Dialogue

Conversation between Dadaji and Guruji:

“They divine incarnations and sages of ancient India conquered the highest spiritual peaks” said Dadaji. “They made priceless contributions to the development of human culture/ in particular, they defined and described with scientific accuracy the fundamental principles of the Sanatan Dharm. Indian culture has preserved this wisdom. Even today the Sanatan Dharm can receive respect and welcome everywhere because its spiritual truths are universal and acceptable to every culture and every religion. Your goal should be to cultivate in the world a positive awareness of the fundamental principles of the Sanatan Dharm. This effort should gradually create an atmosphere of peach, righteousness, and spiritualism in the world”.

“Loard it is my understanding that we are to begin a mission devoted to enhancement of ethics, purity and spiritualism in the world. Only if these things are accomplished can mankind become truly cultured and live in peace”.

“Yes.” Answered Dadaji, “mankind can progress only if human conduct is based on the three pillars of culture: ethical behavior, moral values and spirituality. Ethical behavior is the foundation of culture, righteousness is the mansion built upon it and spirituality is the rooftop that protects it. Man must learn to curtail his needs and live a simple life, as the Sanatan dharma recommends. Yet throughout the world the want and needs of mankind are expanding, producing greater acquisitiveness. As selfish competitions grow, injustice and evil will also increase. Similarly, with the expansion of scientific research, the world will continue to see explosions of energy. If men do not control this energy with morality and restraint, it will assume evil forms, and lead man on the path of moral corruption most people will remain enmeshed in passionate and arrogant activities. If the righteous few stay inactive, such time the responsibility for the re-establishment of moral and spiritual values fall to those who are blessed with the treasure of spiritualism. The ascetic must engage himself in activities that will inspire other to walk the path of virtue and become instruments of the universal power.”

"Lord," I said, "the word 'religion' you are using here seems to imply social, moral, and ethical values rather than any sectarian dogma".

"Yes, the Sanatan Dharm is universal and not sectarian. It is the sums total of morality, truthfulness, restraint and right conduct, and it describes a way of life that will survive forever. Even when in contact with other cultures this way of life had maintained its originality and proven its superiority. That is why it is called Sanatan, or everlasting, for it contains life's eternal guiding principles. Without its universal acceptance the world community cannot experience peace."

"Lord," I asked “what should be done to ensure that dharma does not fall into the trap of sectarianism?"

“The principle of the oneness of God, or monotheism, is the best answer to this question."

"You taught my Gurudev the principle of the oneness of God, and thus it is preached in your spiritual tradition. Yet many scholars consider Sanatan Dharm to be wedded to the principle of polytheism because so many gods and goddess are found with it. Please clarify this matter also."

"In reality the Sanatan Dharm is dedicated to the principle of monotheism," said Dadaji, "but not the ih the same way as other religions. Traditionally, other religions preach that God is One, that He resides only in heaven above, and that He dispenses divine justice based upon good and bad human conduct. On the other hand, the God of the Sanatan Dharm does not reside in any heaven. He transcends the limits and boundaries not only of heaven, but of the entire cosmos. At the same time the God of the Sanatan Dharm is contained within every single atom of the cosmos. This is a fact that will not easily be absorbed by the intellectual imagination. Its truth can only be confirmed through advanced spiritual experiences. In this way the principle of one of God is enshrined in the Sanatan Dharm. Yet supreme, the, the Sanatan Dharm accepts lesser gods and goddess with fractions of divine aspects in them. Thus Sanatan Dharm is more lofty and enduring than other religions."