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Yogic Living: Karma vs Dharma—Choose your Path

“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.” 
-Yogi Bhajan, 2/9/03

The Law of Karma: for every action there is a reaction. There is no action without a reaction or effect or consequence.

Rather than seeing karma as a punishment for ‘bad’ actions, we can view it as the gateway to dharma. Dharma is mindful living, living your life intentionally.

Living consciously applies to the decisions we make in every aspect of life—what to eat, how to dress, how we communicate, working, raising children, etc. Dharma is externally applied yoga—the way you live your life and how you interact with the world.

The key to living above the wheel of karma is to develop the ability to understand the consequences of our actions before we take them. Instead of reacting to the results or effects or consequences of our past actions, we take actions aligned with our soul and destiny, where our actions don’t create more karma. We can learn to do this by developing our intuition and meditative mind.

Where there is dharma there is no karma.

 

Wisdom from the Master

Quotes on Dharma and Karma

Lectures:

   What is Karma?

   In Case of Doubt

   A Quantum Leap to Dharma

   Japji - Beyond Time and Space

 

Lifestyle Wisdom

The Journey of the Soul: Karma and Dharma

The Captain Karma Song

  

Kundalini Yoga Technology

Meditation for the Arcline and to Clear the Karmas 
This meditation is for the arcline and to clear the karma that has been stocked up in it

Sodarshan Chakra Kriya
This meditation can purify your past karma and the subconscious impulses that may block you from fulfilling you.

Ganpati Kriya 
Each of us has three regions of life to conquer: the past, which is recorded in our samskaras and which brings us the challenges and blessings of fate; the present, which must be mastered by karma yoga; and the future, recorded in the ether and which, at its best and most fulfilled, is called dharma.

Mandhavani Kriya: Mantra to Clear Blocks
When darkness and struggle seems to surround you, a ray of light finds its way in and it is easier to see through the darkness. This is a state of ordinary miracles. This is a steady state of gratitude to see the constant flow of miracles that accompany you on your path. That is dharma!

Kundalini Kriya: Get Rid of Your "Couldn't"
We need to make our will so clean, clear and positive that "couldn't" does not touch our shores. “Couldn’t” gives us a slip from our dharma, from our destiny. Kundalini Yoga takes away our “couldn't” and gives us our excellence.

Dhrib Dhrishti Lochina Karma
This meditation will present you the consequences of any sequence of actions you start. 

Naadi Cleansing 
This cleansing kriya balances the Ida and Pingala naadis and can "burn the karmas" of many lifetimes.

3 Minute Kriya to Develop a Meditation Mind
A meditative mind gives one the intuitive ability to realize the consequences of a sequence of actions and therefore gives one a guideline for dealing with cause and effect and minimizing karma.

Long Chant
One who chants this mantra will get connected with the Cosmic Energy, and thus will be liberated from the cycle of time and karma. Those who meditate on this mantra in silence will charge their solar centers and be one with the Divine.

 

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