Welcome to the Inaugural Publication of the Eternal Dharma Blog.
The name Eternal Dharma (silent “a”) is our version of the more traditional name Sanaatan Dharma, the name associated with the culture, law, philosophy, religion that was created thousands of years ago in the land of Sapta-Sindhu or Seven Rivers. Like all Samskrut words, the word “Sanaatan” has many interpretations. Our interpretation is the simplest and that is “Eternal”.
This was a moment in time when the creators and thinkers who developed their insights were utterly fearless in their minds. No dogma restrained their enquiries and no previous commitment prohibited their adventures in philosophic speculation. In the process for their search for truth, they made sure that their minds were totally open and completely free of any pre-conceptions or myths. In this pursuit, they welcomed thoughts and ideas regardless of the source. This attitude is revealed in one of their earliest and eternal invocations:
आ नो भद्रा कृतवो यन्तु विश्वतः(Aa No Bhadra Krutavo Yantu Vishwataha)Let Noble Thoughts Come To Us From All Over the Universe– Rg-Ved, I.89.1
As we shall see in subsequent articles in this Blog, the thoughts developed in this ancient Dharma are extraordinarily sophisticated and yet profoundly simple. They are truly universal and any one in this world can learn and benefit from them regardless of the faith, religion or the nationality.
The concept of Dharma supersedes faith or religion which are its subsets. Dharma is a framework which encompasses religion, law, social justice, war, faith and devotion. Dharma is not to be confused with any “ism” or any single-focus approach to religion. The Eternal Dharma is not bounded by any geographical boundaries or any national borders.
Our purpose is to share the wealth of thought that is embedded in the Eternal Dharma to any one who wishes to read about it. Our approach will focus on simplicity and ease of understanding. No familiarity or knowledge will be necessary to read the reflections in this Blog.
We do wish to make clear that the Blog will contain our reflections about Eternal Dharma and the reflections of others who may choose to contribute. This is not a religious Blog and no attempt will be made or accepted to dwell on religious dogma.
We hope to learn as we go along in this Blog and share what we learn with our readers. The goal is illumination of our collective minds.
PS: We shall try to use phonetic spellings wherever feasible. For example, words ending in “a” like Dharma on this Blog are pronounced with a silent or short “a”. Words that are written with “aa” are pronounced with long “a” sound. For example, look at the word Sa-Naa-Tan – the first “a” is short, the “aa” is pronounced long and the third “a” is short.
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