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Adharma[1] is the Sanskrit antonym of Dharma. It means 'that which is not in accord with the law' - referring to both the human written law and the divinely given law of nature. Connotations include unnaturalness, wrongness, evil, immorality, wickedness, or vice.[2]

Adharma also refers to a state of the universe in imbalance or in an unwell and unnatural state.

The path of adarma makes a person poor from inside (आत्मा); the person chooses a wrong path only because he is fearing something. It is only overcoming the fear that makes your atma stronger.

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  1. ^ Maharishi Mahesh Yogi on the Bhagavad-Gita, a New Translation and Commentary, Chapter 1-6. Penguin Books, 1969, p 64-66 (v 40-41), p 262-263 (v 7)
  2. ^ Middle Length Discourses of the Buddha. Sutta 22:14. Wisdom Publications, ISBN 0-86171-072-X