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Transcend Materialism and Be Self-Realized – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2:45-46

When you de-identify with nature, the Real You becomes apparent—you come awake to your true Self. 

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The subject of the Vedas is the material world of the three gunas*. You must rise above this and become Self-realized Arjuna, transcending the gunas, ever of kind disposition, and free of duality and concern for safety.

Think of this as the firm resolve to fearlessly practice Yoga (previous verses), transcend materialism, and become Self-realized.

“Self-realized” — You know who and what you really are. God is constantly in your thoughts. Truth/God constantly pervades your awareness. God/Truth is all you think about. When thoughts of ordinary things arise, they arise within this context. You put this first before all else. Everything is all about God/Truth and your spiritual practice for maintaining union with That.

“Transcending the three gunas* — Getting past being identified with nature. Through meditation (dhyana), one ultimately becomes indifferent to the interactions of the gunas and can remain steadily in union. It is possible to learn how to behave in such a way as to portray this state to the satisfaction of onlookers, but this is not transcendence but very accomplished behavior. To transcend the three gunas of nature is to become truly free of ‘worldliness’. Meditation will naturally move one in this direction over time.

* The Three Gunas — The three qualities, or modes, of nature: Tamas - Fixed, slow-moving. Darkness, ignorance, mindlessness, laziness. Couch potato. Rajas - Intense, fast-moving. Passionate, desirous, lustful. Stimulus junkie. Sattvas - Smooth-flowing, easy-moving. Tranquil, clear, subtle. Easy-going.

One guna is not better than the other. The gunas are simply fundamental characteristics of nature. They affect each other like weather fronts affect climate.

“Ever of kind disposition” — Continuously established in kindness you are harmless, honest, self-honest and at peace. These are qualities of the Real You.

“Free of duality” — Free of concern for the effects of pairs of opposites. Opposites and their effects have no influence. You are truly independent, pure and content. These are qualities of the Real You.

“Free of concern for safety” — When God/Truth is ever present in your awareness, this takes care of itself. You cease to be concerned about acquiring or keeping things in order to feel safe and secure. This doesn’t mean you won’t have or keep things, but that you are not attached to them, distracted by having or getting them, or worrying about keeping them. You are non-possessive and non-attached, and the issue of security is moot—you are invulnerable. These are qualities of the Real You.

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As much value as there is in a well when water is flooding on every side, so much is the value in all the Vedas for a God-person who Knows.

“The Vedas” — Consider this to be a reference to religious doctrines, dogmas, and belief-systems.

“A God-person who Knows” — A person of Wisdom, someone who is enlightened as to the Truth of how things really are. This is a quality of the Real You, a reference to what we have been taught up to this point being absorbed, understood and applied.

Remember my saying, ‘All action occurs in nature’? All action is the result of the interactions of the three gunas. That’s it. That’s all. Get this and your karma is over.

Namaste — I bow to the divine, perfect one that You really are,
Durga Ma


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Your Unlimited Power, Joy, and the Truth About Happiness -Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2:44

** Remote Shaktipat initiation into Surrender Meditation is being offered on January 1st, 2021 on the anniversary of Durga Ma’s own initiation, given by Anandi, her direct disciple charged to carry on the lineage. To be included in this remote event, please email anandibhgavan@gmail.com with your intentions to be considered no later than December 25th.**

You have unlimited power—you have only to access it. You can afford to be desireless because everything you want is already yours—you have only to realize it. 

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Being attached to enjoyment and power, the consciousness of the unenlightened is stolen away. They do not have the ability be singularly unwavering and cannot attain samadhi

“Being attached to enjoyment and power.” The purpose of this attachment is to fulfill desires. Attachment is itself a desire, a desire to hold on to something. In this case, one wants to hold on to enjoyment and power. So what does this tell you? This tells you that you must already have enjoyment and power or you couldn’t be concerned about keeping them.

“The consciousness of the unenlightened is stolen away — they do not have the ability to remain unwavering … so they cannot attain samadhi.”  Now we come to the point. ‘Consciousness’ refers to the attention—a flow of consciousness to what the mind is being conscious of. Desires keep the mind extroverted and in constant motion, preventing unwavering attention (stealing it away) and therefore, samadhi.

