness, and that (your) consciousness is part of the consciousness that creation emerged from.

As these ideas spread, perhaps some people began to have some Zen moments and appreciated these truths, yet people were also looking outwards into space, the solar system was mapped as were some of our nearer galaxies with distinction being made between planets, stars and galaxies, and even an awareness of a black hole in the centre of our own galaxy.

This knowledge was accumulated and passed on down through the generations. The people of the time knowing that planet Earth was home and there was no way of getting off in sufficient numbers to make any difference. They figured that since in contrast to a short human life, the universe was eternal although researchers calculated the life of this universe and defined when it would end. With no escape, they turned their attention to living well and ensuring the well-being of future generations.

A characteristic of being human is that we all want to be healthy, happy and successful. The Indian ancestors gave this a great deal of thought, good health came from a good diet and a balanced lifestyle. Happiness came from good relationships, security and knowing something of existential truth but the ultimate sense of worldly success and happiness is the successful passing on of one's DNA to future generations.

The ancestors took a scientific approach to satisfy these basic human needs and this gave birth to what is referred to as Sanatana Dharma, a scientific way of living that addresses our physical needs or human creature comforts, yet it also caters to the welfare of the human mind which is best served by understanding the concepts of existential truth above representing the essence of human spirituality. It implies that we must not be content believing as we please or acting according to our emotions, we must base our reason and logic on the greatest comprehensible and absolute reality though which we can prove for ourselves which at the most minimum is that kindness and compassion are pre-eminent human qualities, and finding the courage to live by them.

Now let's look at the idea of Sanatana Dharma in a little more detail.

It is a scientific approach to viewing and participating in life with twofold goals. The first is to facilitate the realisation and integration of existential truth into one's personal life and the second is to live in such a way to ensure the continuity of the human species and indeed the evolutionary continuity of every species because life is sacrosanct. Hence those early Indian peoples evolved a very healthy and complex vegetarian diet.

To facilitate understanding existential truth and that existence was an energetic frequency out of which everything is composed, these ancestors developed a system of consecrating spaces. In particular certain stones because of their crystalline structure were ideal places to store energy. Through the use of ritual/blessing and adding energy into the stones memory, the stone itself would begin over time to radiate the sweetness of that energy thereby blessing those who came into its presence.

One of the early tribes migrating west from India took with them such a stone and they made the mistake of asking the stone for favours, asking for good crops, healthy animals, healthy children and good health et cetera. These stones referred to as Linga or Lingam were never intended to be prayed to, only to be appreciated and enjoyed. In moving westwards and mixing with those less educated in regard to the nature of existence, the idea of Sanatana Dharma was diluted and became a belief system or religion.

That was perhaps aided and abetted by the emergence of patriarchal leadership. Most of the world until then was matriarchal, a flat society with an economy based on service to the community and generosity. Money at the time was in the form of seashells or clay tablets, more like an IOU or a trading record but with the emergence of patriarchal dominance the world began moving from a flat society designed to endure forever into a pyramidal structure aimed at satisfying the short-term desires of the men in charge.

I am of course speaking in general terms but our world today is governed by patriarchal capitalism and while it serves the wealthy elite, it dispossess the majority of people and is the driving force towards environmental catastrophe and total human extinction.

The process toward that realisation is referred to as yoga, it is a process of creating unity between all aspects of self and between self and community. It is a reminder that we live as a community on a finite planet. We can see in the ancient Indian literature that they had the knowledge of how to develop many of our modern technologies but they chose not to because they understood that doing so would upset the ecological balance and spiral us towards extinction, and that is where we are heading now.
In as much as rules and regulations offer a certain amount of guidance on how to live one's life, they do not absolve us from suffering.

The very nature of our civilisation or samsara governed by patriarchal capitalism is the architect of our suffering and immanent extinction of our species because it equates to governance by greed and an insatiable quest for pleasure, in contrast the thrust of Indian civilisation has always been towards human happiness, well-being and the survival of our species into an unforeseeable which is what may refer to as faith. The formula has been proven because despite all the odds, India remains the world's longest enduring civilisation.

How are you going to live the rest of your life?







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