Why are we born? We incarnate in order to have sentient experiences. We have a purpose. Our purpose is sometimes referred to as our dharma. Dharma is the performing of tasks or living of the life according to the wishes of the soul. Everyone has a dharma to perform. We also have qualities which we need to develop as part of our evolutionary process and karmic patterns that we need to redeem. Some people are very aware of their life purpose. Many struggle to find it out. In order to evolve we need to align to our souls purpose. Sometimes people worry about finding their dharma. It is not always easy to know what our dharma is. The extent to which we know or don’t know or dharma can be a karmic condition. It may be that as we try to align to the soul and involve ourselves in the needed spiritual discipline required to live a spiritual life, that the understanding of our dharma is gradually revealed.
Sometimes people are already living their dharma without knowing it. Other times a readjustment of career, and values, leads to helping a soul to find the right dharma in the physical life. When we live our dharma and come to accept our karmic condition, life becomes a lot more meaningful and an inner joy is radiated. The joy is higher joy which comes from the soul. It is so that our personality may not like the dharma install for it and may express its resistance. This is part of our learning process and gradually, when the dharma is accepted, the personality will learn just how much more the soul is aware of what the personality in fact needs. This understanding may take time to come to but when it is reached a great degree of liberation of spirit is felt and we can then just get on with doing it.
If you are trying to find your dharma, try to focus first on living a spiritual life in right human relations. As you do this your life will turn around and you will slowly attract your dharma to you. You can find hints through meditation and healing and by asking your guardian angel for help. Do not forget to pray. When we ask for that help, help is given. Sometimes we forget to ask. When we ask we must remember to ask from the purity of our heart and not be asking from the glamours and illusions of what we would like to do or be. Try to ascertain what gifts, skills and abilities you have been given in this life and see how you can put them to use for the benefit of the whole. Try to figure out what skills and abilities you would like to develop, or that are needed for you to fulfil you dharma, and allow yourself to have the further education that is needed. Try not to worry about it. Often that simply distresses you and makes you feel that you are not worthwhile. This alone can be enough to cloud you from what your dharma is. For example, I can remember myself trying to find my dharma – I was concerned as there are only so many hours in a day. Was it painting, acting, teaching, healing, singing, writing songs, being in a partnership, being alone, working for the spiritual cause, working with the public, or being a psychologist? So much choice. When I prayed, and meditated and looked in healings nothing seemed to come and I became confused. Then one day when I was just driving along in my car, heading towards Melbourne to run a class, an angel gave me a message, “Bring spirit into matter.” As I pondered on this I realised how great and expansive those few words were. They included all the things I have written above, provided I was working in those processes to do that and actually bringing spirit into matter. There were so many things I could do that with, even the cooking and the washing. Suddenly I realised that so many things are a part of the dharma and that there are larger dharma’s and smaller ones and that all work together to create the bigger picture. The angel told me more – “Don’t be attached to any particular way of bringing spirit into matter, and be ready to change what you are doing at any moment when the Hierarchy wants it”. As I pondered on this I could see the key to not getting caught in glamour or illusion about the dharma. To not think “I’ll be a great artist or playwright,” and to realise I am not here to satisfy myself through my identity, but to serve God and help manifest the Plan in whatever way I can. I felt here I was being asked to trust in that higher plan and that if I remained open to it, what was expected of me would be revealed as I live my life. If I was simply to follow basic guidelines about living a good life, such as being loving, truthful, honest, harmless, living in right human relations and applying what I know and am learning to living my life, then my life, because of the good principle behind it, and the spirit in which it is lived, would, like a tree, carefully planted in a garden and nurtured in the right way, sprout seeds for new growth in lives to come. One of the great beauties of the reincarnation process is that the skills you acquire and the effort put in to build a solid and pure foundation in your life is never wasted. It will stand you in good stead for lifetimes to come.
Tarajyoti Govinda (October 1996)