VI:29-32 The State of Yoga

When you become Self-realized, you are God-realized. When you become God-realized, you are Self-realized. No matter by which door you enter into this sameness, it is the same room. 

Now we take up the subject of sameness again. This began in chapter five, with “In the City of Nine Gates”. This time however, we will see sameness as a state—the state of yoga (union).

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Seeing himself in all beings and all beings in him, he who is constantly engaged in yoga sees the same everywhere. 

Lord Krishna is saying that by continued yoga practice, you will come to realize that Everyone is in Everyone. This is inevitable in Surrender Meditation where your surrender to the Absolute is a surrender to Everyone.

Once again, we are reminded of ‘the embodied one‘, the Real You, which is absolute, eternal and unchanging, and ‘the being’, the physical human role you are playing. It is the ’embodied one’ that the yogi recognizes as the same Absolute in himself as in everyone else, and visa versa.

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Rightly beholding Me in all, and all in Me, I am never forgotten by him, and he is never forgotten by Me.
 

It is not possible for any of us not to be in constant contact with God, for we are not different from That. But because we are being human, we tend to think of God as some human-like figure. Even so, God being what God is, God has no limitations and can be anything we want It to be. Now what does this tell you about yourself? (Think about that.)

When you Realize that Everyone is in Everyone, you are realizing God.

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Established in this union, the yogi worships Me in all beings. In whatever way he acts, he lives in Me.

Because what you really are is present Everywhere in Everyone, when you are surrendered to God, you are worshipping Real Others—you are accepting them as the same as You. And no matter what is going on, nothing you do can affect the Embodied One (God, the Real You and Real Others).

Worship: Surrender

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One who by comparison to himself correctly sees the same everywhere, in all cases, whether pleasant or unpleasant, is the highest of yogis.

“One who by comparison to themself correctly sees”
You are able to see God everywhere, in all cases, in all others and in all things, because God is also in You—it takes one to know one. 

At first, one is able to reach this state of union (yoga) only under conducive circumstances, but as time goes by, one’s practice predominates circumstances, and union is achieved regardless of how pleasant or unpleasant circumstances may be. 

When you know, directly experience, or even simply understand, the truth about yourself as a Divine Individual (the Real You), you will see that we are all exactly the same in what it is that we really are, no matter what the being does or does not do, and regardless of surrounding circumstances.

As beings, we are misidentified with something other than our Real Selves, so we make mistakes. We act in ways that are not consistent with ourselves as Divine Individuals. This interferes with our ability to comprehend our Real Selves, and affects everyone else as well. So it behoves us to remedy this error through continued practice, until we become “the highest of yogis”.

By knowing your Self, you will know God.
By knowing God, you will know your Self.
When you know God or your Self, you will know You, God and Everyone as the same. 

How to Know Your Self

The way to know your true Self, the Real You, is to stop identifying with your body, your feelings, your personality, your mind, and all the things you do and have and want. But this is a tall order, so what can you do?

There can never be too much said about the Yamas and Niyamas. These ten spiritual principles are the key to you knowing You. They will guide you to Self realization. They describe You, tell you what it would look like for you to be demonstrative of them, how to act in order to bring this about, and what the payoff for success will be.

Each Yama and each Niyama is a one-word teaching full of wisdom. The illustration below will provide a quick look, and give you some clues as to the nature of their teachings, their results, and their payoffs. They are worthy of your attention and your efforts to Realize them…for all our sakes.

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

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 Last week we learned that liberation can be attained by becoming ‘God-realized’. For some, ‘God-realized’ means enlightenment. But enlightenment and liberation are not the same thing. 

(18) In a well-educated and accomplished Brahmana (God-person), in a cow, an elephant, a dog, and an outcaste, the wise knower sees the same.  (19) Here in this world, rebirth is overcome by those whose minds are established in this sameness, for God, being without defect in this, and they being the same, they are therefore established in God.

These two verses taught us that by perceiving the same in everyone, we can become “established in God” here in this world. This sameness, neutrality or impartiality, is characteristic of God and all of us as Divine Individuals. Realizing God in this way is one kind of enlightenment that will give us a degree of liberation.

  • Liberation:  Being set free, released, from oppression or ignorance. One is not compelled to rebirth into this world, or worlds like it.
  • Enlightenment: To make luminous, to shine. To perceive or experience the Truth directly.
  • Realization: Fully grasping The Real (Truth, God).

Enlightenment

Enlightenment and liberation are not directly connected. For instance, one can come to realize who they are, or what they are, through Direct Experience, but even though this is beneficial for reaching liberation, this enlightenment alone does not achieve it.

Kinds of Enlightenment

  1. Direct Experience of Who or What you really are.
  2. Enlightenment by Knowledge: seeing the same in everyone; initiation into the mysteries.
  3. Personal Experience in meditation of non-doership.

Direct Experience means ‘without any via’. There is no means being used—neither the mind nor the senses. The evolutionary force (kundalini) shoots upward into the head and falls back down again. In that short time, realization takes place and one knows who or what they really are.

Enlightenment by Knowledge (see “Enlightened by Knowledge”) occurs through learning, especially the oral teachings of one’s guru, which results in genuine realization. 

When one is enlightened by the knowledge that expels ignorance,
wisdom shines like the sun illuminating what is beyond. (16)  

Personal Experience in Meditation is an enlightenment when one finally surpasses ego and realizes non-doership—that one does nothing, and never has.  

Means of Liberation

  1. Seeing the same in everyone
  2. Non-doership

There are different states and stages (degrees) of liberation with both means.

Seeing the same in everyone

The neutral state of impartiality and sameness concerning others.

One is not compelled to rebirth here in this world, or worlds like it, but there will be other lives in kinder, more evolved and elevated places in the journey to complete liberation.

This enlightenment can take place in life in general, through contemplation that leads to realization.

Non-doership

Not identifying oneself as the doer of actions.

One is not compelled to rebirth here in this world, or worlds like it, but there may be other lives in kinder, more evolved and elevated places, but only non-doership can get you to the end of the journey in this lifetime.

This enlightenment takes place through spontaneous meditation (i.e., Surrender Meditation), but is very unlikely under ordinary circumstances, and generally requires oral teachings.

Namaste,
Durga Ma
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