Sanatana means ‘eternal’ and Dharma means ‘natural tendency’. In brief, we can say that Sanatana Dharma means “our eternal natural tendency”. On this earth, the things we gaze upon with our eyes are material; nothing material is eternal. We can understand, however, that material things are valuable, as they help us establish our eternal nature. For example, our body is material and our soul is eternal. The soul is connected with the Super Soul, Sri Bhagavan. God gives us intelligence to help us establish our eternal nature. If we apply our intelligence we can see that our nature is to serve. When we serve material things they may be destroyed today or tomorrow, but when we serve spiritual things which are connected with our spirit we are following our eternal nature, which brings us happiness eternally. With our intelligence we should seek out the association of those who can help us establish our eternal nature. This Sanatana Dharma conference is representing such association.
The nature of water is liquid, but we can see that at certain temperatures water becomes ice, it becomes hard. We can also see that the same water becomes vapour in certain temperatures. The nature of water is liquid; in the proper temperature the ice will melt and again become liquid, the vapour will condense and again become liquid.
In a similar way, due to the influence of present day societies, the human beings have lost their eternal nature; instead of establishing their service mood towards God, they are establishing service to their senses. This is the root cause of distress. This Sanatana Dharma conference should help us to remember our true identity and our eternal nature, which will allow all human beings to be happy eternally. After establishing happiness, we find there is love; where there is love there is peace and bliss. I am praying to my Lords, Sri Sri Radha Krishna, to establish eternal love, bliss and happiness within the Sanatana Dharma Foundation, within all human beings and all living entities with this chanting of the Holy Name, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. According to the instructions of the Brihat Narada Purana:
harer nama harer nama harer nama eva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva nasty eva gatir anyatha
“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy, the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.”
paibe parama pritiananda apara
“By chanting this Holy name of Krishna,
hare krishna hare krishna, krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama, rama rama hare hare,
you’ll get extreme pleasure, supreme bliss.”
In the service of the Supreme Lord and His associates,