Kundalini, All-Pervasiveness & Three Worlds – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 21

Vishnu - All-Pervader
Vishnu, ‘All-Pervader’

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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. Lord Krishna began answering this question in verses 19-20, “God In You”, and continues:

Kundalini, All-Pervasiveness & Three Worlds

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Of the Adityas, I am Vishnu. Of heavenly luminaries, I am the radiant sun. Of the Maruts, I am Marici. Of heavenly bodies, I am the moon.

Alternate translation:
I am Unlimited (Aditya) and pervade all that is (Vishnu). Of light appearing in the three worlds (of the body), I am the Sun (Prana, the Life Energy). Of the Storm Gods (Maruts) I am lightening (Marici). Of heavenly bodies, I am the Moon (soma):

Expansion:
As the Unlimited (Absolute), I pervade everything. Of heavenly luminaries I am the Sun, the Life Energy in the three worlds of the body. Of the Storm and Wind Gods (Maruts) I am the lightening (Marici) striking in the heaven of bodies (the head), where I am also the ‘moon of mystery’. 

Aditi with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva
Aditi with Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva at Her feet.

Aditya means ‘coming from Aditi’. Aditi is one of the most ancient Indian of Goddesses. She represents the Eternal and Infinite. The word aditi means ‘boundless, inexhaustible, abundance, unimpaired, and perfect’.

God Everywhere

Lord Krishna is an avatara of Vishnu embodied in the relative realm of this world. All His vibhutis (powers, manifestations) are evidence of Him as Absolute God pervading everything…this material world, as well as the personal world of your body. Absolute Unlimited God is everywhere in everything, microcosmically and macrocosmically. The Relative could not exist without the Absolute.

Everything is Absolutely Relative

Absolute God is not being anything because It is already everything, and so are You (think about that for a minute).

The light “appearing in the three worlds” is jyoti. This light, or fire (energy), is in the ‘kind and gracious’ central channel (sushumna) of the body through which Goddess Kundalini travels upward. The Absolute exists in this relative world as this evolutionary force. She is not evolution itself, but the force, the power, of itThings change because of Her, but Kundalini Herself never changes. 

Earth, Sky and Heaven

The world of Earth is up to the diaphragm. The Sky, or Atmosphere, is from the diaphragm up to and including the fifth chakra. Heaven is above.

The ascent of the Life Energy with Kundalni through the central channel of the body is brought on by the Storm God, Marici, ‘lightening’, which can be seen in meditation. This visual experience indicates the production of soma by the pineal gland. Soma is amrita, the nectar of immortality, before it is pure. The purpose of amrita is the attainment of your natural state as a Divine, Indestructible, Absolute Individual.

Marici (lightening) is also the name of the first of the Seven Rishis of the first Manvantara  (306,720,000 of our years) whose Manu (ruling force) was Svayambhu. Svayambhu means ‘self-existent’, which describes Absolute God, and You as a Divine Absolute Individual.

WHO you are is the individual. WHAT you are is Absolute. Now that you know this, it is time to move on and put yourself and your life in sync with this Truth.

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God In You – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 19-20

Vibhuti's of Lord Krishna

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This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has just spent the last few verses imploring Him to explain how He as Absolute God exists within Creation, and now Lord Krishna answers:

God In You

The Blessed Lord spoke:
Listen! I will tell you of My divine manifestations, but, since there is no limit to my power, only those that are the most prominent.

Because there is no limit to His power, there is no limit to His manifestations, so he is only going to tell Arjuna about the most important ones. With Absolute God, there is no limit to anything, so Lord Krishna is drawing the line at what is most predominant. As for this writing, I would add that there is so much that could be said of a single one of them, that what you will be reading is only a small fraction.

In the following sequence of verses, we learn how Absolute God exists within the Relative Realm of this world. Anything He says He is, He is the essence of that, and the highest and best aspect of that essence. This gives us some idea of what to look for in our quest for the Absolute. These verses are connected in this way, but practically, they present us with options for where to look, and show us how to discern the difference.

As we go along, you may notice that deeper meanings of these verses address the whole process of yoga sadhana (the practice of unification). Because Lord Krishna is only going to reveal a limited number of His vibhutis (powers or manifestations), we should look at them as a means of revealing the course of yoga sadhana.

Lord Krishna means to allay any doubts Arjuna may have about what He has taught him, by pointing out aspects of these vibhutis and teachings as being Himself. He is showing Arjuna that, if he has faith in Him (God, Guru), he also has faith in the full gamut of these teachings and the practice that He has taught him.

