Finding the Magician Within – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 22-23

In these verses, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna the secret to accessing the Magician Within and reaching union with God/Truth—and we discover that this works for anything!  

How to Reach a Goal using the Magician Within

“Those who worship Me by constantly engaging in Yoga with their attention not directed elsewhere, I unite them with their goal. Even those who devotedly worship other gods with faith, even if in an uncustomary manner, are actually worshipping Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 22-23

Those who worship Me by constantly engaging in Yoga with their attention not directed elsewhere, I unite them with their goal.

Alternate translation:
The worship of God through constant attention not directed elsewhere (meditation) is the practice of uniting (yoga) with God.

The definition of worship is also the definition of meditation and Yoga. When the goal is God, that’s what you get: God.

The practice of Yoga is the practice of meditation.
The practice of meditation is worship.

Yoga practiced correctly brings about union with the object of the attention—one is united with what their attention is on. If your attention is on Lord Krishna, you will be united with Lord Krishna. He has declared to us that what He really is is Absolute Imperishable God. You can’t do better than that.

Because prana (the Life Energy in your body) always follows the attention wherever it goes, one-pointed attention is also one-pointed prana. This is so obvious that it is easily missed. It is the key to successful meditation, yoga and union with the Divine. Through this practice, you cannot help but reach the goal.

Life Mastery

Constant one-pointed attention will bring you into union with whatever your attention is on, so this is also the key to accessing the Magician Within to master your life. Here’s how it works:

Where the attention goes, the energy flows.
Master your attention, master your energy, master your life.

Watch the video, Life Mastery Meditation on Consciousness

For us, the goal is Krishna, Absolute God. But as we said before, this is not everyone’s goal. Lord Krishna is telling us that no matter what the goal, it is He who unites us with that goal, and further explains…..

Even those who devotedly worship other gods with faith, even if in an uncustomary manner, are actually worshipping Me.

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You Get What You Worship

No matter what ‘god’ you worship with faith, you are worshipping God. With the certainty and trust of your faith, you will access the Magician Within and your goal will come to fruition.

If you always get bad things in your life, this is because you worship them—your attention is always on them. If you always get good things, this is because your attention is always on good things. For most of us, it is a mix.

In this verse, God is telling you how to get what you want: Keep your attention on it constantly. This is about ATTENTION, not positive thinking. Thinking takes place in the ether of the mind. An affirmative thought spoken aloud is a step in the right direction because it brings the idea out into the physical world. This may not be enough, but if you ‘worship’ your goal—constantly have your attention on it—this is a different matter altogether. 

Attention is The Magician Within
(it can manifest anything)

If you find you cannot keep your attention on the goal, it may be that your goal is set on something other than what you really want. When a goal is right for you, you will be passionate about it, you will feel it in your bones, experience it emotionally, and your attention will automatically be drawn to that goal.

You can’t reach a goal unless you know what it is.

When you fall in love, your attention is constantly on your loved one. You can’t stop thinking about this person you have fallen in love with. When your attention is truly and consistently on something in this way, every part of you is involved—your mind, your body and your feelings.

It is not enough to construct an affirmative statement to say in your mind or out loud. When using an affirmation, the attention is busy remembering and making the statement and is not on the actual goal.

Your attention must be on the goal itself and be able to stay there. If you cannot keep it there, look inside to discover what it is that you really want. This is not as easy as you think. It may be buried very deeply, so don’t give up.

Also, it is not enough to deny the negative side of a goal because this requires moving your attention away from the goal and employing it for the purpose of denial. A negative side will always exist with a positive anyway, so denial is useless. Notice it with compassion and move on. By denying it, it will only become stronger because it is hidden.

Hiding things makes them stronger.

Ten Keys to Success at Anything

The closer your goal is to the Truth of You as you really are, the closer you are to the Magician Within, and the more efficiently your attention can deliver the goal. The farther away, the more fallout there will be, for when you act discordantly with your real Self you create negative karma that will backfire.

There are ten principles called yama and niyama that describe the Real You. Learn them, pay attention to them by noticing them in your daily life, and master them. Acting and living in harmony with the Real You, your goals will easily manifest, and you will achieve unparalleled happiness in the here and now.

If you want to take Life Mastery seriously, take my course in yama and niyama called Ten Keys to Success. Here you will find these ten principles described in plain English, with experiments and techniques for mastering them.

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

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III:12 Gifts of the Gods

When we act in unison with the truth of what we really are, what we want and need will be the same, and will automatically come to us. 


The Golden Womb, 3 of 3 verses 

“By sacrifice, the gods give sought after enjoyments. He who enjoys these gifts without offering to them, is really a thief.” 

