The original science and key to our survival as a species
In the affluent Western world, the natural joy and spontaneity is often
extinguished in children by the age of four or five and like their parents, a
great many will die in misery or drug induced comas. The Western world prides
itself on its achievements but forgets how much it owes not only to the culture
and science of Sanatana Dharma, but the material wealth of the Western world was
built from looting and the karma from this is suffering on a global scale.
Because Hinduism addresses human needs
I would recommend that you read part one before continuing and remember that
Hinduism or the more appropriate term of 'Sanatana Dharma' strictly speaking is
not a religion but a way of life. Yet when we look at it as a religion, then it
is monotheistic despite outward appearances and commentaries of the ignorant.
I would remind you that what is called Hinduism arose from two elements of human
need beyond base survival. The first need was knowledge, to know ourselves and
our relationship with our universe. The second need is how to live harmoniously
and endure as a species.
One of the peculiarities of being human is our thirst for knowledge, we go to
great lengths to know, to understand and to make sense of ourselves and our
environment. This need is so great that we often give in to ignorance and create
beliefs which are philosophies to justify our actions that are not necessarily
based on any truth or reality.
The second point is about living harmoniously, about developing the skills and
tools for survival, health and well-being. In our modern world circa 2017, the
general thrust of civilisation is for short-term survival and immediate self
gratification which overshadows and is destroying all life on this planet.
Before Hinduism there was yoga. Yoga is simply unity or connectedness although
today most of us think of it as being a system for self-realisation. Throughout
our evolution, yogis have been and remain the natural scientists, men and women
with a burning desire to fully comprehend what it is to be human. As such they
developed systems of physical and mental exercise that have led all sincere
aspirant's to success and a deeper perception of the human condition.
Traditionally these self accomplished men and women between periods of
introspection have travelled and turned their attention to the world around them
to improve the conditions of life for their fellow human beings, their families
and communities. Hinduism evolved from this work and sharing of wisdom. While
the yogis understand the nature of our existence at the level of quantum physics
and many other aspects of nature beyond what modern science has achieved, they
also understood that human beings, that is you and me and all life on earth are
confined on this planet. They understood and seek to preserve the abundance of
nature because all life is a symbiosis and interdependent. It has been the
teachings of the yogis that have helped to develop agricultural practices
harmonious with nature, who helped to develop the medical system referred to as
ayurveda and shared simple yogic practices such as the appreciation of life and
how to balance internal forces within the human body and mind to produce health,
mental clarity and equilibrium.
Hinduism evolved recognising that we reside on a small planet on the spiral arm
of a very remote galaxy within an inconceivably huge place we call our universe.
While a great many yogis have understood the nature of the universe, some of
their knowledge has given rise to modern technology, but one of the greatest
appreciations is in the uniqueness of being human. This uniqueness of being
human is not something that can be explained and understood at an intellectual,
emotional or physical level, it can only be experienced. In our modern world
access to this experience is becoming increasingly difficult because populations
are being oppressed and more than half the world's population are slaves to
their debts, another aspect of modern life based on belief.
Let's summarise; Sanatana Dharma that is often labelled as Hinduism is a way of
life whereby people can live in harmony with nature, without destroying nature
and at the same time support the journey of those who seek self-realisation and
the ultimate freedom from suffering in this life. Another fruit of Sanatana
Dharma is Buddhism which is designed to appeal to the thinking and more rational
mind but in essence it is another form of yoga.
While accomplished yogis may understand the nature of existence and experience a
total freedom from suffering, the majority of the world's population exists
within a state of self-created suffering that has been perpetuated over the
countless generations of our existence. We call this karma or the action of
cause and effect. There is nothing particularly mystical or spiritual about
karma, it's simply a fact of life that every action produces another reaction.
For instance if we continue to pollute our environment to the extent that it
destroys our bee population, we will all starve to death. Similarly if we
continue to dump all our trash in the ocean, it will continue to poison our food
supply and by polluting our atmosphere, we will suffocate. While many people
take themselves for granted and believe the universe revolves around them, these
people in fact become antilife, they are a reflection of the Satan in Christian
myth destroying the environment with toxic wastes, polluting the atmosphere and
chopping the forests and other actions which will soon result in human
In contrast, Hinduism is the flower of life. It teaches that the Earth is sacred
and with a proper understanding that has been validated by modern science, we
can build a civilisation that will endure for tens of thousands of years into
the future. When we look at our brief history, a great many civilisations have
sprung up and failed within a few hundred years. China and Egypt which have been
held up as models of civilisation building have only endured a slightly longer
degree of success and at great cost.
However Sanatana Dharma or Hinduism has endured for at least 10,000 years and
for the past 1400 years the region has been under foreign occupation yet
Sanatana Dharma continues to survive despite all the forces actively trying to
destroy it. When the Moslems invaded across North India and down through
Indonesia, Buddhism was insufficiently robust to survive the onslaught. But
Hinduism continues to survive Moslems, colonialism, capitalism and other forces
that seek to wipe Hinduism from the earth.
Before the arrival of Islam and Western colonialism, Sanatana Dharma was a
primary influence across Asia giving rise to the great monuments like Angkor Wat
and the civilisations of the Americas. Even the origins of Judaism and
Christianity along with languages and modern science all have their roots in
ancient India. If there had been no India, no Hinduism, no Sanatana Dharma, we
would not have had the sophisticated scientific knowledge from which we create
all our technology and we may not know there is an alternative to suffering.
The original science of yoga which has helped to shape the nature of human
enquiry and continues to do so gave rise to Sanatana Dharma, a way of living in
harmony with nature and each other. If one is to think of Hinduism as a
religion, the core practices are respect and appreciation of life outside of
oneself, compassion and generosity. It is only by expressing gratitude that we
can release joy from within. It is only by forgiveness that we can begin to free
ourselves from our less fortunate karma. It is only by relaxation and the
internal reflection known as meditation that we can know ourselves as being part
It is only by knowing ourselves as part of life that we can learn to coexist and
create a stable future for ourselves and our families. It is only by acting in
accord with nature that we will leave the Earth a habitable place for future
If you are not already a Hindu within your own heart and mind, Hinduism is not
really a religion, it's a way of life and a way of being in life. Therefore you
cannot convert to become a Hindu, there is nothing to believe in and in effect
you become the scientist in your own experiment of living. This is not so
difficult, simply expressing your appreciation to someone else without any
attachment releases feel-good chemicals in your body.
Get to know the divine within and become divinely expressive
Giving praise and expressing gratitude facilitates a peace of mind and joy that
comes from within yourself and these actions help to create a harmonious life
free of suffering. These actions don't negate life's little challenges, but they
make them easier to pass through and generate less negative karma.
Many tourists and travellers to Asia and other impoverished regions are often
astounded that people who don't have a proper home, who often go hungry appear
to be very happy and content with their life that outwardly seems so dreadful.
There is no place in Asia that has not been touched by Sanatana Dharma and over
these thousands of years, even though the people have little, they are happy to
be alive and to know something of the magic of being human.
If human life is to continue on this planet, Sanatana Dharma must regain its
status. Guided by natural science we can make the world a peaceful place,
continue to improve our technology and even visit other stars in our universe.
Think about it, can you transcend an existence based on belief for an existence
based on natural science where you are a participant and a vital part of the
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