Protector of the Path – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 18-19

“I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin. I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 18-19

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I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin.

Alternate translation:
I am the path of Action, the protector of its preservation, and the ability to traverse it. I am the ability to perceive, observe and notice. I am house and home, the safe haven, and I am the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death and staying, the three phases of Action, and the seed of imperishability in the northern quarter.

The three phases of actionpuraka, rechaka and kumbhaka, refer to intensified prana, (Life Energy), the freeing of prana, and the natural concentration and cessation of the movement of prana as discussed in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

The power of sight is the ability to know another (i.e., “the good-hearted friend and ally”). The ability to see is dependent on there being something to see, to know, something other than the one who sees.

Vishnu and Lakshmi, Life Maintained
Vishnu and Lakshmi, Life Maintained

The Sanskrit for the path of Action is also ‘the way of motion, movement and the manner of movement’, and is also the state or condition of happiness, excellence, goodness and beneficence. The way of the path of Action is the path of Happiness and all good things that come to one practicing this path.

This path is being protected and preserved by God through Lord Krishna, avatara of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer and maintainer of life. And it is God that sees you through this journey according to your wish. (God does not interfere with your power of choice. It is up to you. Your options are death and rebirth, or immortality.)

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Vishnu, Sustainer of Life

There is a place where the potential for immortality (amrita) is located in the human body. This “seed of imperishability” is in “the northern quarter”: the pineal gland in the brain. This chapter is telling us the means of bringing forth this amrita so that we can reach immortality.

What you really are is already eternal, unborn and perfect, so we are not talking about your ‘soul’ or your ‘spirit’ or the ‘real you’, but your divine form as the template for your divine immortal body. The release of amrita directs transformation based on the template, the ananda-kosha (bliss-body), which is associated with the fifth chakra, the vishuddha, meaning ‘completely purified’. In other words, when purity is attained, transformation can begin.

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Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth

In verse 16 Lord Krishna described the practice of this secret yoga. In verse 17 He describes Himself as the progenitor, or origin of life. In the second sentence he describes Himself as the means of purification for the living. In verse 18 He is the path to the Highest Goal and its protector and your’s, and goes on to say that He is death and birth, and the Imperishable Absolute.

By taking this path, one automatically comes under the protection of God. There is no one who does not have the ability to traverse and complete this path.   

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I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.

I consume by fire
I consume by fire

Alternate translation:
I purify by consuming fire, and by withholding and releasing the rain. I am immortality, disease, death and dying, the 
Real and the unreal, the good and the bad, existence and non-existence, action and inaction, right and wrong, and I am Truth and the one who seeks It.

Consuming by fire, and withholding and releasing the rain, are the two forms of purification. The fire (energy) is prana, the warming Life Energy that burns away impurities. The rain is the cooling Life Energy of apana which purifies by elimination.

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I withhold and release the rain

When prana and apana become united in the body (kundalini), fire functions as the purifying agent in the body as a whole. The body can become incredibly hot at this point. The rain is the cooling energy in the body, but here, in Raja Yoga, rain refers to soma, the ‘moon-juice’ of the pineal gland. It is withheld until sufficient purification has been reached, at which time it becomes amrita, the nectar of immortality. The amrita is released into the body to direct the transformation process at a cellular level. At this point, the yogi is on his or her way to the Imperishable Absolute.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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Origin and Transformation – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 17

“Of all Life I am the origin, the father, the mother and the ancestors. I am the means of purification, sacred knowledge, the sacred syllable OM, mantras, songs and rituals.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verse 17 

Stop and think about what in all life is the father and mother, the cause of life, and the ancestors. Then think about how this relates to a means of purification, sacred knowledge, the sound of Om, mantras, songs and rituals. 

Thought it over? Now read this version of the same verse, also from the Sanskrit:

Alternate translation:
I am the bestower of life, the mother, the father and those who came before them, the ancestors. I am the means of purification in sacred knowledge and the sacred sound of creation, OM, in mantras, hymns and sacred practices.

Self and other-than self bestows life, yours and the lives of the ancestors who came before you, and live in you as genetic information (DNA). Connected with this is purification, the reordering of this information to get things where they belong or destroy them. This process is instigated and carried out by the Divine Goddess, Kundalini-Shakti and Prana acting as one. 

Origin

The vibrations of the sound of OM form the mantras (repetitive sounds), hymns (tone and rhythm) in rituals (practices) that effect this purification. This is known in sacred wisdom passed down through lineages of teachers.OMkara, the sounding of OM

  • OM (omkara, OM-doing) – the origin of creation, the sounding of OM.

Sound is the effect of vibration, so you could say that to hear the sound of OM would be to hear the vibrations of Creation. We don’t hear this sound with our ears because these sound-vibrations are too subtle. Or to put it another way, we do hear it—we hear it all the time, but we can’t separate it from all the other sounds in our world, including our own electrical substations in the brain. However, it can be heard clearly and distinctly in meditation because, in that state, one is not dependent on the ears to hear.

OMkara is the sounding of OM, the power of hearing and the ability to speak.

