धर्म or dharma includes varying levels of interpersonal expectation, agenda, policy, and education. Self-reliance (exemplified by the śramaṇas) has an inverse relation to provision of theistic encouragement by the priesthood (the brāhmaṇical exemplars). Those priests and gurus who teach kuṇḍalinī-yoga often represent bhagavān as the god Śiva, who is a Paramātmā level devotee of Bhagavān Rāma. The bhakti-yoga movement especially likes to worship Paramātmā as Kṛṣṇa, who is very appealing to femininity. The greater spectrum of dharma is at present surviving thanks to Eastern religiosity, but humanism, between creator worship and virtue, seems to have presence even in the relatively Western world, with Rosicrucianism and Live Action Role-Play, both of which portray the traditional Eastern creator god Brahmā within the Kemetic (Ancient Egyptian) context as its creator god Osiris.
|concept of God or soul||kośa (sheath)||practice||exemplars||emphasis|
|भगवान् bhagavān (राम Rāma)||ānanda-maya||kuṇḍalinī-yoga||Siddha Yoga||creator|
|परमात्मा paramātmā (विष्णु Viṣṇu)||vijñāna||bhakti-yoga||ISKCON Hare Krishnas|
|ब्रह्मन् brahman (ब्रह्मा Brahmā)
|(WoD) Live Action Role-Playing||development|