Sanathan Dharma

Guruji Often Says “Deepen your roots and broaden your vision”

A reminder of this knowledge for me was yesterday when Chaaya Anna(Swami Suryapaadji) stated that its not enough to only be proud of what you have, but it is also essential that we have enough knowledge about it.

From my very childhood I felt proud to be an Indian, as in inheritance came the glorifying history of more than 5000 years of the most ancient civilization. I feel proud that I am born on that land which welcomed and embraced every visitor without discriminating against him or her in anyway. The country where love and tolerance have proven to be its strength . Our land which survived the most brutal attacks by its enemies, who had no idea about the strength of its people and had to return empty handed.

The mental strength of our people can be contributed mainly to our ancient scriptures that are our true wealth as they contain knowledge about the entire creation. But this wealth for me was like inheriting a Box of gold without having any access to it. As this knowledge for me was a deep secret and I had little clue how to reach it.

Lifetimes or more will be needed for crossing this large ocean of knowledge. And so ,a guide ,a satguru is needed who has mastered these great epics and can direct us to the relevant knowledge required to live a meaningful life.

Guruji has decoded and gifted us a small part of this in form of the weekly knowledge sheets ,which for me is a manual to live a happy life.

Swamiji also said that we should not depend on information provided by outsiders to learn about our own roots. It’s like asking ones grandparents names from the neighbors .As this information could be corrupted for selfish purpose or born out of ignorance.

He said we should resort to only Vedas, Puranas and Itihaas (Mahabharata and Ramayan) for the right information.

He explained Sanatana Dharma , (Sanatana meaning eternal , Dharma is that which upholds life, Adharma is that which degenerates life) is not claimed to be given by any single prophet. It is the compilation of that knowledge which was present in the universe and was received by several Rishis in their meditation in form of mantras, which collectively form the Vedas. “Rig Veda, Atharva Veda, Sama Veda and Yajur Veda”.

One unique thing about Sanatana Dharma is that it does not discriminate between humans with different faiths but says every human is capable to attain enlightenment or the highest. It also allows the student to experiment first and then to believe.

We in the Art of Living are blessed to be given the experience first through the Sudarshan Kriya , so believing becomes effortless. Isn’t it…

As humans we are bestowed with several choices.Choices which can often be confusing. Its like being stuck in a maze and constantly looking for the right direction. We are fortunate that the map of the maze with directions and signposts have come to us in form of our scriptures.

I feel its right time now that we pay attention to learn more about our roots as Gurudev is here to guide us.

Krishna told Arjuna in Geetha ,Chapter-4 ,verse-7

Yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata

Abhutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamyaham

“Whenever and wherever a decline of righteousness and a predominance of unrighteousness prevails ; At that time I manifest Myself personally, o descendant of Bharata.”

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” One world family is the vision our Gurudev has giving us. To reestablish peace and love in the society.

Every month we will have an article dedicated to the secrets of Indian history. And I invite all our readers to participate in this article. Please research and email( facts that are worth knowing by all, also you can challenge any misinterpretations that we may be following, like that about Aryan Invasion.

Lets together unveil the glory of our past and deepen our roots so that no storm can uproot us and we become like a shade giving tree for others.

Sangh Gachhatwam (lets move together)

Vasudha Jhunjhunwala

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Ms. Vasudha Jhunjhunwala holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. She is associated with the Art of Living since year 2000. Born and brought up in a pink city Jaipur, Rajasthan she currently resides in Amchi Mumbai with her family. For nearly a decade, Vasudha has inspired more than 10,000 youths with her teachings and social work. She has undertaken various projects and has been an instrument of change for its success. Juggling between home and work, in her spare time Vasudha likes to paint, write poems, learn music and play badminton. She is a Social Worker, Entrepreneur, State Coordinator of The Art of Living, Student of Sanskrit & Classical Music, Writer, Homemaker, Mother, Meditation Teacher, Public Speaker, Recipient of CSO-2014 award by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam and has travelled in 30 Countries. She is a quintessential deshbhakt. It is difficult to match her youthful Energy. Vasudha is extremely passionate about her initiatives. One of the most successful projects lead by her was the ‘Vote For a Better India’ - A campaign that facilitated the voter registration process and lead to 5 lakh citizens new voter registration across India in 2014 Lok Sabha Elections. Bringing more awareness to the people in the community she began the initiative ‘Mind your Vehicle’ - A project to sensitize citizens towards traffic discipline with 2000 volunteers in Mumbai. The project saw good media coverage. She was also the founding member of ‘Save Aarey’ project. In this project more than 300 volunteers cleared 5-truck loads of garbage from Aarey colony. With an aim to instill a sense of responsibility and nationalism among the youth, she has spearheaded several initiatives that included women’s safety drives, blood donation drives, cleanliness drives at railway stations and sea-shores, health and hygiene awareness camps and others. Often people ask her what made her belief so strong to walk the spiritual path. She affirms that, “just like the light house guides the ship through darkness of night, our conscience guides us through decisions of life. For a smooth sail, just listen to it!” The drought in Maharashtra had led to an increasing number of farmer suicides and Vasudha decided to contribute towards River Rejuvenation Project in the state. She along with her team revived around 22kms of Manjara river. The river Manjara rejuvenation in Latur District benefited 5 lakh villagers in its vicinity. Vasudha was also a part of the Solar Lamp Project. She was the catalyst in the distribution of solar lamps to flood-hit villagers in Orissa during Fani. Her courage and valour gives her the skill to bring out the right perspective in every project she undertakes. Worry or Uncertainty are not words she rhymes with, Vasudha believes that’s Spiritual knowledge shields the flame of life from the winds of uncertainties. Vasudha is currently working on Project Pavitra. Since its inception this year, the project has imparted menstrual hygiene education to more than 2000 young girls in BMC schools and it aims to reach out to many more. She is also the founding member of SORT Club - Student's organization for Reform and Transformation. The club is now operational in 10 colleges in Mumbai. The project aims to remove the menace of substance abuse from the colleges of India. Vasudha is also working on a Happy Neighbourhood Project. The project aims to establish Happiness centers in societies to make societies stress-free. If you meet her once, you would know that she has a very charming, intuitive, and jovial personality, her ideas and thoughts are ahead of it’s time. Her ability to perceive something new and unique in every individual is what draws people to her company. She gives a very comfortable and cool vibe something young students connect to and find easy to talk and open up to her about their problems. Make impossible, possible is her mantra. Her sessions are filled with grit, humor, inspiration, and some awespiring wisdom. People feel rejuvenated, energetic, experience clarity of thoughts, immense love in their hearts after attending her Mind and Breathe Workshops. Mysteries of life intrigues her and even though she has traveled in 30 countries she found her best place within. She, by herself is a ‘Happiness Express’ moving swiftly on the spiritual path.

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