Final Liberation

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Devi Durga Ma at Nature’s Gate Retreat Center in upstate NY June, 2019

On Summer Solstice, Friday June 21st our beloved Devi Durga Ma entered mahasamadhi (final liberation). The world has lost a spiritual giant, whose life will silently live in the eternity of our hearts working tirelessly for our own Liberation through the power of love.

When a Self-Realized Master of yoga leaves the physical plane of existence, it is never a small matter. In the moments just before Durga Ma entered into the breathless state, a sudden storm came through briefly enough to gain our attention and reveal a full rainbow stretching itself across the property of Nature’s Gate. I invite and encourage you to allow yourself to experience the gifts she left for each of us, in our memories, minds, and hearts.

In many ways she is more available to us now then ever before, but we feel the deep grief of loosing this magnificent being from our physical worldly life. It is with firm conviction and a heart sunk with the gratitude of a million suns that I can understand and appreciate the value of a guru in physical form.

There is much ahead for all of us that Durga Ma planted in expectant joy to unravel and discover. Before it can bloom we are taking the opportunity, and a few months to go deep into the experience of being with, and receiving the teachings of a great soul, to be sure that her mission (to restore the worship of the Divine Feminine) is revealed in a way that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

Durga Ma was sure that her work, and this sadhana would be continued in her absence. At her request, I have agreed to receive her students and questions with the understanding that  I will maintain the guru lineage of shaktipat kundalini yoga and continue with traditional shaktipat kundalini yoga initiations for future students. It is my greatest honor in life, and although she saw something in me that I have yet to be convinced of myself, I accept this tremendous gift with an open heart. May I, in some way be fit to offer you even an ounce of the love, wisdom, and patience she gave me from the moment I met her.

I am eternally grateful for the grace of my guru, the last guru, Devi Durga Ma. 1008 pranams at your holy lotus feet, may you dance in the infinite bliss of the Absolute and may we never forget your love in the heart of our souls as the spark of Truth which guides us home.

Jaya Bhagavan (victory to God)!

With Boundless Love,

Anandi

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The Exquisite Beauty of Surrender Yoga

It is likely that when you read this I will already be gone from this world. I do not expect to return. The following entries are my parting gifts to you:

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The complete eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita, 6 years of weekly posts.   

I have placed this writing at the end of the last post of the Bhagavad Gita because of it’s relevance to Lord Krishna repeating certain teachings over and over throughout the eighteen chapters. He repeats them in many different ways so that you have many opportunities to get the message. Along with these teachings, He promises that, by practicing it, you will come to Him, be with Him, enter into Him.

“Abandon all ‘shoulds’ and surrender only to Me (Absolute God/Truth) and I will give you liberation and free you from all fears and sorrows.” 

  • ‘shoulds’ – rules; ought-tos; dharmas, the laws of man as opposed to Divine Law.

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When you finally reach the end of the common path of the will, or have had enough of it, you will find yourself at the beginning of the path of spontaneous surrender meditation and inspiring experiences. This is a natural progression.

If you reach this point and do not know about this progression, you may begin using your willpower again to push on, thinking that this is too good to be true, or that it is wrong and I am just nuts. But if you do know about it and step forward onto the path, you will find yourself in the land of spiritual enchantment, and it will become so dear to you that you will never turn back again. This is a good thing.

This exquisitely beautiful new world of Truth, Divine Love and Freedom, will knock your socks off, and you will thank your lucky stars that you have finally found it. This gratitude is with me every day along with the sweet happiness of the presence of God. I would not trade it for even for life itself. 

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If you continue reading from here, you will become initiated into this path. So those of you who are still running on the fumes of willpower, control and “No pain, no gain,” be warned: (1) this path is too simple for the mind to fully comprehend, so it requires your participation in order to gain personal experience of it, and (2) come to know God/Truth — It will prove itself to you. If this is not something you want, you may as well stop reading here.

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Step Forward

You will need a place in your home where you can dedicate one or two hours a day, and where you will not be disturbed or interrupted — lock the doors, close the windows, turn off the phone, etc. Close your eyes, and do not leave this place until your time is up.

Have enough space to allow for movement. This is not a static meditation for the simple reason that the nature of Nature is to move, and trying to sit still or quiet your mind is counterproductive here.

Sit or lie comfortably, then surrender your body, feelings and mind to God/Truth (whatever your word is for that). This way, you will always surrender only to God. You must never allow yourself to surrender to anything other than Absolute God in meditation, or even outside of meditation. God is Absolute Goodness, so you are safe, loved and lifted up.

  • Know what you are surrendering (body, feelings and mind).
  • Know what you are surrendering it to (Absolute God/Truth).
  • There are no rules in the meditation room.

Because you surrender to God and are sincere, God will manage what happens during this time. There is nothing left for you to do. For this reason, all actions that arise in this meditation are ‘non-action’ … because you are not doing it, no matter how much your mind tries to convince you otherwise. 

God is now managing your meditation, working free of charge, and gradually fixing anything that needs fixing, and taking you to purity, true enlightenment, Divine Union, Liberation, Divine Love, Perfection and Eternal Happiness.

When your timer goes off, take some time to fully come back before going off to do other things.

