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Quotes on Dharma and Karma

The Cosmos works for those who have discipline, who have longing, who have some goal to reach in their lives, and who make a constant, constant, constant effort to reach it. That is dharma. Dharma is in every day, in every action, on every side of the day. Don’t waste yourself into the maya of this Earth.
2/9/03

Life has to be decided by dharma. Righteous duty is called dharma—the call of duty to righteous action. The right of self-defense is a dharma, it is not a war; it is not a fight. 
3/30/82

This body has to earn from karma to the state of dharma. Karma needs action and reaction. Every action you do will have a reaction—that you cannot change. What is dharma? Dharma is when you take action to uplift and serve others—this is your dharma.
8/25/96

Dharma is when you consciously put yourself together to work for others, for their happiness, for their benefit, for taking away their pain, giving them a life, serving them.
6/17/03

Whatever we do for ourselves is a karma; whatever we do for others is a dharma. 
6/17/03

Where there is dharma there is no karma. So we have to lean on dharmic values and we have to build a dharmic family. We have to relate to that family and we have to relate to it deeply. 
-Aquarian Times, January 2006

You are a human. It is your dharma to show the light and the path to all. It is your day. It has dawned for you. It is your gift. You must carry your dharma, your duty. Let your memory ever be that you will uplift everything.
-Success and the Spirit: Inner Calling, Outer Calling

Dharma is not religion. Dharma is to walk and whosoever falls, carry them. It's a caravan. It is a walking path of righteousness. Everybody is equal. None is denounced. 

Every sequence has a consequence. When we start a sequence, the consequence will be there. If you do not want consequences, do not start the sequence. Have that control!
9/4/01

In karma you are the pilot; in dharma the code of conduct is the pilot. 
5/25/82

When the projection of you is dharma, then you are divine. When the projection of you is karma, you are going to be milled down by time and space. 
5/25/82

Karmas can be cut off, chopped off, eliminated. One can free oneself from karma by living a life of dharma.
7/31/77

When you serve this planet, the karma of this planet, then your dharma is to serve, and God shall come through. 
6/20/93

If a man lives with the oneness of the heart, all karmas and sins or mistakes are washed. 
12/15/02

In the Age of Aquarius, the dharma of a person shall be to reach out. Reach out to help. Reach out to share smiles. Reach out to hear each other. Reach out to every person without judgement.
10/3/96

In Kundalini Yoga we don't worry about the effect, we worry about the cause because cause has an effect. An effect can never happen without a cause: consequences shall never happen without sequence. If a person can be aware enough to know the trend of the sequences, he can control the consequences.
-KRI International Aquarian Teacher Training Level 1 Manual

We have the right and privilege to shed off our karma as a snake sheds off the skin. There is no need to be grinded by karma. Then you have to live by the strict rule of dharma.
5/31/82

The grinding wheel of karma is don't put a negative thought in yourself because you have to grind that negative thought and take it out. If you can't take it out, that thought is going to take you out.
5/31/82

When there is karma, there is no dharma. Where there is dharma, there is no karma, and the grinding wheel of karma cannot get to you. We do not say if you understand dharma, it will cut down karma, no. Or if you know dharma, it will cut down karma, no. We say, if you live dharma then you will not live karma, because you cannot live two lives. Some of you are living two lives—you pretend to be living dharma, actually you live karma.
5/31/82

Whatever cause and effect is written, that you have earned. You pay it or you don't pay it. You pay it with a smile or you pay it with a tear—that is the question. The difference is a man of dharma, a man of dharam consciousness, pays it with a smile, accepts it, and pays it.
6/14/87

Most of the time you are rude, you are crude, and you are obnoxious in your communication, because when your intelligence joins with ego, you don't care what the heavens have for you. You lose the sight of dharam for the sake of karam.
6/14/87

You came here to pay off the karma and you are earning karma. But karma is not all, there is a chance for dharma. You found it is a refuge. It works for you. What works for you is the technology, the methodology works for you.
6/14/87

The purpose of life is to pay the karma and go free, job done. What you are doing is to incur more karma. Dharma means that you pay the debt of the karma.
6/14/87

Whenever the karmas are burned, dharma appears.
11/22/93

Dharma is where you rise above the karma. As long as your karma is your life, action and reaction equal and opposite, you will never be happy.
11/22/93

Life is to pay the karma and paying the karma is by not reacting to it. 
11/22/93

Dharam is when you are above the karma; dharam is not the karma.
11/22/93

We have to leave this planet totally dedicating all our karma unto God so we leave with no reaction. If we leave reaction, we have to settle it out. If you cannot pay, you have to make small token payments and that will take a long time, God knows how many incarnations. Clean it out and rise above it.
11/22/93

What comes from God will go to God. What you create here is karma, you shall pay.
11/22/93

When anything calls on you, answer it with strength and grace—that is dharma. When people call, answer them with a smile. Raise their consciousness. In turn it will raise your consciousness many times.
10/3/96

