Quotations regarding Dharma, an Indian spiritual and religious term, signifies "the way of righteousness" and refers to one's duty or to any path of virtue; the word dharma translates as that which upholds or supports, and is sometimes translated into English as law.
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- To uplift the lowly is dharmam.
- Dharmo Rakshati Rakshitah
- Dharma protects those who protect Dharma.
- Manusmṛti, Ch. 8, verse 15
- No language is perfect. There is no proper equivalent word in English for the Sanskrit term Dharma.
Dharma is generally defined as righteousness or duty. Dharma is the principle of righteousness. It is the principle of holiness. It is also the principle of Unity. ... If you protect it, it will protect you. It is your sole companion after death. It is the sole refuge of humanity.
That which elevates one is Dharma. This is another definition. Dharma is that which leads you to the path of perfection and glory. Self-realisation is the highest Dharma. Dharma is the heart of Hindu ethics.
- Swami Sivananda, as quoted in All about Hinduism (1977) by the Divine Life Society, p. 51