III:13 Leftovers for Saints

Those who absorb the remainder of the sacrifice overcome karma and approach immortality. In this way, Kundalini Shakti, the divine alchemist, transmutes the base into gold—the human you matches the Real You and cheats death. 

Behold, I show you a mystery:  We shall not all sleep, but all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, for the trumpet shall sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible and we will be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.” O death, where is thy sting?  O grave, where is thy victory?

— Paul, I Corinthians 51-55

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 3, VERSE 13

REMINDER: My own path of surrender sadhana is strongly reflected in my commentary on these verses, but it is certainly not the only valid perspective. So if your orientation is other than this, you can draw your own conclusions accordingly, with my blessings.

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Saints, those who eat the remainder of the sacrifice, get relief from their sins, but the wicked, who act for their own sakes, eat their own sin.

  • “Saints” — Sanskrit, santas – virtuous, good, righteous, true.
  • “Sin” — ‘to miss the mark’. Sanskrit, kilbiṣa – fault, offense, sin, guilt, injustice, injury. Acting out of sync with what one really is (divine) is the native sin ‘original (native) sin’ of mortals.
  • “Sacrifice” — Action for which one has no attachment to being the doer of it, or to its results.

Alternate translation:
Consuming the remnants of the sacrifice, the good are rid of their impurities. But those who eat for their own sakes, ingest their own impurities. 

So, if we are to be ‘good’, we consume the left-overs of a sacrifice? And this will release us from our sins, our karma? And those who do not do this, are wicked? What does it mean that they eat their own sin?

Having sacrificed and accepted the remains of the sacrifice, you consume only what is pure. Otherwise, what you ingest is still in its impure* state. This is another way of saying that by surrendering yourself to God in meditation, what you get is purity. Divine Shakti rids you of impurities, leaving you with the remains of the process which are pure.

* Impure - Corrupt. Something that is out of place. Dust dulling the gleam of a golden object is not bad or evil, it is just out of place and the glory of the gold is hidden.

When in the seclusion of your own meditation room you surrender yourself to God, Shakti activates spontaneous actions (kriyas) for the purpose of purification. The ‘impurities’ that you carry are due to errors of the past. Your surrender to Divine Perfection allows for the release of these impurities of body, feelings and mind, leaving only what is pure,* the ‘remainder of the sacrifice’ which, under the influence of Shakti, is consumed. This is the basis for the custom of ritual offerings of food to deities and accepting the prasadam (‘the remainder’) after it has been offered.

* Pure - Incorruptible. The alchemy of transformation in the hands of kundalini-shakti sweeps away the dust to reveal the glory of the pure gold.

Purification is the reordering things to their natural state of divine order (ritam). In Surrender Meditation, what is not eliminated or burned (tapas) by this process, is prasadam. This remainder is therefore pure and is consumed by the body.

Human Sacrifice – The Sacrifice of Surrender

Sacrifice, as we have come to understand it in these verses, is synonymous with surrender sadhana. Surrendering yourself to the Divine in meditation allows for the purification* process to take place. In Surrender Meditation you are a ‘human sacrifice’—the human is sacrificed to the Divine. Only you as a human mortal can make this sacrifice. This is why you are here—the you that you really are is already perfect. Surrender sadhana is for the purpose of getting the human you to be like the divine, already perfect you, your ‘offering’ transmuted into pure ‘gold’.

Only Perfection Can Effect Perfection

While we are here, we have this opportunity to make genuine evolutionary progress. This progress affects seven generations before us, and seven generations after us, and affects the world and everything in it and on it. The body is not only a part of surrender sadhana, it is instrumental.

* Purification. There is nothing wrong with pepper, but when it is in the salt shaker, it is out of place. The process of purification removes the pepper from the salt shaker to leave the salt in its pure state. This process of returning things to their natural, divine order (ritam) is the Divine Alchemy brought about by Kundalini-shakti.

“The wicked*, who act for their own sakes, eat their own sin”

If on the other hand, if you do not surrender but are meditating for a purpose of your own, you remain polluted with errors and imperfections. They will remain with you no matter how much you meditate, fast, or try to rid yourself of them in other ways. Only the most superficial of impurities can be removed by the use of the will (control).

*The wicked - Sinful, dangerous, impure, suffering. The lot of self-motivated action.

So now we see what all the talk about action and non-attachment has been all about. And we are not done with it yet, if you can imagine any more can possibly be said about it.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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2 thoughts on “III:13 Leftovers for Saints

  1. Galen

    That gap between mindfulness and action; all hell can break out. From what I have learned here is the process of lessening that gap where mindfulness and action are one, we are not the doer and as I give thought to this concept I lessen this gap.

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