The term Dharma is one of the most intractable terms in Hindu theology. Derived from the root dhar (Dhri) to uphold, sustain or support, the term Dharma denotes that which holds together the different aspects and qualities of an object into a whole. Ordinarily, the term Dharma has been translated as a religious code as righteousness, as a system of morality, as duty, as charity etc., but the original Sanskrit term has an individual personality of its own, which is not captured by any one of its renderings. The best rendering of this term Dharma that I have met so far, is ‘the Law of being’ meaning ‘that which makes a thing or being what it is.’ For example, it is the Dharma of the fire to burn, of the sun to shine, etc. Dharma means, therefore, not merely righteousness or goodness but it indicates the essential nature of anything without which it cannot retain its independent existence. For example, a cold dark sun is impossible, as heat and light are the Dharmas of the sun. Similarly, if we are to live as truly dynamic men in the world, we can only do so by being faithful to our true nature, and the Gita explains to me ‘My Dharma’. In using thus the first person possessive pronoun, this scripture perhaps indicates that the Song Divine, sung through the eighteen chapters, is to be subjectively transcribed and lived by each student and personally experienced in his own life.
Energy follows your Thoughts
Hanumanji’s thought was always on Lord Ram & Sita. Therefore, his energy was limitless. He flew over rivers, uprooted mountain, etc. He had no EGO about his SEVA (service) to the Lord.
Ego is the greatest impediment to spiritually. Whenever it pops up delete it from the mind. Not easy tasks at all but practice the techniques of the scriptures and reap the benefits. Meditate on the Supreme Master. How long should one spend in meditation? Someone said, “only 24 hours every day”
The acronym for EGO is “EDGING GOD OUT” therefore the greater our ego the greater is our distance from the Lord. God plus Ego is Man. Eliminate Ego and the equation is solved.
No space existed between him and Lord Ram, implying unconditional attachment for his Lord. The artist did a good job by portraying the image of Lord Ram and Sita in Hanumanji’s heart. Attachment necessitates detachment. His attachment to Lord Ram and Sita required of him to detach himself from non-spiritual applications. Image you are on a boat in the Essequibo River that is sinking. To save yourself from drowning, you detach from the boat and attach yourself to a life raft. More time spent on attachment to: Dharmic Activities” the less time there is for the un-real. We agree but discard when we have to be involved. Failing to understand that the anti-dote to our dilemma in this life is involvement in religious activities, attachment to our prayers, scriptures, pujas, satsangs, Mandirs, Yagnas, etc.
Mind is the flow of thoughts. It functions in the waking and dream state of consciousness; never in the deep sleep state. A state of bliss exists in the deep sleep state. In deep sleep state how can you identify a criminal from a swami? No thought! You are neither a thief nor a saint.
Okay let sanitize those thoughts that need to be sanitized, and make room for pure thoughts, henceforth.
Let’s start, first thought when you wake in the morning, or anytime, because morning wake-up is not the norm in North America. The Sun! “Surya Narayan” recites silently the Gayatree Mantra. Loud recitation may disturb others. This must be a daily practice.
Energy follows thought, therefore first thought on Sun, accompanied by a Mantra energizes the practitioner. Is there any place for “Dilemma”?
Teachings of Hindu Dharma
SATYA BARAABAR TAP NAHI,
JHOOT BARAABAR PAAP,
JAAKE HRIDAI SATYA HAI,
WAAKE HRIDAI AAP.
The is no higher Virtue than Speaking the TRUTH.
There is no greater SIN than speaking LIES.
Always maintain a pure heart, a heart full of Truth.
YE SHANG NA VIDYA
NA TAPO NA DAANAM
NA CHA PI SHEELA
NA GUNO NA DHARMA
TEY MARTYA LOKAY, BHUVI BAAR BHUTAM
MANUSHYA ROOPAY MRIGAA CHARANTEE
Who Fail to acquire knowledge,
Who refuses to pray,
Who fails to give charity,
Who does not display good manners,
Who does not attempt to perform good deeds
Who fails to walk the path of God;
Are not using the body for its purposes.
The human body is the greatest gift of God, and should be used towards performing good deeds.
From The Tulsi Ramayana, Uttara-Kanda, Chopai 120: Seven Questions
Seven questions of Garuda and Kakabusundi’s replies to them
- Which form of all is the most difficult to obtain?
- Which is the greatest misery?
- Which is the highest pleasure?
- What are the innate disposition of, or the essential characteristics of the saints and of the evil-minded?
- Which is the highest religious merit made known in the Vedas?
- Which is the most terrible sin?
- What is the disease of the mind?
- There is no other form as good as the human body: every living creature – whether animate or inanimate – crave for it. It is the ladder that takes the soul either to hell or to heaven and again to final beatitude, and is the bestower of blessings in the form of wisdom, dispassion and devotion. Men who fail to adore Sri Hari even after obtaining this body, and wallow in the basest pleasures of the senses, throw away the philosopher’s stone from the palm of their hand and take bits of glass in exchange for the same.
- There is no misery in this world as terrible as poverty.
- There is no blessing as great as communion with saints.
