Finding your life purpose comes from knowing your Dharma, your true Nature. It is a process of self development that is enjoyable, fulfilling and amazing.
Dharma is purpose that is harmonious, virtuous and that supports all beings. The word dharma comes from the root dhar, which means ‘stability and sturdiness’. It means that which is established or firm, and refers to the laws of nature that uphold the universe.
Indian philosophy defines dharma within the human dimension as actions that are performed according to one’s nature, called Swabhava in Sanskrit, and which bring harmony. Swa means self, bhava means feeling. Therefore dharma is action that arises from the feeling of being you. These are the actions that will support and uphold you, actions that support the right use of everything.
In Sanskrit Swabhava means one’s own nature and being. Swa means self, bhava means feeling.
Finding your life purpose and your dharma is a major spiritual achievement. When life purpose is connected to your dharma, it brings you joy and fulfilment. When disconnected from dharma, your purpose may feel confused and your efforts may feel thwarted.
Some people are born with an innate spirituality, and with a strong sense of their life purpose and dharma. Most people however need to engage in systematic self-development under the guidance of experienced teachers if they are to move through the maze of competing thoughts, feelings and ideas regarding their life purpose and dharma.
A multi-dimension approach to dharma
You cannot find life purpose by using logic alone or by emotion alone. Purpose that is based only on thinking and logic is empty of feeling and ultimately becomes mechanical and meaningless. Purpose based purely on emotion may not be in harmony with reality. You also cannot find life purpose and dharma by meditation alone, by sitting and breathing and chanting mantras in the hope that you will be blessed with some sort of revelation, or a bolt of intuition. You may be waiting a long time for this to happen.
To simply rely on the limited thinking mind is to search for answers in the areas of your life that you already know. The answers you seek may be here or they may lie elsewhere. Sometimes we have to search outside the areas we are familiar with to gain a perspective that helps us to recognize that we already have the answers.
Foster an expansive relationship with your unconscious mind
Much joy and release from anxieties comes from discovering your greater Self and the unknown parts of you.
To find life purpose and dharma you forge a relationship with the unconscious parts of you and with your knowing mind, to spark your deeper intuition and your connection to your highest self. When you step outside of the boundaries of your comfort zone into the subconscious and unconscious areas of your being, you can explore parts of you that you do not yet fully know and parts that you cannot yet imagine exist. Much joy and release from anxieties comes from discovering your greater self and the unknown parts of you. Advanced applications of Yoga Nidra facilitate the exploration of your subconscious mind.
To find your dharma you need to develop a refined sense of who you are and why you are here on the planet at this time. This self knowledge and development can be achieved through embracing elevated concepts of what it is to be human, self reflection and self analysis, and finally, meditation to expand your awareness, to contain, hold and integrate all of these elements.
It is from this knowing position that you can create an authentic sankalpa, one that travels beneath the thinking and emotive mind.
We created the FInd Life Purpose Online Course as a multi-faceted, holistic study for those who seek to fully realize their dharma and discover their life purpose.
Dr Swami Shankardev Saraswati and Jayne Stevenson