Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha

I hear this dictum being repeated loudly over and over again by my son-in-law PV.

Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitaha: If you protect your Dharma (i.e., duty with a moral
responsibility), in turn, your Dharma will protect you.

The concept of "Dharma" has been with us from time immemorial. What does Dharma mean?

The word is clearly derived from the root "Dhr" - which denotes: "upholding", "supporting",
"nourishing" and "sustaining". - that which upholds is Dharma.

Dharma is for the stability of society, the maintenance of social order and the general well-being and progress of mankind. Whatever conduces to the fulfilment of these objects is Dharma.

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