An irrefutable and invincible logical reason as to why Sanaatana-dharma is the only true and natural religion of the mankind, thus establishing all other denominations as its later advented mere pervert duplicates.
A) There exist two types of religion (dharma/धर्म) viz., natural/spontaneous/primeval (svaabhaavika/स्वाभाविक/moola/मूल) and imposed/artificial/unnatural (आरोपित कृत्रिम/aaropita kritrima).
B) Only a natural religion is a true religion (vaastavika/वास्तविक). Imposed is never genuine (अवास्तविक/avaastavika).
C) However, the natural has to be beginningless (anaadi/अनादि), everlasting (shaashvat/शाश्वत), eternal (nitya/नित्य), immortal (अमर/amara), trans-human (apaurusheya/अपौरुषेय) and God-manifest (भगवत्प्रकाशित/bhagavat-prakaashita) as opposed to the unnatural which has a dated historical beginning (sa-aadi/सादि), is temporal (क्षणिक/kshanika), with an end/mortal (sa-anta/सान्त), human-made (paurusheya/पौरुषेय) and made manifest by a worldly creature (jantu-praneeta/जन्तु-प्रणीत).
D) An object without beginning (an-aadi-vastu/अनादि-वस्तु) is, simultaneously (yugapad-roopena/युगपद्रूपेण) and invariably (निश्चिद्रूपेण/nischid-roopena), an object without an end (an-anta-vastu/अनन्त-वस्तु), too. Whereas, an object with a traceable beginning (sa-aadi-vastu/सादि-वस्तु) is, concurrently, an object with an end (sa-anta-vastu/सान्त-वस्तु), as well. It is as simple as this — beginning has an end and without beginning has no end. Evidence of this principle is, also, found in the Geetaa’s Second Chapter verse — “jaatasya hi dhruvo mrityur dhruvam janma-mritasya ca….” (“जातस्य हि ध्रुवो मृत्युर्ध्रुवं जन्म-मृतस्य च”).
E) There exist two types of beginningless objects viz., one which exists or existent (भावयुक्त सत्पदार्थ/bhaava-yukta sat-padaartha) and the one which doesn’t or non-existent (अभावयुक्त असत्पदार्थ/abhaava-yukta asat-padaartha). A non-existent has no beginning. An existent, too, doesn’t have a beginning. The ‘sat’ and ‘a-sat’ principle is depicted in Geetaa, too — “na asato vidyate bhaavo na abhaavo vidyate satah” (“नासतो विद्यते भावो नाभावो विद्यते सत:”).
F) Since, Sanaatana-dharma is an existential entity practiced by followers and unlike a non-existent horn of a rabbit (शश-शृङ्ग-असदृश/shasha-shringa-asadrisha — rabbits don’t have horn), even if such Sanaatana-dharma is to be placed in a category of a beginningless object, it can only be placed into the ‘bhaava-yukta an-aadi-padaartha/भाव-युक्त अनादि-पदार्थ’ category (श्रेणी/shrenee) or a category of ‘existential beginningless item’. If, once, it is placed into this category, it will come to enjoy the rank of a ‘bhaava-yukta an-anta-padaartha/भाव-युक्त अनन्त-पदार्थ’ or an ‘existential end-less item’ — thus, turning it (Sanaatana-dharma) into an eternal existential object (nitya-bhaava-maya padaartha/नित्य-भाव-मय पदार्थ). Nitya or eternal means in existence without beginning and without end (aadi+anta-rahita-sattaa / आदि+अन्त-रहित-सत्ता).
G) Once, it (Sanaatana-dharma) is established as an eternally existential object, it will, concurrently, be established as the sole natural religion of the mankind (without any other competitor religious denomination) — for all jeevas/जीव (living beings) are eternal and without a beginning or an end. (Why jeevas are eternal? Because, they are sparks of consciousness personified and consciousness is an element which never ceases to exist for if it would cease to exist, it wouldn’t be called as consciousness/chetanaa/चेतना.) So, only an eternally existent religion devoid of a beginning and an end can be, logically, considered as compatible to the likewise status (sa-jaateeya/सजातीय) of the jeeva-aatmaas (living souls) which are, too, eternally existing objects devoid of beginning/commencement and termination/end.
