“I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin. I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 18-19
I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin.
I am the path of Action, the protector of its preservation, and the ability to traverse it. I am the ability to perceive, observe and notice. I am house and home, the safe haven, and I am the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death and staying, the three phases of Action, and the seed of imperishability in the northern quarter.
The three phases of action, puraka, rechaka and kumbhaka, refer to intensified prana, (Life Energy), the freeing of prana, and the natural concentration and cessation of the movement of prana as discussed in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
The power of sight is the ability to know another (i.e., “the good-hearted friend and ally”). The ability to see is dependent on there being something to see, to know, something other than the one who sees.
The Sanskrit for the path of Action is also ‘the way of motion, movement and the manner of movement’, and is also the state or condition of happiness, excellence, goodness and beneficence. The way of the path of Action is the path of Happiness and all good things that come to one practicing this path.
This path is being protected and preserved by God through Lord Krishna, avatara of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer and maintainer of life. And it is God that sees you through this journey according to your wish. (God does not interfere with your power of choice. It is up to you. Your options are death and rebirth, or immortality.)
There is a place where the potential for immortality (amrita) is located in the human body. This “seed of imperishability” is in “the northern quarter”: the pineal gland in the brain. This chapter is telling us the means of bringing forth this amrita so that we can reach immortality.
What you really are is already eternal, unborn and perfect, so we are not talking about your ‘soul’ or your ‘spirit’ or the ‘real you’, but your divine form as the template for your divine immortal body. The release of amrita directs transformation based on the template, the ananda-kosha (bliss-body), which is associated with the fifth chakra, the vishuddha, meaning ‘completely purified’. In other words, when purity is attained, transformation can begin.
In verse 16 Lord Krishna described the practice of this secret yoga. In verse 17 He describes Himself as the progenitor, or origin of life. In the second sentence he describes Himself as the means of purification for the living. In verse 18 He is the path to the Highest Goal and its protector and your’s, and goes on to say that He is death and birth, and the Imperishable Absolute.
By taking this path, one automatically comes under the protection of God. There is no one who does not have the ability to traverse and complete this path.
I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.
I purify by consuming fire, and by withholding and releasing the rain. I am immortality, disease, death and dying, the Real and the unreal, the good and the bad, existence and non-existence, action and inaction, right and wrong, and I am Truth and the one who seeks It.
Consuming by fire, and withholding and releasing the rain, are the two forms of purification. The fire (energy) is prana, the warming Life Energy that burns away impurities. The rain is the cooling Life Energy of apana which purifies by elimination.
When prana and apana become united in the body (kundalini), fire functions as the purifying agent in the body as a whole. The body can become incredibly hot at this point. The rain is the cooling energy in the body, but here, in Raja Yoga, rain refers to soma, the ‘moon-juice’ of the pineal gland. It is withheld until sufficient purification has been reached, at which time it becomes amrita, the nectar of immortality. The amrita is released into the body to direct the transformation process at a cellular level. At this point, the yogi is on his or her way to the Imperishable Absolute.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
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