Lord Krishna begins with the most important vibhuti:

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I am the atman abiding within all Beings, and I am the beginning, middle and end of Beings.

  • Atman, the divine individual, the Real Self (Absolute)
  • Beginning, middle and end of Beings (Relative)

‘Atman’ in this verse refers to the Real Self as Absolute. Anything that comes, stays and then goes, such as Beings, is Relative.

You are a god (Absolute) in a body (Relative) made of God (Absolute) being human (Relative).

Absolute and Relative

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and individual self-sense, are the eight parts of my relative nature—such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained. — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

Individual self-sense – The Sanskrit is ahamkara, meaning “I do”. This is usually translated as ‘ego’. So when in Experiential Meditation you hear yourself thinking the question, “Did I do that, or was that Shakti?” remember this verse, and that what you are after is Absolute God.

The Embodied One is never born nor does it ever die. But just as in the body childhood, youth and old age happen to an embodied one, so also the embodied one acquires another body.

Your existence as a human being (Relative) is because of God (Absolute). You are not here because of Creation. You are here because of Absolute God, the source of Creation. When you understand this, you will understand that the Real You is Absolute. 

Absolute You

The Divine Individual is eternally indestructible and unchanging, is without limitation, and has unrestricted power. The Divine Individual that You really are has always been and always will be. God is saying that the presence of Absolute God, first and foremost, is found in You.

The Embodied One is not born nor does it ever die, nor having been, will it again come not to be. Birthless, eternal, perpetual, indivisible, it does not die when the body dies. —Bhagavad Gita, ch 2, vs 20

The Divine Individual, the True Self, the Real You, is what you really are even though you are being human and as a being, will live and die.

  • Absolute – God in you as the Real You is never born and never dies.
  • Relative – God is your human cloak and its birth, life and death.

You will notice that Absolute God is static, unchanging. Relative God is all about activity and change. Is it any wonder that most humans are polytheistic even though there is only one God? Is it any wonder that God-realization and Self-realization are really the same?

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Petitioning God – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 13-18

Arjuna petitions Lord Krishna
Arjuna petitions Lord Krishna

Petitioning God

This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Since chapter two, we have been hearing mostly from Lord Krishna. Now Arjuna, petitioning God, his guru, takes these verses to do so:

Arjuna is speaking:
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So say all the sages—Devarshi Narada, Asita Devela, and Vyasa—and so you yourself tell me.

This refers to what Arjuna has said in the previous verse—that Lord Krishna is Absolute God, the Highest Abode, the best means of purification, and the Eternal Divine Individual who is Personal God. Here he gives this description its credentials for having been said by these three sages, and even by Lord Krishna Himself.

The three sages mentioned are Devarshi Narada, the ‘god-sage’ and famous blissfully-mad devotee who ‘carries messages from the gods to humans’; Asita Devala, ‘the virtuous and unbound dark one’; and Vyasa himself, the author of the Mahabharata from which this Bhagavad Gita is taken.

The name Vyasa means ‘arranger, or complier’. Vyasa sometimes shows up in his own work. He has a great sense of humor, usually putting himself in a poor light. This cagey fellow, who hides himself inside his own stories, is full of covert messages. For instance, we have a god-sage (Devarshi Narada) who carries messages to folks like us, and another sage (Asita Devala) who is without bounds and is dark but virtuous. Might this indicate that the messages themselves are ‘dark’, hidden, and carrying ‘virtuous’ esoteric teachings? Knowing the author, it is likely.

Vyasa is telling us in this roundabout way, that he is spilling the beans on that secret yoga we talked about earlier, and that we are going to have to learn how to read between the lines to get everything he is telling us. How do we do that? We do yoga sadhana and let experience be our guide in this, and consult guru to either validate our understanding or correct us.

14 – 15
All that You tell me I regard as Divine Truth. Indeed, neither the gods nor the demons understand Your manifestations. 
You know Yourself by Your Self alone, O First and Highest Purusha, Lord of Beings, Lord of Worlds, God of gods.

When Arjuna says “You know Yourself by Your Self alone,” he reveals his understanding of Lord Krishna’s awareness of Himself as Absolute and Self-Knowing.

Speaking of Lord Krishna as the first and highest purusha, he acknowledges Him as the first individual in the Absolute to become Self-aware and knowing Others as the same as Himself. He is therefore Lord of Beings, lord of those individuals like ourselves who have come into being.

Calling Him Lord of Worlds, Arjuna acknowledges Him as Creator. The Illusion of this Creation, this world, is often spoken of in scriptures as awesome and amazing for a reason—it is so powerfully difficult to see beyond because of the Power behind it: Absolute God.

