Dharma, for Awakening and Social Change,expands understanding of deep spiritual truths and offers insight into and viable solutions for issues facing our planet today. Written from a yogic perspective, it explores how, when aligning with your Dharma, you can truly be the change you want to make and have a positive impact on your family, friends, culture, and society at large.
Dharma explores our personal spiritual path and how understanding this ancient principle can assist us in our journey to know ourselves and be whole.
Dharma then goes on to look at climate change, migration, conservations, nationalism and how our society has lost balance, as well as, what it would take to bring us back in balance. This book reveals positive solutions do today's issues that can be achieved by applying the principles and teachings of dharma. It explores how evolution and the changing role of women are not only relevant but key to the issues facing us today. The teachings begin by telling us “Dharma, the poetry of the soul, is written in the heart of all that is … Moving in harmony, the foot does not crush the ground beneath. Moving in harmony, all nature becomes one flow. Thoughts, words, and deeds express only the unconditional love of the Divine. The lotus growing in the mud brings forth buds to opening to the sun. The rose winding around the trellis climbs upward and blossoms in the sun. Moving in harmony towards the Source, all beings have their place. Sun, moon, and stars have their place in the harmony of all things. There is a balance in this universe, finely maintained, sublimely intricate, yet simple. To be in this balance, to move in this harmony, to breathe with the rhythm of the stars, is the way of dharma."
It goes on to say “Spirituality in the world today cannot be separated from the issues facing the planet… and lies not only in one’s personal development alone but answering the clarion call to action in human society. Therein lies the path of Dharma … to express your impassioned heart, in care and love of all beings...”
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT THE BOOK
“Inspiring and timely… clearly explains how positive change can occur, affirming a hopeful future.” – Devananda Lacey, Yoga Teacher ★★★★★
"Beautifully written, easy to read and timely for our world. Not to be missed." As I read this book I kept finding jewels of truth that I resonated with on a deep level. I was able to have a much clearer understanding of what Dharma is and how by being in alignment with my personal expression of dharma I can help to shift the balance of society from being out of harmony to one that is in harmony. - Deviika Ma
Dharma addresses what ails our world and how we can shift the outcome."Change society by changing yourself and by spreading ideas about dharma to others." It exposes what is out of balance in our world today and how we can bring our world back into balance. It offers a message of hope for us all in these times of great transition. - L. Enjara★★★★★
" Dharma is a truly inspiring work and it could not have arrived at a better time." This broad and comprehensive book is quite wonderful and stirring, dealing not only with an individual’s personal calling, mission or moral purpose, but also with the collective ethical thrusts of social groups and nations. It is a great service to receive these teachings so clearly at this time when a vast proportion of humanity seems to have lost all sense of their Dharma and the world, as a result, seems to be running rapidly towards an inevitable cataclysm. Dharma is the way out of our addiction to the personal desires which have mired us all in a dissipating materialism. It is the way beyond egoistic drives towards selfish personal ambitions, and into a great liberation of mind, body and soul for the entirety of mankind. Having hit a low point in our collective existence has triggered the spiral of a great reawakening. This book nobly serves that reawakening..."
“Dharma does not belong to any religion. It cannot be owned or incorporated by anyone,” writes the author. “It is universal and belongs to everyone. All the ways which are in harmony and alignment with your true nature ultimately direct you to the path of Dharma.” - Harvey Meyers★★★★★
“Powerful…Brilliant application of Dharma… showing the way for personal and collective awakening.” "This is one of the rare books that combes the personal dharma and the collective purpose. Where is humanity moving towards? Are there the solutions for the planetary climatic and social changes? Are we at the brink of great changes? Is there hope for the survival of the humanity? This book offers a hope, a bright future. Do not fear the possible crisis that we will have to endure as a collective. The crisis means an opportunity. The crisis will make the humanity stronger. The humanity in its diversity will unite. The book reads in an inspiring flow. Great gift for the friends. I am grateful that this book reached the public. It is time to hear the voice of consciousness and participate in whatever way we can to help in social and climatic changes that are ahead. The future is bright and the love and peace will prevail. Must read for Yogis." - Ananda Deviika' Ma' A'charya', MSc., ERYT 500, C-Yoga Therapist ★★★★★
"Inspired Companion" "In these times of dramatic change, the voice of Maetreyii Ma Nolan is a powerful, understanding companion for us. Her book is a valuable contribution guiding us to express our inner essence in meaningful and productive ways in the world. She has a profound understanding of how yoga joins mind and body. Her work takes a further step and shows how the principles behind the mind-body union can be used to guide collaborative efforts to heal the human community and the physical world we all share."- Dr. Linda Howe, Author, Teacher & Spiritual Pioneer★★★★★
