WHAT IS THE TRUE MEANING OF DHARMA?IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DHARMA & KARMAKAND?
Dharma is the path of righteousness and living one's life according to the codes of conduct as described by the Hindu scriptures.Dharma signifies behaviours that are considered to be in accord with rta, the order that makes life and universe possible, and includes duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and ''right way of living''. Origin and meaning---- The word Dharmacharan (Righteousness) means Dharma + acharan (behaviour) = right behaviour. To be able to comprehend the pervasiveness of this word some of its important derivations and meanings are elucidated below. 1- In the context of society----- ‘`धृ धारयति’ means to bear, to support. Dharmacharan (Righteousness) is that which sustains the people or that which is adopted by meritorious souls. 2. धारणात् धर्मं इत्याहुर्धर्मो धारयती प्रजा: Meaning : Righteousness is that which nurtures the subjects and in turn the society. –( Mahabharat)
3. धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहुर्धर्मेण विधृता: प्रजा: । यस्माद्धारयते सर्वं त्रैलोक्यं सचराचरम् ।। Meaning : Since it nurtures (dharana) it acquired the name of Dharma (Righteousness). Subjects are borne through Righteousness. Consequently the entire universe containing the three regions is supported by Righteousness.( Ramayan) The word ‘Dharma’ has been misused in India since the past 1,500 to 2,000 years because people started to use Dharma in the sense of a religion or sect. However, Dharma is universal and eternal. Dharma is not Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, etc. These are all different religions or sects. Hinduism describes dharma as the natural universal laws whose observance enables humans to be contented and happy, and to save himself from degradation and suffering. Dharma is the moral law combined with spiritual discipline that guides one's life. Hindus consider dharma the very foundation of life. It means "that which holds" the people of this world and the whole creation. Dharma is the "law of being" without which things cannot exist. ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES----- Dharma refers to the religious ethics as propounded by Hindu gurus in ancient Indian scriptures. Tulsidas, author of Ramcharitmanas, has defined the root of dharma as compassion. The Atharva Veda describes dharma symbolically: Prithivim dharmana dhritam, that is, "this world is upheld by dharma". In the epic poem Mahabharata, the Pandavas represent dharma in life and the Kauravas represent adharma. GOOD DHARMA = GOOD KARMA Hinduism accepts the concept of reincarnation, and what determines the state of an individual in the next existence is karma which refers to the actions undertaken by the body and the mind. In order to achieve good karma it is important to live life according to dharma, what is right. This involves doing what is right for the individual, the family, the class or caste and also for the universe itself. Dharma is like a cosmic norm and if one goes against the norm it can result in bad karma. So, dharma affects the future according to the karma accumulated. Therefore one's dharmic path in the next life is the one necessary to bring to fruition all the results of past karma. WHAT MAKES YOU DHARMIC? Anything that helps human being to reach god is dharma and anything that hinders human being from reaching god is adharma. According to the Bhagavat Purana, righteous living or life on a dharmic path has four aspects: austerity (tap), purity (shauch), compassion (daya) and truthfulness (satya); and adharmic or unrighteous life has three vices: pride (ahankar), contact (sangh), and intoxication (madya). The essence of dharma lies in possessing a certain ability, power and spiritual strength. The strength of being dharmic also lies in the unique combination of spiritual brilliance and physical prowess. THE 10 RULES OF DHARMA Manusmriti written by the ancient sage Manu, prescribes 10 essential rules for the observance of dharma: Patience (dhriti), forgiveness (kshama), piety or self control (dama), honesty (asteya), sanctity (shauch), control of senses (indraiya-nigrah), reason (dhi), knowledge or learning (vidya), truthfulness (satya) and absence of anger (krodha). Manu further writes, "Non-violence, truth, non-coveting, purity of body and mind, control of senses are the essence of dharma". Therefore dharmic laws govern not only the individual but all in society. THE PURPOSE OF DHARMA The purpose of dharma is not only to attain a union of the soul with the supreme reality, it also suggests a code of conduct that is intended to secure both worldly joys and supreme happiness. Rishi Kanda has defined dharma in Vaisesika as "that confers worldly joys and leads to supreme happiness". Hinduism is the religion that suggests methods for the attainment of the highest ideal and eternal bliss here and now on earth and not somewhere in heaven. For example, it endorses the idea that it is one's dharma to marry, raise a family and provide for that family in whatever way is necessary. The practice of dharma gives an experience of peace, joy, strength and tranquillity within one's self and makes life disciplined.-