Calling Him God of gods, he acknowledges Him as lord of those individuals who became what we humans think of as ‘gods’. The traditional ‘gods’ are Divine Individuals who, upon becoming self-aware and knowing Others, immediately accepted them all as the same as themselves.

16 – 18
Please describe completely, your divine manifestations by which you pervade and abide in all these worlds. How can I know You by constant meditation, Lord of Yoga, and in what aspects of being are you to be known by me? Please explain to me in complete detail, Your power and manifestations, for there is no end to my desire to hear your nectar-like words.

Arjuna wants to hear more.
Arjuna wants to hear more.

Now look who’s being cagey! Arjuna is covering all the bases. Not only does he not want to miss anything, any detail, and do his practice perfectly, but he has a hidden agenda: He is swimming in loving devotion for his guru and wants to keep him talking, for it is bringing forth a happiness that he wants to sustain as long as possible.

Guru cannot resist this kind of devotion (which is why devotion is so effective), so of course Lord Krishna will accommodate Arjuna with an answer. In our next installment, we will get to listen in as He explains.

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Yoga in Meditation & Life -Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 12

Parabrahman
Parabrahman, the Highest Abode, the Highest Purifier, Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear

This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Since chapter two, we have been hearing mostly from Lord Krishna, but now Arjuna has something to say that takes up more than a verse or two. This is the first:

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Arjuna is speaking to Lord Krishna:
You are Parabrahman, the Highest Abode, the Highest Purifier, Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear. 

Alternate translation:
Absolute God, the Highest Abode, is the Highest means of purification in existence. Eternal Divine Purusha, ‘the first god to appear’, or manifest, is the driving force of Others to appear (come into being).

You may be wondering how we can get away with so many uses for the word ‘god’, so I will explain. We have said that the ‘gods’ are all of us. We have said that the ‘gods’ are the senses. Now we are hearing that Lord Krishna, who has told us that He is in actuality, Absolute God, is the first ‘god’ to appear. But there is really no contradiction here…..

All of Us and the Senses, Too

We are all divine absolute individuals who have become embodied and no longer remember our true Selves. As Divine Individuals, we have the same characteristics as God: omnipotence, omniscience, and omnipresence.

We are all inherently powerful and we each have the same amount of ‘power’ (even though as beings we don’t know this).

We are all-conscious and know everything that is knowable (even though, as beings, we don’t know what we know). 

We are all everywhere; we all make up all things—including bodies with five senses (even though as beings we think that we are our bodies and that we are located somewhere on planet Earth).

Now look back on The Problem with Consciousness, and you will understand how this connectedness among us can be utilized to benefit everyone, including you, and even the planet itself.

God, the Best Purifier

Parabrahman is Absolute God, and being completely perfect, is the obvious best purifier. The best means of purification then, is to join with That through the practice of uniting (yoga).

  • Purification – Getting things where they belong; aligning yourself with the divine one that you really are.

Eternal Divine Purusha and the ‘gods’

Eternal Divine Purusha is the Eternal Divine Individual. Purusha is a Divine Individual in a state of self-awareness knowing Other Divine Individuals. Being the first in this, this individual causes a ripple effect, setting off this same state in the Others. So he is called the ‘instigator, leader, mover or driver’. Thus we turn to this Purusha as Personal God.

All Divine Individuals are Absolute and the same. All can know and be known by Others. Being Absolute, all Divine Individuals are ‘gods’. This is You, the Real You. This is what you really are. This is what everyone really is.

Embodiment

Having become embodied, we have forgotten ourSelves. In this state we don’t always use our inherent power wisely. We make choices that are not harmonious with our True Selves. This causes unfavorable ripples in the fabric of our existence, and takes us farther away from our real Selves.

Personal God and You

The first Purusha is our “Personal God”, whereas “Truth” is God in a more impersonal sense. We may feel that we cannot experience something as abstract as Truth, but we can petition a Personal God and find comfort.

Personal God can be the catalyst for the experience of Absolute Truth. This is called asamprajnata (without a knowable), or nirbija (without seed) samadhi (equanimity). This is the experience of Absolute God that is Divine Bliss beyond description.

Eternal Divine Purusha, the first god to appear

Your True Self is Absolute, already completely pure and perfect, an Eternal Divine Purusha and knower of Others. This is true of all of us. Having manifested, we will ultimately become consciously aware of this, and when we return Home, we will take this awareness with us.

