The Darshan of the Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 12

Self & Other Than Self

It is taught that the purpose of Knowledge is Knowledge of Truth. From That, the darshan of the Eternal Self arises. Knowledge contrary to this is ignorance.

  • Knowledge of Truth – True Knowledge, from tattva (Truth is ‘that’, i.e., Otherness).

The purpose of Knowledge of the Absolute is to know the True Self, the Real You. It is from this Knowledge that Self Realization arises as enlightenment, the absence of ignorance.

In other words, Self Realization attained through Knowledge of Truth is enlightenment. Ignorance, which is contrary to this, is the state of not being enlightened. Knowledge of Truth is attained through experience in meditation, not book-learning. However, learning of it from those who have reached it, sets the stage so that this can take place. This is a reference to both guru and scripture as sources of learning.  

Attaining Self Realization is then accomplished through the darshan of the Self — you see your True Self and realize that this ‘Self’ is Other-than-You.

Darshan – ‘To see’: (1) to see something with the eyes, and (2) to see directly, without eyes, thus knowing with certainty that what you are seeing is Real. 

Darshan of the Self – You see your Real Self by means of your inherent power of sight — directly (without eyes). In this way, you obtain knowledge of the Self as Other-than-self, for if you are seeing the Self this begs the question, “Who’s looking?” Obviously, this Self is not the one doing the looking; the looker is You.

Pranam 1

This description of darshan explains why gurus give darshan for students, disciples, and other people who have come to them. The guru knows that he or she is the same as the one who pranams (bows down before them) in ‘what‘ it is that they both really are: Divine Absolute Imperishable Individuals.


Thus is pranam a powerful form of surrender, for it is the key to full surrender of oneself to Absolute God in meditation. This surrender is how Self Realization takes place. If you cannot put your ego on the floor and pranam before this Divine Other, you will not surrender sufficiently in your meditation to attain Self Realization. Pranam is the short cut to the Truth of You.


A jnani (knowledge oriented person) pranams because he understands it; a bhakti (devotionally oriented) pranams because he is lovingly committed; a yogi (action oriented) pranams out of gratitude for being allowed to do it.

If you are someone who is seeking Self Realization, this message is for you. If you are going about this pursuit by focusing on yourself, you should consider changing your tactics and instead, seek Absolute God as other than you. Then Self Realization will arise of its own accord in your meditation.

Self & OtherAs a human being you can only see yourself as if in a mirror, indirectly, whereas Self Realization is direct. Because you are human and have a mind with an ego at its core, the temptation, encited by the ego, is to think that concentrating on yourself is the way to Self Realization. But this will not work, for as a human being, Absolute Truth/God is obviously other-than-you. 

Tattva – Truth as other-than-you, from tat, ‘that’.

Multi Faces, One Mirror

By trying to reach Self Realization by concentrating on yourself, you are trying to reach Truth via the ego, so all you will get is ego, however exalted your experience may seem. You get what you worship, what you believe, what you surrender to, what you rely on. Hence the need for correct knowledge and understanding of Truth, and the surrender of yourself to That in meditation.

Many people try to reach Self Realization by means of the ego without realizing it. This is self-indulgence, and it is not going to work. It can’t work because Truth in the Absolute sense is other-than-self. Only from a place of Absolute Truth can one truly say, “I am That.”

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma

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The Way of Eternal Truth – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 12, Vs 20

Hanuman & Krishna
Hanuman, the monkey god. His devotion was so complete that he attained supernatural powers and cheated death.

The Bhagavad Gita appears in the story of the Mahabharata. It is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

The subject of this chapter is Devotion.

This post addresses perfect devotion and eternal life.

Those who faithfully follow this Eternal Dharma as described, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal, these devotees are exceedingly beloved by Me.

Bhakti is said to be the easiest path. This is easy to understand, for when you are in love, you naturally experience surrender to the beloved. Even when making love with someone, there is a moment of surrender that causes a culmination that gives you a short period of bliss. In a similar fashion, because you love God you will surrender to God. In this case, you will get more than a short period of bliss, and a deeper bliss. God is eternal, You are eternal, and your beloved God is eternally loving You. It is a match made in heaven.

  • Bhakti — devotion, love, adoration, affection, faith, trust, commitment, worship, assumption of the form of, loyalty, dedication, fondness for, affection, reverence, homage, making obeisance by bending down in devotion, surrendering to.
Radha and Krishna
Radha and Krishna

If you have ever been in love, you know what it feels like to be surrendered. If you did not experience this, you were not in love. The practice of entering into this devotional state in meditation, and allowing yourself to surrender yourself to God, is the practice of Natural Meditation. Just as you forget everything when you are with your beloved, you forget everything other than God when you surrender to God in meditation — desires, getting experiences, expectations, preconceived notions of all kinds. Now, loving God with no strings attached, you are positioned to experience the bliss of God’s love.

Eternal Life

Eternal Dharma – The Way of Eternal Truth, Sanatana Dharma. The way things really are in the Absolute — not your truth or my truth, but Absolute Truth, Absolute God.

In this verse, the Sanskrit word for Eternal, amṛta, also means ‘immortal, imperishable’. Amṛta also means ‘the collective body of immortals, the world of immortality, eternity, the Immortal Light, the nectar conferring immortality, an antidote against poison (impurities), and the residue of the sacrifice (of surrender).’

Dharma is ‘The Way’. The ingesting of the residue of the sacrifice (chapter 3 vseses 9 and 10) along with tapas (internal heat) is the means of reaching this state. This can only occur when the evolutionary force (kundalini) is in full charge — fully awakened and established at the ajna chakra (sixth energy center in the body). One must be willing and prepared to spend considerable time to attain this state. It will not happen through willful practices, or at a shaktipat intensive.

