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 (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):
The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise
Of sovereign rulers, I am the scepter of power, and of those desirous of victory, I am prudence. And I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise.
The word sovereign is significant. It refers to independence, the ability to rule ourselves and our lives without having to resort to something outside ourselves. You may remember earlier (ch 3, vs 17, “Heaven Within”) we learned that “one whose delight, satisfaction and contentment is in the self alone,” is not compelled to act. The key word here is “compelled”. This is a place of power, and places victory within reach. We have but to be prudent in how we proceed.
Independence may seem inconsistent with the idea of resorting to God and Guru. But resorting to God or Guru is an act of independence because we act from our inherent power of choice to do so. All good rulers have ministers who guide them, but in the end, it is the ruler who decides the course of action. When one is a master, one is not subject to being mastered, controlled. This is a form of liberation.
Of masters, I am their staff of power, and of those who desire victory, I am the proper action. I am the secrets of the mysteries and the wisdom of those who comprehend them.
True independence is the key to mastery. The signpost of genuine independence is that when you are truly independent you will have no compelling desires or attachments. There may be things you would like to have or to keep, but they will not rule you, or commandeer your power of choice.
The scepter, or staff, is not just a symbol of power, it evidence of it. The Sanskrit also means banner. The banner atop the staff of a warrior depicts the standard of its owner. Arjuna’s staff flew a banner, or standard, with an image of Hanuman, the monkey god.
Hanuman, with his scepter of sovereignty, is seen here with ascended Kundalini, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and perfect devotion:
Hanuman is the famous monkey who, due to his undying devotion, became vested with the eight superhuman powers and immortality. The image of Hanuman on Arjuna’s banner signals him as Arjuna’s standard, his determined level of attainment. So he is not someone to mess with. He means business.
“I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise—the secrets of the mysteries and the knowledge of those who comprehend them.”
On the heels of the last verse, we are again reminded of our power and that we want victory, so Lord Krishna is telling us how to get it: with devotion, carefulness, wisdom and silence.
There are teachings that we will not read in books or blogs, but which are carried through lineages of teachers and imparted directly to disciples according to their needs. In this way, these teachings, and the uninitiated, are protected.
That there are secrets in Yoga is well known. That some people take exception to this, is also well known. The Bhagavad Gita is full of them, and so is the Bible or any other true scripture. Lord Krishna is saying that the restraint of not exposing these ‘secrets’ inappropriately is Him, and that this is in itself, a power. The assuming of power through secrecy is behind the many secret societies that exist into the present day.
Of those who have been initiated into these teachings because they have reached a point at which they pertain to their sadhana (practice), Lord Krishna is their newfound wisdom. Those who know and comprehend these teachings and carry them in silence within themselves, are carrying God/Truth.
And also, all that has already come into being, whether moving or non-moving, I am the source of that. Nothing can exist without Me.
The word for ‘source’ in Sanskrit is bīja. This is almost always translated as ‘seed’ in Yoga texts, making the creative essence of all beings male. But bīja not only means ‘seed’ but ‘germ’, which is more rudimentary than ‘seed’ and makes more sense. In human reproduction, the ‘germ’ is the embryo, and even more fundamentally, the zygote.
A zygote is a fertilized ovum (egg). In humans, this ‘source’ that is Lord Krishna, can only be this egg. Remember Haranyagarbha? This is an egg, not a seed. This came up earlier in chapter three (The Golden Womb and The Ancient Imperishable Teachings of Yoga).
The fertilized ovum (zygote) then, is the Ardhanaranarishvara (half-male-half-female-god) form of Lord Shiva, which gives rises to an embryo and develops into another human being. The ancient sages knew that everyone starts life as female.
Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that you really are),
The most effective form of Spiritual Development always has two parts: authentic meditation and practices for daily living.
The Science and Technology of Authentic Meditation
Correct Knowledge + Practice = Experience = Wisdom
Make your meditation room your lab.
Replace effort with experience.
Don’t DO meditation, EXPERIENCE it.
Continuing Spiritual Development Outside the Meditation Room
As your True Self emerges, greater happiness emerges with it.
Knowing yourself and your Self, you live in Truth and serve everyone.
As your True Self emerges, your life becomes more satisfying, and the lives of others are benefited. As you become Happier, the world becomes a Happier place.