Topic:   Service
Author: Swami Sitaramananda   DATE: Dec 16, 2016   Comments: 0

Karma to Dharma

How you switch from karma to dharma is selflessness. Whatever you want to do, whatever you like to do is called karma. If you do it in a selfless manner then you turn it into dharma. That means you are going to offer your life:  your skills, your talents, your personality, your time. You offer it up to God or to humanity. You have to give it and you have to let go. That is called selflessness. You give it and you let go of the results. Your karma will still happen, but you do not identify with it and you don’t withdraw from it because you have offered it up. That same action, that karmic action, will be transformed into dharma, into that right thing that will free you, fulfill your soul. That thing that you are looking for, the meaning of your life.

So if you have a skill, how do you turn it into dharma? You offer it up, thats all. Offer it up without attachment, without control. 

Lets say a person has a desire to have a child and cannot have a child. That is called karma, what you desire. So, how would a person turn karma into dharma, into their mission in life? Adopting is one way. Basically, taking care of children that are not your own. The karma is wanting to have a child and without a child I suffer. So now, you turn it into a selfless love and be of service to children that are not your own. That means you don’t have control. Serve some kids that you cannot call your own and yet love like your own. At that time the selflessness happens, you work out the karma and it becomes your dharma to take care of children. The karma is fulfilled and you are happy at the same time.

Mahatma Ghandi was a lawyer. He was skilled as a lawyer. Then he offered this up. He still argued, he was still doing politics, but not for himself. So then he became a great soul. He used his political skill and community skill, he used it not for himself. Then he became fearless, then he attained greatness.

When you try to find things within yourself without the highest Self , you become the low self or the limited ego self that becomes narcissistic. You think of yourself. You become self-concerned. We always try very hard with our own ego. It doesn’t work. If you want to find fulfillment of your ego, fine, you will get what you want, but your soul will not be happy. It cannot be. Ego surrenders to the soul, the Spirit. The soul cannot surrender to the ego. Even after some time, it doesn’t work. That is why people have to take pills and drink themselves to death so that the soul will be muffled and the ego can win. It doesn’t work.

So, whatever you have to offer, offer it up selflessly without wanting anything in return.

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