Will you continue to become embodied in worlds of temporal happiness and sorrow at death? Or will you rise above this dilemma and reach the Eternal Happiness of the Imperishable Absolute?
In “Brahmā’s World” and “The Day and Night of Brahmā” we learned that those who have not gone beyond worlds of temporal happiness and sorrow at death are subject to reincarnation, and that rising above this dilemma lies in becoming a ‘yogi’, one who unites Day and Night.
The Day and Night of Brahmā refers to ha-tha yoga, ‘sun-moon union’—the warming sun energy and the cooling moon energy unite (yoga) within the body to awaken Kundalini (the evolutionary force is accelerated). Having achieved hatha yoga, one is a yogi, the subject of the next few verses.
It is important to understand that terms like ‘yoga’ and ‘yogi’ should not be limited to the idea of religion. Yoga is a science that is not recognized in the western world, though it does fit the western definition of ‘science’. Yoga is meant as a term for the practices that prove God, Truth, the Imperishable Absolute, or whatever your word is for That. Because you cannot prove it to anyone but yourself in your own ‘lab’ (meditation), the western world does not recognize this science. But its practice is universal. For example, Buddhism, which is now a religion, is based on the teachings of Buddha, who was himself a yogi. The same is true for Jesus, and numerous others.
By the continued practice of hatha yoga, the yogi reaches beyond the worlds of Brahmā, kundalini becomes prominently active above the diaphragm, and union becomes the union of the yogi with God (Brahman). Now the sun is known as kundalini-shakti and the moon as soma.
- Kundalini-Shakti is the accelerated (awakened) evolutionary force (kundalini), brought about by Shakti, the intelligent instigator of all action.
- Soma, which is produced by the pineal gland, is precursor to amrita, the nectar of immortality (remember that the goal is now the Imperishable).
Of where and when the yogi goes at end-time, to non-return or to return again, I shall now speak, Bull of the Bharatas:
- Bull of the Bharatas – an epitaph of Arjuna meaning ‘always seeking knowledge’. The Bhagavad Gita is a dialogue between Lord Krishna, who is now speaking, and his disciple, Arjuna.
- End-time – death of the body, or the end of time, i.e., the timeless state of union (yoga) with God.
By taking things to a microcosmic level, we can learn where in the body the evolutionary energy, kundalini, is at death that determines the outcome of rebirth (reincarnation) or non-return for the yogi.
The next verses give the conditions of release or rebirth as per the yogi’s stage of sadhana (practice), and concern Raja Yoga. One has to have reached Raja Yoga in order to be liberated from the cycles of birth and death. One who has fully completed Raja Yoga will reach a higher plane after death than one who has not.
To be continued….
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),