Dharma means religious acts enjoined by the scriptures, such as charity, sraddha, feeding the poor, and the like. The performance of this dharma is called the path of karma.
There are several definitions of Dharma according to spiritual scholars.
यतो ऽभ्युदयनिःश्रेयससिद्धिः स धर्मः।
Dharma is that disciplined course of life, in which both worldly progress (अविद्या) and spiritual perfection (विद्या) are attained.
Manu has given ten characteristics of Dharma:-
धृतिः क्षमा दमोऽस्तेयं शौचमिन्द्रियनिग्रहः।
धीर्विद्या सत्यमक्रोधो, दशकं धर्मलक्षणम् ॥
(धृति) (patience), क्षमा (forgiving offences committed by others, being forgiving), दम (controlling one's desires), अस्तेय (not stealing), शौच (cleanliness internally and externally), इन्द्रिय निग्रहः ( The control of the senses), धी (use of intelligence), विद्या (the hankering for greater knowledge), सत्य (observance of truth by mind, word and deed) and अक्रोध (not to be angry); these are the characteristics of ten dharmas. .)