Featured

Yoga and Freedom -Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2: Vs 39

Taking into account everything that can be known and what to do with it. 

39 
What I have imparted to you is the wisdom of Sankhya. Now hear the wisdom of Yoga, by which you can free yourself from the bondage of karma. 

“Sankhya”, one of the major philosophical schools of India, is a reference to the teachings of previous verses in this chapter. The word sankhya means ‘taking into account’. Sankhya philosophy takes into account everything that can be known. It is considered to be a dualistic philosophy in that it deals with opposites in the manner we have been discussing.

“Yoga”, ‘the act of uniting’, takes us beyond what Sankhya has taught us, to putting this knowledge into action. The act of uniting (yoga) requires more than one, otherwise what would be uniting with what? Yoga is a natural partner to Sankhya.

“the bondage of karma” refers to the entrapment produced by the union of ignorance with action. Believing that ‘I do’, the principle of cause and effect is put into play, and the ‘I’ automatically becomes trapped by responsibility for the action, be it good or bad.

“karma” means ‘action’. The root of the word karmakri, meaning ‘to do’, is the basis of the ignorance of the Truth of Self as the eternal non-doer.

Alternate Translations:

• Now that you have this knowledge, taking it together with the understanding of action, you can avoid the bondage of action (karma).

• This wisdom has been presented to you from the standpoint of Jnana Yoga (Knowledge Yoga). Now hear it presented as Karma Yoga (Action Yoga) by which you will be able to throw off the shackles of karma.

• I have explained to you the spiritual knowledge regarding the nature of the soul. Now listen to the science of action, which can completely release you from the bondage of cause and effect.

Previously, we discussed pairs of opposites and bringing them into union. Knowledge, what you think or know, and action, things that happen and things you do, are also opposites. In this verse we are presented with the idea of bringing knowledge and action together as a unit: Sankhya (wisdom-knowledge) and Yoga (the act of union) are one.

________________________

The science of Yoga is the science of action. The word yoga means ‘union’ and consequently also means ‘action’, for one thing uniting with another is an action.

It is one thing to equalize a pair of opposites, but it is quite another thing to bring them together as a single unit. The process of uniting the solar and lunar energies in the body is hatha yoga (sun-moon union). When this is accomplished, this unit takes on the function of furthering one’s evolution and is called kundalini.

Yes, evolution is going on all the time, but it is taking us thousands of lifetimes to complete. Through the natural practice of Yoga, we stand a chance of reaching raja yoga and getting closer to the freedom and eternal (rather than temporal) happiness that we know awaits us.

Hatha Yoga begins after enough sadhana (practice) has been successfully accomplished to get us there, and will take up nearly all of our sadhana from that point on. Then, sun-moon union having been accomplished and the process advanced sufficiently, we move into raja yoga, ‘royal union’, uniting with God, Truth, the Absolute (whatever your word is for That).

This process doesn’t have to be thought of as religious or spiritual. It is what it is: evolution. We tend to think of all this as spiritual because we need a name for it that expresses an experience that we do not know how to talk about. And because we can’t put it in a test tube and prove it. We have no words for it in English. Some try to avoid the word God with its implication of some deity somewhere in the cosmos directing our lives, and try using words like Divine, or Truth. But whatever you like to call It, think of it as Absolute, for it is absolute. Even the relative is absolute.

Everything is Absolutely Relative

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma
 _____________________________________

TERMS OF USE AND SHARING:

This post and text is original research material and is copyrighted. You are allowed to share this material for personal, non-commercial and educational use with the proper citations, references and links / tags back to my website. Clicking ´Share´ on FB or ´Reblog´ on WordPress would be most appropriate.Please obtain written permission from Anandi first if you want to use this material on your workshop, blog, organization, webpage, book, seminar or for any commercial purpose. All information provided, be it through sessions conducted or this post is non-liable and is not intended to replace professional legal, medical, psychological, psychiatric and/or financial counsel. How you choose to act on this information is up to your own free will and is entirely your responsibility.

Self & Other-Than-Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 20-21

Self and Other-Than-Self

Self & Other-Than-Self, A World of Opposites

20
Know that both Nature and Spirit are beginningless. Know also that the modifications of the Field and the gunas arise from Nature. 

