All this began in verse three, with Arjuna acknowledging Lord Krishna as Absolute God, and asking Him to show him His true form. To make this possible for Arjuna, Krishna gives him Divine Sight, the ability to perceive without the senses.
The key to understanding what happens to Arjuna next is in the word ‘form’.
Krishna has identified Himself as Purushottama, First Purusha, the first Divine Individual in the Absolute to know Other-than-Self. The beginning of everything is in this dynamic of Self and Other. Thus is all of Creation compelled to unfold as a manifestation of duality. So when Arjuna asks to see Lord Krishna’s Cosmic Form, what he doesn’t realize is that he has asked to see this dual phenomenon, and that is what he gets.
At first, he sees the Lord’s beautiful and glorious appearance, but this quickly becomes terrifying. Krishna has complied with Arjuna’s request literally—Absolute God has revealed His form, which, by its very nature, is Relative.
This revelation amounts to being able to perceive the extraordinary and amazing beauty of the world, and then to find oneself fully aware of the horrifying realities endured by those who inhabit it. This aspect is given more time than the fun part, the beauty, and reveals to us that these unhappy features of this world are its prominent features. If we haven’t been motivated to seek Absolute God before now, surely this should do the job.
Everything Is Absolutely Relative
“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and individual self-sense, are the eight parts of my relative nature—such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained.” — Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5
I have spoken of the Absolute and the Relative many times. It answers so many questions, including the many queries I have received asking such questions as, “Why does God let there be so much suffering in the world?” or “How can people do such terrible things to each other?” “If God is all there is, how can this be?” “Why does God not stop all this suffering?” These are good questions, and their answers are essentially the same.
We live in a dualistic world. Here, everything is dependent upon everything else. It is a world of interdependence and constant change. Everything that exists, exists along with its opposite and everything in between: good and evil, black and white, male and female, stop and go, up and down, do and don’t, etc.
In this world, suffering, as well as joy and everything in between, is the result of all of us and the choices we make. The Real Self of each of us is Absolute and completely harmless, but as beings who make choices, we often make choices that are not aligned with this Real Self. The result is unhappiness and suffering, and it contaminates everyone. So the answer to this question is, “God is not responsible for this. People are.”
‘People’ is what we are Being, but we are really Divine Individuals. Everything else is packaging that encloses and hides the Real Self, even from ourselves.
As Divine Individuals, we all have absolute and unlimited power, the fundamental power of which is the power of choice. This power is intrinsic to our divine nature as Absolute Individuals. If it were possible for this power to leave us, this world would cease to exist, for Creation and this world are the effects of our having engaged it.
Being human gives us the opportunity to comprehend the Divine Absolute, the highest nature of God/Truth, and the Divine Relative, the inferior nature of God/Truth. We can then comprehend the Relative existence of the world in both its glorious and terrible aspects, and play our part in mitigating the suffering of its inhabitants. We do this by moving our human selves closer to our Real Selves. This requires that we also see the truth about ourselves.
This is not easy because we all have things about ourselves that we are ashamed of and don’t want to see. But we must become self-honest about everything. We cannot expect to face Truth until we can face the truth about ourselves—all those embarrassing things along with the good. Only then will we allow ourselves to know ourselves as we truly are: Divine Absolute Individuals. By knowing what we really are and acting accordingly, we automatically mitigate the suffering of others.
All actions in this world are the result of choices made. Even making a choice is itself an action. This power to choose is the power to act, and is inherent in of each of us as Divine Individuals. It sometimes appears that we have no power, or have lost our power, but this is not so. Our power can never go away. It is the loss of options that makes it seem that we have lost, or never had, power.
Because we feel powerless, we are afraid of losing good things, and we are afraid of death. But there is no escaping this without letting go of all our attachments to life, to good things, to not getting bad things, and all the everyday desires that rule our lives. But it is not the desires themselves, but their rulership that must be overcome, so that they do not rule the choices we make.
What we really are is not found in our attachments and desires, or in their acquisition. Nor is it to be found in all the time we spend trying to make them happen. What we really are is found only in the Absolute.
Lord Krishna has tried to give us some idea of how He exists within this world, but this is very difficult to comprehend. Once having truly comprehended it though, one may be said to be Self-realized, which is not really any different than God-realized. Only the means of reaching it is different, in the same way that going into a room through a different door can make the room appear to be different.
Door Number One
The first door has to do with a deeply personal practice that is done in complete privacy: Meditation. Its purpose is to bring freedom and personal experience of God/Truth. In this meditation you surrender to Absolute God/Truth and let That manage your meditation.
With meditation practiced in this manner, actions happen but are not of your doing. You are not responsible for actions occurring during this time, in this private place. You have surrendered yourself to Absolute God/Truth and effectively gotten your ego (“I do”) out of the way.
Surrendering yourself to Absolute God/Truth in meditation is easier, and by far the most promising expedient, as opposed to the willful practice of using techniques. Lord Krishna has taught this many times, in many ways, and will undoubtedly do so again.
You get what you surrender to.
Door Number Two
This door has to do with practices outside of meditation. In your everyday life, you employ practices that have to do with your true Self as it exists within the context of life in this world. You do this by learning, following and practicing universal principles based on the nature of the divine Real You.
These practices are done throughout your day. You don’t have to set aside extra time. By practicing them, you train yourself to be more like the Divine Individual that you really are, until one day, you realize how effortless this is. It has become effortless because you are now acting more in sync with the real divine You. As you progress in this, you will naturally become happier and more satisfied with your life.
Mindful Life Meditation & Mastery
Now you will understand why I have developed programs for accommodating both of these Doors. Because as Divine Individuals we are all the same, every step forward any one of us takes will pull all of us forward. This is inevitable. In this way…..
You can be happy and save the world.
For more on how this works, read “The Net” in “The Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna”.
Your own efforts toward your own Self-realization, or God-realization, is a service to the world and everyone in it. Your own happiness makes the world a happier place.
Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Mindful Life Natural Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.
Mindful Life Mastery synchronizes you and your life with your naturally divine characteristics and the Real You emerges. Attain and maintain success. Gain greater self-awareness and a happier life.
Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.