God, Guru and the Self are the Same – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, Vs 16-20

Purushottama, the first and highest purusha
Purushottama

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It is said that there are two kinds of Purushas in this world — the perishable and the imperishable — and that beings are perishable, but the highest are the perfected ones who are unchanging and imperishable.
 

  • Purusha – a Divine Individual (like You)
  • Imperishable (akṣhara unchanging and indestructible 
  • Unchanging (kūṭastha– ‘the Absolute, the Highest; the highest position in the midst of the multitude’, those who are ‘perfected and liberated’.  

As embodied beings, we are subject to change and are perishable. The highest in our world however, are not Beings in this sense. They are those living among us who, even though they may appear as human beings in every way, have achieved the highest. They are the avatars and immortal masters who have graced us with their presence on our world, to add a much needed dose of Enlightenment and Reality into the mix of adharma, superficiality, suffering and self-interest.

God In You

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Thus, the first Purusha, who is another highest Self and is said to enter and support the three worlds, is known as the indestructible Ishvara.

  • Purusha – A Divine Individual in the Absolute who perceives other Divine Individuals
  • The First and Highest Purusha was the first purusha to awaken to his own existence (asmita, ‘I am’). This first purusha is called Purushottama, but he is known as Ishvara when seated in a body with the embodied one (You).
  • The Three Worlds – the body with its three divisions: the world of Brahmā, the Creator, the world of Vishnu, the Sustainer, and the world of Shiva, the Transformer. 

Now we see that there is one Purusha who is the highest of all. You experience this Purusha, who is other than you, as your Highest Self. This Divine Other is Purushottama, known to you as Ishvara, God in you, the witness within.

Ishvara can be seen and recognized in meditation practiced correctly (see “The Darshan of the Self“). Ishvara, with whom you are united and who experiences what you experience, is your Highest Self (paramatma).

God the Father

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Because I transcend the perishable, and am higher than the imperishable, I am known in the World and in the Vedas as Purushottama (‘First and Highest Purusha’).

He is beyond all Others. He is higher than all other Divine Individual entities of all kinds, simply because he was the first Individual to awaken to his own existence, and to accept all other Individuals as the same, and as the same as Himself. Because He was the first to do this, He was the first one not compelled to come into Being as human, a god, or other kinds of beings including the many demigods, angels, etc.

When we pray or invoke God thinking of God in a personal way, we are addressing this First and Highest Purusha: Purushottama.

  • Purushottama – ‘First and Highest Purusha’. Purushottama is Personal God, who has accompanied you into embodiment, and is known to you as Ishvara, your Highest Self. He is also known as Vishnu (all-pervasive), whose avatara is Lord Krishna, Arjuna’s guru.

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Thus one who is without confusion or doubt and knows Me as Purushottama, is all-knowing. He surrenders only to Me with his whole being.

In the sadhana of Surrender Meditation, we surrender to this Absolute God, and nothing else.

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Thus is this secret teaching disclosed by Me, O Faultless One. Comprehending it, one is enlightened, and all that is to be accomplished gets accomplished.

A secret is something that is hidden.

“One is enlightened” One who understands what Lord Krishna has revealed is enlightened. Now that Arjuna has received and understood Lord Krishna’s teachings, he is enlightened and everything that has to be done in order to reach the final goal, will get done.

Enlightenment must come about. It is not the end of the road, but it paves the road. The end is within sight, but without enlightenment, it is not. 

A secret is something that is not understood.

In the Guru Gita (Song of the Guru), it is stated that God and Guru and Self are to be thought of with the same devotion, for they are truly connected in this way — they are the same, and they are other-than-you.

One who is enlightened can see the secrets.

God the Mother

Parvati & Shiva
Parvati (prakriti) and Shiva (purusha)

From the Guru Gita (The Guru’s Song):
Lord Shiva is responding to Parvati’s questions: “Know for certain that the conscious Self and the Guru are truly one, and for this reason, one who is wise will seek his Guru. Because of the darkness within the mind, the secret knowledge of Truth is concealed, but by Her light and the Guru’s word, the Mother of all comes to be revealed.”

Commentary of Swami Narayananda:
God, Guru & Self“Teachers (gurus) derive the maximum joy and happiness when eager seekers ask pertinent questions. The heart of the Guru always seeks for sincere students. This is the reason for their joy. It is but natural that one gets joy when he gets what he wants. A thirsty man is satisfied with water, the hungry man with food. But teachers are satisfied when they get suitable and deserving students to whom they can unburden their knowledge. Without a deserving student the teacher feels the burden of his knowledge, and considers his efforts fruitful when the students eagerly question and eagerly practice the teachings.”

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

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state without any effort and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.”

The Whole World Is One Family


Messages to You from God, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 31-35

Radha & Krishna
Krishna & Radha, Spirit & Nature

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When you see that all actions are performed by Nature and that you do nothing, you truly see.

At the point of Self realization, your state will be one in which your reality includes the understanding that all actions occur in Nature, and that what You really are does nothing and never has.

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When you see all the different individual living beings situated in the One Absolute from which they are spread out, you enter into Brahman (Absolute God).

  • Enter into Brahman – you attain Godhood

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The Imperishable Paramatman being without beginning and without gunas, even though situated in a body, does not act and is therefore untainted by action.

  • Paramatma – Highest Self
  • Gunas – the three active modes of Nature

Where there is no doing, there can be no karma. The word karma means ‘action’ and ‘to do’. Thus, karma is understood as the cause and effect phenomenon that binds us, regardless of whether for good or ill. The only escape is to fully grasp that all action is Nature’s doing, not ours. This is the meaning of ‘enlightenment’.

