How to Find Happiness on a Daily Basis – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 1-3, Continued

Paradise on Earth

Keys to Living Happy

Most religions have clues in their scriptures for reaching Absolute God, Absolute Goodness. In Sanskrit, they come in the form of universal principles called yama niyama. Some are even stated in the negative to represent the Absolute where there is nothing (no things) but Us.

Unfortunately, in most cases, the understanding of these one-word principles has become limited to moral codes. I’m not saying that they cannot be understood as moral codes, but there is more to it than that. Once you understand the teachings behind them and incorporate them into your life, you can reach Absolute Goodness. You won’t make it without them.

Goodness (Absolute God) can be understood by contemplating these principles and putting them into action in your everyday life. Each is only one word, but each word has several levels of meaning and understanding—several ways of describing Goodness, Absolute God, and the Real You. Your Real Self is in actuality, the same as Absolute God and is also Other-than-you — the ultimate Divine Paradox.

Ten spiritual principles describe the characteristics of God. By aligning yourself with them, the Real You emerges. Your life gets better and better, and everyone is spontaneously benefitted by your advancement.

The Whole World is One Family 

When we are in sync with these principles, we are in sync with our True Selves. When we are in sync with our True Selves, we are in sync with the Absolute Goodness of Absolute God/Truth. And because what we do affects everyone, our enlightenment and consequent actions and practices advance everyone, and moves the world closer and closer to Paradise on Earth.

You can find these ten principles in my book, The Yoga of Wealth, Amazon Hard Copy $18.99. Or contact Anandi about how to join a group online or in Connecticut or Phoenix. There are also countless websites on yama niyama, but you may find that most do not go beyond moral ethics to the actual principles themselves.

Along with the book and the courses, here is something you can start doing right now:

How to Find Happiness on a Daily Basis

The key to Happiness in the here-and-now is to cultivate it here and now. There are two parts to this: (1) happiness itself, and (2) acting as if you are happy even when you’re not. Act as if you are happy and you will become happy. This works because it is already so, you are already eternally happy. You just don’t know it yet. You have only to access this divine characteristic of yours.

By replicating happiness, you are that much closer to Real Happiness. All of your miseries, pain, grief and sorrows, can be overcome by this simple practice. You just have to remind yourself of it when misery raises its ugly head. You won’t become an expert all at once, but you will be surprised at how quickly you can slip into happiness this way, even if it doesn’t last. (Then just do it again.)

The trick is to not let this approach be an excuse for going into denial about how rotten you feel, but to remember that your path is to know and sync with your true nature as a Divine Individual who is Eternally Happy. In other words, Happiness is always there, always with you because God/Truth is always with you, in you, as you.

What can it hurt to give it a try?

  1. You’re feeling rotten — mentally, emotionally or physically. Doesn’t matter.
  2. You remind yourself that real Happiness is somewhere in or around you.
  3. Smile, even if you don’t mean it. Smiling releases serotonin, a natural chemical in the body that elevates the body, feelings and mind, and reduces pain and unhappiness, and many other unwanted visitors.
  4. Act as if you are happy until you feel genuinely happy. You will be surprised how quickly this can turn on.

There is another key that is effective in getting Happiness to increase and become more constant. It is the completion of Hatha Yoga (more or less) and some familiarity with Raja Yoga. This will take you to the source of happiness. Having reached it, you will be able to cultivate a greater happiness on an everyday basis and increase its constancy.

So if you want to take Happiness to the next level, you need to practice Real Yoga. Then, all the wonderful experiences this has brought you can be recalled to remind you of the joy and happiness you experienced. A smile will show up on its own as you slip into the state of Happiness generated by these memories.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Are You a Spiritual Leader?

Are you a spiritual leader in hiding? Take this short self-survey and to see if you fit any or all of them: 

  • Do you feel deep down that your life has a purpose, but you are a little uncertain as to what that is, and you struggle with taking action?
  • Do you get inspired at the possibility of being a spiritual leader, but struggle to act on it?
  • You know that you are meant to have a positive impact on the world in a big way. Are you unsure of how to do this while maintaining your current responsibilities?

If you fit any of these, you are probably a natural Spiritual Leader, and this is something I can help you with. I am interested in hearing your story, so on this page, under “Subject,” please write “Spiritual Leadership,” and tell me about it.

— Durga Ma

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Absolute God is Absolute Goodness – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 1-3, Continued

Paradise on Earth

Absolute God is Absolute Godness

As human beings, we have to constantly deal with opposites and the shades between their extremities. There is always a downside to every good, and a good side to every bad. Between these extremes there are a multitude of opposites in both directions. In this world, everything is absolutely relative.

Duality

Everyone seeks happiness, but few realize that, in this world, happiness is temporal. It will not last. The dual nature of our physical existence does not allow for it. Everyone runs from unhappiness and misery, but the good news is that this also will pass away.