Here I would remind you of the earlier verses in this chapter on the Big Picture and the magnitude of this journey Home. It is not a small venture accomplished in a lifetime. However, it is the purpose of Life, which is effectively satisfied through the correct practice of meditation. By this practice, we can ultimately return Home with consciousness of our divine situation, and live in Eternal Happiness, our natural state.

Purification

Purification is the process of getting things in sync with our own innate divinity. This practice has two parts: (1) the daily practice of yoga meditation, and (2) the rest of our lives—what we do when we are not meditating.

The first of these two is resisted by most people. They try to do everything in Life, but it is the daily practice of yoga (uniting) that makes it possible to know how to go about Life in such a way as to correspond with the Divine Real You. To do this, you need to experience it for yourself. This is possible through meditation.

Meditation is the foundation of spiritual development. 

Meditation

The way to Fulfillment then, is the full and unconditional surrender of yourself to Absolute God in meditation. This surrender, called ‘sacrifice’ in the Gita, is the acceptance of all Divine Individuals as the same as You.

Meditation, the spiritual practice for reaching a meditative state, is vital to this. Not only is it the means of reaching equanimity (samadhi), it is your lab for personal experience of God/Truth. With experience, you have some idea of what it is that you are trying to match in Life. Without this foundation you will flounder. You will hit the mark sometimes, but most of the time you will not. So it pays to do both.

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The Problem with Consciousness

Each of us is a two-part package
Being true to your Real Self can change the world.

The Problem with Consciousness

Being true to your Real Self can change the world, but there is a problem with consciousness that we must address for your Real Self to effectively emerge.

Awareness of the plight of others less fortunate than ourselves requires a willingness to be conscious of it. Because we do not like having to experience discomfort and pain, we deal with this dark side by white-washing it with social beliefs, religious beliefs, political beliefs, etc., and end in denial: “Everything is perfect just as it is.”  That’s the problem with consciousness.Making Life Better for Everyone is Easy

Try telling this to the suffering, hungry, tortured, destitute 95% of our world family and see where it gets you. If you don’t relieve their dilemma by at least feeding them, you will not be considered as enlightened as you may believe yourself to be. You will be found out as insensitive and self-interested.

Most of us simply do not want to know. We circumvent expanding our consciousness in order to avoid knowing, whether we are aware of doing this or not. We hide behind denial, and the suffering continues.

Consciousness is a Responsibility

Mind and Consciousness

With consciousness comes responsibility. Everyone is already up to their ears in responsibilities, so denial is understandable. However, it is precisely because we do not sincerely engage in our spiritual development and do the work it requires, we have no way to experience for ourselves the many blessings this would bring—to ourselves and to others. In this way, we forfeit our contribution to those in need of healing, understanding, food on the table, a roof over their head and bed to sleep on…..and a way to make progress for themselves.

If we take the road of feeding people, or offering medical assistance for instance, this is very helpful, and it may even get us in the door. But if we can’t offer these things on a regular basis, they will fall back into misery. We will have gained little more than the right to pat ourselves on the back.

The Amazing Effect of Expanded Consciousness

Most of us do not want to know that what we do or don’t do, especially in the way of our own improvement, has an effect on everyone else. We don’t want the responsibility. And we don’t want the distress that will come with it—we don’t want to know what most people have to endure on a daily basis. We just want what we want for ourselves.

The more conscious we are, the more conscious we will be of the distress of others. While we would also experience their good fortunes, there is little of this compared to the distress, and a part of us knows this. It is not a pretty picture. So we tell ourselves that we really do care, but there is nothing we can do.

But there is.

The Effect of Expanded Consciousness is Always Positive

We can pursue our own personal and spiritual development. But do we really want this? Do we really want all the changes inherent in progress? Or do we prefer to maintain the status quo, play it ‘safe’, and continue to selfishly seek happiness by trying to get our desires fulfilled over and over again? More than the desired object itself, we enjoy the sense of accomplishment and control we experience when we succeed. But it is this deadly duo that keeps us imprisoned in the very darkness we were attempting to escape. 

What is to be done?

The Solution

There is a simple answer to this problem of consciousness that may surprise you: 

∞⇒  We turn ourselves into sensitive and brave human beings who are willing to risk exposure to the suffering of others that will come with expanded consciousness.

∞⇒  We do this by taking up the project of aligning ourselves with the Divine Ones that we really are, and make some real progress.

∞⇒ We offer practical help however and whenever we can.

Do you not see the validity of this approach? If you study any scripture with a receptive mind and a genuine interest in Truth, you will find it there.
Each of us is a two-part package

Each of us is a two-part package. We are (1) Divine Individuals (2) embodied as human beings. At our core is number one, and in this we are all the same, regardless of appearances.