IN SHORT— 01-Dharma is a collection of universal principles, without which there would be no existence of this creation. 02-Dharma is the loving hand of the Divine Mother, which protects the entire creation from total annihilation and holds it up for further development. 03-Dharma is the spiritual mother earth, which bears and protects the entire creation, without which our existence would have no ground. 04-Dharma is the most beautiful maiden Ushas (goddess of the Dawn), it is her radiance and the reddish glow of her most beautiful face which signals the coming of the sun of wisdom and prosperity, and the departure of the darkness of ignorance and poverty. 05-Dharma is Sanatana (eternal) and pervades all religions, because it comprises of all that is eternal and internal in a religion. 06-A life in accordance of Dharma is a life in accordance of the laws of Nature and creation; hence it leads us towards evolution, development and everlasting bliss. WHAT IS THE ETERNAL PRINCIPLE OF DHARMA---- Dharma is our true place in the cosmic process: in time, in space, in awareness, in thought, deed and desire. The eternal principle of Dharma determines the harmonious functions of the cosmic machine. In order that we fulfill our role in the divine play we must behave within our Dharma. That is, we ought to do the right thing, at the right time, in the right way, and for the right reason. By this we attain balance. To establish balance within yourself ensures your own welfare as well as the welfare of society. It opens the path prepared for us by the divine. 01-That which elevates one is Dharma. This is another definition. 02-Dharma is that which leads you to the path of perfection and glory. Dharma is that which helps you to have direct communion with the Lord. Dharma is that which makes you divine. Dharma is the ascending stairway unto God. Self-realisation is the highest Dharma. Dharma is the heart of Hindu ethics. God is the centre of Dharma. 03-Dharma means acara or the regulation of daily life. Achara is the supreme Dharma. It is the basis of Tapas or austerity. It leads to wealth, beauty, longevity and continuity of lineage. Evil conduct and immorality will lead to ill-fame, sorrow, disease and premature death. 04-Dharma has its root in morality and the controller of Dharma is God Himself. 05-Maharshi Jaimini defines Dharma as that which is enjoined by the Vedas and is not ultimately productive of suffering. 'Though the results are slow, person of dharma realizes the atman (Self), understands one's nature, does all work as perfectly as possible, and lives a full life with happiness. That is why dharma is very important and necessary for everyone. Honesty pays, but people do not have the patience to practice it,'----- said Swami Vivekananda.- WHAT IS KARMAKAND-------- It is believe that Karmakand (which is a ritual practice done by Hindus) is used to make dark forces or bad fortune to go away. Brahmin used to do such practice and provide better circumstances for you. This practice can be done for various purposes, for example, Grah Pravesh (use to make bad fortunes stay away from a house and make way for good fortunes), marriage, and death. In all these areas karmakand have different role to serve peace to the people. Every person wants some peace in his or her life and karmakand is the way to achieve peaceful life. Vedic Karmkand & others------ Karmkand has been performing since the Vedic times where Vedas provides enchantments to remove all the bad fortunes and bring peace into life.YAGNA (HAWAN) is the essential part of life WHICH one supportive to the environment also. Other than vedic karmkand, Some i karmkand are also performed for purification of soul or house by removing all the bad spiritual powers from your life. Enchanting is the practice of attaching some supernatural or spiritual powers with the weapon or any wearing like amulet by the means of reciting some words under the supervision of any professional who have got all the knowledge of this type of things. To make the enchantment happens; it would be needed to make some suitable environment, for example, some enchanting are recommended to perform under full moon light to get the lunar power of moon merge with the spiritual forces to make any bad fortune to get away. Some people put the spiritual signs on their new products so that, no one can make bad sight on that product. Importance of Karmkand------ 01-Karmkand is a way to make life discliplined & safe. It is believed that the some evil souls for the purpose of revenge haunts and kills many innocent people. These souls are powerful enough but we can get rid of those souls by either performing Karmkand or enchanting to make those souls stay away from you. It is better to burn the dead body instead of cremating it in the graveyard because some souls are stick to the dead body until & unless they did not get a peace and many evil souls then keep haunting people until their bodies are not burnt. Burning of the dead body means there is no vessel left for the soul to stick in it . 02-Only after passing the primary school of self-purification can be stepped up by stepping on the first stairs of spirituality. If you do self-determination, then the path of self-development opens up. We spent 24 years only after consuming barley bread and buttermilk. Any kind of spicy salt, pepper, Did not use spices. Only in the control of the tongue have the ability to control the organism. If the constipation is overcome, then the ten senses and minds become their slaves. Therefore, the seeker has to wash his mind first ------.ARE RITUALS NEGATIVE? The negativity about rituals is only because of the misuse that has happened, not because ritual is bad, simply because of the possibility of misuse. We are in the process of establishing people with whom there is no question of misuse. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DHARMA & KARAM--------- 1.Dharma and karma are Sanskrit concepts that have been codified through the practice of indigenous Indian religions. 2.Dharma refers to one’s lifelong duty whereas karma refers to someone’s day to day actions and the negative or positive obligations these actions bring about. 3.Dharma is something one must spend a lifetime achieving whereas karma changes from moment to moment. 4.Your dharma influences the type of karma that you actions will bring about. 05-There are four goals of life in Hinduism: artha - obtaining a proper and useful level of wealth kama - fulfilling desires dharma - following right conduce moksha - freedom from the cycle of birth and rebirth. If one engages in dharma, then one earns wealth and fulfills desires in a correct manner and fashion, thus earning moksha (liberation). The four goals of life have to be in balance RITUALS ARE PLAY ING THE ROLE TO ACHIEVE THE TARGET OF DHARMA-------A WAY TO GET THE GOAL----------- BUT NOT GOAL----------SO WITH ADVENT OF NAVRATRI &LUNAR NEW YEAR ---------------GET THE ESSENCE OF DHARMA.............SHIVOHAM