The War Within -Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 38-40

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Arjuna continues speaking to Krishna:

“Even if they, those whose thoughts are seduced by greed, do not perceive the harm caused by the destruction of family and the crime of treachery to friend,

“Why should we not know to turn back from this evil, this wrong caused by the destruction of family, O Agitator of Men?

“With the destruction of family, family law is lost; when established family law is lost, lawlessness overpowers all of society.


“The wrong caused by the destruction of family” and “family law is lost”

The Sanskrit word for ‘family‘ means a number of things from ‘herd, troop, flock, or swarm’, to ‘race, family, community, tribe, or school’.

The first meaning of the word for ‘destruction‘ is ‘dominion’. The second meaning is ‘abiding’ or ‘dwelling’ in an undisturbed residence, especially a secret one. The third meaning is ‘loss, diminution, destruction, or end’. 

The word for ‘wrong‘  means ‘deficiency, disease, impurity, harm, or detrimental effect’.

“The crime of treachery to friend”

The word for ‘crime‘ literally means ‘that which causes to fall’.


In the previous installment, we noted that the participants in the war are all related to each other. If the purpose of the war is kingship and the power and pleasures that go with it, there seems to be no point in continuing because everyone will lose everything, even their lives, so who would benefit? But what if this isn’t really a story about a war, but a story about you that is based on a historical event to make it more significant to you? … but now it is a few thousand years later, and here you are living in a different body, in a different time, in a different culture, and this scripture, and the epic of which it is a part, seems strange and confusing…

What is the significance of everyone involved in the war being related?

Every one of us, whether we are ‘enlightened’ or not, are exactly the same as everyone else in what it is that we really are. How could anyone be more closely related than this? And everyone of us is within you and is a star in the sky all at once. God, you, us, is all there is. There is nothing else. 

But what about the Father-In-Heaven God? Is that a myth? No, nor is Divine Mother a myth. God has no limitations, so God can and will be, whatever we need It, Him, Her, to be.

If these statements seem to contradict each other, be reminded that scriptures are full of contradictions and require that we engage in whatever battle we must in order to understand these paradoxes. 

It is not I but the Father in Heaven that does these things.
I and my Father are one.
— Jesus

Know for certain that the true Self and Guru are truly one.
Know for certain that God and Guru are truly one … and for this reason a wise person will seek the Guru who is meant for them.
— The Guru Gita 

Bringing this idea a little closer home, consider that all these relatives, being all there is (it’s your dream, so you’re everyone and everything in it), are what makes up your own body, i.e., as cells in the physical sense, chakras in an energetic sense. The common choice of the word ‘family’ in various translations makes sense because of the reasons given, but at another level it brings to mind a genetic pool. DNA is one way of looking at the evolutionary force (kundalini) in its physical form, so we might assume that this ‘war’ will affect some transformative change (‘destruction’) within ‘the family law of the human body’ (DNA).

Things work a certain way (‘law’) with the ‘family’ that makes up a human body; there is a close relationship between everything of which the body consists and how it all functions as a unit. All of this begins to go through changes once the ‘war’ begins. Under normal circumstances, these changes are unnoticeable as they unfold slowly over many lifetimes, but the Mahabharata war is about the accelerated evolution of the individual who dares to allow the evolutionary force, kundalini, to awaken and become ascendent. This is not normal and is very much noticeable to the individual concerned, and with its advent, “family law is lost”—the old rules no longer apply. A new law is in the making, a new world order is being established within the world of the body for the purpose of replicating the perfect template held by the closest ‘relative’. Using this template, evolution is attempting to cheat death and bring about the divine, immortal body at the end of the current lifetime.

This puts a new perspective on concepts like destruction, dominion, and who or what dwells within an undisturbed hidden place. 

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma


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Shaktipat – What to Expect

Your shaktipat initiation experience depends on your own preparedness, your own karma, and the degree to which you are able to surrender. Of these three, your surrender is the most important.

For anyone thinking of taking shaktipat diksha, there are two subjects to consider: yourself, and the one giving diksha (initiation). The subject of yourself concerns your own preparedness. The subject of the teacher giving initiation concerns that person’s level as a teacher. Not all gurus can give shaktipat. Of those who can, there is the question of where they are in their own sadhana, or whether they are beyond sadhana altogether.

The Guru Gita tells us that there are seven kinds of teachers. The highest of these is the paramguru. The paramguru is beyond sadhana. Someone who has completed sadhana has all the superhuman powers, has cheated death and is an immortal. Shaktipat diksha from such a guru can indeed give you direct experience. But even if you could find a genuine paramguru, which is unlikely, a paramguru will not give you initiation just because you ask for it.

To receive shaktipat diksha from a paramguru, you would have to have undergone a good deal of sadhana yourself to be prepared for diksha from such a one. This involves more time than most Westerners are willing to give. We want everything yesterday. We want it now, and we don’t want to have to give or to do anything to get it. This is just not going to happen with a paramguru. This is not because the paramguru doesn’t want you to become initiated. It is for your own protection. You must be very ready for diksha from a paramguru. What would happen if you weren’t? Your nervous system would not be able to handle it any more that your body would be able to handle getting plugged into an electrical power station.

With a guru who is not a paramguru, you may also have direct experience, but it is beyond the guru’s control to determine this, or to determine what you experience during diksha at all, as experiences will vary from person to person.

Through the many communications I have had from people who have taken, or were about to take, shaktipat diksha, I have come to realize that there is a trend in what people expect from this initiation. There is a general assumption that shaktipat will give a person samadhi, full enlightenment, self-realization, vision of God, or at the very least, that their kundalini will instantly awaken. But this is not necessarily so.

I am not a paramguru, so I cannot predict what will happen for you during your initiation. I can only give you examples of what I have known other initiates to have experienced. Whether or not you have any of these experiences, or have entirely different experiences, is between you and Shakti. What you experience with diksha from Durga Ma will depend on your own readiness, your own karma, and the degree of your surrender.

In the past I have not talked much about this. I didn’t want anything I said to cause anyone to wonder if what happened during their initiation was because of something they had heard from me; I didn’t want them to doubt their experiences. Now I feel that more knowledge may actually increase one’s surrender. The greater the surrender, the greater the odds for experiencing the workings of shakti or having a direct experience of God or Self.

Your surrender will automatically increase to the degree that you are
willing to let go of all preconceived ideas and expectations,
and accept what does or doesn’t happen
as shakti working in your best interest at that time.
As you continue with the practice of Surrrender Meditation,
shakti will continue to bring you closer to the goal.

You can read about some of the experiences of initiates here. On the side menu of this page are more articles about shaktipat and a link for applying for shaktipat with Durga Ma, if you are so inclined.

Durga Ma

Kundalini (Up-coming Series)