June 2, 2020
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Bhagavad-Gita Questions

What are the 6 Pillars of Sanatan-Dharma (The Eternal Religion)?

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Truthfulness – One must always speak the truth, stand up for the truth, side with the truth, and not hide any information. Withholding information is also lying, even in the human courts.

Mercy – Being compassionate to all living beings is the unique teaching of Sanatan-Dharma, this is because the Vedic teachings come from God, Lord Krishna. The person who is the father of all living beings and He wants all His human children to be especially kind to their less fortunate brothers/sisters, the animals. Thus one must not hurt or eat the animals.

Austerity – There are many austerities that one can perform. Living a simple life by not making demands on others, not bothering others, not being attached to materialistic items, eating simply (eat whatever is available/given and not making demands), fasting, physical austerities like standing on one leg, chanting, giving up one’s time to serve Lord Krishna and humanity.

Cleanliness – We must take bath at least once a day, brush our teeth at least twice a day, keep the home, work area, streets, and rivers, clean.

Charity – You should donate a portion of your income in the service of Lord Krishna and humanity. This will ensure wealth in the future. Have you ever wondered why some are born in rich families and some in poverty? However, you should not donate expecting something in return.

Spiritual Education – The Vedic scriptures provide the original, detailed, and the most complete knowledge in many fields and the only scriptures where God is completely described. Vedic knowledge realization evolves the consciousness and eventually frees one from material life. No Vedic knowledge realization ensures gradual degradation of the soul to lower species (plants/animals).

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