9. What is religion?

Radhika Raman Das
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To follow the teachings/laws of God is called religion. Since God is eternal, His teachings must also be eternal, and thus the religion of God must also be eternal.

  • God is eternal, meaning He has always existed
  • If God has eternally existed, then man must also have eternally existed. Why would God live alone?
  • The teachings/laws created by God for man to follow must have eternally existed

That eternal religion which was created by the eternal God is called “Sanatan-Dharma”, which literally means the ‘Eternal Religion’, and referred to as the Vedic religion or pure Hinduism. The eternal teachings of God are contained in the Vedic Scriptures.

The highest form of religion is that by which one becomes fully conscious of the existence of God, including His form, name, qualities, pastimes, abode and all-pervasive features. When everything is completely known, that is the perfection of religious knowledge, and this can only be achieved by the Vedic knowledge. God is not described in the non-Vedic scriptures.

The Vedic religion has been proven to be the oldest on the planet, and the oldest scriptures on the planet are the Vedic scriptures, which were written in the oldest language known to man, Sanskrit. Sanskrit is known to be the most systematic language on the planet, the best language.

You are the Supreme person, eternal, imperishable, inexhaustible, the sustainer of the eternal religion. You are the basis of this universe.”

Arjuna to Lord Krishna, BhagavadGita 11.18

It is only Lord Krishna who is eternally known as the Supreme Person, God. All other so-called Gods are recent man-made creations and they cannot exhibit the qualities of God. Only Lord Krishna has so far proved Himself to be the one true God, and not just once, but millions of times

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Raman (Radhika Raman Das) joined ISKCON in 2003 and got initiated by HH Bhakti Caitanya Swami Maharaj in 2011. As the Editor in Chief at "The Vaisnava - Online Magazine", he helps readers around the world hone in their Spiritual Curiosity, express their unique realizations as aspiring Vaisnava writers and enthusiasts, as well as to spread the digital seed of Srila Prabhupada's mission to spread Krishna Consciousness all around the globe.
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