Dharma is a unique Indian concept, a gift of Indian civilisation to humanity. It has provided the compass for right action and right livelihood. There is no equivalent word in Western languages. The concept of dharma is not limited to religion: it runs through the many spiritual threads that, together, weave our culture.

All religions that grew from Indian soil – Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism – refer to dharma. In Hinduism, dharma signifies the ‘right way of living’, aligned with rta, the order that sustains life and maintains the universe. In Buddhism, dhamma means ‘cosmic law ...


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