The verbal meaning of Adharma is irreligiosity.
Blind faith, that which disregards the cosmic principles leads
to adharma. Adharmas are those actions which are contrary
to the individuals dharma.
Anything which is working contrary to the laws
of existence is adharma. For example, at sunrise the whole
existence changes, becomes vibrant, the atmospheric pressures
and temperatures change. The tempo of life increases. Sleeping
at this time is acting contrary to the laws of the planet,
thus it is adharma.
Looting the Mother Earth for natural resources,
which are then employed without concern for their negative
effects on the environment and the future needs of the planet,
is adharma against the earth. Similarily, there are adharmas
related to one's own physiology. Denying one's own self is
adharma. Self-rejection and self-praise are both adharmas.
Self-destruction is the greatest adharma.
Adharma is best understood as an imbalance in
the three gunas,
the three primary cosmic forces responsible for all manifestations.
When either sattva (conscious energy), tamas (inertia), or
rajas (motion) are dominant adharma takes birth.
These imbalances or adharmas can be controlled
by faith, devotion, or bhakti, which is the essence of the
fourth chakra. Faith can lead the
player - if he acts in harmony with his true nature, sudharma,
to the plane of austerity. But if it is not in tune with his
innermost vibrations, it can draw him back to delusion. So
the faith should not be blind faith. Faith alone, without
grounding in the laws of existence, is blind faith. And blind
faith is the most frequent cause of energy loss in this plane
of being. If faith is in tune with the law of existence it
is called sudharma.