For Beyond 50's "Spirituality" talks, listen to an interview with Simon
Chokoisky. He'll talk about the ancient systems of East Indian
astrology, Ayurveda and dharma type - your personality and spiritual
purpose archetype - systems to analyze physical, emotional, and
spiritual compatability between people. He teaches about how the 5
dharma types: the Outsider, Laborer, Educator, Warrior, and Merchant,
align in relationships to create harmony or disharmony, and which ones
need work. You'll learn how living your dharma helps you flow with
Nature in a way that makes life and your relationships more fulfilling.
Based on the teachings of Chokoisky, here are simple explanations of what the dharma types are like:
Outsider - Their purpose is to express freedom for themselves and the world that can reform and refresh. They are born to free others by inciting revolution, positive change and progress. You can get a sense of wonder being around them with their unique perspective on life. Even though they value personal freedom, they unfortunately, resent establishment and the "normal" life of others. Outsiders deal with the negative emotions of deception and anxiety, refusing to accept personal responsibilities for their own actions. As they evolve or devolve, they can take on any of the four dharma types to be an Outsider-All.
Laborer - They
have a deep love for society, building communities through their love,
great service and self-sacrifice. Their key strengths are to be
hardworking and unaffected. Laborers have strong ties to their family,
country, job and home team. Known for their specific intelligence and
strong intuition, they are not well-rounded. On the emotional end, they
can be filled with jealousy and sloth. Their other weakness lies in
being overly attached to the point of irrationality. They increase
their potential by evolving to Laborer-Merchant, but can devolve to
Educator - They
can be very enlightening as high minded, pure and noble beings. Their
strengths lie is being sources of wisdom and purpose to others.
Educators can provide the emotional "safe space" to go to them for
understanding and compassionate counseling. What can leave them
unbalanced is being wish-washy, feckless and lacking a backbone. Their
is an obvious divide in their understanding between ideals and reality,
like getting stuck emotionally in lust. They can evolve their Dharma to
be an Educator-Warrior or devolve into a Educator-Laborer.
Warrior -They are freedom fighters, standing up for a just cause by using their shield of wisdom from experience. Their strength is being generous and self-sacrificing. Warriors have to work on their hangups with too much anger, lust, greed and pride because they like to indulge their senses. They can be a problem to themselves by being pessimistic, cynical and materialistic. It doesn't help that Warriors like to operate from a "dog-eat-dog" mentality. As part of their evolution, they can take on the dharma characteristics of Warrior-Educator or devolve to become Warrior-Merchant.
Merchant - They
like to be charitable by providing life's enjoyments and prosperity to
others that can be unifying. You can seek them out for true
inspiration. Merchants raise people's energies with their positivity.
Known as Happiness Brokers, their strengths are in being entertaining,
funny and motivating. On the other end, Merchants have trouble greed.
They also wrestle with insecurity from being unsure of their worthiness,
requiring constant, outside validation of it. Because of their keen
understanding of how society works, Merchants can be good at taking
advantage of that. In their evolution, they can expand their dharma
type to be a Merchant-Laborer or devolve into a Merchant-Warrior.
Chokoisky has outlined the unique compatibilities that draw prospective mates to each other, ranging from excellent to poor:
Excellent Compatibility - Educator-Warrior, Merchant-Laborer
Good Compatibility - Educator-Educator, Merchant-Merchant, Laborer-Laborer, Warrior-Warrior, Outsider-Outsider
Average Compatibility - Educator-Merchant, Laborer-Warrior
Poor Compatibility - Laborer-Educator, Merchant-Warrior
points out that your long-term happiness resides in acting within your
dharma type. He adds that "you cannot pretend to be someone else and
find lasting success, because that is a crime against wisdom. The root
of all dis-ease is crimes against wisdom, which pull you away from your