“Those who have knowledge of dharma say that truth is the highest dharma.”
1) Meaning of this Quote about dharma in Ramayana: –
Dharma is a Sanskrit word which simply means righteousness. Some people have a preconception that this word may be synonymous to a religion. There is a deep difference between them.
Dharma is a concept which is directly linked with the eternal questions of human life about life, death, spirituality, the cycle of life and death and also moksha (meaning: breaking cycle of life and death) 🌀🌀🌀.
We need to practice discipline based on dharma chakra (the wheel). On the other hand, religion has a concept of having a faith on God for the betterment of immortal human beings on earth🚶♂️🚶♀️🚶♂️.
His story was popular all over his country. The people lived in harmony in the village of Kshetra. They understood that its essence lies in practicing truth, compassion, and righteousness🥳🥳🥳.
They celebrated the diversity of beliefs and embraced the universal principle that truth is indeed the highest principle.
2) The dharma story in English: –
Once upon a time there was a young boy named Garud. He used to live in a small village which was named as Kshetra🏡🏠🏘️. Garud was known for his curious nature and his love for learning about dharma and adharma. He would spend his days listening to the wise elders in his village.
They talked about the importance of the truth.
The people mainly followed the ancient teachings of Sanatana Dharma in Kshetra. It emphasized about living a righteous life. They believed that dharmic path was the guiding principle towards a liberation. It has governed every aspect of one’s life.
Garud was fascinated by the teachings of Sanatana belief🕉️🕉️🕉️. He thought to learn more about it.
Garud came across a wise old man whose name was Bodhi one day👴👴👴. He was known for his understanding of the meaning of dharma. Garud approached Bodhi with an eagerness to learn about it. He asked, “Sir, what is the true meaning of Sanatana?”
Bodhi smiled at him. He replied, “Young Garud, Sanatana means the eternal path that leads to righteousness. It provides knowledge and understanding about the spiritual enlightenment🧘♂️🧘♀️🧘.
It encompasses the principles of truth, duty, righteousness, and compassion. Those who have knowledge of dharmic religions say that truth is the highest. Your conduct is karma.”
Garud was captivated by words of Bodhi🧑🏫👩🏫👨🏫. He decided to become a Yoddha who was a warrior of righteousness. He embarked on a journey to learn more about dharmic religions and its various forms.
He studied the scriptures of Hindu, Jain, and even Buddha Dharma. He was seeking to understand their essence of in his life.
Garud traveled from village to village in order to increase his understanding on its principle. He encountered people with different kind of view about their life. He met a Kshatriya, who taught him about the importance of upholding duty of someone.
He also taught about protecting the weak people from wicked people🦹♂️🦹♂️🦹♂️. He learned about Varnashrama Dharma. It emphasized the different responsibilities based on caste of a person and stage of life. The Hindu concept about it is the moral law that Hindus are to observe.
Garud also met a Jain monk who explained the concept of Ahimsa(non-violence,). It is a central tenet of Jain Dharma. He learned that the path to enlightenment lay in leading a life. A life of compassion and harmlessness towards all living beings🧬🧬🧬.
Garud stumbled upon a Buddhist monastery during his journey. There he met a wise monk. The monk taught him about Four Noble Truths and also Eightfold Path. They formed the core of Buddha Dharma. Garud realized that the path to liberation lay in overcoming desires. It also helps in attaining inner peace🕊️🕊️🕊️.
Garud delved deeper and deeper into his quest for dragon shard of knowledge. He discovered that the paths might vary but the underlying principle remained the same. It was to live a righteous life which is guided by truth and compassion🙏🙏🙏.
Garud returned to Kshetra as a Yoddha. He was ready to spread the teachings he had learned. He shared his experiences with the villagers. He emphasized that the path of enlightenment was not confined to a particular religion.
“Dharma is the moral law”, and if achieved, one can be free from reincarnation. It was a universal concept that transcended all boundaries🚡🚡🚡
The villagers listened to Garud with rapt with attention seeking behavior. They embraced the wisdom of dharma. They were convinced to follow the path of righteousness. The road to Enlightenment could bring harmony and peace to their lives and the community🛣️🛣️🛣️.
Garud’s journey had taught him that the dharmic concept was not just a set of rules. It was a way of life. It was about making conscious choices and acting in accordance with one’s higher self. He became a beacon of light🕯️🕯️🕯️. He started guiding others on its path.
His dharmic story was popular all over his country. The people lived in harmony in the village of Kshetra. They understood that its essence lay in practicing truth, compassion, and righteousness🥳🥳🥳. They celebrated the diversity of beliefs and embraced the universal principle that truth is indeed the highest among all practices.
3) What do I think about the concept of dharma?
Since my birth I have been following Sanatana Dharma. It has taught me many more things about life. There are many texts like Vedas, Upanishads, puranas which is fulfilled with philosophical knowledge. I am raised in that environment where people still believe in spirituality and practices it.
One of the greatest philosophers was born in our country. He was Gautam Buddha☸️☸️☸️. We are very thankful for deeds that he had done for the sake of humanity. For the rest of the world Hinduism and Buddhism may be two different religions but for Nepal, we practice both religions.
It is an important tenet of Hinduism and Buddhism.
From Its teachings of buddha I learnt about the Divya Caksu (third eye) which helps us to visualize the world. It is not the physical eye which is supposed to be in our forehead. It is the concept of imagination through you can see every process of life and death🤔🤔🤔.
We are living a complex matrix system where every organism has to go through a cycle of life and death. It is the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that characterizes human life.
We can break this cycle through strong commitment. Likewise, it is also believed that we can change the direction of wheel and attain moksha; it completely depends upon us.
“Om” is regarded as a symbol which helps us to attain moksha. It is the teaching of the buddha. The buddha taught that his it is like a raft.
There are many more things that I have learnt and recommend you too learn books like Bhagwat Geeta, Dhammapada, jatakas, tripitakan. It is also the god who promotes right order and living. It is unique and I also believe in it and dharmic teachings. These books will change your thinking towards life. Thank you!