The Sanskrit word dharma is one of the oldest and most amabigious terms in the Vedic literarture. Here, Swami Prabhupada explians its use, what it relates to, and most importantaly, how to practice dharma or "one's duty." This book is a collection of lectures and discussions given by Swami Prabhupada in the late 1960's and 70's. Everything is explained so that even someone who is not familiar with the Vedic teachings will understand, yet the deepth of the teachings will inspire even an experienced student. Definitely a must read for spiritual thinkers and those interested in Indian religions, especially the bhakti tradition.
Amidst all the anticipation, anxiety and hype swirling around the year 2000, we may find ourselves searching for some sure guidance as we enter the new millennium. Dharma: The Way of Transcendence provides it. Written by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom scholars and spiritual leaders world-wide recognize as the most distinguished teacher of Indian culture and philosophy of the modern age, Dharma answers essential questions thoughtful people ask in every millennium: Who am I? What are my deepest needs? How can I fulfill them? Srila Prabhupada writes. " The body and the mind are but superfluous outer coverings of the spirit soul. The spirit soul's needs must be fulfilled. The need of the spirit soul is that he wants to get out the limited sphere of material bondage and fulfill his desire for complete freedom. He wants to get out of the covered walls of the greater universe. He wants to see the free light and the spirit". To learn what that free light and spirit are, and how you can see them, read Dharma.
The word dharma refers to the inherent characteristic of something. This book describes the essential, unchanging, undying characteristics of the soul.
Each of us has an essential nature, and if we live in harmony with our essential nature, or dharma, we feel deeply satisfied. What is our dharma? Loving service to God, Krishna.