There is no greater challenge presented by material nature to a spiritual aspirant than his or her ability to sustain their practices for a lifetime or many lifetimes. Many falter along the long road as they are constantly overwhelmed by self created arrangements for survival. Yes, surely and unequivocally “self created” as our present state is but an aggregate of all our past desires and decisions as undesirable as the outcome may seem.
How can one eat, sleep, mate and defend in an environment that is by design the perverted reflection of truth and yet wake up to a strong spiritual practice? How can one be in touch with spiritual reality whilst bathing in the dust of material nature?
We are asked to love God, but we are surrounded constantly by those who hate Him. How do we protect ourselves from such influences and arrangements?
Dharma is defined as duties performed that are aligned with our eternal nature. The entire third chapter of the Bhagavad Gita is about executing our duties in a manner that will align itself to the core of our existence. How do we exist and act in this world in a manner that can be called Dharmic?