“Grant your blessing so that my mind may become one with the Dharma.
Grant your blessing so that the Dharma may go along the path.
Grant your blessing so that the Dharma may clarify confusion.
Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.”
~The Four Dharmas of Gampopa by Dagpo Lha-je Gampopa
Dharma is a Sanskrit word which means natural law, reality or natural order of things. In its spiritual meaning, we can say that Dharma represents the “the Path that leads towards a superior Truth”. As a moral doctrine, it deliberates what are the rights and obligations of each individual in this world, in order to maintain its natural harmony and balance. Dharma refers to the application of a spiritual assignment or mission, but also signifies right conduct, social order and virtue. Dharma is to cultivate the knowledge and practice of laws and principles that holds together the fabric of reality, natural phenomena and personality of human beings in dynamic interdependence and harmony. Hence dharmic laws may govern not only the individual, but all in society.
The main purpose of Dharma is not only to realize a union of the Soul with the supreme and ultimate reality; it is also a recommended way of living, a code of conduct that is intended to secure both worldly joys and supreme happiness. It is a central concept that aggregates one’s personal obligations, calling, and duties.
Dharma is at the same time the way, the destination and the traveler. Dharma manifests itself for the one that concentrates oneself in the present moment, appreciating the travel, as the walk that leads to the path of Serenity. The traveler of the Path knows that the future is realized from the footsteps of a predesigned destiny, a journey of learning, understanding, and transcendence. The essence of Dharma lies in owning a certain ability, power and spiritual strength. The strength of being dharmic also lies in the unique combination of spiritual wisdom and physical aptitudes.
The Personal Journey
In Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, the concept of Dharma plays an important role. According to these traditions, the being that lives in harmony with their Dharma is able to reach Moksha, or Nirvana, and will reach in a must faster way then others, their release from the worlds of Samsara, and the Wheel of Incarnation.
Dharma refers to the spiritual/religious ethics as advocated by Hindu gurus in ancient Indian scriptures, in their legal and religious texts that there is a divinely instituted natural order of things and that justice, social harmony and human happiness require that human beings discern and live in a manner appropriate to the requirements of that order. Tulsidas, author of Ramcharitmanas, has defined the root of Dharma as compassion.
In various ways we can make a linking association between good Karma and good Dharma. Therefore one’s Dharmic Path in the next life is the one necessary to bring to fruition all the results of past Karma. In order to achieve a good Karma, one should live a virtuous life, doing what is right and what is expected to be right for the individual, the family, the society and the universe itself; therefore living life in accordance of a good Dharma. In essence everything that helps a being to reach God is Dharmic; everything that impedes this to happen is Adharma.