Karla Sanders

Law of Dharma


law of dharma


This piece is inspired by the Law of Dharma, one of the Seven Laws of Spiritual Success as outlined in Deepak Chopra’s work. At the heart of this teaching is the call to nurture and discover your special talents and use these to create a stronger you who can help others.

I see the Law of Dharma as a continuous journey, and if you’re standing at the beginning of this journey, you may feel a little lost. Sometimes we want to help but we don’t know how. But as you work, you will discover it. You will learn. So don’t worry. I think most important here is keeping love alive and thriving in all the work you do, and this already is a way of serving others. Your passion for the thing you do - no matter how small - passes on to the ones around you.

The poem “On Work” by Khalil Gibran speaks to this point. He illustrates a beautiful mindset about work, and his words in turn inspired the imagery of my illustration here. I invite you to read and absorb the full poem here, and below a few excerpts:

“When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

And what is it to work with love? It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth. It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house. It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit. It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit, And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.”

— Khalil Gibran, “On Work” from The Prophet.