is the root from where stemmed the present Civilizations
... their Faiths, beliefs and practices! The origin of all Cultures and Religions
... Dharma is the Eternal guiding force which guided the first Human Being on
You are born on Planet Earth. Devoid of any fundamental knowledge ... You are
a completely lost being! The inherent dharma within prompts one to follow a certain
path ... a set of prefixed guidelines!! How does one know who is a Father and
Mother ... What is our relation to animals, birds and all beings in general!!
The laws of Manu ... The first Human being to inhibit Mother Earth, from where
did they emanate from? At the time of Manu there was no system of Education ...
Still, all laws were written by him with such precision that most are prevalent
even today ... Even after a lapse of above 5000 years!!
follow the path of dharma, derive the inherent knowledge All from the Reservoir
of Mind plus and Mind minus ... The source of all knowledge and wisdom existing
in the Cosmos. Manu had his instincts developed to an extent that he could invoke
those laws from the mighty Reservoir of all Thoughts and write them in form of
legible reading so as to reach the masses.
What is dharma?
... "Your right to do what is just and right and not what was destined".
Who is supposed to be following
dharma! Do we each and every individual manifesting on Mother Earth follow dharma
inherently!! Yes, Each one of you. None can escape it ... For an atman soul which
has manifested on Mother Earth ... needs a constant guide to continue on its Cosmic
journey and it is only “Dharma”
... the eternal “Sanatana Dharma” which comes to its rescue!!!
Jains may say ... Jainism is the highest and the oldest Religion! Their first
Tirthankar Lord Risabhdeva was born at the time of beginning of the cosmos nay
when Earth started taking a shape for germination to take place.
may say ... Lord Buddha is at the highest platform! Followers of Lord
Krishna also say the same!! Preachers of Islam insist on Mohammed Prophet
being the foremost of gods!!
Christianity which has roots in several countries believes only in Trinity ...
An Energy source (the Creator), Mother
Mary and Lord Jesus Christ!
What then is the Truth?
me take you on a journey backwards in time ... Roughly 1800 years or before when
Mohammed was not even born ... Would you still say Islamic Dharma had
its roots all over the place. Nay! There was nothing like Islam for its preacher
was not even born!!
Traveling further back roughly 2000 years from now when Jesus Christ was not even
born ... Were there any followers of Christianity ... A non existent Word at that
further 500 years back when Gautama Buddha was not yet born ... No sign of Buddhism
was to be seen!!
Further 77 years in time (Gautama Buddha was a contemporary
of Lord Mahavira born 77 years after him... Jainism did not have any
roots as a Doctrine. Even though 23 Tirthankars had come and gone but Jainism
took its roots as a Religion only after the Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankar came!!
in time ... Roughly 3600 years from now ... A time when even Lord Sri Krishna
was not even born ... Where lay the Teachings of ‘Gita’!!
Going further back by 1500 years i.e. 5000 years from now ... A time when Vedas
are supposed to have been composed ... Did dharma exist? Yes, dharma was very
well there at each and every stage.
Comparing dharma and all Religions as a united front we find, all part of
the same whole yet different!
Now imagine a tree with roots and a long single stem going straight upwards. Roots
being the reservoir of all wisdom and Knowledge i.e. the mighty Mind plus and
The base stem being dharma ... An inherent Cosmic guide available to each and
soul manifesting on Mother Earth! This was a time when literacy was not there
and all jivas lived together, their behavior towards one another prompted by dharma!!
germinated the stem of four Vedas ... consisting of all applied knowledge ...
the first visible signs of literacy on Mother Earth! This knowledge was available
to all but, within the confines of dharma!!
This stem grew straight up and evolved Lord Sri Krishna, about 3600 years ago.
The Humanity got a straight and most upright document ... A code of conduct for
all to follow ... The Doctrine of Gita! Gita contains in itself a summary of all
what God wants each one of us to know ... The song Eternal, knowing which one
can come out of the cast of ignorance and see the self in full effulgence!! The
culmination of spiritual practice of Million of years brings one face to face
... With God the Creator of the cosmos!!!
Loaded with Vedas, Upanishads
and Bhagavad Gita ... Humanity evolved further and 1000 years thence, the stem
which was growing straight branched into Mahavira who evolved a different line
of thinking somewhat different from Gita (In Essence all Doctrines and Religions
finally meet at one point ... This becomes clear to one only after Self
The Teachings of Mahavira expressed that every individual had the capability
of becoming God! One who wins his real self (acquires Kaivalya
Jnana (becomes Omniscient) and realizes that he is a Cosmic power in
its pure Atman soul form) is known as a ‘Jina’ and followers of Mahavira thus
came to be known as “Jains”!!
