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Sanatana Dharma in Danger

Sanathana Dharma is the most ancient tradition known to human race. It is from the time of creation of this universe. The conception of time in Vedas is cyclic consisting of infinite repetition of four yugas namely Krta, Dvapara, Thretha and Kali yuga. Amongst the four yugas the Krta Yuga is the golden period characterized by high standards of dharma followed by people in general and it slowly declines by one quarter as it passes on to the next Yuga.

Kali Yuga

The Kali Yuga being the last of the four ages is characterized by dramatic fall in standards of dharma by majority of people in general. That is why its called Kali Yuga the age of quarrel and hypocrisy. People will be grossly ignorant of dharmic way of living. Anything will be judged as good or bad on the basis if it’s favorable to oneself or not. The rulers will be grossly impious and would rule by hypocrisy and deception. They will never give any consideration for dharma and they will be ready to do anything and everything to satisfy their greed for power and money. The Srimad Bhagavatam compiled more than 5000 years ago by Srila Vyasa muni captures the current state of affairs so vividly. You can see it here.

Threat to Sanatana Dharma

Now today Sanatana dharma is under threat. Unscrupulous politicians emboldened by muscle power and money power are directly or indirectly contributing to the gradual degradation of Sanatana dharma. They even call our venerable gods as a figment of imagination. And general people being ignorant and unmindful of all these different happenings are unknowingly contributing to the gradual degradation. You can know more on how Sanatana dharma is under threat in this article. It’s really an eye opener.

Here is another soul stirring research by an American follower of Sanatana Dharma Dr Stephen Knapp about the need to get the act together.

Action Items

So what can be done to preserve the Sanata Dharma.

Internal

Nobody can change the course of time. It is by the Supreme Lord’s arrangement that he allows Kali and his representatives to gain an upper hand. But even though the Kali Yuga is an ocean of faults the Lord has given the way how those who would like to be free from evil influence of Kali see here. Also Kali Yuga is a boon for those who would like to perfect their lives. Seeing the wretched condition of the worldly situation and distress and suffering afflicting all the time one naturally develops frustration and seeks solace which is always available in the process of Krishna consciousness and gradually becomes free from bondage.

External

The first and foremost thing to do is to preach authentic Sanathana Dharma to people. The lack of it that is the prime cause of the apathy amongst the followers of Sanatana Dharma (Shall we call them Hindus). Srila Prabhupada the founder acharya of the Krishna consciousness movement would say there is nothing lacking in this world except the Krishna consciousness. And that is the ultimate solution for all social ills. This would lead to the next phase when Hindus can really identify what is in the interest of practicing and preserving Sanatana Dharma and unite for the common cause.
Th other things we can do are,

1. We should strongly counter the false propaganda carried out by secularists, communists, atheistic intellectuals and secular partisan media in all spheres. We should contribute articles to newspapers and media emphasizing on our Krishna conscious perspective.

2. We should create awareness amongst people about the current state of affairs and educate them on Hindu issues and utilize this opportunity to preach Krishna consciousness. Which any way is the
essence of Sanathana Dharma tailor-made for Kali Yuga.

3. We should support the political party that promises favorable situation for propagation of Sanathana Dharma. That doesn’t really mean that we are getting into politics. Srila Prabhupada envisioned devotees being a part of the political administration. Since the time is not ripe enough we can definitely support genuine political parties, while at the same time keep our consciouness away frommurkier part of politics. Much like Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita padma patra ivambhasa like a lotus leaf in water or a smart tortoise using its limbs when required. All other religious followers do this mob voting to the parties favourable to them and they reap the benefits. So the pseudo-secular parties reap the minority votes and with the divided Hindu community they can safely hope to capture power.

This is very true with Indian politics arena, there is no single political party that can take any of these issues related to Sanatana Dharma. The Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) is one exception it has time and again stood for Hindu causes but in democracy its the game of numbers. So it is always under constant pressure to keep everyone in good humour from the coalition partners to all communities. And since it lacks spiritual vision and direction it has to cater to broad range of interests weakening its efficacy in the turbulent political arena. But in spite of all that as on today it is the only organisation that has the leverage to protect the cause of Sanathana Dharma.

4. We should utilize anything and everything to push forward the Krishna Consciousness. We should support temples, institutions that are involved in protecting and preserving Sanathana Dharma and establish favourable relationships with them of course without compromising on our ideologies.

And ultimately it is Krishna who protects his devotees and this movement. By his sweet will he sometimes puts devotees into anxiety to increase his dependence on him. And also to engage these institutions in his service. As Srila Prabhupada says God helps those who help themselves (Purport to BG 6.25)

Conclusion

Awake! Arise! and do something to save Sanathana Dharma.

‘|’Dharma raksati raksitah|” – Dharma protects those who protect it. – Mahabharata

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