Explanation of Dharma (Religion)

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In the famous war of Mahabharata when Karan, the great warrior, destroyed the army of Yudhishter, the latter called upon Arjun, reprimanded him and spoke ill of his bow. Arjun became furious at this insult and decided to kill Yudhishter with his bow. Lord Krishna who was also present there asked Arjun, “What are you going to do ?” Arjun replied, “I will kill Yudhishter because he has spoken ill of my bow and I have made a solemn pledge to kill anyone who speaks ill of my bow. Dharma has to be followed at all cost.” Arjun further said, “ It is the true Dharma and sacred duty of a Kashatriya to honour his pledge. I will, therefore, kill him.”
Lord Krishna again asked, “Will you get peace of mind after killing Yudhishter ?” Arjun replied, “No”. Lord Krishna advised him, “An act of Dharma leads to peace of mind and happiness. It is apparent that what you are going to do is not Dharma. It is an act of adharma or unrighteousness. Refrain from taking such action.”
A seeker after truth came to Rishi Ved Vyas and asked him, “I am confused and unable to understand the meaning of the term Dharma (Religion). The people try to put different meanings. Kindly explain its meaning in clear, simple and intelligible language so that I may perform my deeds and duties in accordance with its precepts.” The Rishi replied, “While performing any deed you should remember the golden principle viz., Do unto others as you wish to be done by. This is the essence of the teachings of true Dharma (Religion).”
Once St. Peter asked Jesus Christ, “Master, which is the great commandment in the Law ?” Jesus said unto him, “Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matt : 22 : 36-40)
Jesus advised his disciples to lead a life full of love and affection. There is nothing in the world that anybody needs, except love and a little food, clothing and shelter.
This is my commandment, that ye love one another. (John 15:12)
In order to impress this great law on his disciples, he gave to them the supreme test of discipleship.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love to one another. (John 13 : 35)