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Dharma (Right Conduct)

Bhagawan Baba explains Dharma thus:
"Every profession, every stage of life, each gender, each period of life as fixed by age - childhood, boyhood, adolescence, youth, middle age, old age - has duties and obligations, which set the norm and guide the individual to benefit himself and society."

"Dharma is characterized by holiness, peace, truth, and fortitude. Dharma is yoga (union or merger with God); it is Sathya (truth), its attributes are justice, sense control, love, dignity, goodness, meditation, sympathy and nonviolence. It leads one to universal love and unity."

"Practicing what you preach, doing as you say it has to be done, and keeping practice in line with precept. Earn virtuously; yearn piously; live in the reverence of God, live for attaining God; that is Dharma."

Act out your role well

"Perform your work as actors would in a play, keeping your identity separate and not getting too attached to your role. Remember that the whole thing is just a play and the Lord has assigned you a part. Act well your part; there all your duty ends. He designed the play and He enjoys it."

Who is on the path of Dharma?

In the ‘Dharma Vahini’, Baba’s treatise on Dharma, He says,
"Whoever subdues his egoism, conquers his selfish desires, destroys his bestial feelings and impulses, and gives up the natural tendency to regard the body as self, he is surely on the path of Dharma. He knows that the goal of Dharma is the merger of the wave in the Sea, the merging of the self in the Over-self."

"See no evil - see what is good.
Hear no evil - hear what is good.
Speak no evil - speak what is good.
Think no evil - think what is good.
Do no evil - do what is good.
This is the way to God."

Dharma is like Mother

During the Summer Course in Indian Culture and Spirituality held in 1974, Baba said,
"Dharma is like a mother. One can choose a wife, but no one can choose a mother. Dharma is in the same position as one’s mother is. We have no choice (but to follow it) and we cannot modify Dharma."