In Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, and Buddhism, Dharma is a term with a multitude of meanings.

It is a multifaceted and rather complex term that cannot be exactly translated by using a single word.

Dharma can be vaguely translated as right conduct, religious law, duty, and social order.

The root word, dhri, means “holding up”.

The concept of Dharma as a kind of social order is related with the Vedic notion of cosmic order. By performing right conduct, by following the religious law, and by fulfilling the sense of duty, the order in the society is maintained.