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What is Sanatana Dharma?

? Sanatan Dharma ? Sanatana Dharma, meaning “Eternal or Universal Righteousness” is the original name of what is now popularly called Hinduism or Hindu Dharma. The terms Hindu and Hinduism are a more recent development, while the more accurate term is Sanatana Dharma.

"Sanatana" is a Sanskrit word that denotes the one which is Anadi (beginning less), Anantha (endless) and does not cease to be, that which is eternal and everlasting. "Dharma" is not translatable to any other language. Dharma is from dhri, meaning to hold together, to sustain. Its approximate meaning is "Natural Law," or those principles of reality which are inherent in the very nature and design of the universe. Thus the term Sanatana Dharma can be roughly translated to mean "the natural and eternal way." Sanatana Dharma do not denote to a creed or belief, but represents a code of conduct and a value system that has spiritual freedom as its core.

Sanatana Dharma is anadi (without beginning) and also a-paurusheya (without a human founder).

It is defined by the quest for cosmic truth, just as the quest for physical truth defines science. Since Sanatana Dharma is referring to those ways of being which are in concert with the Absolute, and are therefore axiomatic laws, this term is not referring to something which is open to alteration. Just as the law of gravity, mathematics or logic are not open to sectarian debate or relative opinion (gravity, for example, is an inherent law of nature regardless of whether one believes in the law of gravity or not), similarly the subtle laws of God transcend all partisan concerns. Sanatana Dharma declares that something cannot come out of nothing and, therefore, the universe itself is the manifestation of the Divine being. This truth forms the invocation of the Isa Upanishad:

Poornam-adah, poornam-idam, poor-nath poornam-udachyate.

Poor-nasya poornam-adaya, poornam-eva-va-sishyate.
This verse expresses the mystery of creation. This universe comes forth from the Divine, yet the universe takes nothing from the Divine and adds nothing to It. Divine remains ever the same. Since the universe has come forth from the Divine, all things and beings are sacred and must be treated so in human thought and action.

The Divine sleeps in minerals, awakens in plants, walks in animals and thinks in humans.

Sanatan Dharma gives a person freedom to think, freedom to believe, freedom to disbelieve and freedom to adopt a way of worship, which suits his/her temperament. After all, what is important in worship of God is the sincerity of heart, not the outer form of worship.

Temple is open to everybody ......in the quest of truth or...... just celebration of life ?

*denotes OM or A-U-M is vibration of the Supreme. When taken letter by letter, A-U-M represents the divine energy (Shakti) united in its three elementary aspects: Bhrahma Shakti (creation), Vishnu Shakti (preservation) and Shiva Shakti (liberation, and/or destruction) which is a sound