OM TAT SAT, Continued – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 17 Vs 24-28

Self and Other-than-self

Previously
(23) As recalled from ancient times, it said that OM TAT SAT indicates Absolute God as manifested in Brahmanas (God-people), scriptures and sacrifice..

OM for Divine Union

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Because of this, according to scriptural injunction, acts of sacrifice, giving and austerity are always begun by uttering the syllable “OM” by those who seek Absolute God.

  • Absolute God (Brahman) – The highest aspect of God as Absolute, which is different than God’s inferior or relative nature as earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence, and ego.
  • God-people (brahmans) – knowers and practitioners of the Highest Knowledge.

“Because of this” refers to the previous verse on the subject of OM TAT SAT.

Begun by uttering the syllable “OM” because it is the generation of Creation.

OM, the sound of Creation, is heard in meditation. It is the sacred Sanskrit syllable that is the sound of Creation. It is the is the first of the three syllables OM TAT and SAT, and the first aspect of God, so it is used primarily for beginnings.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Sacrifice (surrender) is the giving of oneself to Absolute God in meditation. This initiates the process of tapas (warming) that purifies body, mind and feelings, and leads to the Highest Union, union with Absolute God/Truth.

Giving (the offering). When you surrender to God in meditation, WHAT you surrender is what you are giving in offering. Giving to deserving persons such as yogis, the poor, and doing selfless service to the guru, empowers one’s surrender (sacrifice). 

Austerity, (the result). When you surrender yourself to God/Truth in meditation, tapas (austerity) will soon begin spontaneously. Tapas, which means ‘warming or heating’, begins after a period of feeling cold in meditation. When it arrives it begins to burn away impurities of body, feelings and mind.

TAT for Liberation

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With “TAT”, and without any expectations of personal benefit, acts of sacrifice, austerity and giving of various kinds are performed by those seeking liberation (from the cycles of death and rebirth).

Tat means ‘that’, suggesting that this syllable has to do with Others — ‘That which is Other than self’. 

Tat also signifies ‘without aiming for fruits’. ‘Tat’, or Thatness, puts everything apart from self, so that desires, preconceived ideas and expectations are not associated with self, thus making Liberation possible. This is another way of saying…

If you seek Liberation, cut away all attachments to the fruits of actions.


SAT for the Eternally Existent Real & Good

HARI OM TAT SAT

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In its meaning of Reality and Goodness, the word “SAT” describes the Absolute as well as those who seek It, and also applies to auspicious action. Unwavering in the performance of sacrifice, austerity and giving, and also any action performed for or relating to this, is SAT.

Sat means ‘that which Truly Exists, is Real and Good’ — God, Truth, the Absolute, the True Self, the Real You. 

Goodness is a quality of the Absolute. The Absolute, being without duality, is thus eternal and unchanging. Thus is Goodness also eternal and unchanging (there is no flip side). 

Auspicious action is action that is performed prompted by one’s longing for Union with the Real, the Good, the Absolute. This is the meaning of ‘God-practice’ as mentioned earlier.

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Any sacrificial offering, austerity (tapas) or giving performed without faith is called “ASAT” — not Real, not Imperishable, and bears no auspicious results for us here in this world or in the next.

We are being told that not living our lives in this way, and not following these teachings with understanding followed by action, nothing Good can come of it. We will be wasting our lives, and our purpose here will remain unfulfilled. But we are also being told that this is easily and pleasantly remedied.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Self-doubt is a prelude to disaster.
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OM TAT SAT, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 17, Vs 23

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OM TAT SAT

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As recalled from ancient times, it said that OM TAT SAT indicates Absolute God as manifested in Brahmanas (God-people), scriptures and sacrifice.

