My Secret Source

A secret is something that is not understood. It continues to be a secret until it is.

To my very dear followers and friends, 

This journey of two and a half years, from chapter one through chapter six of the Gita, has been very profound. It has brought me into contact with Immortal Masters, adepts who have guided the process. I have merely watched as their teachings were being written for all to see.

I am not being woo-woo when I say this. I consider these Perfected Ones, beginning with Lord Shiva, to be my Board of Directors. They have been my secret source of information and guidance. With my guru gone from this world, this Board of Directors, which includes my guru lineage, guides me through uncharted waters to the end of the cycles of rebirth.

The Board not only guides me in my own sadhana, they guide the writing of these installments on the Bhagavad Gita. Just as the blind king, Dhirtarashtra, hears this conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna conveyed through his clairvoyant minister, Samjaya, I am getting it from my Board and passing it along to you. 

What is written here is either written with them, by them, or cleared by them. They even take over my hands to the point that I am reading rather than writing as my hands move over the keyboard, sometimes revealing things I have either forgotten or only partially understood. 

The Science of Yoga

One of the difficulties people have when they try to read the Bhagavad Gita, is that they are so overwhelmed by what seems to be a complex and confusing philosophical system, that they end in throwing the book across the room and giving up. But the details are hidden in the cracks of the Sanskrit. They are unable to see these things because they have had little or no experience with yoga sadhana.

The Bhagavad Gita is a treatise on the science of Yoga—what Yoga is, how it works, how to practice it correctly, and what you’ll get for your time spent. If all you ever read is the first six chapters, you will have everything you need to learn and practice Yoga correctly and reap its rewards…if you can understand it. The remaining chapters go over these things again and again to provide different ways of seeing things, and expand and add more detail and depth. 

The Secrets of Yoga

Most of what is hidden in Yoga is ‘secret’ because of the propensity of the human mind to continue to monitor how it perceives and understands things. So no deliberate hiding is necessary anyway, for the mind will automatically see what it has been trained to see, regardless of the Truth. 

Thus is Yoga secret, hidden—just as it is hidden within you, and you don’t know it. That is what the Gita is for—to awaken you to what you already know.

The Bhagavad Gita speaks to anyone of any age or stage of life. It is not just a rambling conversation intended to express a philosophy or make more rules to follow. And it is not just an esoteric work, either. It is an exposition, revealing the truth about life, about God, about You, and about Yoga, and showing you the way to re-union with God, regardless of your religion, your path or your stage of life.

Having completed chapter six last week, next week you can look forward to getting started on chapter seven, The Yoga of Truth. And soon after, volume one, consisting of chapters 1 – 6, will be made available in PDF.

If you’d like to read some ‘outs’ from this message click here.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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VI:45-47 The Final Destination

Now we will end this chapter by hearing about the end result of successful Yoga practice. 

Continued from “From Desire to Fulfillment” (verse 44):

45
By persevering in his efforts, the mind withdrawn from anything else, he is completely purified of faults, and after many births is perfected and goes to the final destination.

“By persevering in his efforts”
Now he keeps going no matter what. This yogi knows something of what is ahead through his own experience, and will not be stopped.

“With the mind withdrawn from anything else”
The yogi is now steeped in Yoga. He thinks of nothing else. Any thought seemingly outside of it that should arise, is associated with God/Truth and his Yoga. Anything that is not, is dismissed.

“He is completely purified of faults”
These ‘faults’ are not really his, they are in the packaging, and Shakti wants to get the package to be like the Divine Individual that this yogi really is.

Shakti – Divine Energy. The intelligent, activating force of Nature.

The purification process that is going on in the body is sometimes uncomfortable, but our yogi knows what is going on, so he doesn’t fight it, but regards it as a sign of progress and happily continues his Yoga practice. 

Purification – The reordering of things to get them in their proper places, inside or outside of the body, mind and feelings. This ultimately gets one in sync with the Real Self. (See Yama and Niyama for descriptions of what this would look like). 

Purity

Because prana (Life Energy) can heal anything, it is often thought to be imprudent to avail oneself of resources considered to be unnatural. But this is unnatural—we are here on earth when we’re here, not at some other time. There are different resources available now than were available hundreds (or thousands) of years ago. Forcing oneself to endure something that might otherwise be relieved can cause more trouble from the stress it creates.

Self-Honesty

At this stage of sadhana, one really must be self-honest. Without self-honesty, mistakes will be made. Because of what is at the core of the mind (‘ego’), self-honesty is a difficult undertaking, so one must start immediately to practice it so that this skill is already developed and in place.

Sadhana – Spiritual practice. Sanskrit: The means of going straight to the goal. Mastering, cure, completion, perfection.

There is often (in any age) some difficulty determining what to do. One eventually gets the means of contacting inner guidance, but that alone isn’t always enough because of the mind’s propensity for interfering and causing mistakes to be made. Inner guidance must be more than just listening to your feelings or your mind, or confusing either with intuition. The mind will cause you more trouble than you can imagine, and feelings have their roots in the mind.

Ideally, you should consult your guru. In the event that your guru is no longer on this earth, the adepts who know their way around yoga can be called upon to advise you. If you don’t have direct contact with them they may send you dreams, in which case you will need to know how to understand dreams.

You should also consult scripture. Its purpose is to help you with this very thing. Then contemplate the yamas and niyamas to determine the correctness of your conclusions. It is also very helpful to talk with others on your path who are having similar experiences.

“After many births he is perfected and goes to the final destination”
I don’t think anyone can make it to or through this stage of sadhana without self-honesty and a whole lot of meditation experience (years). But it is very inspiring to know there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, when one is finally, successfully ‘perfected’. 

