Sunday, May 18, 2008

What Is Righteousness Or Dharma???

The essence of Dharma or Righteousness is complex and has many facets of it. Strictly speaking there is no equivalent word in English to Dharma, but the nearest meaningful word is righteousness. As per Mahabharata, one of the greatest epics of Hindu Santayana Dharma, Dharma is defined in many ways.

Actually Hinduism is not a religion, but it is a way of life, and it is not formed by any single great person.

Dharma has got the following characteristics, hidden in it:

1. Non-violence
2. Truth fullness
3. Forgiveness
4. Conquest over anger (Self-control)
5. Charity (mainly towards the poor and the needy)
6. Justice providing
7. Not indulging in illegal sexual offences
8. be loyal to the superiors (Obedient), etc.

By following the path of the Dharma, one can gain happiness, mental piece and purity in thoughts and deeds. The best Dharma is the ability to show mercy and compassion towards all beings.

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