Self & Other-Than-Self, Continued – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 22

Half Male Half Female God
Half Male Half Female God

Three modes of action in nature come into play because You originally perceived Others like YourSelf as different than You. 

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Purusha seated in Prakriti experiences the gunas of Nature. This causes attachment to the gunas and results in fortunate and unfortunate births.

  • Purusha (m) – Spirit, You, a Divine Individual
  • Prakriti (f) – Another Divine Individual
  • Gunas – The three modes of action in Nature: easy-going (sattva), fast or excited (rajas), and still or slow-moving (tamas)

Attachment 1The gunas come into play when Purusha experiences Prakriti as Nature. When you see Prakriti as Nature you see it as one or the other of these three gunas. The gunas are the building blocks of illusion, and their seductiveness get us attached to all kinds of things.

All things are energy in its various conditions, such as hard like a stone (tamas), soft like a pillow (sattva) or excited like the wind (rajas). In the same way we experience Nature in general as one or more of these three.

Once you (purusha) are embodied (prakriti) you experience prakriti as Nature in these three modalities—tamas (slow or dense), sattva (easy-going) and rajas (fast or excited)—individually or in various combinations, usually with one more prominent than the others.

The moment you want to experience something—to enjoy, be happy, etc.—the gunas accommodate you. Our desires have much to do with what guna predominates at any given time. In other words, your desire to be happy produces the means of getting happiness … and its opposite.

The three gunas can be seen in how we feel emotionally: sattva – indifferent, peaceful, relaxed and feeling good; rajas – exuberant, angry, wild, fast-moving, intense and passionate; tamas – still or slow-moving, lazy, quiet, withdrawn, gloomy, depressed, dark.

When you think about it, this is an amazing power that you have, that you probably don’t realize, or know how to use. But before you try to figure out how to use it, read the next paragraph:

The desire to experience is what gets you attached to the gunas. Once attached, you are compelled to be reborn, whether into good or bad situations. Liberation is lost. It’s your choice. 

Attachment - cuttingIn moments of genuine indifference, even though looking out onto “Nature” (prakriti), the gunas have no affect. This state disappears the moment you want to experience something. Thus has Lord Krishna repeatedly spoken of ‘indifference’ as the means of reaching His state. This state is called trigunatita, ‘free of the three gunas‘. One who has attained this state has transcended, or gone beyond, the three gunas and reaches Godhood.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Self & Other-Than-Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 20-21

Self and Other-Than-Self

Self & Other-Than-Self, A World of Opposites

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Know that both Nature and Spirit are beginningless. Know also that the modifications of the Field and the gunas arise from Nature. 

  • Nature – anything other than you that you can be conscious of, or perceive.
  • Spirit – the one who perceives
  • The Field – Nature, the body
  • Gunas – modes of Nature’s modifications: easy-going (sattva), excited (rajas) and fixed (tamas)

“Both Nature and Spirit are beginningless”

In verse 13 we learned that Brahman is the beginningless Absolute. Now Lord Krishna is going on to say that both Nature and Spirit are also beginningless and therefore Absolute.

  • Spirit, Purusha – You, a Divine Individual with a viewpoint
  • Nature, Prakriti – Other Divine Individuals that You view
  • Beginningless – Absolute
  • Absolute – Unlimited, unrestricted, unchanging, existing independently; Ultimate Reality

Purusha, a Divine Individual with a viewpoint, and Prakriti, a Divine Individual being viewed, are both beginningless and therefore Absolute. 

“The field and the gunas arise from Prakriti”

The Field can be understood as the entirety of the physical-material world, which comes about due to our taking other Divine Individuals to be something other that what they really are. But more specifically, the Field is the body, the result of mistakenly taking another Divine Individual as different than ourselves.Your Body is Your World

The physical-material world and other cosmic bodies are the macrocosm of the Field of which the body is the microcosm. Your body is your World.

Nature’s modifications, or changes, are called gunas. Nature as we know it, and its modifications (changes), are not beginningless, for anything that can change is by definition not Absolute, but Relative. So Nature is not beginningless, but what Nature really is — Prakriti, other Purushas — is beginningless and therefore Absolute.

Creation appears from Prakriti because Purusha sees Her as different than Himself. Though Prakriti is Absolute (She is another Purusha), Nature is Relative and has changes, modifications—gunas. This is why it is said that the world is an illusion (not what it seems).

“Beginningless”

The Sacred Syllable OMBeings have beginnings, Absolute God does not. The Sanskrit for ‘beginningless’ also means ‘without sound’. Creation is the effect of vibration, the basis of duality: OM, the sound of Creation, “The Word” — the product of vibration. In the Absolute there is no vibration, no sound. The experience of this is called nirbija samadhi, the highest state of samadhi in which the mind dissolves and becomes non-mind. It is a journey into the Absolute.

“Modifications”

In verse 7, the modifications that take place within the Field (the body) were listed as “attraction and aversion, ease and dis-ease, the body as a whole, perception, and will.”  

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It is said that Prakriti is the performer of cause and effect, and that the cause of happiness and unhappiness is Purusha experiencing it.  

Prakriti (f) is the agent and the source of cause and effect. Prakriti, who has been misperceived as Nature, is the object of Purusha’s (m) experience.

Neither Purusha nor Prakriti is an intentional designer of Creation. While Prakriti Herself is Absolute, nature is Relative. Creation comes forth from Prakriti as the result of Purusha’s having viewed Her as different than himself. This causes the apparent separation of himself from Prakriti, the Divine Other. The result of this is Creation.