Anything perceptible as sound is so because of OMkara, the sound of OM. All sounds have their source in OMkara as variations (tones) or mutations (noise).

You and Other-than-You
(Purusha and Prakriti)

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Akasha (ether > perception by hearing) initiates air (atmosphere > perception by sight), which initiates fire (energy > perception by touch), which initiates water (fluid substance > perception by taste), which initiates earth (material substance > perception by smell).

Transformation

Hearing, seeing, and feeling the blissful sound of OM in meditation marks the beginning of transformation. This process is slowed down by three things:

Attachments to the things of this world, to your own body or anything about it, to people, to being liked, to getting or holding on to things, to responsibilities, to  trying to do the right thing, to chasing desires, etc.

Resistance to change (even unknowingly), self-doubt, non-conducive conditions, the lack of privacy and peace, and other limiting situations in life that cause one to resist, doubt and misunderstand what is really going on.

Misunderstanding what is happening. If one gets to this point, another stage will begin in which changes are being made at a deeper level, in the DNA. During this time, some, but not all, glitches will surface as they are being worked out. Misinterpreting these events can cause self-doubt—Gee, what’s wrong with me!? I must not be fit for Yoga. I should probably quit. But this is not a good place to try to get off the bus. If you do, you may get stuck with glitches that were in the midst of being corrected!     

It is because of these obstacles that earlier chapters had much to say about ‘faith’. Faith is especially needed during these phases. Even if faith is only pretended (one must do what one must). The use of pretending to yourself to have faith (consciously, of course) is amazingly effective. I speak from experience.

Because of so much emphasis on Truth, and speaking only the truth, we sometimes get so serious that we forget the magic of childhood when pretend was not telling a lie, but was a form of play. Some say that the task of childhood is survival, but I disagree. I believe that the only task that should be expected of a child is play. Children are closer to our natural state of happiness than we are, and they engage in pretending all the time. We should all take a lesson from them. Imagination will keep the mind flexible. A mind that is not flexible is neither strong nor bright.

One must be like a little child to enter the kingdom of heaven.

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Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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The Means of Reaching God is God – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 16

God: “I am the ritual, the sacrifice, the holder, the medicine, the mantra, and the purified butter. I am the sacrificial fire, and I am the oblation.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verse 16

Previously Lord Krishna said that when He assumes human form as an avatara, the ignorant and deluded despise or disregard Him, even though His highest state of existence is unborn Absolute God. However, those who have attained Him know Him to be the embodiment of the Imperishable Absolute. 

He goes on to say that it is He who is the entire process of reaching this state—the means of reaching God is God: God is the ritual, the sacrifice, the holder, the medicine, the mantra, the purified butter, the sacrificial fire, and the oblation:The Ritual

The Ritual
The enjoined action

The ritual is the practice of the knowledge we have been receiving: the secret Yoga. He gave us this knowledge and now he is telling us how this yoga unfolds by describing it in terms of action, the basis of which is…

The Sacrifice
The surrender of oneself to God

In the context of ritual (practice), the sacrifice is the full surrender of oneself to Absolute God. To make this easier for us mortals, Lord Krishna has declared Himself to be an avatara, a physical embodiment of the Absolute, giving us a place to begin that is more personal and more comprehensible: We can surrender ourselves to Krishna knowing that He is That: God, Guru, Absolute God, to whom we surrender. 


The HolderThe Holder

The holder of the vessel

The holder is you. You hold the vessel of the sacrificial offering. In an earlier chapter we learned that “one lifts the self by the self.” No one can surrender for us. And because we are mortal and will not achieve the Ultimate in an instant, we must continue this practice unceasingly. It is enjoined, it is our duty before all other duties.

The Medicine
The perfecting power of the ritual

This continually repeated practice purifies, cleanses and clears the body, feelings and mind. It is the medicinal herb to the one who practices this ritual sacrifice.

The Mantra
Spontaneous repetition of sounds heard and expressed during the ritual

The repetition of mantra occurs as a spontaneous effect of the ritual (practice), so it is a part of it. Mantra not only keeps the mind on God, but the repetition of the sacred syllables of the mantra and their vibrational effects clear the mind and swiftly dissolve the debris. 

The Purified Butter
The remainder after purification

Impurities are burned away through the process of the ritual bringing about tapas (heat). The ‘butter’ is melted down, separating the pure from the impure. The impurities are discarded, leaving only what is pure.


The Sacrificial FireThe Sacrificial Fire
The awakening of Kundalini

Fire is energy. The ‘sacrificial fire’ is the intensification of the Life Energy, prana, so that it becomes strong and can awaken kundalini, the evolutionary force. The sacrificial fire accelerates kundalini’s mission to evolve you to the perfect, divine one that you really are.

The Oblation
The offering

The oblation is what you offer into this fire: yourself.

Now try reading this verse again: “I am the ritual, the sacrifice, the holder, the medicine, the mantra, and the purified butter. I am the sacrificial fire, and I am the oblation.” This describes the process of Experiential (Surrender) Meditation: It’s all about YOU — God, the practice and you are one and the same, so success is inevitable.

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