The meaning of Dharma

Mahabharata describes the definition of dharma in the following words:-

धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहु: धर्मो धारयते प्रजा: |
यस्याद्धारणसंयुक्तं स धर्म इति निश्चय: ||

Mahabharata, 69.58(Karna Parva)

Dharanad Dharma -That which binds the society together is dharma.

Dharma Sastra means Law Book – Such as Manu Dharma Sastra

धारणाद्धर्ममित्याहु:- This part provides Definition

धर्मो धारयते प्रजा:- This Part provides the effect of Dharma

यस्याद् धारण संयुक्तं स धर्म इति- Therefore whichever [Element]  is capable to keep Substance is Dharma.

Dharma of Magnet is the attraction of iron.

Sanatan Dharma means Eternal Essence.

Sanatan Dharma of Magnet is the attraction of Iron.

Sanatan Dharma of Fire is burning anything

Sanatan Dharma of Human being is its Universal Sovereign Consciousness, which is capable to take cognizance of a substance. Verbally or Substantially.

Religion is not Dharma. ‘The word ‘Religion’ -Re Legion- A group or Collection or a brigade, is a social-cultural construction and Substantially doesn’t exist. Say, such as some people come together under a banner with a creed that a certain person took birth from a virgin woman-is Christianity. Some may be Catholic or other Reformed – they are two different group with their different leadership and Estate-property.

Spirituality is not Dharma. Spirituality is only motivation, one good speaker can put spirit in a lazy man to motivate him to be a successful sales executive. indian Sanskrit word ADHYATMA is not spirituality. This word has an independent existence.

Worshiping an idea or object or venerating a person, existing or historical has nothing to do with Dharma. One man`s Political or social or cultural identity such as ‘Secular’, ‘Catholic’, ‘Twice-Born Pentecostal’, Baptist, Siah-Sunni – Ahamedia has nothing to do with Dharma.

Therefore according to Mahabharat Dharma means Law and Substance.

When Manu was talking through Manu Dharma Samhita, then he was talking a set of rule for the society and the stakeholder of that society or for its leadership of that particular time [5000 BCE ]