To see the real
consequences of what we are doing, we must purify our minds and
hearts by both right living and meditation. Just as a person who
puts his hand in a fire must suffer (though there is no intent on
the part of fire to hurt anyone), so when we violate natural law we
must suffer. Greed, anger, and hatred are negative forces that harm
us as well as those we injure.
We have only one
basic choice in life. We can choose to be dharmic, which is to
follow the laws of the universe, or we can choose to be adharmic,
which is to try to impose our personal desires on life and thereby
separate ourselves from the great stream of creation. To be
religious in the true sense is to be dharmic, which is to recognize
the sacred nature of all beings and embrace all that is.
Unfortunately, to be irreligious has been portrayed by organized
religion as the rejection of some arbitrary dogma (like the divinity
of one particular human being), rather than living out of harmony
with the universe (like being violent or greedy). This view must be
changed if we are to discover what is really true. Religion must
base itself upon the pillar of natural law and immutable truth, not
on human opinion and transient convention. Otherwise it is not
wholesome and real but artificial and arbitrary and must lead us
down the road of decay and destruction.