Sanatana Dharma means the ancient law of righteousness, which is the law and culture that has prevailed in Bharat (India) since immemorial. This culture was woven into the very lifestyle of the people inhabiting this subcontinent.
They took it for granted and flourished and prospered in all aspects of life until six hundred years ago when a set of aggressive conquerors arrived from across the Hindu Kush mountains and did their best to break down their ancient culture. They resisted to the best of their ability, but it was not in their nature to resist anything in a violent fashion, as they had never had to do this before. They watched helplessly as their temples were desecrated and their customs demolished.
But then came another wave of conquerors that swept away the first lot and replaced them with an even deadlier policy. Theirs was an ideological victory that made the Indians believe that their two-thousand-year-old culture was superior to their sixty-thousand-year-old civilization! This was a deadly blow, far worse than the first one. Like insidious cancer, it crept and grew into the soul of the nation, crippling it, but it could not kill it. That was not the end of the unhappy story. After they drove out the invaders through non-violent means, a government that knew nothing of their ancient laws of life and righteousness was thrust upon them.
They made the people believe that it was in their best interest to completely forget their glorious past and convert to and embrace all the shallow laws of equality and morality that were disguised under the banner of secularism and the offering of equal opportunities to all.
All evidence of their ancient culture was completely eradicated from the educational system so that a new generation arose that had forgotten the values their grandparents had been raised with.
But we must remember that this was the land of the Sanatana Dharma, the ancient law of righteousness based on the rules and regulations of the cosmic laws. Even though the so-called secular government tried its best to stamp out every vestige of this dharma from the face of India, it could not be totally obliterated.
This was the promise made by the greatest of the teachers of this land in the book called The Bhagavad Gita: "Whenever dharma declines and adharma rears its ugly head, I will incarnate myself in order to re-establish that ancient law of righteousness – the Sanatana Dharma."
Thus, even though many attempts have been made in the past and are still being made in the present to stamp out this culture, it has never been totally destroyed. Again and yet again, great teachers and great leaders have come to revive it.
Today, we have seen that the people of this ancient land have not completely lost their discerning capacity.
Once again, the nation has chosen the one and the only man who was capable of reviving their ancient culture. Once again, the prophecy made by our gods has come true that this dharma can never be wiped out - this "Dharma Will Prevail" over all other dharmas, for it is a law of nature, and the laws of nature can never be swept away by the laws of man!
The Adiveda Sangha is a society dedicated to reviving this culture. Our weekly meetings attempt to help our young people understand the depth and value of their own culture and feel proud to belong to this ancient civilization.
We have always been a country of leaders, not imitators, so let us stop imitating western customs and cultures that are alien and inferior to ours.
Today's world is divided by many ideologies, each seeking to impose their will on others. Nobody wants to be imposed upon. Everyone has the right to live in freedom. Sanatana Dharma is the only culture allowing everyone to live according to their nature. Therefore, it is in the interest of every right-minded person to follow this dharma, for in that alone will there be any hope of a peaceful future for this unfortunate generation. Therefore, I urge all of you to subscribe to these weeklies, which give everyone a wonderful insight into the glories of a culture that has lasted for eons. It is the duty of every human being to ensure that it will last for all future generations.
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