This branch of Jains (the followers of Mahavira) further branched into two ...
One Digambars (Highest amongst these even leave the attachment of cloth and lived
nude) ... the other Septembers who decorate Idols of their Gods with cloth and
believe in a more balanced and Earthly living order ... A being more mundane and
physically attached to the materialistic World!! Their Saints wear a loin cloth
and cover their mouth with a strip of cloth.
This branch of Svetambars further segmented into 20 panthies, Mooh patti dhari
and so on depending on difference in their beliefs and decree of the elders!
The main stem
still growing straight after about 77 years branched into Gautama Buddha ... Who
taught a different set of Teachings. Finding the path of Gita and Jainism to be
very arduous and difficult to follow ... He recommended the Middle path! One could
even while performing his Earthly duties proceed on the path towards God. Keeping
a balance between prayers and household duties ... Become the mainstay of his
Further up after about 450 years (1998 years ago from now) Jesus Christ came on
the scene with his set of Teachings. Having born in the West and all earlier traditions
being confined to India (Hindustan) alone (Gita, Jainism and Buddhism being strictly
of Indian origin) the Teachings of Jesus spread throughout the West!!
West ... A region more
colder in climate and to follow Indian traditions in the earlier years when there
was practically no Science and all was dependent on the mercy of God would have
been found externally difficult (most of the ancient Indian Saints barely wore
cloth and engrossed in serious Meditation
... Could increase or decrease their body temperatures as per will). Teachings
of Jesus Christ came to be known as the ‘New testament’.
Jesus Christ thus taught man to live a perfectly balanced homely Life ...
Full of harmony with neighbors! Praying to God before meals, every Sunday Mass
became a practice with Christians, to remember God
in Daily Life!! (To live a perfectly balanced Life could remain a motto for a
few hundred years but what after when the basic needs of a man were fulfilled.
As on today most Christians are looking forward to India to teach them a deeper
meaning of Life ... the truth of ‘I’ within!!).
Further up after about 200 years came Prophet Mohammed who almost followed the
same path as Jesus Christ ... The prime reason why Christianity and Islam are
known as contemporary Religions! Followers of both are more inclined towards physical
well being rather than elevating self to higher Spiritual realms (liberation of
atman the soul within from the shackles of birth and death was never their aim).
Teachings of Prophet Mohammed were incorporated in “Quran” and his followers came
to be known as followers of Islam.
Further up came Adi Shankaracharya in the 8th Century (about 1000 years after
Prophet Mohammed). He again voiced his concern on the down fall of ‘Sanatana dharma’
as Buddhism had developed strong roots in India owing to a very righteous King
Ashoka, a staunch follower of Buddhism! He succeeded in his attempts in giving
“Sanatana dharma” (Combined Teachings of Gita, Upanishads and Brahma
Sutras) a foothold by writing detailed commentaries on Gita and Brahma
Sutras and that too at the young age of 15!!
In present times, following the same traditions of Gita and Upanishads came
Ramakrishna Paramhansa and Acharya Ramana Mahirshi. Both these Saints
Realized-God ... Never ever again to take rebirth on Mother Earth! Both were Saints
of the highest order ... True Yogis who preached Gita and whose services were
available to the commonest man!!
The Swami’s and Muni’s of today who meet only with prior appointment ... Meeting
whom is but a dream for a commoner (for they do not have fat cheques for donations)
... Can such be expected to achieve ‘Kaivalya Jnana’ and Self Realization!!
It is only the grace
of Almighty God that one Realizes-self within this Life! How blessed are those
who Realize-Self and thereafter ... Spread the Teachings of Gita!!
Hurry ... Before the Sunset of Life occurs!!!
A Cosmic tree (tree of
dharma) with roots and branches spread all over ... Where is the cause of disparity!
It has always
in Diversity ... It is only the vested interests of few which takes
Humanity towards the wrong goals ... Individuals who fail to realize that the
strings of all lives is in the hands of God ... One pull and you are gone!!
All wealth, money and
power which you consider now is yours will belong to others once you leave this
body ... Realize-Self before the Sunset of your Life takes over!!!
All Religions, all individuals are but different paths towards the same goal!
There can never be a cause for Religious disharmony unless vested interests are
Forget about Religions ... Follow any path ... Change as many paths as you desire
... You shall reach the goal one day! (provided you aspire to realize self within
Leave nothing to chance!! Never ever forget that it is the Dharma of every individual
which plays the lead role ... Religions come next!!!
Kumar "Atma Jnani"
Vijay Kumar... The Man who Realized
God in 1993 explains the concept of Dharma Definition. For more on dharma definition
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