Thy Will Be Done O Lord, Not Mine – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, Vs 8-11

Surrender

Previously:
A small part of My Eternal Self, becoming endowed with life in the world of the living, draws the five senses, with the mind as the sixth, to exist in material nature.

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When Ishvara acquires a body, and also when He leaves it, He takes them where he goes, like a breeze carrying fragrance through the air.

Purushottama is the first Divine Individual in the Absolute to accept you as the same as Himself. When a part of Him goes with you into a body, He is called Ishvara. The senses and the mind manifest in material nature because of this relationship you have with God, Ishvara. When your body dies, and when you enter a new body, Ishvara goes with you, taking the five senses and the mind along.

You don’t lose your powers of perception or your mind when your body dies. 

It is because of Ishvara, the enjoyer-witness within, that your innate abilities, or powers — five senses and a mind — are manifested in the material world. Why? Because there are two along for the ride: Ishvara and the Real You, and because duality is the nature of this world, the physical senses and mind naturally become a part of it. 

The mind is called the sixth sense because it is connected with all five senses of perception. When perceiving, consciousness, which is the stuff the mind is made of (chitta), goes out from the mind to perceive objects of sense (sights, sounds, tastes, etc.). We know this feature of the mind as Attention.

When you see a beautiful sunset, it is your Attention going out through your eyes that sees the beautiful sunset. The sunset is the ‘object’ of your ‘sense of sight’. This experience is returned to your brain and mind (manas) and stored as a memory. Later, you re-member the sunset, and you see the image of it in your mind, even though you are no longer looking at it with your eyes. If you think about this, you will realize that this is an amazing power that you have!

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The six senses of hearing, seeing, touching, tasting, smelling, and mind being dependent upon Him, He draws them around Himself and enjoys the objects of the senses.

“Dependent upon Him” refers to the senses and the mind as being dependent on that small portion of Absolute God (Purushottama) that came with you as Ishvara when you first embodied.

Ishvara, God within you, stays with you through life after life.  

The mind is made of consciousness (chitta). Consciousness gives you awareness of what the senses bring to you. You perceive these ‘objects’ and their concomitant experiences of pleasure or pain, joy or sorrow, like or dislike, etc.

These six senses are in Nature, and Nature is a dual affair.  

Having powers of perception is one thing. Being conscious of what is perceived is another. Just as we may be unaware of things in our peripheral vision, we are capable of being unaware of things perceived by any of the senses.

The mind is the source of your ability to be conscious of what is perceived by the senses, because it is made of consciousness.

Material things are perceived by the material senses in a material world of dualities. This is the cause of becoming identified with your body, mind and senses as yourself, and why your happiness or unhappiness with what you experience will always be temporal. 

The senses are like satellites around the world of the mind. The mind provides you with consciousness, understanding, and memory of what they perceive.

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The unenlightened, deluded by the gunas, cannot perceive Him, whether departing, residing, or experiencing from within the body, but those enlightened by the eye of wisdom, can. The striving yogi can see Him situated within himself, but those who have not performed prescribed action, cannot.

  • Him – Ishvara. Purushottama, the ‘First Purusha’ who is your personal God, is called Ishvara when He goes with you into embodiment.
  • Eye of wisdom – This is a reference to Knowledge of Truth gained by the yogi who practices “prescribed action.” 
  • Striving yogi – The yogi who has dedicated himself to the “prescribed action,” persevered, and achieved yoga (union). This achievement does not happen over night, but the striving yogi persists with it until the goal is reached.

Now we have moved from the material to the subtle, and find that it is also possible to perceive things that are spiritual (non-material) by means of our non-material sense faculties (powers) … if we can see with the ‘eye of wisdom’. This Wisdom is actualized by means of “prescribed action,” the God-practice of surrender to Absolute God/Truth in meditation, which brings about enlightenment and trigunatita (‘beyond the gunas‘).

Surrender Only to Absolute God
Never just surrender. Surrender Only to Absolute God

Yoga means ‘uniting’. Dedicating yourself to this practice is a dedication to the union of self with the divine-other-than-self.

We are often told what not to do, but here Lord Krishna is telling us that there is something we must do in order to overcome our unenlightened state, and become God Realized, Self Realized, and liberated. He refers to this as “prescribed action.”

In the Gita we find different words for ‘action’ (karma). One of these words is kriya. Kriya refers to action that occurs spontaneously through surrender to Absolute God/Truth in meditation. Because non-static meditation is prescribed, kriya is the “prescribed action.”

‘Prescribed action’ does not mean that you use your will to accomplish something, but quite the opposite — you surrender your will to Absolute God in meditation, and the prescribed action takes place of its own accord, under the guidance of Absolute God/Truth. This surrender is the “prescribed action.”

“Thy will be done O Lord, not mine.”

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Self is the Same in All Beings – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 27-31

Spontaneous Creation - Shakti

The Self is the Same In All Beings

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Know that anything that comes into being, whether standing still or moving, exists due to the union of the Field and the Field Knower.

“The union of the Field and the Field Knower” is a reference to a previous verse in which the Field Knower is said to be the Real You (a Divine Individual, purusha), and the Field is said to be the body (Nature, prakriti).

It is fair to say that both Prakriti and Purusha are God. All Divine Individuals are God. All of Us are God as both Purusha and Prakriti, the Seer and the Seen. We are each who we are as Individuals who can know, or see, Others like ourSelves. And we are each Individuals who can be known, or seen, by Others like ourSelves. All that truly exists is Us — All Is God.

To understand this, you must consider it in the context of The Absolute, that Reality in which there are no mirages, no things, and nothing going on but eternal bliss — imperishable Us in our natural state of divinity, eternal happiness and joy. From this Absolute God came spontaneous Creation. And so it is said, “All Is God.” 