“Samadhi” — Equanimity, ‘equal-mind’. Remember where this started? With the equalization of opposites. And here is the prize: samadhi, ‘a unified state of mind’, whereby you can discover the real You (Self-realization). But samadhi can only be attained through the meditative state (dhyana) where there is an unwavering, uninterrupted flow of consciousness and life energy in one place for a sufficient length of time.

In addition to stealing the attention away and preventing the very thing we desire most, there is another liability inherent in desire:

Desire is an affirmation of lack.

A desire for something can only exist when there is a belief in the mind that you do not have it. A common technique for alleviating this perceived deficiency is to do positive affirmations, but by doing these affirmations you are strengthening the idea in your mind that you do not have what you want. Desires, especially acting on desires, give energy and strength to the (subconscious) belief of lack. Neither belief of lack nor mental agitation are harmonious with enjoyment and power, or samadhi.

This verse is not trying to make you feel guilty for having desires, for wanting power, for wanting those things in life that make you feel good. That is not its purpose. What it is trying to tell you is that you feel hungry for these things because you know their wonder and worth, and that you can only know this through your own experience.

Desiring something says “I want”, but why would you want something you already have? How could you possibly know what it would be like to have a desire fulfilled if you didn’t already know from your own experience? Chasing desires just drives you around in circles and accomplishes nothing.

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This verse is also giving you the key to reestablishing yourself in your true nature, your real Self. Such a beautiful and blissful state, and you know this, and you are hungry for it. It is not power and pleasure you want, but to reveal the You that is already perfect, powerful, and in-joy.

Namaste — I bow to the divine, powerful and joyous one that You really are,
Durga Ma

** Remote Shaktipat initiation into Surrender Meditation is being offered on January 1st, 2021 on the anniversary of Durga Ma’s own initiation, given by Anandi, her direct disciple charged to carry on the lineage. To be included in this remote event, please email anandibhgavan@gmail.com with your intentions to be considered no later than December 25th.**

 

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Desire or Freedom -Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2: Vs 42-43

Do you want to settle for what you think you want? Or do you want to have what you really want?

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The flowery discourses of the ignorant proclaim delight in Vedic doctrine saying, “There is nothing else”.

Sound familiar? Our way is the only way?

Although this verse refers to the Vedas, the message is about religious absolutes in general, and also applies to ‘belief systems’, including those belief systems hidden in our own subconscious minds that were imprinted early in life and are now running on auto pilot.

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Being of desirous natures, intent on heaven and rebirth as the fruit of action, they are addicted to many specific rites aimed at the goal of enjoyment and power.

Alternate translation (42-43):
The grandiose chatter of the unenlightened proclaim the beliefs of their religions to be exclusively correct. They are of desirous natures, intent on heaven or rebirth as the result of their good works. They are addicted to many specific activities and ceremonies to this end, but these actions are aimed at power for the purpose of attaining desires and the experience of enjoying them. 

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Spiritual paths that rely on beliefs may get you what you think you want for the short term, but they will not get you what you really want in the long term, the ultimate and lasting prize. Even Yoga itself is often misused in this way, but this is not true Yoga science.

Everyone’s primary life purpose is the same:
Union with God/Truth, liberation from rebirth, and eternal happiness.

Many spiritually-minded people are intent on the fulfillment of desires rather than union with God/Truth, which is the primary aim in life we all share (see verses 33-36 on life purpose). Many have even convinced themselves that because ‘all is God’, their desires must also be God, and that the pursuit of these desires is therefore a spiritual pursuit. But what they are chasing is just mental content. Desires are ideas in the mind acquired by the senses that have been judged as being desirable because of a corresponding experience of pleasure. Chasing them is chasing a phantom, and one cannot catch a phantom.

But one can reach union with the Absolute and endless joy. So I ask you: Why would anyone trade That for the endless task of trying to fulfill desires.

Please do not read into this that you should not have desires. Desires are inevitable. The issue is not about having desires, it is about pursuing them. In Surrender Meditation desires are turned over to God to either fulfill or eliminate.

As to power, you should understand that you already have unlimited power, so pursuing it is a waste of time anyway. If you feel powerless, it is because this is how you are experiencing life, not because you don’t have power. The feeling of powerlessness is not a lack of power but the experience of obstacles in the way of accessing it. This is also dealt with in Surrender Meditation. As to control, which is different than power, you can use self-control outside the meditation room to practice dharma

I am that desire in humankind that is not contrary to
the Truth of how things really are (dharma).
— Bhagavad Gita

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma

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