What is Dharma? And, Dharma from the Oak Tree

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  1. cloud potato

    cloud potato Senior Registered

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    from Being Peace, speeches from Tich Nhat Hanh
     
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    Speedwell Moderator Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Thanks, I like those examples.
     
  3. Ocean

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    I really like the example with the calm person on a boat. This is very true. Especially advanced souls can make an impact on others and their behaviour just by what they radiate from within. But all of us can do that to some degree, when we are at peace with the world and with ourselves.

    We often think that we need to take action in order to help and to have an influence on the world and on others. But in many everyday situations (while we can't do anything else actively) it's enough to just be there and to find our inner balance. This will have a positive effect on those around us as well and may improve the whole situation. Oftentimes we won't even notice. In our everyday life here on earth and in our modern competitive society most people underestimate such effects and quickly think that non-action is pointless and that they are not doing enough in life. But on the soul level this counts just as much as "doing something".
     
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    cloud,

    Well I will give this a shot because the meaning of Dharma depends upon the circumstances and whom it relates to. Plus it may have changed over the years.

    However as I understand it... In most eastern religions dharma signifies behaviors that are considered to be in accords with the universal laws of the cosmos. This may include right duties, actions, right thoughts, emotions or emotional intent, laws, ones conduct, virtues and "right way of living. In Buddhism dharma means " cosmic law and order", as applied to the teachings of Buddha. To sum it all up its the accumulation of ones good karma over many, many lifetimes which will eventually bring the soul to a spiritual teacher or master when it has reach a point where it is ready to start the path towards enlighten. Which is why many say that it is ones dharma that has brought to ones spiritual teacher.

    For you see each lifetime we live we accumulated and burn off both good and bad karma as well as create new karma during the process. As the bad karma is worked out, it is usually replaced with good karma. The soul can then use this good karma in many different ways much like a bank account. How you use it is up to you. Most souls of a average soul evolution will use this good karma by having money, power, security, ect... in the next life. Others will use part or all of it in their heaven life in between incarnations. However there are a small few that will use their good karma to help speed up their spiritual evolution by taken on situations which most would not want to while incarnated in the physical world. So instead of comfort and wealth the soul will chose experiences that will help it evolve, mature and grow. This may be in the form of service to others, or working out karma on a mental or emotional level with individuals or groups.. It can also take on physical, emotional or mental handicaps which will effect not only themselves but those around them. What happens over time is the soul will accumulate far more good karma then bad in which case it will be ready to use that good karma to make a connection to a spiritual teacher or master when it is ready to start to cycle off the wheel of birth and death within the lower worlds of duality.

    In time the seeker will become the knower and later will become the master. Which will in turn aid and helps others along the way if that soul chooses to come back into the physical world.

    I hope this will help some. At least this is what I have come to know about the subject.

    Peace and love always.

    P.
     
  5. cloud potato

    cloud potato Senior Registered

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    Polaris, thank you for this lovely introspection. You are a kind friend.
    From the words of my teacher,
    A teacher manifest makes a great sacrifice, he/she is a form of devotion. Yet it is true that every form has something to offer, whether a person be considered wise or foolish. This world of duality is confusing and a perfect example of how easy it is to be seduced and then drowned by structures that are all temporary. I believe then I have taken a very specific path in order to assimilate and mature. What I'm proposing, is there is no good or bad. What one has originally defined as bad may later become good, or vice versa. Instead it is better to contemplate on that which compels you to live beautifully. This might be considered Dharma. Even so, the original post with the Sage's advice shows us, to use any adjective is considered an illusion. If horse sh*t is Dharma then, our existence- whether we act out what is good karma or what is bad karma, is all Dharma.
     
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