Dharma is not religion. Dharma is the Order that governs the whole of existence. As we mature, we realize the higher truth of the power of the Order. We try to live life respecting those simple principles of love and gratitude, meditation and prayerfulness, and harmony and peace. We accept the Universal Law, “As we sow, so we reap.”
A true sign of growth in spiritual life comes with the experiential understanding of the operation of the laws of karma, or cause and effect. Only when we can look into our past and see in this very birth how our thoughts and actions have created their own reactions or effects, will we realize that “As we sow, so we reap” is an unalterable law of the Universe. We can effect change in our self for the better once we understand this law and abide by it today. If someone hurts us or has hurt us, by blaming the other we create the vicious cycles of karma. But by forgiving and releasing that poison we will create our own good days ahead. People suffer, yet fail to understand this basic law and look for other ways to rid themselves of their miseries. If we respect this law, however, then we are safe today, tomorrow, and then, forever.
We need to be like a dedicated gardener who takes time to prepare the soil, put in the seeds, keep vigilant eyes on weeds and insects, and put up a fence when needed. Our mind is the ground where we grow all our fruits and flowers and we are the only gardener. When there are blossoms inside of us, whoever comes in our contact is elated for they are enchanted by our loving fragrance. A regular meditator is a good gardener.
Every act of unconditional love, every time we try to serve anyone, it cannot go unregistered by the Universe. The Universe accepts everything. God accepts everything and keeps it in reserve. When the time is ripe, we can draw on all that has been deposited. We lose nothing. Our family may not have accepted our efforts, but we lose nothing. Our spiritual bank balance has grown. Tomorrow we can draw any amount out of it, because our good deeds are there. We have sown the seeds of sacrifice, love, compassion, and forgiveness. We have sown the seeds by which the Divine will be pleased. If we are a good gardener, these seeds will definitely grow a seedling tomorrow and gradually grow into a small plant, which attracts birds and blossoms with flowers.
Yes, the very law of the universe is that we cannot make God or a true Saint indebted. Whatever we give to a good cause or to a holy person, the universe returns it back to us manifold. God never keeps our debts. Those who have abundance have given in the past; those who are giving now shall reap the fruits of good karma in future. This is the Law of Giving. We need to love with all our hearts those who show us or help us to discover that Truth. Let there be one motto: Love and heal, do not hurt or harm, for again, what we sow, so we reap!