“One who, through yoga practiced correctly as one’s first duty, knows this yoga power as My very own and is not yoked by irresolution and doubt. I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 7-8
One who, through yoga practiced correctly as one’s first duty, knows this yoga power as My very own and is not yoked by irresolution and doubt.
One who knows through experience that this power yoga is Mine, that I am That from which it comes, and through the power of yoga practiced “without alteration of the rule, and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” is not held back by irresolution or doubt.
- Power – vibhūti – mighty, powerful, penetrating, pervading; the eight superhuman powers
The power that is yoga comes to be known through one’s own personal experience in meditation. The power to which Lord Krishna refers is stated in the following verse and in the previous verse where He declares Himself to be the origin and root cause of all that is. He calls it ‘power yoga‘ to tell us that this power is Yoga, and that it is yoga that is the experience that validates His claim.
This powerful yoga, practiced according to injunction and placed at the top of one’s priority list, is what makes experiential proof possible.
⇒ With Yoga practiced correctly—“without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty”—one is not held back by irresolution and doubt.
⇒ When Yoga is not practiced correctly, one becomes conflicted, struggles with doubts, and has difficulty being resolved and persistent (i.e., the secret of yoga). This will most likely lead to abandoning this Yoga, due to not reaching advanced stages.
Yoga is Action
Knowledge is necessary, but without putting it into action it is wasted. For this reason, the Bhagavad Gita begins with knowledge and very quickly moves to actively applying it.
I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.
“Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me”
The wise are those who do practice this power-yoga correctly. To do this, one must have the ability to meditate.
Yoga is not postures and stretching, or even breathing exercises. Meditation is not relaxing the mind, visualizing, or trying not to think. Worship is not singing hymns and praying. Yoga correctly practiced, is meditation, and meditation is worship.
One of the biggest secrets of all:
One who does not have the ability to meditate can easily cultivate it.
Popular vs Authentic Meditation
Consider the many people who attempt to meditate without having any real knowledge about meditation. They try to relax their minds or stop it from thinking thoughts and moving around, but this causes the mind to move! A relaxed mind is considered meditation. A relaxed mind is a very good thing, but it is not meditation. The difference between popular meditation and authentic meditation is like the difference between identifying a few letters of the alphabet and reading a tome.
Anyone can meditate, but it is a skill. Real meditation is learned not only by the mind but by the body through repeated practice (action). Meditation cannot truly be learned any other way. If you think this is not so, you do not know what meditation really is. And herein lies the ‘secret‘: God is saying to you, “I am the source of all that exists. Everything is set into motion “from Me.”
When you are meditating correctly, you are not doing anything.
We want to hear all about the Self, but most do not want to hear about God. But God is all that is, including you. What came from God can only be God, and you cannot meditate on, or surrender to, yourself. We must come to understand this to meditate as Lord Krishna has taught us.
If you are drawn to worship God you must meditate.
If you meditate you will be drawn into God.
Through meditation we worship God, adore God, praise God, surrender to God. If we meditate correctly, we will gain in experience and God/Truth will reveal Itself.
You get what you worship.
Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
P.S. I want to clarify that this private practice of surrender meditation is technically not ‘meditation’ at all, but it is the best means of accomplishing the meditative state that is true, authentic meditation. And it comes naturally and easily,