VII:8-11 The Essence of God in Creation

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The essence of God is present in all of Creation, like a string sustaining a neckless of pearls, the singular Absolute sustains the Relative Realm of this world of multiplicity. 

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I am the fluidity in water, the light of the moon and sun, I am the vibration of all sounds in the sound of OM in the ether according to sacred knowledge, and I am the humanity in mankind. 

The things mentioned in these verses as essences of God are not the Absolute Itself, but are because of the Absolute, and exist prior to their manifestations, i.e., fluidity before water, light before sun and moon, vibration before audible sound, etc.

Everything in Creation exists as a potential in the Absolute. An essence is a characteristic of a potential. All of Creation becomes manifest from its essence. It is not the other way around.

The Absolute does not make these things happen. Like a face seen in a cloud, it is not that the cloud creates the image of a face, but that a face is what is perceived by the seer.

Through surrender to God in meditation, this can be known through the experience of pratyahara, wherein one comes to realize that the power of sight for instance, the ability to see, exists before physical eyes exist.

Fluiditywithout fixed form, changeable, adaptable. Water takes up the biggest percentage of the body and the earth, and takes the form of the vessel that holds it. 

Light – the source of illumination. Light makes perception possible, and knowledge knowable. Everything that is visible to us is visible by the reflection of light off the object seen. When we are attempting to understand something, we ‘reflect’ on it. For us humans, our true existence is in the dark, hidden, but real, even though we do not perceive it…until light has be cast on it and we become ‘enlightened’.

Sound – vibration, the basis of Creation. All sounds are contained within the sound of OM (aum). Vibration (/) begins with the Divine Individual’s choice to engage his power to know. What is sent out returns with the knowledge of the existence of another Divine Individual, and another equal and opposite vibration (\) becomes self-perpetuating upon its return (/\/\/\…). 

The humanity in mankind. The word for humanity is paurusham, meaning ‘belonging to purusha‘. Purusha is You with a viewpoint, but now you are being a member of humanity. This characteristic of your being is the essence of God in you as a human being. Lord Krishna is saying that He is that essence, once again identifying Himself with God, but in this case, this is you, thus making you one with God right now.

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I am the pure, pleasant fragrance of earth, the fire of the sun, the fire of life in all beings, and the fire of purification.

Earth is the element associated with the sense of smell at the first chakra, the home of Mother Kundalini, and is the basis of most of yoga sadhana. The Sanskrit word for pleasant also means, ‘pure, holy, sacred, good, right, auspicious and propitious’.

Fire of the sun gives light and life; the fire of life in all beings is prana, the Life Energy in the body; the fire of purification, tapas, ‘to heat or melt down,’ comprises most of yoga sadhana.

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Know Me as the eternal cause of all living beings. I am the intelligence of the intelligent and the vitality in the body.

It is the divine, absolute individual—the Real You—that is the essence of what you are being: human. And it is this Real You that is the source of your intelligence, as well as the vitality in your own body. No surprise really, since you are one with God. 

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And I am the strength of the strong devoid of desire and passion, and I am that desire which is not contrary to dharma.

Lord Krishna is saying that He is your strength when it is not impaired by desire and passion. Earlier I said that desire is an affirmation of lack. I will stand by this but take it a step further: Desire is a want that we chase because we can’t stand the way it feels to want, and the only solution we know is to fulfill the desire. Then we become obsessed with another desire: the desire to get it. And the chase begins. This is what weakens us, but there is a solution: 

By enjoying the desire itself, the object of desire
loses it power—it is of no further interest.

In this verse Lord Krishna reveals another secret. He says that He is that desire in you that is not contrary to dharma (Divine Law, injunction). In other words, this single desire doesn’t go against spiritual law or impede progress, but is in accordance with dharma because it is actually God. Translators tend to attribute this desire to the desire to procreate, or to desires that are inharmonious with the ordained duties of life.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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My Secret Source

A secret is something that is not understood. It continues to be a secret until it is.

To my very dear followers and friends, 

This journey of two and a half years, from chapter one through chapter six of the Gita, has been very profound. It has brought me into contact with Immortal Masters, adepts who have guided the process. I have merely watched as their teachings were being written for all to see.

I am not being woo-woo when I say this. I consider these Perfected Ones, beginning with Lord Shiva, to be my Board of Directors. They have been my secret source of information and guidance. With my guru gone from this world, this Board of Directors, which includes my guru lineage, guides me through uncharted waters to the end of the cycles of rebirth.

The Board not only guides me in my own sadhana, they guide the writing of these installments on the Bhagavad Gita. Just as the blind king, Dhirtarashtra, hears this conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna conveyed through his clairvoyant minister, Samjaya, I am getting it from my Board and passing it along to you. 

What is written here is either written with them, by them, or cleared by them. They even take over my hands to the point that I am reading rather than writing as my hands move over the keyboard, sometimes revealing things I have either forgotten or only partially understood. 

The Science of Yoga

One of the difficulties people have when they try to read the Bhagavad Gita, is that they are so overwhelmed by what seems to be a complex and confusing philosophical system, that they end in throwing the book across the room and giving up. But the details are hidden in the cracks of the Sanskrit. They are unable to see these things because they have had little or no experience with yoga sadhana.

