The popular Sanskrit word “dharma” is explained and interpreted in numerous ways.

    • The overall meaning is, “that which upholds, nourishes, sustains, and integrates.” The most popular example of dharma is 'the essence or substratum of a thing,' as in, sweetness is the dharma or substratum of sugar, for without sweetness it would not be called sugar.

    • Dharma is also used synonymously with values, since values uphold our character, nourish our actions, sustain a purposeful life, and integrate society.

    • On a more profound level, the supreme Lord is called Dharma, for He is the essence, sustenance, and nourishment of the universe and all its names and forms.

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