  • Nature – anything other than you that you can be conscious of, or perceive.
  • Spirit – the one who perceives
  • The Field – Nature, the body
  • Gunas – modes of Nature’s modifications: easy-going (sattva), excited (rajas) and fixed (tamas)

“Both Nature and Spirit are beginningless”

In verse 13 we learned that Brahman is the beginningless Absolute. Now Lord Krishna is going on to say that both Nature and Spirit are also beginningless and therefore Absolute.

  • Spirit, Purusha – You, a Divine Individual with a viewpoint
  • Nature, Prakriti – Other Divine Individuals that You view
  • Beginningless – Absolute
  • Absolute – Unlimited, unrestricted, unchanging, existing independently; Ultimate Reality

Purusha, a Divine Individual with a viewpoint, and Prakriti, a Divine Individual being viewed, are both beginningless and therefore Absolute. 

“The field and the gunas arise from Prakriti”

The Field can be understood as the entirety of the physical-material world, which comes about due to our taking other Divine Individuals to be something other that what they really are. But more specifically, the Field is the body, the result of mistakenly taking another Divine Individual as different than ourselves.Your Body is Your World

The physical-material world and other cosmic bodies are the macrocosm of the Field of which the body is the microcosm. Your body is your World.

Nature’s modifications, or changes, are called gunas. Nature as we know it, and its modifications (changes), are not beginningless, for anything that can change is by definition not Absolute, but Relative. So Nature is not beginningless, but what Nature really is — Prakriti, other Purushas — is beginningless and therefore Absolute.

Creation appears from Prakriti because Purusha sees Her as different than Himself. Though Prakriti is Absolute (She is another Purusha), Nature is Relative and has changes, modifications—gunas. This is why it is said that the world is an illusion (not what it seems).

“Beginningless”

The Sacred Syllable OMBeings have beginnings, Absolute God does not. The Sanskrit for ‘beginningless’ also means ‘without sound’. Creation is the effect of vibration, the basis of duality: OM, the sound of Creation, “The Word” — the product of vibration. In the Absolute there is no vibration, no sound. The experience of this is called nirbija samadhi, the highest state of samadhi in which the mind dissolves and becomes non-mind. It is a journey into the Absolute.

“Modifications”

In verse 7, the modifications that take place within the Field (the body) were listed as “attraction and aversion, ease and dis-ease, the body as a whole, perception, and will.”  

21
It is said that Prakriti is the performer of cause and effect, and that the cause of happiness and unhappiness is Purusha experiencing it.  

Prakriti (f) is the agent and the source of cause and effect. Prakriti, who has been misperceived as Nature, is the object of Purusha’s (m) experience.

Neither Purusha nor Prakriti is an intentional designer of Creation. While Prakriti Herself is Absolute, nature is Relative. Creation comes forth from Prakriti as the result of Purusha’s having viewed Her as different than himself. This causes the apparent separation of himself from Prakriti, the Divine Other. The result of this is Creation.

Creation was not a result of some God’s intention, but the spontaneous result of us as Divine Individuals viewing other Divine Individuals as different than ourSelves. We are here in bodies for the purpose of correcting this error.

This error is the source of the idea that we were “born in sin” (sin, ‘error’). The body is the agent for rectifying this mistake. We are embodied for this purpose: to accept everyone as Divine Individuals who are the same as ourSelves.

Spirit (m) is the experiencer of happiness and unhappiness

The cause of happiness and unhappiness is Purusha (Spirit, You) experiencing Prakriti as cause and effect rather than what She really is: Other Purushas who are just like You.

Spirit, Purusha, is the experiencer of Nature, Prakriti, where everything, including happiness, has an opposite, and nothing is what it seems.

You, Spirit, are purusha experiencing this world as Nature and thinking that it is real. But “Nature” is prakriti misperceived, an illusion — it isn’t what it seems. How can you ever find lasting happiness where nothing is what it seems? If you’re lucky, you might find illusory happiness, but it would be subject to dissolution! So it dissolves, it ends, and you go looking to experience something else that will make you happy, but it will also be temporary. (The good news is that unhappiness also comes to the same end!)  

