Sanaatani Pillars

In a corporation, to enable all employees to live-up to the philosophy of the organization, many procedures, departments, roles with responsibilities are created. Similarly, to enable a society to live by its philosophy societal institutions are created. These institutions enable adoption of philosophy on day-to-day basis and provides a mechanism to update the system to accommodate for changes in the society and world at large. In case of Sanaatan Society, some examples are given below:

  • Ashram Vyavstha: These are for individuals, guiding an individual to pursue different aspects of life as per his/ her age and varn [profession]. There are four ashrams: Brahmacharya, Grihasta, Vaanprasth and Sanyaas..
  • Varn Vyavstha: Primarily, every society needs guide/ philosopher, protectors, earners and helpers. Each category has value in the society and is expected to contribute in that capacity.
  • Mandir: Apart from a place for individual's pooja [opportunity to express gratitude to the Creator and Sustainer], it provides a place for all the members of the society to feel equal, enables haves to offer extra to God and have-nots to get help from the God. This system eliminates the feeling of superiority or inferiority. 
  • Teerth-Yatra: A mechanism for societies to know each-other and learn from each-other with a good feeling. It also enabled people to pay respect to those [Rishies/ philosophers] who toiled in the past for the betterment of humanity.
  • Kumbh-Mela: Kumbh-mela as well as other gatherings enables Rishies to educate masses by giving discourses on various topics. This eliminated the need for skills of reading and writing [which takes so much energy today]. The discourses also standardized practices within the followers of a Darshan [or a Guru lineage]. 
  • Debate: Healthy debates, with very high stakes [loser will become disciple of the winner or whatever is the agreement], enabled philosophy to be updated by the brightest, wisest and most logical Rishi of the time.

Devotion is a social force and some of the pillars promoted the devotional qualities of the individual and the society, thus creating positive force for harmony in society.