What is “Sanatan Dharma” – in few words?


Shreepal Singh

It is most reasonable to suppose the omnipresent order that rules Nature is not ignorant of why this universe is here. This omnipresent order of Nature is the bedrock on which our positive science is founded. When you embark on the detailed study of this aspect of the matter, you would be dealing with the philosophy of science; history of science; and, cultivating scientific temperament of mind.

Life in man – man who is product of this order – is busy in trying to understand why this universe is the way it is. Achievements of modern science are the proof and measure of the success of man in his efforts to understand this riddle of universe. When you embark on the detailed study of this aspect of the matter, you would be dealing with all the known branches of positive science, viz, Physics; Chemistry; Mathematics; Biology; and, now, an integrated study of universe where all such branches of science converge into one.

Logically such efforts and these efforts’ success prove that this omnipresent order has descended to the low level of life and this low level is now trying to know why this universe is the way it is. It is discovering of this order of itself. In this universe only two things exist: Nature and Nature’s order. When you embark on the detailed study of this aspect of the matter, you would be dealing with normative and semi-normative branches of science, dubbed Social Sciences (!!!), viz, History; Political Science; Philosophy; and, now Psychology to Parapsychology.

This effort to understand is nothing but an ascent of life – life in man. An ascent from its low level to the level of the omnipresent order that rules Nature. It is descending and ascending. It is evolution. When you embark on the detailed study of this aspect of the matter, you would be dealing with all varieties of religion, i.e. a discipline of knowledge that puts humans into their relationship with God. No religion is an exception to the process of this humans’ ascent to that omnipresent order – Divine. (Even Islam and Christianity, when stripped of their spurious element of forcing conversion of others to their fold, are nothing but the process of such ascent of humans to Divine. This is the Sanatan Dharma’s understanding of Islam and Christianity; Islam and Christianity may say whatever they like to say about them. It is an absorption of Islam and Christianity by Sanatan Dharma into its body and it is true enunciation of Sanatan Dharma. But it does not mean that Sanatan Dharma would not defend against the spurious elements of Islam and Christianity.)

It is a cyclic evolution. This is understandable because it is so reasonable. Perhaps it would be difficult to find any sane – reasonable – person who would not agree to this fact. It is stating of a fact that is apparent and does not contradict physics.

It may be a new concept – concept of evolution – discovered by science recently. But it is what ancient Rishis of Sanatan Dharma have been teaching for thousands of years: to wit, Divine is everywhere; Divine has descended into life – life in man; and this life in man is working to merge again in Divine.

It is called by those Rishis self-realization. Self-realization is beautiful word and full of substance: It is first descending of the omnipresent order to the low level of life; and then ascending again to its original status. It is “Mukti” of Hindus, “Enlightenment” of Buddhists, “Kaivakya” of Jains, “Jyoti Jot” of Sikhs and “Baikunth Lok” of Hindu sub-sects.

The only thing that is not apparent, that is not accepted by science, is that the life – life in man – is working ceaselessly in cyclic manner, from birth to death to birth again, just to merge in Divine. Even on this count, science’s ignorance is factually exposed by the cases of rebirths. When you embark on the detailed study of this aspect of the matter, you would be dealing with Parapsychology; Near Death Experience; Conscious, sub-conscious and unconscious planes of mind; and, Spiritualism.

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