By A. V. Srinivasan
Dharma is an historical Hindu proposal which serves as a starting place from which the Hindu worth approach has developed. The ebook presents a standpoint for either Hindus and others to improve a suppose for this such a lot sophisticated, but a wholly ingrained function that outline Hindu existence each day.
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This broader concept which holds the universe together may be looked upon as Dharma = rta + rna + dharma. Dharma serves as the basis of all order - physical, social, moral, functional - an all inclusive package - that envelops rta and rna. 92) who defines ten components of dharma in individuals: contentment, forgiveness, control over mind, honesty, cleanliness of mind and body, control of senses, spiritual learning, truthfulness and freedom from anger. IV. s activities where dharma plays a key role.
But how is one to know what constitutes proper dharmic behavior in any given situation? This is a much more difficult question and one that has given pause even to some of the most prominent figures in the Hindu tradition. ” (Na dharmādharmau carata āvam sva iti. 6). Dharma is indeed a subtle and elusive concept, and it demands careful and sustained examination before one can be confident of applying it correctly in daily life. Dr. V. Srinivasan has written this thoughtful essay on dharma in response to the particular needs of young Hindus living in North America.
So the watch is over ourselves -- to see how we behave in the course of each day as we perform our duties, interact with others, and serve ourselves, our family, our town, our society, our country and our world. We must therefore look inwards and examine our lives through the lens of dharma. When a large number of people in a society violate dharma, then the society as a whole is in danger resulting in major upheaval. This was the state of affairs that led to the Mahabharata war. The power of Adharma can be such that even the strong adherents to dharma may be tempted to give up and throw in the towel as it were.
Dharma: Hindu Approach to a Purposeful Life by A. V. Srinivasan