"Brings Harmony" "I just purchased the book. I love it! The lay out of the chapters and the content are very easy to follow and full of meaning. Maetreyii Ma, the author, has an insightful understanding of Dharma and its relationship to the individual, the inner being and the larger role within societies. It brings Harmony. I recommend reading it! Follow your Dharma." LJL-★★★★★
"Profound insights, clearly expressed, a lovely Read." "This book is a treasure! Eastern-centered philosophy is sometimes expressed in ways overly abstract: karma, dharma, the Tao. But this book is clear and simple, blowing away confusion, making plain and highly-relatable key tenets of profound spiritual traditions. But more than that--this wonderful book opens the way for us to inspire our own inner lives by resonating deeply with our daily spiritual practice, whether one has a western, eastern, or other basis. This book is certain to be read and reread by many. What a gem! Highly recommended." - Grabbo ★★★★★ "An important and well written book." Life without Dharma is suffering. Living our Dharma entails living in accordance with the rhythms and laws of the Universe and being true to ourselves. Any other way of life is simply not sustainable. As the world teeters on the brink of its unsustainability what's needed are books like this to provide necessary guidance. This very well written book discusses Dharma in all its dimensions with relevance to life now. It features many stories from the Indian classics which demonstrate that the great yogi philosophers of ancient India had cogent insight into the essential nature of our existence. I highly recommend this book to yoga teachers who want to deepen their understanding of the core foundation of yogic thought and for everyone else who seeking their soul purpose as well as ways to approach the essential question of how to be. - Chakra 44 ★★★★★ . Dharma gives us hope for ourselves and our global society! Dharma is like no other book on the market! I have had a long publishing career and a Masters Degree in Consciousness Studies, and I have not ever seen this type of book on the market. Finally, a book that has both deep concepts about dharma, yet it still remains very practical. But what I love the most is, that is also poetic.
For example, here are some lines from the book: "Following dharma, you see your bright future with optimism and you realize that there is hope in your life. Your spirits grow bright."
"As rays of sunlight hitting a gem disperse light into colors, so Divine Consciousness displays rays of divine essence into manifestation, surrounding the Earth with blissful avenues by which to know the one, true Source. All of these qualities arise within divine play and depending on your heart's calling, you will be drawn to one or another."
Concepts such as--Mind is consciousness in motion, open up doors to reflect on how we bring consciousness into our everyday lives.
What a refreshing, truthful and open-minded & "out of the box" book! Buy it!!!! And you will discover that there is hope for our future - J. House ★★★★★
PROFESSIONAL EDITORIAL REVIEWS
"An engrossing exploration of dharma with an eye not just to the present, but to the future as well." In yogic philosophy and Indian religions, dharma is "the poetry of the soul," a way of living in harmony with nature as well as with universal truth and the essential order of things. Individuals who find this in themselves unearth their places, their ways, and their self-expressions. This guide offers a unique insight into self-discovery as well as ways the eight fold path of Ashtanga yoga can combat spiritual and societal strife, from disease to nationalism and anti-immigration sentiments. Materialism and the capitalistic nature of the current American government are singled out as the greatest impediments to uncovering and living better through dharma.
The text hypothesizes that the world is on the cusp of a new age. This era will be led by young people who will resemble the Kshatriya, or military caste in Hinduism. They will reject both conservative and liberal politics and cultivate a new, global nation. Though presented as conjecture, the book emphasizes an inherent need for this change while outlining a rough path to it through individuals searching for their inner gurus and pursuing cosmic, divine, and infinite consciousness.Nolan (Living Love, 2016, etc.) breaks down the many facets of dharma as well as introducing related concepts. These include prana, or life force; samaj, a society based in dharma; and more...the author includes a useful glossary of the terms for quick reference.
The book is presented in three easy-to-revisit sections, the first defining dharma and assessing its four basic qualities; the second breaking down how it impacts society and the ecosystem; and the third describing how to pursue and utilize it personally... An engrossing exploration of dharma with an eye not just to the present, but to the future as well. - Kirkus Reviews
Dharma: For Awakening and Social Change ... an essential read for those willing to learn."
"In Dharma: For Awakening and Social Change by author Maetreyii Ma Nolan, the most pressing issues facing the world today are paired with a spiritual approach and an eye-opening philosophy about personal evolution and balance. ...For the uninitiated, this book does not take a scientific or sociological approach to explaining the modern world, but it does delve into the human psyche, examining ways we can tap into a higher spiritual guide to shape our destiny. By exploring different aspects of dharma, the book offers a map for a spiritual journey, one packed with lessons that will not only benefit your daily life, but also your behavior and effect on the larger world...."
"...despite being an inherently spiritual book, it is written tactfully and methodically, without any overt proselytization. Nolan merely presents a different way of looking at energy, communication, spiritual alignment, and our personal mindset in a way that could potentially help to change our perception of the world and its modern problems."
Dharma: For Awakening and Social Change ... an essential read for those willing to learn." Self Publishing Review