Dharma is the natural, eternal, and universal law that maintains cosmic and social order. Humans’ dharma comprises the duties of an individual towards family, society, humanity, and the environment. Dharma is the natural order underlying existence. The eternal principles of dharma form the basis of the philosophies, beliefs, and practices that originated in the Indian sub-continent such as Hindu Dharma, Bauddha Dharma, Jain Dharma, and Sikh Dharma.


Bhagavatha, a sacred text in Hindu Dharma which is full of wonderful moral stories, has an interesting story where a very charitable king faces such a moral dilemma, a pigeon asks the king to take refuge from a hawk that is chasing it. The hawk argues that the pigeon is its food and hence king need not protect it – what would you do in this situation?

Usually, telling the truth, termed “satya” is paramount Dharma, yet if we had to protect the oppressed from the aggressors isn’t it alright to lie to the aggressors about the whereabouts of the oppressed?

Conduct that is in the best interest of a large section of society or people, that is in favor of the good, innocent and against evils of society is Dharma.

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