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            Cleansing and Dharma:                         than anyone else can.                          through this fire, like trials of adversity, we
                                                                 Dharma ultimately relates to our        emerge brighter, clearer, and closer to attaining
            The Foundation of True                        spiritual nature, or jaiva dharma, “the eternal  our purpose. Imbalanced discipline, ignoring

                                                          function of the soul.”                         the other legs of dharma: truth, purity, and
                                                                 Dharma has four principal dimensions.   compassion, is not dharma. Dharmic discipline
                                                                 They are:                               means to act in alignment with these other
                                                           •     Satya: truth                            principles. It takes discipline to eat well, work
                                                           •     Saucha: purity                          hard, and become successful. It also takes
                                                           •     Ahimsa: nonviolence (compassion)        discipline to take time for fun, personal growth,
                                                           •     Tapas: discipline                       supporting    loved    ones   and    choosing
                                                                 The four dimensions are like four legs of  compassion over selfishness.
                                                          a table. When all four legs are strong, the table      Discovering our dharma is an ongoing,
                                                          will be stable, fulfilling its “dharmic function”  lifelong process – it deepens and continues to
                                                          as a table. If a leg is weak or missing, the table  reveal itself. Passion is an indication of our
                                                          will wobble or collapse. For dharma to         dharma.
                   Jonathan Glass, M.Ac                   manifest, all four legs must be present.               To manifest our dharma, all four legs of
                                                                                                         dharma must be present. That takes time. Life
          Cleansing has been at the core of  Ayurvedic    Satya: Truth                                   has many teachers, whether they come as
          medicine for thousands of years. Perhaps, now                                                  spiritual mentors, cleansing, or as life
          more than ever, due to high stress levels and an  The Sanskrit word for truth is satya, which  experiences. All are intended to gradually help
          overabundance of environmental toxins, we       means both “truth” and “ever-present           us fulfill our dharma.
          would benefit from doing a cleanse twice each   existence.” Truth is self-sustaining, existing on      Cultivating all four legs in all we do
          year.                                           its own, without effort. It is being our authentic  liberates an internal source of energy and
                 When people think of cleansing, they     selves – sincerity at its best. It takes effort to  power, one beyond ordinary human functioning.
          often have images of fasting, colonics,         manipulate an image of ourselves, but it is    When we fulfill the other four goals of life in
          gallbladder flushes and juicing. While these can  effortless to simply be ourselves. Truth, in all  the context of dharma, our life becomes
          all be components of effective cleansing, they  forms, has a health-sustaining influence.      peaceful, vibrant, successful, and happy.
          are only aspects of Ayurvedic cleansing.        Creative self-expression is based on accepting  Regular cleansing always helps us to clarify our
                 According to  Ayurveda, cleansing        our true nature, with its gifts and limitations –  purpose in life, thus fulfilling our dharma!
          includes not only the body, but the mind and    the challenge and gift of existing authentically.
          soul as well. Its goal is improved physical     Both personal growth and spiritual growth are  About The Author:
          wellbeing, along with a clearer mind and a      fully dependent on this first leg of dharma.           Jonathan Glass, M.Ac, is the author of
          renewed spirit!                                                                                the Total Life Cleanse and the co-creator of the
                 Ayurveda teaches that human beings       Saucha: Purity                                 Total Life Cleanse program. He is a Master
          have five primary goals in life. Cleansing is                                                  Acupuncturist, Ayurvedic Practitioner, herbalist
          meant to clarify and purify these goals within  The Sanskrit word for purity – internal and    and Natural Health Educator. Jonathan served
          each of us so that we can live our lives at our  external cleanliness – is saucha. Purity is the  on the faculty of the New England School of
          greatest potential.                             power in us to discriminate between what is    Acupuncture and The Dharma Institute of Yoga
                 They are:                                helpful for fulfilling our dharma and what is  and Ayurveda. He has facilitated thousands of
           •     Dharma: fulfilling our essential life    not. The process of digestion is a good example.  individuals through his group-supported,
             purpose                                      When we eat, the small intestine extracts the  transformational cleanse programs, for over
           •     Artha: fulfilling our basic needs for    nutrients and passes on the rest to be eliminated.  twenty years. Jonathan has been in private
             survival                                     Similarly, purity empowers us to accept those  practice since 1987 when he co-founded the
           •     Kama: fulfilling our need for pleasure   things that are truly beneficial and reject those  Healing Essence Center with his wife,
           •     Moksha: fulfilling our desire for        that are not. Purity protects the heart (physical  Katherine, in Concord, Massachusetts.
             freedom and spiritual liberation             and spiritual) by letting go of that which is toxic    His Website: www.
           •     Prema: fulfilling our desire for pure,   to the body, mind, and soul and accepting that  []
             unconditional love (the love of God)         which serves our highest wellbeing.
                 All of us have these same fundamental                                                             Recipe for Love
          goals. While all the goals are important, dharma  Ahimsa: Nonviolence/Compassion
          is the root of them all – and fulfilling our
          dharma is actually an essential goal of                                                          Ingredients
                                                          The Sanskrit word for nonviolence is ahimsa. It
          cleansing. The following material looks at the
                                                          is the power of wise compassion and is the
          components of dharma and how we can fulfill it                                                   - 2 Hearts Full of Love
                                                          foundation of dharma. Nonviolence means
          in our lives.
                                                          restraining from taking action that causes       - 2 Heaping Cups of Kindness
                                                          emotional harm in any way, to humans, other      - 2 Armfuls of Gentleness
          Dharma                                          living beings, the environment, or our self.     - 2 Cups of Friendship
                                                          Sometimes we forget that focusing on the faults
          We all desire to awaken to our full potential. To  in others is also harmful to ourselves, as we  - 2 Cups of Joy
          do so, we must live and act with integrity and  ingest the very same negative qualities that we  - 2 Big Hearts Full of Forgiveness
          according to our true nature.  This is called   perceive.                                        - 1 Lifetime of Togetherness
          dharma. We all have a dharma, or purpose, that         Real nonviolence leads to love and        - 2 Minds Full of Tenderness
          perfectly suits us.  Dharma sustains us and is the  compassion—the   higher    purpose     of
          foundation for fulfilling all five goals of life.   nonviolence.  Thus, authentic yoga traditions  Method
                 Dharma is the predominant quality        generally recommend a vegetarian diet--an
          inherent in an object or person. For example, the  important part of ahimsa.                     Stir daily with Happiness, Humor and
          dharma of fire is heat and light.  Acting and
          working according to our dharma is essential for  Tapas: Discipline                              Patience.
                 Personal and spiritual growth begins     The Sanskrit word for discipline is tapas. It    Serve with Warmth and Compassion,
          with being your authentic self. Paraphrasing a  means heat or friction. Tapas indicates the fire-  Respect and Loyalty.
          verse from the Bhagavad Gita, “It is better to be  like, focused intensity that burns through any
          yourself, imperfectly, than to try to be someone                                                            Author: Unknown
                                                          obstacle to fulfilling our goals. Once we pass
          else, perfectly.” We shine our own light better
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