Destroying the Enemy of Yoga through Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 32


This post addresses Personal Time, Cosmic Time, The Nature of Time and The Secret of Yoga.

In this story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we discover what Arjuna learns.

32  The Blessed Lord spoke:
I am Time, the destroyer of all beings and all worlds, come to destroy these people in this world. Even without any action on your part, none of these warriors here in the opposing army will be spared.

Let’s take the position that everything in the Gita is about you and God/Truth, whether you are an aspiring yogi or yogini, or someone with an interest in Truth, or an atheist (just tweak “God” to suit).

Consider that “these people” have something to do with you and your objective of realizing and knowing God/Truth. Think of them as they are represented in chapter one, and consider their meaning as it applies to you personally. They are all about to be annihilated to your advantage.

Some of these people seem to be assets, but they are fighting on the side of the bad guys and working against you. They are obstacles in your way and God has come to destroy them for you. You need God, Guru, Truth, Lord Krishna, for this purpose, because you cannot do it yourself, and now the time is right.

(Consider that now is the right time for you. Right now. While you are reading this and making this discovery. Why else would you be reading this right now? Don’t walk away saying, Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow is not the right time. The right time is right now.)

Personal Time

It is no accident that Lord Krishna (God/Truth) is here when He is. Before this, it was not the right time, but now it is time to destroy all these ‘people’. This destruction pertains not only the bad guys that threaten Arjuna’s objective of reclaiming the throne, but most of the good guys as well. 

(This will not happen all at once, it will take Time and a regular practice for its battleground, but it is beginning right now.)

If you look at these people as representing aspects of yourself, this tells you that, even though there are some very good ones, they are in the way of your further progress. We might think of their destruction as the dissolution of your persona, your mask, making way for the revelation of the Real You that has been behind this mask all along.

  • Time – The Sanskrit (kāle) means, ‘a space of time, the proper time or season for, a fixed or right point of time, and time in general’.

At this time in Arjuna’s life, this must happen: He is in the middle between the two opposing forces, looking things over, and realizing that he is related to everyone on both sides. Chapter one reveals them as things related to him, most of which would hold him back. Lord Krishna is saying that now is the time for them to be destroyed in order to achieve victory—for yoga to destroy the enemies of yoga

Now is the time for Arjuna (and you) to move forward. Lord Krishna is here at this point in time for Arjuna and the coming together of these two opposing forces. Their union (yoga) is the awakening and activation of the evolutionary force (kundalini) within the body. Without this awakening at this time and place (the field of dharma), one does not move forward. With it, this union (yoga) of opposing forces becomes known to the yogi as the Grace of God Herself: Kundalini Shakti.

Things that would hold you back are dissolved through Yoga (union) at the right time and place.

Read my notes on destruction.   

Cosmic Time

Alternate translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed and will be neutralized. With the exception of you, Arjuna, all these warriors gathered here now, will cease to be.

Expanded translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed — the world is fully populated, or on a personal level one is fully developed in readiness for yoga (union). When the world, or the individual, reaches this point, which is Absolute, the world/the body, will neutralize. Neutralization takes place in the body when the two primary forms of the Life Energy, prana and apana, unite. This can occur in meditation as yoga, or in life as death.

Cycles of You

Beyond the kinds of memory known to science, there is another kind of body memory in which a ‘signature’ is left, not in the flesh per se, but in the subtle body that permeates the physical body. These signatures are created by acts and events experienced in one’s life. This karma (action) is what makes you go ’round in cycles.

The subtle body does not die at death, but acts as a ‘soul’ that accompanies the Individual after the death of the physical body. Signatures can no longer be active because the opposing energies that once supported them are neutralized. This is what is meant by “these warriors will cease to be.”

In the future, these signatures may be reactivated by associated triggers encountered in a new cycle of existence. In Yoga, these signatures are called samskaras.

  • Saṃskāras – tendencies or ‘habbit patterns’ imprinted in the subtle body-mind by actions and events experienced in former lifetimes.

The Nature of Time

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Ananta, Time Eternal
Earth turning
The Earth appears to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise depending on your point of view.

The Earth revolves because the nature of Time is to revolve.

Time is like ananta, the snake eating its tail, symbolizing the never-ending cyclical nature of Time. Even when you think you are going forward, you are actually going ‘around’. 

When you die, you die because you have completed the current cycle. It is “your time.” After death, you will begin the next cycle. If you are born again you pass through yet another cycle.

Time is not linear, but cyclical.

If your cycle on earth is interrupted, i.e., accident, war or murder, you go to a happy place unless you try to stick around here as a ‘spirit’, then, when the natural end of your cycle arrives, you can move on to that heavenly place. In Yoga, these transitions are called samsara.

  • Saṃsāra – ‘passing through a succession of states, undergoing transmigration, circuits of mundane existences’.

The primary purpose of Yoga is to give you liberation from the cycling of repeated transitions and incarnations. If you have had sufficient practice of yoga, your form may even transform into its divine form, the template of which is the ananda kosha (the subtle ‘bliss body’), and you would become an Immortal and dwell in the World of Immortals.

The Secret of Yoga

Time is a product of individuals assuming the role of the doer of actions. Worlds come and go based on this identification among beings.

The spontaneous movement of Divine Energy by goddess Shakti, brings about the destruction of the world and beings. When this mudra (seal) becomes unsealed, the world and beings are created anew. This applies to Time as personal (microcosmic) and macrocosmic.

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

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