It seems that the only thing we can do is to stay in the middle as much as possible. But this would mean that we would have to become experts at denial, or be willing to give up dreams of continued prosperity, perfect health, a happy life with a soul mate, and all the other nice things we dream of. Because if we get any them, there is always the probability of a backfire in the form of its opposite. This duality is characteristic of the Relative world we live in as human beings.    

Non-Duality

However, when we contemplate Absolute God, we are contemplating Absolute Goodness. There is no flip side to this Goodness. You might say that Goodness is characteristic of the Absolute. 

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and the sense of self as the doer of action, 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

Knowing these two aspects of God/Truth is imperative to reaching God Realization, Self Realization. These verses clearly define God as both Absolute and Relative. Grasping and remembering this, you will be able to answer most of your own questions.

The nature of this divine Absolute Goodness far exceeds the ordinary goodness we come across in life. I has no opposite because it is Absolute. It is profound. It is the experience of the Joy we like to call ‘bliss’ on a grand scale. Once you encounter it, you will know that I am correct in saying that it is Eternal, that it never goes away or changes. Even when you have lost contact with it, you know it is there and waiting for you, the prodigal son. Once encountered, you can never forget it or leave your course to reach it once and for all.

But what if you don’t encounter it and you don’t believe in God? Does this mean that you are doomed to be unhappy and without this Divine Goodness that is eternal? No, you need not miss anything. Just change your word for “God”. Try ‘The Absolute’, or “Goodness” with a capital G, and do the practice Lord Krishna has been teaching Arjuna, and you’ll get there. Truth is not dependent upon our beliefs.

So get with the program anyway. You can pretend you do believe in God and not tell anyone what you’re doing. Your secret is safe with us. We won’t tell a soul. I think you will find that we respect your position, and, once met and talked with, you would likely find that we aren’t all that different from you after all. (FYI, my guru was a scientist.)

Next week I will talk to you about ten universal principles you can use to achieve greater happiness, and a clever practice for finding more happiness on an everyday basis.

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

Are you a spiritual leader in hiding? How would you know? Take this short self-survey and let me know what you think:  

  • Deep down you feel that your life has a purpose, but you struggle with taking action.
  • You get inspired at the possibility of fulfilling your desire to be a spiritual leader, but you struggle with acting on it.
  • You see your relationships as catalysts for mutually beneficial growth, but feel a lack of support and fulfillment while being emotionally drained.
  • You know that you are meant to have a positive impact in the world in a big way, but you aren’t sure how to do this while maintaining your current responsibilities.

I am interested in hearing your story. On this page, under “Subject,” please write “Spiritual Leadership,” and tell me about it.

Durga Ma

Nature and Spirit – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 1-3

Spirit and Nature

Nature and Spirit 

1
Arjuna spoke:
Of Nature and Spirit, the Field, the Knower of the Field, knowledge and what is to be known, I wish to learn. 

  • Field (kṣhetra) – a place or sphere of action, property, land, region, the body. Also chiromancy, determining a person’s life by the patterns in the hands.

If you are consulting other editions of the Gita, in this chapter, instead of prakriti and purusha as per previous posts, you are likely to come across the terms Nature and Spirit. 

Spirit (puruṣha) – You with a ‘viewpoint’. You are a Divine Individual viewing Other Divine Individuals. Purusha is inactive, changeless order. What You really are does nothing. You are the eternal non-doer.

Nature (prakṛiti) – Other Divine Individuals that You view, or perceive, and who, because they are different than you, appear as material ‘Nature’. Prakriti is active and constantly changing, unpredictable, spontaneous and self-organizing. All action occurs in nature. 

Now fasten your seat belts. I am going to try to tell you something that is difficult to put into words without seeming so abstract as to be unintelligible….. 

You With a Viewpoint

A viewpoint is a place from which something or someone is observed.

The original situation in the Absolute (before creation) consists of divine, perfect and blissful Individuals like You (“I”). This changes when an Individual becomes aware of its existence (“I Am”) and seeks to know Others. When the self-aware Divine Individual engages Its innate ability to be conscious in order to know about Others, a viewpoint is established.

A viewpoint suggests that the Individual is ‘looking’ from a certain ‘place’ at something other than himself. That place from which he looks, is himself (“I Am That”). From this place he views, or perceives, another Divine Individual and realizes that this other Individual is different than himself. This difference can be taken two ways …

  1. Different than himself in what that Individual really is, or
  2. That this other Individual is a different Individual who is not different than himself, but the same.

When Divine Individuals in the Absolute take other Individuals as different than themselves in what it is that they really are (number 1), this is called ‘denial’. Now imagine that this is happening to other Divine Individuals in the Absolute, and you have the beginning of spontaneous Creation and the embodiment of Divine Individuals as beings.

This was the first act of the self-aware Divine Individual, Its first choice, which was to engage Its consciousness in order to know about Others. These are our innate powers as Beings: the power to be conscious, to choose, and to act.

