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

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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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  • Deep down you feel that your life has a purpose, but you struggle with taking action.
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Commentary on the Terrifying Vision of Krishna’s Cosmic Form

Destruction of the World

Bhagavad Gita, ch 11, vs 9 – 31

All this began in verse three, with Arjuna acknowledging Lord Krishna as Absolute God, and asking Him to show him His true form. To make this possible for Arjuna, Krishna gives him Divine Sight, the ability to perceive without the senses.

The key to understanding what happens to Arjuna next is in the word ‘form’.

Krishna has identified Himself as Purushottama, First Purusha, the first Divine Individual in the Absolute to know Other-than-Self. The beginning of everything is in this dynamic of Self and Other. Thus is all of Creation compelled to unfold as a manifestation of duality. So when Arjuna asks to see Lord Krishna’s Cosmic Form, what he doesn’t realize is that he has asked to see this dual phenomenon, and that is what he gets.

At first, he sees the Lord’s beautiful and glorious appearance, but this quickly becomes terrifying. Krishna has complied with Arjuna’s request literally—Absolute God has revealed His form, which, by its very nature, is Relative. 

This revelation amounts to being able to perceive the extraordinary and amazing beauty of the world, and then to find oneself fully aware of the horrifying realities endured by those who inhabit it. This aspect is given more time than the fun part, the beauty, and reveals to us that these unhappy features of this world are its prominent features. If we haven’t been motivated to seek Absolute God before now, surely this should do the job. 

Everything Is Absolutely 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.” — Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

I have spoken of the Absolute and the Relative many times. It answers so many questions, including the many queries I have received asking such questions as, “Why does God let there be so much suffering in the world?” or “How can people do such terrible things to each other?” “If God is all there is, how can this be?” “Why does God not stop all this suffering?” These are good questions, and their answers are essentially the same.

We live in a dualistic world. Here, everything is dependent upon everything else. It is a world of interdependence and constant change. Everything that exists, exists along with its opposite and everything in between: good and evil, black and white, male and female, stop and go, up and down, do and don’t, etc. 

Destruction of the World

In this world, suffering, as well as joy and everything in between, is the result of all of us and the choices we make. The Real Self of each of us is Absolute and completely harmless, but as beings who make choices, we often make choices that are not aligned with this Real Self. The result is unhappiness and suffering, and it contaminates everyone. So the answer to this question is, “God is not responsible for this. People are.”

‘People’ is what we are Being, but we are really Divine Individuals. Everything else is packaging that encloses and hides the Real Self, even from ourselves. 

As Divine Individuals, we all have absolute and unlimited power, the fundamental power of which is the power of choice. This power is intrinsic to our divine nature as Absolute Individuals. If it were possible for this power to leave us, this world cease to exist, for Creation and this world are the effects of our having engaged it.

Destruction of the World

Being human gives us the opportunity to comprehend the Divine Absolute, the highest nature of God/Truth, and the Divine Relative, the inferior nature of God/Truth. We can then comprehend the Relative existence of the world in both its glorious and terrible aspects, and play our part in mitigating the suffering of its inhabitants. We do this by moving our human selves closer to our Real Selves. This requires that we also see the truth about ourselves.

This is not easy because we all have things about ourselves that we are ashamed of and don’t want to see. But we must become self-honest about everything. We cannot expect to face Truth until we can face the truth about ourselves—all those embarrassing things along with the good. Only then will we allow ourselves to know ourselves as we truly are: Divine Absolute Individuals. By knowing what we really are and acting accordingly, we automatically mitigate the suffering of others.

All actions in this world are the result of choices made. Even making a choice is itself an action. This power to choose is the power to act, and is inherent in of each of us as Divine Individuals. It sometimes appears that we have no power, or have lost our power, but this is not so. Our power can never go away. It is the loss of options that makes it seem that we have lost, or never had, power.

Because we feel powerless, we are afraid of losing good things, and we are afraid of death. But there is no escaping this without letting go of all our attachments to life, to good things, to not getting bad things, and all the everyday desires that rule our lives. But it is not the desires themselves, but their rulership that must be overcome, so that they do not rule the choices we make.

What we really are is not found in our attachments and desires, or in their acquisition. Nor is it to be found in all the time we spend trying to make them happen. What we really are is found only in the Absolute.

Self Realization

Lord Krishna has tried to give us some idea of how He exists within this world, but this is very difficult to comprehend. Once having truly comprehended it though, one may be said to be Self-realized, which is not really any different than God-realized. Only the means of reaching it is different, in the same way that going into a room through a different door can make the room appear to be different.

