Sanatana Ireland is a non-profit association registered in Ireland(Registered Charity Number 20141684), and our area of operation is Republic of Ireland.
“Sanatana Dharma” now more commonly known as Hinduism is a way of life based on the teachings contained in the ancient Vedic Texts. Sanatana Dharma believes as expounded in the Rigveda “Ekam Sat Viparaha Bahudha Vadanti” that, whichever path one may choose, the final destination is “Moksha” or liberation of one’s soul through enlightenment. Sanatana Dharma is "anadi" (without beginning), “anantham” (without end) and a-paurusheya (without a human founder). It is the world's most ancient culture. We are really proud that we are all born into and part of that great tradition.
Centuries ago Rishis who lived here realised the value of Sanatana Dharma and lead their lives in accordance with this. In time they passed on these teachings mainly by word of mouth to the following generations. It is hence our responsibility as elders, to continue this by introducing to and teaching our kids all that we know about our great tradition. In countries such as the USA, Australia or the UK, Hinduism already has a reasonable presence. This is not the case here in Ireland owing to our small numbers, hence we have to engage in more such related activities. This forms the basis of the mission of Sanatana Ireland, and we seek to work with all the different associations based here, to achieve our common goals.
The Logo of Sanatana Ireland incorporates two prime symbols of Sanatana Dharma namely “OM” the Pranava Mantra and the Lotus flower. It would be apt to attempt a brief explanation of both, here.
“Om” is considered to be the “Pranava Mantra” or primordial sound. All creation is believed to have originated from this Cosmic Vibration. Comprising three letters or sounds A, U & M, it represents Shrishti or Creation, Stithi or Maintenance and Samhara or destruction. It is omnipresent and omnipotent as well. “Om” virtually surrounds the whole universe and all creation, and is at the same time within us too, known as the “Antar naada”(the inner sound). In the Yoga Sutras of Maharshi Patanjali, he mentions OM as a “Vachaka” or the representative symbol for “Ishvara”(the Lord).
The symbolism of the Lotus flower in Hinduism can be explained in the context of the 47th sloka of the second Adhyay (Chapter) of Srimad Bhagavad Gita;
“ Karmany evadhikaras te , ma phalesu kadacana,
Ma karma-phala-hetur bhur, ma te sango 'stuakarmani”
“You have a right to perform your prescribed duty, but you are not entitled to the fruits of action. Never consider yourself to be the cause of the results of your activities, and never be attached to not doing your duty”
The lotus flower has perhaps one of the strongest associations with Sanatana Dharma. It is associated with beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality & eternity, linking it to Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Brahma. The lotus emerges from muddy waters, unspoilt and pure, therefore it is considered representative of a wise and spiritually enlightened person, who carries out his tasks with little concern for any reward, devoid of any attachment.
All of us are bound by the threefold dharma or responsibilities. Firstly the Dharma of Creation or the Universe itself, Secondly the Dharma of the society that we live in and co-exit with all things living and non living, and last but not least our own individual Dharma. Let us therefore come together and move forward in this great explorative journey called life, to discover the divinity lying within each of us.
With sincere Pranaams from Sanatana Ireland family
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