So accordingly it can be said that a Dharma is only a true Dharma, if :-
- It shows us a path to bring peace to the whole world.
- It transforms the hearts of those who want to harm and impels them to promote peace, not disturbance.
- It teaches its followers to pray for world peace and for physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing of all beings.
- It teaches a method to reach a state of consciousness where our mind only follows that which is auspicious and good for all of us, and avoids that which is harmful to others and ourselves.
- It teaches devotion to the supreme Lord while at the same time eradicating selfish desires from our heart.
So concisely, the purpose of Dharma is world peace, and transformation of the hearts, while its essence is prayer for universal wellbeing, noble thoughts, and selfless devotion. So, in one word Dharma is – Universal Love.
- If You Protect It, It Will Protect You
- Dharma protects those who protect it!
Though the results are slow, person of dharma realizes the atman (Self), understands one’s nature, does all work as perfectly as possible, and lives a full life with happiness. That is why dharma is very important and necessary for everyone. Honesty pays, but people do not have the patience to practice it, said Swami Vivekananda.
Incentives of Dharma are visible to only those who follow it. The quote, “know till you try” applies in this situation. We need to think about dharma before we do anything. So, before gambling, dharma says,
- “Gambling is bad. You lose money and credibility. Your good name will be destroyed.”
Until and unless the gambler understands this, he is bound to suffer. Another example of suffering would be when a person buys the most demanding car; only to see his neighborӳ car, which happens to be better than his car. Now this person’s happiness suddenly disappeared since someone else has a better car than him. This is fake happiness; the true happiness comes from the atman (Inner Self). Some have not experienced this happiness yet, but they will not know the feeling without seeking it first. Whoever practices Dharma finds the peace, joy, strength, and tranquility within themselves.
Dharma is the harmony of thought, word and deed. This is the mark of true humanness. Protecting dharma is an essential duty of every individual and society. Without dharma, the life does not continue. Hence great sages have toiled to save dharma forever. Today’s societies must continue that spirit.
- “In whose heart resides Dharma or benevolence, for such a person there is nothing that is difficult to attain.” says Goswami Tulasi Das.
Dharma helps us to get rid of the animal part and develop the human in us. Therefore it is a path that helps us to become a perfectly developed Human Being. It is the only path that leads to everlasting peace, prosperity and joy in this world.