This sameness unites us all as a family of individuals we already know. We already know everyone because, as Divine Individuals, we are all the same, and it only takes one to know one. But before we can become aware of our knowledge of Others, we must know our Selves.  

If you still don’t understand this, or if you don’t believe it, consider this: Taking this approach may seem like a risk, but there is a huge payoff for you. And it will work, whether you know about it, believe it, or agree with it, or not. The payoff for you is more happiness here and now, and a more fulfilling Life.

You will have come across various ‘causes’ that contend that, “If everyone would just do such-and-such there would be world peace, or a cleaner planet, or no more wars, etc.” But what I am proposing does not require that everyone get on board. It is not necessary because the progress of one person will affect many. These ‘many’ will then come closer to making the same choice to expand their spiritual development and consciousness. And then one day, one does, and many are affected by that one. And so on it goes.

Truth is not dependent on our beliefEven if you just act as if this were true, it will still work. Whether you believe it or not is not important, for Truth is not dependent on belief. It is a win-win proposition that is pleasant and demands very little of you, pays you back in spades, and resolves the problem with consciousness…and makes the world a better place, and everyone in it a little happier.

Just as you cannot live in the same house with other people and not be affected by them, no one can live in this world without affecting everyone. So I propose that we use this to our advantage — ours and everyone else’s. 

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Coming Together in Devotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 8-11

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me. Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“To those who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me. For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed with the illuminating light of this knowledge.”

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 8-11

Here we find the first obvious message stressing the importance of individuals coming together in order to reach God. This is critical for enriching the devotional side of YogaWithout it, it can be harsh and filled with difficulties. This can be mitigated by community and gatherings “accompanied by kindness and affection.” What a wonderful way to live! (See SKY Haven)

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.

Alternate translation:
I am all that is, for all that is comes forth from Me. With this understanding, one can meditate correctly. Thus does one truly worship Me.

If we understand what we have been taught, we have the ability to meditate. Correctly practiced, meditation is worship of God. To meditate correctly one needs the knowledge and understanding by which one’s meditation is “yoga practiced without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” as mentioned in verse seven.  

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Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“Their consciousness fixed on Me”
The Sanskrit for attention is chitta. Chitta is consciousness—not consciousness of something, but pure consciousness itself, the subtlest form of divine energy.

“Their Life Energy flowing to Me”
When chitta flows to something, someone or some place, it is called attention, and where the attention goes, the Life Energy in the body, called prana, also goes.

The stuff of which the mind is made, is chitta, consciousness. 
Attention is a flow of consciousness from the mind to anything that is other than self.

Mind > AttentionWhere the attention goes, the energy flows.

With the attention going to Lord Krishna, one’s Life Energy goes to, and can unite with, Lord Krishna, Highest and First Purusha, Personal God. 

In “Finding the Magician Within” we were alerted to the extreme importance of Attention as being the key to achieving just about anything. This was presented in the context of reaching God/Truth, but it applies to anything. We even brought up Life Mastery in that article, and the necessity of constant Attention on the goal in order to attain it. Lord Krishna is bringing us back to this in this verse when He says that with consciousness (attention) fixed on Him, our Life Energy also flows to Him. This was earlier referred to as ‘worship’, or ‘meditation’, as the means of attaining union (yoga) with God.

You get what you worship

Dance and ChantThe next piece of the verse suggests that the most satisfying and pleasant way for accomplishing this is to be together with others with whom you can share Truth. This is called satsanga (‘Truth-sharing’).
Satsanga - ChantingSatsanga often includes any or all of the following: darshan (meeting the guru), kritana (music, dancing and singing to and about God/Truth), sharing experiences, and receiving teachings. In this way we “enlighten each other.” We awaken each other to God/Truth, and our attachments to previously limited expectations and ideas are forgotten. Enjoying this process, we find that our attention effortlessly remains on God/Truth throughout.

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To these worshippers, who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me.
For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed, with the shining lamp of this knowledge.

Always means always. Continuously coming together according to the previous verse. If we understand the universality of God’s presence within everyone and everything, we will naturally be kind and treat each other with affection. This being the case, one is enlightened as to the Truth of Yoga as the means of union with God/Truth. This union destroys the darkness of ignorance, and proves the Yoga we have been taught.

This enlightenment is possible because of God’s already existent presence within all of us. God is saying that, because we understand this, practice Yoga and treat each other well, we need make no further effort, for God will turn the lights on for us.

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