What does Dharma mean?

Definitions for Dharma
ˈdɑr mə, ˈdʌr-dhar·ma

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Dharmanoun

    basic principles of the cosmos; also: an ancient sage in Hindu mythology worshipped as a god by some lower castes;


  1. dharmanoun

    the principle that orders the universe; one's conduct in conformity with such a principle

  2. dharmanoun

    one's obligation in respect to one's position in society

  3. dharmanoun

    the teachings of the Buddha as one's personal path to enlightenment

  4. dharmanoun

    the teachings of the Buddha as a practice to be promulgated and taught.


  1. dharma

    Dharma is a term used in Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism referring to the ethical and moral duties, responsibilities, and principles that one must follow to live a righteous and meaningful life. It is a complex concept that encompasses laws, righteousness, religion, and duties, acting as a guide for correct living and decision-making. Dharma varies for each person based on factors like age, caste, gender, occupation, and potential. The ultimate goal of fulfilling one's dharma is to achieve harmony and balance within oneself and the universe.


  1. Dharma

    Dharma is the Law that "upholds, supports or maintains the regulatory order of the universe". Dharma has the Sanskrit root -dhri, which means "that without which nothing can stand" or "that which maintains the stability and harmony of the universe." In Abrahamic religions only the believe in a certain teachings is sufficient to allow a follower to be enlisted as a member of that religion. Whereas in Dharmic religions certain obligations must be fulfilled to be considered part of the religion. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism all have the idea of dharma at their core. In Buddhism and Hinduism it points to the purification and moral transformation of human beings. Though differing in some particulars, they concur that the goal of human life is liberation whether this salvation be in the form moksha or nirvana. In Sikhism self liberation is not the goal rather the aim of a Sikh devotee is to be detached from the world and attached to the Guru's feet. Dharma is not the same as religion, every entity in the cosmos has its particular dharma -- from the electron, which has the dharma to move in a certain manner, to the clouds, galaxies, plants, insects, and of course, man. Man's understanding of the dharma of inanimate things is what we now call physics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dharma

    där′ma, n. the righteousness that underlies the law: the law. [Sans.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dharma

    the name given to the law of Buddha, as distinct from the Sangha, which is the Church.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dharma in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Dharma in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Dharma in a Sentence

  1. Thiruman Archunan:

    There is no dharma greater than a word uttered by a man of conscience; there is no karma greater than a man listening to himself! Since an intention precedes action, it should be the reference point for any action.

  2. Jessica Cole:

    I think it changed a lot of people’s approach to seeing Hawaii, they would specifically make trips to go find places we had shot on Lost. Where was the Dharma Village? Where’s the banyan tree? What was shot in Kualoa? I’ve met a lot of people who will come out here and look for that stuff.

  3. Laxmi Narayan Tripathi:

    It all started to reclaim the lost position in the dharma, i was not very religious until 2015 – life changed.

  4. Ramayana:

    Ramo vigrahavan dharma

  5. Sharang Dev:

    Day --> Dharma. Night --> Karma

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