Dharma, The Great Law

The Wheel That Turns for All

Many of the great spiritual healing traditions and customs taught on the subcontinent of India and beyond are founded on the natural theories and laws of Dharma. Dharma (which is a Sanskrit word ) correlates to the laws of truth that govern the entire universe. Dharma is the fundamental principle and pillar that literally upholds all things. It keeps all things functioning harmoniously and sustains their higher growth and development.

Like physical laws should be equal for all beings, so too must the dharmic principles.

Dharma dictates the base of the cosmic laws we need to base our actions on, for them to be supported by the universe. Hinduism calls itself Sanatana Dharma; the Eternal Dharma, meaning a tradition of laws unlimited by time, space or people. Buddhism calls itself Buddha Dharma, the natural way of enlightenment. Yoga Dharma can be called dharmic spiritual practice.

Ayurveda is dharmic medicine

It represents a dharmic approach to everyday living and health. It is a process of natural healing based on natural law, as conscious healing follows the laws of consciousness. Ayurveda is the science of health based upon dharmic principles, and to uphold the dharmic law in treatment and in lifestyle. Dharmic living lets us access both health and happiness. It puts us in contact with the cosmic forces of benevolence. Adharmic living, a life lived contrary to Dharma, brings about pain and disharmony.

Life beyond the law

Most psychological problems and emotional disorders can be found in adharmic living, hence living out of harmony with the universe. Most physical diseases are thus based on it as well. Adharmic lifestyles are one of the bases that all ayurvedic treatments and all lifestyle routines are based on, hence the illnesses and diseases that came about from living outside the natural laws of the universe gave the Rishis insights on how to repair and rebalance the body to bring it back into living in accordance with the principles of Dharma.

Yoga is a dharmic approach to the spiritual life

As a method of Self-realization. It instructs us how to follow our higher dharma, which is to give up outer seeking and strive to know our true nature. As the saying goes, “To thy own self be true”. All forms of yoga’s methodologies are dharmic in nature, helping to allow us to harness natural law and the spiritual forces of the universe to transform our consciousness from ignorance to enlightenment.

Karma and Dharma

The chief dharmic law is the law of karma: as we act, so must we experience the outcome of our actions, in this life and in future lives too. The universe maintains a sense of absolute justice, which plays out through many incarnations. It is one of the developments of consciousness rather than just a justice of outer rewards and punishments. As Dharmic action produces inner peace and happiness, so does Adharmic action bring pain and darkness to the mind.

Do Harm to None

Take this contradiction into consideration, medicines should be not be based upon cruelty. Modern medicine believes that by causing harm to other creatures, like when we test on animals, we can discover benefits for healing people.

However, Ayurveda knows that this is false logic. We cannot alleviate suffering for one creature by causing suffering to another more helpless creature. Suffering begets suffering. On the contrary, caring for other creatures benefits our own health, even if it means placing the greater good of all creatures above the good of our own particular species. We cannot possibly triumph in life or gain wisdom at the expense of the world in which we live.


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