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Sanatana Dharma
or Hinduism?
The Words
Hindu and Hinduism
Not Religion

What is Sanatana Dharma?

by Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati 

सनातन धर्म

Sanatana Dharma: Source of Yoga Meditation, Vedanta, Tantra
(YouTube of Swami J)

Sanatana means eternal, never beginning nor ending.
Dharma is from dhri, meaning to hold together, to sustain.
Sanatana Dharma eternally holds All together.

Sanatana Dharma means:
Eternal Path
Never Beginning nor Ending Way
Perennial Philosophy
Universal Tradition
All-Pervading Truth
Natural Flow

Sanatana is: 
Never Beginning nor Ending

Dharma is:
The Way
Natural Law
Essential Nature
Purest Insight
Divine Conformity
Cosmic Norm
Inherent Nature
Intrinsic Nature
Law of Being

By its nature, Sanatana Dharma is:
Experience based rather than belief based.
Without any ideological divisions.
Beyond any historical date of founding.
The process of growth, which comes from the seed.
Inherent in, and inclusive of all.
Applicable to all people of all places and times.
In the world, while above the world.
God-centered rather than prophet-centered.
Devoid of sectarianism or denominationalism.
Both immanent and transcendent.
The whole and the parts.
Loving of all and excluding of none.

The universal flow of Dharma, 
regardless of what name you call it, 
whether Dharma or some other name, 
has eternally existed. 
It has been before any of 
the great teachers were born. 
It is not better than, or alternative to, 
but is inclusive of all. 
Dharma is that out of which 
our earth and humanity itself emerged. 
Dharma not only is, 
but always was, and always will be. 
To live in alignment with, 
and to know the true nature 
of that Sanatana Dharma 
is one of the ways of describing 
the higher goal of life.


Swami Rama: The words "religion" and "dharma" denote two entirely different concepts and perspectives. Religion is comprised of rituals, customs, and dogmas surviving on the basis of fear and blind faith. Dharma--a word, unfortunately, with no English equivalent--encapsulates those great laws and disciplines that uphold, sustain, and ultimately lead humanity to the sublime heights of worldly and spiritual glory. Established in the name of God, a religion is an institution that requires a growing number of adherents for its expansion and future existence. A religion discriminates against human beings who do not belong to its particular order and condemns their way of living and being, whereas dharma is eternal, looking for no followers for its propagation. With no discrimination whatsoever, it leads a human being beyond the realms of man-made, institutionalized dictums. Instead of creating fear of God, it makes God manifest in the human heart, not in an anthropomorphic form, but as the absolute and universal One in whom all diversities reside in perfect harmony.

See also these articles: 
Words "Hindu" and "Hinduism"
Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism?
Philosophy, Not Religion 





This site is devoted to presenting the ancient Self-Realization path of the Tradition of the Himalayan masters in simple, understandable and beneficial ways, while not compromising quality or depth. The goal of our sadhana or practices is the highest Joy that comes from the Realization in direct experience of the center of consciousness, the Self, the Atman or Purusha, which is one and the same with the Absolute Reality. This Self-Realization comes through Yoga meditation of the Yoga Sutras, the contemplative insight of Advaita Vedanta, and the intense devotion of Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra, the three of which complement one another like fingers on a hand. We employ the classical approaches of Raja, Jnana, Karma, and Bhakti Yoga, as well as Hatha, Kriya, Kundalini, Laya, Mantra, Nada, Siddha, and Tantra Yoga. Meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer finally converge into a unified force directed towards the final stage, piercing the pearl of wisdom called bindu, leading to the Absolute.