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The Presidential Election: The Difference Is Dharma

What does dharma have to do with the presidential election? Yogeek Leena St. Michael, explores the dharmas of Obama and Romney and how each do their unique best for the nation in living theirs.

Remember when Bush Jr. said that God told him he would be president?  Well, he was the president for eight years. It was his fate.

Obama often declared in recent speeches, “I AM the president.” And, “That’s not what presidents do.”  Romney insisted the election was all about the economy and that any time we could send a government function to the private sector, we should do so.

Whether you liked the election results or not, whether you believe in astrology or Nate Silver, dharma makes a difference.

What is dharma?  Dharma, a Sanskrit term, has many layers of meaning including fate and duty.  In a deeper sense, it is our surrender to a larger path, the nexus of the following: 

1. Our heart’s desire and passion

2. Full use of our unique gifts, talents

3. Our unique personality style and body type

4. The needs of society—how we do the most good

5. Our geographical location/environment. 

Dharma as fate may also be the Universe’s gift to put us in a position where we can learn life’s lessons.  (Richard Nixon--He later wrote about the mistakes he made in his presidency as a way of atonement.)

Hurricane Sandy, while certainly not responsible for the outcome of the election, provided a clear contrast between business and governance and two men’s dharmas.  Suddenly, FEMA was a good thing and forced many to abandon partisan politics and rush to give aid to those in harms way.

As the campaigns wore on, one could see there is difference between a businessman and a president. 

Mitt Romney, was an accomplished and successful business person and sales person by many standards. He is intelligent competitive, tenacious, persistent and persuasive. 

Obama was “presidential”.  He is a scholar of the U. S. Constitution-our nation's guiding mission and vision. Today, he is heralded for organizing, inspiring and mobilizing the greatest grassroots volunteer political movement in our nation's history. There is no more doubt about his ability to lead.

Romney wanted the position.  Obama wanted the job.

Both are necessary professions, life paths--dharmas.  One will serve better as a president of a nation; the other, as CEO of a multi-national corporation or perhaps a financial consultant to a governmental entity.

Mitt Romney was a uniter in his gracious concession speech; perhaps his single greatest dharmic act for the good of the nation at exactly the right moment.  In his acceptance speech, President Obama said that he would be working with Mitt Romney for the good of the nation. 

Both of these men are truly living their dharma.

Are you?

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Leena St. Michael November 16, 2012 at 07:30 AM
OK...I have to follow-up on my article. Sadly, Mitt Romney chose to speak while in the shock and anger phases of his grief process on losing the election. Haven't we all had at least one occasion where it would have been best to take a time-out? More about this, next, from The Yogeek. Namaste.
Tom November 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Let us look at how the democrats use race shall we? If you call a person incompedant and that same person happens to be black you are a racist person (only if you are a republican) 11:40AM EST November 20. 2012 - President Obama hasn't said whether he will nominate Susan Rice to be secretary of State, but the debate over her is already intense. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., told CNN on Tuesday that some Republican claims that Rice is "incompetent" may be racial in nature. "These are code words," Clyburn said, adding that "these kinds of terms that those of us — especially those of us who were born and raised in the South -- we've been hearing these little words and phrases all of our lives and we get insulted by them." If you would like I can send you countless ugly things Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden have said. It is VERY clear what candidate you favor and you might as well just say D = good R = bad. Why bother pretending otherwise?

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