Saturday, 5 March 2016

Sanatana Dharma

Once in a conversation with Sri Nag Mahashay, one of the greatest of disciples of Sri Ramakrishna from East Bengal, Swamiji said,
Now my one desire is to rouse the country — the sleeping leviathan that has lost all faith in his power and makes no response. If I can wake it up to a sense of the Eternal Religion then I shall know that Shri Ramakrishna's advent and our birth are fruitful. That is the one desire in my heart: Mukti and all else appear of no consequence to me. Please give me your blessings that I may succeed. (CWSV, vol. VII, p. 188.)
Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa had practiced Sadhana of all paths and had realized that each path is valid for its followers and ultimately each has to reach the same goal. Even after realizing the validity of all paths, he continued to live in Sanatana Dharma 'the way of life based on the vision of Oneness.' Sri Ramakrishna said,
The Hindu religion alone is the Sanatana Dharma. The various creeds you hear of nowadays have come into existence through the will of God and will disappear again through His will. They will not last forever. Therefore I say, 'I bow down at the feet of even the modern devotees.' The Hindu religion has always existed and will always exist. (The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, 'The Visit to Sinthi Brahmo Samaj', Chapter 32, p. 642, First Red Letter edn. 2000.)