Dharma, a Path to Understanding and Vital Sense

Few words have a semantic field as broad and complex as the word Dharma. However, all its meanings converge in the same way, one where we are oriented towards what is true, towards what gives us meaning and, in turn, is correct.

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Few words have a semantic field as broad and complex as the word Dharma. However, all its meanings converge in the same way, one where we are oriented towards what is true, towards what gives us meaning and, in turn, is correct. That which in some way must always push us to do the right thing according to the law of nature and our destiny.

If there is one thing we can not deny is that for a few years now we have experienced a new awakening in this of spirituality. However, this dawn arrives with other brightness tinged perhaps, by the breath of that new age that has blurred and misrepresented the odd concept. In our eagerness to adapt all that vast philosophical world contained in the dharmic religions, we have lost some ideas along the way.

An example of this is to think that the Dharma is the positive vision of Karma. As if both concepts were opposite or complementary. Thus, another incorrect idea is to assume that this concept refers to a set of religious edicts that must be followed to transcend, to take our spirituality to another level. However, the Dharma actually describes the natural and innate behavior of things, and of each of the aspects that make up the universe, including ourselves.

“Dharma is the discipline of living the truth; it is not knowing or reading the truth, it is not commenting or discussing it, it is not your logic, it is not your reasoning”.

-Yogi Bhajan-

What is the Dharma?

When you do what you like and you are happy for them, when you do any task with passion without receiving anything in return, you are not aware of time and what you carry out reverts to others, that is Dharma. We could say that this very elementary definition reminds us somewhat of the term flow coined by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi in the 90s. It reminds us because in essence it shares the same idea: that of building a life with meaning.

Thus, an aspect that seeks this doctrine above all, is to transmit those principles on which stands the authentic harmony of life, those in which we should work in our day to day.

They are the following:

Artha ⇔ find our cause, our purpose in life, what motivates and passion.
Dharma ⇔ bring our existence in morality, knowing what is right.
Kama ⇔ experience pleasure with what we do.
Moksha ⇔ reach liberation.

When the British colonized India and tried to understand the traditions of the natives, they found serious problems in assuming exactly what the Dharma was. His biggest mistake was to come to believe that it was a religion. They forgot that religion is only applicable in human beings, the Dharma instead, designates the truth, what already is and already exists. It is the essence of each plant, the function of each star, each beam of light, each electron, each fragment that makes up the sand on the beach … We all have our inner truth, our path, our nature.

“The Dharma should be that beautiful, and just as natural. If nature is awake wherever we look, then human beings deserve the same. Waking up should not be a struggle.”


A life with meaning, an existence with a purpose

In the dharmic traditions, the person who does not act with righteousness, who harms others or who, far from accepting himself, tries to pretend something that is not, generates in his own person what is known as a-dharma. It is a kind of non-harmony, of an attack against nature, a rupture with the laws of destiny. This is what the Rigveda (or Ṛgveda) reveals to us is the oldest text in India written in Sanskrit, which includes a series of hymns where we can understand in greater depth what the Dharma is.

On the other hand, those who act in equilibrium with themselves, who obey, understand and practice their Dharma, the cosmic order benefits them. It brings you happiness, a sort of mystical ecstasy where you feel fulfilled, fulfilled.

Also, something that is explained to us in these ancestral Veda texts is that Buddha, in order that each one of us reach that order, that inner balance turned a precious golden wheel to spread the teachings of the Dharma. Connecting with them and assuming them allows us to free the mind to reach that enlightenment, that truth that each of us carries within us.

The wheel of dharma or dharmachakra is undoubtedly the oldest symbol and used by most oriental philosophies such as Buddhism itself, Hinduism and Jainism. His movement, his discourse is in accordance with our personal conditions, with our needs and karmic characteristics. Knowing how to listen to the voice of the Dharma is not exactly easy for many of us. Finding our truth and knowing our real purpose in this world can take us a lifetime …