REMINDER: My own orientation, Surrender Meditation, is strongly reflected in my commentary on these verses, but it is certainly not the only valid perspective. So if your orientation is other than this, you can draw your own conclusions accordingly, with my blessings.


Sacrifice is spontaneous action not motivated by self-interest. Because the action is not motivated by self-interest, there is no attachment to its outcome and consequently does not create any karma (verses 9 and 10).

So ‘sacrifice’ has an entirely different meaning than what we probably thought. It is ‘food’ for the gods, and causes their favor to be spontaneously returned. Sacrifice is therefore in our mutually beneficial interest. 

So how do we go about making this sacrifice?

Practical Application

We are offering to the gods every time we act in unison with our true nature as God-like beings. The characteristics of our true nature can be found in the following:

Great Expectations, “Characteristics of the Field” –  Blog post
Dharma – Blog post
The Dharma of Karma, “Divine Law” – Blog post
Ten Keys to Success, a Remote Academy, New Moon online course

Spiritual Application

Earlier I said that Surrender Meditation is sacrifice, the sacrifice of offering oneself to God in meditation and accepting what happens as the work of Divine Energy (shakti), and not of one’s own doing. This ‘non-doership’ is the key to ending karma and reaching liberation and union with God/Truth. It moves you forward quickly, and it takes everyone else with you. Because it is without self-interested investments either in actions that occur or in their results, it is sacrifice.

So we see that sacrifice can be made in both ordinary circumstances, and extraordinary circumstances.

The Gods
The Players (Us), Heavenly Shining Ones.

Every one of us is in two states at once. We have a dual existence: we are gods, and we are humans. As gods, there is nothing to be accomplished. We have no wants or needs. As humans we are imperfect, we have wants and needs and we make mistakes. We do not always live in sync with our god-selves. We make mistakes because we are gods with free will being human, and as human beings we don’t always get things right. Still, what we really are is the same as God. In the words of Lord Krishna…

Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and ego (ahamkara, ‘I do’), constitute my eight-fold, inferior nature.
But know that beyond this, My highest nature is the
living souls by which this world is sustained.*
— Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

* Living souls by which this world is sustained - Embodied ones such as yourself. The Real You being human. You are a god in a body made of all the gods, being human.

“By sacrifice, the gods give sought after enjoyments.”

The Sanskrit word for ‘sought after’ also means ‘wished for, desired, good’. What these sought after things are is suggested by the word bhoga, which means ‘enjoyment, pleasure, feeling, prosperity, and happiness’. And as a wise yogi once said, “You can’t have yoga without bhoga.” This principle is illustrated by the story of Rama and Sita in the Ramayana.

“He who enjoys these gifts without offering to them is really a thief”

Many “sought after enjoyments” come to us in our lives to greater and lesser degrees. When they do come, we accept them without a second thought, and even though it is true that we have a right to happiness because it is our natural state, considering the rarity of such good fortune among the whole of humanity, we would be benefited if we knew how to offer these gifts to the gods instead of just grasping them for ourselves. This is the principle behind the offering plate in churches, tithing, sponsoring pujas and the offering of food, etc., to deities. Ignoring this, we rob everyone else and, according to this verse, this makes us ‘thieves’.

So how do we go about offering our good fortune to the ‘gods’? According to these verses quoting Prajapati, the answer is ‘sacrifice’.

Whether you see ‘gods’ as divine others, or as aspects of one God, or in some other way, it is spontaneous, non-self-motivated action that counts. You let go of, give up, sacrifice, your self-interest—you give up acting to control things for your own sake. Furthermore, you let go of taking the credit for being the doer of actions. Just as the waters of the earth are sacrificed to the heavens and the earth receives rain in return, sacrifice is a natural, mutually beneficial cycle: you to the gods, they to you.

The rewards of sacrifice are monumental, though we don’t always notice this because it is natural. You never lose anything. On the contrary, you benefit yourself and everyone else. Sacrifice can be an everyday affair, or you can sacrifice more fully through Surrender Meditation.

Surrender Meditation

The sacrifice of offering oneself to God in meditation through surrender to God satisfies ‘the gods’—everyone benefits. Because you have gotten yourself out of the way by giving up your control over events in meditation through your surrender, something very interesting happens: you begin your journey of spiritual evolution. Shakti takes over, activating whatever needs activating, and moving whatever needs moving. She always knows what to do and when to do it. Left to our own devices, we would make mistakes. Shakti makes no mistakes. 

Contrary to what one might fear, from this surrender, nothing is lost, for the process of accelerated evolution has begun. 

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

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