Buddha declared that Dharma is the very basis of good
life. He insisted that everyone should surrender to its dictates so
that the misery that is ever at the heels of life may be avoided. Ashoka,
the historic emperor, sweetened every law of his empire with Dharma.
He inscribed on rock and pillar his exhortations: "Hitherto my
people and my forefathers went on Viharayatras (pleasure trips); hereafter
I propose only Dharmayatras (pilgrimages). Hitherto they
gave Dana (Charity, usually in the form of money); hereafter they must
give Dharmadana (the gift of the knowledge of Dharma). Hitherto they
sought Digvijaya (conquest of territory); hereafter I exhort them to
relish Dharmavijaya (the triumph of righteousness)." Asoka knew
that Dharma sustains, strengthens and saves.
Dharma has to be built on this deep understanding of the depths of
being. "Build your life," says Baba, "on the Atmic plinth,
the faith that you are a wave upon the Ocean of Bliss, a spark of the
Cosmic Intelligence." Then He asks, "When you worship an idol,
what is it that you really do? First, a form of God is imprinted on
your mind. After that you meditate on His power, grace and omnipresence,
and project these qualities upon the idol, thus enabling your consciousness
to transcend it and become unaware of the lithic substance before you...
In the same manner, imprint onto your consciousness that form of God
which delights you most and fills you with illumination, and project
that form on every man, beast, bird and insect, on every tree and plant,
on every rock and rill; this Sadhana will make you true, good and beautiful."
Sathyam, Shivam, Sundaram – Words with Wings