Our natures determine our destiny

We learn that: ‘The seer’s duty, ordained by his nature, is to be tranquil in mind and in spirit, self-controlled, austere and stainless, upright, forbearing; to follow wisdom, to know the Atman, firm of faith in the truth that is Brahman. The leader’s duty, ordained by his nature, is to be bold, unflinching and fearless, subtle of skill and open-handed, great-hearted in battle, a resolute ruler. Others are born to the task of providing: these are the traders, the cultivators, the breeders of cattle. To work for all men, such is the duty ordained for the servers: this is their nature. All mankind is born for perfection and each shall attain it will he but follow his nature’s duty.’

This concept is explained by the word ‘Dharma’, which is duty, cosmic order, correct living and right conduct. Yoga practice promotes clarity of thought and understanding, so that we can align with our dharma.