âIt is better to strive in oneâs own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following oneâs own dharma. But competition in anotherâs dharma breeds fear and insecurity.â ~ Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita
Dharma. It comes from the Sanskrit dhri, which means âto support, hold up or bear.â
The word means many things, but according to Eknath Easwaran, dharma âimplies support from within: the essence of a thing, its virtue, that which makes it what it is.â
On a larger scale, dharma means âthe essential order of things, an integrity and harmony in the universe and the affairs of life that cannot be disturbed without courting chaos. Thus it means rightness, justice, goodness, purpose rather than chance.â
Thereâs also a (highly) personal application of dharma. In essence, we all have our own âdharmaâ or purpose and reason for being alive. As Krishna states in the Gita, following someone elseâs dharma is dangerous. If you live your life trying to impress others and not fulfilling what youâre here to do, youâll feel the pain.
So... how about you? Are you living your dharma? Or struggling to fulfill someone elseâs ideas about who you should be and what you should do?!
In his great book, âThe Seven Spiritual Laws of Successâ (see Notes), Deepak Chopra dedicates a chapter to his 7th Law: The Law of Dharma. In that chapter, he has a bunch of great questions to help us discover and live our dharma. One of my favorites: âIf you had all the money and all the time in the world, what would you do?!!?â
Soâ¦ if you had all the money and all the time in the world, what would you do?
* journal time! * :)
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