Understanding Dharma with Quantum Depth: The Urgent call to develop Compatible Future AI.

Before striving to give importance to teaching AI ethical frameworks, do we need to understand what Dharma is?

Dr. Chodisetti

7/6/20237 min read

All the karma of humans can be divided into two categories: those that lead to the sustainability of the human race and those that have a negative impact. Even a small event may be deemed not harmful in the short run, for example, killing an ant. However, in the long run, if such actions are supported or neglected, and more people engage in them, it can lead to the destruction of ants on a mass scale. This, in turn, may trigger a cascade of events that ultimately result in the destruction of the human race. Consequently, it is not easy to determine the right course of action in any given time and situation. Understanding this concept is referred to as Dharma.

In this scenario, considering the cascade of events that ultimately lead to human destruction, killing an insect or ant without reason goes against Dharma. Conversely, developing a mentality of killing creatures for fun can also encourage others to do the same. This behavior, when scaled up, may lead to conflicts and destruction among humans. Therefore, the act of killing for amusement, even if it involves a small creature, goes against Dharma. I hope this clarifies the importance of understanding and aligning our actions with the principles of Dharma.

Justice follows the legislation of a country. If the legislation is correct, the chances of obtaining justice increase. However, no legislation in any country can consistently satisfy the people in the long run. That is why amendments keep accumulating to adapt to changing times. Thus, if there is any universal justice code that exists, which tells what the right thing to do is and what is not at any given time and situation, so that the resultant waves of those actions will not lead to the destruction of humans in any time in the future, that is called Dharma. We always need to try to behave as closely as possible to fulfill dharma.

It is indeed fun, addictive, and challenging to follow Dharma. The goals we pursue in our lives often pale in comparison to the goal of adhering to Dharma. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, one can achieve personal goals by either following or deviating from Dharma. Therefore, the more we strive to do things in the right way, the more addictive it becomes, providing satisfaction even if we cannot fully attain that goal. Following Dharma becomes an addictive pursuit.

When people are habituated to following Dharma, it fosters a better, safer, and more mature society. The question then arises: How can we determine what Dharma is in every moment of our lives? My dad shared that his dad told him, and his ancestors before him, to seek the counsel of elderly people in society to understand what is right to do at any given moment. This is why elderly individuals are considered invaluable assets. While they may have lived their lives in the right or wrong direction, knowingly or unknowingly, as they grow older, they tend to share the truth, or at least most of them do. We should never break the mutually beneficial loop between the elderly and younger people. Younger individuals should always seek mentorship from the elderly, while providing care and support in return. This sustainable business model is something that every society should seriously consider. Seeking mentorship, asking for help, and requesting suggestions should never be seen as weaknesses; in fact, it is a weakness not to do so. The more frequently individuals inquire about Dharma, the faster and more prosperous a society can grow.

If Dharma changes continuously, even from moment to moment, how can anyone claim to "know" it? It is an impossible task. Each action guided by Dharma has an expiration date. While an action may be right at a particular time, it cannot be applied universally to all situations or times. Therefore, logically speaking, no one truly knows anything. Everyone must seek guidance in real-time, relying on their intuition, seeking the wisdom of elders, and seeking advice from mentors. By doing so, individuals can navigate the complexities of Dharma and make informed choices.

Intrinsic Nature of Matter: Self-Destruction and Human Creation

The Expansion of Human Potential and the Importance of Protecting Law and Order

Matter has a tendency to break down naturally over time, showing its self-destructive nature. The Big Bang, often associated with the origin of the universe, should not be seen as solely responsible for creation just because humans have evolved. However, humans are undoubtedly a remarkable creation that emerged from the destructive events of the Big Bang. While all matter naturally degrades, only living things, particularly humans, have the ability to grow and potentially expand beyond Earth and galaxies in the future.

To make this expansion successful, it is crucial to maintain law and order, not only among humans but also in our relationship with the universe, including other creatures and non-living things. Although humans, with their intelligence, can grow and explore new territories, they also have the potential for self-destruction if we don't respect and follow the rules. Wars and harmful actions towards nature can lead to our own downfall.

