The Way of Eternal Truth – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 12, Vs 20

Hanuman & Krishna
Hanuman, the monkey god. His devotion was so complete that he attained supernatural powers and cheated death.

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the story of the Mahabharata. It is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

The subject of this chapter is Devotion.

This post addresses perfect devotion and eternal life.


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Those who faithfully follow this Eternal Dharma as described, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal, these devotees are exceedingly beloved by Me.

Bhakti is said to be the easiest path. This is easy to understand, for when you are in love, you naturally experience surrender to the beloved. Even when making love with someone, there is a moment of surrender that causes a culmination that gives you a short period of bliss. In a similar fashion, because you love God you will surrender to God. In this case, you will get more than a short period of bliss, and a deeper bliss. God is eternal, You are eternal, and your beloved God is eternally loving You. It is a match made in heaven.

  • Bhakti — devotion, love, adoration, affection, faith, trust, commitment, worship, assumption of the form of, loyalty, dedication, fondness for, affection, reverence, homage, making obeisance by bending down in devotion, surrendering to.
Radha and Krishna
Radha and Krishna

If you have ever been in love, you know what it feels like to be surrendered. If you did not experience this, you were not in love. The practice of entering into this devotional state in meditation, and allowing yourself to surrender yourself to God, is the practice of Natural Meditation. Just as you forget everything when you are with your beloved, you forget everything other than God when you surrender to God in meditation — desires, getting experiences, expectations, preconceived notions of all kinds. Now, loving God with no strings attached, you are positioned to experience the bliss of God’s love.

Eternal Life

Eternal Dharma – The Way of Eternal Truth, Sanatana Dharma. The way things really are in the Absolute — not your truth or my truth, but Absolute Truth, Absolute God.

In this verse, the Sanskrit word for Eternal, amṛta, also means ‘immortal, imperishable’. Amṛta also means ‘the collective body of immortals, the world of immortality, eternity, the Immortal Light, the nectar conferring immortality, an antidote against poison (impurities), and the residue of the sacrifice (of surrender).’

Dharma is ‘The Way’. The ingesting of the residue of the sacrifice (chapter 3 vseses 9 and 10) along with tapas (internal heat) is the means of reaching this state. This can only occur when the evolutionary force (kundalini) is in full charge — fully awakened and established at the ajna chakra (sixth energy center in the body). One must be willing and prepared to spend considerable time to attain this state. It will not happen through willful practices, or at a shaktipat intensive.

This awakening is not the same thing as Enlightenment, though Enlightenment can inspire you to begin and will be an additional benefit. Nor is it the same thing as an awakening experience, or even a direct experience of who or what you are. It is a journey that must be taken. It will not happen all at once, because it involves the physical body, not just the mind or feelings. Things that happen in the physical-material realm are naturally slower compared to thought or feeling, but must align with Truth as surely as the mind and feelings. 

Fully Awakened Kundalini at Home

The fully awakened form of the evolutionary force (kundalini) is achieved only through complete surrender of oneself to Absolute God. Willful paths are useless at this point. The use of the will always harnesses the some or all of the energy that must be free for this to take place. Using techniques, which require willpower, will defeat it.

The will is always engaged when using a technique. Anything that you do for any purpose, is a technique. You are probably thinking, “That covers everything! So what am I to do?”

You will need to start with not more than two hours each day (and yes, you can make time for this). And you will need knowledge and guidance. You will not be able to achieve this without both. Do not fool yourself that you can do it on your own. This process is much too simple for the mind to comprehend (minds do not like ‘simple’), and much too complicated for it to unravel alone.

You will have to learn true surrender over time through your own experience in meditation, and it isn’t what you think it is, based on the trendy notions about surrender that are currently in vogue. This is a precise practice involving the science of meditation.

Correct practice requires correct knowledge.
Knowledge without practice is useless.

The first thing you will need is shaktipat, the receiving of Divine Power that initiates the release of the Life Force in the body so it can awaken kundalini. Then you will need a practice to maintain it. At this point you must seek the path of surrender and find a guru who knows the way. You will have to avoid willful spiritual practices altogether. You may be disinclined to take a guru, but you must overcome this stricture and take a chance. It is not doable any other way.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Thunderbolts, Cows, Progeniture and Snakes – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 28-29

Lord Shiva's Thunderbolt
Lord Shiva with Trident and Thunderbolt

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

Thunderbolts, Cows, Progeniture and Snakes

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Of weapons, I am the thunderbolt, and of cows I am Kamadhuk. Of progenitors, I am Kandarpa, and of serpents, I am Vasuki. 