- Beneficence in thought, word and deed is the innate disposition of saints. The saints undergo suffering in the interest of others while impious wretches do so with a view to tormenting others. Tender hearted saints, like the birch tree, submit to the greatest torture (even allow their skin to be peeled off) for the good of others; while the wicked, like the hemp, have their skin flayed off and perish in agony in order to be able to bind others (in the form of cords). Like the rat and the serpent, the wicked injure others without any gain to themselves. Having destroyed others’ prosperity they perish themselves, even as the hail dissolves after destroying the crops. The elevation of the wicked, like the rising of the comet- which is a detestable heavenly body- is a source of calamity to the world. The advancement of a saint, on the other hand, is ever conducive to joy, even as the rising of the sun and the moon brings delight to the whole universe.
- A vow of non-violence is the highest religious merit known to the Vedas.
- There is no sin as grievous as speaking ill of others.
- Note now the diseases of the mind, from which everyone suffers. Infatuation is the root of all ailments and from these again arise many other troubles. Lust is a counterpart of wind and inordinate greed corresponds to an abundance of phlegm; while anger represents bile, which constantly burns the breast. Should all these three combine, there results what is known as Sannipata (a derangement of the aforesaid three humours of the body, causing dangerous type of fever ). The cravings for the manifold pleasures of the sense, so difficult to realise, are the various distempers, which are too numerous to name.The feeling of mineness corresponds to ring-worms, envy represents itches, while joy and grief correspond to a disease of the throat marked by an excessive enlargement of the glands (goiter). Grudging contemplation of others’ happiness represents consumption; while wickedness and perversity of soul correspond to leprosy. Egotism is the counterpart of the most painful gout; while hypocrisy, deceit, arrogance and pride correspond to the disease known as Dracontiasis (which is marked by the presence in the body of a parasite known as the guinea-worm). Thirst for enjoyment represents the most advanced type of dropsy; while the three types of craving (those for progeny, riches and honour) correspond to the violent quartan ague. Jealousy and thoughtlessness are the two types of fever. There are many more fell diseases, too numerous to mention.People die even of one disease; while I have spoken of many incurable diseases which constantly torment the soul. How then can it find peace? There are sacred vows and religious observances and practices, austere penance, spiritual wisdom, sacrifices, Japa (recitation of prayers), charity and myriad of other remedies too; but the maladies just enumerated do not yield to these.Thus every creature in this world is ailing and is further afflicted with grief and joy, fear, love and desolation. I have mentioned only a few diseases of the mind; although everyone is suffering from them, few are able to detect them. These wretches, the plague of mankind, diminish to a certain extent on being detected, but are not completely destroyed. Fed by the unwholesome diet of sensuality they sprout even in the mind of sages, to say nothing of poor mortals. All these ailments can no doubt be eradicated if by Sri Rama’s grace the following factors combine.There must be faith in the words of the physician in the form of a true preceptor; and the regimen is indifference to the pleasure of the senses. Devotion to the Lord of the Raghus (Sri Rama) is the life giving herb; while a devout mind serves as the vehicle in which it is taken. By this process the ailments can certainly be eradicated; otherwise all our efforts will fail to get rid of them. The mind should be accounted as cured only when the heart gathers strength in the form of dispassion, appetite in the shape of good resolutions grows stronger and stronger every day and weakness in the form of sensual appetite goes. (Being thus rid of all diseases) when the soul bathes in the pure water of wisdom, the heart is saturated with Devotion to Sri Rama.It would be easier for the hair to grow on the shell of a tortoise, or for the progeny of a barren woman to slay anyone or for flowers of every description to appear in the air than for any creature to be happy even though hostile to Sri Hari. Sooner shall thirst be slaked by drinking of a mirage or horns sprout on a hare’s head or darkness efface the sun than a creature who has turned his face against Sri Rama find happiness. Sooner shall fire appear out of ice than an enemy of Sri Rama enjoy happiness. Sooner shall butter be churned out of water or oil be extracted from sand than the ocean of worldly existence be crossed without adoring Sri Hari: this is a conclusion which cannot be set aside. The Lord can exalt a mosquito to the position of Brahma (the Creator) and degrade Brahma to a position lower than that of a mosquito. Realising this, the wise discard all doubt and worship Sri Rama.
I have told you my considered views and my words can never be untrue; Men who worship Sri Rama are able to cross the most turbulent ocean of mundane existence.
The Ten commandments of Hinduism
Dharm Ke Lakshan (Ten commandments of Hinduism)
Dhritih kshama damoasteyam, showchamindriya nigrah
Dheervidya satyamakrodho dasham dharma lakshanam
- Dheeraj Rakhna – Patience
- Kshama Karna – Forgiveness
- Man ko kaabu me Rakhna – control of the mind
- Chori na karna – Non stealing
- Shudhatta Rasna – Cleanliness
- Indriyo ko vash me rakhna – Control of the senses
- Budhi ko Jagaana – Seek knowledge ( let your knowledge grow)
- Vidya Parna – Education
- Satya Bolna – Truthfulness
- Krodh na karna – Avoid anger