What You Really Are Does Nothing – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 9-10

“And these actions do not bind Me, Conquerer of Wealth, for I am like one sitting apart, unattached to these actions. I observe Prakriti flawlessly creating all moving and nonmoving things spontaneously. From this cause, the world turns.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 9-10

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And these actions do not bind Me, Conquerer of Wealth, for I am like one sitting apart, unattached to these actions.

“And” – He is continuing from the previous verses.

In saying that He is not attached to these actions, Lord Krishna is saying that He is not identified with the actions of Creation as His own, even though Creation goes out from Him. 

Again our attention is drawn to the idea that action causes bondage when we assume the role of the actor, the doer of the action, but does not cause bondage when we do not. This isn’t a mental idea, or an attempt at denial, but a self-known Reality: What we really are does nothing. This is exactly what Lord Krishna is talking about as it applies not only to Himself, but to us.

When in surrender yoga one experiences action, one comes to realize that this action is not done by oneself, but by nature (prakriti). It is the very nature of nature to move, urged into action by Shakti, Divine Goddess, instigator of all action. When in Experiential (Surrender) Meditation one does not suppress the urge to move, the body, which is a part of nature, will move. Correctly understanding this, no karma is incurred. In this way, surrender yoga frees one from the bondage of karma, liberating one from the cycles of death and rebirth.

The nature of nature is to move.

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I observe Prakriti flawlessly creating all moving and nonmoving things spontaneously. From this cause, the world turns.

The world turns, the universe turns, the cosmos revolves, cycling through the ages, coming into being again and again. Stars die, and stars are born. Everything comes and goes.

Here, the Sanskrit word for ‘creating’ also indicates soma, the precursor of amrita, the nectar of immortality, implying that immortality is inherently present in all of us. 

We are all divine individuals who are never born and never die, abiding in the bodies of the beings that we now experience as ourselves, and which come and go. But it is the being that goes through these changes, not our real Selves—our immortality is absolute and cannot be changed. This is Lord Krishna’s Reality. With this teaching, He teaches us something that we already know but have forgotten.

Alternate translation:
Prakriti produces both the animate and inanimate spontaneously (without will), effortlessly and without error, as I watch. Thus the cycle of Life revolves.

“Effortlessly…as I watch”
So Prakriti, another Divine Individual, is also not bound by these actions. As far as that Individual is concerned, you are Prakriti and she is Purusha. So Prakriti is in the same position of not-doing-anything for all this creation come to be, effortlessly and without error, as You watch.

You are Purusha, the seer. Prakriti, seen by you, is the cause (but not the willful maker) of creation, nature. This is the source of Personal God, God as other than self.

Prakriti Creates

Sarasvati, Goddess of Music and Learning. It is Her music that does it.
Sarasvati, Goddess of Music and Learning. It is Her Music that Creates the World.

Is it any wonder that liberation is so difficult to attain? Somewhere deep inside, we know that all this is going to end…someday. But we are identified with “all this”, and we are identified with our physical bodies which are a part of it.

We tell ourselves that we are not afraid to die. We can say this and mean it because, deep inside, we know (without knowing that we know it) that what we really are cannot die. But our bodies are afraid of death. They are built to put survival first and we are identified with them. In order to handle this dichotomy we resort to our minds and tell ourselves what to believe and what not to believe.

Thus we live self-deceived, shunning the liberation we came here to obtain as we chase after the fluff of illusion, trying to make ourselves feel good, look good, be liked, do the right thing. We know deep inside what will happen if we seriously take this road to Truth. We will become disinterested in the fluff and lose the approval of others because we will become unable to keep up appearances and play the game any more.

It is not a matter of trying. It just happens when you begin to change inside. Not seeing yourself as a doer of action, the ego begins to dry up. You begin to hear the thoughts of others, and now you are living a different mystery. Nothing of your previous ‘reality’ makes sense anymore. It’s not that you disapprove or are unwilling to participate, it is a matter of familiarity—familiarity is gone and you don’t know how to do that anymore. So you don’t. This describes what in earlier chapters was called “indifference”, which is said to be the key to liberation. It is a journey for the brave rebel with an adventurous spirit.      

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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Purusha and Prakriti – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 8

Bhagavad Gita, chapter 9, verse 8:
“Relying on My own Prakṛti, I spontaneously send forth this entire multitude of beings again and again, according to Her wish.”

From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth
From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth

Creation is not done by Krishna—He has already identified Himself as actionless and Absolute—but comes about because of Him … and His Prakṛiti.

Purusha and Prakriti

  • Puruṣha – Masculine. The divine individual with a view-point.
  • Prakṛiti – Feminine. Another divine individual when viewed by Purusha. (When viewed, this other divine individual appears as nature, so the word prakṛiti is often used to mean ‘nature’.)

Prakriti is the Divine Mother, the Creator and Divine Other-Than-You. She is Shakti, the impeller of action, and Divine Energy, the sustainer of life in your body also known as Prana. She is Kundalini, the accelerated and intensified evolutionary force in your body. She is the mother, the nurturer, and the destroyer of obstacles to your liberation, fulfillment and eternal happiness. She is the Divine Goddess. You wouldn’t be here without Her.

  • Relying on Prakṛiti  leaning, resting or depending on Prakṛiti
  • According to Her wish – spontaneously and not against the will, wish or pleasure of Prakṛiti

As a divine individual in the Absolute, Krishna’s original state, the first Other known to Him is His Prakṛiti. 

