First of all, many of us naturally know what is right for us to do and not to do. But nowadays, people have lost the real meaning of Dharma and Adharma. With progress in technology, people have skipped a crucial step in learning few basic things like the distinction between Dharma and Adharma.
What is Dharma?
Basically, Dharma is defined as a duty. On a deeper level, it belongs to one’s conduct and action that is by the divine law and your inner truth. The word Dharma is used to mean Nyaya (Justice), Your Dharma is an amalgamation of your social circumstances, the behaviour expected of you and your real life purpose.
What is Adharma?
On the other hand, Adharma is referred as everything which is against nature and immoral, unethical, wrong or unlawful. Anything that is against nature, unlawful, unethical and immoral has to be Adharma. Its cause destruction, pain, and suffering.
While Dharma preserves community and life in general and is done with the altruist intention of benefit to others and self, it’s usually causes suffering, pain, and difficulty and originates from selfish motives.
Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:
यदा यदा हि धर्मस्य ग्लानिर्भवति भारत ।
अभ्युत्थानमधर्मस्य तदात्मानं सृजाम्यहम् ॥
परित्राणाय साधूनां विनाशाय च दुष्कृताम् ।
धर्मसंस्थापनार्थाय संभवामि युगे युगे ॥
Meaning: ‘Whenever there is a decline of Dharma and ascendancy of Adharma, I take birth myself on this Earth to establish the rule of Dharma. In every Yuga, I incarnate myself to protect the virtuous and destroy the wicked.’
Mamtamai Shree Radhe Guru Maa says,” God protects one who strives to protect the Dharma.”
The separation between Dharma and Adharma
Dharma can be performed at different levels. Sometimes it is performed by people who are trying to make amends for their bad actions (dharma).
As a result, you must understand that Adharma cannot be cancelled by doing acts of charity and goodness. While deeds of charity have some merit, as soon as a person has performed Adharma with consciousness, the Law of Karma will take effect and stick to him. The only way out for such a person is through repentance.