V:23-24 Nirvana…

The gentle and pleasant happiness we arrive at through yoga (union) is the very condition that can lead us to the Real, and our natural state of true and lasting happiness.  

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The yogi who endures the agitation of passionate desire and anger here, before liberation from the body, is a happy man. 

“The yogi”
One who has achieved yoga (divine union). 

“Passionate desire and anger”
As discussed in “Outfoxing the Force”:

Desire and anger are forms of passion. Desire refers to sensual desire. Anger refers to the reaction brought about by thwarted desire. In this way, they go together, anger being instigated by (thwarted) desire.

  • Desire is a function of the senses and the mind; anger is an emotion.
  • Desire is a want; anger is a feeling.
  • Both desire and anger rely on passion.

The fact that we are expected to patiently endure these two here in this world, implies that we will continue to be faced with them until death. 

This may seem like bad news, but for those of you who have been toiling to rid yourself of them, you should be relieved to know that you can stop. You will have to apply your self-control to not act on them when they arise, but there is nothing wrong with feeling the way you feel. It is what you do or don’t do about it that counts.

You can put up with passionate desire and anger by consciously experiencing them without acting on them. This can be difficult, which is why they have the reputation of being ‘the enemy’ of Yoga, for yoga is otherwise very simple. But on the up-side, this is the ultimate means of mastering self-control, which manifests great power, so you’ll not be cheated out of anything.

Once you understand yoga, you have the solace of yoga, which will bring you greater happiness and pleasure than this turbulent pair. And ultimately, through the practice of yoga, they will cease to have power over you.

“A happy man”
Sukhī, ‘one who loves pleasure’; nara, ‘a man’.

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One whose happiness and delight is within, illuminates what is within, becomes identified with it, and ascends to God-nirvana.

  • “Nirvana”  ‘Blown or put out, the breath extinguished, dead’.

The extinguishing of the the breath indicates the cessation of the movement of Prana, and therefore the mind. Happiness is peaceful and gentle when the mind is peaceful and gentle. 

“Illuminates what is within”
Makes it apparent.

“Ascends”
The use of the word ‘ascends’, indicates rising from one place to another—from hatha yoga (sun-moon union) to raja yoga (union with God)—kundaini-shakti draws the life energy through the fifth chakra and into the head: Heaven. When one is no longer attached to contact with what is outside oneself, but finds happiness within through union (hatha yoga), one ascends to God-happiness (raja yoga).  

  • God-nirvana – ‘Union with God at death’. One ascends from Nirvana to the Nirvana of God, the ultimate happiness of union with God in Heaven.

Samadhi, the equanimity of divine union, yoga, is a form of death, the death of the unReal. So God-nirvana can be arrived at in meditation (samadhi) where one experiences God without the use of the mind or the senses. This is an example of an early stage of samadhi:

The Sound of Sameness

In meditation, you become absorbed in the vibratory phenomenon of the Divine Sound that creates and sustains the world. The sound of OM is heard directly (nothing is making it). There is no other sound, and no silence. There is only the Divine Sound consisting of all tones and pitches as one tone—you hear only one tone, and simultaneously all tones. Every individual tone is an overtone of all other tones, placed  within a specific harmonic order that is always the same. All is One and One is All. The unReal has been extinguished, and now you know the True nature of the Real.

When you hear the music of the cosmos, you are hearing God. We are the music.

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

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