Alternate translation:
Of instruments of power, I am the Thunderbolt. Of cows, I am Kamadhuk, the wish-fulfilling cow. Of progenitors, I am Kandarpa the inciter, and of snakes, I am Vāsuki, the hidden wisdom within.

The thunderbolt of Lord Shiva is called vajra, which means ‘hard and mighty’ and is associated with indestructibility, and consequently, with diamonds.

Kamadhuk, or Kamadhenu, ‘the wish-fulfilling cow’, is discussed in chapter three, The Golden Womb

Kandarpa, the progenitor, means ‘inciter’, from kan (satisfying) + darpa, from the root drip (extravagantly delighted).

Vāsuki, from vāsu, ‘indwelling’ and ki, ‘knowing’. Vasuki is the chief of three snake-kings. He is the serpent the gods and the demons used as a rope for twisting round Mount Mandara to churn the milky ocean and recover the amrita, the nectar of immortality. The nectar was lost in the deluge during the dissolution of the last Manvantara, the previous time period of Creation (306,720,000 of our years).

The other two snake-kings are Shesha, the ‘remainder’ after purification, and Taksha, ‘cutting through’.

The Remainder: The ingesting of the remainder on the part of the body leads to khechari mudra, ‘flying in the air seal’.

Cutting Through begins due to the purification process leaving behind only what is pure, the ‘remainder’, and refers to cutting through all the underlying causes of attachments. This can only begin after sufficient purification leaves a ‘remainder’ to be ingested.

Vasuki is the indwelling knowledge of this, as well as where it will take you. This knowledge is awakened by the guru and accessed through the God-practice taught by the guru (i.e., Lord Krishna). Then the ingestion of the Remainder and Cutting Through will come about on their own, naturally.

Previously, we talked about ‘flying up powerfully‘. When flying up becomes ‘sealed’, or ‘secured’, this is called khechari mudra.  At this point, one must know how to proceed and goes to guru for guidance. Thus does one’s ‘indwelling knowing’ (Vāsuki) become verified and one enters a new phase of surrender yoga sadhana.

Why snakes? Snakes represent desires, the underlying cause of attachments. They are ‘cut away’ by the purification process of khechari mudra, and putting into action the indwelling knowledge of Vāsuki.

 

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Of snakes I am Ananta, and of waters, I am Varuna. Of ancestors, I am Aryaman, and of that which holds things together, I am Yama.  
Ananta

Ananta is seen as a snake with his mouth circling back to eat its tail. This circular formation symbolizes endlessness, the no-beginning-no-end of Eternity, the unlimitedness of God. Once again we ask, Why a snake? especially if snakes represent desires?

Ananta is the ultimate desire that keeps everything going. If we think of a desire as something we are attracted to and seek to have, it is understandable that desire makes the world go around. As Lord Krishna’s states, “I am that desire which is not contrary to dharma,” we learn of a desire that is God Itself. It is this longing for God/Truth that is this desire. It prompts us to seek God/Truth and to take up the God-practice that is yoga (uniting). 

Ananta, 1000 headed snake

Ananta is also depicted as a thousand-headed snake. The number 1000 expresses a multitude or totality of something, imperishability and infinity. The name Ananta means ‘infinite, immortal, unending, without limit.’

Varuna, from vri, ‘to surround, or envelop’, is Lord of the Waters, enveloping not only the earth, but the depths of the oceans and the all-enveloping surrounder of the denizens of the waters.

Varuna, Lord of the Waters

Varuna is lord of the waters of heaven, the ‘celestial waters’ in the head. We might think of this as soma or amrita, or any feature we might imagine as fluid-like, such as hormones seeping through the endocrine (ductless) glands.

Water also represents purification, and that from which manifestation arises.

DNA
We are climbing Jacob’s ladder.

Aryaman, ‘Chief of the Ancestors’ is ‘the dear friend and companion’. He presides over the lunar mansion of Uttara, meaning left, upper and north.

The path of the left is north, the upper-going, or ascendent path. Being chief of the ancestors, Aryaman is the chief of DNA in the body, and the direction, or path, by which the purified (or corrected) DNA (bindi), ascends. Thus is he a friend.

Yama is the King of Death. His father is Vivasvat, the Sun, and the Manu of our current Manvantara (time period). His mother’s name is Samjna, ‘together, the same, in harmony with’. 

