Paradharma, Para-dharma: 6 definitions


Paradharma means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Vaishnavism (Vaishava dharma)

Source: Pure Bhakti: Bhagavad-gita (4th edition)

Paradharma (परधर्म) refers to “the prescribed duty of another”. (cf. Glossary page from Śrīmad-Bhagavad-Gītā).

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Vaishnava (वैष्णव, vaiṣṇava) or vaishnavism (vaiṣṇavism) represents a tradition of Hinduism worshipping Vishnu as the supreme Lord. Similar to the Shaktism and Shaivism traditions, Vaishnavism also developed as an individual movement, famous for its exposition of the dashavatara (‘ten avatars of Vishnu’).

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Sanskrit dictionary

[«previous next»] — Paradharma in Sanskrit glossary
Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Paradharma (परधर्म).—

1) the religion of another; स्वधर्मे निधनं श्रेयः परधर्मो भयावहः (svadharme nidhanaṃ śreyaḥ paradharmo bhayāvahaḥ) Bhagavadgītā (Bombay) 3.35.

2) another's duty or business.

3) the duties of another caste; परधर्मेण जीवन् हि सद्यः पतति जातितः (paradharmeṇa jīvan hi sadyaḥ patati jātitaḥ) Manusmṛti 1.97.

Derivable forms: paradharmaḥ (परधर्मः).

Paradharma is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms para and dharma (धर्म).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Paradharma (परधर्म):—[=para-dharma] [from para] m. an°’s duty or business, the duties of an° caste, [Manu-smṛti; Bhāgavata-purāṇa]

2) [v.s. ...] an°’s peculiarity (-tva n.), [Kapila]

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Yates Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Paradharma (परधर्म):—[para-dharma] (rmmaḥ) 1. m. Another’s duty.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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