Once involved in knowing otherness by means of a viewpoint, the Individual is called Purusha, Spirit. (Before awakening to its own existence It is called Adhyatman.) When the Individual denies the sameness of Others, they are seen by him incorrectly as Nature. 

We look outward and everything that we see looks like material nature, but it’s really Prakriti, other Divine Individuals.

2
The Blessed Lord spoke:
It is said that this body is the Field and that the one who knows it is the Field Knower.

  • The Field (prakṛiti) – the body, nature.
  • The Field Knower (puruṣha) – the embodied viewer who knows, or experiences, the body.

It might be said that You, as the embodied Individual, would naturally have intimate knowledge of the body—after all, it’s where you live—making You the Field Knower. But living in a house doesn’t necessarily mean you know everything about the house, so there may be more to being a Knower of the Field than we might expect.

True Knowledge

True knowledge is knowledge of Truth, the knowledge of Truth as both Absolute and Relative.

3
Furthermore, know that I am the Knower of the Field in all Fields, Descendant of Bharata. I consider knowledge of the Field and the Field Knower to be True Knowledge.

  • Descendant of Bharata – An epitaph of Ajruna. Bharata is the true name of India. It means ‘constantly seeking enlightenment’.

What is the Field, and who is the one who knows it?

To begin with, the Field is the body, Nature (Prakriti), and the one who knows it is the one who is embodied, Spirit (Purusha): You. And now, Lord Krishna says that He is the Knower of the Field in all Fields. We may each know our own Field but Lord Krishna (Absolute God) is the Knower of ALL Fields.

Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.

First we must remember who is talking (Lord Krishna), and who He is (Absolute God). As Lord Krishna, He is the avatar of Vishnu, who is Personal God, the first Divine Individual to become aware of His own existence, and who accepted everyone else (Us) as the same. Because of this complete acceptance, He did not become an embodied Being. This Divine Individual is known as Vishnu, which means, ‘All-Pervading’, and Purushottama, which means ‘Highest Purusha’.

If you know the Field (Prakriti), and you also know yourSelf (Purusha), you have True Knowledge—knowledge of Truth. If you know both the Field and yourSelf, you will also know that God is within You and everyone else—the Field Knower in all Fields, all bodies.

In an earlier chapter Lord Krishna said that He is the “witness within” the city of nine gates, the body, suggesting that He was identifying Himself even then, as “the Knower of the Field in all Fields,” all bodies … the Self in everyone. Not the self that we think of as ourselves, but another Divine Individual who is God present in all of us individually. But how can this be?

We have seen in several verses throughout the Gita that God is all-pervasive and present everywhere in everyone. We probably thought of this as God being spread out amongst all of us, but consider the possibility that this is meant literally: God is present within you as Another, and you call this Divine Other, your Real Self, but it is actually God.

We didn’t have too much trouble imagining that each of us is all-pervasive and everywhere, but that was because we thought of this as being spread out like butter and, in some small way, present in everyone. Then we came across verses saying what our functions might be in other bodies. This indicates our ability to be in several places at the same time. And now we must consider that God is fully present in each of us—not spread out, but individually.

If God is God, God can be in more places than one at the same time. Some yogis have even demonstrated this by doing just that—being in several places at once, and corroborated by witnesses.

If we can be everywhere, surely God can be everywhere. God’s position as the “witness within” is simply a matter of this Divine Absolute Individual we call “God” becoming self-aware before we did, and in addition to this, accepting all of Us unconditionally right on the spot, and therefore not compelled to come into Being as we have been. 

Now here’s what makes all this so significant:

Divine Love

By understanding this, you will understand the nature of the spiritual path, and what it entails: to become enlightened, united with God/Truth, and eternally free and fulfilled. To achieve this, we must do the same—we must accept absolutely, no strings attached, ALL Others as the same as ourSelves. This acceptance is Divine Love. 

What is Love?
Love is the unconditional acceptance of another as the same as oneself.

The unconditional acceptance of Another is what Love really is. When we have accepted all Others as divine and the same as ourSelves, we will have achieved Divine Love and Godhood. This is our primary purpose in Life, and puts us in the last leg of our journey Home to Eternal Happiness.

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

Are you a spiritual leader in hiding? How would you know? Take this short self-survey and let me know what you think:  

  • Deep down you feel that your life has a purpose, but you struggle with taking action.
  • You get inspired at the possibility of fulfilling your desire to be a spiritual leader, but you struggle with acting on it.
  • You see your relationships as catalysts for mutually beneficial growth, but feel a lack of support and fulfillment while being emotionally drained.
  • You know that you are meant to have a positive impact in the world in a big way, but you aren’t sure how to do this while maintaining your current responsibilities.

I am interested in hearing your story. On this page, under “Subject,” please write “Spiritual Leadership,” and tell me about it.

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