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Darshan of Dharma: Day 8

The Vedanta system uplifts the humans to exceed limits to experience either themselves as brahman as there are various interpretations of understanding the nature of reality. A human being is imperfect as a knower, partial with empirical knowing, and incomplete without knowing also. They are complete and perfect only when they experience that they are the ultimate power itself and attain the supreme knowledge of the Self.


Right from experiencing knowledge of the path of devotion, Vedanta has paved the way for all kinds of pathways. All the virtues that one has to cultivate are: self-restraint, self-sacrifice and compassion. Some of the qualities and austerities are of social significance. It is true that the highest value is trans-empirical and trans-moral, but it is sought to be attained by remaining in a social order. The belief underlying the system of duties is that to help others is to help oneself, and that to help oneself, one has to help others. In short, the individual can pursue one's ends only if one does his duty (dharma) and thereby contribute to social harmony and social good. Morality presupposes interaction between people, and wherever there are people living together forming a community or society, there is the system of duties. Duties are, therefore, other-regarding.

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