Visesha Dharma

Earlier, we saw about Samanya Dharma, which is universal.

Now, we will look into Visesha Dharma, which is subtle and differs from person to person.

Visesha Dharma can be defined as the duties of an individual - as a child, a student, a spouse, a parent, an employee, an employer, a citizen and so on.

Visesha Dharma is based on numerous factors like sect, region, culture etc.,. People belonging to a particular sect, consider it a great sin to consume meat. Whereas, the same is a common thing in another culture.

One needs to be mature enough - that not to look down upon any culture and to respect everyone's Dharma.

Sometimes we don't know which Dharma to follow?

Mostly, it is the nature of many of us to choose the easier option. We have to choose the appropriate option in keeping with our Dharma, rather than an easier one. 

Dharma Sankata- a conflict occurs in everyone's life. Eventhough born as an Avatar, Sri Rama is no exception to this.

During Vanavasa, Bharata comes and tells about their father's demise and pleads to Rama to drop the vanavasa.

Rishi Jabali tries to convince Rama to go back with Bharata. He says it is perfectly alright to go back to Ayodhya and rule the kingdom. But Rama was clear and firm in his decision and says that he wants to keep up his father's vow.

Often, it is difficult to understand what is our Dharma in a given situation.

Taittiriya Upanishad (Siksha Valli) says that,

"If you have any conflict in handling a given situation, seek the advice of wise people, who are available, during your time and follow it"

Again in taking the advice of wise men also, we need to stick to one person, a person belonging to one's own sampradaya - to avoid more conflicts.


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