This has spawned many arguments over the last few days with a friend of mine, so it needs clearing up.
So the religion that is Hinduism is often referred to as Sanatana Dharma, which is usually translated or construed as 'The eternal law'. Now, when the term Dharma is used on it's own, it has a different meaning, mostly of which I am told is seen as 'way of life' or 'destiny in life'.
For example, a warrior has to live up to being a warrior; he must kill when instructed etc, otherwise he will not be fulfilling his Dharma. I've been told this by a so called Buddhist who has read quite extensively on the subject (not a native). He got quite irate when I challenged this.
However, I was told by an Indian national a few months back that Dharma on it's own simply means 'law', and that's it. Now, I'm inclinded to believe this guy more than my caucasion friend, despite how much he's read.
It says on that entry that is usually substituded in meaning for 'religionl', which would in effect make it law? I know wikipedia has many conflicting definitions concerning such subjects, but there has to obviously be on iron definition or meaning that is accepted in the religions homeland and/or to foreigners following it.
Can any nationals shed some light?
Last edited by iamkund; 06-01-2010 at 13:01.