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Basic Description:  Literally refers to the divine order.    Also termed as moral order, cosmic order, or cosmic law.  Humans are not the only ones who are subordinate to Rita; the gods are as well.  They are said to be its guardians.  There are three aspects of Rita: Satya (truth), Tapas (heat, passion), and Yagna (ritual offerings).  Satya gives good conduct the power to produce results.


Schumacker, Stephan and Gert Woerner.  The Encyclopedia of Eastern Philosophy and Religion.  Boston: Shambhala, 1994.

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