The Best Surrender, Ascendent Kundalini & OM – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 24-25

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Arjuna receives shaktipat from Krishna. Shaktipat can only be received in a state of surrender. The term ‘surrender’ is synonymous with ‘sacrifice’.

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The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita are 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 now He continues:

The Best Surrender, Ascendent Kundalini & OM

And Partha, of leaders, know me to be the chief of sacrificers, Bṛhaspati. Of commanders, I am Skanda, and of waters, I am the ocean.

Partha means ‘Holder of the Sword’. This is Arjuna, but Arjuna is an archer, so what is the meaning of this?

By addressing Arjuna as Holder of the Sword, Lord Krishna suggests that Arjuna holds an instrument that cuts. There is more than one meaning to this. One is that Arjuna now holds the knowledge (sword) of this God-practice that Lord Krishna has given him. Another is that, at some point, this instrument will cause impinging attachments to be cut away. This is a reference to khechari mudra, (sky-walking, or flying in the air, seal) which is associated with the fifth and sixth chakras.


Bṛhaspati is the chief, or best, offerer of sacrifices. The Sanskrit for chief means ‘placed at the head, north and ‘face’—north is the head where the gates of the senses are located in the face, the east. 

Bṛhaspati is the Lord of Devotion, the best sacrificerIn the meditation I practice,sacrifice is the surrender of oneself to God in meditation. Brihaspati then, is full and complete surrender without reservation—the best of sacrifices.


Skanda is the unrestrained leader of armies against the enemies of the gods. Skanda uses a full-feathered peacock as his personal vehicle, suggesting that he represents the task of attaining and maintaining ascendent Kundalini, which he preserves by protecting it.

Skanda is Lord Shiva’s first born son. That Skanda is His ‘first born’ indicates that Skanda is first thing produced by Lord Shiva when the energy enters into the realm of Shiva in the body, the Rudra loka (above the throat). Skanda is this protection. He is also called Subrahmanya, ‘dear to Brahmans (God-people)’.

Water is fluid and takes the form of the vessel containing it. The word for water in Sanskrit is rasa, meaning ‘the best or prime part of anything, a fluid or essential juice of the body, also called mercury or quicksilver’. Mercury is fluid in the same way as water, and represents Kundalini. With the heat produced by purification, Kundalini rises like the mercury in a thermometer.

Consider the sequence: the (1) best sacrifices (2) produces the protector of (3) ascendent Kundalini.

Of the Great Sages, I am Bhṛgu, and of vocal sounds, I am the single syllable OM. Of sacrifices, I am the japa sacrifice. Of the non-moving, I am the Himālayas.

Bhrighu, the best sacrificer, full surrender to God

Alternate translation:
Of the Great Sages, I am Bhrigu, bringer of fire and light to men. Of vocalizations, I am the one imperishable sound: OM. Of sacrifices, I am the chanting of the names of God. Of the non-moving, I am the Himalayas.

Of the Great Sages, I am Bhrigu
‘Bhrigu’ means ‘bringer of Fire and Light (energy)’ and ‘builder of chariots’ (bodies)’.

Of vocal sounds, I am the single syllable “Om”
Of sounds, I am the one and only completely pure and imperishable sound, the sound of OM (pronounced AUM, or ONG). The power of OMThis sound is the basis of all sounds, and all words.

Of sacrifices, I am the japa sacrifice
Of sacrifices (surrenders), I am the spontaneous sound of OM heard in meditation, and the spontaneous chanting of the many syllables and names of God in meditation (anahata nada) that has given rise to language.

Japa is an incantation that castes a spell. This occurs spontaneously in Experiential Meditation. One becomes enraptured by the repetitiveness of this charm. This mystical charm is quietly (privately) chanted, or sung. Later, spontaneous dancing begins.

HimalayasOf the non-moving, I am the Himālayas
Of the non-moving, I am ‘the night (himā) of absorption (laya)’ in the ‘abode of snow’ (himālaya). The abode of snow is the mountain top, the head, brain and mind.

When the mind finally stops moving, one becomes absorbed in the Absolute where there is no-thing to know, no-thing to be conscious of (‘night’). This non-moving state is Absolute God. In this state, there is only Absolute Bliss, for bliss is the nature of Absolute God. While it may seem that absorption indicates a merging in which the individual disappears, this is not so. One’s individuality can never be lost.

This verse has told us what precedes the verse before it, for one practicing yoga sadhana naturally.

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

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