Understanding Sanatana Dharma

Yoga, and meditation are terms that the vast majority of us are familiar with.  What most people are not quite as familiar with, however, are the ancient, rich and profoundly spiritual dimensions of these terms.  Yoga and meditation are infinitely more that just a series of calming and effective physical and mental exercises.  Rather, Yoga and meditation are an ancient and rich spiritual tradition, philosophy and lifestyle designed to help human beings realize the highest degree of excellence in all they do, and ultimately to know themselves and God.  

Sanatana Dharma is another, lesser known, name for the path of Yoga Spirituality.  In fact, it can be truthfully said that the practical techniques of Yoga are nothing less than the philosophy of Sanatana Dharma in practice.

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How to Practice Dharma

Sanatana Dharma welcomes all sincere seekers who wish to adopt Sanatana Dharma as their spiritual path. These are a few things you can do to get started in your practice of a Dharmic lifestyle. By protecting Dharma and supporting your spiritual teacher, you can become a great example for your community. 

Step 1.  Beginning a Dharmic Lifestyle

  1. Consider becoming vegetarian.
  2. Begin reading the Bhagavad-Gita, the most important Dharma scripture. 
  3. Learn how to practice spiritual meditation.
  4. Understand and accept the principles of karma/reincarnation. 
  5. Join the International Sanatana Dharma Society. 

Step 2.  Becoming a Practicing Dharmi (follower of Dharma)

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Dharma F.A.Q.

Q.  What is the difference between Yoga and Sanatana Dharma?

A. There is no difference between them.  These are just two terms for the same spiritual tradition.  Sanatana Dharma is the world-view and philosophy.  While Yoga is Sanatana Dharma in actual practice. 

Sadly, when most people hear the word "Yoga", they tend to think only in terms of the physical disciplines of Yoga.  Yoga is much more than just an effective way to become more flexible, healthy and fit.  Yoga is a philosophy, a spiritual path, and an ancient world-view.  Yoga is a tradition with thousands of years of history, a vast canon of sacred literature, and a lineage of teachers who have guided its development and preserved its teachings for the benefit of modern humanity.  Yoga and Sanatana Dharma are one.  

In the same way that followers of Yoga are called Yogis, followers of Sanatana Dharma are called Dharmis.  If you practice Sanatana Dharma, then you are a Dharmi. 

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