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What is ‘Hindu Dharma’?
February 19, 1988
Gurudev Shri Ramlal ji Siyag
Founder and Patron of AVSK, Jodhpur

Those who are called ‘Hindu’ by the people of the world are actually ‘Vedantis’. According to Swami Vivekananda Ji, there is no religion called ‘Hindu’; this is just an aberration of the word ‘Sindhu’. In reality, those who believed in Vedas are nowadays called ‘Hindu’ by the people all over the world. Those who function according to the regulations in the Vedas are ‘Vedantis’. Vedanta religion alone is eternal and foremost religion.

  • The language of the Vedas is Sanskrit. It is accepted by all erudite scholars that the Sanskrit in the Vedas is different from the grammar of today’s Sanskrit. Hence due to not being able to understand Vedas correctly, its actual meaning gets lost.

  • Sanskrit is the language of Gods. This is the original language that was spoken by the residents of North Meru at the beginning of the present ‘Manvantar’ but in its purest form, it is not the Sanskrit of ‘Dwapar’ or Kaliyug (Iron Age). This is the language of ‘Satyug’ which is established on the true and initial relation of speech and meaning. Each of its vowels and consonants has a special and inalienable power which exists only because of the individual nature of things and not due to development or human reason. These are the fundamental sounds that form the basis of ‘Tantric Beej Mantras’ and it itself creates the effect of the mantras. This is the belief of Maharishi Aurobindo with respect to the language of Vedas.

  • So, considering Vedas as the basis, the rituals and religious procedures that are prevalent in the present age are baseless and far off from the truth. Hence, if we wish to have a true glimpse of Vedas then we have a better chance of getting it by studying Puranas that were written by Vyas Ji. Since Puranas have not been written in Satyug therefore it is not possible to know the complete truth but still, Puranas are nearer to Vedas than any other scriptures.

  • In Satyug, each individual had a direct connection with the Supreme Power. With the change of each era, the distance between them continued to increase. Today’s man is farthest with respect to the distance between him and God and has reached its ultimate limit. Science says that after reaching a threshold limit, the form of everything gets converted.

  • In this regard, Vishnu Purana clearly states that in Satyug, Lord ‘Vishnu’ incarnates in the form of ‘Yagya’. In ‘Treta-Yug’, He incarnates in the form of King and champions and in Dwapar-Yug,’ in the form of Vyas, writers, compilers, and scholars.

  • ‘Satyug’ is an age of completeness of man that establishes a harmonious system. It is an age of complete or ‘Chatushpad’ Dharma which can be followed only on the attainment of complete Yoga or being in complete union with the Supreme Power. ‘Chatushpad’ Dharma means- ‘Brahmanatva’, ‘Shatriyatva’, ‘Vaishyatva’ and ‘Shudratva’- complete harmony among these four Dharmas. That is why separate classes don’t exist in Satyug.
  • In ‘Treta-Yug’, the decline of ‘Brahmanatva’ starts but it continues to exist as a secondary power to provide support to the ‘Shatriyatva’. In this age, it is the ‘Sahtriyatva’ that rules over mankind. The human race is then not protected as before by the introverted knowledge of ‘Brahm’ or by the ‘tapas’ (severe austerities) instead it is protected by such a ‘tapas’ that nurtures the knowledge of ‘Brahm’ with some difficulty and prevents it from getting destroyed. Here, ‘Vishnu’ incarnates as a ‘Shatriya’.

  • In ‘Dwapar-Yug’, ‘Brahmanatva’ declines further and changes to the stage of only intellectual knowledge. ‘Shatriyatva’ becomes a subordinate power that gives shelter to ‘Vaishyatva’ and ‘Vaishyatva’ gets an opportunity to dominate. The qualities of ‘Vaishya’ are excellent management hence Dwapar is an age of the creation of codes, rituals and scriptures which are the external means to sustain the declining spirituality. Charity, serving the guests, ‘Tarpan’, Yagya, and ‘Dakshina’ start gobbling up the other ‘Dharmas’. This is the age of ‘Yagya’. In this age, Vedas are used to enjoy the pleasures of this world and the worlds beyond it. In this age, Vishnu incarnates as a scholar and ritualist to safeguard the knowledge and conduct of ‘Dharma’.

  • In Kaliyug, except for the ‘Dharma’ of ‘Shudra’ that is love and service, rest everything else falls apart. It is by this ‘Shudra Dharma’ that humanity is protected and purified from time to time as knowledge falls apart and its place is taken up by worldly common sense. The mettle of man falls apart. Its place is taken by mechanical means which can do all the work by applying the least effort. Charity, ‘Yagya’, and ‘Shashtra’ fall apart and their place is taken up by controlled generosity, and ‘Tamsik’ social stereotypes and etiquettes get established. To destroy these lifeless things, the ‘Avatar’ brings ‘Love’ that can give new life to the world and bring new order and new ‘Satyug’. In this age, God incarnates in the form of ‘Param-Vishnu’.

  • The above description from the ‘Vishnu-Puran’ clearly shows that in Kaliyug, there is a complete reign of lifeless power and ‘Tamsikta’ is at its peak hence this is the appropriate time for the incarnation of the Supreme Power. Due to the properties of ‘Kaliyug’, all the religions are engaged in injustice, exploitation and oppression under the guise of spirituality by the use of logic, a web of words, and logic.

  • Religion is only a subject of direct experience and realization. The properties of ‘Satyug’ that have been described in ‘Vishnu-Puran’ match with the prophecy that was made by Shri Aurobindo -
    On 24 November 1926, Shri Krishna descended into the physical. Shri Krishna is not the supramental light. The descent of Shri Krishna would mean the descent of the Overmind Godhead, preparing, though not itself actually, the descent of Supermind and ANANDA. Krishna is ‘Anandmaya’. He supports the evolution through the Overmind leading it towards the Ananda.”
  • Many saints of the world have made similar kinds of predictions. All of them have unanimously said that the Supreme Power will incarnate on the holy land of India. It seems that the ‘Sattvik’ divine light of that Supreme Power is sometimes visible to these saints. According to my direct experiences, that Supreme Spiritual Power will show such miracles with proof to the scientists of the world that they will bow down their heads and start working under that Supreme Power. Thus, what is described in the Vedas will come true. Kaliyug will end and Satyug will begin. If we carefully observe all the incidents in the world, we will realize that that time is not far off.