In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a plan for Arjuna which begins with the instruction to “find his dharma”, or true purpose.
Later on he goes on to counsel that you are better off failing at your own dharma than succeeding at someone else’s.
I’ve been fascinated by the concepts of karma and dharma since childhood. Back then these ideas were foreign, mysterious and somewhat ridiculed in the judeo-christian neighborhood of my youth. My own ‘dharma’ began to assert itself then, although, of course, I did not see it at the time. Hindsight brings amazing clarity at times.
Belief in reincarnation is fundamental in understanding the wheel of dharma and that is a hurdle for some. Many in our society live their lives according to a linear model of time, with very well defined beginnings and endings. Reincarnation is not compatable with linear thinking. Those who study dharma tend to measure and experience time cyclically which creates a very different mentality. Reincarnation is the vehicle by which the scales become balanced.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna lays out a four point plan for the warrior, Arjuna, which begins with the instruction to “discover his dharma” . Once found, it is our duty to do our dharma in order to evolve into a higher state of being. But, first, we must remove the karmic obstructions so to create fertile ground for our dharma to manifest.
One’s natal horoscope can answer many questions surrounding our soul’s purpose (dharma) and when and where and how to manifest it. The lunar nodes symbolize the karmic path we’re on in this current lifetime, as well as the dharmic task we’ve been assigned. Our soul’s purpose will be fulfilled, regardless of whether or not we are conscious of what it is. The advantage to knowing your purpose is nothing less than evolutionary growth for your soul.