It is a merry-go-round and a trap. It is better to seek and surrender to Brahman, Absolute God, Absolute Truth, and get the real deal. Once you have experienced this directly, you will know that It is always there for you (because it is), and that you can not only reach it, but you can achieve Its eternal state of Absolute Goodness and Eternal Happiness

You get what you surrender to.

Think about that.

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

Natural Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga – spontaneous meditation through Surrender.

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Discover the release and relief of reaching a true meditative state without the effort or stress of using your will.

Learn the science and practice of Natural Meditation and experience a simple form of this meditation. Reach deeper states of meditation though correct knowledge. Such knowledge will naturally increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the full form of Natural Meditation, the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were derived. Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, the full form of Natural Surrender Meditation. 

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona

The Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 5 – 6

Cosmic Form 14

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. 

Arjuna Sees the Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna

During this dialogue between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna, Lord Krishna shows him His Cosmic Form.

5
The Blessed Lord spoke:
Arjuna, behold the hundreds and thousands of My divine forms, of various and manifold kinds, and different and various colors.

6
Behold the Adityas, the Vasus, the Rudras, the Ashvins, the Maruts, and innumerable wonders never seen before. 

A form suggests the Relative Realm of Creation, not the Absolute and Highest of God from which it comes. What Lord Krishna is showing Arjuna (and us) is Himself in all that exists in the Relative Realm.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

These gods suggest some of the characteristics of God within you:

Adityas, unlimited. There is no limit to your potential.

Vasus, dwelling in all beings. You dwell in all beings.

Rudras, fear that drives away evil. The rudimentary fear within your body protects you from harm.

The Ashvin Twins, twin gods who are heavenly physicians. Your body is structured to heal itself.  

Maruts, storm gods residing in the North (the head) drive away evil (impurities, misplacements) within the mind and brain. (In meditation the Maruts are seen and experienced as thunder and lightening bolts in the crown of the head.)

The Ashvin Twins
The Ashvin Twins

These ‘gods’, some of whom are regarded as frightening, are aspects of God that dwell within us. We are mostly unaware of them, so their discovery in meditation can be surprising, even scary. But they are our allies, and perform their tasks for our benefit.

You can think of these gods as their functions, or you can think of them as actual entities. As westerners, we are probably more comfortable thinking of them as functions that are inherent within ourselves, but I think it is also important to know that these gods are members of our divine family: They are Divine Individuals who are everywhere (just like You), each acting in the capacity of a specific function within each us. Each of these functions is ruled by one of these gods. I realize that this idea is difficult to comprehend, but it is true none the less.

For a long time now, I have been having very disturbing experiences during my meditation. This began to concern me. After forty-plus years, one expects lovely samadhi experiences, not nightmares. These experiences had me worried and asking God to take these horrors away, but they only increased. While writing this post, I suddenly realized what had been going on, and I now thank God for dismissing my entreaty and upping the ante on this Divine Process.

We are all gods.
We are all everywhere always.
We act in various capacities within all beings.

We are all gods, and each of us rules some function in the Relative Realm of Creation, whether a person, a tree, the wind, an energy, or even such things as darkness and light. Each of us has been named by mystics who have experienced this truth at some time or other, in some place of another.

For this reason alone, it can surely be seen that our lives here are only a side effect of something much Greater, and that this Life we are living is something we are meant to use to know and understand Truth, and bring our human selves into sync with It. This is the purpose and ultimate destiny of all human beings. The more we move forward in this, the better the effects on all others, and hence ourselves as well. To ignore it is to produce the exact opposite effect of helping others.

The Net

Have you ever seen one of those 3D spider webs where hundreds of spiders have built their webs in such a way that all the webs are interconnected? This network of webs looks like one huge, multidimensional web, but there is a center in each individual web that each spider calls home.

When a thread in a single web is plucked, the vibrations are felt throughout the net by the other spiders. Those closest feel it the most. Those farthest away feel it least. In a similar way, the vibrations of what each of us does affects everyone else.

Of course this image is inadequate, but it works this way in nature, and gives us an idea of how each of us affects all other individuals. The only real difference is that there are no connecting lines, because each of us is everywhere always.

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

Mindful Life Meditation & Mastery

Mindful Life Natural Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.

Mindful Life Mastery synchronizes you and your life with your naturally divine characteristics and the Real You emerges. Attain and maintain success. Gain greater self-awareness and a happier life.

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