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dharma

Ayurvedic medicine
An ayurvedic term referring to one's divine purpose or spiritual path.
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dharma = (1) truth (satya), that is, the admission of guilt by defendant; (2) ordeal; (3) oath
Dharma and the other three are really four feet of nirnaya (decision), which is one of the four stages of a lawsuit (vyavahara) and so only in a secondary or far-fetched sense is said to be the four padas of vyavahara.
A verdict in a doubtful case is said to be of four kinds: based on dharma, vyavahara, caritra, and king's order.
Perhaps the most ambitious interpretation in this direction is Menski's recent attempt to describe the Hindu law tradition as a system of "self-controlled ordering" that "is the first and foremost method of 'finding' dharma, i.
it is only when all the other sources are silent that the rule of dharma may be sought in the approval of one's conscience.
In the chapter on "Post-Vedic Brahmanical Dharma," Hiltebeitel lays out an interesting case for the affinity of the Apastamba-Dharmasutra and the Mahabharata and opposes these to the other dharmasutras, Manu, and the Ramayana, which "can be said to tighten up the more pluralistic, flexible, and 'broad' dharma of the Mahabharata" (p.
One of the most compelling chapters of the book considers the descriptions of women's dharma in the Mahabharata and contrasts these with the developing dharmasutra literature.
Manohar Shinde, chair of the Dharma Civilization Foundation, said he envisions the new Dharma Center at the Graduate Theological Union as a community of scholar--practitioners who will enrich discourse on contemporary issues from a dharma--centered perspective.
Thurman (1976: 95), following in Lamotte's footsteps, translates the "grasping- as a cognitive act: "Those living beings who understand correctly this teaching of the Dharma will obtain the treasury of the jewels of the Dharma.
te dharmaratnanidhanaprapta bhavisyanti, yesam ayam dharmaparyayo hastagato bhavisyati I Those who have this Dharma-discourse in their hand will obtain a precious treasure of the Dharma.
In so doing, Bowles puts into relief an important assumption that is often made in Indological scholarship, namely that Indic discourses on particular themes are unitary, that all intellectual traditions addressing a particular topic, in this case dharma, are providing aspects of a singular, overarching Indian or Brahminical view of that topic.
With that new material, digest authors expanded hitherto minor topics in dharmasastra such as tirthayatra (pilgrimage), puja (worship), and utsava (religious festival) into major focal points for dharma study.