The Power of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18, Continued

The Power of Emotions

The most mutable aspect of human embodiment is emotion.

The Power of Emotion

One might ask, Why do emotions seem to be avoided, and even denigrated, by yogis, gurus and authors of scriptures? I think the answer is simple: All scriptures have been created by men for men, and in times not long past, yoga sadhana and the study of scriptures have not been an option for women. Now, don’t think this is a denouncement of men, but quite the opposite. It is the recognition of a heavy burden.

What makes a fetus become male is the rush of a large quantity of testosterone, which promotes sexual avidity, action, aggression and anger, and proceeds to wipe out a good portion of the empathy center in the brain. All this happens about halfway through pregnancy.  

This can make yoga sadhana more difficult for men than for women. Men have a harder time dealing with sexual cravings, aggression and acting on anger than women do. More effort at self-control is needed in order for them to reach and practice yoga at higher stages, so willpower is needed in the beginning to a greater degree than for women.

While we women were being been left out altogether in the past, men have been dealing with this burden by willfully avoiding us and suppressing their emotions (which is easier to do for them than for us). This has resulted in considering emotions to be inappropriate. I think this kind of thinking is just an issue of ignorance associated with the age in which we live (kali yuga), and that it will one day turn around naturally.  

Change, and therefore progress, is easily accomplished when suppression is abandoned.

The Energy of Emotion is not limited to the physical body, the mental body (etheric) or even the emotional body (astral). It is Prana-Shakti. The Energy of Emotion is the energy of experience, and it is everywhere, constantly going out from every one of us to everyone else. [Illustration from Meditating Naturally]  

  • Emotion is a natural function of the body to support survival by producing feelings.
  • Feelings are the experiences of emotions.
  • Empathy is a function of Emotional Energy by which one experiences the feelings of others.

Empathy is a function of Prana-Shakti, the Energy of Emotion. When your Emotional Energy expands to others and shares their feelings, we call it ’empathy’. Like emotions, and even life itself, empathy is based on your relationship with others.


Emotions exist solely because of your relationship to others. Emotional Energy is what it is because of you and other-than-you. It is all-powerful for the same reason. What you experience emotionally (feelings), including the feelings of others (empathy), affects everything about you: your body, your mind, your feelings and every cell in your body. 

EMPATHY 3The effects of emotions are powerful beyond words. When we truly love, we will sacrifice anything for the loved one. When one is desolate to the point of suicide, a power that can cause a person to end their own life must be very powerful indeed. These are extremes, but that is the nature of emotions: they can be very extreme … because of the extreme Power of Emotion.

Because the Energy of Emotion is present in the body and beyond without limit, and because its power is based on you and anything that is other than you that you can be conscious of, the importance of this energy for spiritual advancement should not be overlooked. 

Emotions & Spirituality

Healing and well-being come the same way. The Energy of Emotion affects everything from atoms to Earth. Every experienced emotion moves things, changing things in your body and mind, and subtly affecting everyone else. Emotions are activities of the emotional (astral) body, which extends beyond the physical body. Emotions are energy in motion. 

Spirituality requires progress. Progress requires change. Change is inherent in emotions. 

Emotional Energy 2.1The Energy of Emotion is constantly changing you, and because it is mutable, you can change it. By adding the power of Attention into the mix, you can use this energy to change your life.

The heart, which is the center of emotion and feelings, generates the largest electromagnetic signal in the body, 5,000 times greater than the brain, and takes in information that much faster. It is madness to disregard or minimize emotion and its powerful force and assume you are making spiritual progress. The heart, the seat of Prana and the seat of Emotion, is the central guidance system for the entire body and brain. What would become of us (and everyone else) if we were to disregarded it?

If you are wondering how and where you can be this ‘unsuppressed’, have a look at Natural Meditation below. 

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

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The Fourth Chakra

“Doctors are the discoverers of physiological functions. Yogis are the discoverers of the chakras … Just as modern science gives importance to the sense organs and their functions, likewise the ancient science of yoga gives importance to prana and its various functions in the chakras.” — Swami Kripalu, The Science of Meditation  

The fourth chakra is located in the region of the heart, has twelve petals, twelve vibrational sound frequencies identified by specific Sanskrit syllables, and is associated with respiration. Its mystical diagram is the hexagon, the color is emerald (or gold), the sense organ is the skin, the sense faculty is touch, the element is air (vayu, the air of the breath), the elemental color is smoky.

The first three chakras were in the created world, the Brahma Loka, and associated with the material plane, but now we are moving on to subtler things, and subtler affairs. This brings us to the meaning of the word, anahata, the name of the fourth chakra. 

Anahata means ‘unstruck’. What is being referred to here is the breathless state. The word anahata is made up of ana (breath, respiration) and ahata (an action happening without the normal attributes). The normal attribute of breath is breathing. So anahata fully defined means, breath without its normal attribute. The breathless state is just what it says—your body stops breathing. The fourth charka is the home base region of prana. Even in this state in which one is not breathing, life continues uninterrupted because prana is uninterrupted. It is prana, Life Energy, that keeps us alive, not the process of pumping air.

