53 When you stop relying on beliefs you can experience God.

Disregarding ritual-centered doctrines (belief-systems), when your intelligence (buddhi) stands unmoving in deep meditation (samadhi), you will attain union (yoga). — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Vs 53

Alternate translations:

Free of the conflicting opinions concerning ritual-centered doctrines, the motionless mind can enter into samadhi and become established in yoga. 

When conflicting belief systems are discarded and the mind remains unmoving in samadhi, you have attained yoga.

It is not enough to read and study, to listen to guru’s teachings, or even to believe your own experience. All three must agree. Until that time, one resorts to faith and determination.

A belief is a mental construct of absolute certainty about something. There is only one exception to this.

Belief is a feature of the mind in which there is certainty of the truth about something, whether it is true or not. The mind is active when it is engaged in sorting out discrepancies among belief systems, but samadhi can only be attained when the mind is inactive. The mind is made motionless through union (yoga). Union begins with the union of prana and apana. The highest union is the union of you with God/Truth.

Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind-stuff
— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras

Samadhi and Yoga.

The words samadhi and yoga are nearly synonymous. Yoga means ‘yoking together’. Samadhi means ‘combining together into a whole’.

Both samadhi and yoga refer to union with the Absolute, but for this to take place, there must first be union of the sun and the moon (ha-tha yoga). The sun and moon, prana and apana, which keep the body alive, unite at the first chakra, and kundalini, the evolutionary force, is awakened. We get to this by …

Disregarding ritual-centered doctrines (beliefs).”

Krishna might just as well have said, “Arjuna, just take my word for it and save yourself the trouble. I am, after all, God incarnate.”

A doctrine is a set of beliefs based on certain ideals and taught as principles that, when acted upon, bring about specific outcomes. In other words, a doctrine is a belief system; acting on it is a technique, or ‘ritual’. We are being asked to abandon both to attain yoga samadhi.

The only exception to ‘belief’ as a mental construct is the memory of God/Truth experienced directly.

Our attention is being called to notice that belief systems keep the mind busy and consequently prevent Divine Union. Belief-systems (‘doctrines’) require techniques (‘rituals’) for the purpose of getting something to be a certain way. This is what a technique is for. This is its sole purpose. But now we understand that what will get us to samadhi yoga requires that we abandon this approach.

Where religion and spirituality are concerned, doctrines are numerous and are not in complete agreement. Constantly fretting over these discrepancies keeps the mind active, as the intelligence is constantly being asked to take up the business of sorting all this out. But keeping the mind busy is the very thing that prevents us from experiencing God for ourselves. For this reason, the disciple relies on guru and saves him/herself the trouble (Krishna is Arjuna’s guru).

Truth can only be reached through union with Truth.

“When your intelligence (buddhi) stands unmoving in deep meditation (samadhi), you will attain union (yoga).

Divine Union is where we are all headed. We are all going to get there eventually, but some of us are ready to stop walking and fly. We all have a choice: we can not bother with any of this, or we can try to make it happen, or we can acquiesce to It through surrender to the Divine.

The difficulty with the last option is that we don’t know how to let go of trying to control everything. We are trained to control things, to make things happen. We don’t know otherwise because it is not our norm. We have experienced little pieces of letting go, but how do we improve our ability to let go, to surrender, to acquiesce without ending up getting into trouble? The answer is simple: we practice it. I think of this as “the road less travelled”, for few are those who take it. I call it, Surrender Meditation.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma

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2 thoughts on “53 When you stop relying on beliefs you can experience God.

  1. Galen

    First I will reply seriously: Thank you Durga Ma.
    Now you shall get a taste of my humor. Are you sitting down?
    “If I outrun my intelligence and stop far in advance will my intelligence cease to move or I’m I yoking myself? Funny stuff huh?


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