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Purusharthas




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In fact, he goes to the extent of saying that ahimsa or non-violence is the highest Dharma (vide Mahabharata, Adhyaya 11, 13).

"Ahimsaa Paramo Dharmah"

The reign of Dharma is based on the negation of the doctrine, might is right. And it rests not on brute force or coercion or military strength. In the Brihadaranyako panishad this fundamental basis of Dharma is beautifully expressed.

"After creating the four varnas namely, the intellectual and spiritual class, the warrior class, the trader and artisan class and the laborer class, Prajapati felt his work not complete, and he therefore proceeded to create over and above all these, Dharma which is of the form of supreme happiness and welfare. This Marina is the controller of the Kshatriya.There is nothing higher than Dharma. Hence a weak man desires to control a strong man through Dharma, as the king does by the arm of the law. That Dharma is truth."

 

 




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