Wisdom to Joy - Dharma Upholds

Dharma Upholds - Wisdom Leading to Joy, Inner-standing Spirituality

Dharma Upholds - Wisdom Leading to Joy, Inner-standing of Spirituality, Principles for Humanity

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Dharma Upholds
"Dharma,” that which supports or holds, is an important and extremely useful concept, but there is no equivalent expression in Western languages that conveys its meaning or beauty. Dharma is a natural result of truth-love, goodness in action. Dharma upholds health and integrity of people and society. Awareness of what is dharmic expands with experience, individually and collectively. Laws and customs ought to reflect dharma, but often do not. People have a right to their bodies, minds, and the fruit of their labor, and depriving them of it by force or deceit is not dharmic. Dharmic trading is vital for the economic integrity of a society. Deception and failing to honor one’s pledges, including pledges to serve the public, is not dharmic. When desire and one’s dharma lead in opposite directions, one has the opportunity for spiritual growth and building character. Individuals and communities may have very different dharma.
Current revision: paper December 8th, 2021 (first version: 2021 July 27th); recording November 2021. New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
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Referenced works:
Vyasa, Mahabharata, Book 5 Book of Effort (Udyoga Parva), 28.2, 29.8
Tibet’s Great Yogi Milarepa: A Biography from the Tibetan, W.Y. Evans-Wentz, ed., 2nd ed. (London: Oxford University Press, 1969), p. 261.
About Love Parts 1-2
Frederick Bastiat, The Law (1850), p. 8
Frederick Bastiat, Economic Sophisms, 2nd Series (1848), Ch. 1 Physiology of Plunder
The Writings and Speeches of Daniel Webster: Diplomatic Papers and Miscellaneous Letters, (2006, Kessinger). GNU Public Licenses, GNU older licenses
Creative Commons Licenses
Braco (Josip Grbavac) from Croatia
To Give or Not to Give Surprise 3 Giving and Gaining, p. 6-7 or video 3
The Good Doctor
Heal Thyself p. 10 or video 3 Find the Root
Money 3 Money in Practice, p. 7-8 or video 3
Douglas Gabriel, Douglas Gabriel video, Venetian Takeover of British Banking, and Banking
Joseph Farrell interview
Truth First Part 1 Starting With Truth, p. 1-4 or video 1
Vyasa, Mahabharata, Book 13 Anusasana Parva
Forgiveness and “Karma"
Wisdom leading to joy, Cognitive perception of spirituality and the spiritual path, Principles for healthy human societies, Focusing on goodness
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