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For Hindus, Dharma is the moral order of the universe and a code of living that embodies the fundamental principles of truth, harmony, and law that govern all reality. By living according to Dharma, one can eventually achieve liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. In the traditional Hindu view, a person’s duties are dependent upon his or her age, gender, occupation, and caste; Dharma is construed at least in part in terms of prescribed rituals and caste rules. Hindu reformers including Mohandas Gandhi have conceptualized Dharma in more spiritual terms and viewed it as a dimension of human freedom.