When you first experience the breathless state, you will become aware of it when your body starts breathing again. You will be a little surprised, but not alarmed, and definitely inspired (pun definitely intended here). I have mentioned this state before in the context of the need for absolute privacy and a secure place for the practice of Surrender Meditation. You really don’t want your meditation to be interrupted in this state because it is not good for the nervous system. But more to the point, you will not reach this state if there is any chance that your meditation will be disturbed. If you do not lock your door because you feel certain that no one in the house will walk in on you, lock it anyway, because subconsciously you will know that this possibility does exist. So lock your door.

Piercing the Brahmagranthi

In a previous post we took up the third chakra and talked briefly about the Brahmagranthi. Now we move into the Vishnu Loka, the world of Sustainment of Life. The Brahmabranthi, an obstacle to kundalini rising up the central channel, the sushumna, must be dealt with in order for the energy to be able to move on to the fourth chakra.

Anahata means ‘unstruck, produced otherwise than by striking’, like the eardrum is struck for a sound to be heard. When kundalini pierces the Brahmagranthi, you will hear it directly, not with your ears. When this happens, you will simultaneously hear it directly and feel it subtly within the body in the area of the diaphragm. It will be a loud sound as if it were in the room with you, like a very deep drum has been struck.

Aches and Attainments

When the fourth chakra is contracted, or aches, you feel lonely, separate from others, an outsider. When it is open and expanded, you love everyone regardless of other considerations, regardless of what others may do or feel towards you, and regardless of emotions you feel that are contrary to this state of unconditional love.

When the fourth chakra has been evolved by kundalini, you attain the gifts of prophesy, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and levitation, and have contact with the adepts.

Durga Ma

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Desire and the Mind, Part 2

The content of the mind always gets used for a purpose, hence the term ‘desire.’  

Seed Mantras

We are so conditioned to believe that an active mind is such a great and wonderful thing that it seems ridiculous to consider it to be anything other than the means, rather than an obstacle, to reaching the highest state. The Perfect Ones tell us that it is the still, inactive mind that reaches the Divine. How is it possible to have a still mind?

How many times have you heard a guided meditation begin with something like, “Now empty your mind and don’t think of anything.”? Can you do that?  I can’t do that.  I don’t know anyone who can do that. This is absurd. The moment you try to stop your mind you are using your mind—which means your mind is active: you are doing something with your mind. Because you have the desire (there’s that word again) for Truth, you’ll try anything! Naturally, you feel you must do something to get this to happen—that’s the way the mind works.  But everything you do, ‘do’ being the operative word, causes the mind to become active and makes a meditative state impossible! Now, if a meditative state is the key to what you’re looking for, how can you achieve it?

Desires are related to the cores of chakras. For instance, there are innumerable desires in the mind associated with the need for love; the desire for love is the core desire of the heart chakra.

Seed Sounds

The essence, seed or foundation, of desire is expressed in bija [seed] mantras.  Seed mantras are sounds, represented by Sanskrit letters, that produce vibrations resonant with the cores of chakras. They are generally practiced by recitation. Their repetition eventually relieves the mind, even if only temporarily, of desires associated with the core desire of a particular chakra. This happens as a result of the sound vibrations having a direct effect on conditioned neural pathways in the brain and nervous system, causing them to be interrupted. For this reason, reciting mantra aloud can be more effective than doing it mentally.

During the neutralization process caused by the recitation of mantra, if mantra continues long enough and is practiced often enough, the core desire along with any distortions associated with it, get stirred up. As with most forms of progress, this has the potential to cause upset. The trick is to continue anyway. A breakthrough is inevitable if you persevere.

From Living the Mysteries, Copyright ©1999.

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When we have a mentally based desire, we are announcing lack. We are saying that we do not have it. This is a statement of agreement with unTruth, for we do have it. We think we want it because we cannot access it, see it brought forth in the form we imagine. The reality is that everything is already done, there is nothing to want.

A desire states our sense of separation from the Real. But we are all One with the Divine, in which all that exists already is. In regaining this Knowing of our Oneness, even for a short moment, we are, for that moment, without want (The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want). This begins with samadhi, not just some mental construct that is different from the desire, created in order to upstage it.

I realize that this is not very practical information and that many of you already know this, but I wanted to relate it to this business of being taught by religious teachers who tell you that you shouldn’t have any desires. There is truth in this teaching, but it is not what it seems. When this knowledge becomes practical and “it is already done” has become a given, we are enlightened as to this Truth, and desires that crop up in the mind are simply noticed and passed by as echoes of the past, and irrelevant to the present.

Reaching this ‘desireless state’ is accomplished through deep meditation, samadhi. Even though this will not last in the beginning, once it is experienced you know what it is and have something to go by, something to look forward to, something that assures you that you are already One with the Divine. You know this not because you have brainwashed yourself into some belief, but because you have experienced it for yourself, directly. The simplest and most efficient means of accomplishing this is through Surrender Meditation, a natural, spontaneous, experiential meditation.

It is always best not to try to do the last thing first.

Durga Ma

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