Friday, 6 January 2012

Divine Principles: Karma and Dharma (5)

Karma and Dharma are huge aspects of the Hindu faith. A persons Karma determines their rank on the wheel of rebirth while Dharma is the complete rule of life. 

Karma means deeds or actions; it is the moral law of cause and effect. Karma is related to the Samsara because your actions or deeds in one life determine what life form you will become in your next life.

Why do bad things happen to good people? Hindu’s believe these events are happening because the person committed evil deeds in their past life and are now being punished. The Law of Karma holds people responsible for their actions.
Dharma is the complete rule of life; the Hindu term of Dharma can be translated to religion or ethical duty.  Dharma comes from the Sandskrit word meaning “to uphold”, Dharma is basically upholding the order of positive things in your community, nation, household and ultimately the universe. For instance a policeman’s duty is to serve and protect the community. The opposite of Dharma is a-dharma; a-dharma is what happens when a person fails to do their duty. 

To help Hindu's achieve Dharma there are four major sources where they seek guidance from. 
  1.    Divine Revelation- found in sacred scriptures 
  2.     Sacred Tradition- passed on from generations. 
  3.     Follow the example of those who are considered the wisest members of society. 
  4.     Their Conscience- knowing difference between right and wrong.

What You Should Now Know:

Karma is the moral law of cause and effect, it is based in Dharma which is ethical duty. Dharma is connected to social order such as gender, caste and stage of life. 
They are all interconnected

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