H) So, let us start analyzing the unanimously accepted (accepted by the scholars and leaders of non-Vedic/non-Sanaatanee/non-Aaryan/non-Hindu religious denominations, too) facts about Sanaatana-dharma.
(i) Sanaatana-dharma has been considered to be without a historically recorded beginning. Both the current religious history globally existing (of both Occidental and Oriental types / praachya + paashchaattya / प्राच्य व पाश्चात्त्य) and the up to date global scientific research evidences have not been able to date or ascertain any beginning time source (काल-स्रोत/kaala-srota) and human source (purusha-srota/पुरुष-स्रोत) from which Sanaatana-dharma originated. There has been no appointed (adhikrita/अधिकृत) or elected (nirvaachita/निर्वाचित) or self-proclaimed (svayambhoo/स्वयम्भू) prophet or messenger or son of God who started Sanaatana-dharma in the universal time — though the internal sects found within Sanaatana-dharma have a timely personal origin traceable in history for certain.
Such fact about beginningless existentiality of Sanaatana-dharma (literally meaning ‘eternal religion’) is, unanimously, accepted by all the three parties viz., the followers and representatives of Sanaatana-dharma (sanaatana-dharma-anuyaayee/सनातन-धर्म-अनुयायी) + the representatives of all non-Vedic religious denominations (a-vaidika-mata-anuyaayee/अवैदिक-मतानुयायी) + the scientific researchers (vaijnaanika shodha-karttaa/वैज्ञानिक शोधकर्त्ता).
(ii) In contravention to the above facts concerning Sanaatana-dharma, all the three parties, unanimously, ascertain all non-Vedic denominations to have a certain traceable historical beginning (time source) and a human source of origination.
(iii) Moreover, Sanaatana-dharmees believe their Vedic texts to be of trans-human origin because, as the tradition holds, the sages (rishis/ऋषि) have been perceived as only the divinely acquired intuition-endowed seers (अलौकिक मन्त्रद्रष्टा ऋषि / alaukika mantra-drashtaa rishi) of the God-manifest/revealed non-human Vedic hymns (वैदिकी ऋचा / vaidikee richaa), and are not treated as their composers (न तत्-प्रणेतार: / na tat-pranetaarah). Even Maharshi Vedavyasa is treated as a mere compiler and editor of the Veda and not its author. The Indigenous atheistic Chaarvaaka’s Lokaayatika view claiming the human authorship of the Vedas was there and then refuted without its acceptance anywhere in the history.
That the God is the primeval revealer (not creator of) of the Veda is substantiated in the Brihad-aaranyaka-shruti 2.6.10 (Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad affiliated with the Shukla-yajurveda’s Shatapatha Braahmana) as — “asya mahato bhootasya nihshvasitam etad yad rig-vedah yajur-vedah saama-vedah atharvaangirasah……” (“अस्य महतो भूतस्य यदृग्वेदः यजुर्वेदः सामवेदः अथर्वांगिरसः….”). Similarly, Sanaatana-dharma is, directly, God manifest As substantiated in Shreemad-bhaagavatam — “dharmam tu saakshaat bhagavat-praneetam” (“धर्मं तु साक्षाद्भगवत्प्रणीतं”) + “dharma-moolam tu bhagavaan sarva-veda-mayo harih” (“धर्ममूलं तु भगवान् सर्ववेदमयो हरि:”).
(iv) Some modern/Western scientific researchers assert that the Vedas were authored sometime between 1700 to 1100 BC as per the Christian/Gregorian calender and as based on the currently available linguistic and philological evidences in their hand. They consider Shreemad-bhagavad-geetaa (part of Mahaabhaarata epic which was authored by Vedavyaasa) to be in existence only since 500 BCE or so. But, if such is accepted, then the traditional Sanaatanee claim of Veda without timely origin will be jeopardized. Ironicslly, even scientists accept, unanimously, the beginningless stature of Sanaatana-dharma. Moreover, Sanatanees believe Geetaa to have been spoken by Bhagavaan Krishna some 5,150+ years back from now. So, if the Western scientists’ claims of Vedic origin dating to only 1700 BCE is accepted, it, for certain, conflicts with the Sanaatanee concept of Geetaa’s origin about 5150+ years back. And Geetaa mentions the term ‘Veda/वेद’ explicitly in the “….pranavah sarva-vedeshu…” (“…प्रणव: सर्ववेदेषु…..”) verse found in its 10th Chapter. Also, 5000 years is not a timely duration so vast that the origin of Geetaa can be forgotten by the Sanaatanees and so, the opinion on Geetaa’s origin limiting it to, only, about 500 BCE — is untenable.
