Svadharma and Paradharma – 1

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Svadharma and Paradharma – 1
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 August 23
Place Patna, India
Topic Our duty is to follow Bhagavata Dharma
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
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Svadharma and Paradharma – 1 is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti on 1978 August 23 in Patna, India. This discourse is the twentieth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1.[1]


Follow your svadharma. Even if it is difficult to follow your svadharma and easy to follow paradharma [dharma of other beings], you must not leave your svadharma, Bhágavata Dharma. Those who follow paradharma move towards crudity. If you wish to save yourself from sorrow, follow Bhágavata Dharma.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that unlike other creatures, human beings have to follow their divine dharma (Bhagavad Dharma). He then explains that human beings are not to follow a religious path but to follow their inner divinity or svadharma. Anandamurti goes on explaining that in Bhagavata Dharma, the three binding principles are non-existent. He tells a story to illustrate that, emphasizing the sorrow involved in following paradharma (animal dharma) while neglecting our Bhagavata Dharma.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1 
Preceded by
What Do You Want?
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 1
With: Svadharma and Paradharma – 1
Succeeded by
The Best Category of Persons