VII:29-30 Divine Body…

“Those who seek liberation from old age and death by surrendering to Me, know this Absolute God, the Divine Absolute Individual, and all about action…With consciousness fully absorbed in Me at the moment of death, they will surely know Me.” — Lord Krishna, Bhagavad Gita, ch 7, vs 29-30 

Those who seek liberation from old age and death by surrendering to Me, they know this Brahman, Adhyatma, and all about action…..

  • Me – Lord Krishna, incarnation of Vishnu, God as the Sustainer of Life
  • Adhyatma – The Divine Individual, the Real You
  • Brahman – Absolute God

Lord Krishna is identifying Himself as Absolute (Brahman) and goes on to point out that the Real You is also Absolute and Divine (Adhyatman). And if you want release from old age and death, you will surrender to and come to know Absolute God, your Real Self, and all there is to know about Action.

NOTE: Instead of stating this process as cheating death as it does in some texts, it is stated here as liberation from old age and death, inferring eternal youth. This is consistent with other texts and the teachings of my own lineage on the subject of Divine Body.

…As well as Adhibhuta, Adhidaiva and Adhiyajña. With consciousness fully absorbed in Me at the moment of death, they will surely know Me.

  • Know – Accept unconditionally

Lord Krishna, Sustainer of Life, is telling you that if you want to be relieved of old age and death, this is the way to go about it: Accept and surrender yourself to Lord Krishna, the Divine-other-than-you, and become absorbed in That. Then, when at the moment of death you are absorbed in God, you will ‘know’ God.

  • Death – Death of the body, death of the ego, sleep, deep sleep, meditation, renunciation.

What your religion is, what you believe in, what it is called, your name for God, all this is irrelevant. Just surrender yourself to Absolute Truth and the rest will take care of itself.

“As well as AdhibhutaAdhidaiva and Adhiyajña

  • Adhibhuta – The first coming into being of the Divine Individual
  • Adhidaiva – The first other Divine Individual known to Adhyatma
  • Adhiyajña – The acceptance of the first other Divine Individual by Adhyatma

A Short Lesson in Yoga Cosmology


The Divine Individual
The Real You. 


First Coming-into-being
The Real You (atman), having become aware of your own existence (asmita), engage your inherent power to know what is other than You, and you are now in a state of being (ahamkara).

Your state: Actor.

The effect of the first act of the Divine Individual engaging Its inherent power to choose, is shakti, the power that instigates all action. 

This first action of the Divine Individual seeking knowledge of otherness is the basis all action, as well as the buddhi function of the mind which is based on self-and-other-than-self: duality.

The core of the mind, brought about by the first action, the choice to know another, is the sense of self as different, separate, and the doer of action (ahamkara, ‘ego’).

The ultimate result of the first action is that the Divine Individual enters a state of being and ultimately encounters a body (‘the Embodied One‘), the state of being human.


The First Divine Other
The first other Divine Individual known to You (Adhyatma), and who becomes your Personal God.

Your state: Knower


The First Sacrifice
Your first acceptance (sacrifice) of another Divine Individual as the same as You.

Your state: Surrendered.

Because of this first acceptance, as an embodied being your surrender to Absolute God, the Divine Other-Than-You, accelerates your evolution (awakens kundalini) and begins your journey toward recapturing your original state—eternally birthless, deathless, imperishable—only now with full awareness (“fully absorbed in Me”). 

In all of this, we find the source of all the differing concepts of God: personal and impersonal, Supreme Being and abstract Truth, relative and absolute. Now we see that all these are correct and have their sources in our own progression from the Absolute situation to the embodiment we now experience.

It appears that these two verses are telling us that, under the prescribed conditions, a transformation takes place at death, and as Paul has stated it in 1 Corinthians, “Death is swallowed up in victory,” and one attains immortal, divine body.

Now is a good time to revisit the lyrics of Kripalu’s Song on surrender and non-duality.

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

End of Chapter Seven
The Yoga of Truth


Swami Kripalu Recognizes His Guru

The village people took the holy statue from the farmer’s field, placed it in a chariot and brought into the town. They established it in a very small temple, and people came from all around. But again, as an effect of time, after two or three years the village became quiet again.

People did feel that this was a most unusual statue, but they did not know what to do about it. It was as if this pilgrimage place had lost its power again. Where there was such a divine image, there was complete darkness, as if God were waiting for someone.

One day I was invited to that town to give a discourse. I never used to go anywhere for a whole day. I don’t know why, but I said yes to that lecture. Upon arriving there, I was told that this was another Kashi [the highest spiritual center]. The flow of the Sanatana Dharama was emanating from there. I was surprised to find out this was another Kashi, but the most surprising thing was that my birth place was only ten miles from there. Here was a tirtha so cose to my birthplace and I didn’t know anything about it. So I told them that I would go with them for darshan.

With me were four of five leaders of the village. They told me the history as they pointed to all the historical places. The leaders were very intelligent, and what was worth showing they showed me last! Finally they took me to the temple where the statue that had been discovered was established. I entered the temple and looked at the image of the great sage and was so surprised—in front of a linga was the statue of my own guru! I was familiar with every part of his form.

Looking back, when I was first at this feet, I was only nineteen years old. He had lots of love for me and I loved him very much. Whenever I was disappointed in some way he used to hug me and convey enormous love for me. But all that time, his body was the body of an old swami. At that time, I could not imagine that someone’s soul could enter another body.

Later in my life, I was in the area of the Himalaya Mountains in Rishikesha. There are many yogis who live there. I was a new swami dressed in a swami dress. One day I went to a faraway place on top of a hill to cut a special branch from a tree. As I started cutting the branch, I saw an individual walking down the hill. He had only a cloth around his waist. I didn’t pay any attention to him because there are many saints in that land. As I was cutting the branch, I heard a voice whisper from behind saying, “swami”. It was the voice of my guru whom I had first met when I was nineteen.

I was confused because only my guru used to address me by the name of Swami. But when I turned around, I saw that this was not that old swami body. This body that I saw near Rishikesha was just like the body of the statue: the Divine Body of my guru. There is such power in that body that it can take any form or even enter into a dead body [the swami whose body Lakulisha has used had just died].

This inidividual who was saying “swami” looked only eighteen years old.  It was winter time but he was only wearing a cloth from the waist, the rest of his body was bare. My body was covered with lots of woolen clothes. When I looked at him, he smiled, his eyes twinkling. I knew then that this was indeed my gurudeva. I forgot to bow down and ran over to him and hugged him. He stroked his hand over my head and my body. I just kept on weeping. Then I remembered that I had forgotten to bow down at his feet. “Gurudeva, please excuse me”, I said, and bowed down at his feet.    

Once I had asked him, “Gurudev, how does the Divine Body look?”, and he told me that sometime I would see it. Now I asked, “Gurudev, it this the Divine Body?” He said, “Yes, this is the Divine Body.” I asked him how many years old it was. He answered, “My son, you will have to find out for yourself.” Then I asked, “How will I be able to find it out?” I had not even imagined that I would be so fortunate to ever see a Divine Body.

Giver of Grace
Stories of the Lineage

Jaya Bhagavan (victory to God),
Durga Ma

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