All living beings, visible and invisible, are propagated by Me. All beings abide in Me, but I am not in them.
All beings emanate from Me in my invisible material form. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them.
Every living being, all animate life, is created and sustained by God in an invisible but material form: DNA.
Now you may wonder at this, since it was written before western science was on the scene and DNA was discovered. However, in reading the works of those great sages who reached the fulfillment of perfection and the end of compulsory returns (reincarnation), not to mention an open-minded look through the temples of their ancestors, there is every evidence that they knew these things long before western science upstaged the Wisdom of the East.
Another alternate translation:
All living beings, visible and invisible, are spread out from Me, and have their existence in Me. But My existence is not dependent on them.
And my existence is non-being. Behold my majestic yoga power! Not a being yet sustaining beings, I cause all beings to come into existence.
“My existence is non-being”
Lord Krishna, who is standing with Arjuna in the middle between two armies readying themselves for a war and looking as human as everyone else, is saying that He is not a being. He has alluded to this before, many times.
Repeating Himself once again, he gives us another opportunity to catch on to what He really is when He says that He is the cause of the existence of all beings and sustains them with His “majestic yoga power”. The word for ‘power’ is from another word for God, Ishvara, which means ‘ability, mastery, lord, king, queen’. “Yoga power” then is the power of God that is yoga.
Yoga power: the power of God is yoga (union).
Now obviously, there is some kind of union that produces or is this power, and this is what He is teaching Arjuna. And just to make sure He is understanding Him he goes on to say….
Consider this: Like the mighty wind going everywhere is always in space, in the same way, all beings are always in Me.
Space – ākāśha, is ether, air, sky or space. Of the five elements, akasha is the subtlest. Akasha is said to be a universal etheric field in which a record of past events is imprinted. It was once believed to be the medium whose vibrations constituted light and other electromagnetic radiation.
Wind – vāyu, is ‘the wind of the body, the vital air, the breath’. Vayu is Prana, all forms and functions of the Life Energy in the body. It is also defined as breath because the breath is recognizable as a means of Prana entering and leaving the body.
The root of vāyu is vā, wind, and is also found in words like nirvāṇa, meaning that this ‘wind’ is not moving but still, and may also suggest the breathless state of yoga which comes about when the vital air in the body (Prana, Life Energy) stops moving by becoming completely concentrated (dharana) in one place.
“Yoga is the cessation of the modifications of the mind-stuff.” — Patanjali, Yoga Sutras
Look at it like this: Beings are in Me in the same way the wind is in the air.
Akasha and vāyu are essentially the same thing: Life Energy, the Life Force, and called akasha outside the body, and vāyu is inside the body. Other systems call this energy Shakti when it is outside the body, and Prana inside the body.
Like the mighty wind (vāyu) is everywhere in space (ākāśa), Lord Krishna, incarnation of God as the Sustainer of Life, is everywhere inside and outside your body. When there is no heartbeat or brain activity, one is considered to be dead, but it is when the Prana leaves the body that death truly arrives.
This is one of the reasons that practitioners of Experiential (Surrender) Meditation meditate in complete privacy. When the breathless state ensues one appears to be dead, but in this state, even though nothing is moving, Prana is still in the body and one is very much alive.
After so many years of practice, I have slipped into this state in public places and nearly missed the summoning of EMTs. It is also one of the reasons I have remained in solitude for so long, and why I will not truly “come out” until one or more of my students live nearby.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),