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Sanatana Dharma is not a religion – it is a way of life. Hindu / Hinduism are the names given by Britishers to identify us geographically. Sanatana Dharma’s essence is to enable a human being to live to his/her true nature/potential by elevating their qualities. Different texts give different lists of the duties, but in general sanatana dharma consists of virtues such as honesty, refraining from injuring living beings, purity, goodwill, mercy, patience, forbearance, self-restraint, generosity, and asceticism.

In order to attain self-realization, one has to live a noble life and provide an environment for everyone in this world to attain that goal.  Adi Sankara and Mahaperiyava who are not different from each other have laid out clear responsibilities for us to preserve this sanatana dharma that includes sustaining vedic culture, animal welfare, preserving cultural monuments and supporting poor and needy. 

The objective of KGF is to promote peace, welfare and happiness of all beings in the world by undertaking efforts consistent with the values of Sanatana Dharma as expounded by Sri Adi Shankara and other gurus in the lineage of Sri Kanchi Shankara Matham.

“பகவத் ஸ்வரூபமாக எல்லோரையும் நினைத்து, நமக்குக் கர சரணாகதிகள் தந்துள்ள பகவானுக்குப் பிரீதியாக அந்தக் கரசரணங்களைக் கொண்டு பரோபகாரம் செய்வோம்.” – காஞ்சி மஹாஸ்வாமி

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Veda Rakshanam

People recognized that the Brahmins, who possessed the knowledge of Vedas and practiced virtues, brought great benefits to society without seeking personal gain. They acknowledged the abundant love, respect, and faith present in them. They observed that society flourished without any conflicts or diseases, and they attributed it to vedas and  the performance of Vedic rituals. It is everyone’s duty to preserve veda not to benefit any specific community but to benefit the entire humanity. – Kanchi Mahaswami

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Cow Protection

“கறவை நின்ற மாடுகளை அடிமாட்டுக்காக விற்காமல் ஜீவிய காலம்வரை அவற்றைக் காப்பாற்ற வழி செய்யவேண்டியதும் நம் ஒவ்வொருவருக்கும் உள்ள கடமை – தாயாருக்குச் செய்யவேண்டிய கடமைக்கு ஸமதையான கடமை. பகவத் ஸ்ருஷ்டியிலேயே தன் கன்றுக்கு வேண்டியதைவிட உபரியாக மற்றவர்களுக்கென்றும் பாலைச் சுரக்கிற பசு நமக்கெல்லாம் தாயார்தான்”

காஞ்சி மஹாஸ்வாமி

Many wonder why the Vedic and Vaishnava cultures especially stress protection of the cow. The philosophical reason is simple: The cow is considered one of our mothers, as she gives us her milk and thus nutures our health and well being. Just as no civilized person would injure or kill their mother, the Vedas teach that to take milk from the cow and then kill her is the same as killing one’s mother. Similarly, the bull is considered like the father because the bull traditionally helps in the tilling of the fields, and thus is to be respected. We believe protecting cows is a most important component of protecting the earth. According to the ancient Vedic texts the cow is the representative of Mother Earth. And, when the cow and the bull are mistreated, Mother Earth withdraws her bounty.

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Cultural Preservation

Ancient India conceptualized Hindu temples as an epitome of knowledge, art, architecture, dance and music. Each era had a distinctive construction and cultural practice unique in it’s ideology and development. Hindu temples have some of the most exquisite carvings, architecture and styles intrinsic to India. The unmatched architecture contribute to the rich Hindu cultural heritage. They were seen as not mere places of worship, but sacred buildings where religious elaborate practices flourished whose basis was grace and eternal happiness.

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Support For Poor

When we use the word compassion, it sounds a bit condescending. It is as though, the one who bestows compassion is at a higher level, and the one who receives it is on a lower one. When we start looking down on the person we help, that very act of charity becomes unclean. When we help others, we should develop simplicity, humility, and negation of ego. On the other hand, if we think we are obliging somebody by bestowing help on them, it leads to arrogance. Instead of elevating our soul, it will degrade the same. It is better to use the word love instead of compassion, because it is more of an equalizer. Love is something we instinctively show to those who are our own.  No arrogance is involved here, not as though we are showing kindness towards a stranger. – Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

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This is a samashti yagnam

To work together with people who have similar aspirations as ours, unite everyone into one organization, and serve with a common goal is a virtue. When many people come together, much work can be accomplished. Through sathya and niyama, these organizations should be protected to function for long time Those who engage in these kainkaryams require courage and encouragement. They must possess the quality of not retaliating for insult with insult. – Jagadguru Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Swamigal

Mahaswami has always discouraged doing these kainkaryams with few large donors and encouraged to involve everyone to do it as a community project. So join us in this journey regardless of the amount you contribute.


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