Dharma means right action, however it can be used in several different contexts and is an important principle in several different Indian religions including Hinduism, Buddhism (which originated in India, although now there are not many Indian Buddhists), Sikhism and Jainism.

It is a comprehensive Sanskrit word for law, conformity to law or natural righteousness. It is duty as inherent in the circumstances in which a man finds himself at any given time. The scriptures define dharma as “the natural universal laws whose observance enables man to save himself from degradation and suffering.” (3) Virtue, righteousness, right action. (4)

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Right Action for a Not-So-Good Reason

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Gaurav Sharma: If social fear keeps me from doing something wrong, is it good? A great personality has said that if you do something out of fear, it does not have any value. But there is another idea that if something makes you do good deeds or prevents you from doing wrong, the nature of the thing does not matter as what…

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Should I Seek Justice or Leave It to God?

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from S: Namaste!I am in a catch22 situation.A doctor here has brutally beaten a helpless young stray puppy to death.A lawyer wants to frame him and legally punish him.He wants someone to cleverly and nonchalantly video the doctor so that he can gather evidence.I so much want the puppy to get justice but scared of the chaos as a doctor is influential…

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What Is Our Purpose in Life?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Deepika: Dear Friend, I want to find out who do we really live for on Earth? for Divine, for our physical self, or for the society? We are always trying to please people/society and we become someone else (forget our true self) based on their acceptance and rejections. How do live that life then? We are told to follow our heart…

How to Learn More About Ananda

Nayaswami Premdas

Question from Candie: I am interested in learning more about this faith. I used to have some links to free lessons, I have gained the link to the books, however I thought there used to be daily assignments to help you work toward initiation. Bless you for your time, and information. Candie

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How Do We Have Good Thoughts?

Gurupriya

Question from Bina: It is said that karma is the origin of our destiny, so we should do good karma, and thoughts are the origin of our karma, so we should learn to have good thoughts. But though we are forced to learn math, English, history and chemistry, we are not taught what are good thoughts, and how to have them. How do…

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Career vs. Dharma

gopal

Question from M.L.: How do I know if the job I have is my dharma? I cannot feel any joy in my heart when I’m at work and dread going to work in the morning. I’m planning to find another job but am scared. Love M.L.

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Meditation Instead of Sleep?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from marlo: When I first read Autobiography of a Yogi, I was inspired to know that some saints had transcended the need for sleep and were able to use their nights instead for communion with God. That sounded so delightful to me and I decided I would try to use my nights for meditation instead of sleep because my days are so…

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Where there is Dharma, there is Victory!

Nayaswami Dharmadevi

Question from Max: I have a PhD but my academic career didn’t work out. Now I have a dilemma: if I put the PhD and postdoc years in my CV it will be next to impossible to find a “normal” job like in a supermarket; if I don’t put it I have a big gap in my CV. I think finding a job…