To learn, to grow, and to be is dharma. To compete, compare and be confused is a low grade karma.
10/3/96

It is dharma that you, through karma yoga, will serve anybody and everybody without discrimination. Thus, you will cleanse yourself of karma and you will be enlightened in your grace and happiness of accomplishment.
10/3/96

Why start a sequence for which you are not willing to face the consequences?
10/3/96

Dharma means you cannot be defeated. Karma means you will be defeated on the next step. 
7/2/94

Karma can totally be wiped out by dharma.
7/2/94

Dharma means you are invincible, nobody can touch you, you are lofty, you are graceful, you will keep going. And it's your decision. Which side of the fence you are on, you have to decide. Nobody can decide it for you.
7/2/94

Human life is to earn karma, to pay by the strength of dharma. Human life is not rich and poor. Poverty and richness, happiness and unhappiness, tragedy and comedy, they are the sides of a coin. They shall always be there.
12/12/88

Man is born to elevate and exalt the memory of karma with the strength of dharma so that this Earth can feel comfortable with his Godly divine deeds. Pay undivided attention to the chance of life. Life will become a lie if truth is not lived.
12/12/88

Life on this Earth is to pay respects to karmas. Pay them, clean yourself, go back in the lap of God.
12/12/88

Dharma means only one thing: when your karma is according to consciousness and not according to your emotions, feelings and desires. 
3/13/94

Any resurrected action of a human is dharma. It's a duty. A wife has a duty. A husband has a duty. A son has a duty. A daughter has a duty. A mother has a duty. A priest has a duty. A businessman has a duty. There is a duty prescribed. It's called law of ethics. It's called law of justice. It's law of existence. It is called law of tolerance. It is called law of living.
3/13/94

Getting up in the ambrosial hours is the most difficult thing. The sun is hitting the angle of the Earth at sixty degrees. The magnetic field is right at the highest. You are attracted to sleep. You love to snore. Leaving the quilt at that time is a resurrected act.
3/13/94

Dharma is not a play to show, it is a play to self-evaluate. Dharma is a science to get rid of karma. Everybody is born to pay karma. The process which brought you to this planet is karma. Whatever you got, pain and sorrow, it comes from karma. How to be neutral in the karma is the strength of the dharma.
10/4/87

Dharma is a karma which is directed towards God. There's no ego. Where there's ego, there's no Infinity. Ego limits you, God unlimits you. All karmas in dharma are geared towards that liberation.
6/9/81

Why is discipline required in dharma? Why is pressure required? Because pressure and discipline are required to reach crystallization and even diamonds do not shine if not cut properly. 
6/9/81

This is a living dharma, it's not a religion. It is a living thing. We live it, we don't talk about it.
7/21/77

Aasha - what you long for. Isht - your ultimate purpose. Upaasanaa - how you worship. Khaan - what you eat. Paan - what you drink. Peheraan - what you wear. These things of yours should serve you uniquely to represent the power which comes through you.
7/23/96

The ideal philosophy which can be practiced by a human being who has an absolutely yo-yo life, to become committed, strong, and reach the eternal happiness forever—that is dharma.
7/1/87

The moment you are in dharma and dharma is your priority, you will never be subject to karma—you are free, you are liberated, you are fine. You are yourself. And then you enjoy yourself. You say what you feel, you do what you feel, you are an elevated self. It's very fine; it's very neat.
7/30/96

When you surrender, the karma surrenders too. You rise like a phoenix from the ashes and the karma remains behind.
7/30/96

The purpose of visiting Earth and being human is to unload your karma here, not carry it to the next life.
7/30/96

What is the reality of life? Incur no more karma. If you incur more karma, the cycle of birth and death will continue. You can't afford it. You want to be free. You want to go home.
7/30/96

As you sow, so shall you reap, otherwise you will be a creep.  
7/25/96

You have a golden chance which God gave to you, and which you can enjoy and use. It is my sincere prayer that everybody should use this chance, become a teacher, serve others, elevate others, cut down the shackles of the karma of others. Don't incur more karma. Balance it out. Go home with a smile.
7/30/96

You have karma, and karma cannot be cut if you do not have a dharma. Dharma is a path of discipline.
8/17/78

Whatever you reap, so shall you sow. If you sow well, you will reap well. If you sow badly, you will weep.
7/14/87

When you live consciously, karma doesn’t touch you.
7/3/87

I have actually fallen in love with Fate. It brings you to a confrontation with all your karma in the shortest time.
6/28/87

It is a distinct nature of the soul that it comes on the Earth to be living forever by merging in the Creator. It has a price and that price to pay is taught as a science by whichever dharma it is. The dictates of the dharma are the art of living.
4/24/91

Mostly people are not committed to the art of living. The art of living is a fundamental basic concept which gives you a precise attitude of commitment. You talk with honor, you walk with honor, you live with honor, you have a territory, you have a knowledge about yourself. 
2/24/77

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