The essence of God is present in all of Creation, like a string sustaining a neckless of pearls, the singular Absolute sustains the Relative Realm of this world of multiplicity.
I am the fluidity in water, the light of the moon and sun, I am the vibration of all sounds in the sound of OM in the ether according to sacred knowledge, and I am the humanity in mankind.
The things mentioned in these verses as essences of God are not the Absolute Itself, but are because of the Absolute, and exist prior to their manifestations, i.e., fluidity before water, light before sun and moon, vibration before audible sound, etc.
Everything in Creation exists as a potential in the Absolute. An essence is a characteristic of a potential. All of Creation becomes manifest from its essence. It is not the other way around.
The Absolute does not make these things happen. Like a face seen in a cloud, it is not that the cloud creates the image of a face, but that a face is what is perceived by the seer.
Through surrender to God in meditation, this can be known through the experience of pratyahara, wherein one comes to realize that the power of sight for instance, the ability to see, exists before physical eyes exist.
Fluidity – without fixed form, changeable, adaptable. Water takes up the biggest percentage of the body and the earth, and takes the form of the vessel that holds it.
Light – the source of illumination. Light makes perception possible, and knowledge knowable. Everything that is visible to us is visible by the reflection of light off the object seen. When we are attempting to understand something, we ‘reflect’ on it. For us humans, our true existence is in the dark, hidden, but real, even though we do not perceive it…until light has be cast on it and we become ‘enlightened’.
Sound – vibration, the basis of Creation. All sounds are contained within the sound of OM (aum). Vibration (/) begins with the Divine Individual’s choice to engage his power to know. What is sent out returns with the knowledge of the existence of another Divine Individual, and another equal and opposite vibration (\) becomes self-perpetuating upon its return (/\/\/\…).
The humanity in mankind. The word for humanity is paurusham, meaning ‘belonging to purusha‘. Purusha is You with a viewpoint, but now you are being a member of humanity. This characteristic of your being is the essence of God in you as a human being. Lord Krishna is saying that He is that essence, once again identifying Himself with God, but in this case, this is you, thus making you one with God right now.
And I am the pure, pleasant fragrance of earth, the fire of the sun, the fire of life in all beings, and the fire of purification.
Earth is the element associated with the sense of smell at the first chakra, the home of Mother Kundalini, and is the basis of most of yoga sadhana. The Sanskrit word for pleasant also means, ‘pure, holy, sacred, good, right, auspicious and propitious’.
Fire of the sun gives light and life; the fire of life in all beings is prana, the Life Energy in the body; the fire of purification, tapas, ‘to heat or melt down,’ comprises most of yoga sadhana.
Know Me as the eternal cause of all living beings. I am the intelligence of the intelligent and the vitality in the body.
It is the divine, absolute individual—the Real You—that is the essence of what you are being: human. And it is this Real You that is the source of your intelligence, as well as the vitality in your own body. No surprise really, since you are one with God.
And I am the strength of the strong devoid of desire and passion, and I am that desire which is not contrary to dharma.
Lord Krishna is saying that He is your strength when it is not impaired by desire and passion. Earlier I said that desire is an affirmation of lack. I will stand by this but take it a step further: Desire is a want that we chase because we can’t stand the way it feels to want, and the only solution we know is to fulfill the desire. Then we become obsessed with another desire: the desire to get it. And the chase begins. This is what weakens us, but there is a solution:
By enjoying the desire itself, the object of desire
loses it power—it is of no further interest.
In this verse Lord Krishna reveals another secret. He says that He is that desire in you that is not contrary to dharma (Divine Law, injunction). In other words, this single desire doesn’t go against spiritual law or impede progress, but is in accordance with dharma because it is actually God. Translators tend to attribute this desire to the desire to procreate, or to desires that are inharmonious with the ordained duties of life.
Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),