12859Re: [fukuoka_farming] Moreover धर्म
- Nov 5, 2011Hi Boze,
I think in English the nearest equivalent term to how you describe
dharma, if you take the English term's philosophical meaning, is *essence*.
Essence is what makes a thing be what it is. For example the essence of a
chair is to be sat on, etc. etc..the essence of an animal is to be animate,
the essence of a man is to be a rational animal. In this acceptation
rational is not opposed to irrational but to non-rational or non-reasoning.
This is why we have so many interesting discussionsin this group, because
we are rational.
Happy natural farming! (If ever there is such a thing... because if I take
the gist of our exchanges I infer that farming is not natural hehe)
2011/11/5 Boovarahan Srinivasan <offtown@...>
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> Jason !
> This is offtopic to Nf but still intersting.
> Dharma is a Sanskrit word and Sanskrit is a lanuage used from time
> It is said to be the language of the Gods ( Deva Bhasha ).
> The word Dharma has so many menaings according to the context in which it
> is used but a broader meaning is "way of living" or " "righteous way of
> living " or "its nature" .
> A small example:
> A tiger chases a deer and the deer seeks asylum with a hermit.
> Now think of what happens if the hermit stops the tiger from killing the
> deer .
> One way he is saving the deer's life but at the same time he interrupts the
> way of the tiger in getting its food by killing the deer and make it
> starve. If he allows the tiger to have its prey , then he gets the sin of
> not protecting the weak .
> Killing the deer by tiger is its dharma, but the question of saving or not
> saving the deer is debatable to the hermit. But his dharma should be to
> protect the weak who had sought asylum and thus the sin of making the tiger
> starve wouldn't be on him.
> You can have a broad view of the meaning od dharma in this example. There
> can not be a right translation of Sankrit words to English or any other
> language. One has to learn it and feel and understand the meaning .
> Boovarahan S
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