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Mahabharat

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The concept of dharma is the most central and core concept of Hindu philosophy, “all the other principles and values flow from the beautiful fountain of Dharma” . Consequently, the Hindu scriptures present many examples of its importance in a variety of ways. The two epics Mahabharata and Ramayana are particularly interesting in their presentation of dharma. Dharma can be translated as right action, right conduct, virtue, moral law etc; however, these words even fall short of explaining the true meaning of dharma. The concept of dharma is subtle and is therefore very hard to grasp. Many have made attempts to define dharma, but have not yet aroused any intellectual minds. If one of the scholars defines dharma as “a mode of life or a code of conduct, which regulated a man’s work and activities as a member of society and as an individual to bring about the gradual development of a man and to enable him to reach what was deemed to be the goal of human existence” Then, the other scholar defines it as “that which holds a thing together, makes it what it is, prevents it from breaking up and changing into something else, its characteristic function, it’s peculiar property, it’s fundamental attribute, its essential nature,…is its dharma, the law its being primarily” Just from these two definitions, it’s apparent that the concept of dharma includes so much that it is hard to capture the essence of it in just few words. The concept of dharma is very broad and is very difficult to grasp because there is no clear-cut definition of dharma that captures the essence of it. However, one can try to see how the works like the Mahabharata approach the concept. The epic mainly deals with the loss and reestablishment of dharma on Earth. my answer: whensoever Dharma declines and Adharma uprises, the Bhagavan creates himself to guard the good and to destroy the wicked; to establish the Dharma firmly, he comes into being again and again” If dharma is the ultimate goal that one has to...
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