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Four Fundamental Facts of Existence (Part 3 of What is Dharma?)

Jesus in IndiaThis post is the third of a series where we present our view of dharma, which we view as the teachings of the dharma which Jesus brought back from India.

There are four fundamental facts of our present existence:

  1. The law of cause and effect, or action and reaction, expounded to us by the rishis as karma.
  2. Karma renders necessary the experience of rebirth or reincarnation (punarjanma) in order for the individual to “reap” the effects of his karmic “sowing” in past, present, and future births. This, too, is a Law.
  3. The purpose or effect of Karma and Rebirth is evolution of consciousness, the unfoldment of the jiva’s inherent divinity. At first this takes place automatically, a virtual function of the cosmos (samsara), but in time the human status is reached after passing through countless lower forms of manifestation. After some time the human being becomes capable of taking charge of and accelerating his evolution through the methodology of classical yoga.

To accommodate these three preceding points, the cosmos perpetually passes through stages of manifestation and non-manifestation, the Days and Nights of Brahma. Furthermore, the cosmos is not just physical, but embraces many levels or layers of evolution and consciousness, through which every single jiva passes in its journey to the revelation of its pure nature as eternal Brahman.

Next: Dharma is Eternal

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