The law of “dharma” or purpose in life
Everyone has a purpose in life … a unique gift
or special talent to give to others.
And when we blend this unique talent with ser- vice to others, we experience the ecstasy and exulta-
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tion of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of
When you work you are a flute through whose
heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. And what is it to work with love. It is to weave the
cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if
your beloved were to wear that cloth. . . .
— Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
The seventh spiritual law of success is the Law of Dharma. Dharma is a Sanskrit word that means “purpose in life.” The Law of Dharma says that we have taken manifes tation in physical form to fulfill a purpose. The field of pure potentiality is divinity in its essence, and the divine takes human form to fulfill a purpose.
According to this law, you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is
something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world — and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance.
If you could start children right from the beginning with this thought, you’d see the effect it
has on their lives. In fact, I did this with my own children. Again and again, I told them there was
a reason why they were here, and they had to find out what that reason was for themselves. From the age of four years, they heard this. I also taught them to meditate when they were about the same age, and I told them, “I never, ever want you to worry about making a living. If you’re unable to make a living when you grow up, I’ll provide for you, so don’t worry about that.
I don’t want you to focus on doing well in school. I don’t want you to focus on getting the best
grades or going to the best colleges. What I really want you to focus on is asking yourself how you can serve humanity, and asking yourself what your unique talents are. Because you have a unique talent that no one else has, and you have a special way of expressing that talent, and no one else has it.” They ended up going to the best schools, getting the best grades, and even in
college, they are unique in that they are financially self-sufficient, because they are focused on
what they are here to give. This then, is the Law of Dharma.
There are three components to the Law of Dharma. The first component says that each of us is here to discover our true Self, to find out on our own that our true Self is spiritual, that essentially we are spiritual beings that have taken manifestation in physical form. We’re not
human beings that have occasional spiritual experiences — it’s the other way around: we’re
spiritual beings that have occasional human experiences.
Each of us is here to discover our higher self or our spiritual self. That’s the first fulfillment of the Law of Dharma. We must find out for ourself that inside us is a god or goddess in embryo that wants to be born so that we can express our divinity.
The second component of the Law of Dharma is to express our unique talents. The Law of
Dharma says that every human being has a unique talent. You have a talent that is unique in its
expression, so unique that there’s no one else alive on this planet that has that talent, or that
expression of that talent. This means that there’s one thing you can do, and one way of doing
it, that is better than anyone else on this entire planet. When you’re doing that one thing, you
lose track of time. When you’re expressing that one unique talent that you possess — or more than one unique talent in many cases — the expression of that talent takes you into timeless awareness.
The third component of the Law of Dharma is service to humanity — to serve your fellow
human beings and to ask yourself the questions, “How can I help? How can I help all those that
I come into contact with?” When you combine the ability to express your unique talent with service to humanity, then you make full use of the Law of Dharma. And coupled with the experience of your own spirituality, the field of pure potentiality, there is no way you will not have access to unlimited abundance, because that is the real way abundance is achieved.
This is not a temporary abundance; it’s permanent, because of your unique talent, your
way of expressing it, and your service and dedication to your fellow human beings, which you
discover through asking the question, “How can I help?” instead of “What’s in it for me?”
The question, “What’s in it for me?” is the internal dialogue of the ego. Asking “How can I help?” is the internal dialogue of the spirit. The spirit is that domain of your awareness where
you experience your universality. In just shifting your internal dialogue from “What’s in it for
me?” to “How can I help?” you automatically go beyond the ego into the domain of your spirit. While meditation is the most useful way of entering the domain of spirit, simply shifting your internal dialogue to “How can I help?” will also access the spirit, that domain of your awareness where you experience your universality.
If you want to make maximum use of the Law of Dharma, then you have to make several
The first commitment is: I am going to seek my higher self, which is beyond my ego, through spiritual practice.
The second commitment is: I am going to discover my unique talents, and finding my unique talents, I am going to enjoy myself, because the process of enjoyment occurs when I go
into timeless awareness. That’s when I am in a state of bliss.