Yama, Lord of DeathThe word yama means both ‘restrainer or subduer’ and ‘twins or pairs’. Yama restrains, or holds, pairs together as a unit, reminding us once again of DNA. 

The Sanskrit for ‘restrainer and subduer’ is samyama, the term Patanjali uses to demonstrate concentration, meditation and equanimity taken together as samadhi, ‘the little death’ of yoga (union), the last of the eight steps of Yoga. Interestingly, Yama is also the first step of Yoga consisting of five principles descriptive of God and You-as-you-really-are. Mastery of the yamas brings about successful yoga, special powers, and success in life.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Horses, Elephants and Nectar – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 27

Airavata, mount of Indra, king of the gods.
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The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

Horses, Elephants and Nectar

27
Of hor
ses, know me as Uccaihshravas, produced of nectar. Of princely elephants, I am Airavata, and of men, I am Lord.

Alternate translation:
Of horses, know me to be the heavenly seven-headed horse born of the nectar of immortality, Uccaihshravas. Of elephants, I am Airāvata, ‘enjoyment and satisfaction’, the vehicle of Indra, lord of the gods in heaven. Of men, I am Lord.

Uccaihshravas. The word uccaihshravas means ‘flying up powerfully’. This refers to the flying up of Kundalini-Prana. Lord Krishna is saying that this ‘flying up powerfully’ is Himself.

Uccaihshravas, the heavenly horse produced by nectar.

This tells us that Kundalini flies up powerfully as a result of amrita, the nectar of immortality—it is not the other way around as might be expected. Amrita is already in action when the strong ascent of Kundalini begins, and Prana is drawn up with it. This takes place in the sushumna nadi, the central channel, but may be experienced as a full body phenomenon when the sushumna has expanded.

The seven heads of Uccaihshravas indicate the seven chakras unified and seated in the head behind the eyebrow center. Initially, the chakras and the nerve centers may not match, and the sushumna and the spine may not match, but the body will ultimately match the ananda kosha, the template of the perfect form for each individual.

The ananda kosha (‘bliss body’) is the subtlest of five sheaths, or subtle bodies. They are the veils of Salome in the Bible. These five sheaths are subtler than the astral (mental) or etheric (emotional) bodies. The ananda kosha is the subtlest of all.

The energy, now established in the head at the sixth chakra, tries to bring the physical into alignment with the ananda kosha in order to transition into an immortal body. People with congenital disabilities and handicaps are not given shaktipat and initiated into surrender sadhana. At this point, it can be too much to bear. 

Airavata is Indra’s vehicle, an elephant whose name means ‘giving enjoyment and satisfaction’. Airavata is derived from the word iravat, meaning ‘one who is produced from water’, and is closely connected to ida, the name of the channel for the cooling and downward flowing energy in the body (apana). But Airavata lives in heaven (the head), so here is another connection to water similar to apana, but in the head. Water represents the fluid nature of hormones seeping through endocrine (ductless) glands. This is a reference to amrita, the nectar of immortality.

When Indra defeated Vritra*, Airavata reached down into the watery underworld (below the 3rd chakra) with his trunk, sucked up the water and sprayed it into the clouds. Indra then caused cool water to rain down, thereby linking the waters to those of the underworld (sky and earth from the point of view of heaven). The downward flowing of  this ‘water’ creates hormonal changes in the body brought on by, and further producing, ‘flying up powerfully’.

*Vritra – A ‘demon of darkness and drought’ who takes possession of the clouds, causing them to obstruct the rain. Indra battles with this evil influence and shatters the pent up clouds with his thunderbolt in order to open them and release the rain.

‘Flying up powerfully’ occurs naturally through natural, surrender meditation. This Experiential Surrender Mediation is called ‘sacrifice’ in the Bhagavad Gita. It is a ‘sacrifice’ to surrender oneself to Absolute God/Truth in meditation. We take what we get, and accept whatever happens or doesn’t happen—our attachments and desires have been left at the door.

We are saying, in effect, “Thy will be done O Lord, not mine.” And we mean it. We are more and more motivated to become more and more surrendered over time, ultimately caring only for union (yoga) with Absolute God. If a divine immortal body is the end result, fine. If it isn’t, fine. We are not doing this sadhana to get physical immortality, but for liberation and union with Absolute God. So that’s what we surrender to.

You get what you surrender to.

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