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The Journey of the Soul: Karma and Dharma

Excerpts from The Aquarian Teacher KRI International Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Level One Textbook

Karma is the law of cause and effect applied to mental, moral, and physical actions. Ego attaches to and identifies us with objects, feelings, and thoughts. These attachments create a bias toward certain lines of action. [That’s why] instead of acting, we react.

Dharma is the path of life above the wheel of karma, aligned with our soul and destiny, where all our actions are towards the Infinite. It is action without reaction or karma.

When our actions no longer create karma, when we live in dharma rather than karma, we are said to be liberated.

“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. If a person can be aware enough to know the trend of the sequences, he can control the consequences.”
-Yogi Bhajan

 “When karmas remain, so do you. Karma has to become dharma. Dharma is where the account is cleared. It is where your discipline and commitments make you positive and graceful. Then you break out of your cocoon and become a leader, elevate all, and leave a legacy. That ability to turn negative into positive, to support all your actions with your facets and manners, is the result of meditation. It comes with the refined mind. It is what develops through sadhana, aradhana; through jappa and discipline.”
-Yogi Bhqjan

“When we meditate in a state of unisonness and tune into the mantra of the tattvas, Sa-Ta-Na­Ma, or the mantra of the Tresha Guru, Wahe Guru, or the mantra of the lk Sharee, single-sound words such as Jehouah­Yaa, Hallelujah-Haa, Allah-Laa, Rama-Raa, we erase the akashic record of cause and effect. However, this can only happen when the planet Earth and the self are passing through the twilight zones of Time and Space. These are from 4 am to 7 am and 4 pm to 7 pm of local longitude and latitude.

“In the morning it is called the Amrit Vela—the ambrosial hours, and in the evening it is called “prayer time." Any meditation done in the state of unisonness at that time gives us a clear tomorrow and erases the cause of sorrow which we seed through our thoughts. Through meditation we stand redeemed. It is called Moksha, Nirvanaa, redemption, or liberation.”
-Yogi Bhajan 6/17/94

Fate or Destiny—Karma or Dharma

Fate and destiny—karma and dharma—exist together. At every moment we can choose to act in our fate or in our destiny. In fate, we create karma—actions we must complete or resolve. Acting in destiny we are in flow with the Universe, with our spirit, and with our basic nature. These actions are beyond karma. They are in dharma, or living within our destiny cycle.

Rather than seeing karma as a punishment, one can view it as the gateway into the human experience through which we can shift into dharma. It is said that even the angels envy this opportunity for incarnation: