The Ten Characteristics of a Dharmika

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The Ten Characteristics of a Dhármika
Speaker Shrii Shrii Anandamurti
Date 1978 November 10
Time Evening
Place Kolkata, India
Topic Attributes of a virtuous person
Included in Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
Location in Sarkarverse
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The Ten Characteristics of a Dhármika is a discourse given by Shrii Shrii Anandamurti in Kolkata, India. The discourse was delivered on the evening of 1978 November 10. This discourse is the nineteenth chapter of Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4.[1]


With which qualities should one be endowed? The greatest quality of a person within an assembly is the capacity to convince others. The highest quality in the battlefield is “yudhi vikramam”, or valour in the battle. While in danger, one’s great quality is patience. So what are the qualities of a dhármika (virtuous person)? First, he or she must have patience. Without patience one’s intellect can easily get misguided, resulting in misunderstandings as to what should be done and what should not be done. Losing the faculty of judgment, one is easily defeated.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

Anandamurti starts the discourse by saying that every object has a particular nature, is endowed with certain characteristics. Anandamurti then explains the ten characteristics that a virtuous person (Dharmika) must posses: patience, forgiveness, self control, not stealing, cleanliness, control over the sensory and motor organs and nerves, developed wisdom (fixed memory of one's goal), self knowledge (vidya), satyam (that which one thinks or says should be with the intention of the welfare of all), and being free from anger. Anandamurti goes on saying that those who are free from anger will be victorious in any battle and easily win an intellectual argument, because the mind of an angry person becomes too restless to contain any rational thought.[1]


  1. ^ a b Shrii Shrii Anandamurti Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4 
Preceded by
Treading the Broad Path of Spirituality
Ananda Vacanamrtam Part 4
With: The Ten Characteristics of a Dharmika
Succeeded by
Remain United with the Supreme Benevolence