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Just as subtle all-pervading space is not mixed with anything, the True Self is not mixed with the body, even through situated within it.  

  • Mixed – contaminated, corrupted, impure.

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Just as the sun alone illumines the whole world, the Lord of the Field illumines the whole Field. 

We each have a tendency to assume identity with the body as ourself. You are the cause of the appearance of your body, but you and your body are not the same. The body appears because of You, but it is not You. You are the Lord of the Field, the Field Knower, who makes the body visible.

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When you correctly see through the eye of knowledge, the difference between Nature and Spirit and the means of liberation from Nature, you will go to The Highest. 

Alternate translation:
When through the eye of knowledge, you perceive the difference between the Field (prakriti, Nature, Others) and the Field Knower (purusha, Spirit, Self), as well as the means of liberation of beings from the Field (material nature and the body), you go to The Highest Goal (you get beyond all this).

The means of rising above the influences of the gunas and karma is the realization of non-doership — all action occurs in Nature and You are not Nature. 

The Three Gunas

 

God’s Messages to You

Before you came into embodiment, you had no sense of your own existence. Then there came a time when you became aware of your existence. This precipitated an interest in the possibility of there being others like you. Upon discovering that indeed there were, the first Individual known to you was a different one than you, but nevertheless the same as you. Your acceptance of this Other, who had also accepted You as the same as Itself, was a marriage made in heaven, and the beginning of a journey you would take together through many lifetimes.

This event unwittingly created a longing for a soul mate in the present state of being human. But the reality is that you need not long for this anymore. Your soul mate is already with you as Ishvara, the Divine Other within who carries the template of your perfect form, the vehicle for your journey. 

On your journey, and rounding the bend to find this Song of God (Bhagavad Gita), you will be attempting to place yourself on the map. Where are you now? How far have you come? How close to Home are you? What will be next? 

These questions are being answered in this Song, a song written in such a way that it applies to you and your travels, and can be heard by you to ease your journey. It sings its words in layers of meaning within each cluster of verses, and even each individual verse, so that you can listen to God’s messages to you, and be guided. What a wonderful gift is this Song of God!

End of Chapter Thirteen
The Field and the Knower of the Field

Durga Ma
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Surrender Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state effortlessly, and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Natural Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.” 

The Whole World Is One Family


Realizing the Self in the Self by the Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 23-24

Self Realization

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The witness, consenter, maintainer and experiencer in the body is Maheshvara, and the Highest Purusha is Paramatman.

  • Maheśhvaraḥ – ‘Great Ishvara’, God in You
  • Highest Purusha – ‘Highest Divine Individual’
  • Paramātman – ‘Highest Self’ 

The Highest Self is the Divine Individual — You in your original divine state of perfection and bliss — absolute, imperishable, and without beginning or end.

Maheshvara, the Great Ishvara, is another name of Shiva. Maheshvara is the Great God within you, the witness within who supports you, experiences what you experience and enjoys what you enjoy. Ishvara is established within you as your True Self who is Eternally Existent and bliss-filled. Ishvara will always make you happy. 

The world is not without enmity, hardship, misery and pain, which naturally bring on unhappiness and sorrow, so what are we to do? We must turn to this Great Ishvara with unconditional love, and remember that all actions, including all the ugly things, are just the gunas of Nature interacting. 

It is wise to remember that negative attributes are present in all of us as human beings, and that they are just the flip sides of our positive attributes.

The minute you tune in to Ishvara, you will mitigate, or completely clear, all your unhappiness and despair. Tears will fill your eyes, and Ishvara’s Divine Love will swell within you. Your tears will be tears of Great Joy and Happiness as Divine Love fills you to the brim.

This great happiness is your Natural State as Paramatman — the Highest Self, a Divine Absolute Individual in a body. It is Ishvara, the witness within you, whose state is one of accepting what comes while maintaining your life through it all. It is this Great Ishvara who is the true enjoyer and experiencer, and who is both You and Other than you. 

Whenever you notice yourself experiencing something, know that it is Ishvara who experiences it.

You might think of your Highest Self and Ishvara as being ‘together’, with Ishvara as another Highest Self who holds the template from which your body manifested. This subtle form is called the ananda kosha (bliss-body).

Within the body are five sheaths, or super subtle bodies. The fifth and subtlest is called the ananda kosha, ‘bliss body or sheath’. This sheath is the subtlest of the five, and is the template for your Divine Immortal Form, which your physical-material body has tried to replicate.

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One who knows Purusha and Prakriti and the gunas in this way is not born again, no matter what their situation.

  • Purusha – a Divine Individual (You) with a viewpoint
  • Prakriti – another Divine Individual viewed by Purusha
  • Gunas – the three modes of action in Nature

Once you understand Purusha and Prakriti as both Paramatma (Highest Self), and Maheshvara (Great Ishvara, another Divine Individual like You), as well as the gunas of Nature (Prakriti when viewed), you can attain liberation no matter what — no matter what karma you may carry or how near or far you are to the end of the journey.  

Prakriti has three natural features called gunas. These gunas make everything seem alive and real, as they interact with each other in a complex dance of easiness, passion and rest.

  • Easinesssattva
  • Passionrajas
  • Resttamas 

This dance is very convincing. You could swear that it is all real, that it is all exactly what it seems. But it is a mirage, a phenomenon.

Once you have seen the Great Ishvara, you will never again experience loneliness — even if you are constantly alone … because you truly are never alone.

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

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of reaching a true meditative state without effort or stress, and without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into this original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were eventually derived.  

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga, Natural Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona