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(a) When I asked for 100 committed volunteers who would read on just the frame work of our Sanathana Dharma the response has been overwhelming. Many decided to follow me to. Thank you guys.
(b) This stream of tweets on Sanathana Dharma that will bear the name धर्म जिज्ञासा is dedicated to my youngest but britest student from Jammu @kesar_akankasha.
(c) Akankasha is just 23 and her ability to understand my very complicated teaching on Caste and Varna, basics of society and above all the the intricate 'Avasthatraya' was well understood by her. She holds a great promise for me to one day lead this nation. So let me begin.
1. जिज्ञासा means exploration. धर्म जिज्ञासा is my attempt to explore our ancient civilization that has shaped us into what we are.
3. Everything means 'all' that come into our human experience: life, feelings, emotions, objects, the world, who we are on this planet, Earth etc. And, why?
2. In this attempt I am going to present a brief outline of everything viz. the structure, contents and overall focus of the various themes and sub themes that you will encounter in this voyage.
5. The special quality of seeking knowledge that the human race has acquired through evolution is abstract thought, or the probing of the world of ideas. This is what makes human race unique and all civilizations worthy of study.
4. All living beings, including animals probe and survey their surroundings to know their environment, with a natural curiosity. Humans have reached a higher plane of curiosity in probing the secrets of nature.
6. Ancient Indian Civilization, amongst other world civilizations is the oldest and is distinguished by its profound thought and wisdom. This civilization is identified as the Vedic Civilization, Sindhu-Sarasvati civilization and Aryan (meaning exalted) civilization.
7. While other ancient civilizations reached their zenith and disappeared from the pages of human history, the heritage of ancient Indian Civilization continued, endures and continues in its living tradition in India. Today this civilization is popularly known as Hinduism.
8. The foundation of the Vedic civilization was laid by sages or seers, Rishis, whose vision penetrated deeply into the humanity’s perennial questions, but did not stop at these mundane inquiries.
9. They explored further in to the meaning of natural laws, the nature of spirit, the origin of the universe, and what is beyond the cycle of life, birth and death, the relationship between body, mind, intelligence, soul, and spirit.
10. Their vision touched on the nature of divinity, the supreme coordinating power that may underlie natural laws. In short, they aspired to know everything that the mind can comprehend—from the atom to infinity, the creation of the universe, and its meaning.
12. Our focus here is to explore and portray ancient Indian thought, and its wisdom acknowledged worldwide, including its relevance for our modern age. This exploration is presented as Sanatana Dharma.
11. The origin of various branches of science, art, and philosophy attributed to this civilization are truly remarkable products of its जिज्ञासा, or desire to know.
14. The Sarasvati river mentioned in Vedic literature mysteriously disappeared in the course of History and its story is recounted by authentic articles by research scholars.
13. The first theme examines its History and Timeline. Articles cover various aspects of the Indus and Saraswati river Valley Civilization.
15. The Sarasvati river valley civilization is now established through satellite photography and sites discovered by archaeological research. These include together with the main Harapan site many important ones like Dholavira.
16. The articles cover the continuity of this civilization through the sites at Magadha, and sunken city of Dwaraka.
17. These sites have yielded fascinating information on the widespread trade, people movement, their art and culture. Indeed they furnish evidence that the civilization was remarkable advanced in comparison with its contemporary civilizations.
18. Historical distortions that occurred during the colonial and previous era have now stand corrected by the new emerging evidence. The contents of this theme are enriched by scholarly and pioneering research works by Dr. S. Kalyanaraman and others.
19. The Mohenjo-Daro, Harappan and associated archeological finds belong to the civilization identified in the Vedas as the Sindhu Sarasvati (Indus-Saraswati) Civilization—the Vedic Civilization.
20. The people of this civilization who gave the world such treasures as the Vedas, Upanishads and the great Bhagawad-geeta, were natives of the land, and did not come to the Sindhu Sarasvati basin as invaders.
21. Impartial appraisal of linguistic evidence, astronomical projections with newly developed software, paleontological evidence, satellite maps of the Sarasvati basin, and a total insight into what constituted Vedic culture and its doings, support this conclusion.
22. The self-serving revisionist theories developed by the colonialists assigning 1600 BC as the earliest period of Vedic thought.
23. This is shamefully continued by the successor govts that includes Modi's BJP to which many Hindus with deplorable ignorance erroneously owe allegiance to.
24. Our Dharma highlights the message and meaning of Vedic sourcebooks: The Vedas, Upanishads, Brahmasutras, and the major Puranas, the Mahabharatha, Ramayana, Bhagavatham, Pancharatra-aagama, and major systems of Indian philosophy.
26. My attempted जिज्ञासा includes a detailed compendium on Adi Sankara to whom alone we owe our heritage revived and radically pitted against the woefully one sided western idealists.
25. It also includes links to the Bhagavad-Geeta, since this is regarded as the quintessential summary of all Vedic source books. Works on Dharma Shastra, and other major works like Artha Shastra and Niti Shastra are also included.
28. The meaning of the Vedas is not easy to discern and comprehend, partly due to the system of symbolism common to many Indian sourcebooks, making the real import far removed from the literal meaning.
27. This जिज्ञासा also includes other rishi/saints,and the modern saint Sri Aurobindo, concerning symbolism in the Vedas.