The laws created by human societies are not yet perfect. It is almost impossible to create a comprehensive book of laws that covers everything, including human societies, the natural world, and the entire universe. This ideal book of laws is called Dharma. Defining Dharma is not simple, but here is a simplified description.

The foundation and essential requirement for the ongoing expansion of life is the preservation of Dharma - the universal law of duty. The effectiveness of upholding Dharma is directly linked to the pace at which the human race expands. When Dharma cannot be protected or maintained beyond a certain threshold, it sets humanity on a path towards self-destruction. Allow me to attempt to define Dharma. At any given moment, in any given place, under specific circumstances, Dharma represents the right action one should take to ensure that the chain of its consequences does not lead to the destruction of the human race in the future. Following Dharma may bring about sorrows, happiness, challenges, and troubles, but it will not result in the downfall of a society or the human race. This is because a thriving society that endures and continues to expand experiences a balanced interplay of dualities, such as happiness and sorrow, pain and pleasure, and so on. Now, let me explain the distinction between the laws created by humans on Earth and the universal law of Dharma.

There were three individuals who decided to take a rest after a long walk. Person A had four pieces of bread, person B had eight pieces of bread, and person C had none. Persons A and B each split their bread in half, resulting in a total of 24 pieces, which they shared equally, giving each person eight pieces. Just before person C left the group, as an expression of gratitude, C gave eight gold coins to persons A and B and asked them to divide it among themselves.

I'm aware that many of you may already know this story. According to the law, all the gold coins would typically go to person B since person C ate eight pieces of bread from B, and A consumed its own eight pieces. However, Dharma suggests that person A should also receive half of the gold coins. This is because, regardless of whether person A physically gave its bread to person C or not, A displayed a willingness to share. If person A and person B had only three pieces of bread each, A would have gladly given one piece to person C. In the first case, person B might receive all eight gold coins according to the existing law, but person A would be rewarded greatly due to the inherent nature of Dharma.

There is another example from the Indian epic Mahabharata. When Ashwathama ruthlessly kills the sons of all the Pandavas while they are asleep, Draupadi, the mother of those sons, plunges into deep sorrow, despair, and anger. Srikrishna, who is Draupadi's dear friend and relative, attempts to console her. Draupadi expresses her desire to see the destruction of the Kauravas as the root cause of her immense loss. Lord Krishna's response to Draupadi is thought-provoking. He tells her that if she seeks revenge out of hatred and grief, he can assist her only as a friend. However, if she looks at the situation from a broader perspective, acknowledging the injustice done by a powerful king to a vulnerable family for his own ego and greed, and realizes the potential harm he may cause to the entire kingdom carrying such a destructive attitude, then he will assist her as God. Dharma operates at profound depths, where our understanding and approach can make a significant difference. The outcomes of our actions are not solely determined by the actions themselves, but also by the intentions behind those actions, even if the actions appear similar on the surface. At the quantum level, the rules of Dharma differ. Understanding these rules is not easy. That is precisely why adopting simple techniques can paradoxically provide us with straightforward solutions. These techniques include prayer, seeking advice from elders, introspecting and seeking solutions from within our own minds, and so on.

The Formula of Dharma: Navigating the Changing Tides

Adharma (opposite to Dharma) as a Byproduct and the Continuous Struggle for Balance

When you establish your own set of rules and strictly adhere to them throughout your life, it may give the impression that you are a righteous individual, both to yourself and within the current societal norms. However, when you broaden your perspective and look at things more comprehensively, you will realize that these personal rules can gradually lead you astray from Dharma. This is because the formula of Dharma itself undergoes changes based on various factors such as time, place, and situation.

In physics, the spontaneous conversion of energy from one form to another increases randomness or entropy. Similarly, in philosophy, the spontaneous flow of human life can result in the emergence of "adharma," which is the opposite of Dharma. Just as entropy cannot be reversed, it is also challenging to transform the disorders created by adharma into Dharma. The waves of adharma generated by a society at one point in time will continue to ripple into the future and impact future generations.

To prevent the creation of waves of adharma, every individual in a society must constantly strive to maintain poise and balance. Adharma is the byproduct of the spontaneous survival actions within a society. Each person within that society must diligently work to find and eliminate adharma from their surroundings, just as we clean our houses, in order to foster the continuous preservation of a harmonious and beautiful society.