“Do not allow your political stance to contaminate your spirituality. Rather, allow your spirituality to inform your politics.” – Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
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The Dharma Manifesto by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya is a “blueprint” for creating a new type of society based on the ancient spiritual principles. At its core is to restore the sacred to the ordinary and dignity to the individual so that each person might fulfill their full potential. Below is the first of a two-part interview exploring Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya’s life, work, the principles and purpose of The Dharma Manifesto, and his vision for a new, very different, and Dharmic politics and nation state.
About Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya:
Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya has been a follower of Sanatana Dharma (“Hinduism”) for four decades, and has been a recognized teacher in the tradition since 1988. He holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is the founder, head, and guide of the global Dharma Nation movement. He also lectures and writes on the Dharma. His other books include The Shakti Principle: Encountering the Feminine Power of God and Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Natural Way.
The global rise of Dharma, the future Dharmic nation state, and the thousand-year war against Hinduism. These are just a few of the subjects Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (an ordained orthodox Vedic brahmana, and author of The Dharma Manifesto) discusses in this, the second part of a two-part interview with People of Shambhala. We hope you enjoy.
About Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya:
Author David Frawley has said of Sri Acharyaji, that he “represents the Sankalpa [the will] of the Hindu people and the cause of Sanatana Dharma.” He has been a follower of Sanatana Dharma (“Hinduism”) for four decades, and has been a recognized teacher in the tradition since 1988. Sri Acharyaji holds a doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and is the founder, head, and guide of the global Dharma Nation movement. He also lectures and writes on the Dharma. His other books include The Shakti Principle: Encountering the Feminine Power of God and Sanatana Dharma: The Eternal Natural Way.
It is possible to have government function in a way that is healthy, efficient, spiritual and organic.
Read “The Dharma Manifesto”, by Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya, to learn how.
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Over the years, we have been offered “holy wars”, “class wars”, “culture wars”, and “info wars” as attempted solutions for the dire global crisis that we are currently experiencing. In actuality, what we have been experiencing has been a consciousness war. We are presently in an ongoing struggle between the forces of materialism (with its consciousness of lust, anger and greed) versus the forces of spirituality (with its consciousness of love, tranquility and compassion). The way to transform our world for the better is to help others to elevate their consciousness, and thus liberate their perception and awareness of the truth of their true identity and of what is truly happening around them.
Sanatana Dharma (The Eternal Natural Way) begins with the natural supposition that God not only exists, but is the basis of all reality. Atheism is a pseudo ideology predicated upon a need to justify moral and existential cowardice. “If there is no God,” the atheist hopes, “then I am accountable to nothing but my own whims.” Sanatana Dharma offers a path free from such amoral self-delusion!
In America today, there is very little that you can actually do without getting some sort of a “license” or a “permit” first.
Do you want to leave your home?
You better get a license to drive first or find someone that does.
Do you want to start a business?
You better get ready for a very long relationship with licenses and permits.
Do you want to open a Hot Dog Stand?
A 13 year old boy up in Michigan has had his hot dog stand shut down because of a zoning violation. His parents actually thought that they had all the proper licensing.
Do you want to collect rainwater?
Could you imagine being sent to prison for collecting the rain that falls from the sky on your own property? A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.
Care for a Smoke?
Santa Monica, California has decided to make it illegal to smoke inside your own home.
Want to take a drive with Fido?
In New Jersey, if you are driving around with an “unrestrained” cat or dog in your vehicle you can be fined up to $1000 for each offense.
How about a bake sale?
Hazelwood, Missouri it is actually illegal for little girls to sell girl scout cookies in the front yards of their own homes.
Don’t let junior play with chalk.
In one Denver neighborhood, children have been banned from drawing on the sidewalk with colored chalk.
And forget that lemonade stand.
All over the United States, lemonade stands run by small children are being shut down by police because they do not have the “proper permits”.
How about reading some religious scriptures?
Recently a man that was arrested for hosting a Bible study in his own home. It turns out that he is still in prison serving his 60 day prison sentence.
Are you growing a garden?
Denise Morrison in Tulsa, Oklahoma had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs. She was relying on that garden to provide the things that she needed. But the government control freaks savagely ripped it all out and left her with nothing.
Does junior ever throw temper tantrums?
If so, your child may get arrested and sent to a mental institution if he or she throws a tantrum in front of the police. A 6-year-old girl down in Florida was “throwing objects, hitting administration personnel and screaming uncontrollably” so police handcuffed the 40 pound little girl and shipped her off to a mental institution for evaluation.
Don’t pack plastic utensils with juniors lunch.
An 11-year-old kid down in Florida was actually arrested by police, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony simply for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.
Better get your dose of Fluoride
In Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch. In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.
Blogging? Forget it in Philly
It is illegal to make even a single dollar from a blog unless you buy a $300 business license. The Philly government even went after one poor woman who had earned only $11 from her blog over the past two years.
Spare some water Buddy?
In Louisiana one church was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have the “proper permit” to do so.
The beautiful Himalayan mountain nation of Nepal has been a nation deeply rooted in everything Dharmic for many thousands of years. Approximately 90% of her citizens follow Sanatana Dharma, with most of the other 10% following Buddhism.
The Dharmic people of Nepal have been known to entire world to be among the most peaceful, joyous, welcoming and spiritually content people on Earth.
Nepal’s peace and joy all came to a dramatic end, however, beginning with the violent, terrorist Communist insurgency that plunged this peaceful Vedic land into a living nightmare of turmoil, death, discontent and conflict. Today, the happy face of Nepal has been violently repressed and replaced with the vicious scowl of atheism. Her youth have been forced at gunpoint to support the Communist oppressors, and Dharma is only a memory for most.
