21 principles of Sanatan Dharma

21 principles of Sanatan Dharma

Sanatan Dharma is the term used for religions based on reincarnation. So it applies to Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. These religions emerged in the Gangetic plains in the second millennium BC and spread throughout the Indian subcontinent. These have to be distinguished from monotheistic religions such as Judaism, Christianity and Islam that emerged in the Middle East and spread around the world.

In monotheistic religions, you are born only once and have to live that one life right, following the word of God through messengers. In this world, diversity in society is the result of unjust human actions. Hence, the passion for justice in this one and only life, and the fear of Judgment Day at the end of this life. But the principles of Sanatana Dharma are different, Jainism and Buddhism are inclined towards monasticism and Hinduism gives importance to the life of the householder.

Below 21 points can be obtained from the scriptures of Sanatan Dharma

1. All events have a cause. Reasons are neutral, we qualify them as good or bad.

2. All actions have a result. The results can be positive or negative.

3. There is no one cause or one result in the web of life. That’s why life is difficult to predict.

4. Many causes and consequences create diversity.

5. Diversity gives rise to hierarchy which gives rise to inequality.

6. Everyone wants to be unique and feel special, and therefore prefers hierarchy.

7. When we are burdened by hierarchy, we see it as a problem that needs to be solved. In other words, we want to end it and talk of justice and equality.

8. Victim, villain and hero are determined by our ego. If we are the beneficiaries of the hierarchy, then we are the heroes, the worthy candidates of our destiny. If we’re not, we’re the victim, and the beneficiary is

9. Our ego is a function of our insecurities. It makes us feel that we matter, that nature should treat us differently from other living beings. It makes us feel that we alone can change the world.

10. As we change the world we solve problems, we create new problems, because it is impossible to factor in every affected person.

11. Whatever we do, there are never any guarantees in life.

12. History was before us and will be after us.

13. Nothing is permanent. Things come together and fall apart.

14. Individuals change, communities do not.

15. Diversity is inefficient. Therefore, we yearn for standardisation, uniformity and equality.

16. We take care that what we believe is ours.

17. The possessive pronouns (my, yours, his, her, ours) are human inventions, as are the idea of ​​debt and fair trade.

18. Nyaya heralds the end of history, when the books of account are balanced. This never happens in reincarnation cultures.

19. Reincarnation is a code to explain the diversity in the world and the uncertainty of life.

20. Karma asks you to accept the moment and make a choice, but without the certainty of the outcome.

21. Good times come after bad times. Sometimes you’re on top of the wheel, sometimes you’re crushed. it never ends.

The author writes and lectures on the relevance of mythology in modern times. Contact him at devdutt.pattanaik@mid-day.com



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