It is well known that Hindus worship many Gods. At the same time, we also believe in one supreme being that is the final abode of the…Read more
Culture in Sanskrit is ‘Sanskriti’ made by the conjugation of two words, ‘Sam’ and ‘Kriti’. Literally, it translates to ‘homogenous creation’. We believe that all humans, animals, birds, as well as all matter, come from the smallest parts of the supreme God. While the Sacchidānanda Paramatmana is pure knowledge and infinite in nature. Everything in the living universe originates from him. Every object, living or non-living, inherits a small property of that supreme being. Willingly or unwillingly, we do not have the power of creation, but the replication of what God has already created.
The culture in Sanatana Dharma is based on the homogenous principles of the connection to God. We find that there are numerous and surprisingly diverse cultures, rituals, and festivals in India. Even the stories of the same events are available with different narrations. Yet there is no conflict over which one is correct. The followers of Sanatana Dharma believe them all to be true. But it is not due to negligence or a result of ignorance that we believe in contradictions. It is the homogeneity and subjectivity, that we accept different realities in different circumstances.
At one place the supreme God takes the form of an animal and displays cruelty in punishment. While at another place, he becomes a saint and gives ane example of incredible forgiveness. Sometimes, we see the world with a logical perspective and develop faith in the grandeur of the universe; We see ourselves an insignificant speck in the infinity of space and time. While at other times, we become the center of creation and believe ourselves as the apogee of evolution. While at places, we value laws that benefit an individual person; We also implement laws that demand personal sacrifice for the greater good. All of these learnings are incorporated in building society and its laws. Undeniably, we cannot build a just society if are restrained to just one perspective.
“I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal tolerance, but we accept all religions as true.” – Swami Vivekananda
"After the conversations about Indian philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy suddenly made much more sense." - W. Heisenberg, German Physicist
"India has two million gods and worships them all. In religion all other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire." - Mark Twain
ॐ यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत। अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥
If we visit the long-forgotten principles and the facts of Sanatana Dharma, we will understand the overlying behavior of the Hindus. They are not only amazing literature, but if one digs deeper, one may find surprising scientific revelations as to how our universe functions. Here are a few facts from several Purana. They discuss, how Sanatana Dharma describes the nature of the world and builds the underlying principles of the ancient Indian culture.