When you introduce yourself to someone and you ask which Dharma do you follow or which god do you worship? If you are one of those people who think that Dharma means religion, then this article is here to debug this myth for you buddy! Your religion is not your Dharma. Then, what is Dharma? Religion means belief in a supreme power, the representation of that eternal ever-controlling energy has many variations whereas Dharma on the other hand means duties or principles that one must follow to achieve the state of Nirvana. It is the divine law.
Variations of Dharma
The exact definition of Dharma varies from religion to religion but the basic idea is the same i.e. duties and responsibilities of an individual. If you are here on this Earth, you are here to fulfil a purpose and Dharma shows you the path to find that purpose in life and serve for its cause. In Hinduism, Dharma is described as an individual’s duties that are to be fulfilled by pledging obedience to certain laws. In Buddhism, Dharma has been described as the reason for which the living beings exist. Reason for existence can be found through Dharma. It is basically considered as the universal truth.
Discover your cause for existence
The word Dharma originated from Sanskrit language and it means ‘custom’. In all the religions, the basic Dharma of an individual has been stated as to serve for the greater good. To do your bit or contribute your share to the world. Now you may do it by sharing your treasure of knowledge or catering to others’ needs like food or shelter. You will discover your path to divinity by listening your inner voice, the voice of your spiritual energy. Do whatever make you happy or joyful or excited. It will help you listen to your inner voice more clearly.
If you have decided to walk on this path, nature will drop signs. You will be able to feel them, the nature synchronises in harmony with you. But to serve for greater good, you have to pay a cost. And that cost is letting go. To be truly attached to yourself, you need to let go of the materialistic things. The more you cluster your life with events, objects or people, messier it will be and hazier will be your path. To find your Dharma, you need to practice and introspect. After finding it, the next step will be to follow it till you exist.