The term dharma is one of the most difficult terms in Hindu philosophy. It is derived from the root dhar (dhr), which means to uphold, sustain, support. Dharma denotes “that which holds together the different aspects and qualities of an object into a whole.” …….. “that which makes a thing or being what it is.” For example, it is the dharma of the fire to burn, of the sun to shine, and so on. ….Dharma means, therefore, not merely righteousness or goodness, but it indicates the essential nature of anything
A traditional wisdom story ….
Some drunken men got into a boat one moonlight night and started rowing. They rowed the entire night. Early in the morning, now sober, they found that they had not moved an inch. What was wrong they asked? They had forgotten to raise the anchor. Just as the anchored boat could not move, the mind that is attached to worldly things cannot move into the deeper depth of itself.