On Dharma

When talking about #Dharma people might get confused quickly. We are NOT talking about some Dravidian nonsense here.

When I talk about Dharma, I am talking about the Natural Way as taught by the #IndoEuropean|s long before the term ‘Hinduism’ was a thing.

So what are the elements of Dharmic civilizations? (You will find out that the parallels to Nordic Paganism are obvious.)

  1. Cyclical nature of time, life and nature.
  2. Historical devolution of humanity ethically, morally, spiritually, civiliza-tionally, etc.
  3. Spirit is ontologically prior and superior to matter.
  4. Transmigration (reincarnation) of the soul.
  5. Hierarchy of being, all categories of existent objects, and of human society.
  6. Meticulous class demarcation of society into the categories of a) sage/priest, b) martial class, and c) commoners/laborers.
  7. Deep respect and cultivation of personal virtue, morality, honor and values.
  8. Belief in ethical universals/absolutes and the rejection of moral relativism.
  9. A non-anthropomorphic view of reality, in which non-humans were afforded more respect and dignity than they were during the post-Abrahamic era.
  10. Personification of the natural elements in the form of myriad species of spirits, fairies, gods and goddesses.
  11. Panentheism: the simultaneous transcendence and immanence of the Transcendent.
  12. Profound respect for wisdom and wise-people.
  13. Understanding that the Earth is a Mother Goddess and a sentient being.
  14. Teaching through primarily oral, not written, instruction.
  15. Deductive, not inductive, reasoning.
  16. Understanding that order is a positive state to be strived after, and that disorder and chaos are negative states that must be avoided at all costs.
  17. A strict host/guest etiquette.
  18. Theocratic governments were universally upheld in every ancient, pre-Abrahamic culture without exception.
  19. Great respect for nature and the environment.
  20. Respect and worship of one’s family ancestors and of the ancestors of the nation.
  21. Filial piety and respect for one’s elders.
  22. Clearly defined gender roles in which both men and women were afforded the respect and dignity of fully manifesting their specific natures.
  23. Philosophy and intellectual life were grounded in spirituality.
  24. Science cooperated with natural law, and did not see itself as being artificially at war with nature, as is the case in the modern era.
  25. The sacredness and crucial importance of the teacher/student relationship in the passing down of knowledge.
  26. The concept of having small, manageable cities (polis in Greek, purain Sanskrit) and city-states.
  27. The preeminence of mysticism and reverence for mystics.
  28. The presence of priestesses.
  29. The importance of astronomy and astrology for detecting and inter-preting large-scale occurrences and transitions in our cosmos.
  30. There was no distinction between theology and philosophy.
  31. Worship of the household gods by every family.
  32. Offering of food to the gods before human consumption.
  33. The Mandate of Heaven as the basis of king’s authority.
  34. The concept of ever-progressing cyclical ages (known a yugas in Sanskrit).
  35. The existence and preeminence in all societies of a learned and wise priest class, such as the Celtic Druids, the South Asian Brahmins, the Latin Flamines, and the Persian Magi.
  36. The existence of a specified pantheon of major divinities recognized by each people and nation.

I will elaborate further on these various attributes.

What you need to take away from this introduction is:

Dharmic faith is ethnic faith, which is the foundation of every people. It hands us justification to protect our kin above all others.