46
The yogi is superior to the ascetic, the learned, and those who are active in good works. Therefore, be a yogi!

The yogi, the ascetic, the learned, and those who do good works, are all the greatest of devotees, but in this verse the yogi is ranked the highest. The ascetic is ranked higher than the learned, and the learned higher than those engaged in good works.

For many people, asceticism is the practice of severe self-discipline, sometimes even self-mortification, and abstention from all forms of pleasure. But we learned earlier that this is not the intended message. ‘Ascetic’ was defined as “one who is self-motivated, self-disciplined, and inspired, and can be a saint, sage, seer, monk, devotee or hermit”. The learned, on the other hand, is meant as someone who knows a lot but doesn’t have the personal experience behind the knowledge that the yogi and the ascetic have. 

47
Of all yogis, one who loves Me with faith and considers Me as in himself and himself in Me, is united with Me, and is the highest of all.

This verse speaks for itself.

End of Chapter Six
The Yoga of Meditation

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
durgama.com

 

VI:44 From Failure to Success

Desire, which is an affirmation of lack, ends with fulfillment. This happy state is had when and to the degree one ignores desires and turns everything over to Absolute God/Truth. This works because in That, fulfillment is already complete, and what we surrender to is what we get.  

Continued from “The Wonders of Failure” (verses 40-43): 

44
Thus, without will, he is carried onward by prior practice. Just by wanting to know Yoga, he transcends Word-Brahman.

“Without will, he is carried onward by prior practice
With his arrival in a new body, the yogi is automatically carried forward by prior practice—he doesn’t have to try to make it so, it is going to happen even if he thinks he is aiming at something else.

The Sanskrit word for ‘without will’ tells us how it happens that he finds the path to which he is drawn: the non-willful path. The word for ‘without will’ also means ‘without desire’. It is through surrender to the Divine Beloved that one becomes desireless. Desirelessness is a natural effect of fulfillment. Through surrender to God/Truth one is fulfilled and desire no longer has a place. 

Desireless = Fulfilled

The Sanskrit for ‘prior’ also means ‘eastern’. The Eastern path is the path of the will, which is where our ‘fallen yogi’ has arrived from. 

The Eastern path is every adult’s prior path. We learn how to use our will throughout childhood. In adulthood we can continue in this manner indefinitely, or we can at some point, choose the path that is “without will”, the Western path.

It is this non-willful path that our yogi has been drawn to. He has had enough of willful practices and their repercussions, and has tasted the honey of surrender and recognizes it as his own. 

“Just by wanting to know Yoga, he transcends Word-Brahman”
Word-Brahman refers to the Vedas, but the word veda also covers any authentic scripture or written text on God/Truth and the means of reaching It. Like many written
spiritual or religious texts, the Vedas read as willful, and our yogi has now transcended this. 

  • The Sanskrit for ‘transcend’ means ‘to pass beyond, surpass, get over, overcome’. Broken into its parts it means ‘beyond’ + ‘turning, revolving’—to get beyond the willful path, beyond the path of going around in circles.
  • The Sanskrit for ‘word’ also means ‘sound, voice, speech, the sacred syllable Om, and oral tradition’.
  • Brahman is Absolute God/Absolute Truth.

Getting Beyond Word-Brahman

Getting beyond the need for explanations of God in words, because now you know God directly.

The Vedas are also called Brahman, God, just as the Bible is God, or the Word, or the Word of God. So we can see there may be more than one interpretation of Word-Brahman.

  • Scriptures, written or spoken
  • The Vedas
  • The sound of God (OM, Amen)
  • Oral tradition

To go beyond the scriptures means that one has had enough experience of yoga (union) to get beyond the literal words they contain to deeper understanding.

To go beyond the Vedas means the same thing, but is also a reference to getting beyond the many rituals and laws of the Vedas to the ‘ritual actions’ (kriyas) of spontaneous, non-willful sadhana.

Sadhana – Spiritual practice. Sanskrit: The means of going straight to the goal. Mastering, cure, completion, perfection.

To go beyond the sound of God, is to get beyond the nada, sound heard directly in meditation, to later stages of sadhana and union with The Absolute (asamprajnata samadhi).

To go beyond oral tradition means that one has received the mysteries, which are only imparted orally by the teacher (guru).

So our yogi has transcended resorting to Vedic rituals for the purpose of obtaining their fruits (fulfilling desires). He has gone beyond the recitation of sacred texts considered to be Brahman. (The primary means of accessing these texts in earlier times was memorization and recitation). Having gone beyond them, he is a knower of them, and because of his advanced state, he also understands them and their hidden meanings through his own experience obtained through yoga practice.

His love for Yoga, which has been reawakened in him, carries him onward towards successfully completing Yoga and attaining liberation and perfection.

Surrender Meditation

Spontaneous, experiential meditation.

This chapter is called The Yoga of Meditation, so this yogi’s practice of Yoga is the practice of meditation. But why meditation rather than other Yoga practices?

Because the yogi is sincerely pursuing union with God/Truth and the freedom of moksha, liberation, he is subject to the forces of accelerated evolution (kundalini). Evolution involves change, change that is deeper and more profound than the changes we make in ourselves and in our lives as normal human beings.

This powerful force often produces effects not sanctioned by society in general. The yogi, being sensitive to the First Principle of Yoga (harmlessness) does not allow these effects to take place among the uninitiated. Instead, he establishes a meditation practice for this purpose. This is his sadhana.

Within the context of his sadhana, other practices of Yoga may also arise spontaneously (‘without will’). Because he is changed by the process, and because he is completely free during this time he has set aside, he slowly finds his way to union (yoga) with God and the true freedom of moksha.

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