Why is there a need for The Dharma Veda?
The scriptures of Sanathana Dharma (Hindu Dharma) represent the largest body of ancient and medieval literature in the world. Outside of the millions of texts and manuscripts that are still being recovered and cataloged each day in India, there are a known 10,000 total scriptures of Sanatana Dharma – of which 3,000 are primary (meaning that these scriptures are foundational for all Dharmins/Hindus regardless of Sampradaya).
Since all this information is too much for the average person to read, let alone comprehend, there is a need to combine all this wisdom into a convenient, ‘user manual’ for Dharma – The Dharma Veda. This new holy book, The Dharma Veda (‘Wisdom of Dharma’) will contain the best knowledge of all the Dharmic Scriptures AND secular knowledge (family management, money/career management, good citizenship, etc.) into one unified reference manual. It will NOT be a closed cannon, but rather will be revised every 12 years at the Maha-Kumbha Mela (Sacred Pitcher Festival) as recommended by Sankaracharya over 1200 years ago.
The act of requiring slight modifications every 12-year cycle creates a system that not only maintains active review of this text, but also forces the global Dharmic community to think about and incorporate the latest knowledge and wisdom for the benefit of all. Akin to a constitution of a nation requiring vigilant and detailed inspection and introspection, the proactive updating of The Dharma Veda provides a wonderful opportunity for consistent, gradual reform as the world and times change. People living thousands of years ago certainly did not compose texts keeping in mind the Internet, air or space travel, smart phones or the tremendous changes happening today with globalization, changing family structures and accelerating technological innovation.
Since Sanathana Dharma (Hinduism) is NOT a book-based religion (where books themselves become a dogmatic object of reverence and worship in their own right), it makes perfect sense to add this guide book as a dynamic force for global spiritual uplift.