  • Absolute God (Brahman) – The highest aspect God as Absolute (which is differentiated from God’s inferior or relative nature appearing as earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence, and ego).
  • God-people (brāhmaṇās) – knowers and practitioners of the Highest Knowledge.
  • Scriptures (veda) – texts on Truth containing the Highest Knowledge.
  • Sacrifice (yajñā), the God-practice of God-people: the surrender of oneself to Brahman (Absolute God). 

OM 

OM, the Sound of Everyone Everywhere

OM is the vibratory phenomena that Creates. OM is produced by the dual situation of Divine Individuals ‘knowing’, or perceiving, other Divine Individuals. Singularly, this is You and Other-than-You: You see Another, Another sees You. The result is vibration. The result of vibration is Creation.

Vibration perceived, is sound. OM is the only sound that contains all tones equally, just as all Divine Individuals are equally the same. Sound in this case, is the sound of all tones as one tone, the sound of OM (AUM). 

Every tone, no matter what it is, consists of all tones. The only difference between one tone and another tone is the order in which all tones are arranged. Tone, then, is in itself, Divine.

God/Truth as all of Us is the sound of OM.

TAT

TAT, which means ‘that’, refers to Otherness — other Divine Individuals. With OM Creation began. It began because of your knowing Another, Tat.

TAT refers to Truth as Other-than-You

SAT 

SAT means ‘existent’ and ‘real’. That You exist, and that you know You exist, is what made Creation possible — once you became Self-aware (aware of your existence), you discovered Others (TAT). Now you are in Creation being a Being, and have forgotten your Self and how you got here. While TAT refers to Truth as Others…

SAT refers to Truth as You — the Real You. 

OM, TAT SAT 

OM TAT SAT is a remembered teaching (smṛiti) passed down to us through millennia. You have forgotten your Real Self and how you got here. Remembering OM TAT SAT will show you the way Home.

God-people, Scriptures and Sacrifice

God-people having heard the sacred sound of OM directly, were those who originally came to know Truth as Absolute God, and themselves as the same as That — TAT. This is why we are all here: to become God-people — God-realized, Self-realized: SAT.

“Having heard the sacred sound of OM directly” means that the sound of OM is heard without any means — without the ears, without the mind, without any via. This occurs in spontaneously in Surrender Meditation. It is thrilling, blissful and inspiring.

Scriptures are written texts on Truth and how to become God-realized. They were written by God-people in ancient times. They did this so that we can also know what they know. These authors are reaching Others, TAT, us, accepting us as the same as themselves knowing that this is in itself, Truth, and the Knowledge Sacrifice.

Sacrifice was discovered by God-people as the means of reaching the Highest Goal that exists eternally as Real and True Goodness: SAT. Sacrifice means surrender — surrender to what is Divine that is Other than self, TAT. While the scriptures were the Knowledge Sacrifices of those who wrote them, these God-people share with us through their writings, how to understand sacrifice as the surrender of oneself to Absolute God. This is the God-practice of God-people. It is how they came to know Absolute God/Truth in the first place. 

These three Sanskrit syllables, OM TAT SAT, three aspects of the Absolute, are known to God-people and found in scriptures. They have existed from Creation, OM.

Om Tat Sat (All of Us, Others, and You — I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

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Make a Difference

Have a Positive Impact on the World

Become a Spiritual Leader

Spiritual Leadership will take you where you want to go while you advance and improve your life. In the process, you will influence the advancement of everyone on Earth, and even the Earth itself.

Spiritual Leadership is not a replacement for anything you may already be doing, but will augment any spiritual avenues you already travel, and open up new vistas.

If you would like to know more about this program, please contact me at durgama.com/contact

Helping you advance spiritually is my mission.
Saving the world is the result of our success.
Durga Ma

He who hesitates is lost.
Swift and resolute action leads to success.
Self-doubt is a prelude to disaster.
— Joseph Addison


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.”

The Whole World Is One Family


 

 

The First Purusha – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, Vs 3-4

Purushottama
Purushottama

THOUGHT:  Does not the phrase, “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,” suggest that there are other gods? And does not the word ‘before’ suggest a secession with one specific god as first? 

