Doubt and skepticism are two of the most harmful weaknesses that hamper spiritual growth. In order to be successful on the spiritual path, it is crucial to instead cultivate conviction, faith and hope. In this inspiring livestream talk, Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya comments upon two verses from the Vedic scriptures that explain the power and importance of faith in spiritual practice.
“The conviction that is present from the words of the guru that there is only one Reality without a second, that alone is the solitude necessary for meditation, and not a monastery, nor the interior of a forest.” (Maitreya Upanishad, 2.16)
“There is liberation for those who are free from doubts. There is no emancipation even at the end of repeated births for those whose minds are invaded by doubts. Hence one should have faith.” (Maitreya Upanishad, 2.17)
The Dharma Manifesto is a call to action for those who seek a form of social and political action that has a firm spiritual foundation, but which also challenges the prevailing social and religious order in the postmodern West. It does not merely offer criticism – it is also a blueprint for how a national community founded upon Dharmic principles could operate in the twenty-first century. Its author defines the term “Dharma,” which in the ancient Sanskrit language means “Natural Law,” in an unconventional way. For those who embrace Dharma Nationalism, Dharma is predicated upon the pressing need for the organic and munificent re-sacralization of culture and of all human endeavor, as well as the manifestation of the highest potentials attainable by every individual in society in accordance with transcendental principles. Thus, Dharma does not only refer to traditions with which it is usually associated such as Hinduism and Buddhism, but also to the Taoist, Confucian, Zoroastrian, Native American, and European pagan traditions, all of which, this book holds, share a common, basic worldview. This book is therefore a resource for those who want to carry out both an inward, contemplative revolution within themselves as well an outer, social revolution in the world around them, in harmony with one another. It is intended to serve as a systematic program signaling the beginning of a what will hopefully be a new era in humanity’s eternal yearning for meaningful freedom and happiness.