Know yourself as you really are and bust your karma. Yoga will reveal the Real You and burn away your karma in the process.
“Know this! Through humble submission, inquiry and service, a wise one, a perceiver of Truth, will guide you.” — Verse 34.
Knowing and honoring that person, you will not fall into delusion again. Thus will you come to see all beings in yourself and therefore in Me.
“You will not fall into delusion again”
The word for delusion also means ‘unconsciousness’ or ‘confusion’. This isn’t going to happen to you any more if you get with the program and put yourself in the hands of a ‘wise one’, a knower of Truth, to guide you to the ultimate realization of your own blissful Self. Then you won’t fall into delusion again—you can’t un-know what you know. It’s a done deal.
“Thus will you come to see all beings in yourself and therefore in Me”
When talked about, this unity appears to be an experience, but at the time, there is no sense of self and no sense of otherness, so there is no one having an experience of anything. One is simply in their natural state of blissful independence without separation, a situation that defies explanation.
When the realization of unity with the Absolute finally arrives, the situation is one of homogeneous bliss. Coming back from this state into the ordinary realm of human existence, the memory of this union reminds us of our unity with each other, that we are all equally divine, eternally the same, and yet we never lose our individuality.
Ramakrishna used to try to explain this as being like a salt doll that has been dropped into the ocean. At the time of reading this in the unabridged Gospel of Shri Ramakrishna, I was puzzled by this statement, but now I see it as the best metaphor for this that I have ever heard or read.
Then, even if you were the most evil of all evildoers, you would with certainty, sail beyond all wickedness by the boat of true knowledge.
True knowledge: Correct knowledge and understanding of the truth about action by means of written teachings, oral teachings from the guru, and personal experience in meditation.
Personal experience in meditation: Karma Yoga, Action Yoga, as taught in this and the previous chapter.
Evil – Actions contrary to yama and niyama, the Ten Keys we talked about earlier. “The most evil of all evildoers” implies the most extreme violations of these principles. It is true knowledge that takes one beyond these errors (‘wickedness’).
In samadhi we find ourselves merged with the Absolute, leaving us with the absolute knowing of our Natural State as divine individuals. This upstages the ego, and though the ego is still intact to some degree as long as we have these mortal bodies, little by little this knowledge defeats its tyranny.
Just as wood set on fire is reduced to ashes, in the same way, the fire of this knowledge reduces all karma to ashes.”
The fire, or energy, of true knowledge, is jñānāgni: The energy associated with āgni is kundalini, the evolutionary force; jñānā is true knowledge or wisdom.
Remember that the word karma means ‘action’, and that union (yoga) comes about through action. We surrender ourselves to God in meditation and actions that arise are God-actions. Our egos are set aside, out of the picture, so no karmic debt is incurred. Such action burns away our karma, defeats the accumulation of more, and brings us true knowledge of God and our real Selves.
Ego is ahamkara, which means ‘I do’.
Thus does action set alight the fire of Kundalini, the fire of liberation, and bringer of the highest samadhi that causes us to find ourselves merged with the Absolute, relieved of our karma and returned to our Natural State for good.
Good news, eh?
For now we know in part, and we prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. Now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.
— 1 Corinthians 13, 9-12 (KJV)
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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