“Dharma” & “Religion” are not equivalent.
Dharma (Sanskrit: धर्म) is a key concept with multiple meanings in Indian religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and others. There is no single-word translation for dharma in Western languages.
In Hinduism, dharma signifies behaviours that are considered to be in accord with the order that makes life and universe possible.
Following meanings are mentioned in various dictionaries for the words Dharma & Religion.
Meaning of word “Dharma”
Meaning of word “Religion”
right way of living
path of life
things a person must do as their religious and moral duty
In Buddhism, dharma means "cosmic law and order".
The belief in and worship of a God or gods, or any such
system of belief and worship.
A is a particular system of belief in a god or gods and the activities that are connected with this system.
A pursuit or interest followed with great devotion.
A particular system of faith and worship.
An activity that someone is extremely enthusiastic about and does regularly.
There have been numerous, conflicting attempts to translate ancient Sanskrit literature with the word dharma into German, English and French. The concept has caused exceptional difficulties for modern commentators and translators. For example, while Grassmann's translation of Rig-veda identifies seven different meanings of dharma, Karl Friedrich Geldner in his translation of the Rig-veda employs 20 different translations for dharma.
However, the word dharma has become a widely accepted loanword in English, and is included in all modern unabridged English dictionaries.
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