MAHABHUTA TATTVA-S, SANATANA DHARMA, SANATANA PANTHA AND LIFE-STYLES

Cetana  i.e. Absolute Consciousness and Prakriti  i.e. Absolute Nature, together constitute entire existence. It is Prakriti  that migrates into grosser modifications i.e. Vikrti  to raise Mul-Prakrti, Mahatattva, Ahamkara  and Tanmatra. Tanmatra  further evolves into Sabda-Tanmatra ( for perception of sound ), Sparsa-Tanmatra ( for perception of touch ), Rupa-Tanmatra ( for perception of light ), Rasa-Tanmatra ( for perception of taste ) and GandhaTanmatra ( for perception of odour ) which cause creation of five elemental Mahabhuta Tattva-s i.e. Akasa, Vayu, Agni, Jala and Prthvi. Five Mahabhuta-s are graded based on their respective subtlety with subtlest one being Akasa  and the grossest one, Prithvi. Five Mahabhuta-s transform themselves in innumerable ways to cause creation of everything that we know, perceive and cognise in the entire universe. This mystical transformation is also accompanied by innumerable permutations and combinations among themselves to allow creation of innumerable objects. So Mahabhuta Tattva-s are mutable i.e. transformable yet Sanatana  i.e. eternal.   

Serious challenge of striking right multi-faceted equilibrium springs forth when a Jivatma  is born in this jungle of innumerable creations constituted of five Mahabhuta-s. Challenge because every Jivatma  is expected to deport itself in a certain way amidst intricate jungle of Mahabhuta-s and every Jivatma  is a very complex conglomerate of five Mahabhuta-s and Cetana  too. Challenge is further compounded by the reality that innumerable Jivatma-s are born vying among themselves to gain a firm foot-hold in this cosmic jungle that we call the world. Complexity of the challenge is further aggravated when human beings are born, endowed with intellectual capabilities as well as venalities like aspiration to become Absolute Creator of the universe themselves !!  

To ensure all Jivatma-s including human beings interact rationally among themselves as well as vis. a vis. creations of Mahabhuta Tattva-s and avoid even a semblance of cosmic disruption, Eternal Providence created a divine code of conduct renowned as Dharma, a catalogue of attributes that every Jivatma, particularly human beings must possess. Dharma  is an institution in itself that has been defined by Maharsi Manu  in his legendary wisdom of Manusmriti  with absolute degree of precision – 

Dhritiha Ksama Damoasteyam Saucamindriyanigrahaha  I

Dhirvidya Satyamakrodho Dasakam Dharmalaksanam  II VI / 62 II

 

Dhriti, Ksama, Dama, Asteya, Sauca, IndriyaNigraha, Dhiha, Vidya, Satya  and Akrodha  are ten elements that constitute Dharma. 

Dhriti  is patience towards all; Ksama  is forgiveness; Dama  is the virtue of restraining oneself from indulgence with evil deeds; Asteya  is renouncing thievery and unrighteous acquisition; Sauca  is internal and external consecration through purification; IndriyaNigraha  is restraining senses from gratification through introversion; Dhiha  is abstaining from addictive intoxicants; Vidya  is striving for VivekaJnana; Satya  is truthfulness and finally Akrodha, renouncing anger towards all and everyone. All these are fundamentals of Dharma  that members of all four Asrama-s and Varna-s are mandated to pursue religiously.   

Now we behold, Dharma  is Sanatana  i.e. eternal and immutable. Dharma  is absolutely incomparable and unique, endowed with the same mystical subtlety that Mahabhuta Tattva-s happen to be. Dharma  is ubiquitous too i.e. omni-present and omni-existent. Dharma  is essentially subtlest Jada  yet when enacted, transforms itself into a glorious manifest of Cetana  like Akasa  and Prana. No other language in the world has an exactly precise counterpart of the term ‘Dharma’ hence the term is ‘un-translatable’ being an extra-ordinary institution. Whenever and wherever Jivatma  is there, Dharma  has to be there inevitably. Interestingly, it is only human beings who necessarily require to be taught and trained pursuit of Dharma  as intellectual faculty they are endowed with, is a permanent rebel. Animals are natural and excellent followers of their Dharma  in spite of not being trained or taught any lesson on Dharma  at all. Indeed, when a man trains an animal to behave in a particular way, it is in reality Adharma  i.e. complete absence of Dharma  that is taught to them by human trainers !!! As an Adhyatmika  enthusiast, I am inclined to declare Dharma  as the sixth Mahabhuta  after Akasa, Vayu, Agni, Jala  and Prithvi 

If Dharma  is Atma, religion is it’s embodiment. If Dharma  is one of the means to attain the Supreme Absolute, religion is one of the means to practise Dharma. Jivatma  is the sole purpose and objective of Dharma, which in turn is the sole purpose and objective of religion while religion can never be the purpose of Dharma. While Dharma  is subservient to Jivatma  in spite of the ruling that looms over head of every Jivatma, “Be you ever so high, Dharma  is above you”, religion is subservient to Dharma  directly and to Jivatma, indirectly. Just as Dharma  has been defined in Manusmriti  with absolute precision, religion too has been defined with absolute precision by Maharsi Patanjali. Just as there is ONLY one Dharma  in the world i.e. Sanatana Dharma, there is ONLY ONE religion too i.e. Sanatana Pantha  in the world. And this Sanatana Pantha  is Astangayoga  of Maharsi Patanjali –    

Yamaniyamasanapranayampratyaharadharanadhyanasamadhyoasta Vangani  I (II/29) 

Yama (Restraint), Niyama (Observance), Asana (Posture), Pranayama (Regulation of Breath)

Pratyahara (Withholding of Senses), Dharana (Fixity of Mind), Dhyana (Meditation) and Samadhi (Perfect Concentration) are the eight means of attaining Yoga. 

