Lord Narayana created Brahma, and taught him the Vedas. With the help of the Vedas, Brahma began to create. The Upanishads say that the Lord revealed Himself to Brahma and also reveals Himself to those who study the Vedas. Those who desire moksha worship Him.
The Vedas have no beginning. Likewise, The Supreme One has no beginning either. Sanatana Dharma talks about the Vedas and the Supreme One, and also about the ways to reach Him, said Velukkudi Krishnan, in a discourse.
There are certain beliefs which are basic to Sanatana Dharma. The belief that the atma is superior to the body, the conviction that the atma must strive for moksha, the belief in repeated births until the atma is finally liberated, the belief that God alone can liberate us, the belief that the liberated soul is never reborn.
Ways to reach God
All jivatmas are born due to their karma, and what they face in life is a result of their karma. Every atma must resort to a way to reach God. God Himself has given us many choices in this respect. We can resort to karma yoga, bhakti yoga or gnana yoga, or Saranagati, to reach Him. And this should be our aim in life. Moksha is the goal we should work towards.
We often say that we have studied the Itihasas and the Puranas and we think this is sufficient to get us across the ocean of samsara. But how have we studied these works?
Have we studied them with a view to adhering to the morals they give us? Do we ignore abuse, or do we lose our temper when confronted by someone inimically disposed towards us?
Speak the truth
Do we have equanimity of temper? Do we follow at least a portion of what the Lord asks us to? We could make a small beginning by resolving to speak the truth always. This will slowly lead us to a desire to help others.
From the stage of dharma, we graduate to the next stage and so on. What is difficult is for us to take that first step. Once we do it, the rest will follow.
Sanatana Dharma shows us that the Lord can be reached, if we try to reach Him.