No, Karma and Dharma aren’t the Bobbsey Twins (Oh Lord,…how old am I?).
How about the Olsen twins—is that more relatable?
For those of us who wish we better understood the relationship between the two hard-to-comprehend Sanskrit terms, I ran across a good comparative description in a blog entry called “Understanding Karma and Dharma” by John Burgos at https://www.beyondtheordinaryshow.com/spiritual-dictionary/karma-dharma/ .
In that posting, this subject matter is explained by him in a “makes sense” manner that had me nodding in agreement.
When I write about living your true life purpose—being authentic—living a purposeful life, etc., I am actually describing DHARMA—a Hindu concept attempting to put a label on living in the natural, harmonious flow of life. Proper labeling is not easily done in any language. But for all practical purposes to better understanding it, that is what DHARMA means.
In that posting, according to Burgos: “So when we speak about you living your dharma, we are referring to you living your truth, living your highest potential, and living in a way that is supported by the Divine in a manner that is in accordance to your soul’s desire.”
And when I write about facing/resolving our personal and collective karma, I’m in essence writing about the boomeranging reciprocity of any action’s intentions for lovingness or harmfulness to others. Or as Burgos explained it: “Karma, put simply, is the Buddhist and Hindu manifestation of cosmic justice. It is the conglomeration of all your actions or deeds, both good and bad, in this life or past lives, that determine your future.”
As Burgos explained, when the two major life processes actually come into alignment with each other, life is good.
We feel deeply at peace and are riding the Divine Flow of Universal Lovingness.
But when we are out of alignment with either or both life processes, our negative Karma can prevent fulfilling our true Dharma; and/or not recognizing and living our true Dharma can add to the blow-back-in-your-face effects of our bad Karma.
So how do you clean up this possible calamity before it reaches critical mass in your life?
He has a suggestion of a 5-Step Karmic Cleanse technique to keep us from falling into the bottomless pit of our own ignorance, paraphrased by me as:
- Think before you act,
- When emotions/memories surface and you start to react to them, pause and breathe through it to simply release them from your being,
- Forgiveness is key to mending disputes with others and within yourself,
- Be kind—don’t be cruel—we know Elvis wouldn’t want that,
- Share the goodness of your heart and soul with others—uplift others, don’t degrade or belittle them.
Overall, I think his posting is worth a read-through, and his suggestions are well-worth considering.