In India, Sanatan Shastar Vidiya is traditionally spoken of as a gift from Lord Shiva to the world. It was given to mankind by the great deity so it may defend and up hold Dharma - the way of law, peace and harmony in the world; to ensure that all may live happy, prosperous and productive lives.
In the 16th Century, the Sikh Gurus infused new life into this ancient art to revive it as an instrument for upholding and defending Sanatan Dharma in the face of tyranny. In this context, in harmony with the egalitarian teachings of Sikh philosophy, Shastar Vidiya is open to all decent law-abiding people around the world, regardless of race, religion, colour, caste, gender, or sexual orientation.
In the past Hindu, Sikh and 'Mureed' (Muslim) warriors all trained together in the Akali Nihang Baba Darbara Singh Suraj Bansia Ranjit Shiv Akhara (martial art school). Those intellectually inclined, and who enjoy a physical challenge will relish Shastar Vidiya.
The people, to whom the doors of Shastar Vidiya are close to, are they of low character; those who wish to abuse its skills and knowledge by harming themselves, others, society or bring Shastar Vidiya and the Shiv Akhara into disrepute.