Life Mastery & Authentic Meditation – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 22

Sarasvati, Goddess of Music & Knowledge
Sarasvati, Goddess of Music & Knowledge

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within a Creation that is Relative. Lord Krishna began answering this question in verses 19-20, “God In You”, and continues:

Music, Mind, the Senses and Consciousness

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Of the Vedas, I am the Sama Veda. Of the gods, I am Vasava, and of the senses, I am the mind and consciousness of beings.

Alternate translation:
Of the Vedas, which are based on Truth, I am the Sama Veda, the most pertinent of the Vedas. Of the gods, the senses, I am Vasava, the power of perception in beings. And of the senses, I am the mind, consisting of memory and thinking, and the consciousness of which the mind is made.

“Of the Vedas, I am the Sama Veda”
Of true Knowledge, I am Music.”

The Sama (song) Veda (knowledge) contains knowledge of God’s vibhutis (powers, manifestations) in songs and chants.

The word sama also means ‘sameness’, and ‘veda’ means ‘knowledge of Truth’—the knowledge that we are all essentially the same. This can be known through the experience of music. It is no wonder that music is common to all our lives and loved by everyone. Music is the sound of Love. We are all in love with each other, and we don’t even know it.

Sarasvati, Goddess of Music & Knowledge
Sarasvati

Rereading this, I realized with a jolt of joy, what had drawn me so irresistibly to music that I was obsessed with it night and day since I could crawl. Then I discovered a piano in the church basement and longed to play. This love would pull at my heart so strongly that it hurt. The joy of it was bitter-sweet: I longed to hear it, and make it, and hear what I made, but I was too little to do anything about it. Later in my life, I was able to play well and discovered the wonder and joy of the connection of one person with a thousand strangers while performing with an orchestra. Within seconds of beginning, I was in love with all those people.

“Of the gods, I am Vasava”
“Of the senses, I am the power of perception that dwells within beings.”

The senses are gods. Vāsava, from vasu, meaning ‘dwelling within’, is another name of Indra, king of the gods, the powers of perception. There are eight vasus, eight aspects of nature—earth, water, fire, air, ether, moon, sun, and stars—that correlate with their dwelling within beings—smell, taste, sight, touch, hearing, mind, intelligence and self-sense. He is the ability to sense, as opposed to the physical organs of sense. 

“Of the senses, I am the mind and consciousness of beings”
The mind is made of consciousness—not consciousness of, but consciousness itself. 

The word for ‘consciousness’ is chetana, your ability to be conscious, from chitta, meaning ‘to perceive, notice or observe’. The ability to be conscious is inherent in you as a Divine Individual. This ability has manifested in nature as your five sense organs.

Attention and Consciousness
Attention is a flow of consciousness to something other than you.

The job of your senses is to bring you information. Your attention goes out through the senses to perceive things, stores them in the mind and you are conscious of them. This flow of consciousness from you to something other than you, is called “attention”. Thus does God work for you according to your choice.

God is your mind, attention & consciousness

You have ears because you can hear, eyes because you can see, etc. It is not the other way around as western science would have you believe.

According to Your Choice

I say “according to your choice” because you have the ability to determine where your attention goes. Although most of the time we don’t bother making this choice but let it roam around to anything that attracts it, the ability to do so is still ours if we choose to use it.

Attention is a flow of consciousness from the mind to anything other than you that you can be conscious of.

Attention is the reins in Arjuna’s chariot to the horses, the senses. The difference between Arjuna and most of us is that Arjuna has put Lord Krishna in the driver’s seat. This is what is meant by ‘surrender’.

Your attention is always at work, providing you with a constant inflow of information. Either it goes to whatever attracts it, or it goes where you send it. All you have to do is decide, and off it goes, eager to please. It is one hundred percent obliging. It will go wherever you want it to go—in your body, your mind, or any external object you choose. Indeed, the attention is your servant and you are the Master.

Consider this Power! It is a wondrous thing. Attention is not only a Power, but it is something of which you have complete control, without having to exert any effort at all. It just does what you tell it to do. 

The more you notice this in your everyday life, the more you will be amazed by it. Keep it up and you will eventually acknowledge this Power as your own Power serving you at all times. Then you will come to understand the teachings of Yoga around attraction and aversion: what you want, and what you don’t want, has always been up to you. Now this issue of attraction and aversion, which you probably have had some resistance to, is a piece of cake.

