Dharma or Righteousness.. Isn’t this something we’ve all hear of at some point or the other? Do we really know what it is? Or do we care to? Is giving charity, helping the poor dharma? Is taking care of old parents’ dharma? Is speaking truth dharma? Why is the phrase “Sathyam Vadha, Dharmam Chara” (Speak Truth, Pursue Righteousness) so much a part of our values? Well, I’m not trying to answer these questions, but just sharing my views and hope you will share yours.. Dharma as I understand is ‘Duty’. As the saying goes, ‘Work is worship, Duty is God”. What does this mean? – That all of us should be workaholics and those who don’t work are not doing Dharma? No! In the ‘Gita’ there is an example that says, what is the Dharma of a cobbler? It says, if the cobbler is doing his work with full consciousness and sincerity then he is doing his Dharma.. All he needs is to say/think ‘God, I offer this action to you’ and that itself is devotion. If we see something wrong going on around us, it is our dharma raise our voice and do the needful.. How do we know what is the needful? It’s simple, listen to your conscious, silence your mind and just follow that inner conscious. For, trust me, that guilt is next to none that you face standing in front of the mirror. This write up may sound philosophical, but it is as practical as it can get. If one realises that everything is God’s creation and thus everything has equal rights as man, violence against animals would cease to exist. If one realises that all are forms of God, then people cease to hurt the others and understand each other better. You may say, it’s nice to talk about all this, do you practise it? Well, I try my best to, I’m in the process. I agree with practise before you preach but I also think there is nothing wrong in sharing as you try to practise. We see a high rise in number of troubles around us, but if each one tries to strengthen oneself then it becomes contagious. I believe- If one is spiritual within, no matter what the blows of the world are (s)he remains unearthed. What are your views?