There are two mangoes in front
mango has an aroma, given time it will become a little dry, the skin will
shrivel and will eventually begin to rot. The
other one looks exactly like a mango, only it is made out of wood.
It does not have the aroma; it will not shrivel or rot. They are both
mangoes, but one does not have the qualities of a real mango.
The real mango will exhibit its natural properties. It can only be called
a mango if it has and remains within its natural attributes.Similarly you can say that a thing is in its innate nature,
dharma, if it exhibits its innate nature. The
belief, ‘I am the body’, or to
believe the body, the non-Self, to be your real identity is dharma of another
(par-dharma). To believe the Self
as the Self is one’s own dharma, nature (swa-dharma).That is atma-dharma, dharma of the Self.