Dharma is a word derived form the Sanskrit which has different meanings. It is a word which, stemming from the Hindu culture, in its unicity has been adopted as an original term in the English language. Etymologically it may be derived from the root dhr, which means maintain, engage, practice or support, plus the extension of man which refers to thinking, believing, and imagining. In general terms the word thus implies the practice of belief or the action supportive of thought. The practical use of the term betrays the following definitions:
- Dharma constitutes a vedic antonym with the word karma: karma or fruitive, profit-minded activity is the problem, dharma or voluntarism is the solution.
- Work and unemployment - The Filognostic Manifesto
- Definition of dharma according the lexicon of bhagavata.org
- Wikipedia definition.
- Monier Williams Woordenboek Sanskriet
- Sathya Sai Baba - This guru speaks of sathya, dharma, prema, ahimsa and shanti or truthfulness, righteousness, love, nonviolence, and peace as the basic human values of religious uniting.
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