The Vedic culture is known as Sanatan or the eternal culture. Sat Sanatan Dharma is known as Aparusheya, which means that it is not based on a particular individual, but on spiritual experience of tens of thousands of spiritually enlightened individuals, both men and women, called Rishis that were transmitting the message of spirituality. In transmitting this wisdom Rishis respected two important factors: kal – time and des – space, which means that this culture was and is conforming itself to the specific time and space circumstances. The Rishis chose to remain anonymous, hence they named themselves according to their role, as for example Vyasa – the compiler, the translator, the one who collected knowledge. This process made it possible for their realisations to become connected with the earlier teachings in a simple manner, conforming to the particular time and space requirements and transmitted through an unbroken chain of a Master-Disciple relationship – Guru Parampara.
Sat Sanatan Dharma is a relationship between an individual and the universe; moreover, Dharma implies eternal cosmic wisdom, law and action.
Sat – true, Sanatan – eternal and universal, Dharma – what contains and maintains the universe. Sat Sanathan Dharma is therefore what keeps the society and the civilization together by means of proper living. In a wider sense it means getting to know the eternal laws of the universe which control everything. The search after these laws and the implementation of them for the benefit of all is the way of practicing Sat Sanatan Dharma.