The Power of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18, Continued

The Power of Emotions

The most mutable aspect of human embodiment is emotion.

The Power of Emotion

One might ask, Why do emotions seem to be avoided, and even denigrated, by yogis, gurus and authors of scriptures? I think the answer is simple: All scriptures have been created by men for men, and in times not long past, yoga sadhana and the study of scriptures have not been an option for women. Now, don’t think this is a denouncement of men, but quite the opposite. It is the recognition of a heavy burden.

What makes a fetus become male is the rush of a large quantity of testosterone, which promotes sexual avidity, action, aggression and anger, and proceeds to wipe out a good portion of the empathy center in the brain. All this happens about halfway through pregnancy.  

This can make yoga sadhana more difficult for men than for women. Men have a harder time dealing with sexual cravings, aggression and acting on anger than women do. More effort at self-control is needed in order for them to reach and practice yoga at higher stages, so willpower is needed in the beginning to a greater degree than for women.

While we women were being been left out altogether in the past, men have been dealing with this burden by willfully avoiding us and suppressing their emotions (which is easier to do for them than for us). This has resulted in considering emotions to be inappropriate. I think this kind of thinking is just an issue of ignorance associated with the age in which we live (kali yuga), and that it will one day turn around naturally.  

Change, and therefore progress, is easily accomplished when suppression is abandoned.

The Energy of Emotion is not limited to the physical body, the mental body (etheric) or even the emotional body (astral). It is Prana-Shakti. The Energy of Emotion is the energy of experience, and it is everywhere, constantly going out from every one of us to everyone else. [Illustration from Meditating Naturally]  

  • Emotion is a natural function of the body to support survival by producing feelings.
  • Feelings are the experiences of emotions.
  • Empathy is a function of Emotional Energy by which one experiences the feelings of others.

Empathy is a function of Prana-Shakti, the Energy of Emotion. When your Emotional Energy expands to others and shares their feelings, we call it ’empathy’. Like emotions, and even life itself, empathy is based on your relationship with others.

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Emotions exist solely because of your relationship to others. Emotional Energy is what it is because of you and other-than-you. It is all-powerful for the same reason. What you experience emotionally (feelings), including the feelings of others (empathy), affects everything about you: your body, your mind, your feelings and every cell in your body. 

EMPATHY 3The effects of emotions are powerful beyond words. When we truly love, we will sacrifice anything for the loved one. When one is desolate to the point of suicide, a power that can cause a person to end their own life must be very powerful indeed. These are extremes, but that is the nature of emotions: they can be very extreme … because of the extreme Power of Emotion.

Because the Energy of Emotion is present in the body and beyond without limit, and because its power is based on you and anything that is other than you that you can be conscious of, the importance of this energy for spiritual advancement should not be overlooked. 

Emotions & Spirituality

Healing and well-being come the same way. The Energy of Emotion affects everything from atoms to Earth. Every experienced emotion moves things, changing things in your body and mind, and subtly affecting everyone else. Emotions are activities of the emotional (astral) body, which extends beyond the physical body. Emotions are energy in motion. 

Spirituality requires progress. Progress requires change. Change is inherent in emotions. 

Emotional Energy 2.1The Energy of Emotion is constantly changing you, and because it is mutable, you can change it. By adding the power of Attention into the mix, you can use this energy to change your life.

The heart, which is the center of emotion and feelings, generates the largest electromagnetic signal in the body, 5,000 times greater than the brain, and takes in information that much faster. It is madness to disregard or minimize emotion and its powerful force and assume you are making spiritual progress. The heart, the seat of Prana and the seat of Emotion, is the central guidance system for the entire body and brain. What would become of us (and everyone else) if we were to disregarded it?

If you are wondering how and where you can be this ‘unsuppressed’, have a look at Natural Meditation below. 

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Energy of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18

The Power of Emotions

Previously:
“Like the sun and the light of the sun are said to be beyond darkness, knowledge of the Object of Knowledge is beyond darkness. It (Brahman) dwells within the hearts of all.” — Bhagavad Gita Ch 13, Vs 18

Why not just say “light” instead of “beyond darkness”? This is one of those places in scripture where you are being called to look more deeply to find something that is otherwise hidden.

