DHARMA IS A GREAT KARMA
Dharma is the science of values we hold dear for our existence
Its practice unfolds the human essence, excellence
And Divine potential in all its manifestations
Which we all follow without the slightest consideration
To any religion, caste, creed, color and without any corrosion
It is an observance of spiritual maturity
And then maintenance of devotion and piety
The norms of behavior & attitude in the performance of role we play
As a householder or housewife as our pious duty
With absolute commitment, with single-mindedness and sheer humility
As success in life does not come just accidentally
A lot of perseverance and persistence is needed for an effort to fructify
But without attaching too much reliance on the fruits of that labor unreasonably.
These social laws devised by statute or decree passed by the authority that be
Then universal laws and religious laws have stood the test of time
Which have undergone evolution over a period of time
And detached from the confusion and disorder which was rampant
In rituals which made the Dharma more complex
Thus following a path more with honor and easily
The laws of proper behavior sincerely
For living virtuously and righteously
While performing our duty truthfully
Holding and following the right conduct, customs and traditions religiously
With purity of mind and body
Along with the soul’s purify
Observing ethical and moral purity
While performing multifarious responsibilities
As a member of a family
As a member of a human community
Or as a law-abiding citizen of a country
Or for those matter citizens of all the world societies
Making it the law of the universe ultimately
Laws which are in sync with the brain and heart jointly
Thence ensuring uprightness in thoughts and deeds purity
Along with observing the laws of Mother Nature to ensure stability
Minding that nothing goes amiss even accidentally
The overall purpose is to establish harmony
Between laws of the land and cosmic principles willfully
Linking cause and effect to work decisively
Besides venerating God deferentially
As a pious offering to the God reverentially.
DHARMA IS OUR RIGHT KARMA
MEANING OF DHARMA
Dharma means following a certain code of conduct devised by legislation or social norms followed by all since ages in family, community, county; these rules could also be followed universally which could be termed as law of the universe. Dharma is also following an eco-system which is progressive in nature, acceptable by all in thoughts, actions and deeds. Our actions should engender spiritual maturity and creativity in our action while performing their multifarious duties.
Dharma being universal in nature also takes into cognizance social and religious rules for the fulfillment of the purpose of life. Individually, my dharma is to think and act in a manner which could help us could dharma anything which helps us do our duty reasonably, rationally and religiously while following the code of conduct. Whatever duties we are performing, we should perform with a missionary zeal and enthusiasm.
ESSENCE OF DHARMA IS DISSEMINATION OF VALUES
In Vedanta, Dharma is understood to be the science of values and also unfolding of human essence. It has been observed that in today’s world value system is not given much significance. It has to be imparted by the parents but the parents are engaged in their professions and cannot give their quality time to their children. This is the reason the children today have no connection with the human values.
DHARMA IS BASED ON FREEWILL, EQUALITY, AND DIGNITY
We are free to follow Dharma based on our free-will. In this, no credence or relevance is given to caste, creed, color or position one is holding. Dharma is the science of values. In following one’s Dharma, there cannot be any corrosion, bias, subjugation or any other consideration for following our personal Dharma.
In Bhagwad Gita, Lord Krishna advises the best Dhayshdhari Arjuna to follow his dharma to fight as Kshatriya. This should be done without any attachment to the fruits of his actions. In fact following our dharma is sacrosanct with inner potentials which we have to draw out for our forward march. Those who follow Dharma in different manifestations like following political dharma, personal dharma in right spirits are the flag bearers of truth.
DHARMA IS BASED ON RIGHTEOUSNESS
Dharma is based on right-mindedness, right conduct, the right attitude, right thoughts, right action and living one’s life without let and hindrance without resorting to any sorts of violence and terror. In other words, the practice of Dharma unfolds human essence, human excellence, and divine potential.
DHARMA IN OUR FAMILY LIFE
Essentially, while we follow our family Dharma, we endeavor to follow all the norms of behavior. In this scheme of things social etiquettes, following and observing moral and ethical standpoints. Observation of our family dharma means observing all the norms of behavior which establishes harmony amongst the members of the family.
ADHARMA OR IMMORAL LIFE COULD COST US DEARLY
A few days back, I happened to meet a lady whose daughter is studying in one of the institutes. Her daughter was found to have involved in the fight with another girl student of her class. The bone of contention was a common boyfriend. I asked the lady why she did not give quality time to her daughter to which she replied that she was the victim of domestic disharmony created by unfaithfulness or infidelity of her husband due to which she had to seek divorce for separation for good. This separation was thus due to immoralist conduct/activities followed by her husband. Following unethical and immoral life means following an unreasonable and irrational existence which breaks the closely knit family and thus is ADHARMA in true sense of terms. Immoral life not only adversely impacts spouses but also the children who are left to fend for themselves. It also put to disrepute the institution of marriage creating doubt in the minds of the impressionable minds – creating physiological and psychological implications for the children. This shows how following an ADHARMA or immoral lifestyle cost us dearly for us all.
DHARMA IN OUR COMMUNITY
Then, we have Dharma conduct that we have to follow in the community in which we are living. We have to work according to norms set by the society and we have to perforce follow those rules of behavior.
DESH DHARMA – DHARMA FOR OUR COUNTRY
Subsequently, we have DESH DHARMA (Dharma for our Country) that we have to follow for the country of our birth for the protection/safeguarding of its unity and integrity we are constrained to remain within the confines of laws of the land and never ever even think about its breakup.
THE UNIVERSAL DHARMA
Then we have Universal Dharma, the laws or rules which are relevant for all the countries of the world. UNO works on this philosophy.
DHARMA AND SPIRITUALISM
Whatever duty we perform, we should do that with sincerity while following a life with positive orientation – a life of Dharma. It can also be that whatever we do, we can do that with the partnership of our GOD – bearing in mind that BHAKTI & SHAKTI could go together by adopting a Dharma lifestyle. In this quest, we should always not follow a life of Adharma; unethical and immoral lifestyle.
- Dharma is based on our belief and faith. No credence on caste, color or any other consideration is given while following our Dharma.
- Dharma is independent of any narrow considerations.
- Dharma encompasses all rituals which rather confuse us.
- Dharma is a science of values without these, it cannot be followed.
- Dharma unfolds our inner potentials and helps unravel the Divine power which exists in us.
- Following a life based on our DHARMA gives us ANANDA of the highest order.
- Dharma helps us living spiritually.
- Our Dharma dwells with us – it helps us never to live a life of ADHARMA which is the antithesis of DHARMA.