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#1    agyat_theunknown

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Posted 20 July 2005 - 06:25 PM


Religion is a set of social rules for a set of people.

Dharma is the ability of mind to take right decision before any action. In other
words, it is the ability to set rules for oneself.

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Posted 21 July 2005 - 08:51 PM

Dharma; Hinduism.. an individuals duty fullfilled by observance of custom or law. Merriam-Webster
There is not much difference to me in that they are both set by rules. Customs are usually in accordance with some religious belief. Laws were usually written by the religious leaders of the period. So in reality if you are indoctrinated by the customs and laws of your land then it probably has been tied to religion in one way or another.

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Posted 24 July 2005 - 05:54 PM


Dharma makes you able to take your own decisions and hence make you responsible for your acts. It gives you the vision to see your 'self' and the world separately and helps you to understand the relation between the both. You become responsible to choose what is good and bad.




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Posted 25 July 2005 - 01:30 PM

QUOTE(agyat_theunknown @ Jul 24 2005, 01:54 PM)
Dharma makes you able to take your own decisions and hence make you responsible for your acts. It gives you the vision to see your 'self' and the world separately and helps you to understand the relation between the both. You become responsible to choose what is good and bad.

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This sounds very similar to karma. How is it different?

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 05:42 PM

QUOTE(curiousity @ Jul 25 2005, 07:00 PM)
QUOTE(agyat_theunknown @ Jul 24 2005, 01:54 PM)
Dharma makes you able to take your own decisions and hence make you responsible for your acts. It gives you the vision to see your 'self' and the world separately and helps you to understand the relation between the both. You become responsible to choose what is good and bad.

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This sounds very similar to karma. How is it different?

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'Karma' is your actions (your work and thoughts). 'Dharma' is the ability of mind by which you take right decisions to give right direction to your 'karma'.




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Posted 25 July 2005 - 06:36 PM

QUOTE(agyat_theunknown @ Jul 25 2005, 01:42 PM)
QUOTE(curiousity @ Jul 25 2005, 07:00 PM)
QUOTE(agyat_theunknown @ Jul 24 2005, 01:54 PM)
Dharma makes you able to take your own decisions and hence make you responsible for your acts. It gives you the vision to see your 'self' and the world separately and helps you to understand the relation between the both. You become responsible to choose what is good and bad.

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This sounds very similar to karma. How is it different?

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'Karma' is your actions (your work and thoughts). 'Dharma' is the ability of mind by which you take right decisions to give right direction to your 'karma'.

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So Dharma is the minds prerequisite to Karma. How do we strenghthen our Dharma? Also have you seen the new forum yet? check it out.

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 05:45 AM

QUOTE(curiousity @ Jul 26 2005, 12:06 AM)
So Dharma is the minds prerequisite to Karma. How do we strenghthen our Dharma? Also have you seen the new forum yet? check it out.

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Dharma can be strenghthened by the development of your 'understanding'. It works as 'Guru' or teacher for you. When you think, there is someone or something within your mind which is always talking to you! If you have better balance between your thoughts and understanding, you will have stronger dharma within you. Only you are the real judge of your dharma!

What is understood is more important than what is said!

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 06:47 PM

Thanx agyat, I think I understand this concept. To some people it is their higher power (god) and to others like me it is their higher conciousness. Did I get it right?

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 04:17 AM

QUOTE(curiousity @ Jul 27 2005, 12:17 AM)
Thanx agyat, I think I understand this concept. To some people it is their higher power (god) and to others like me it is their higher conciousness. Did I get it right?

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Again, it all depends upon how you look at it i.e. your understanding.
Conciousness or your spiritual 'self' is beyond the realm of mind where you  have the concept of higher or lower. These kind of opposites do not exist in the spiritual mind. The understanding of God depends upon where you put your mind in the mindspectrum (For details, refer to Mindspace).

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Posted 27 July 2005 - 12:16 PM

I guess I need to know more then. I look forward to learning more about this subject. I could really use something like this right about now.

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Posted 28 July 2005 - 06:22 PM

QUOTE(curiousity @ Jul 27 2005, 05:46 PM)
I guess I need to know more then. I look forward to learning more about this subject. I could really use something like this right about now.

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Posted 04 August 2005 - 06:32 AM



The understanding of dharma helps to accept any religion. It makes mind more tolerant and flexible, as you get the ability to understand the rigidity which has been groomed into religion in the name of God or a Supreme Power. Religion has been misused by people to serve for their own purpose.






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