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Mohammed Wahid Makda Section – K 9 TA – Jessica Otto Title – Dharma – Hinduism Final Draft Dharma – one of the most basic concepts of the Hindu religion is an extremely complicated concept, which refers to many relevant texts, meanings and other form of text which represent this religion. Hinduism is largely based on Dharma. Dharma being one of the main branches of the religion has many meanings to it too. The term can be translated into the English language into many ways such as ‘morality’, ‘duty’, ‘religion’, ‘law’, etc, there is not one term in English which can be translated as Dharma 1 . Hence, Dharma is a huge concept covering many principles of the Hindu mythology and plays a prominent role in the religion. There are many meanings of Dharma. Also there are many types of Dharma such as The Kings regulation of his kingdom is his Dharma (rajaDharma), the regulation of natural elements is their Dharma (padarthaDharma), and the regulation of communities is community Dharma ( samajaDharma ) 2 . In Bhagavad Gita the fight between Kauravas and the Pandavas is taking place, and this battle is referred to as the battle of Kurukshetra in the Hindu mythology. Kauravas are cousins of Pandavas and the Pandav prince Arjuna is ready for the war, but a doubt stops him from fight as Kauravas were cousins of the Pandavas and killing them would mean killing his own brotherhood for Arjuna. This though weakens him and he decides not to fight. Arjuna being a Kshatriya – a warrior class in the Hindu Caste system, Lord Krishna takes charge and makes Arjuna understand that killing for Dharma is not a sin, but if one goes against their Dharma is a sinful act. In return Lord Krishna, also says that the eternal soul never dies and when a person is dead, he enters another world, but the eternal soul is always alive. 1 Koller John M. – Dharma: An Expresion on Universal Order 2 Koller John M. – Dharma: An Expresion on Universal Order
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Mohammed Wahid Makda Section – K 9 TA – Jessica Otto Title – Dharma – Hinduism Final Draft Dharma in Hinduism is given a lot of importance. Dharma in turn also leads to Karma. Hindus believe in the concept of re-incarnation and thus one who does well and follows his Dharma will be given good Karma. Dharma can be like overall actions of a good human. The duty of man to carry out his overall actions towards his religion. The whole concept of Dharma is very broad. Dharma is not only found in Hinduism but Dharma is followed in all religions. Take
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