  • Brahman, Absolute God/Truth, is the object, or objective, of knowledge..
  • Heart (hṛidi) – ‘the heart in the body; the heart chakra as the seat of feelings, emotions, love; the core of the being’.

Now this impersonal-sounding God, Brahman, moves strongly into the personal, suggesting that even the coldest of seekers who seek God as abstract and impersonal, also come to know God in a personal way.

  • Love – The unconditional acceptance of one or more Divine Others as the same as oneSelf; the feeling experienced with this acceptance..
  • Feeling – The experience of emotion.

The Field of Emotion

We have discussed the Field as mind, and now we have discussed it as body, but we have not come upon a Field of Emotion.

Emotions 2What would a Field of Emotion look like? I think it would look like body, mind (etheric body) and feelings (astral body) seen together as a Field of Power. 

Emotions are a part of human embodiment as surely as arms or legs. As long as you have a body, you will have emotions. There is no getting around it. You can pretend that you are beyond such silly and inconvenient things as feelings, but you would lying to yourself. The power of emotion is so great that denying it is literally dangerous to your health. 
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The Energy of Emotion (prana-shakti) is in your body and extends beyond it. Your body and brain are surrounded and permeated with the Energy of Emotion. The Energy of Emotion is the intelligent Life Energy sustaining and maintaing your wellbeing … and functioning as emotion. This energy outside of the body is called Shakti, or spiritual power. As a human being, you are dealing with both. If you think you can skip it, you are wrong; it will not skip you
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This energy, which is crucial to attaining your primary Life Purpose, is stifled by suppression. It must have freedom if you are to have freedom. If it is free, it will deal with the body and take care of its needs—it will take care of you. Giving this energy complete freedom in your meditation is easy if you can give the body complete freedom, and visa versa.

Emotions 7It is important to become familiar with this form of the Life Energy and its movements. This can be done by using certain experiments and hip-pocket techniques that will enable you to know and become able to direct it. Your awareness of this energy, and the ability to notice its actions, is what you must accomplish in order to find and achieve your secondary Life Purpose. This purpose is ‘secondary’ because its success relies on your ‘primary’ purpose.

Your primary Life Purpose is God Realization.
Your secondary Life Purpose is unique to you.

Prana and Shakti

Unlike Prana alone, whose realm is the body, Prana-Shakti is both in the body and outside of the body. The emotional body (astral) is the only body that not only permeates the whole physical body, but also extends outside the body.

Prana

The natural home of Prana is in the heart, the core of the Being. This is the fourth chakra, which is within the world of Vishnu (from the diaphragm to the throat). Its purpose is to sustain and maintain the life and well-being of the body. It is called Shakti when operating outside the body.

Shakti

Shakti is Prana outside of the body. It makes thing go. It is literally everywhere in nature, kick-starting every movement. It is called Prana when operating inside the body. 

Empathy

EMPATHY 5Emotional Energy goes beyond the body and its environment. Its scope is unlimited. It can reach anyone anywhere and give you someone else’s experience. This is called empathy. It is important to understand that empathy and feelings are connected in this way—they both rely on the Life Energy functioning as the Energy of Emotion. When emotions are suppressed, Prana is suppressed. When emotion and Prana are suppressed, empathy is suppressed. Without empathy one becomes void of compassion

Just think of living in a world where there is no empathy, no compassion, but only active aggression. When aggression overpowers the empathy center in the brain, there will continue to be wars and rumors of wars.

Omnipresence

Empathy demonstrates our omnipresence, our all-pervasiveness, which in turn demonstrates our oneness with God. In what it is that we really are (Divine Individuals) we are not located anywhere, we are everywhere. Empathy is the manifestation of this within embodied beings like us. This is the connectedness we hear about. But we are not really ‘connected’, we are in everyone.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Discover the release and relief of reaching a true meditative state without the effort or stress of using your will.

Learn the science and practice of Natural Meditation and experience a simple form of this meditation. Reach deeper states of meditation though correct knowledge. Such knowledge will naturally increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the full form of Natural Meditation, the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived. Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, the full form of Natural Surrender Meditation. 

