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Quotes on Dharma from Various Hindu Scriptures

Food, sleep, fear, and procreation are same among humans and animals, dharma is special only to humans; without dharma the humans are akin to animals. (Mahabharata, Shantiparva, 294.29).

In many verses of the Bhagavad Gita, the word ‘dharma’ is taken to mean morality. (Gita, 1.1 and 4.7)

It is also used in the sense of doing one’s duties, which would save one from grave danger (Gita 2.40).

‘Dharma has been used in the sense of virtue in the Bhagavad Purana (1.1.2.).

 In the Mahabharata, friendliness towards all beings is considered dharma. (Mahabharata Shantiparva, 261.59.)

The Mahabharata equates dharma with justice (7.89.47).

Dharma is also taken to mean forgiveness and steadfastness (Mahabharata 4.6.20).

The Manusmriti defines dharma as ‘non-violence, truth, non-stealing, cleanliness, and equanimity. (10.63)

Without purity, no true worship is possible. Unless an individual is pure in body and mind, his coming into a temple and worshipping the Deity are meaningless. (Ranjit Kumar Barman, ‘An Indian Outlook to the Concept of Dharma: In the Need of the Present Day’, International Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 4/5 (August–September 2015), 59–70; 64)

Article source - An Examination of the Concept of Dharma Ranjit Kumar Barman Prabhudha Bharata March 2016