This original knowledge of Otherness is the cause, or source, of Creation. In this way, Krishna is the source of all beings but does not create them by his will. It is because of His Prakṛiti that creation occurs spontaneously. 

There is Krishna and Prakṛiti; there is You and Other-than-You. Creation relies on Self and Other than Self, and because there are two, Creation is of a dualistic nature. Consider Noah saving all those pairs in his ark in order to preserve Life.

Krishna has previously identified Himself as Absolute, so His state, or condition, is actually Highest Purusha. He has taken the whole journey and is fully conscious and accepting of all others, of all that is. But He is still Prakriti to Arjuna (and to us) until we have reached this same state. So he is reminding Arjuna of what he (and we) can achieve through yoga practice because of its consistency with the Truth of the way things really are.

Purusha and Prakriti, Adam and Eve, masculine and feminine, the one who sees and the one who is who is seen, You and Other-than-you.

So now we have put the pieces together, and it all comes down to Purusha (the Real You with a viewpoint) and Prakriti (Divine Otherness which you ‘view’). But Lord Krishna has told us this before. Is He repeating it so we might finally get the message this time? Or is He repeating it to present something new?

We must not lose track of the fact that this entire chapter is about this mysterious Highest Secret, and remember that a secret can easily be something we already know but do not realize for what it is. So we can think on this with the help of the previous post, The Secret of Yoga.

Until next time…

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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The Secret of Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 7

Bhagavad Gita, chapter 9, verse 7:
All beings go into My prakṛiti at the end of a kalpa. At the beginning of a kalpa, I send them forth. 

All beings go into the same state (prakriti) as Lord Krishna at the end of a kalpa. The end of a kalpa could be death. This is in keeping with previous verses, but may also mean something else as well.

If we consider the subject of this chapter, The Yoga of the Royal Secret Science, we must consider this verse in that context and take a look at “prakriti” and “kalpa” with new eyes.

Prakṛti

The original or natural condition of anything; cause, original source, origin, nature, characteristic.

All beings go into their original state, which is the same as Lord Krishna’s state, at the end of a kalpa. Beings, on the other hand, are on the merry-go-round of life and death and are not in Krishna’s state. But He is saying that they go into their original state “at the end of a kalpa.” 

Kalpa

A sacred precept, law, rule or practice. A rule or practice to be observed before any other as one’s first duty. Resolve, determination. Treatment of sickness, manner of curing; the art of medicine. A fabulous period of time  (‘fabulous’ also means ‘wonderful’). A kind of dance. The tree of paradise.

Kalpa is usually translated as ‘a fabulous period of time’. It was used this way earlier in “The Day and Night of Brahma” in reference to the cycle of Ages. At a personal level, and associated with one’s yoga practice, a kalpa is a time period that is small by comparison. Just as the cycle of Ages gradually moves from the iron age to the golden age, so does the yogi experience this microcosmically in his yoga practice. 

kalpa experientially reveals how yoga unfolds as it brings one into this state. For one whose practice is the first duty before any other, a kalpa reveals this knowledge, is healing, and through purification the body becomes a ‘tree of paradise’. 

We must remember that this verse is a continuation of the subject of the Highest Secret, and begin to contemplate it. Here is one way to look at it:

Swami Kripalu, in the dance of surrender, Experiential Meditation
Swami Kripalu in the dance of Surrender Experiential Meditation

All beings go into their original state at the end of a kalpa.

kalpa is a period of time in which, by following one’s first duty to practice yoga constantly with determination, God/Truth is revealed at its culmination, and fulfillment is attained.

This practice, which is a kind of dance, brings about healing, acts as preventative medicine and purifies the body.

Through its repeated practice, the body ultimately becomes a tree of paradise. 

The Secret

The secret of yoga is a practice that brings about all the good things mentioned earlier: it is pleasant, easy to practice and always at hand. It is secret because it is obvious but not understood. In a word, it is Sacrifice, the complete surrender of oneself to God. Through this surrender, all these things come about automatically.

You get what you surrender to.

You may think that you know what surrender is. You may think of it as throwing in the towel, loosing control, even failure. Or you may think of it as letting go, going with the flow, kicking back and relaxing. But these ideas are short of the mark. True surrender as it is meant here, is surrender only to Absolute God, abandoning the role of the doer of actions, and letting God run everything—your body, your mind, your feelings, your personality, your attachments, desires, preconceived ideas, etc.

The secret to successful spiritual practice by any name, is this complete surrender to God. This is a spiritual practice, not an attitude or a belief. It is not practiced in public or in group meditations. It is radical. It is private, secret, hidden. This is because you are not perfect until you are perfect: realigned to the Divine One that you really are. Until then you protect yourself from the imperfections of others, and others from your imperfections. 

This true Surrender is Real Yoga. It naturally and effortlessly brings about the true meditative state (samadhi), union with the Absolute, and liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth. 

All mystical texts have two things in common, one of which is the cloaking of this secret in willful terms. You will not find these teachings on Surrender in other translations.

Why am I revealing this secret now? Because I am guided to do so by those immortal masters I call my Board of Directors, and because Yogeshwar told me to bring back the worship of the Goddess. The masters of this lineage understood the Divine Power of the Feminine, for it is She who initiates this journey. 

I may at some point write more on this subject. Meanwhile, to learn more about this exquisite practice, read Real SurrenderTo get it straight from the horse’s mouth, take the Shaktipat Intensive below.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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