The third commitment is: I am going to ask myself how I am best suited to serve humanity. I am going to answer that question and then put it into practice. I am going to use my unique talents to serve the needs of my fellow human beings — I will match those needs to my desire to help and serve others.
Sit down and make a list of the answers to these two questions: Ask yourself, if money was
no concern and you had all the time and money in the world, what would you do? If you would still do what you currently do, then you are in dharma, because you have passion for what you do — you are expressing your unique talents. Then ask yourself: How am I best suited to serve humanity? Answer that question, and put it into practice.
Discover your divinity, find your unique talent, serve humanity with it, and you can gener-
ate all the wealth that you want. When your creative expressions match the needs of your fellow humans, then wealth will spontaneously flow from the unmanifest into the manifest, from the realm of the spirit to the world of form. You will begin to experience your life as a miraculous expression of divinity — not just occasionally, but all the time. And you will know true joy and
the true meaning of success — the ecstasy and exultation of your own spirit.
APPLYING THE LAW OF “DHARMA” OR PURPOSE IN LIFE
I will put the Law ofDharma into effect by making a commitment to take the following
(1) Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo that lies deep within my
soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry the con-
sciousness of timeless, eternal Being in the midst of time-bound experience.
(2) I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all the things that I love to do while
expressing my unique talents. When 1 express my unique talents and use them in the
service of humanity, I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others.
(3) I will ask myself daily, “How can I serve?” and “How can I help?” The answers to these
questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love.
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION
I want to know God’s thoughts…
the rest are details.
— Albert Einstein
The universal mind choreographs everything that is happening in billions of galaxies with
elegant precision and unfaltering intelligence. Its intelligence is ultimate and supreme, and it permeates every fiber of existence: from the smallest to the largest, from the atom to the
cosmos. Everything that is alive is an expression of this intelligence. And this intelligence oper-
ates through The Seven Spiritual Laws.
If you look at any cell in the human body, you will see through its functioning the expres- sion of these laws. Every cell, whether it’s a stomach cell, or a heart cell, or a brain cell, has its birth in the Law of Pure Potentiality. DNA is a perfect example of pure potentiality; in fact, it is
the material expression of pure potentiality. The same DNA existing in every cell expresses
itself in different ways in order to fulfill the unique requirements of that particular cell.
Each cell also operates through the Law of Giving. A cell is alive and healthy when it is in a state of balance and equilibrium. This state of equilibrium is one of fulfillment and harmony, but it is maintained by a constant give and take. Each cell gives to and supports every other cell,
and in turn is nourished by every other cell. The cell is always in a state of dynamic flow and the
flow is never interrupted. In fact, the flow is the very essence of the life of the cell. And only by maintaining this flow of giving is the cell able to receive and thus continue its vibrant existence.
The Law of Karma is exquisitely executed by every cell, because built into its intelligence is the most appropriate and precisely correct response to every situation as it occurs.
The Law of Least Effort is also exquisitely executed by every cell in the body: it does its job
with quiet efficiency in the state of restful alertness.
Through the Law of Intention and Desire, every intention of every cell harnesses the infi-
nite organizing power of nature’s intelligence. Even a simple intention such as metabolizing a
molecule of sugar immediately sets off a symphony of events in the body where precise amounts
of hormones have to be secreted at precise moments to convert this molecule of sugar into pure creative energy.
Of course, every cell expresses the Law of Detachment. It is detached from the outcome of its intentions. It doesn’t stumble or falter because its behaviour is a function of life-centered,
Each cell also expresses the Law of Dharma. Each cell must discover its own source, the higher self; it must serve its fellow beings, and express its unique talents. Heart cells, stomach cells, and immune cells all have their source in the higher self, the field of pure potentiality. And because they are directly linked to this cosmic computer, they can express their unique talents
with effortless ease and timeless awareness. Only by expressing their unique talents can they
maintain both their own integrity and the integrity of the whole body. The internal dialogue of every cell in the human body is, “How can I help?” The heart cells want to help the immune cells, the immune cells want to help the stomach and lung cells, and the brain cells are listening to and helping every other cell. Every cell in the human body has only one function: to help
every other cell.
