The religion of these ancient people later came to be known as Hinduism which became the way of life, the righteous way which is referred to as the ‘Sanatan Dharma’. It is the way these people lived. There was emphasis on spiritual aspects and at the same time, they took care of their health through moderation in everything.
Various outsiders came in contact with these people and started following them. When Swami Vivekananda went to the West at the end of the 19th century, he established Vedanta Centres in America and Europe which helped westerners to know about the Sanatan Dharma.
‘Sanatan’ means Eternal, and ‘Dharma’ means Religion. The belief is that this religion has existed from the beginning of time and will exist forever. Therefore, this religion is called Sanatan Dharma and has evolved from Hinduism.
Sanatan Dharma extensively follows various principles out of which there are five main principles each beginning with the letter P. These are as follows:
Parmeshvar – (God)
Prarthna – (Prayer)
Punarjanma – (Reincarnation)
Purushartha – (Law of action)
Prani-Daya – (Compassion for all living things)
Our scriptures are known by the name of Shastra which are in abundance in Sanatan Dharma. The scriptures tell what should be done and should not be done. By reading the scriptures, the mind becomes purified and is infused with positive and vibrant thoughts. The pleasure of sheer existence is simply ecstatic and turns life into a grand celebration. Lot of seriousness in the life makes us forget to smile. We should smile and serve, meditate and celebrate. Nature is a form of celebration; sun rises and celebrate, rivers flow and celebrate, tree flowers and celebrate then why not man evolve himself and celebrate life. The most celebrated Sanatan Dharma says that spirituality is not seriousness but cheerfulness.
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