“The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self.” (Shrimad Bhagavatam, 1.2.6)
What is religion? Is there a way to properly define it? Is one better than another? People kill in the name of religion, after all. They apply dogmatic insistence to prevent members from exploring, from asking too many questions.
In the Vedic tradition the closest equivalent term for religion is dharma. The root meaning to this Sanskrit word is “essential characteristic.” That definition then extends to procedures and guidelines followed to maintain the essential characteristic of the individual, who is spirit soul at the core. Dharma thus also gets translated as “virtue” and “duty.”
Due to time and circumstance, the practice of dharma is not always the same. In some…
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