First five elements of the Yoga  are practised externally i.e. at gross, physical level while Dharana, Dhyana  and Samadhi, internally at the subtle level of consciousness.  When entire consciousness is transfixed on Dhyeya  i.e. object of contemplation, it is known as the state of Dharana. Dhyana  is the state of being completely assimilated into the Dhyeya  with respect to consciousness excluding consciousness pertaining to any other entity. When cognition of the object as Dhyeya  is completely dissolved and entire consciousness is transfixed on the conceptual existence of Dhyeya, it is the state of SamadhiDharanaDhyana  and Samadhi  are together known as Samyama. By resolving Samyama  on various entities, one is rendered capable of performing any miracle, even those that would appear impossible miracles otherwise.  

This eight-fold endeavour intertwined with some elements of Sanatana Dharma, to attain ultimate liberation is complete and perfect in itself. It has taken care of all the possible repercussions and ramifications that one may encounter during it’s pursuit. The real marvel of Astangayoga  lies in it’s complete and absolute objectivity, based on unedited and unadulterated cosmic realities. I venture to emphasise again, there is absolutely no trace of any subjective element whatsoever, in it’s entire philosophy. So much so that even a Muslim-fanatic may dub it as Allah Yoga  or a diehard harvester of faith, Christian-Benedict as Christ / Jesus Yoga !!! If someone’s take happens to be that some Sufi fellow with the name Jalaluddin Rumi attained salvation by traversing the path of Islam, my rejoinder would be that even while practising five Namaz a day, Rumi could not have ignored elements of Astangayoga  i.e. YamaNiyama…etc. He had to practise these, even in the name of Islam !!! Ultimate salvation is altogether a different proposition which no other so-called religion can attain. Sole, existing religion of Astangayoga  is a means to the highest state of consciousness. Even so-called most intelligent man of 20th century, Albert Einstein practised Astangayoga  to open up innumerable locks in his brain whose keys were irretrievably lost into his ocean of ignorance. As entanglement with the gross world is multi-pronged and multifarious, equally capable and compatible spiritual regime is essential to combat the entanglement at the same level of strive. Mysticism of Astangayoga  lies in it’s absolute neutrality towards all faiths because mere pursuit of faith adds to entanglement with the gross. Astangayoga  is amply competent to dissolve the drag caused by pursuit of faiths. Owing to it’s absolute objectivity and pristine purity, Astangayoga  is the Param Satya Yoga  as well as Param Brahma Yoga, too.  

A mountaineer intending to arrive at Mount Everest may come from any corner of the world yet he shall have to report at the Base-Camp before embarking on the heroism of summiteering. Cosmic journey from the base-camp to the summit constitutes Sanatana Pantha  of Astangayoga  wherein the base-camp is ‘Yama‘ while the summit is ‘Samadhi‘. Journeys from various corners of the world to the base-camp are indeed, life-styles i.e. Islam, Christianity, Judaism, so on and so forth. Indeed, other than the Sanatana Pantha  of Astangayoga  of Maharsi Patanjali  being the only religion, Buddhism / Jainism / Islam / Christianity / Judaism / Bahaism etc. are mere life-styles. Hinduism  is a complex entity of Sanatana Dharma, Sanatana Pantha  as well as life-styles. If a Hindu  conducts a Vedic Yajna  with or without motives, at best it is a life-style which in no way can assure Adhyatmika  advancement / refinement of any order. Ardent pursuit of even life-style Hinduism  cannot attain salvation, leave alone Islam or Christianity. Rituals at best, discipline one’s life-style devoid of any Adhyatmika  advancement. All observances, austerities etc. constitute Hindu  way of life alone. Also, they do not at all assure attainment of Moksa  i.e. ultimate liberation.  

Wisdom lies in being resolute about observance of Sanatana Dharma  and Sanatana Pantha. There is absolutely no wisdom in being resolute or fanatical about constituents of various life-styles. It is a human tragedy of monumental dimensions that majority of human beings are fanatical about life-styles in the name of Hinduism / Buddhism / Jainism / Christianity / Islam etc. which are not even religion at all not to speak of Dharma  of any kind while being absolutely ignorant about cardinality of Sanatana Dharma  and Sanatana Pantha

 

Published @ http://www.makingindia.co/online-news-english/2017/11/01/mahabhuta-tattva-s-sanatana-dharma-sanatana-pantha-life-styles/

 

 

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