The Bhagavad Gita is a treatise on the science of Yoga—what Yoga is, how it works, how to practice it correctly, and what you’ll get for your time spent. If all you ever read is the first six chapters, you will have everything you need to learn and practice Yoga correctly and reap its rewards…if you can understand it. The remaining chapters go over these things again and again to provide different ways of seeing things, and expand and add more detail and depth. 

The Secrets of Yoga

Most of what is hidden in Yoga is ‘secret’ because of the propensity of the human mind to continue to monitor how it perceives and understands things. So no deliberate hiding is necessary anyway, for the mind will automatically see what it has been trained to see, regardless of the Truth. 

Thus is Yoga secret, hidden—just as it is hidden within you, and you don’t know it. That is what the Gita is for—to awaken you to what you already know.

The Bhagavad Gita speaks to anyone of any age or stage of life. It is not just a rambling conversation intended to express a philosophy or make more rules to follow. And it is not just an esoteric work, either. It is an exposition, revealing the truth about life, about God, about You, and about Yoga, and showing you the way to re-union with God, regardless of your religion, your path or your stage of life.

Having completed chapter six last week, next week you can look forward to getting started on chapter seven, The Yoga of Truth. And soon after, volume one, consisting of chapters 1 – 6, will be made available in PDF.

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Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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VI:45-47 The Final Destination

Now we will end this chapter by hearing about the end result of successful Yoga practice. 

Continued from “From Desire to Fulfillment” (verse 44):

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By persevering in his efforts, the mind withdrawn from anything else, he is completely purified of faults, and after many births is perfected and goes to the final destination.

“By persevering in his efforts”
Now he keeps going no matter what. This yogi knows something of what is ahead through his own experience, and will not be stopped.

“With the mind withdrawn from anything else”
The yogi is now steeped in Yoga. He thinks of nothing else. Any thought seemingly outside of it that should arise, is associated with God/Truth and his Yoga. Anything that is not, is dismissed.

“He is completely purified of faults”
These ‘faults’ are not really his, they are in the packaging, and Shakti wants to get the package to be like the Divine Individual that this yogi really is.

Shakti – Divine Energy. The intelligent, activating force of Nature.

The purification process that is going on in the body is sometimes uncomfortable, but our yogi knows what is going on, so he doesn’t fight it, but regards it as a sign of progress and happily continues his Yoga practice. 

Purification – The reordering of things to get them in their proper places, inside or outside of the body, mind and feelings. This ultimately gets one in sync with the Real Self. (See Yama and Niyama for descriptions of what this would look like). 

Purity

Because prana (Life Energy) can heal anything, it is often thought to be imprudent to avail oneself of resources considered to be unnatural. But this is unnatural—we are here on earth when we’re here, not at some other time. There are different resources available now than were available hundreds (or thousands) of years ago. Forcing oneself to endure something that might otherwise be relieved can cause more trouble from the stress it creates.

Self-Honesty

At this stage of sadhana, one really must be self-honest. Without self-honesty, mistakes will be made. Because of what is at the core of the mind (‘ego’), self-honesty is a difficult undertaking, so one must start immediately to practice it so that this skill is already developed and in place.

Sadhana – Spiritual practice. Sanskrit: The means of going straight to the goal. Mastering, cure, completion, perfection.

There is often (in any age) some difficulty determining what to do. One eventually gets the means of contacting inner guidance, but that alone isn’t always enough because of the mind’s propensity for interfering and causing mistakes to be made. Inner guidance must be more than just listening to your feelings or your mind, or confusing either with intuition. The mind will cause you more trouble than you can imagine, and feelings have their roots in the mind.

Ideally, you should consult your guru. In the event that your guru is no longer on this earth, the adepts who know their way around yoga can be called upon to advise you. If you don’t have direct contact with them they may send you dreams, in which case you will need to know how to understand dreams.

You should also consult scripture. Its purpose is to help you with this very thing. Then contemplate the yamas and niyamas to determine the correctness of your conclusions. It is also very helpful to talk with others on your path who are having similar experiences.

“After many births he is perfected and goes to the final destination”
I don’t think anyone can make it to or through this stage of sadhana without self-honesty and a whole lot of meditation experience (years). But it is very inspiring to know there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, when one is finally, successfully ‘perfected’. 

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The yogi is superior to the ascetic, the learned, and those who are active in good works. Therefore, be a yogi!

The yogi, the ascetic, the learned, and those who do good works, are all the greatest of devotees, but in this verse the yogi is ranked the highest. The ascetic is ranked higher than the learned, and the learned higher than those engaged in good works.

For many people, asceticism is the practice of severe self-discipline, sometimes even self-mortification, and abstention from all forms of pleasure. But we learned earlier that this is not the intended message. ‘Ascetic’ was defined as “one who is self-motivated, self-disciplined, and inspired, and can be a saint, sage, seer, monk, devotee or hermit”. The learned, on the other hand, is meant as someone who knows a lot but doesn’t have the personal experience behind the knowledge that the yogi and the ascetic have. 

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Of all yogis, one who loves Me with faith and considers Me as in himself and himself in Me, is united with Me, and is the highest of all.

This verse speaks for itself.

End of Chapter Six
The Yoga of Meditation

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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