29. This led to a number of writings such as those of Aurobindo, the great, modern sage—particularly his Secret of Vedas, and Symbolism of Vedas. One of the great pioneers in this field was Aurobindo's associate Sri Kapali Shastri (1886–1953), a highly respected Vedic Scholar.
31. There are six Vedangas: शिक्षा, the science of pronunciation; व्याकरण, the grammar; छन्दस्, the prosody and poetic construction; निरुक्त, semantics; ज्योतिष, astronomical science; and कल्प, the technicalities of rituals.
30. The Rishis provided the Vedas with study tools or Vedangas, the limbs of the Veda. The understanding of the Vedangas is a necessity for the comprehension of Vedic texts.
32. Bhagavad-Gita is well known as the most revered source book of the Geeta-Vedic literature. It is a friend, philosopher, and guide in this life, and beyond. I will tweet my bhaashyam at the end of the धर्म जिज्ञासा I am attempting.
33. What I provide is just a glimpse of the scriptural revelations which we Hindus consider as our sourcebooks, Shrutis (wisdom derived from oral tradition from generation to generation without known origin, or just revelations). These are considered as अपौरुषेय (superhuman).
34. Intellectual Heritage focuses on the ancient language, Samskrit, unique amongst languages of the world, often aptly termed, the mother of all languages.
35. Despite its origin several millennia before the Christian era, it is still a living language, as its immense literature is studied by scholars and researchers, worldwide.
36. Vast and colorful, its incomparable poetry and prose was produced by the inspired genius of literary giants such as Bhasa, Bhavabhuti, Bharavi, Bana, Dandin, Magha, the supreme poet, Kalidasa, and the like.
37. This theme, धर्म जिज्ञासा, describes the rich, colorful, and captivating life and doings of the people of this ancient civilization. It presents a living and vibrant people who, while enjoying a multifaceted life, were focused on the true meaning of life and beyond.
38. This theme portrays the art, architecture, drama and dance, various festive customs and traditions, music and paintings, and more.
39. Health, Wellness and Ayurveda are part of the system that crossed our shored find new laurels.
39. Ancient Indians accorded great importance to health and wellness derived from the practice of Yoga, and applications of the Vedic science of health, healing, the science of knowing life-span is called Ayurveda.
40. I am attempting to portray the essential concepts drawn from major source books including Upanishads, Mahabharata and other scriptural texts. This attempt also includes presentation related to Samskaras, which deals with important milestones of life.
42. First is the ceremony of namakarana, which is the giving of a suitable name to the newborn within ten days following birth. There follow several events: jatakarma–annaprashana, first solid feed to the child in the third month;
41. Our ancestors designed ingenious landmarks involving ceremonies and prayers to mark key transitional stages in life. These have evolved as ceremonial processes, and continue to be observed in orthodox themes of Hindu society today.
43. karna-vedha, ear-piercing in the sixth month; choodakarma, first hair cut at one year; and Upanayana, wearing the holy thread, and initiation in first Vedic prayers (eighth year).
44. This is when a boy between the age of eight and ten is initiated and introduced to the Vedic way of living.
46. From that day until his wedding, the child is bound by the discipline of brahmacharya, or celibacy; tapas or meditation; living a virtuous life; and commitment to regular studies.
45. The highlight of the ceremony is when a preceptor, usually the father of the batu (boy), whispers the holy Gayatri Mantra into the ears of the boy, and gives him the gift of the holy thread of triple strings tied in one knot, known as Brahmaghat.
47. The Indian wedding ceremony consists of several components: the Vaak Nischaya, a verbal agreement between families; the ceremony, with its important components, like Akshata (blessings bestowed by Gods);
48. the gathering of friends and family; the seven-step, meaningful ceremony; and certain homas (offerings to Gods through a fire box, or yajna). Other samskaras are explained in this stream of tweets.
49. While the samskaras are conceived as landmark events creating a climate for enabling and empowering a person for his or her optimal growth and development, other colorful festivities on specific holy days are important.
50. Community events, bringing together all community members, and allowing resolution of disputes. These include the birthdays of Sri Rama and Sri Krishna; Dasara-Navaratri; Deepavali, the festival of lights; and Holi, the day of colors.
51. There is a commonly held notion that the Ancient Indian Civilization excelled in philosophy and metaphysics, but made no great contributions to science.
53. Colonialism and its successor the neo-colonial secularist of native origin physically tore apart our country and stunted our will by dealing a mortal blow to our civilization.
52. Nothing could be further from the truth! Ancient India contributed profusely to the early development of science in many important fields such as mathematics, astronomy, chemistry, geometry and trigonometry, and medical sciences.
54. May my attempt at this धर्म जिज्ञासा empower the readers to gather strength and may this attempt throw up a selfless leader to overthrow this constitution and redeem our old way of exalted life.
56. Friends, with shadow banning in effect I have received complaints that my tweets do not reach all my followers. So I request all of you who have read this stream to pl. RT this tweet so many can get the benefit of reading. The stream link is https://twitter.com/Janamejayan/status/1200384881911648258
Also I highly recommend to those who would like to refer to these tweets again to please copy the stream on a daily basis on to a word file and save them in your computer as we will never know when the twitter will ban people that includes me on flimsy ground. Thanks.
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