Since ancient times people have been questioning Who am I? What is my mission in this life? What is my purpose? Living a life without asking us these questions is meaningless, since real happiness comes when we feel alive, being aware of our duty – mission, so we can have clear directions.
In these modern times, we often get confused about our dharma, and we deviate from our path and obligations tempted by better work, bigger house, higher salary, better education, etc. Do you feel good fulfilling your duty?
What is Dharma?
It is hard to translate the word Dharma which comes from Sanskrit. It is related to the innate path and duty of oneself but also means; ¨service¨, “moral principles”, ¨support¨, ¨universal law of being¨, “daily duties”, “goal in life”, ¨ethical conduct¨, ¨charity¨, ¨not harming others¨, ¨compassion¨, ¨altruism¨, ¨positivity¨, and even has been mistranslated as ¨religion¨.
In this post, we will discuss what are below points, and we will understand how they interrelate with each other.
- Living in dharma (Living with values and responsibility)
- Ayurveda´s Dharma (How to support the body-mind-soul, to be able to fulfill our dharmas)
- Living your Dharma (Living your personal duty)
1- Living in dharma (Living with values and responsibility)
First of all, living in dharma encloses following a universal non-religious code of conduct. It is structured by the living forces (Devata) in the field of mental consciousness. Dharma can change with the development of awareness of the individual soul. It also influences the collective human experience.
What seeds are we growing for future generations? According to Sage Manu, the Hindu Law Giver: Dharma has ten qualities, which are the duties, values, and responsibilities of each person.
10 aspects of Dharma:
- Dhrti (patience)
- Ksama (forgiveness)
- Damo (mental steadfastness or mental strength)
- Asteya (non-stealing)
- Akrodham (non-anger)
- Sauca (cleanliness)
- Indriya nigraha (restraining of senses)
- Dhi (wisdom)
- Vidya (knowledge)
- Satyam (truth)
The first step in trying to find your dharma is reflexion about your relationship with the above dharmic points. Are you following the universal code of conduct?
Dharma is a profound cultural value
All the above only leads to positivity and conscious choices. When a culture lacks in dharma, the human beings quickly self-destruct themselves. When dharma is violated, both the individual and society are violated, sooner or later. But when dharma becomes the soil of our personal lives, our thoughts, speech, actions, ethics, etc. are firmly affected.
Following dharma is a matter of free will and nothing externally- imposed or religious conditioning, neither a belief system. Then, your choices are naturally aligned with your highest intention, your consciousness is elevated and present in every step and you can live in peace and harmony.
2- Ayurveda´s Dharma is to support your dharma
Ayurveda shows us the path of the fulfillment of our individual dharma staying healthy and in balance– spiritually, psychologically and, physically. Disease comes when we stray away from the course of dharma. Cheating, stealing, lying, violence, harming and any type of abuse has an effect.
In order to avoid suffering in any level (body-mind-spirit), Ayurvedic texts teach dharmic thoughts (sadvicara), conscious actions (satkarma), conscious dwelling (satvihara), dharmic behavior (sadacara), and dharmic living (sadvrtta).
Every disease is a message to wake up
Ayurveda supports in identifying our day-to-day dharma related to our daily routine. Right living, eating, thinking, sex, exercise, sleep, and time off are needed to protect our lives and enhance our physical, psychological, social, moral, and spiritual health. And in return, Ojas (immune vital fluids) are created. Sooner or later a non-dharmic life will destroy our own wealth and health. If this is not covered we can not fulfill our further mission.
Dharma is linked to our sense of responsibility for our body, self-control over our mind, in all our social interactions and is reflected in how we treat ourselves, the environment and all its creatures. When the dharmic content of our thoughts and actions is denied or blocked by us, disease at the physical, psychological, or spiritual level will eventually manifest. Ayurveda promises that practicing dharma in our daily life leads us face-to-face with the absolute truth at our time of transition.
¨The Universe gives to every man an ideal body and the exact nature to accomplish their personal mission in life¨.
When we explore our dharmic daily goals, we listen to the voice of our inner spirit.
Ayurveda sees collective consciousness being modified by living ¨dharmically¨, and celebrates the eternal harmony and sacred connections between man and nature. But each person has its own path on earth of manifesting the above. How we can find out if what we do is our Dharma or not? After considering our nature (through right actions for our mind-body-spirit), follow the right described conduct we will make sure that we can listen to our inner voice.
3- Your dharmic path. Your personal duty
Vedic science explains five Dharma types, in which previous experience and incarnations are also involved:
-Vocation: The protector
-Qualities: Courage, the power of the spirit, leadership
*They are born leaders and therefore tend to dominate. With an innate desire to protect the weak, they are strongly motivated to change themselves and society. They defend and protect the highest values such as justice, freedom, purity, morality, etc. They are extremely disciplined.
-Weaknesses: excessive passion, rivalry, big ego, pride.
-Dharma: To serve the society guided by the principles of honor
-Vocation: The creator
-Qualities: Charity, energetic, shared joy
*Motivated to protect themselves and their family financially. The creator loves being surrounded by people and to organize social events. Usually, they are charismatic, socially active and a very good company. They are generous towards family, friends and only then, towards society. They are happy making gifts.
-Weaknesses: Tendency to addictions; Self-centered. They feel lost without society.
-Dharma: To make people happy, to create goods and services that bring joy, comfort, and convenience. They open restaurants with a pleasant atmosphere and produce quality goods.
-Vocation: The teacher
-Qualities: compassion, wisdom, knowledge, self-control
*These people are mostly idealists and with strong intellect (ability to adopt abstract concepts). They are motivated by ideas, not by money. They have the tendency to don’t be so practical and their body is less resistant than other types.
-Weaknesses: irritability, often lack the discipline to follow what they promote, a tendency towards indulgences in excess, excessive self-criticism.
-Dharma: to share the knowledge and to direct society to the ideal through their wisdom.
-Vocation: The caregiver
-Qualities: devotion, efficiency, persistence
*They value family, friendship, faith, patriotism. Everything is black and white. They are physically strong and resilient, ready to serve and capable of self-sacrifice. They have good intuition, sharp mind, and skillful hands.
-Weaknesses: envy, inability to change their views, close-minded
-Dharma: To help others, take care of their family, friends, and relatives.
-Vocation: The Innovator. Participates in different causes, fight for rights and freedoms
-Qualities: Compassion, love of freedom, think out of the box, free-spirited
*We can distinguish them by their views, beliefs, hobbies and even by their appearance and clothes. The Rebels travel to non-standard places and countries. They perceive the customs and views of other cultures, adapt easily to the environment, play different roles. The innovators do not accept establishment, authority, established norms or dogma. The rebels are not religious nor spiritual but have a strong sense of the injustice in society. They get attached and easily changes their views, place of residence, partners, friends.
-Weaknesses: self-deception, responsible for others but denies own responsibility, tempted to blame the world and others for their problems.
-Dharma: to break the inveterate opinions, to change views. They are in solving unsolvable problems, showing principles and consistency in the defense of rights, freedoms, and innovations.
None of them is better than other, each one has its good things and weak sides (things to work on). It is good to mention that your Dharma is not inherited, people with different Dharma have the same rights, are equally useful and important on the society. Everyone realizes their life potential according to their unique vocation. While our level of consciousness (our own conduct code) changes with our experiences, your Dharma does not change. What is that makes you feel joy and happiness?
In case you did not know your Dharma yet, I hope you find this post useful!
Wishing you a very meaningful and happy life!