How Do You Serve Your Soul’s Purpose?

Via Chanti Tacoronte-Perez
on Nov 26, 2011
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Chapter 5: Understanding Your Mighty Purpose
Rod Stryker’s Four Desires (4D) Virtual Book Club

“First, become clear what your duty or purpose is in life. Second, learn to love it.”
Swami Rama, Rod Stryker’s grandteacher

I find this quote by Swami Rama really embodies the essence of what a Dharma Code is. These two questions help clarify what Swami Rama is expressing:

  • What is a Dharma Code?
  • How do I use it?

Answering these two questions will aid your understanding of the Dharma Code as Rod discusses in Chapter 6 in his book, The Four Desires.

What is a Dharma Code?
Dharma Code is:

  • “Your unique life purpose.”
  • ” [The] life course that your soul aspires to; the one you were meant to follow.”
  • “A statement that endures and remains constant though all of your life’s circumstances.”

These quotes from The Four Desires clearly state what a Dharma Code is. A Dharma Code is like your soul’s mission statement. Remember that a mission statement is used by companies and organizations to clearly state their main purpose.  It helps the company to make overall goals and to guide decision-making. The Dharma code is essentially a mission statement, and you are the organization.


I personally love the story Rod tells of his eye opening dharma moment, in a lecture by his first teacher Mani Finger.
“You are responsible for your life…the sooner you see how you have determined your fate, the sooner and more completely you will have the life you want.”

Your Dharma code also is a call to action; it brings to light that which will inspire you to take responsibility for your life.  When we take responsibility for our own life, from the alignment of our soul’s purpose, our actions, decisions and goals are more clear and we start to embody that enduring happiness.

How do I use it? Learn to love it?
The advice to learn to love our life’s purpose is priceless. 
We can have this code and be content with it, but how we really hold ourselves up to that mission,  I think, is even more powerful than the actual statement.

Just this week I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and we were talking about our weak moments; when we say something we later regret, send a nasty e-mail, or just have one of those off days (sigh) and start to judge ourselves. Yes us yogis have those moments too, when our super humanness takes over our mind and body, lashing out at the world.

We dissected those moments and came to the conclusion we were not aligned with our Dharma Code. The decisions that we had made came out of our patterns or samskaras.

The more we live from that place of purpose, the more we are able to fulfill and the less we are disappointed by life. Rod says, “the moment you discover and commit [to] serving your Dharma Code, you begin the process of being lifted into the power of your soul and connecting with unbridled strength, courage, and enthusiasm.”  The word serving is instructive.  How often do we serve ourselves? So we use this Dharma Code to serve ourselves first and watch the rippling effects it has on the whole world!

Rod mentions personalities in the beginning of this chapter who obviously served their soul’s purpose: Michelangelo, Florence Nightingale, Frank Lloyd Wright. Do you know someone who serves their soul’s purpose? Let’s give them a shout-out and express how we have been inspired by them.


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About Chanti Tacoronte-Perez

As a traveler and painter Chanti has grounded her roots in the path of yoga wherever she has landed. Chanti began practicing Yoga during her first year in college & continued when she left for Hampshire College to complete her BA in Painting/Fine Arts and Special Education. From 2001-2004 she lived and worked in Havana, Cuba as the Hampshire College Cuba Program Coordinator where she studied Iyengar Yoga. Chanti has been studying and teaching yoga in the Tantric Hatha Linage since 2005 with her teacher Rod Stryker, founder of Para Yoga. He has taught her that everyone has the ability to know their destination and find that road to walk on. She has currently completed the Para Yoga Certification (level I) & her Restorative Yoga training with Judith Handson Lasater. Her study of Sacred Art and Yantra Painting merge her love of Yoga with her passion for painting and education.


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  2. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    I'm in love with this series!

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  3. HeatherR says:

    I want to change the way people think, get people out of the box. I challenge myself, my own and others perspectives and offer what I understand for everyone to hear.
    This dharma code came about after hearing one family member say, "you always had your own ideas about things." and recalling another friend say, "you are really good at being uncomfortable." I interpreted it to mean, persistent through challenge. There is definitely the challenge part I still need to learn to love. I'm a little tired of being challenged.

    Having done fulfillment twice with Rod, I will say I believe your understanding of your dharma code is refined as you work with it. I believe it is important to just to start working with what you think you have and it eventually becomes more polished. Thanks for this great forum!

  4. Chanti says:

    Heather, couldn't agree more! Thanks for sharing and best of luck during the refining journey!!!! 🙂 It helped me to start over for the refinement. Going though the next few chapters was really helpful.

  5. Chanti says:

    Thanks for the Love!!!

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  7. Chanti says:

    Hi Paula,
    Thanks for answering the question and sharing who has inspired you. As we get though this book we will find ways of tackling those things that block us from expressing exactly who we are. We can also refine our dharma code until it really starts to speak to us, challenge us and we can't help but live our Dharma.

  8. Chanti says:

    Hi Amy,
    Thanks for sharing. You are eager! We are not yet at samkalpa and that too has a level of refinement, as does writing a Dharma Code (which we will cover in the next post). But just as a thought regarding your second samkalpa; maybe start to re-word it so that you could really feel pain free everyday instead of acting. Thanks for being part of our discussion Amy 🙂

  9. Amy Whelan says:

    Yes, you are absolutely right! Thanks for the clarification, Chanti!

  10. Chanti says:

    Your welcome, lot us know how it goes:)

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