IV: 38-39 Reaching Raja Yoga…

The fire of Wisdom burns away unTruth leaving only Truth, and fills us with faith, a Knowing that can be remembered during dry spells and keep us on track. 

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There is with certainty, no purifier like true wisdom to be found here on earth. In time, one finds on one’s own that it is accomplished on its own, through Yoga. 

We are given a guarantee: The teachings we have received from Lord Krishna, will provide us with experience of Truth. This wisdom is the best purifier on the planet. If we practice this Yoga, we will find that it purifies and validates itself. This practice is Karma Yoga, Action Yoga, the subject of this and the previous chapter.

While we may struggle to understand all this now, if we just go forward with Karma Yoga, over time and experience it will prove itself to us. We will come to see for ourselves that it has its own purpose, and that this purpose is accomplished, not by us, but by itself.

Karma Yoga leads to samadhi. Then samadhi, which comes about through this purification process, becomes the purifier itself. 

Purification – Putting things where they belong in their natural order, and filtering out physical, mental and emotional impurities.

Samadhi – A blissful state of equanimity accomplished through union (yoga), which purifies, upstages the ego, and reveals our true Selves.

“True wisdom,” and the purification it brings through practice, continues to increase over time due to the upstaging of illusion through experience. Illusion slowly loses its power to dominate every-day reality as it becomes gradually replaced with true Reality.  

“Here on earth” suggests that it is here on earth that we have the opportunity to practice this Yoga and reach its pinnacle.

“Through Yoga”  While some say that Yoga is a psychology, a philosophy, or a theology concerning Spirit, others say that Yoga is physical-spiritual in nature. There need be no dispute here, for all these are true.

“Perfected in Yoga”  The Sanskrit word for ‘perfected’ also means ‘successful’, ‘completed’ and ‘hitting the mark’, the exact opposite of sin, ‘missing the mark’. The yogi successfully accomplishes Yoga by completing Raja Yoga. 

Raja Yoga (Royal Union)

Up until now, we have been primarily discussing Hatha Yoga, ‘Sun-Moon Union’, the subject of this and chapter three. Raja Yoga, ‘Royal Union’, occurs as a result of having sufficiently accomplished Hatha Yoga first, which is why Lord Krishna has been spending so much time on it. Once Hatha Yoga is accomplished, Raja Yoga takes the limelight and one experiences samadhi

Raja Yoga cannot be successfully completed without first sufficiently accomplishing Hatha Yoga.

The wisdom of Raja Yoga is different than the wisdom knowledge of Hatha Yoga. The wisdom of Raja Yoga comes about through samadhi, and ultimately the highest samadhi, absorption into the Absolute.

Samadhi is a product of kundalini’s work above the throat chakra, the realm of Raja Yoga.

Absorption into the Absolute is the ultimate proof of God, and of You and everyone else and our eternal existence. You know what you have always known, but now it is proved, right now, right here on planet earth, amongst all this static and confusion and Babble, and your awareness of yourself expands to include all others. This is a game changer, and you will never be the same again. 

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Full of faith, one attains true wisdom. Having achieved it, the senses contained, one goes quickly beyond peace.

“Full of faith”  Having faith is a position of trust: you proceed trusting that these teachings are true, and even if you aren’t certain, or aren’t certain your understanding is correct, you go by the book and proceed as if they were the absolute truth.

If you don’t do this, you will never know—you will not have given yourself the opportunity to know, or given these teachings the opportunity to prove themselves to you, one way on the other. 

Your meditation is your ‘lab’.

According to this verse, they will prove themselves to be so, and you will ultimately attain true wisdom and the highest samadhi, the highest fulfillment on earth.

“Having achieved it, the senses contained”  Once you have experienced sabija samadhi for some time, pratyahara (‘the senses contained’) is set to take you into the next stage, nirbija samadhi. Down the line, when this finally happens, it happens quickly.

“One goes quickly beyond peace”  What is beyond peace is the Absolute. The highest samadhi is absorption into the Absolute. In this samadhi, peace doesn’t even begin to cover it, it is profoundly beyond any kind of peace we can know under ordinary circumstances, or even in sabija samadhi, for all opposites, which is what makes up our everyday ‘reality’, are gone. This happens suddenly without warning, in meditation.

There is a shift in one’s practice. One arrives at a new stage of Yoga. What once left the body (i.e., energy and attention flowing outward to objects of sense), stays in the body; what once went out, goes in; what once went down, goes up. Etc.

“To truly understand Yoga, you have to stand on your head.” — Yogeshwar Muni

This is the nature of Raja Yoga, which can only be accomplished to this degree by having gotten there via Hatha Yoga.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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