Saturday, 19 July 2014

Dharma -a deeper understanding


Practical  steps  to spirituality- section 6 part 95 

The  Gita revisited 

Dharma  - a deeper  understanding 

                        Dharma  is not just telling the  truth  , or leading a righteous or  virtuous  life , it is something more than that. . Lord Krishna  tells  Arjuna  in  the  Kurukshetra war , that  dharma  cannot  be  static  . It  changes  from  person  to  person  and  even  in an  individual  ,it  changes  from  time  to  time  in accordance  with  the  circumstances. . In  the  Mahabharata  , we  find  that  while  Druapadi  was  being disrobed  , Yudhistir  kept  quiet  because  he  was  bound  by  his  own  individual  dharma  of  not  protesting  now  as  he  had  already  agreed  to  abide  by the  rules  of the  game  of dice. The  other  husbands  of  Druapadi  too  kept  silent  while  she  was  being  disrobed  , because  they  too  thought  that  it  was  their  dharma  not to go against  their  brother . The  elders  in the  assembly   too  kept  silent  without raising  their  protest  as  they    (  Bhisma,  Drona  and  others ) too were  bound by their own  individual  dharmas  to  agree  to what ever  the  king did  or  said. If  only  one  of them  realised  that  there  was  a  greater  dharma   for them  to  follow up  than  just  following  their  own  individual  dharmas , all  the  insult  and  injustice  that  happened  to  Druapadi  would  not have  happened   and  the  Mahabharata  war  would  not  have  occurred  .

                    In  the  Ramayana  , we  find that  Lord  Rama  sent  away  His  wife  Sita , to the  forest  even  when  she  was pregnant  because  He  realised  that   though  being a  good and  protective  husband  was  his  dharma, yet  He  had a  greater  dharma  to  see  himself  as  a  king  and  not just  as  a  husband  . The  king's  duties  and  responsibilities  were  to  please  his  subjects  and  do  what they  wanted  him to  do   and  the  people  of Ayodhya  were  against  the  king keeping  Sita  in the  palace  as  they  considered  her  impure  because  she was  abducted  by Ravana  and that  keeping her in the  palace  would become a bad precedent  for  others. . Lord  Rama  hence  realised  that His  greater  dharma  was  to  do  what  the subjects  wanted  Him to  do.    though  it gave  Him great grief  to send Sita to the  forest  . We  all  know  that  the  Lord  thereafter  lived the  life  of a  sannyasi  being separated  from Sita  ,yet  carrying out all  his  duties  as  a  king  and  went  on to  establish  Ramrajya  in His  kingdom  where  all  were  prosperous  , happy  and  peaceful. 

             A  Vivekananda,  a  Ramakrishna  ,  a Chinmayananda  ,  a  Sankara  too  had  their  own  personal   and  family  duties  and  their  own  individual  dharmas. Yet  they  renounced  their own  individual  dharmas  for  the  greatest  dharma  ,that  of  realization  of the  Self  and  thereafter  spread  the  knowledge  of Vedanta  to  mankind  and  helped   others  too to  pursue  their  highest  dharma  . Any  action  can  be  judged  to  be  dharmic  only  if  it is  done  selflessly  and  only when  that action benefits  the  largest  number of people 

to  be  continued....   


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