By looking at the behaviour of the cells of our own body, we can observe the most extraor- dinary and efficient expression of The Seven Spiritual Laws. This is the genius of nature’s intelligence. These are the thoughts of God — the rest are details.
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success are powerful principles that will enable you to attain self-mastery. If you put your attention on these laws and practice the steps outlined in this book,
you will see that you can manifest anything you want — all the affluence, money, and success
that you desire. You will also see that your life becomes more joyful and abundant in every way, for these laws are also the spiritual laws of life that make living worthwhile.
There is a natural sequence for the application of these laws in your daily life that may help you to remember them. The Law of Pure Potentiality is experienced through silence, through
meditation, through non-judgment, through communion with nature, but it is activated by the
Law of Giving. The principle here is to learn to give that which you seek. That’s how you activate the Law of Pure Potentiality. If you seek affluence, give affluence; if you seek money, give money; if you seek love, appreciation, and affection, then learn to give love, appreciation, and affection.
Through your actions in the Law of Giving you activate the Law of Karma. You create
good karma, and good karma makes everything in life easy. You notice that you don’t have to expend a lot of effort to fulfill your desires, which automatically leads to an understanding of the Law of Least Effort. When everything is easy and effortless, and your desires keep getting fulfilled, you spontaneously begin to understand the Law of Intention and Desire. Fulfilling your
desires with effortless ease makes it easy for you to practice the Law of Detachment.
Finally, as you begin to understand all the above laws, you begin to focus on your true purpose in life, which leads to the Law of Dharma. Through the use of this law, by expressing your unique talents and fulfilling the needs of your fellow humans, you begin to create whatever you want, whenever you want it. You become carefree and joyful, and your life becomes an
expression of unbounded love.
We are travellers on a cosmic journey — star-dust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. But the expressions of life are ephemeral, momentary,
transient. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, once said, This existence of ours is as
transient as autumn clouds. To watch the birth and death of beings is like looking at the move-
ments of a dance. A lifetime is like a flash of lightning in the sky, Rushing by like a torrent down
a steep mountain.
We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment, but it is transient. It is a little parenthesis in eternity. If we share with caring, lightheart-edness, and love, we will create abundance and joy for each other. And then this
moment will have been worthwhile.
Deepak Chopra is a world-renowned leader in the field of mind-body medicine and human
potential. He is the bestselling author of Creating Affluence; The Way of the Wizard; Agekss
Body, Timeless Mind; Quantum Healing; and The Return of Merlin, as well as numerous audio
and video programs that promote health and well-being. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and he lectures widely throughout North America, South America, India, Europe, Japan, and Australia. Currently he is the Executive Director of the Chopra Center for Well-Being in La Jolla, California.
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Creating Health (Houghton Mifflin)
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The Crescent Moon: Prose Poems of Rabindranath Tagore
Escaping the Prison of the Intellect
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In The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, I describe the virtues and associated principles that
have helped me and countless others to achieve spiritual satisfaction and material success. I am writing to invite you to join me, and potentially millions of others worldwide, in the Global Network for Spiritual Success, which will be based on the daily practice of these powerful guiding principles.
Participation in the Network is open to anyone who chooses to practice The Seven Spir-
itual Laws. I have found it particularly fulfilling to concentrate on one law each day of the week, beginning on Sunday with the Law of Pure Potentiality and concluding on Saturday with the Law of Dharma. Having your attention on a spiritual law will completely transform your life, as it has mine, and if we collectively put our attention on the same law each day, we could soon
reach a critical mass of successful people that could transform life on planet earth
With my staff and friends, I suggest starting a study group of family, friends, or co-workers where members meet once a week to discuss their experiences with the spiritual laws.
To actively participate in the Global Network, please visit our website at www.chopra.com for inspirational and informational resources to encourage, support and deepen your personal
The establishment of the Network represents the fulfillment of one of my most cherished dreams. By participating in the Global Network and practicing The Seven Spiritual Laws, I know that you will achieve spiritual success and the fulfillment of your desires. I can wish you no greater blessing.
With love and best wishes,