Key Learning points from
‘The difficulty of being good: On the subtle art of Dharma’
by Gurcharan Das
Dharma is a complex word and is untranslatable. It means variously virtue, duty and law, but is chiefly concerned with doing the right thing. Duty, goodness, justice, law and custom all have something to do with it, but they all fall short.
Dharma refers to ‘balance’ – both moral balance and cosmic balance. It is the order and balance within each human being which is also reflected in the order of the cosmsos. It is the moral law that sustains the society, the individual and the world. It is the discipline of ordered existence.