What is the Origin of Sanatana Dharma?
Sanatana Dharma as a
formulation of the eternal tradition has no specific origin in time.
Its origin coincides with the beginning of creation itself. Sanatana
Dharma as the universal religion arises anew with each cycle of
creation, being inherent in the very laws of the universe.
Because it has been
formulated in terms of Sanatana Dharma there is no specific point in
history when we can say that Hinduism began. Nor can we rigidly
delineate the forms of Hinduism from those of other religions, which
being products of time must rest on the eternal. As not having an
origin, Hinduism has no end.
Sanatana Dharma is based
upon universal principles, like the law of karma, which are true in
all worlds and all cycles of creation. Though its names and forms
may vary, its principles or dharmas are unchanging and must be
rediscovered by all creatures in every world. The origin of the True
Dharma is within us. It is the very root of our deepest thoughts.