Two Doors

Door Number One 

The first door has to do with a deeply personal practice that is done in complete privacy: Meditation. Its purpose is to bring freedom and personal experience of God/Truth. In this meditation you surrender to Absolute God/Truth and let That manage your meditation.

With meditation practiced in this manner, actions happen but are not of your doing. You are not responsible for actions occurring during this time, in this private place. You have surrendered yourself to Absolute God/Truth and effectively gotten your ego (“I do”) out of the way. 

Surrendering yourself to Absolute God/Truth in meditation is easier, and by far the most promising expedient, as opposed to the willful practice of using techniques. Lord Krishna has taught this many times, in many ways, and will undoubtedly do so again. 

You get what you surrender to

Door Number Two 

This door has to do with practices outside of meditation. In your everyday life, you employ practices that have to do with your true Self as it exists within the context of life in this world. You do this by learning, following and practicing universal principles based on the nature of the divine Real You.

These practices are done throughout your day. You don’t have to set aside extra time. By practicing them, you train yourself to be more like the Divine Individual that you really are, until one day, you realize how effortless this is. It has become effortless because you are now acting more in sync with the real divine You. As you progress in this, you will naturally become happier and more satisfied with your life.

Mindful Life Meditation & Mastery

Now you will understand why I have developed programs for accommodating both of these Doors. Because as Divine Individuals we are all the same, every step forward any one of us takes will pull all of us forward. This is inevitable. In this way…..

You can be happy and save the world.

For more on how this works, read “The Net” in “The Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna”.

Your own efforts toward your own Self-realization, or God-realization, is a service to the world and everyone in it. Your own happiness makes the world a happier place.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Imperishable Absolute and the Coming and Going of Beings – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 2

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The Power of God in You

Upon seeing the power of God in everything around you, it is only a short hop to realizing that God is also in you. 

The Imperishable Absolute and the Coming and Going of Beings

In this conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna confirms his understanding that the knowledge that has been given him by Lord Krishna includes both the relative and the absolute.

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From You, O Lotus Eyed, I have heard in detail of the coming and going of the existences of beings, as well as Your exalted state of Imperishable Absolute.

Arjuna is saying that he understands that Lord Krishna is not only present in things that come and go in the relative realm of beings, but that He is also the Imperishable Absolute from which they have come to be.

The “coming and going of existences” is frequently translated as the “origin and dissolution of beings.” It can also easily be read as birth and death, but I opted for the simple expedient of “coming and going.”

The Sanskrit, bhavāpyaya, is a compound word consisting of bhava and apyaya. The meaning of bhava is, ‘coming into existence, birth, origin, turning into,’ and ‘a state of being, and life in this world’. The meaning of apyaya is, ‘juncture, pouring out, entering into, and vanishing’, and is associated with ‘being in or coming from water.’

There is a strong association with water here. Water is the source life by which living beings of all kinds come into existence. Lord Vishnu’s first avatara (of ten) was a fish. In the verse, Arjuna refers to Lord Krishna as “Lotus Eyed”. A lotus is a water flower, its stem reaching down into the soft watery earth as it floats above the water.

All this works very nicely to lead us to the idea of the coming and going of beings, which Arjuna has heard about in earlier chapters. But here, in the context of these verses, the Sanskrit has lured me into taking a deeper dip into this ‘coming and going’.

Vishnu, Brahman, Creation

Chakra means ‘wheel’, yet chakras are referred to as lotuses. The body of adult humans is 60% water, the brain and heart 73%, and the lungs 83%. The surface of the earth is 71% water. Lord Vishnu is seen seated on the eternal Cosmic Ocean, a lotus streaming from His navel. From this lotus Lord Brahmā is born. Brahmā’s first sound, Aum (OM), signals the beginning of Creation.

  • Water – Fluidity: Of no fixed form; takes the form of its vessel; able to move or change; the fluid transmission of power between two people or things, i.e., shaktpat.

From the Absolute to the Relative and Back Again

We have spoken long on Creation as transitory and Relative, even though it has come about from the Absolute. Beings, states of being, and even life itself, ultimately vanish in the way a river vanishes when reaching its confluence with other waters—it is not gone, but becomes a part of a greater water. It is not the Real Self that vanishes, but the Being. The encompassing veil of the Being that hides the Divine Individual is dissolved upon its confluence with the Cosmic Ocean, and vanishes.

When we enter into the equanimity of nirbija samadhi, we vanish in this way. We return to our original situation in the Absolute where we are merged with That, our individuality in tact. When trying to express this paradox, the experience is often spoken of as ‘a sea of bliss’, or the ‘rolling bliss’ of the ‘ocean of the Absolute’.

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