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Now, who can cure the present blindness? Man has to slay the six-fold beast of Arishadvarga, leading him on to disaster through the pulls of Lust, Anger, Greed, Delusion, Pride and Hate. Thus, only can Dharma be restored.
The Lord was referred to as Dharma by the Vedas and as Vijnana by Buddha. For, in those days, no one liked the word "Veda", as in the times of the Asura called Somaka, when those who followed the Vedas desisted from calling them "Veda". While in mortal dread such behaviour is passable. Yet the Buddha was full of reverence for the Vedas; he was ever infused with God. The Buddha is often spoken of as an atheist, a Nasthika! Well, if the Buddha is a Nasthika, who then is the Asthika, the theist? The entire life of the Buddha is a saga of Dharma. Sankara is criticised by some people as opposed to the path of Dharma and Karma. But Sankara opposed only the Dharma and Karma which have fulfillment of Desire in view. He was indeed the Great Teacher who taught the path of Dharma and Karma, of endeavour impelled by the understanding of the basic Truth.
The adherence of Sankara to Dharma and Karma based on Truth, the faith of the Buddha in the essentials of the Vedas can be appreciated only by those who have the higher vision. Without that, one will be led astray in the interpretation. In order to climb a great height, a ladder as tall as the height is needed, is it not?
Whoever subdues his egoism, conquers his selfish desires, destroys his bestial feelings and impulses and gives up the natural tendency to regard the body as the self, he is surely on the path of Dharma; he knows that the goal of Dharma is the merging of the wave in the sea, the merging of the self in the Over-self.
In all worldly activities, you should be careful not to offend propriety,
or the canons of good nature; you should not play false to the promptings
of the Inner Voice, you should be prepared at all times to respect the
appropriate dictates of conscience; you should watch your steps to see
whether you are in some one else's way; you must be ever vigilant to discover
the Truth, behind all this scintillating variety. This is the entire Duty
of Man, your Dharma. The blazing fire of Jnana, which convinces you that
all this is Brahman (Sarvam khalvidam Brahmam) will consume into ashes
all traces of your egoism, and worldly attachment. You must become intoxicated
with the nectar of Union with Brahmam; that is the ultimate goal of Dharma,
and of Karma inspired by Dharma.