Sanatana Dharma

Sanatana Dharma is the ancient Indian system of religious and spiritual beliefs that have been passed down through the ages and continue to influence Indian culture and society today. The term "Sanatana Dharma" literally means the "eternal law" or the "eternal way".

Sanatana Dharma recognizes that the path to spiritual enlightenment is a personal and individual journey, and that each person has their own unique path to follow. It is not a prescriptive religion with a single set of beliefs and practices, but rather a way of life that encourages individuals to seek their own understanding of the divine through self-inquiry and spiritual practice.

One of the key features of Sanatana Dharma is its acceptance of diversity. It recognizes that there are many paths to the divine and that each individual has the freedom to choose their own path. This is reflected in the concept of "Ishta Devata", which means a personal deity or chosen form of the divine. This can be any form of the divine, whether it is a man, woman, animal, or even a tree.

Sanatana Dharma also emphasizes the importance of living a virtuous and ethical life, known as "dharma". This includes respecting all living beings, practicing non-violence, and striving for inner peace and spiritual growth.

While Sanatana Dharma has many similarities with other religions, it is not considered to be a religion in the conventional sense. It is a way of life that embraces diversity and encourages individuals to find their own path to the divine. Through this approach, Sanatana Dharma has been able to adapt and evolve over thousands of years, remaining relevant and meaningful to millions of people around the world today.

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