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
god
worship
 
 
परमात्मा paramātmā (विष्णु Viṣṇu) vijñāna bhakti-yoga ISKCON Hare Krishnas
 
ब्रह्मन् brahman (ब्रह्मा Brahmā)
or
आत्मन् ātman
  (AMORC) Rosicrucianism
manas social humanism
  (WoD) Live Action Role-Playing development
of
virtue
 
anekāntavāda prāṇa Jain dharma Jainism
 
 
nirvāṇa anna Buddhist dharma Buddhism
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