Dharma according to Deepak Chopra
My fellow Sugar Speakers Toastmasters Club member commented on my Finding Dharma speech with the common Indian saying: "Do your Karma and Dharma will take care of itself." Thank God or Veda' he didn't say I had to do Yoga. I preferred horizontal meditation. However, b/c I had only chronologically evolved to my fifties, I was totally unenlightened about my karma or anybody else's, I remained Dharma-less until my mid-sixties.
"Unless you are a highly evolved, enlightened being, Karma affects your life in every way; in fact, your life is the constant unfolding of Karma!"
Karma cannot be avoided. For most people, Karmic energy is returned with the same intensity with which it was generated. Depending on your previous actions, this could create happiness or suffering. Whatever happens, is the result of Karma being released, which, no matter how you view the situation, is a good thing and an opportunity for future growth. Vedanta say, “Nothing happens to you, it happens for you!”
Are you then doomed to a life of paying for past mistakes, interspersed by a few moments of pleasure? Not necessarily. By the quality of your current actions, Karma can be transformed, transmuted into a different form, or transcended completely.
I remained unenlightened until my wife was killed in an auto accident. When her best friend sent me to see an Indian psychic. The top dog in Houston's Alt-Universe, notorious for telling the ladies what color of underwear they had on and what drawer in their dresser it was kept. The panties story was impressive but his conversion to Christianity left me suspect.
Previously, my wife and I had waited in line to see the Vietnamese psychic. Houston's hi-volume, low-cost e.g. $10-$20 card reader. He'd flip over these giant size playing cards and at about a dollar-a-minute, you were done. In our case he predicted that I would remain unenlightened, while my wife was 'a-house-afire.'
Returning to Sean, the hi-dollar $120 Indian psychic, I got the straight scoop on all this Karma-Dharma stuff and "She is going to help you." I was on my way to Eugene to marry the woman of my dreams, not to get help. But damn if Sean and Ms Eugene must have had a past life together on the Indian subcontinent. She was a borderline Vegan that had spent six months in Avatar Sai Baba's Ashram. So, how did she help? By introducing me to the world of astrology and card reading. Oh, and I, or any JACK of Clubs male/female, who encounters a male/female FOUR of Diamonds can't help themselves.
"An astrological chart gives a picture of your Karmic probabilities. A competent astrologer can interpret your chart and give you advice concerning the possible effects Karma will play in different areas and at different times of your life. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a spiritual teacher, used to say, “Everything is set but everything can be changed.” Astrology gives you the insight to make the necessary changes. As the Yoga Sutras say, “Avert the danger which has not yet come.” - Chopra
I found Goldschneider's Secret Language of Birthdays, Relationships and Destiny to be most helpful in providing a narrative explanation for each of 365 birthday personalities and each of 48 relationship pairs, in terms of love, work and family. I remain forever grateful for his Destiny book which divides Dharma into 48 Karmic Paths that repeat every generation. I discovered that, what I least wanted to do or what I was most afraid of doing was getting off of my "the path of least resistance."
I found the Robert Lee Camp's card system to be the Microsoft Windows of usable astrology. Gina E. Jones presents in her THE CARDS OF LIFE video the best explanation I have found connecting astrology with the cards.