One does not uphold the Dharma
Only because one speaks a lot.
Having heard even a little,
If one perceives the Dharma with one’s own body
And is never negligent of the Dharma,
Then one is indeed an upholder of the Dharma
The Dhammapada – Teachings of the Buddha.
Making the truths and teachings of Buddhism ones own, to live fully in that, could be understood to mean ‘to perceive the Dharma with one’s own body’.
Added October 16, 2017. Merit to all those who are facing surgery, who are suffering with mental/emotional trauma.