I think we shouldn't look at huff post as reference ..I am here to learn from you guys not some western news magazineDharma is also often translated as “law,” but to become a law, a set of rules has to be present which must: (i) be promulgated and decreed by an authority that enjoys political sovereignty over a given territory, (ii) be obligatory, (iii) be interpreted, adjudicated and enforced by courts, and (iv) carry penalties when it is breached. No such description of dharma is found within the traditions.
The dharma-shastras did not create an enforced practice but recorded existing practices. Many traditional smritis (codified social dharma) were documenting prevailing localized customs of particular communities. An important principle was self-governance by a community from within. The smritis do not claim to prescribe an orthodox view from the pulpit, as it were, and it was not until the 19th century, under British colonial rule, that the smritis were turned into “law” enforced by the state.
The reduction of dharma to concepts such as religion and law has harmful consequences: it places the study of dharma in Western frameworks, moving it away from the authority of its own exemplars. Moreover, it creates the false impression that dharma is similar to Christian ecclesiastical law-making and the related struggles for state power.
The result of equating dharma with religion in India has been disastrous: in the name of secularism, dharma has been subjected to the same limits as Christianity in Europe. A non-religious society may still be ethical without belief in God, but an a-dharmic society loses its ethical compass and falls into corruption and decadence.
Dharma Is Not The Same As ReligionA non-religious society may still be ethical without belief in God, but an a-dharmic society loses its ethical compass and falls into corruption and decadence.www.huffpost.com
For your information The Huffingtonpost, India article was written by Rajiv Malhotra. He happens to be a Hindu, from India.I think we shouldn't look at huff post as reference ..I am here to learn from you guys not some western news magazine
I just love Hinduism...
Section 420 in the Indian Penal Code
.deals with Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property.
Ooo ..Rajiv Malhotra...I still remember his website named "infinity something" when i was in college i used to follow him.....For your information The Huffingtonpost, India article was written by Rajiv Malhotra. He happens to be a Hindu, from India.
The first rule of Hinduism is to accept the best concept and practice where ever they are. A diamond is a diamond even if found in a pile of dung.
From your Avatar name, it appears that your "conversion" to Hinduism or your infatuation to Hinduism is recent. Please understand your new love before judging others. Your post is in the wrong section, I have asked the moderator to move it to the appropriate section.
In the Indian Panel code section, 420 means cheating.
I am sure you did not choose your Avatar name to suggest that. In India that connotation is common.
There is a famous Bollywood movie by the name of Sri 420.
Ooo ..Rajiv Malhotra...I still remember his website named "infinity something" when i was in college i used to follow him.....
I am by birth Hindu and i still love it ..My point was just to tell that we shouldn't be following whatever comes from west blindly..we north indians are bit taboistic in these things whatever comes from west is not always gold for example here khaadi was not accepted stuff and was called out of fashion thing but when it came from west with name of lennin it was part of fashion trends and i can tell you many such examples...south Indians i have little knowledege apart from that they live very simple life and are very intelligent guys...........actually when i was in college i joined some call center for 1-2 month their they gave me alias name hence i use in very often...even now...
Thats why i am here to gain bit more from other guys...with limited knowledge i have I just told what I know and understand...You sir have a very simplistic view of North and South Indians. We do not fit your molds. We are diverse and intelligent. You are selling us short. It would not hurt for you to study a little bit more before expressing opinions in a public forum.
VERY VERY TO THE POINT RIGHT brother in truth PRASADReligion is a subset of Dharma.
Dharma is the basic nature of things.
Newton's law is part of Dharma.
The cells maintaining and reproducing is also dharma.
The very nature of anything happening in this universe is dharma.
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