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DHARMA - What is Dharma?

Updated on February 10, 2013

The Principles of DHARMA

The word ‘Dharma’ originated in the ancient Sanskrit language, and its basic meaning is ‘protection’, (in a pro-active sense) and ’decree or custom’. Dharma translates as ‘the way things are’, ‘the law of nature’ or ‘that which sustains the Universe’.

In Buddhism, Dharma is the Universal truth common to all individuals at all times, and is regarded to be one of the primary sources of Buddhist practice and doctrine.

Dharma is a cosmic principle and process. Our dharma is our true and right place in time and space, thought and awareness, action, deed and desire. Dharma may suggest a code of conduct and is said to be a ‘moral virtue’ and ‘right living’ as well as the eternal life force. Dharma is the essential principle of the natural law of the Cosmos.

Dharma dictates absolute honour for all living things and the land that nourishes them. This is based on the idealistic premise that mankind will rise to its own innate, sacred ‘goodness’ when shown the way to its spiritual path to enlightenment. It is said that dharma is the only true path to enlightenment. It is dharma by which the seeker of truths is able to evolve.

Dharma is the path of righteousness and living one’s life according to their codes of conduct. Dharma is to see the essence of each situation and act in such a way as to manifest the highest Divine good.

Your ‘dharma’ is the Divine plan of your soul and is your reason for ‘being’. It is your duty to be who you truly are in every way, and fulfill your true potential and destiny. Everyone has a path they must follow in order to uphold righteousness and lead to their individual spiritual enlightenment and salvation. Dharma is a person’s duty and the actions deemed to be fit, carried out according to their personal responsibilities and soul mission.

The principle of dharma determines that in order to fulfill our Divine role and soul purpose, we must behave within our personal dharma, which involves doing the right thing at the right time, in the right way and for the right reason/s. By maintaining our dharma we attain balance within.

Dharma is the moral law combined with spiritual discipline that guides one’s life, and is considered to be the very foundation of life. Dharma is the ‘Law of Being’.

When we live outside the bounds of our own Divine dharma, we are out of sync with the Universe, and we pay the price in the form of stress, bitterness, frustration, misery and sadness, regardless of how much material wealth and/or success we may have accumulated.

Reincarnation determines the state of an individual in the next lifetime or existence. This is ‘Karma’, which refers to the actions undertaken by the mind and body. In order to achieve ‘good karma’ it is important to live a life according to dharma, which refers to ‘living right’. This involves doing what is ‘right’ for the individual, the family and community, the world and Universe as a whole. Dharmic laws govern not only the individual, but all human and beings of the Cosmos. Going against your dharma creates ‘bad’ or ‘negative karma’. Dharma affects the future according to the accumulated karma.

Everything that helps and assists humans to become enlightened and spiritually based is dharma. All that hinders this process is ‘adharma’. ‘Adharma’ is considered to be negative, dark or demonic forces.

Living a dharmic path or lifestyle entails expressing such traits as austerity, purity, compassion, honesty and truthfulness, patience, forgiveness, self-discipline, sanctity, reason, learning and/or knowledge, and absence of anger.

The practice of dharma gives an experience of joy, inner-strength, peace and tranquility within the Self, and makes life ordered and disciplined.



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      2 years ago

      Bless you and all beings! Thank you for sharing your blessings with us all! May all beings attain full and perfect enlightenment! Namaste

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      5 years ago

      I am not dure what It all mens I guess i have to Let t marinate. I was forced to live my life seperat from my family cus for some reason we Just don't ge along. The loneliness hartaches are sometimes so hard to bare but I am stil Here. I wonder what have i done to deserve all of this, or was t ment for me to go through life without my family.

      I am gratefull to find this site eventough i am not sire where and how to place It. ..

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      Joanne Sacred Scribes 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Hi Tom,

      I'm still around, and I write everyday, but currently posting on my other sites ... then I'll be back.

      Lovely to have made your acquaintance Tom.



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      Tom Ware 

      5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Joanne! Can't believe it's taken me so long to discover you. Like you, I've been a Hubpage Writer for five years. Yet I didn't find you through Hubpages initially but by typing the Words Spiritual Laws into Google Search.

      Are you still around? Nothing posted for a while.

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      5 years ago

      All to rise within their sacral time

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Joanne, I hope you are well... lily

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Still looking, Joanne, be well, lily

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Well, I'm sure your very busy... maybe e-mail me on hubpages. Be well, be happy... lily

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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Need to be busy with constructive things... my cold/virus is letting go of me- I may even live. Therein is the very core of the problem or answer I must find. What was I put here to do?

      Will get a huge cup of coffeee when the time comes to hear your words... much love, lily

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      Joanne Sacred Scribes 

      7 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      My email to you Lily has been sitting in my Drafts box, and I've been working on it between my daily work ... it will be on the way soon. Best you make yourself a comfortable seat when it arrives :)

      Blessings, love and light to you always Lily



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      Lillian K. Staats 

      7 years ago from Wasilla, Alaska

      Jeepers Joyce, I must have missed the Dharma train in my own life, but, and I will reread this, you have given insight to why I'm not comfortable,(maybe comfortable) is not the the word, more aligned with life.

      A few nights ago, for the first time in many years, I didn't feel safe in my own home. Someone had stolen my heating oil while I was working- the busted pipes (frozen), no running water, phone, or computer,(my water was on the same breaker... so sick for weeks I thought, truly, I might die. Still sick, but not as bad..

      I actually almost wrote you, to beg you to tell me what I was doing wrong, why such evil, inside and out would be arrayed against me.

      I think it's a Christian construct that one must be at war at all times, and I felt that my being good (other's construct of good,) would protect me, and bring good back to me. That has not happened. At All.

      I've felt your silence towards me was actually an answer in itself, that I was clinging to others for answers I already had.

      The betrayal of my neighbors by stealing my oil is something THEY have to live with. Obviously, my body and mind were affected greatly, but I refuse to victimize myself, and my past renditions of forgiveness, sorrow and feelings of betrayal are merely a vast waste of MY TIME.

      I'm never going to please my family, or be able to retrieve the decades wasted on sorrow, fear, self-pity.

      But, I realize being alone IS my Dharma... and that I'm never truly alone, when I may bespeak my friends as exceptional individuals. This is the light that comes back to me.

      Wishing you all good, all love, your friend lily


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