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  • 1. Why is dharma so important? The Dharma Dilemna
  • 2. <ul><li>One of the most important ideas in Hinduism is that, as well as following the Sanatana dharma, everyone should follow the rules of their own class and life-stage, for the sake of themselves and for the sake of society. </li></ul>
  • 3. How is dharma connected to Moksha? <ul><li>Dharma has an effect on your karma and leads you towards higher rebirths and finally Moksha </li></ul><ul><li>Dharma also ensures society runs smoothly </li></ul><ul><li>Individual religious duty becomes the cause of personal and universal happiness </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>The world’s longest poem Mahabarata has a section called ‘Bhagavad Gita’ or ‘Song of the Lord’ which illustrates the importance of the idea of dharma. </li></ul>
  • 5. Arjuna is a Kshatriya warrior. He is tricked out of his kingdom by his relatives. He stands opposite them on a battlefield. Arjuna Krishna Krishna is in disguise as Arjuna’s charioteer – he is a God
  • 6. Arjuna asks ‘Should I fight? These are my relatives, is it right I fight against them?’ What do you think the God Krishna’s answer should be?
  • 7. Krishna replies ‘If there is more joy in doing one’s own duty badly than there is in doing another man’s well’ What do you think this means?
  • 8. <ul><li>Do you agree? Would a Hindu agree? </li></ul>Krishna encourages Arjuna to fulfil his duty as a Kshatriya and right the injustice with military force.
  • 9. Copy down this quote <ul><li>“ There is more joy in doing one’s own duty badly than there is in doing another man’s well” </li></ul><ul><li>Use this quote and the idea of varna-ashrama-dharma to explain why dharma is important to an individual and society </li></ul>
  • 10. Bramacharyia Santana dharma Grihasta Varna Vanaprashta Brahmin Sanyasia Kshatriya Dalits Vaishyas Karma Shudras Ashramas Moksha <ul><li>Word check – do you know what these Hindu words mean? </li></ul>

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