Creation was not a result of some God’s intention, but the spontaneous result of us as Divine Individuals viewing other Divine Individuals as different than ourSelves. We are here in bodies for the purpose of correcting this error.

This error is the source of the idea that we were “born in sin” (sin, ‘error’). The body is the agent for rectifying this mistake. We are embodied for this purpose: to accept everyone as Divine Individuals who are the same as ourSelves.

Spirit (m) is the experiencer of happiness and unhappiness

The cause of happiness and unhappiness is Purusha (Spirit, You) experiencing Prakriti as cause and effect rather than what She really is: Other Purushas who are just like You.

Spirit, Purusha, is the experiencer of Nature, Prakriti, where everything, including happiness, has an opposite, and nothing is what it seems.

You, Spirit, are purusha experiencing this world as Nature and thinking that it is real. But “Nature” is prakriti misperceived, an illusion — it isn’t what it seems. How can you ever find lasting happiness where nothing is what it seems? If you’re lucky, you might find illusory happiness, but it would be subject to dissolution! So it dissolves, it ends, and you go looking to experience something else that will make you happy, but it will also be temporary. (The good news is that unhappiness also comes to the same end!)  

It is a merry-go-round and a trap. It is better to seek and surrender to Brahman, Absolute God, Absolute Truth, and get the real deal. Once you have experienced this directly, you will know that It is always there for you (because it is), and that you can not only reach it, but you can achieve Its eternal state of Absolute Goodness and Eternal Happiness

You get what you surrender to.

Think about that.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Power of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18, Continued

The Power of Emotions

The most mutable aspect of human embodiment is emotion.

The Power of Emotion

One might ask, Why do emotions seem to be avoided, and even denigrated, by yogis, gurus and authors of scriptures? I think the answer is simple: All scriptures have been created by men for men, and in times not long past, yoga sadhana and the study of scriptures have not been an option for women. Now, don’t think this is a denouncement of men, but quite the opposite. It is the recognition of a heavy burden.

What makes a fetus become male is the rush of a large quantity of testosterone, which promotes sexual avidity, action, aggression and anger, and proceeds to wipe out a good portion of the empathy center in the brain. All this happens about halfway through pregnancy.  

This can make yoga sadhana more difficult for men than for women. Men have a harder time dealing with sexual cravings, aggression and acting on anger than women do. More effort at self-control is needed in order for them to reach and practice yoga at higher stages, so willpower is needed in the beginning to a greater degree than for women.

While we women were being been left out altogether in the past, men have been dealing with this burden by willfully avoiding us and suppressing their emotions (which is easier to do for them than for us). This has resulted in considering emotions to be inappropriate. I think this kind of thinking is just an issue of ignorance associated with the age in which we live (kali yuga), and that it will one day turn around naturally.  

Change, and therefore progress, is easily accomplished when suppression is abandoned.

The Energy of Emotion is not limited to the physical body, the mental body (etheric) or even the emotional body (astral). It is Prana-Shakti. The Energy of Emotion is the energy of experience, and it is everywhere, constantly going out from every one of us to everyone else. [Illustration from Meditating Naturally]  

  • Emotion is a natural function of the body to support survival by producing feelings.
  • Feelings are the experiences of emotions.
  • Empathy is a function of Emotional Energy by which one experiences the feelings of others.

Empathy is a function of Prana-Shakti, the Energy of Emotion. When your Emotional Energy expands to others and shares their feelings, we call it ’empathy’. Like emotions, and even life itself, empathy is based on your relationship with others.

EMPATHY 1

Emotions exist solely because of your relationship to others. Emotional Energy is what it is because of you and other-than-you. It is all-powerful for the same reason. What you experience emotionally (feelings), including the feelings of others (empathy), affects everything about you: your body, your mind, your feelings and every cell in your body. 

EMPATHY 3The effects of emotions are powerful beyond words. When we truly love, we will sacrifice anything for the loved one. When one is desolate to the point of suicide, a power that can cause a person to end their own life must be very powerful indeed. These are extremes, but that is the nature of emotions: they can be very extreme … because of the extreme Power of Emotion.

Because the Energy of Emotion is present in the body and beyond without limit, and because its power is based on you and anything that is other than you that you can be conscious of, the importance of this energy for spiritual advancement should not be overlooked. 

Emotions & Spirituality

Healing and well-being come the same way. The Energy of Emotion affects everything from atoms to Earth. Every experienced emotion moves things, changing things in your body and mind, and subtly affecting everyone else. Emotions are activities of the emotional (astral) body, which extends beyond the physical body. Emotions are energy in motion. 

Spirituality requires progress. Progress requires change. Change is inherent in emotions. 

Emotional Energy 2.1The Energy of Emotion is constantly changing you, and because it is mutable, you can change it. By adding the power of Attention into the mix, you can use this energy to change your life.

The heart, which is the center of emotion and feelings, generates the largest electromagnetic signal in the body, 5,000 times greater than the brain, and takes in information that much faster. It is madness to disregard or minimize emotion and its powerful force and assume you are making spiritual progress. The heart, the seat of Prana and the seat of Emotion, is the central guidance system for the entire body and brain. What would become of us (and everyone else) if we were to disregarded it?

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Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Learn the science and practice of Natural Meditation and experience a simple form of this meditation. Reach deeper states of meditation though correct knowledge. Such knowledge will naturally increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the full form of Natural Meditation, the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived. Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, the full form of Natural Surrender Meditation. 

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona