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Being in the Dharma

Being in the Dharma

Set aside what you have read about DNA as a string of sugars and amino acids strung in a double helix. That model tells us what DNA looks like, but it says almost nothing about what is actually going on in the dynamics of life, just as the wiring diagram of a television tells us nothing about what’s playing on the screen.

What’s playing through your DNA at this moment is the evolution of the universe. The next desire you have will be recorded in memory, and either the universe will move forward or it won’t. We tend to think of evolution as a straight-line march from primitive organisms to higher ones. A better image would be of a bubble expanding to take in more and more of life’s potential.

As you access more intelligence, you are evolving. On the other hand, if you constrict your mind to what you already know or can predict, your evolution will slow down.

As you access more creativity, you are evolving. On the other hand, if you try to use old solutions to solve new problems, your evolution will slow down.

As you access more awareness, you are evolving. On the other hand, if you continue to use a fraction of your consciousness, your evolution will slow down.

The universe has a stake in which choices you decide to make, for the overwhelming evidence is that it favors evolution over standing still. In Sanskrit, the evolutionary force is called Dharma, from a root word that means “to uphold”

Without you, Dharma would be confined to three dimensions. Even though you spend almost no time thinking about your relationship to a zebra, a coconut tree, or blue-green algae, each is your intimate in the evolutionary scheme.

Adapted from The Book of Secrets, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2004).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.


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5:24PM PST on Mar 8, 2012

Great article. Thanks for the post.

1:12AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

4:39AM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Thanks for the info.

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2:18PM PDT on May 9, 2010

evolution = moving forward or getting stuck in the mud and becoming a fossil

3:46PM PST on Jan 31, 2010

Thanks for the information

4:12AM PDT on Jun 25, 2009

The write-up throws light on the subject. Well said.

6:02AM PDT on Jun 23, 2009


This is not true (even though irrelevant to the subject). Species evolve color changes and other adaptations as their environment changes, often in a generation or two, depending on predation. The most famous change was the color of moths who rested on tree trunks in London when the burning of coal ended. They went from a dark, almost black, color to a much lighter color to match the color of the trees which lightened as the soot washed off. Birds could find the unevolved moths easier!

4:56PM PDT on Jun 22, 2009

Oh Dixon, this post is so much more about the evolution of our souls than biological evolution. Please re-read it very carefully as this is a true jewel! We are all part of a huge, ever expanding Universe/Consciousness (you may call it God) and to get just a tiny glimpse of that is so incredible! And the more you pay attention, the more you "see", experience, and grow! The less you pay attention, the less you "see", experience, move forward, grow. That is the whole point here. Now, do you want to move or stay stuck?

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