In the previous episode, we had witnessed the continuation of the discussion on “Teertha-Yatras” and “Punya-Kshetras” and what are the benefits / effects we would receive with it. Moreover, we’re also in the process of witnessing various practices that are allied with visiting a “Punya-Kshetra”, like feeding cows, elephants that reside in the temple. We’ve also witnessed what are the benefits of feeding cows in brief. Moreover, we’ve also witnessed what are the associations that language, art forms such as dance and music, etc. have with various “Punya-Kshetras”. We’ve had a detailed discussion on how Tamil and Sanskrit have been Bhaarata Desha’s ancient languages and how most of the literature of our “Sanaatana Dharma” are based on these two languages. However, I’m not trying to say here that other languages of India do not have a role to play in our “Sanaatana Dharma”. If we look at Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Bengali, etc. each language has a rich literature in terms of our “Sanaatana Dharma”. We’ve had various Mahatmas who incarnated in the places where these languages are spoken prominently and have taken stupendous efforts in propagating our “Sanaatana Dharma” in their respective regions. Thus, when we talk about “language”, we see here that every language has a pivotal role to play in our “Sanaatana Dharma” and all of them are associated in some form or the other with one or many of the “Punya-Kshetras” that are there in India.
Moreover, if we look at some other things that has its connection with our Bhaarata Desha – Punya Bhoomi – We have some medicinal practices too. We have different kinds of traditional medicinal practices that are associated with different places in India. For instance, we have Unani, Siddha, Ayurveda, etc. that are based out of various regions within India. These medical practices are even today revered and due importance is being given to promote them in a big way. For instance, even when the Covid-19 pandemic struck the entire world recently, it is widely believed that even though the “English medicine” system did not have a cure for it, our traditional medical systems did! In fact, there are stories of many people who had been affected by Covid-19 and they had got completely cured with Siddha / Ayurveda medicines. Thus, our ancient medical system is truly world-class and we have enormous resources for it within our Bhaarata Desha itself!
Thus, by looking at all these points, what do we infer in an overall level? India is a land of “Sanaatana Dharma”, and all these allied practices, systems, languages, art forms, etc. are the ones contributing to it! At times, some people would try and lift up their heads and talk nonsense about it! However, none of what they say is true! They might say that our “Sanaatana Dharma” is not inclusive in nature – I’ve given enough justification to prove that our “Sanaatana Dharma” is more inclusive than any other practices across the world. More than just human beings, our “Sanaatana Dharma” goes one level deeper to include animals too into the fold of inclusivity. Some people might keep ranting that “Sanaatana Dharma” is not “Secular” in nature. The fact here is that, there can never be a more secular practice than “Sanaatana Dharma”, which can be proved in multiple contexts. Moreover, if we prove all these to some people, they might not have a befitting reply to give us, but would instead rant that they would not rest until they destroy “Sanaatana Dharma”. Let me tell one thing clearly here – All these people would rest some day, but our “Sanaatana Dharma” can never be destroyed! It has been there in practice for over a lakh years, and would always be in practice for another lakh years! Hence, we as ardent devotees of our “Sanaatana Dharma” should discard all these noises that some people constantly keep making, just for being in the limelight and for obtaining cheap publicity!
So for today, let us understand up to this point and we shall continue this discussion in the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