You Get What You Worship – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 24-25

“I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me, hence they fall. Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits. Those who worship Me assuredly come to Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 24-25

I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me. Hence they fall.

Alternate translation:
I am the motivator, the experiencer and the Chief of all sacrifices, but the people do not recognize My True Reality, thus they fall down and return to the mortal world.

“They” refers to those mentioned in the previous verses. “Fall down” refers to the Life Energy in the body, Prana, falling to the lower chakras at death and causing the yogi to relinquish liberation and “return” to mortal existence.

It is God that motivates sacrifice, and God that enjoys it. Put another way, the instigator of the yogi’s surrender is God (Shakti), and the yogi in union with God (yoga) enjoys it.

Worship = Sacrifice = Surrender
The sacrificial offering is yourself

Surrender alone is not the answer. The answer is in what one surrenders to, and how surrendered the ‘worshipper’ is.

One must always surrender only to Absolute God. You will think that it is you who enjoys and experiences this, and that it is you who desires it. But God is the Enjoyer, the Experiencer, and the Desirer—the motivator who impels your surrender to God.

Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to.
Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to (worship).

Surrendering to anything other than Absolute God, one falls. When one is not surrendered, does not understand what sacrifice really is, does not recognize God, does not experience God, and the Life Energy in the body does not ascend but “falls down”. Only through surrender to Absolute God can the energy ascend and remain ascendant.

You may disagree with this. If you do, you won’t be the first. I have been accused of being elitist because I practice surrender yoga and think it is better than the path of the will, but this is not so. The path of the will is necessary. Not only does it provide many different paths for the many unique individuals that we are, but it always takes one who persists to the path of surrender.

Many people who have left the spiritual path of the will have done so because they came up against a wall and couldn’t get any further. Some became lost and disenchanted and quit altogether. Some dealt with this disappointment by changing gurus…over and over again…hoping to find one that knew what he or she was doing.

Are these seekers reluctant to surrender for fear of losing control? Or do they simply not know that there is something more that can take them where they want to go?

Unknowingly, at a very auspicious point in their practice, they were ready for this phase of yoga sadhana but they didn’t know it existed. This is one reason I speak openly about it. There are those who are ready for it and need it, but they don’t know about it, what it is, or how it is practiced.

Teachers of surrender yoga are hard to find. In my opinion, this is the very reason Vyasa wrote the Bhagavad Gita into his epic Mahabharata: because it is really about surrender yoga.

It is true that the Gita addresses how to live a successful and spiritual life, but in the very places that are translated in willful terms, there are underlying teachings on surrender yoga hidden in the cracks for those who are ready to hear them.

Why not just get straight to the point? Because not everyone is interested in this path. The Gita is written is such a way that anyone can benefit no matter what their path. One who is interested and ready to hear about surrender yoga will, at the very least, realize that there is something more going on and seek to understand it. Their curiosity and longing will naturally lead them to seek someone who can satisfy their interest.

God is the power behind all sacrifices. God is the power behind your surrender to God. God is the desire for God that impels you to surrender to God, and it is God who enjoys the sacrificial offering. It is because of your yoga, your union with God who enjoys your surrender, that you enjoy it. Now are you beginning to get it?

Through surrender to God, Self-realization will fall into your lap and raise you up.

Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits, but those who worship Me (God) assuredly come to Me.

You get what you worship.

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

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The Magic of Shaktipat, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from a book written several years ago. If you should find what appear to be inconsistencies in excerpts from my books, they are not due to informational changes, but changes in my own way of putting things.

Divine Energy  

Sanskrit, ‘the language of the Gods’ according to scholars, has several words for energy according to its function. Three of these are shakti, prana, and kundalini.

Shakti—The Activating Power

The word shakti means ‘power.’ Shakti is the Divine Energy whose function is to make things happen. Put another way, energy is called shakti when it instigates activity. Because it is shakti that gets things going, the word ‘shakti’ also implies initiation. In the Christian tradition, this same activating energy is known as the Holy Spirit.

Prana—The Sustaining Power

We do not have a word in English for the life energy. We have tried calling it ‘life force’ but neither word, ‘life’ or ‘force,’ has much to do with what it is that keeps us alive. In Sanskrit, the life energy in the body is called prana.  Put another way, when energy functions in the capacity of maintaining and sustaining life, it is called prana. Prana is responsible for healing and for keeping us alive. She has the power to sustain life indefinitely. When she leaves the body this is known as ‘death.’

