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Give Up Following Dharma for Reward
Nick: Basically, I have been a lifestyle sannyasi, so I was a pretty “hard core” Vedantin, so to speak. I have done away with good karma for some time; it is only now that I follow dharma once more.
Sundari: If I understand you correctly, you mean here that you have given up on chasing “good,” as you know you are dharma, which is an important part of karma jnana sannyas, renouncing the idea of doership, not doing per se. A true jnani follows dharma, not for results, but because it is natural for him/her to honour Isvara’s natural laws of Creation and their own svadharma. Otherwise, following dharma for results, the inquirer gets stuck on the sattivica karmic wheel, “doing” good deeds for a reward. A good example of this is the story of Ram in the Ramayana, where no matter what Ram does, he never gets the result he deserves. But he never stops doing what is right, because he is not doing anything for results.
~ Love, Sundari