The word “dharma” comes from the Sanskrit root dhri, meaning to “uphold” or to “sustain.” Think of it as, “that which upholds or sustains the positive order of things in the Universe.” Therefore our personal dharma is our particular perfect place in the Universe.
With each precious passing year, I have been taking stock of how I spend my time, contemplating why I do what I do and thinking about what is important in life.
Paramahansa Yogananda says that whatever we do is either taking us closer to God or farther away, in the sense that we are either moving deeper into ego consciousness or soul awareness. And that the whole meaning of life is to realize the soul’s Oneness with God.
So that is why I do what I do and why I know that I am living my dharma – because on a daily basis I strive to share with students and clients the Yogic teachings that take us closer to God and the realization of that Oneness.
Whether leading a class in meditation , striking a pose on a trail to align with the tree behind me, tor coaching a client through a life challenge – he essence of the practice is remembering the Love within. That is God – that is Dharma – that is what upholds the positive order of things in the Universe!