The Dharma of Balance 

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 10.26.48 AMThe recent attacks in France and the media orgy surrounding them can make it appear that the forces of darkness are more prevalent than light but the dharma (structure) of the natural world is always seeking balance.

Below are statistics offing perspective on the 129 people that died in Paris.

153,000 people die each day on planet earth, 360,000 are born. That’s a net gain of 207,000 people each day (World Health Organization) and with 7 billion plus souls on the planet, this presents a challenge as it relates to resource use and environmental degradation.

21,000 people die each day globally from hunger related causes, i.e. starvation (United Nations). From Buckminster Fuller’s point of view, if we converted all the resources and technology used on war, 600 billion dollars a year in the US alone, everyone’s standard of living on earth could be raised significantly.

According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (citing U.S. Department of Justice reports), nearly 800,000 children are reported missing each year in the US. That’s more than 2,000 a day. The NCMEC says 203,000 children are kidnapped each year by family members.

600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children (U.S. State Department). Many of these individuals are sold by their family members, some are kidnapped and others promised a brighter future, only to then be caught in the net of the sexual slave trade.

Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate, Aug 17, 2010. Huffington Post. If this doesn’t sound the alarm, what will?

The Journal of Patient Safety recently published a study which concluded that as many as 440,000 people die each year (in US) from preventable medical errors in hospitals. Tens of thousands more die from preventable mistakes outside hospitals from missed diagnoses or because of injuries from medications.

But what does the national media focus on? News that sells the most advertising: Terrorism, Salmonella poisoning, and the Kardashians.

From the vedantic perspective (an ancient Vedic path of knowledge) we are born into Maya (physical manifestation) with avidya (ignorance), not knowing who or what we truly are. A big part of this ignorance is the false belief that we are flawed and incomplete and that objects and experiences will make us whole, and so the chase for that which we desire begins.

Within Maya there is dharma – physical, psychological and moral laws. Two of the primary dharmas are Karma – the law of cause and effect and Life is a Zero Sum Game (balance).

Karma says that for every action we take, there is an effect, either immediately or in the future. Much or all of what is happening today and everyday is the result of past action in this and previous lives. We return each lifetime to work through past action done to us and by us. We have all been men, women, victims and perpetrators.

Life is a zero sum game means there will always be as much darkness as there is light. Just look to the natural world and the seasons for examples of this. In this realm of polarity, how can there be love without fear, joy without sadness, good without evil, for how can we know the other existed without its opposite?

Another example of zero sum or dharma of balance is the rainbow. When light shines through the crystalline prism of water the full spectrum becomes visible. Within this spectrum there is a balance of the color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet, which correlate to the seven chakras, or energy centers in prana-maya-kosha, the energy sheath. Red is the longest wavelength of light/energy and the lowest vibration, corresponding to the root chakra, while violet is the shortest wavelength and highest vibration, corresponding to the crown chakra.

Numerically, Dr. David Hawkins created a scale from 0 to 1000, with fear and violence (red) below 200, unconditional love and the heart chakra (green) at 500 and higher states of consciousness above 700 (blue, indigo and violet). Great teachers like the Buddha, Ramana Maharshi and Jesus vibrated above 700.

It may or may not be surprising that most of the US population vibrates below 200. This is why the message of fear broadcasted through the media is such an effective means of influence, whether it be a terror alert or a measles outbreak. The repetitive news cycle and those doing violence are operating on the lower end of the vibrational spectrum – first three chakras – survival, sex, and social (our place in the herd).

What energy do you want to expose yourself to and what vibration would you like to share with the world? Every moment we have a choice. 

Now it would be great to have everyone in the heart chakra (500) and above but that wouldn’t offer the friction necessary for growth in this 3D, 5 sense realm (school) of learning that we all signed up for. It’s interesting to consider that according to the dharma of balance there needs to be as much red as violet.

The greatest gift we can give all creation is to stop controlling and blaming others for our pain and compost our own shit – meeting and transforming our own fears and desire based upon our past karma through personal growth and spiritual practice.

The real question is not who is to blame when tragedy strikes but what is the root cause? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not somebody else.

Eaden Shantay co-owns True Nature Healing Arts, Carbondale, CO with his wife and partner Deva. True Nature offers yoga, meditation, high prana foods, Ayurvedic treatments, and a peace garden. Join Eaden Wednesday nights 7pm for Meditation, Mantra and Vedanta (the path of knowledge). Visit

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