“Metaphysical Interpretation of “Dharma” as per vision of truly enlightened sage, knower of the true essence / तत्वदर्शी की दृष्टि से “धर्म” की आध्यात्मिक व्याख्या..!!!

According to Lord Krishn (2/16-29),
the unreal never exists

the real is never without existence at any time.
God alone is real, permanent, indestructible, changeless, and eternal,
but he is beyond thought, imperceptible, and quite above the flutterings of mind.
Now the point is how to restrain the mind?
Action is the name of the mode by which a man attains to God after subduing his mind.
Putting this mode into practice is Dharm, which is a trust or obligation.
As Lord Krishn has told Arjun in the fortieth verse of Chapter 2 :

“Since selfless action neither wears out the seed from which it sprang nor has any adverse consequence, even a partial observance of it liberates one from the dire terror of repeated birth and death.”

So the undertaking of this action is Dharm.

This appointed action has been classified into four categories

the basis of the seekers’ inherent ability.
At the initial stage, when a
man sets upon the way of seeking
after a due understanding of his
task, he is a Shudr.
But he is elevated to the rank of a Vaishy when his hold upon the means gets steadier.
At the third stage, the same worshiper is promoted to the yet higher status of a Kshatriy
when he gains the ability to oppose the conflicts of nature.
The awakening of true knowledge that is transmitted by the voice of God himself,
and which bestows on one, the ability to rely upon that God and become like him,
transmutes the seeker into a Brahmin.

Hence Yogeshwar Krishn lays down in the forty-sixth verse ofChapter 18
engaging in action that is in harmony with one’s native disposition is swadharm.
Though of an inferior merit, the discharge of one’s natural obligation should be preferred.
The undertaking of a deed of superior merit is,
on the other hand,
improper and injurious if it is attempted without cultivating the ability that is commensurate with it.

Even losing one’s life in the fulfilment of one’s inborn calling is better,
because the body is a mere garb and no one is really changed by putting on a different apparel.
When taken up again, the spiritual exercise is resumed from the same point at which it was discontinued. Thus climbing from step to step, the seeker at last attains to the immortal state.

The same is re-emphasized in the forty-seventh verse of the
concluding chapter, when it is said that a man attains to ultimate
liberation by worshiping God well according to his inborn inclination.
In other words, remembering and meditating on God by the appointed mode is Dharm.

But who is the man entitled to this spiritual discipline called Dharm?
Who has the privilege of approaching it?
Shedding light on the problem, Lord Krishn tells Arjun
even the most degraded man is rendered virtuous
if he worships him (Lord Krishn) – the one God-with intentness,
and his Soul is then merged with God who is the ultimate reality anddharm.
So, according to the Geeta,
that man is pious who performs the appointed task
in keeping with his innate property to realize God.

Arjun is counselled at last to forsake all his other obligations
seek refuge in Lord Krishn.
So that man who is wholly devoted to one God is endowed with piety.
To dedicate oneself thus to God is Dharm.

The process by which the Self is enabled to attain to the Supreme Being is dharm.

The awareness that comes to sages after their hunger for union with God has been quenched
because of their achievement of the ultimate state is the only reality in all of the creation.
So we have to seek refuge in these men of enlightenment and wisdom in order to learn how we can make our way along the path that leads to final bliss.
That path is only one and embarking on it is Dharm.

Dharm is an obligation-a sacred trust.
It is propitious and the
mind that applies itself to this enjoined task is also one and unified. (2.41)
Offering the functions of the senses and the operations of the life-winds to the fire
yog-self-restraint-kindled by the knowledge of God is Dharm. (4.27)

When self-control is identical with the Soul,
and the operations of breath and the senses are thoroughly stilled,
the current which arouses passions and the current that bears one towards God merge into one in the Self. Realization of God is the sublime culmination of this spiritual process.

~Revered Gurudev Swami Adgadanand Jee Paramhans.©

Humble Wishes.

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