The Road Ahead

Continuing with this meditation you will encounter doubts, puzzles, realizations, things that may look scary but aren’t, feeing stuck, impatience for more goodies, and so forth. Anytime you feel you are getting nowhere, this is the time to go on faith that what I have told you is True, and don’t let it stop you. These kinds of times are usually when the most is happening internally, so don’t stop. Keep going no matter what.   

You will have amazing experiences, go to other worlds, lokas, planes, meet adepts and Immortal Masters, and find God. You will learn that death is not the end, but a turning-point on a very long journey Home. You will discover both darkness and light for what they really are. You will find that your senses work even without their organs and that not breathing doesn’t mean your dead, all the while feeling everything from comfortable to pleasant and heavenly bliss. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The key to this meditation is to keep on going, no matter what.

You  always get what you surrender to.
When you surrender to God, God is what you will get.  

How many times I have heard someone say to me, “Why would I want to do this sadhana? I don’t want to end up like you!” Why would they ask me such a question? They know how I have had to live in order to do it. But I did it for them and for you so you wouldn’t have to do it the hard way. 


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This page contains an initiation. Just read it and move on, or hop on board and begin Surrender Meditation, the most amazing journey you could ever take.


 

Real Surrender

This post was inspired by current events relevant to our last issue and those that came before it and will come after it, in this chapter.  

I have recently come out of my metaphoric cave and been presented in Connecticut. It has been an education. While I have been telling people about the practice of Surrender Meditation, they have been hearing something else entirely. It seems that the word ‘surrender’ has a different meaning to them than it has to me, and that I will either have to find a way to get this difference across, or change the name of this exquisite practice. 

From what I am hearing, it seems that the word ‘surrender’ has become trendy, and amounts to getting out of one’s own way when in the midst of a challenge of some kind or other, and to not try to control things but go with the flow, etc. The element of abandoning one’s attachment to getting a certain outcome is more to the point. I applaud this. It is a very good practice, and a prelude to real surrender. Though it has elements of surrender, it is not surrender as I mean it, and would more aptly be defined as a ‘momentary renunciation of attachment’. 

Scriptural texts on the subject of surrender yoga are plentiful, and all are in agreement that real surrender is the full surrender of oneself to God (whatever your name is for That) under certain conditions meant to make this degree of surrender possible.

Surrender Yoga

The purpose of this practice is union (yoga) with God—union, unity, communion, reunion, unification, with Truth—and liberation from the cycles of birth and death. It is not about navigating life, though this is inevitably affected in the process. 

Surrender Yoga requires that the proper conditions are in place, and that one fully surrenders oneself to God within this context by abandoning the personal sense of being the one doing things, or being the cause of actions—thoughts, bodily movements, feelings, or even falling asleep…etc. One doesn’t try to control what happens or doesn’t happen, but abandons these kinds of desires, along with the expectations and preconceived ideas associated with them.

What I am calling ‘real surrender’ as it is taught in mystical texts on Yoga, and my own lineage of teachers, is the full surrender of oneself to God—the whole package, not just the mind, not just feelings, and not just the body, but all of it. This surrender is not just an ah-ha moment of realization in the midst of life in general. 

Real surrender requires that you know what you are surrendering (yourself) and what you are surrendering it to (God). These two keys are vital. Then your surrender will protect you and take you to the Divine, God, Truth, the Absolute.

You get what you surrender to, whether you are aware of what you are surrendering to or not.

The trendy form of surrender is mild enough that you may not run into any trouble with it, though there will be some who will. I have come across some of them. Just surrendering, or just opening up, is never a good idea. It is no different than parking your car in a tough part of town with the windows down and the key in the ignition. One must be clear on WHAT one is surrendering, and WHAT one is surrendering it TO—and what that is, should always be God/Truth. If you aren’t specific, anything can come along and drive away with your car.

To the degree that one can do this, to that same degree one is surrendered. It takes time and practice like anything else, but with the proper conditions, it is easy and pleasant, and leads to profound experiences and jet-fast progress. By resorting to God in this way, God will drive your car for you.   

Conditions

This is not a practice done in groups. And it is not for everyone. It is not a good fit for someone who wants what the world has to offer in the way of enjoyments, success, money, fame, family ties, approval, etc. It is only useful to those who are interested in God, Truth, the Absolute, the Divine, the Real, and to whom this comes first and is not at the bottom of a wish list.

Privacy is of paramount importance. You will not surrender much if there is someone around, or if you can be heard, walked in on or interrupted. While you might start out in less than perfect conditions, you must work toward this kind of privacy.

Another component is time. One tries to practice during the same time-period daily, for at least one hour. It is best not to do more than two hours a day if you have duties and responsibilities that take most of your time. It is a seductive practice, effortless, pleasant and laced with amazing experiences, and after some time of regular practice, there may be a temptation to increase the time.

After a few months, you will begin to notice subtle changes in yourself, often without knowing how or when they changed. This is God at work, taking care of you, because you surrendered to That.


So now, coming to the end of this discourse, I am thinking that I may revert to calling this practice by its Sanskrit name, Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, meaning ‘the activating force given (shaktipat) for the purpose of accelerating evolution (kundalini) through union with God (yoga)’

But will such a long and enigmatic (though literal) title be acceptable? Click on “Leave a comment” at the bottom, and let me know what you think. If you have an interest in learning more about this practice, click here.

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