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Vaidik Satya Sanaatan Dharma

A Brief Introduction


Satish Prakash,Ph.D., Vyakaranacharya


The old name for Hinduism is Vaidik Satya Sanaatana Dharma.   In brief, we can say Vaidik Dharma, which means the Vedic Religion.


The four Vedas are the very basis of Vaidik Dharma. These Vedas are called the Rig, Yajur, Saama and Atharva Veda Samhitas.  In the Vedas can be found, in germinal form, all the various sciences useful for man.  In addition to the four Vedas, there are other Rishi- written books explaining the Vedas.  These are the 4 Brahmanas, 4 Upa-vedas, 6 Darshanas, 10 Upanishads and 6 Vedangas.  Together, they extensively explain the tenets of Vaidik Dharma.


Vaidik Dharma is the ancient-most religious system in the world.   It precedes every other faith or sect.   It has been in existence since the beginning of human creation, i.e. 1960,853,093 years ago.


Every faith and sect in the world owes its existence to some prophet, messiah, holy man or guru, whereas Vaidik Dharma owes its existence to no such human being.   It came from God through a deliberate act of revelation.


Vaidik Dharma teaches the worship of One God, Who is Formless, All-Knowing, All-Pervading, All-Powerful and Just.   All worship and communion is due to Him, and not to supposed gods and goddesses.


God does not incarnate, i.e. His existence is not conditioned in bodies.


God, the individual Soul and Matter are three separate entities.  They are all beginningless and endless.   They eternally co-exist.


The tenets of Vaidik Dharma concur with the Laws of Cosmic evolution, and so, they are scientific.  On the other hand, many beliefs of other faiths cannot stand the test of Science.


We perform pilgrimage not merely by visiting cities, rivers, mountains or temples.   True pilgrimage is performed when we study knowledge, practise Observances and Restraints (Yamas and Niyamas), practise Yoga for physical and spiritual well-being and participate in Satsang, religious congregations.   Such pilgrimage cleanses our mind, intellect ego and senses and takes us across the ocean of pain.


Belief in ghosts and spirits has no place of acceptance in Vaidik Dharma.   Ghosts do not exist.   Some people imagine them to exist.


Heaven and hell do not refer to any geographical domain. They are based on our experience.   When we experience bliss, we are in heaven, and when we experience pain, we are in hell.


Devata is a Sanskrit word that is often translated to mean gods.  And by devatas (gods), some religions refer to deified beings living in heaven.  Vaidik Dharma teaches that there are no deified beings living in heaven.  These devatas, gods, are our mother, father, teacher, scholar, and all the cosmic forces that contribute to our well being, like the earth, water, fire, air, etc.


Raam, Krishna, Shiva, Brahmaa, Vishnu and others were historical personalities - great, liberated souls. Neither were they God, nor equal to God, nor even incarnations of God.


Happiness and pain are consequences of actions committed.   A soul reaps the fruit of happiness if his actions are virtuous, and the fruit of pain if his actions are sinful.   By this Cosmic Law of Karma (Action), Divine forgiveness of sins is not possible.


The right to read, study and teach God's Knowledge contained in the Veda belongs to any human being - man or woman, scholar (Brahmin) or laborer (Shudra).


Any division of human beings into social classes (or even castes) should be made on the basis of occupation and work, and not birth.   The current Hindu caste system involving Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas and Shudras was, in Vedic Times, based on occupation (karma) that stemmed from inner calling (guna and swabhaava).


Untouchability is a curse on humanity.   Mere birth causes no one to be low and untouchable.  Yes, any person who deliberately keeps himself unclean is untouchable.


The Plan of Life divides our individual life-span into four periods - studentship, married life, retirement and renunciation.  In our student life we cannot live like married people, so that when we do get married, there should be no need to have to acquire basic education.


The individual soul is short of bliss and acquires human bodies to perform actions whereby it can earn the bliss of liberation.   It transmigrates from body to body until it achieves liberated bliss.   Based on its deeds, virtuous or sinful, it transmigrates into human or animal bodies.


Taking baths in rivers does not wash away sin.   The Cosmic Law of Action makes it compulsory for us to suffer for the sins we have committed.   We can, however, ultimately destroy the tendencies to commit new sins by performing virtuous actions.


There are five Great Daily Duties ordained for all followers of Vaidik Dharma.  They are 1)   Brahma Yajna - Meditation on God 2)   Deva Yajna - Purification of the Atmosphere 3)   Pitri Yajna - Caring for old folks 4)   Bhoot Yajna - Caring for animals

5)   Atithi Yajna - Caring for scholarly, religious- minded guests


We can take care of our parents as long as they are living.  No one can be fed or taken care of after his/her death.  Giving gifts to Brahmins in post- cremation rituals with the hope that deceased parents will receive them is thoughtless and superstitious.


The sixteen Vedic sacraments, sanskaars, purify our body, mind and soul, and so it is our duty to perform them.


Some practices and customs practised in many parts of the world are forbidden in Vedic Dharma, like wearing amulets and talismans, reading palms, consulting the stars, practising black magic arts, performing animal sacrifice, burning widows, child marriage, meat-eating, polygamy, and some more.  Act custom that aids and abets blind belief should be discouraged.


For a person to be emancipated, he has to first achieve true knowledge.   This knowledge of truth generates selflessness, and this selflessness is the basis for all his actions.   Pure actions and pure devotion help establish a contact with God, and consequently ignorance in him is destroyed.   The soul then becomes emancipated from ignorance and pain. The soul enjoys the bliss of emancipation for a prolonged period, at the end of which, it comes back into the world to work and earn this bliss again.


When two people meet each other, they exchange greetings by clasping their palms, bowing and saying 'Namaste'. 'Namaste' means 'I bow to you'.


In the Vedas, there are many secondary names of God - like Indra, Mitra, Agni.   However, His own, real Name is OM.

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