importance of dharma in hinduism

Importance of dharma in hinduism

Dharma is considered one of the most important goals of a human being in Hinduism. Dharma is often considered as “correct way of living”. Hindu Dharma specify the duties, values and behavior of an individual, in relation to the society in which he is living.

In Brihadaranyaka Upanishad it is mentioned :

तस्माद्धर्मात्परं नास्त्यथो अबलीयान्बलीयां समाशंसते धर्मेण यथा राज्ञैवं यो वै स धर्मः सत्यं वै तत्तस्मात्सत्यं वदन्तमाहुर्धर्मं वदतीति धर्मं वा वदन्तं सत्यं वदतीत्येतद्ध्येवैतदुभयं भवति ॥

Nothing is higher than Dharma. The weak overcomes the stronger by Dharma, as over a king. Truly that Dharma is the Truth, Therefore when a man speaks the Truth, they say, “He speaks the Dharma”; and if he speaks Dharma, they say, “He speaks the Truth!” For both are one.

— Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, 1.4.14


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