The Dharma Nation Movement calls for the complete annihilation of the totalitarian Communist Party of Nepal, freedom for the Nepali people, and the restoration of Dharma as the official foundation of all national government and policy.
Free the Dharma Nation of Nepal!
Victory to the Dharma Nation!
Vegetarianism: Celebrating Life
By Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya
The reasons for becoming a vegetarian are many. Vegetarianism makes sense from every possible perspective.
Health – Vegetarians have been shown to live longer, as well as suffer much less from such health problems as cancer, heart-disease and other illnesses. Contrary to popular belief, meat foods are not a necessary component of the human diet. In fact, evolutionarily and biologically, humans are not designed to be carnivores. Our teeth and intestinal structures are best suited for an herbivorous (vegetarian) diet.
Economic – A cow has to be fed up to 16 pounds of grain in order to produce only one pound of beef. If this grain were to be fed directly to human beings, world starvation could be eliminated. In addition, the meat industry is one of the most heavily federally subsidized industries in America. Your tax dollars are being wasted supporting an industry that produces an inefficient and unhealthy product.
Environmental – Central and South American rain forests are being decimated at the alarming rate of 2.5 acres per second. Much of this destruction is occurring in order to provide grazing land for beef cattle. Every burger we eat represents a tree mowed down in a rain forest. Also, the meat industry has been repeatedly cited as one of the major industries responsible for massive pollution, including the dumping of noxious wastes into our nation’s water supplies.
Ethical – To kill or give pain to any living creature, especially when such actions are unnecessary and not in self-defense, is morally unjustified. Like you and I, animals are sentient living beings, and have been proven to be capable of feeling pain and suffering. Animals, like humans, cry out if cut; they scream if killed; they mourn if separated from those they love. God created animals, not for us to torture and gobble up thoughtlessly, but to cooperate with, learn from and protect. If we are, indeed, vastly superior to animals in both our ethical development and in our sense of justice, should we not perhaps behave as such?
Spiritual – Most of the world’s varied religious traditions are opposed to creating unnecessary suffering. The two most important qualities that many spiritual paths attempt to instill in their adherents are wisdom and compassion. These qualities are impossible to develop as long as we engage in violence of any sort. However insignificant or distant an act of violence may appear to us (such as the killing and eating of animals), it nonetheless contributes to an overall social attitude of justifying violence. Violent minds lead to violent lifestyles. In such a state of consciousness, it is impossible to make any serious advancement on one’s chosen spiritual path.
These, and many other considerations, make it quite clear that the vegetarian alternative is a lifestyle that is both reasonable and healthy for your body, mind and soul. We hope these facts have given you a little food for thought, and that you will consider becoming a vegetarian. For more information on vegetarianism, please visit Dharmacentral.com
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śravaṇᾱyᾱpi bahubhir yo na labhyaḥ
śṛṇvanto’pi bahavo yaṁ na vidyuḥ
ᾱścaryo vaktᾱ kuśalo’sya labdhᾱ
ᾱścaryo jñᾱtᾱ kuśalᾱnuśiṣṭaḥ
“To many the gift is not given to hear of the nature of the true self. Many, though they hear of the true self, do not understand it. Wonderful is he who speaks of it; intelligent is he who learns of it. Blessed is he who, taught by a good teacher, is actually able to understand it.”
– Katha Upanishad, 1.2.7
“Degrade first the arts if you’d mankind degrade, Hire idiots to paint with cold light and hot shade.” – William Blake (1757-1827)
Art and culture were traditionally considered to be sacred expressions of the beauty of nature and of God, who is the source of nature. Art and culture were not ever meant to be denigrated into the neurotic ugliness that has replace true art today. The artist was not originally a troubled and psychotic con-artist, a greedy business man, or someone devoid of actual talent. A true artist was considered to be someone who was inspired to act as a clear and revealing window unto higher worlds and aspirations. A Dharma Nationalist government would revive the traditional understanding of art and culture as an expression of actual beauty and meaning. We will foster the promotion of culture, beauty, music, and art in all spheres of life by encouraging the creation of Councils of Arts and Culture in every local community. Such councils will be federally unfunded, but funded and maintained strictly on the local level.
The French Revolution was the most bloody, chaotic, and destructive political upheaval of the so-called Enlightenment era. Spurred on by the resentment, envy, jealousy and impiety of the have-nots against the so-called nobility of France, and led by a sociopathic assortment of ideologically inconsistent leaders, the end result of the French Revolution was the summary execution of thousands of the new regime’s imaginary opponents (including many of the original leaders of the very revolution itself!), the wide scale attack against anything that was even suspected of reflecting a religious or spiritual mindset, the destruction of traditional French culture, and the rapid ascendency of atheism, hedonism, and imperialism that eradicated all freedoms in the very name of liberté. The French Revolution was the ultimate triumph of the, heretofore only symptomatic, successful ascendency of the perennial revolt against Natural Law all too often witnessed in the annals of the human history of the Kali Yuga.
As Dharma Nationalists, we obviously reject the failed atheistic ideology of the French Revolution.
The source and basis of all moral, ethical, and legal norms and behavior is the eternal and universal Natural Law. Since atheism intellectually disputes the existence of Natural Law, atheism is itself, subsequently, an attempt to negate the morality, ethics and legal norms and behavior that are predicated upon Natural Law. All follower of Natural Law, then, reject every and all forms of atheism.