If Christians can remember their Biblical history and the origin of Jesus Christ not surpassing the timely duration of past 2 millennia (past 2000 years roundabout), it is illogical to think that the Sanaatanees following a timeless religion cannot rememember their past 5000+ years of history, if not more. Hence, the time of origin of Geetaa as given by Western/Christian scientists is not acceptable to the Oriental Sanaatanees. Hence, if Geetaa is 5150+ (according to Sanaatanee tradition) years old and if such Geetaa mentions ‘Veda’, the ‘Veda’ needs to be much more older than Geetaa — even if Veda is not accepted as absolutely beginningless or timeless by the non-Vedic path-treaders. Due to this above given logic, the time of origin of Veda as given by certain Christian/Western/Occidental scientific researchers to be not more than 1700 CBE (before Christ) is untenable and wholly illogical.
The linguistic and philological evidences they have acquired are not untrue, on the other hand. Those oldest dated (through carbon-dating process) Rig-vedah manuscripts analyzed by them are the oldest available scripts. Their current oldest availability is not tantamount to their (Vedas’) origin date and neither it can ascertain whether the Veda has a timely origin or not. Why? Because, as per the Sanaatanee tradition, Veda is known as Shruti which means passed down from generation to generation through guru-shishya oral tradition. Veda was first put into writing only by Vedavyaasa 5000+ years back during the conjunction of Dvaapara and Kali eras. Before that, they existed only in an oral form.
Now, the 500 BCE oldest available scientific existence of Rig-Veda does not disapprove the Sanaatanee claim of Vedas being written down by Vyaasa 5000+ years ago. Manuscripts have a timely limit of existence. For sake, if some book was authored 25,000 years back on a manuscript in timely history, it is possible and logical to have a 25,000 years old manuscript available? Can a manuscript survive that long? And does its (25,000 years old original manuscript’s) cessation of survival past few centuries after its first time authorship translate into that 25,000 years old book’s being a recent composition just because its currently oldest available manuscript is few centuries old? The answer lies in all these questions.
How can the Vedas’ existence cease before their being put into a manuscript form by Vyaasa, especially, when prior to their transfer in a written form, they were in existence in an oral form?
Similarly, how can a 1700 BCE believed existence of Veda currently speculated through scientific researches be considered sufficient/ample enough to decide the first time timely origin of Veda – even if the fact that Veda has no timely origin be discounted for a moment and it be hypothetically accepted that the Veda has a timely origin?
Isn’t it a clear cut example of duplicity and hypocrisy on part of the Western scientific researchers when they, on one hand, unanimously accept Sanaatana-dharma to be without a historically recorded timely origin, but at the same time, try to unsuccessfully establish a very recent origin of the textbook of such beginningless Sanaatana-dharma viz., the Veda — only based on the currently available oldest manuscript of the Veda — by contravening the Sanaatanee tradition which upholds Veda to be a similarly beginningless as their Sanaatana-dharma?
Similarly, their concocted theory of the evolution concerning the Vedic and Puranic Sanskrit is as baseless as how their Big Bang and Darwin’s evolutionary theories have now been outdated due to their flawed stature.
(v) Such (of trans-human manifestation / revelation by God of the Veda) is not the case with the holy textbooks of all non-Vedic denominations whose textbooks have been authored by men either claiming themselves as the prophet, the guru, the messenger or the son of God. This fact is accepted by even the followers of those non-Vedic denominations.
Amalgamated watery part has been extracted out of the milk (neera-ksheera-viveka-nyaayah / नीर-क्षीर-विवेक-न्यायः). The milk has been differentiated from the water and the reality about Sanaatana-dharma’s par-excellence has been established. Rest discretion is left with the rationally intellectual perusal makers.
— Bhakti-rasa-vedanta-pithadhishvara Gurupadacharya Shri-charana
(BRVF — City & dist. of Anand, Gujarat, Bhaarata/India/Hindustan/Aaryaavartta, South-eastern Asia + Maha Shakti Ashram, City of Lodi, San Joaquin County, Northern California, USA, North America)