The Power of DharmaThe Universal Moral PrincipleAfter Valmiki, the illustrious sage, learned all about the life of Lord Rama, he went to the river to bathe. Close to the river were two large and pretty birds sweetly singing and playing together. A vicious hunter, who was plotting evil, shot an arrow which struck the male bird. Upon seeing her partner trembling on the ground, his body covered in blood, the hen cried out in great distress for her beloved’s life.As Valmiki witnessed this ruthless hunter strike down the male bird, he became sad and thought to himself, “This was not dharma to kill a sweetly singing bird for no reason at all.” As he listened to the hen pour her heart out, he said to the hunter:After what you have done to this bird, peace will be no more than a word.Then Valmiki realized that he had unintentionally created a work of poetry and he named the metre shloka because it was spoken in shoka (sadness). And thus he began penning one of the greatest texts on dharma the world has ever seen.Nicholas Sutton is the director of Continuing Education at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies.Hanuman Dass is the founder of GoDharmic.com, a platform for social change, and the managing director of Arjun Capital.GoDharmic.com is inspired by the Hindu philosophical concept of Dharma and thrives to create a world where individuals can come together to create positive change in their lives and their communities.