CONSIDER THIS:  The first god, a Divine Individual in the Absolute, was the first to accept all other Divine Individuals as the same as Himself. To Us (all the other Divine Individuals), this First Divine Individual is our Personal God known as Purushottama, ‘first and highest god (Divine Individual)’.

NOTE: Him, He, Himself, etc., are not meant to be gender specific. 

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In this world, the Ashvattha tree’s form is not perceptible — not now, not in the past nor will it become so in the future. This tree, with its well-grown roots, must be cut asunder by the strong axe of detachment.

Our situation symbolized by the Ashvattha tree is not obvious to us. Here in this world, we cannot see the depth of our situation as illustrated by this tree. It is strongly rooted, and we are unaware of it, not realizing the hidden tendencies represented by it, and the power they have over us. 

Step One – Notice

It is not our desires themselves that bind us, but our attachment to them. These attachments keep us in bondage and limit our lives. Just as the world is full of secrets and secret societies because hiding things gives them more power, many of our own attachments are hidden from us. We must ferret them out in order to overcome their influence.

We do this by separating ourselves from the things brought into the mind by the senses. This is where desires, and our attachments to them, originate. The first step for releasing their hold, is to NOTICE them. By this, we detach ourselves from our desires, even though they still exist. By ‘looking’ at them they lose their power, and you are separated from them.

(1) Whatever you see, or look at, is other than you, separate.

(2) You can’t be what you’re looking at (that would beg the question, “Who’s looking?”). 

As long as we are attached to our desires, we are bound by them because we are identified with our attachments to them — we think this is who we are. When attachment is broken, we are set free. The thing we were attached to may remain, but we are no longer its slave. 

Step Two – Surrender

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Then one must seek that place where, once having gone, one will not return again, and approach the haven of that First Purusha from whom activity anciently streamed forth, and surrender at His feet.

Spiritual HeartNext we must surrender to the Divine, to God, by which we go to this place of non-return, where we will experience for ourselves that our desires need not be chased and captured. These desires, which made us vulnerable to enslavement, do not live here. And now that we have experienced this, even though we inevitably fall back into our normal state of consciousness, we know what we are really looking for, and that these old desires don’t hold a candle to it.

When you let it go of something you want, it can come to you.

This surrender is the essence of “detachment”, which turns out to be a simple thing, and has little to do with giving up or keeping all the things our minds tell us we want to have or to keep.

Once you have been to this place yourself, you are liberated from the cycles of death and rebirth. This place, this haven, is where you will find that First Purusha (Divine Individual) who first accepted You as the same as Himself. This is your Personal God.

This First Purusha is Absolute and so are You. His acceptance of You as the same as Himself, united Him with You. When you accept Him as the same as yourSelf, it is a marriage made in heaven, and your entryway into this heavenly abode. This is called Yoga (‘union’).   

For most human beings, a personal God is more appealing than an abstract Absolute. While one way is not better than the other, the idea of approaching your own Personal God may seem easier and more relevant. And by encountering this Personal God, you reach the Absolute anyway.

Seek and Surrender

Pranama, Bowing Down to Guru

Seek God and surrender at his feet. By surrendering to God, you abandon your ego. You effectively give it to God. By placing your ego at God’s feet, you free yourself from the tyranny of the ego, that sneaky deceiver behind all attachments. This is why one bows at the guru’s feet. If you cannot do this, you cannot truly surrender. 

“God and Guru are two names, but the Truth is that they are forever One.” — Guru Gita 

The dissolution of attachment will begin when you sincerely bow down at your guru’s feet. By this gesture, the power of the ego begins to dissolve, taking attachments with it. This is the purpose of this practice. By it, you will come to God, and you will find that haven where once having gone, you will not be compelled to return again.

What you really are is not different from what God really is.

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

Surrender Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state without any effort and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.”

The Whole World Is One Family