IV:34 Going for the Gold…

Make the New Year new: Decide to determinedly go for God. It is far better to take a chance and go for God, than to miss the boat entirely because of fear…or because being ‘spiritual’ makes you feel silly. Give yourself permission to get silly—be different, unique—and go for God.

Know this: Through humble submission, inquiry and service, a wise one, a perceiver of Truth, will guide you.

This is something we must learn if we want to reach The Absolute and be finished with our karma: submission, inquiry and service to the wise ones, the perceivers of Truth. Getting their compliments is lovely, but feel-good spirituality will not get us to God, or even enlightenment, and will certainly not free us of karma running our lives.

The Sanskrit word for ‘submission’ means ‘by bowing respectfully to, by humble submission, by prostrating oneself’. The import here is that this is done with a “wise one”, one who has attained what we seek, so that they will teach us.

It may seem that the wise would withhold Truth from us if we do not submit to them, but it not is they who withhold, it is us. We are the ones who withhold, balking at the idea of bowing down to someone else. Surely we are not afraid that there is someone out there who knows more than we do…? And we are certainly intelligent enough to know that no one can take us over and control us just because we bow to them. Yet with cartloads of explanations and reasoning we resist, throwing away an extraordinary opportunity. This is ego at work.

If you cannot humble yourself, bypass your ego, you will not receive significant teachings. If you haven’t the interest or the courage to ask for their tutelage, you will learn nothing. If you are too good to be subservient to another from whom you wish to take something, deep down you do not believe you deserve to have it, so it will not come to you.

All this bowing down business is not for the one you bow down to anyway, it is for you. This gesture magically draws the knowledge and understanding of the ‘wise one’ to yourself. Done with sincerity, it will suck it right out of them.

The Sanskrit word for ‘service’ means ‘serving, waiting on, attending to the wise one’. We do this to keep the teacher well and alive so they can teach us, while overpowering our own egos so that we are receptive to what is taught.

A Personal Aside

We are a fear-based society that feels controlled and imprisoned. To counter this, we yearn to control the environment around us, and we spend our time playing it safe and struggling to get our desires fulfilled. But we mistake the prison as being of the making of someone other than ourselves. Nevertheless, this seeming prison is why, and how badly, we want to be in control, and therefore, why we think a teacher would want to control us. But no teacher in their right mind would ever want to control anyone—they wouldn’t want the karma.

Unfortunately, not everyone is in their right mind. Some teachers and preachers of yoga and other spiritual paths and religions, have persisted in trying to bring people to a state of humility, submission or egolessness, by bringing down their sense of self-worth through humiliation, criticism, insult and even violence. Sometimes these tactics are even applied for the purpose of eradicating a student’s karma in order to help them reach liberation.

This is a terrible mistake, and it is sad, for it doesn’t work anyway, and it can magnify an already existing lack of self-worth to the point of destroying the person, and derailing the continuation of their spiritual path altogether. Yet serious seekers continue to be drawn mostly to these kinds of teachers.

Even though these teachers and preachers are few, in fear of finding ourselves in the clutches of one of them, we guard our pocketbooks and take a position of entitlement, feeling that we should be given everything we want. Instead, this attitude limits us severely in what we might otherwise receive.

By avoiding uncomfortable feelings about bowing before another, having to ask them to teach us (the teacher should just be able to read our minds and give us what we want), and doing for and giving to the teacher what is needed, we avoid the very things that would take us where we want to go, by clearing away the things that hold us back: ego and karma.

So, while it is wise to beware of false prophets, it is up to each of us to be willing to take a chance, and very much worth a relatively minor risk. It’s not as if we couldn’t change our minds if we found ourselves in an abusive situation.

It is far better to take a chance and go for God, than to miss the boat entirely because we are afraid or don’t want to feel silly. So give yourself permission to be silly, and go ahead and go for real gold: find your guru and go for God.

The best way to God is to surrender to God.
Surrender is the highest form of worship.
We become what we worship.

In the Guru Gita (‘The Teacher’s Song’), it is said that God and Guru are two names for the same thing; that the Self, God and Guru are the same; and that for this reason one should find the Guru that is meant for them.

In the online course, Surrender Meditation, there is a substantial section on “Shopping for a Teacher”.

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

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4 thoughts on “IV:34 Going for the Gold…

  1. Never has a better New Years “resolution” been made. Thank you Ma for your piercing wisdom of Truth. In a time when much of the world is bobbing through the choppy seas of illusion without so much as a life vest, you arrive on a barge in a fanfare of flares. The spiritual path is not for the weak of heart or short of faith… but rest assured if we put our GOLD on GOD, the heart will grow strong and our faith becomes eventually unshakable.

    Since I have begun this sadhana life’s circumstances have tested me, and many times I have been on the floor with my head in my hands before God and Guru. I can personally attest to the attitudes and fear Ma describes, just as I can attest to the qualities of a Truth teacher. Even at my “lowest” moments where I was unconsciously trying to GIVE my power to Durga Ma because I did not want to the responsibility of my choices, she did not take it. She watched, patiently and lovingly as I wailed in suffering and pain. She did not tell me what to see, she showed me where to look. Eventually, when I felt as though I were at the brink of death (where she still was by my side) I choose myself. This isn’t an isolated incident. Its the beauty of having a Guru. Someone who has attained what I seek and is dedicated, not by word alone, but by action and LIFE as a torch bearer on an otherwise darkened labyrinth.

    Yoga and Meditation are becoming ‘trendy’ and ‘all the rage,’ and thats wonderful. Whatever your reason for seeking it out is great. A true seeker is anything but, they are an anomoly to everything ‘trendy,’ and thats great too. My point is simply that whatever your disposition is… you can’t go wrong. So get going!!!

    Happy New Year
    with Love


  2. Galen

    Thank you Durga Ma

    This article stops me in my tracks. I am a humble man and bow in recognition of life and the oneness therein. My mind is racing in thought, how wonderful is that. I will try to condense these thoughts into a gelatinous thought: HELP ME is what it boils down to.
    Guide me on my first step in going for the GOLD and there after all steps to GOD…

    Always a friend

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    1. Galen
      Begin with this: Do two hours of sadhana daily (Surrender Meditation). You can do these two hours as one session, or you can do two one-hour sessions. Give me an update on your practice and experience at the end of one month. Confirm with me that you are going to do this, or not.


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