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When I read Adi Parva about the families of the gods and how they were classified, I read that when Brahma gave ten wives to the Dharma, they were "the ten doors of the Dharma":

13 नामतॊ धर्मपत्न्यस ताः कीर्त्यमाना निबॊध मे
कीर्तिर लक्ष्मीर धृतिर मेधा पुष्टिः शरद्धा करिया तथा

14 बुद्धिर लज्जा मतिश चैव पत्न्यॊ धर्मस्य ता दश
दवाराण्य एतानि धर्मस्य विहितानि सवयं भुवा

IAST Transliteration:

13 nāmato dharmapatnyas tāḥ kīrtyamānā nibodha me
kīrtir lakṣmīr dhṛtir medhā puṣṭiḥ śraddhā kriyā tathā

14 buddhir lajjā matiś caiva patnyo dharmasya tā daśa
dvārāṇy etāni dharmasya vihitāni svayaṃ bhuvā

English translation (by K. M. Ganguli):

Listen as I recount the wives of Dharma according to their names. They are ten in all--Kirti, Lakshmi, Dhriti, Medha, Pushti, Sraddha, Kria, Buddhi, Lajja, and Mali. These are the wives of Dharma as appointed by the Self-create.

Translation to English by Bibek Debroy:

Listen to me as I recite the names of Dharma’s wives—Kirti, Lakshmi, Dhriti, Medha, Pushti, Shraddha, Kriya, Buddhi, Lajja and Mati. As decreed by the one who created himself,20 these ten wives of Dharma are the doors to Dharma.

So my question is, what are the ten doors of the Dharma and its symbolism?

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    @Sarvabhouma Is original Sanskrit shloka not allowed on the site??? – YDS Dec 2 '18 at 2:48
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    @Sarvabhouma You could have added IAST without removing Sanskrit. – Paṇḍyā Dec 2 '18 at 5:01
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    @Sarvabhouma IAST is one of the Devanagari Transliteration schemes that means the source is Sanskrit (Devanavari script). – Paṇḍyā Dec 2 '18 at 11:04
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    @Sarvabhouma Devngari script is used for Hindi also that doesn't mean It's not used for Sanskrit or introduced for Sanskrit after Hindi! Sanskrit (Devanagari script) is the oldest one in which we do have Shastras in original form. Chek out this source which provides Shastras in Original Sanskrit. – Paṇḍyā Dec 2 '18 at 11:11
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    @Sarvabhouma Visit Devanagari Transliteration schemes where you'll find IAST. Yes, I heard about Brahmi script but we don't have Shastras surviving in that form. The oldest surviving script we have for Original Shastras is Devanagari Sanskrit. It may be possible that many doesn't understand Devanagari Sanskrit, however many understand it. e.g. The symbol of our site is in Devanagari, not in Brahmi. Will continue further discussion in chat room... – Paṇḍyā Dec 3 '18 at 6:28

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