Attention is the sweet kitty on your lap, or the feral cat outside—either you engage your power of choice to determine its direction, or it is off and running, looking for things to devour.

If you do not act as the Master but let your attention run free, you will receive all kinds of information, whether you want it or not, whether you like it or not, whether you become desirous of obtaining something it has shown you or not. In this situation, you are vulnerable to desires and attractions running you.

This is not going to lead to happiness. Your mind however, will insist that fulfilling your desires is exactly what you need to do to be happy. But your mind can only work with what it’s got. It is for this reason that correct knowledge is vital to spiritual development and life mastery. Believing your mind is otherwise not a good idea at all, for a mind without correct knowledge will cheat you out of happiness. The solution is to become a Master of Attention. This is done by mastering Meditation and Life, for the foundation of both of these, is Attention.

Master your attention, master your energy, master your Life.

Experiential Surrender Meditation

In Arjuna’s chariot, the reins are in the hands of Lord Krishna.
In Arjuna’s chariot, the reins are in the hands of Lord Krishna.

There is one more option: You can surrender the control of the reins of your chariot, and even the chariot itself, to Absolute God in meditation. In everyday life you continue as stated above, but if you put God in the driver’s seat in meditation, God will manage your meditation for you.

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Meditation is a steady flow of Attention to a single object.

Within that meditation, you are completely free and relived of all effort and the stress of responsibility, for God has taken the reins. With God in the driver’s seat, you will have amazing experiences, become united with That, prove God for yourself, and achieve true fulfillment and wondrous joy.  

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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6 thoughts on “Life Mastery & Authentic Meditation – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 22

  1. Dave K

    Having a bit of trouble understanding:
    ‘Believing your mind is otherwise not a good idea at all, for a mind without correct knowledge will cheat you out of happiness.’
    I sat with it overnight and the ‘sticky part’ seems to be:
    ‘Believing your mind is otherwise not a good idea at all …’

    A little help please?

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    1. Dave, the key is in the phrase that follows, “for a mind without correct knowledge” … this is the rest of the idea, implying that without correct knowledge the mind cannot be trusted. That mind will be attached to nature and not be aware of its Power through Absolute Mind.

      And let’s see what Durga Ma has to say!

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      1. Siddhi,

        I thought I’d better say something about Absolute Mind. To me, this is an oxymoron. The mind is a relative phenomenon. It is constantly changing. Change is not a feature of absoluteness. This is also the case with the stuff the mind is made of: consciousness—pure consciousness itself, not consciousness OF. This stuff is a little closer to the Absolute, but because of its propensity for constant modifications, it is still out of the realm of the Absolute. The mind is a part of nature; another good reason for not relying on it. Instead, it is simpler to rely on Absolute God.

        Durga Ma

        Sanskrit words for ‘mind’:

        manas – memory, thinking, believing, reasoning, etc., and figuring things out

        buddhi – differentiation, determines the difference between things

        ahamkara – “I’ll do it myself!”; ego. (This is the core the mind is built around.)

        chitta – the stuff the mind is made of: pure consciousness

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      2. Years ago, I saw a sign that (at the time) I thought was simply a funny thought. It said “Don’t believe everything you think”. More recently, examining some of the ‘silent noise’ my mind seems to generate. I began to appreciate the utility of recognizing some thoughts as ‘Just thoughts’ – constructs of the mind with little or no basis in truth or validity – and how those thoughts might tend actually be harmful.

        Namaste avisatta

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    2. Dave,

      I was waiting so see if I got a response to that phrase. See how sneaky I am? I got your comment and now I get to pontificate!

      The mind is not really the thing to trust at the best of times. Why? Because what is stored in it is all the stuff the senses bring into it, which is subject to the viewpoint of the receiver. Then we use all this to make our decisions and take action. The mind is constantly taking in information, correct or not (it doesn’t really care any more than your banker cares where you got your money). Error is inevitable.

      One resource that can be feed to the mind and accessed with trust is “correct knowledge”. Feeding it is done two ways: You either get correct knowledge from an authority who has it, or you reach a point in your practice that gives you access to “direct knowledge”. Direct knowledge is always correct, because it doesn’t rely on the sense organs.

      So Siddhi (avisata) is correct that the key in the phrase is “for a mind without correct knowledge” cannot be trusted. It is the nature of the mind to be interested in and attached to nature, because that is what is available to it.

      Durga Ma

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