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By Jit Majumdar
Sometimes transliterated as: Asţdharma, Asţdharma, Ashţdharma
- the eight virtues or values
- eight qualities or values that are considered the highest and most necessary for the benefit of humankind, namely: satya (truth), śauca (cleanliness), ahińsā (non-violence), anasūyā (non-envy); kşamā (forgiveness); ānŗśańsya (non-cruelty); akārpaņya (non-miserliness) and santoşa (contentment).