Palaniswami and Senthilnathaswami returned today, diving into the completion of the January issue of Hinduism Today, the archway gate completion and more. They brought back this delightful painting. It is Siva and Gurudeva, Kauai and Wailua, complete with the most creative rainbow waterfall cascading down the face of Mount Waialeale. It is the work of Chudika Mahadevan, and in case you can't read the ribbons, they say "Life is meant to be lived joyously" and "Everything that is happening is good. Everything that is happening is meant to be."
Dharma is religious patterns which when followed promote the wellbeing of the individual, the family and society. Patterns so that the soul matures and gets closer to God, closer to realizing the Divinity within. Dharma is: "The orderly fulfillment of an inherent nature or destiny," working on instinctive, intellectual and intuitive natures. Destiny is fixed: Realization. Personal dharma, "your own perfect pattern in life", is different for the sannyasin and the householder.