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Dharma and Adharma
Question: Another thing that came up lately is what might be seen as a contradiction between upholding dharma and the notion that in reality there is no right and wrong. When we say there is no right or wrong, no good and evil, we are talking from the self’s perspective. So how did the notion of dharma come up? Yes, I understand the need for dharma – otherwise everything would be pure chaos. So is the discrepancy just another level issue between the self and maya? Is dharma simply a necessity for maya’s sustenance (creation, sustainment, destruction)?
James: The self is beyond relative dharma, i.e. dharma and adharma which only applies to maya. Yes, the effect of maya is a field of laws, the macrocosmic subtle and gross bodies. Know the laws and follow them and you will go straight to sattva. Ignore them at your peril. The other dimension to this discussion is the dharma, nature, of individuals. This is the imprint of Isvara on the psyche. Fail to understand your nature and you will suffer. Follow it and you will succeed.