• 22 Apr, 2024

Sanatan Dharma, a Quest for Truth

Sanatan Dharma, a Quest for Truth

This 15th August marks the 151st birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo. To commemorate this occasion, BluOne Ink is launching a seminal work on Sanatan Dharma by Partho

 

Partho's book, This is Sanatan Dharma, ( एष धर्म: सनातन: )— The Quest for Truth will be consecrated to the Mother and Sri Aurobindo on 3rd August at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch, and launched nationally on 17th August at the Vivekananda International Foundation.  

Quoting from the blurb of the book—We speak often of the Hindu religion, of the Sanatan Dharma, but few of us really know what that religion is...This is the Dharma that for the salvation of humanity was cherished in the seclusion of this peninsula from of old. It is to give this religion that India is rising. She does not rise as other countries do, for self or when she is strong, to trample on the weak. She is rising to shed the eternal light entrusted to her over the world. India has always existed for humanity and not for herself and it is for humanity and not for herself that she must be great.”   

These are the words of Maharishi Sri Aurobindo. But what is this Sanatan Dharma? Is it just the religion and rituals that Hindus follow or is it really the secret of life and consciousness that is embedded in the very fabric of our cosmic existence? This book reveals, layer by layer, the subtler spiritual dimensions of Sanatan Dharma, and its timeless relevance to human existence and civilization.   

‘This book was written’, says the author in the preface of the book, ‘as a series of reflective notes on Sanatan Dharma from the vedantic perspective, highlighting some of the foundational vedantic concepts of the Dharma. My intention in writing this book was not to provide an exhaustive or encyclopedic span of the Dharma but only to draw some of its broad contours. The Sanatan Dharma, as I have maintained throughout this book, is vedantic in conception but yogic in practice—and this is precisely my leitmotif through the book.  

‘There is, of course, much more to Sanatan Dharma than its vedantism, and not all of Sanatan Dharma is vedantic, there is much in it that is dualistic, monistic, even theistic, agnostic and atheistic; there are also pervasive elements of the religious, the symbolic and the ritualistic, as there are of the purely contemplative—but then all of these seemingly disparate elements can be beautifully subsumed and integrated within the overarching vedantic worldview. Once the underlying vedanta of Sanatan Dharma is understood, almost all its other aspects—metaphysical or practical—can be easily understood in that context.'  

We look forward to the national release of this book which, to quote Sri Gautam Chikermane, nationally renowned author and scholar, explores the Sanatan Dharma and fulfills a vacuum in the world of ideas, and makes it an essential conversation of the time.   

 

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