Sanatan Dharma


Updated on: 09-12-2021

Update 09-12-2021


There are a few requests to share pdf file as readers are not able to download the file. This is due to security update in Google Docs. Many folders and pdf files are by default now secured and cannot be downloaded without permission of owner even though the document is shared with 'Anyone with the link can download, no sign-in required'. Google adds a security key known as response key, which is embedded in the shared URL. Please refer here for more details. This response key is activated when admin / owner grants access to the document. The issue is now sorted out and readers will be able to download pdf file. Just in case you are not able to download the file, please contact us at indiaspirituality [at]

In order to be open to suggestions, we have created a Google Docs version of the website. Entire website is present as a single document i.e. Google Docs document and anyone can suggest corrections. The site owner usually gets notification to such suggestions, but at times the email notification may not be received or may land in spam folder or the admin may have not checked emails for many days. Please be patient for the response.

There is another request asking permission to access the website, which is different from suggesting edits on the Google Docs version of the site. This is asking permission to edit the website directly by logging in . Currently we do not wish to give grant access to both websites and give editing rights to the interested user. Hence such request to directly edit website are not declined or not entertained.

Just in case you need to communicate, please feel free to email at indiaspirituality [at]

Update 27-08-2021


The content from old site is successfully migrated to new Google Sites platform.

Website is active and has same url (Google Sites now gives HTTPS instead of HTTP protocol.)

If you have visited this site earlier, you must have noticed that the interface has changed.

You may have also noticed some loss of functionality. It is the limitation of the new Website Builder platform by Google Sites.

If you notice any broken links, please email at indiaspirituality [at]



This website is created by Google Sites. Old Google Sites, also known as Classic Sites is being shut down by Google.

Google Says,

Starting September 1, 2021, classic sites will no longer be viewable by anyone. If you want your websites to continue to be viewable, you must convert and publish them to the new Google Sites experience before September 1, 2021.

Google says that the new Google Sites is build on different architecture which is mobile and tab friendly. It is not possible to fully migrate websites created on Google Classic sites to a new google sites. Instead of using migration tool, it was decided to copy paste each and every page to retain the font attributes like bold, italics, colour etc.

Initially, all the content i.e. pages will be transferred to the new sites created from scratch. Then the formatting of data will be done as and when time permits.

New Site builder does not have the flexibility that Classic sites had. The sidebar which was divided into sections is no longer possible. Sidebar is autogenerated with no option to add custom text. New Sites does not allow the auto creation of Sitemap. Hence the author had to create a sidebar section wise on each page just above the footer. In future it could be added in footer itself.

Due to lack of technical knowledge there may be inconsistencies in layout of each page. Please bear with us until it is fixed.

New Sites does not directly support tables too. They can be added as embeded HTML code or displayed as a linked object via Google Sheets. Hence table had to be created on google sheets and then linked on the page.

Recent Site Activity, Recent updates and downloads page are also not supported by the new layout. Entire website can be downloaded in pdf and odt format. Links will be updated shortly. This site is more than 550 + A4 size pages. Google docs takes too much time to load and edit the site. Hence it was decided to create an odt file using Libreoffice suite. If time permits, the website will be divided into two or more parts and then hosted on google docs so that interested visitors can download it and even suggest corrections.

New Google Sites Website Builder focuses on creating smaller 5-10 page long websites for personal or professional use. It is not suitable for website like 'Understanding Advaita' or 'Sanatan Dharma' which are known as 'Knowledge Base' or 'Handbook'.

The author hopes that the new site turns out to be more user friendly then older one.

May this website continue to help students of Advaita Vedanta.

Hari OM