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Dharma is the belief in the cosmic wheel of life, that all things have their cycle, that good and bad in life are like spokes on a wheel, and that man must do whatever is right in the moment. Chinese philosophy placed the emperor at the center of the universe, with his palace and royal court revolving around him; thus appropriating dharma for the imperial religion.
“A synedouche is a Greek word for a part that contains the whole. The way a drop contains the ocean.”
So dharmic man is a man who contains the cosmic law of the universe. He always fulfills his role in the moment, but he is no James Bond playboy or angry alpha male. I noticed in every religion, the hero is rarely the crown prince, but usually the shepherd, the son of slaves, the carpenter, the orphan, the beggar. This is contrary to the existing dominance of religion by honorable families and upper middle-class institutions, but religion’s chief founders were illiterate or poorly-spoken men of no social worth or background. Why is this narrative so pervasive in religion? Nietzsche explains this phenomenon from a superhuman/sub-human point of view. (link to future article).
But the man never strays from his moral duty or religion; that man is religion. Very often he has a list of goals or enemies to complete like Hercules and his defeats of the Hydra, Minotaur, and Medusa. Very often, he is called the son of God, again like Hercules. (See Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey.)
In fact, this deification (“man is god in human form”) is the basis for Hindu avatar theory. – I argue that cosmic man, who manifests dharma, is the common link between all the religions. There has never been any direct proof that God exists, but every religion can be traced back to a lower-class man who decried the bourgeois institutions of his time.
Judaism- Abraham, Moses, Isaiah (peace be upon them)
Christianity- Jesus, John the Baptist, St. Theresa (peace be upon them)
Islam- the Prophet (peace be upon him)
Sikhism- Guru Nanak (peace be upon him)
Hinduism- Rama, Krishna, Rishi Vyas (peace be upon them)
Along with messengers and god-incarnates, the world of religion is filled with saints, who also perform miracles while living below the poverty line. I am astounded to think how religion ever became a bourgeois tool of oppression, considering religion originally revolted against bourgeois oppression. The hero of every religion was a man so poor, he didn’t know where his next meal was coming from.
In fact, one could deny that God exists, but that righteous men come to every nation is a self-evident fact of history, regardless of what their followers do in the centuries to come. Truth becomes distorted, and another iconoclastic religion must come. (Judaism revolted against the Egyptian obsession with the afterlife and Babylonian human sacrifice, Islam against the idols of consumerism, Christianity against Roman gluttony, Buddhism against commercial Hindu priests.)
Socrates (peace be upon him) believed religion was virtue, and every man ought to discover and align himself to what is good and pious and just.