Hinduism is an Eternal Dharma
The philosophy of Hinduism or Sanatan Dharma is reproduced on this earth in its original form on a regular basis so it is not lost with the passage of time. This makes it possible for this philosophy to be available for all generations in every age.
Our perspective on human civilization and civilized thinking doesn't extend much farther back than 20-30,000 years. Since it is only natural this would give us a short-sighted perspective on history, most academic indological research within the last 300 years has placed the origin of the Hindu scriptures or Sanatan Dharma within the last 1500 - 3000 years.
The Vedas, the Brihadaranya Upanishad, the Chandogya Upanishad, the Devi Bhagwat Purana and others describe that the knowledge of the Hindu scriptures is eternal. It was originally produced by God Himself, conceived in consciousness by Brahma, and reproduced in this world at regular intervals by a power of God called Veda Vyasa (who is depicted above). Veda Vyasa is also referred to as a descension or avatar of God.
From the time of an earth planet's creation, the knowledge of this Divine dharma appears in this sequence:
- Brahma conceives the knowledge of the scriptures with God's Grace
- Brahma creates the earth
- Brahma produces several generations of Saints called Rishis
- Brahma imparts the knowledge of the scriptures to the Rishis who are Divine Saints. The Rishis are capable of hearing this knowledge just once and retaining all of it. Because of this another name for the Vedas is 'Shruti' - that which is heard.
- Human civilization starts.
- This knowledge is reproduced in written form.
There are regular periods of dissolution or destruction that happen to an earth planet in one day of Brahma. At this time civilization and all its created works come to an end.
On our earth, human civilization re-started most recently 120 million years ago. At that time, Veda Vyasa -- the Divine power designated for this purpose -- reproduced the same Divine knowledge of Hinduism in the form of the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas and the Sanskrit language -- all which eternally retain their original form.
Veda Vyasa appears at the end of every Dwapar yuga to reproduce the scriptures. The latest revelation of this knowledge was 5000 years ago. The reproduction of these scriptures in the Dwapar yuga prior to this was approximately 3,900,000 years ago.