by Sri Bmal Mohanty
EIGHT - DHARMACARAN Part one - WHAT IS RIGHTEOUS LIVING? ..
Although this is a wide descriptive definition, this is the starting point. From this point, the philosophers and rishis started to explore and lay down codified details that would elaborate the above axiom.
Naturally, since each experience in life is different from other, each person's life is different from the other, and the constituents like time, place and individuals bring changes in life, a single definition may not meet every one's expectations. Therefore each religious philosophy gives its own interpretation. Each one is correct in its own context.
Without going into the controversy of which definition is more appropriate to any one's need, the two sayings which appear more straight forward and find favour with most people, are the ones found in the chapter 17, (Shraddhatraya Vibhaga Yoga) of Shrimad Bhagavad Gita and the one from Sage Manu, where he lists ten characteristics of Dharmic behaviour.
There is really not much difference between the two really and one is as good as the other for our understanding and practice.
The one which in many ways echoes the upanishadic thoughts is the one that we find from Manu. He says:
Dhrtih kshyama, damosteyam saucamindriyanigrahah
satyamakrodho dasakam dharmalakshanam