In the Absolute before Creation, once we each became aware of our existence, it was inevitable that we consider the possibility that we were not the only ones in existence. The process of making this discovery is the first cause of Creation, and is the first cause of our Liberation now. Now we must follow the string we unrolled behind us, back the way we came. When we finally get Home, one thing will be different: we will be conscious of it all. We will be conscious of our True Selves, and our relationship with eachOther, existing in mutual Eternal Love and Happiness. Because this is our Natural State.

Spontaneous Creation 1When in The Absolute (before Creation) you perceived Another, you might either have accepted this Other or not. 

Your first acceptance of Another Individual who also accepted You, united You with that Other. This first Other that you accepted is called IshvaraThis union brought about your coming into Being. There is no identifiable difference between you and Ishvara, and yet your sense-of-self is singular (asmita, ‘I am’).

The subtle, intuitive sense of this truth is what is behind your pursuit of a loving relationship in your life, a soul-mate if you will. One expects to find that divine one here on Earth, but it is already found. This divine one is within you as the witness experiencing everything, when all the while you have believed this to be you.

I am That I am

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One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings, imperishable among the perishable, truly sees.

The Field & the Field Knower - The Embodied One & the Being“One who sees that Great Ishvara as the same in all beings”
You see that everyone in a body is in the same situation as you: This Great Ishvara is the first Divine Individual in the Absolute that you accepted as the same as you, and who has also accepted you. Both are equally unlimited in their presence. This situation is the same for all embodied beings.  

“Imperishable among the perishable” refers to You and your Ishvara as you really are: Divine Individuals that are imperishable, living as One Being that is perishable.

When you see that WHAT you really are is a Divine Imperishable Individual residing in a body, and that this situation with Ishvara is the same for all of us, you see Truly.

Every Divine Individual is an individual just like You.

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Seeing this Great Ishvara as the same in everyone, one does not degrade himself and reaches the Highest State.

When you harm or degrade yourself, hurt or put yourself down, you do the same to Ishvara. Now remember who this is, and you will see how important it is that you become enlightened about this situation, so that you never harm or degrade yourself in any way. Ishvara, whom you love, is your ‘witness within’ who experiences everything you experience, and will also experience any harm you do to yourself or others. 

Our attention is being called to how degrading or harming ouselves affects everyone else. Both you and Ishvara are also present in everyone else, so what you do affects not only Ishvara, but everyone else as well. By knowing and understanding this, you can reach the Highest State, the basis of which is the first Universal Spiritual Principle (the first yama), ahimsa — harmlessness toward all beings, including yourself, physically, mentally (not bearing malice) and emotionally (through speech). In this Highest State, one knows the Self to be the same in all Beings.

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

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IV:4-6 The Supernatural Power of an Avatar

It is said that in each age, God manifests Itself in the Relative realm of this world. How and why this happens is revealed in the next few verses. 

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 4, VERSES 4 – 6

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Arjuna spoke:
Your birth was recent, the birth of Vivasvat, earlier. How do I understand that you declared all this to Vivasvat in ancient times?

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The Blessed Lord spoke:
Many of my births have passed, and also the births of you, Arjuna. I know all of them, but you do not know them, Scorcher of the Foe.

Krishna knows what He knows because of what He is, and He has initiated Arjuna into a mystical path of yoga that can get him to this same state. But Arjuna is uncertain how Krishna could have taught this to someone thousands of years ago, so Krishna explains.

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Most people in the world believe in reincarnation. In the West, not so much, our most predominant religion being Christianity with a scripture that has had this concept, and others, edited out to satisfy the political interests of the time (312 AD). But vestiges of it have slipped through the cracks and can be seen by the neutral, uninvested eye seeking the Truth. Unfortunately however, most theologians have a vested interest in their own established belief systems.

Yoga, not being a religion, is not a system of beliefs, but a spiritual science uninvested in hanging on to beliefs. This is partially due to its understanding of the mind as the believer, and the individual as not being a mind. Yoga is about union with Absolute Truth, and in this it finds a soul-mate in true Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, who, along with John, had been reincarnated, their earlier births appearing in the old testament.

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Although I am birthless, imperishable and immutable, and although I am the Lord of all born beings, by governing my inherent supernatural power, I come into being in this world.

“I come into being in this world”
Lord Krishna spells it out: “I am birthless, imperishable and immutable”, “I manifest myself” “by governing my inherent supernatural power”.

Whether you concur with the concept of reincarnation or not, surely these characteristics of Lord Krishna, Jesus, and other masters, are indisputable. They have no limitations, so how is it that they could not come again wherever and whenever they please?

“The Lord of all born beings”
The word for ‘Lord’ is Ishvara. Ishvara means ‘the power to act’, and ‘steward, master, lord, king, queen, or God’. Ishvara is another name of Shiva, and of Durga and other Shaktis.

A Shakti is the power behind male deities. Goddesses, being Shaktis, are independent. Although Ishvara is generally considered male, 'power' has always been female.

Krishna means, ‘dark blue’. Darkness in general suggests something materially imperceptible, such as Prana, the Life Energy, which is blue, and which is obvious but not perceptible to the eye any more than the air we breathe.

Krishna is an avatara (one who has descended to earth) of Vishnu, the Sustainer All-pervader, as is Prana, the Life Energy. Vishnu, known to be female in earlier times, is the male personification of Prana in our time. An avatara comes into being here on earth through his or her own means, i.e., “inherent supernatural power”.

Our ability to understand the state of such beings is not within the capabilities of the human mind. What they have accomplished is beyond our comprehension. The compassion they must possess to be willing to descend into our violent and cruel world is nothing short of amazing.

Now that we have some idea of how God manifests on earth, in our next two installments, we will find out why and when, as well as the state of the avatar and how it is achieved.

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