Howlers, Happiness & Surrender – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 23


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 Creation. Lord Krishna began answering this question in verse 19-20, God in You, and continues:

Howlers, Happiness & Surrender

Of the Rudras, I am Shankara, and of Yakshas and Rakshasas I am Vittesha. Of the Vasus I am Pavaka, and of mountains I am Meru.

Alternate translation and expansion:
Of the Storm Gods (Rudras) who run about howling and chasing away depression and anxiety and purifying the body, I am Shankara, the maker of happiness. Of that which acquires and protects what is valuable (Yakshas), and that which preserves it (Rakshasas), I am the leader and king (Vitesha). Of the Vasus who dwell within all beings as earth, water, fire, air, space, sun, moon, and stars, I am Pavaka, the god of Fire, also known as Agni, the energy of the evolutionary force, kundalini. Of mountains, I am Meru, the central channel in the body through which kundalini ascends.

Of the Rudras, I am Shankara
He is Shankara, the original form of Lord Shiva. Shankara means ‘auspicious maker of happiness’. The meaning of Rudra, another name of Shiva, is ‘howling, roaring, and driving away evil and misfortune’. When these less desirable attributes are purified through surrender, one is left with Happiness, their natural state.

Of the Yakṣas and Rakṣasas I am Vitteśa
The Yakṣas and Rakṣasas are semi-divine beings and demons. Vitteśa (from vitta, anything found, acquired, obtained or possessed, i.e., wealth, goods, knowledge and correct understanding’) is their leader and keeper of the treasure.

The Yakṣas are nature-spirits, usually benevolent, who are caretakers of the natural treasures hidden in the earth and tree roots. They are very fond of acquiring wealth and hoarding it. 

The Rakṣasas are physical beings with magical powers, who consume raw flesh. They are said to be cannibals and shape shifters. There are both good and evil Rakṣasas. They are powerful warriors, expert magicians and illusionists. It may surprise you to learn that Rakṣasas fought on the side of the Pandavas, Arjuna’s side, the good guys in the Mahabharata war.

Of the Vasus, I am Pāvaka
The Vasus (‘dwelling in all beings’) are a class of beneficent gods. Pavaka, meaning ‘pure, clear and bright’, is another name of Agni, the god of sacrificial fires (human sacrifice: self-surrender), as well as the digestive faculty (food and impurities). ‘Fire’ is energy and is associated with both Prana, the Life Energy, and Kundalini, the Evolutionary Energy.  

Of mountains, I am Meru
Mount Meru is the central channel (sushumna) through which the fire, or energy, climbs upward in the body when one reaches a sufficient degree of purification.


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Human Sacrifice

In this verse we are taken to the subject of the awakened and ascendent kundalini. Remember where we have come from: The last verse was on the relationship of consciousness, mind and senses. We discussed the fundamental Power that connects them all: With correct understanding of the role of Attention, we make our way to the ascension of Kundalini. Depression, anxiety and misfortune in general will be vanquished, and greater happiness attained.

In the process, we will run into some questionable characters who will turn out to be allies in the journey of the evolutionary force attempting to ascend.

All this is accomplished by human sacrifice.

Human sacrifice has been unfortunately misunderstood. The true meaning of human sacrifice is the sacrifice of oneself as a being, to God. This is practiced in meditation, not in life or on the streets.

Human Sacrifice: Human is what you are being. Sacrifice is the surrender of that to Absolute God in meditation.

This is a very special practice that is mostly unknown, and rarely practiced. It is performed by the initiate surrendering him or herself to God in the context of meditation. Surrender to Absolute God ultimately leads to union with That, the greatest fulfillment possible for any human being. There are a few guidelines that are given by the guru upon initiation. They are very few, but vital.

I have practiced this form of sacrifice for over forty years, and can attest to its veracity and the fulfillment it brings. If you are suspicious about this concept of human sacrifice, you may be assured that it is not at all what you may think. This body is over 75 years old, still alive and kicking.

If you are curious about it, you can get a taste of it. The first initiation into Experiential Meditation will give you a very mild form of it, but you’ll get the idea. Then, if you like, you can go for the gold. You will see a link to this and to its partner practice, Self Emergence, below.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma

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4 thoughts on “Howlers, Happiness & Surrender – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 23

  1. Dear Ma,

    Pranams and thank you for this lovely bit on human sacrafice. It is so important that we recieve correct knowledge from the scripture in a way that is digestable and appropriate for our practice, I really appreciate all of your continued efforts even when I am over my head in understanding! One line stood out to me that I wished you may elaborate on:

    “In the process, we will run into some questionable characters who will turn out to be allies in the journey of the evolutionary force attempting to ascend.”

    Can you explain or give some examples of these questionable characters?!


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    1. This is a reference to Rakshasas. Rakshasas are cannibals. Bhima (Arjuna’s brother) ran into some of these people in a forest and ended up marrying a chief’s daughter. Because of this relationship, he found an ally in an excellent warrior from that family (her brother, I think) who was instrumental in the Pandus ultimately coming out on top.

      Cannibals are meat-eaters. Bhima means ‘strength’. At a certain point in yoga sadhana one finds oneself in the position of needing to eat meat in order to regain strength. This is not at all known, much less accepted, by most yoga traditions because of the custom of vegetarianism that is practiced up to this point, and this point is not often reached. This happens when the evolutionary force, Kundalini, tries to ascend. (Many people mistakenly believe that their Kundalini has ascended, but they do not comprehend the extreme magnitude or experience of this very difficult feat).

      A good resource for other examples of unexpected allies, and also unexpected enemies, are found in chapter one. Look at the names and stories behind the mentioned members of both sides, and you will find even more surprises.

      Thank you for a very good question, Anandi.

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