Kundalini—The Evolutionary Power

Kundalini is what we call the Divine Energy acting in its evolutionary capacity. The word kundala from which the word kundalini is formed, means a circle, ring, coil, snake, or spiral. The word kundalini means ‘the little coiled one.’ Coiled up, it lies dormant at the base of the spine. After it has been awakened, the energy can rise up and begin the evolutionary process. Ordinarily, evolution takes place slowly with the birth of new bodies, but if kundalini can be awakened it has the opportunity to evolve the being in the current lifetime.

Harnessing the Life Energy

When prana is free to act on its own, it becomes very strong. Normally, however, we keep the life energy under the domination of our mind, and prana is not free. We harness prana in order to achieve our goals in life and to succeed. This is a natural phase of life, but there is a price. The price is to not attain liberation. Most of us are willing to pay that price. Not having had the experience of liberation, we don’t have the foggiest idea what we are missing. In fact, as long as we are getting a lot of our desires fulfilled and goals achieved, we feel pretty good, so there is very little motivation to look beyond.

I believe it is important to achieve some degree of success in mastering the prana. If you have never experienced success, you will never stop trying. Why?  Because at some level you have an awareness that it is important to find your power and know that you can be effective. This has to be real to you. If you feel powerless, you will be reluctant to let go, to give up control—you will be reluctant to surrender. In this state, how can you get yourself to accept whatever comes as a result of allowing prana to be free? And why would you choose to give up chasing desires if you never knew what it felt like to have them fulfilled? Fulfilled desire can seem like heaven on earth, but there’s a catch. Having had this experience, it can become addicting. It can lead to misuse, obsession, or indulgence, and the ultimate paradise of absolute freedom, liberation, is lost.

From Living the Mysteries, Copyright ©1999,
Durga Ma and Terry Anne Preston, Ph.D.


To that last sentence I would add: As long as you entertain a desire, you are reinforcing the illusion that you do not already have what it is that you desire. We all have it all. It’s just a matter of access. If you want to pursue something, pursue access, not the desire itself. That is utterly useless.

Durga Ma

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Kundalini Made Simple

If words like kundalini bother you, forget it. Try this instead:

You are alive because of a force that dwells within your body. This force is a force of nature and is present in all living things. Its job is life. Its job in your own body is to keep your body alive and well. When this force leaves the body, it is called “death”. The Sanskrit word for this force is prana, but to keep things simple, we can call it the Life Force.

Kundalini is the Life Force in your body on a mission. That mission is evolution. The Life Force’s job is to keep you alive and well, but when it acts in an evolutionary capacity, it is called kundalini. So think of kundalini as the Evolutionary Force whose job is the evolution not of You (you’re already perfect), but the evolution of what you are being to what you’re really like (i.e., perfect).

I have used the word ‘force’ to give the sense of a natural force in the same way that gravity is a natural force. But we could also call the Life Force and the Evolutionary Force, Life Energy and Evolutionary Energy, since energy is the way they manifest. So either way works.

But I’ve put the cart before the horse. What is this shakti that everyone is going on about?

These forces, or energies, outside of the body are called shakti. Shakti is not different than the Life Force in what it is, but it is different in what it does, so we give it another name because it performs a different function. The Life Force and the Evolutionary Force are shakti performing different jobs within your body.

It is shakti that makes things happen. Shakti is the Divine “Go-power”. We could call shakti Divine Energy (“Divine Force” just sounds awkward) because it is the first manifestation of the Divine. So it would be fair to say that shakti, Divine Energy, is God, and therefore so are the Life Force and the Evolutionary Force.

So what is shaktipat, then? Shaktipat means “shakti-giving”. Shaktipat is the transmission of Divine Energy from one person to another, or directly from God (the Divine) to you. Another name for shakti that you may be more familiar with is Holy Spirit.

Shakti, Divine Energy, the Divine Go-Power, can be transmitted from another individual to you by means of thought, sound, touch, or sight. If I were to transmit shakti to you right now, that force, that Divine Energy, would flow between us, closing the gap between what I am and what you are, by my candle lighting your candle. What the Divine Energy gets going when this happens is spontaneous meditation and the activation of the Evolutionary Force—which you will have heard of as the awakening of kundalini—in your own body.

Now, is all this as clear as a bell? Good! Because there will be more on this subject coming up soon.

I will end now because I am distracted by my neighbor who is having Christian singing kriyas and I am loath to bother her about it and interfere with her devotions……