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona

The Object of Knowledge – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 13-19

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13 – 14
I shall now tell you about the Object of Knowledge. With this knowledge you can attain immortality. It is the beginningless Supreme Brahman, which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent, with hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, mouths and faces everywhere, and hearing everywhere in the world. Brahman surrounds all. 

  • Brahman – Absolute God/Truth.
  • The Object of Knowledge – Brahman (Absolute God) is the object, or objective, of Knowledge.
  • Beginningless Supreme Brahman (Absolute God), which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent  That which is not non-existent constitutes the Real.

“With hands and feet everywhere.” Lord Krishna is demonstrating that all the physical-material world is surrounded by Brahman, Absolute God. Not only the senses and their powers (i.e. ears and hearing, eyes and seeing), but the ‘organs of action’ as well (i.e. hands and feet).

“Everywhere” and “surrounds.”  By specifically suggesting the physical aspects of the senses and the mind, we are being reminded that, even though what we really are is not our bodies, Brahman is behind this physical-material phenomena that we all share as human beings. Now we wonder why this is so important to know, so we look at their functions:

  • hands – doing
  • feet – going
  • eyes – seeing
  • ears – hearing
  • mouths – speaking
  • heads – thinking

The five organs of perception, the five organs of action and the brain, have become manifest in the material world from powers we already have as Divine Individuals.

You have eyes because you can see, you have hands because you can act, you have a brain because you have a mind, and you have a mind because you have the ability to be conscious.

All these physical-material aspects of our bodies have functions that they perform. They all do something: The organs of sense, perceive. The organs of action, act. The mind knows, remembers and thinks. An now we are back to the eleven senses as physical manifestations: five organs of sense, five organs of action, and the brain.

The Sanskrit is sarva (all) āvṛitya (enclosing or hiding, and turning or cycling) and tiṣhṭhati (continuing). The meaning of this is that it is Brahman, Absolute God, that is hidden to us, and is behind the continuing cycles of this phenomenon we call Life and the World. Brahman is not making this happen; it spontaneously flows from the Absolute because of our relationship with each other.

As Beings, we are all going around in circles because Absolute God is hidden from us, and yet what is hidden, is hidden because of Absolute God. So what are we to do?

The very thing we are after is hiding itself from us by its being right here — it seems illusive but it is staring us in the face.

Cosmic Form 1

15  Even though It appears as the senses, It is devoid of senses. Indifferent to everything, It maintains everything, and although devoid of gunas, It experiences the gunas. 

Alternate translation:
It perceives sense objects without any senses, is not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though free of gunas, it rules the gunas.

Put like this, what we see is self-mastery: “You perceive sense objects without their organs, you are not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though you are free of the gunas, you rule the gunas (they no longer rule you).”

  • Gunas – the three modes, or qualities, of Nature that influence us: goodness (sattva), passion (rajas) and darkness (tamas).

16  It is inside and outside of all beings, whether moving or still. It is remote and also near, and It is incomprehensible because of its subtlety.

This is also true of You. You are in your body and outside it, and even in the bodies of other beings.

  • Subtlety – ‘so delicate or precise as to be difficult to comprehend; arranged in an ingenious and elaborate way.’

17  Maintaining and pervading beings, invisible and yet abiding in beings as if divided, It is the Object of Knowledge.  

As a Being, you seem to be separate from other Beings, but the Real You is not.

  • Object of Knowledge – the object, or objective, that ought to be known: Brahman, Absolute God.

18  Just as the sun and the light of the sun are said to be beyond darkness, it is the knowledge of the Object of Knowledge that is attainable through the True Knowledge residing in the hearts of all.

What you really are knows everything.

  • Heart – hṛidi, the heart as the seat of feelings and emotions, the interior, or core, of the being.

19  Thus is described in brief, the Field, Knowledge, and the Object of Knowledge. My devotee for whom this is realized, attains My state. 

Lord Krishna concludes this string of several verses by reminding us that this knowledge is the Highest Knowledge, and if we can grasp it, it will bring us into realization of, and identity with, His state. This state is what He called in the beginning of this chapter, Immortality.

  • My state – Lord Krishna’s state of divinity as Imperishable Absolute God, Absolute Goodness.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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