Dharma is often interpreted as “duty,” “religion” or “religious duty” and yet its definition is more profound, defying the concise English translation. The word ‘Dharma’ originates from the Sanskrit root “dhri,” which means “to sustain.” Another correlated meaning of ‘Dharma’ is ‘that which is indispensable and fundamental to something’. The word ‘Sanatan’ translates to ‘eternal’ and the phrase ‘Sanatan Dharma’ alludes to that which is eternally integral to a living entity. That which is ‘Sanatan’ does not have either a beginning or an end. Likewise, ‘Sanatan Dharma’ is timeless, non-sectarian and not limited by any boundaries. Religion conveys the idea of faith, and faith of a person may change. But ‘Sanatan Dharma’ is that which cannot be changed. For instance liquidity cannot be taken away from water, nor can heat be taken away from fire.
Contents – An Overview of Sanatan Dharma
- Spirituality, Spiritual Knowledge and why it is important
- Yoga as explained in the Bhagavad Gita
- What is Yoga ? | Types of Yoga
- What is Sanatan Dharma?
- How old is the Indian civilization and its Sanatan Dharma?
- Sacred Books of Sanatan Dharma
- The Indian Varna System
- Did God create the Caste system ?
- Atheism vs Spirituality
- Brahman, Paramatma, Bhagavan
- Lord Krishna is the Supreme Lord
- Cows and Krishna | Sacred cow
- Why do Hindus worship idols/Deities?
- Vegetarianism and Sanatan Dharma