This awakening is not the same thing as Enlightenment, though Enlightenment can inspire you to begin and will be an additional benefit. Nor is it the same thing as an awakening experience, or even a direct experience of who or what you are. It is a journey that must be taken. It will not happen all at once, because it involves the physical body, not just the mind or feelings. Things that happen in the physical-material realm are naturally slower compared to thought or feeling, but must align with Truth as surely as the mind and feelings. 

Fully Awakened Kundalini at Home

The fully awakened form of the evolutionary force (kundalini) is achieved only through complete surrender of oneself to Absolute God. Willful paths are useless at this point. The use of the will always harnesses the some or all of the energy that must be free for this to take place. Using techniques, which require willpower, will defeat it.

The will is always engaged when using a technique. Anything that you do for any purpose, is a technique. You are probably thinking, “That covers everything! So what am I to do?”

You will need to start with not more than two hours each day (and yes, you can make time for this). And you will need knowledge and guidance. You will not be able to achieve this without both. Do not fool yourself that you can do it on your own. This process is much too simple for the mind to comprehend (minds do not like ‘simple’), and much too complicated for it to unravel alone.

You will have to learn true surrender over time through your own experience in meditation, and it isn’t what you think it is, based on the trendy notions about surrender that are currently in vogue. This is a precise practice involving the science of meditation.

Correct practice requires correct knowledge.
Knowledge without practice is useless.

The first thing you will need is shaktipat, the receiving of Divine Power that initiates the release of the Life Force in the body so it can awaken kundalini. Then you will need a practice to maintain it. At this point you must seek the path of surrender and find a guru who knows the way. You will have to avoid willful spiritual practices altogether. You may be disinclined to take a guru, but you must overcome this stricture and take a chance. It is not doable any other way.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma

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The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 38-39

Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise

Of sovereign rulers, I am the scepter of power, and of those desirous of victory, I am prudence. And I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise.

The word sovereign is significant. It refers to independence, the ability to rule ourselves and our lives without having to resort to something outside ourselves. You may remember earlier (ch 3, vs 17, “Heaven Within”) we learned that “one whose delight, satisfaction and contentment is in the self alone,” is not compelled to act. The key word here is “compelled”. This is a place of power, and places victory within reach. We have but to be prudent in how we proceed.

Independence may seem inconsistent with the idea of resorting to God and Guru. But resorting to God or Guru is an act of independence because we act from our inherent power of choice to do so. All good rulers have ministers who guide them, but in the end, it is the ruler who decides the course of action. When one is a master, one is not subject to being mastered, controlled. This is a form of liberation.

Alternate translation:
Of masters, I am their staff of power, and of those who desire victory, I am the proper action. I am the secrets of the mysteries and the wisdom of those who comprehend them.

True independence is the key to mastery. The signpost of genuine independence is that when you are truly independent you will have no compelling desires or attachments. There may be things you would like to have or to keep, but they will not rule you, or commandeer your power of choice.  

The scepter, or staff, is not just a symbol of power, it evidence of it. The Sanskrit also means banner. The banner atop the staff of a warrior depicts the standard of its owner. Arjuna’s staff flew a banner, or standard, with an image of Hanuman, the monkey god.

Hanuman, with his scepter of sovereignty, is seen here with ascended Kundalini, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and perfect devotion:

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Hanuman is the famous monkey who, due to his undying devotion, became vested with the eight superhuman powers and immortality. The image of Hanuman on Arjuna’s banner signals him as Arjuna’s standard, his determined level of attainment. So he is not someone to mess with. He means business.

Krishna, the Silence of Secrests

“I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise—the secrets of the mysteries and the knowledge of those who comprehend them.”

On the heels of the last verse, we are again reminded of our power and that we want victory, so Lord Krishna is telling us how to get it: with devotion, carefulness, wisdom and silence.

There are teachings that we will not read in books or blogs, but which are carried through lineages of teachers and imparted directly to disciples according to their needs. In this way, these teachings, and the uninitiated, are protected.

That there are secrets in Yoga is well known. That some people take exception to this, is also well known. The Bhagavad Gita is full of them, and so is the Bible or any other true scripture. Lord Krishna is saying that the restraint of not exposing these ‘secrets’ inappropriately is Him, and that this is in itself, a power. The assuming of power through secrecy is behind the many secret societies that exist into the present day. 

Of those who have been initiated into these teachings because they have reached a point at which they pertain to their sadhana (practice), Lord Krishna is their newfound wisdom. Those who know and comprehend these teachings and carry them in silence within themselves, are carrying God/Truth.

And also, all that has already come into being, whether moving or non-moving, I am the source of that. Nothing can exist without Me.

Arthanaranarisvarara - A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.
Arthanaranarisvarara – A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.

The word for ‘source’ in Sanskrit is bīja. This is almost always translated as ‘seed’ in Yoga texts, making the creative essence of all beings male. But bīja not only means ‘seed’ but ‘germ’, which is more rudimentary than ‘seed’ and makes more sense. In human reproduction, the ‘germ’ is the embryo, and even more fundamentally, the zygote.

A zygote is a fertilized ovum (egg). In humans, this ‘source’ that is Lord Krishna, can only be this egg. Remember Haranyagarbha? This is an egg, not a seed. This came up earlier in chapter three (The Golden Womb and The Ancient Imperishable Teachings of Yoga). 

The fertilized ovum (zygote) then, is the Ardhanaranarishvara (half-male-half-female-god) form of Lord Shiva, which gives rises to an embryo and develops into another human beingThe ancient sages knew that everyone starts life as female.  

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

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