Third Chapter Sloka - 35

 
"Shreyaan swa dharmo vigunaha para dharmaat anusthitaah;
Swadharme nidhanam shreyaha para dharmo bhayaavahaha.."

This means "To do one's Dharma (duty) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. To die doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s Dharma, because to do others jobs is dangerous".

Simple example to understand this is to understand the work of our body organs. Imagine the consequence of a anus cell trying to do the work of a liver cell. The anus cell's work is as important of the liver cell. If the anus cell does not do its work, then there is constipation and the whole body suffers.

How do I know about my Dharma? This sloka is easy to understand. But the biggest problem is to understand what is one's Dharma and how to know it and when and how to perform One's Dharma.

Is Dharma isdecided by the family hereditary I am born?.

Has Dharma to do with right and wrong?

Has Dharma to do with profession?

Dharma is that which when protected, will protect us in return".

Okay!  I understand I have to protect something called Dharma, but where can I find my Dharma to protect it?

There are many views on Dharma, how do I know which is the correct view?. The Truth does not matter with our views, but in the reality of the loss and gains of holding on to that views. Every view has its own loss and gains. We focus only on gains but the awareness should be on the loss because we cannot bear the suffering of loss. Therefore we have to change the view that gives a loss that we cannot bear.

My Dharma:

1. I am this physical body: If you identify your "MY" as a physical body, then take care of your body, by eating right food at the right time.

Eating food that is good for all parts of your body is the right eating and doing actions that is good for all parts of your body is right living. (read this)

To eat organic whole-foods even if it is un-rewarding to the taste of tongue or expensive (kill our savings), is the best course. Just because others are eating junk food, do not eat it, because it is dangerous for the body".

2. I am this mind: If you identify you are the mind, then protect your mind from unhealthy thoughts. Protecting the mind is through a process  called Culture. Protect your internal culture  and naturally your external culture will be protected and then you will be protected. 

"To nuture good thoughts example, thoughts of being Truthful or loyal may be  un-rewarding in life. One may lose (die) good oppurtunities by sticking on to these principles, but is still the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s choices of being untruthful or disloyal, because it  is dangerous".

Do not entertain thoughts in your mind and do actions that others do not want to do to you. This is Dharma.

3. I am the intelligence: If you identify yourself to be the intelligence, then think with discrimination (viveka) more than logically.

What is the difference between logic and Viveka? Logic is to think without any bias or preference. Viveka is to think without any bias or preference and execute an action that has a clear understanding of the loss that one cannot bear for a long or extended time.

Example - Choose a profession that is good to improve the quality of other's (public) life. It may not pay one in the begining, it could be a small one,

To do one's Dharma (duty) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. To die doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to do some one else’s Dharma, because to do others jobs is dangerous".

Do not choose logics and do actions that others do not want to do to you

4. I am the Self-Awareness: If you identify yourself as your Self-Awareness, then self-reflect that in all actions you do.

To do Self-reflectiveness (Self-analysis) is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding job. There may be loss (die) of time doing this action is the best course. One should not try to criticize others  because it is dangerous, but be self-critical in one's action and evolve.

Do not criticize  "those" actions  that others do not want to do to you

5. I am the Unconditional Consciousness: If you have no individuality identification , but feel everything as your own Self, is the highest Dharma. To help others is good, even if it is a small and un-rewarding (non-profit) job. To loss (your time and energy) doing one's duty (Dharma) is the best course. One should not try to leave others others to do the work for soceity, because lack of self-responsibility is dangerous.

When every individual does Dharma at all the five levels, that protects in return , eternally.

Please give your comments or discuss your doubts in this forum.

 

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