Kripalu’s Song

Kripalu9Swami Kripalu

In the whole of my life You are the Master alone.
How can I give You this body mind I don’t own?
From the very beginning this whole Life is Thine.
How could I be such a fool to call it mine?

Where ever I look I see Your beautiful face
So how can I ask for Your darshan’s1 Grace?
Not for a moment am I separate from Thee
So then how can I do Yoga Lord, please tell me?

My image is only a thought in Your mind
So how can I install any idol of Thine?
The play of illusion is Your blessed Grace
So how can I reach its end in that case?

The core of my heart is really Your sitar,2
So how can my fingers ever reach it there?
You are the speaker and the listener, too;
How then can I ever speak in praise of You?

Master, all of creation is Yours alone
So how can I ever act on my own?
When step by step my will is defeated by You,
Then how can I win You O Kripalu3?

In the whole of my life You are the Master alone.
How can I give You this body mind I don’t own?
From the very beginning this whole Life is Thine.
How could I be such a fool to call it mine?



1 Darshan – The grace bestowed by being in the visible presence (darshana) of the guru. The grace of direct perception of God.

2 A sitar is an Indian stringed musical instrument.

3 Kripalu, ‘compassionate, giver of Grace.’


Durga Ma

2 thoughts on “Kripalu’s Song

  1. Arthur

    Dear Durga Ma,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to provide such a detailed response. I have a strong desire to understand the truth, but even greater than that is my desire to directly experience the Truth. So many people speak about god, but only as an idea, concept, or belief. My heart can never be content with such. Kripalu’s Song inspires such love, for in reading it, my being cries out to know the Absolute in such a way that I too will sing:

    “Not for a moment am I separate from Thee
    So then how can I do Yoga Lord, please tell me?”

    Thank you again.

    With love,


  2. Questions inspired by this post from Arthur, sent to be by email:

    ARTHUR: First, I still have some confusion concerning free will. While I understand that I can choose any available option apparent to me, if I investigate this further through contemplation, I come to the same conclusion, which is that free will is ultimately an illusion.

    DURGA MA: Free will, the power of choice, is your inherent fundamental power as a divine individual. Exercising this power is another matter altogether.

    ARTHUR: Every choice is traced back to a thought, which in turn is traced back to a spontaneous appearing which I did not “choose.”

    DURGA MA: Yes, you did choose it when you first exercised your ability to know. Even though there was no “mind” to “think” of it as a choice, you chose to know. This is what the story of Adam and Eve eating that apple is all about.

    In this life, most all of our choices are not traced at all; we don’t even know we’re making them, but we are. We are just not conscious of doing so. The operative word here is “conscious.”

    ARTHUR: I could say that it is ultimately the true self, the divine, that is choosing, but then I would need to disregard the idea that the ego (the self made of thought) is capable of choosing anything on its own. Can you help bring some clarity to this issue?

    DURGA MA: Although I get into all this at Intensives, here’s the short version: The core of the “ego” IS the true Self. The “ego” is not made of anything, not even thought. By my definition, thoughts are really things in our memory banks gathered by the senses; we use these thoughts to “think” and figure things out, to reason, etc. Ego (ahamkara = I-doer) is simply the Self in a state of misconceiving that IT is what is doing everything. This is what is meant by “original sin” (sin = ‘to miss the mark’).

    ARTHUR: My second question is regarding Surrender Meditation and the “divine body.” If I am not my body, why would I be concerned if it continues or not?

    DURGA MA: You wouldn’t. I’m not.

    ARTHUR: My final question is also concerning Surrender Meditation. I know you said that the aspirant must surrender to the other-than divine, but from “Kripalu’s Song”, it seems that the ultimate realization is that there is no separation, no duality. Is this correct?

    DURGA MA: (Not the other-than-divine, but other-than-self—surrendering to one’s self is not possible; who would be surrendering to whom?.)

    Yes, this is correct. It is true that separation is an illusion. The sense of self as the doer (“ego”) causes this sense of separation, which is at the very heart of duality and maya. The purpose of sadhana is to sweep away what lies between our realization of our oneness with God by surrendering to that which we wish to attain—God, Truth, Reality—and before you ask, yes, it is already attained, but from a human perspective, it is not; we are unable to “see” this reality precisely because we are human: we are embodied, we believe ourselves to be bodies, minds, etc. We may come to understand and even believe that we know better, but until one experiences this directly in samadhi, it is just knowledge.

    ARTHUR: And if so, is there a point at which the aspirant no longer needs to continue Surrender Mediation (union is complete)?

    DURGA MA: Yes.

    Arthur, you think about these things, and you have excellent questions. So I’m going to pull a fast one on you: I’m going to put this on the Mystical Tidbits blog site. In the future, I hope you will ask your questions and share your thoughts on that site. I check in there often and I do respond. I feel like we are cheating other readers by keeping all this to ourselves.

    Bless you,
    Durga Ma


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