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Yes, there is such a thing in our scriptures. Bhishma said, ‘He is said to be conversant with duty who knows duty as depending on four foundations.’ [four foundations, i.e., as laid down in the Vedas; as laid down in the Smritis; as sanctioned by ancient usage and customs; and as approved by the heart or one’s own conscience.] Mahabharata, Santi Parva, ...

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