You and God are One. If you think I’m just pulling your leg, surrender yourself to God and find out…
God is the offering, God is the oblation poured out by God into the sacrificial God-fire. By this God-action, God-samadhi is attained.
God — Truth, Spirit, The Divine, The Absolute, The Ultimate, Guru, The True Self, the Real You…
Samadhi — A blissful state of equanimity that is accomplished through union (yoga).
Now, if you are wondering how samadhi can ever happen to you, remember this verse and you will come to see that it is so simple that it vexes the mind—but not You. You already know all this. You already know that there isn’t anything else, it’s all God. Even if you think you don’t think this is so, way down deep inside you know it Absolutely.
But what is all this business of offerings, oblations, sacrificial fires and God-actions? To demonstrate this, let’s work with the idea of surrendering yourself to God…..
The Offering is You. The Oblation is your surrender. The Sacrificial Fire is the evolutionary fire of Kundalini in Her awakened state. It was God-action that awakened Her.
You offer yourself to God by surrendering yourself to God. The Sanskrit for this also means ‘entrusting’. This is the oblation. To entrust is to assign something to someone else, to put something in someone’s care or protection. This defines ‘surrender’ as I mean it in ‘Surrender Meditation’.
This practice should take place in the meditation room. In that room, once the oblation is made, you have delegated God, and all action that takes place is God-action instigated by God as shakti, the activating force that awakens kundalini, the God-fire. By this ‘sacrifice’ one attains God through samadhi.
Thus each aspect of ‘sacrifice‘ is God: God is the offering (you), the oblation (surrender), the fire (kundalini-shakti), God-actions, and their result: samadhi.
In this way, yogis practice sacrifice to God. Another way is the yogi’s offering of sacrificial oblations by sacrifice itself into the God-fire.
“In this way” refers to the previous verse. Bearing this in mind, it is in this manner that a yogi practices sacrifice (surrender) to God. Whether one’s God-orientation is personal (sacrifice to God) or impersonal (sacrifice by sacrifice itself), one continues the practice of yoga with this understanding, and with the assumption that it is so, thus cultivating it as true until it becomes obvious through one’s own personal experience in meditation.
What is a Yogi?
A yogi is someone who has achieved union (yoga) of sun-energy and moon-energy through the practice of Karma Yoga (chapter 3), or Action Yoga (karma means ‘action’ and yoga, meaning ‘union’, implies action), or Hatha Yoga (‘Sun-Moon Union’). The union of sun and moon energies within the body is known as kundalini, the evolutionary force, which by becoming active accelerates the evolutionary process within the individual.
Evolution is going on all the time but at a snail’s pace. For much evolution to transpire within a lifetime, this force must be stronger and able to go about its business more quickly and efficiently. We are here in human bodies for this purpose, for this is where these two opposing forces have this opportunity.
Other kinds of living beings also have these two forces at work, but only certain kinds of beings*, such as humans, are free to choose and to learn without learning being necessarily motivated by survival.
Humans learn everything, but other creatures, i.e., animals, are hard-wired with instincts and learn only where learning is associated with survival instincts (I am not talking about intuition here). This is probably the only thing that really separates us from them, but it is a HUGE difference.
* Only certain kinds of beings: I hesitate to say "only humans" because of the probability that we are not alone in the cosmos, or on earth for that matter, and there may very well be others we have yet to meet who have forms designed in a similar manner as our own, learn everything without the aid of instincts, and have the power of choice ('free will').
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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