What Is Dharma?

Dharma is a difficult word to pin down. It has been translated as “Duty” and sometimes as “Religion”. But as the video explains, the true meaning of the word is closer to the idea of “Living Consciously”. Yoga and Dharma are connected. The goal of Yoga is to make us into “Conscious Beings”, and by extension this means that our actions then naturally conform to Dharma.

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Living Miraculously

Living Miraculously

A man was ill and taken to a saint known to perform miraculous cures. He was not impressed to see that the saint was unwell. So he asked, “Why don’t you perform a miracle and cure yourself? You have cured so many, why not do it on yourself?”

The saint smiled and said in a faint voice, “If the Divine wishes, miracles happen. I do nothing!”

In this short story lies the essence of miracles. They are a form of surrender.

When the ego dissolves, miracles manifest effortlessly. Miracles do not happen on the bidding of the ego. Rather they reflect the Divine will.

When our every breath is completely surrendered to the Divine then every breath becomes a miracle.

Ordinary thing happening around us seems like a dance of miracles. Obstacles dissolve and doors that were shut in our face fly open.

“Miracles are what happens when you get out of the way of yourself.” -Brad Szollose

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Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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I Belong To You

I Belong To You

A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and doted on the boy. When the child was around two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was running late so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it safely in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in the kitchen forgot about the matter.

The boy happened to come upon the bottle and drank the medicine. The medicine was meant for adults in small dosages. When the child collapsed his mother hurried him to the hospital, where he was in intensive care. The mother was stunned by this and was terrified to face her husband. When the distraught father came to the hospital, he looked at his wife and uttered just ten words.

He said, “I am with you, darling. I belong to you.”

The husband’s totally unexpected reaction caught the wife off guard. She fell in his arms and began sobbing uncontollaby releasing her pent up grief.

The husband was extremely upset but he was quick to size up the situation. The child was ill. He may or may not survive. There is no point in finding fault with the mother. Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this would not have happened. No one is to be blamed. She was in distress too. What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy. That is what he gave her.

If everyone can look at life with this kind of perspective, there would be fewer problems in the world. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness, blame, and fears and you will find things are not as difficult as you think.

Credit: This has been billed as a true story but we have not been able to verify its source or author and have modified it. We found the story here.

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How To Spot A Liar

As Pamela says during this talk, we are not helpless victims of lies but active participants in it. We become participants when we accept lies. If we were to ignore lies they would hold no power. Pamela’s talk is intended not to create “gotchas” where we try and spot liars to expose them. Rather it is intended to allow us to send a message of our commitment to truth.

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The Age Of Consciousness

Conscious Age

When the quantum theory was being formulated, Einstein was already a world famous physicists and his opinion carried a lot of weight. Unfortunately the basic ideas of quantum theory did not gel with Einstein and he was radically opposed to them. In a famous statement Einstein said, “I don’t believe God plays dice with the Universe”. Einstein did not like the probabilistic nature of the equations that described the behavior of atoms and molecules. His guts told him that “Reality could not behave in such a manner” and though the weight of scientific evidence pointed in this direction he opposed the new theories. Einstein was eventually sidelined and Quantum theory came to become accepted.

This story illustrates that scientists are humans and they have biases like the rest of us. This makes accepting new ideas that work against prevailing bias difficult. Max Plank summed this up as follows:

“New scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”

The case of Dr. Ignaz Semmelweis is illustrative. He was a Hungarian Doctor who lived in the early nineteenth century. He discovered that if doctors would wash hands in obstetrical clinics before examining their patients that would reduce incidence of puerperal fever. In those days puerperal fever was common and there was a mortality rate of about 20% as a result. Unfortunately fellow doctors rejected his ideas, even after he published is findings in various publications showing that the practice of washing hands could reduce mortality below 1%. It was only after his death that his ideas gained widespread acceptance, while in the meantime countless patients died needlessly.

In a recent controversial TED talk noted scientist Rupert Sheldrake showed the since the past 400 years science has been operating under a “materialistic worldview”. This means that there are hidden biases under which scientists work and this colors their findings. If there is any evidence that goes contrary to these “basic assumptions” such evidence is summarily rejected. Rupert Sheldrake called these the “10 dogmas of Science”. Primary amongst this dogma was the view that Consciousness was a mirage. Consciousness is viewed as some kind of interesting but non-significant property of the brain. This dogma severely restricts the deeper exploration of Consciousness and attempts to negate the evidence that point towards the deep roots of Consciousness in everything around us.

Since the materialistic framework is well entrenched it will be a long battle to unshackle from it, but once this happens a new age will dawn. This will be the “Age of Consciousness”, where humans will tap into the tremendous power of Consciousness. Currently our society operates on a materialistic framework where we seek to increase happiness of our citizens by providing for material comforts. The Age Of Consciousness will work on a new framework. Under this framework societies will attempt to increase happiness of their citizens by deepening their Consciousness experience.

Just as the Stone Age did not end because we ran out of stones and had no further use for them, the end of materialism as a dominant paradigm will not mean that humans will give up everyday material comforts. Rather we will build upon this framework so that providing for material comforts would be viewed as a starting point for happiness rather than an end in itself, as it is today.

The Yogis of today are at the vanguard of a new age that is dawning upon us. The spread of Yoga, as a science of consciousness, will hasten the ushering of the new age. The prevailing materialistic paradigm will eventually give way to a new paradigm that will recognize Consciousness as a fundamental “building block” of reality. So when you do yoga or teach yoga keep in mind that you are at the tip of the spear that is moving humans into a new age.

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Credits:This has been written by Raj Shah and edited by Ketna Shah.

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