VI:13-15 The Meditation of Yoga

When your consciousness is fastened onto God/Truth, desire, fear and anger are disabled and you see the same everywhere, in everyone, yourself in God and God in You, and the mind is as motionless as a lake on a windless day. 

The body, head and neck aligned, motionless and steady, gazing at the point of the nose and not elsewhere… 

The point of origin of the nose is in the north, the uppermost part of the body. The word for point means ‘where the nose is fastened’. Its origin is in the head, in the middle between the two eyebrows—at the ‘third eye’, the 6th (ajna) chakra, the energy center of wisdom-consciousness. While many meditators try to force the energy into this center by focusing their attention there, for the yogi practicing as described before, this occurs spontaneously.

The body, head and neck are in alignment. This can be accomplished with a posture perpendicular to the ground, or by lying down. If you are a Westerner and prefer sitting, you will first need to train your body so that it can remain balanced in this position without causing discomfort. Otherwise, you will either slouch, or be constantly moving around trying to get comfortable. With movement of the body there is movement of the life energy which in turn keeps the mind active.

Calm, fearless, firmly resolved in brahmacharya, the mind restrained by consciousness focused on Me, the yogi abides absorbed in devotion to Me.

Now you know how to get your mind into a peaceful state: Concentrate your attention on one thing: Lord Krishna—God/Truth. Then, because you are calm, composed and fearless, you will not be in contention with things like brahmacharya, and can remain absorbed in That.

You are not be susceptible to fear or other distractions when your consciousness is fully occupied with only one thing: God/Truth.

The usual translation of brahmacharya is celibacy, the source of the ‘fear’ mentioned in this verse—one becomes afraid of failing.

Brahmacharya is the most powerful means of achieving the required self-control mentioned earlier. If you can succeed in brahmacharya you can succeed at anything. Mastering it will give you physical strength and charisma. Professional athletes and fighters often refrain form sexual activity for months before an event for this very reason.

Brahmacharya is the sublimation of sexual energy. It is usually practiced by using one’s will-power, which only suppresses it. But sublimation comes naturally through surrender sadhana. Without this sublimation, one is always having to deal with a turbulent mind, brought about by the turbulent energy of sexual desire, and prevents one from achieving yoga. But Lord Krishna gives us the key:

“With the mind restrained by consciousness focused on Me, the yogi abides absorbed in devotion to Me.”

If you take the word apart, Brahma (God) + charya (practice, going, going about, wandering or roaming, visiting, behavior or conduct) you can come up with all kinds of interpretations. But when you don’t break it up you get, ‘The state of an unmarried religious student, a state of continence and chastity’. 

If you don’t like the idea of celibacy, or your life is not arranged in such a way as to make it possible, you can look at these other alternatives and see if you can understand their meanings:

God-going:  Going to God
God-wandering:  Walking with God
God-visiting:  Hanging out with God
God-behavior:  Acting the way God would act (try a search for ahimsa).
God-practice:  God-meditation: divine purifying action (kriya) yoga.

Or you can practice restraining sexual activity as best you can. (You don’t have to give in to it, you know. Giving in to something suggests that it has power over you, the very opposite of brahmacharya no matter how you want to interpret it.)

If you are calm and composed you are not in a state of passion. Desire, fear and anger are disabled and brahmacharya isn’t an issue. This is what the ‘sameness’ discussed in chapter five was trying to teach us. Seeing the same everywhere, in others, in ourselves and in God, took us to samadhi, where the mind is in a state of unity, or sameness.

The subtle energy of consciousness (citta), of which the mind is composed, is as motionless as a lake on a windless day.

Practice performed in this manner, the mind withdrawn within, the good and virtuous yogi happily goes to the Highest Nirvana in union with Me.

The ultimate happiness of union with God,
your natural state.

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

The Third Chakra

The third chakra is called manipura, which means ‘jewel city’. With a name like that, it must be very valuable! 

The third chakra is located at the navel, has ten petals, ten vibrational frequencies identified by the sounds of specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with digestion. Its mystical diagram is the triangle, the color is yellow-gold (or green), the sense organ is the eyes, the sense faculty is sight, the element is fire, the elemental color is blood-red.

The third chakra is called the manipura, which means ‘jewel city’. A jewel is something precious, valuable, and difficult to destroy. A city is a place where many paths converge, where many people and many things come together in one place.

At your navel, you were connected to a life in this world, and to the one who brought you into it, to the one who provided you with nourishment and sustenance while your body developed sufficiently to enter into life. Perhaps it is you that is precious and valuable.

The element associated with the third chakra is fire, the fire of the sun, or prana, the Life Energy. The sun makes life possible and sustains it. Into this sacrificial fire is thrown all the things of which we wish to free ourselves. Here we offer things like resentment, possessiveness and gluttony. By making the offering through surrender to the Divine, we are purified by this fire and our wellbeing is increased. Through these sacrifices, our surrender deepens and the Life Energy gains more freedom to do its job of sustaining and maintaining life and wellbeing. Now Kundalini can get on with Her job of evolving us to our natural, divine state.

The business of the third chakra is digestion. Think about digestion, what that is, how it works, and apply this to other things besides food. Digestion involves change, transformation. It is the process of treating something by means of heat in order to extract essentials. Here we are reminded of the principle of tapas, or purification by fire. Where purification by water takes care of impurities through elimination, tapas purifies by melting things down in order to separate them, leaving only the good stuff—like separating the gold from the dross (remember how we defined purification?). Prana wants to keep only what has value in order to make way for Kundalini to evolve you to your natural, divine state.

The Brahmagranthi

At this chakra a metropolis of energy channels in the body converge in a tangle, called a granthi. This particular granthi is called the Brahma-granthi. When this granthi is pierced and resolved by Kundalini, one achieves mastery of brahmacharya. Most never reach this point, and very few ever master it.

When kundalini has evolved your third chakra, you become a giver of happiness to others. You attain mastery over desire and sorrow, and all diseases are destroyed. You can cheat death, and you can enter into the body of another.

The third chakra is very difficult—fire not only purifies and sustains life, but it can also take it. When we consider what has to be accomplished in order to pass beyond this chakra, not to mention master the brahmagranthi, we are humbled (and we thought the second chakra was difficult!). We have to concede that our kundalini has not reached those most popular chakras at the eyebrow center and the crown center, that all those experiences we had that we thought were kundalini were really prana producing wonders while doing its job. Well, that’s not so bad now is it? It just goes to show that God, in any form, will never let you down.

About Brahmacharya

Brahmacharya is the practice of chastity, and is the name of the first ashrama, or stage of life, the student stage. During this stage, the first twenty-five years, one maintains chastity. This is not just a moral injunction, but the means of allowing kundalini to maintain some degree of freedom to evolve the individual to a high degree of intelligence, even genius, thus insuring that wealth (artha), pleasure (kama), and freedom (moksha) can be successfully achieved in the stages of life that follow.

When the word brahmacharya is broken down, depending upon the spelling, we have:

brahma (God, Absolute, impersonal), and charya (movement, conduct, or practice) = God-action, God-conduct, God-practice.

OR we have …

brahmaa (God, Absolute, personal), and either charya (moving), acharya (not moving), or aacharya (arrived at, done) = God-action, God-nonaction, or God-realized/mastered/arrived at.

To complicate things further, though not commonly spelled with a long ‘a’ (brahmaacharya), brahmaa is also used as the name for God as Creator, which gives us = Creator God-action, Creator God-nonaction or Creator God-mastery.

The question is, which is it? And what does it mean? This is one of those places where the necessity for oral teachings becomes apparent.

May your tapas increase,
Durga Ma

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