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.


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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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Embraced by God – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 52 – 55

Ascension to Godhood

Embraced by God

Entering into God, being embraced by the divine surrounder, suggests that God is other than you. This is important. It does not mean that the your Real Self is not God, but that you will find the joy you have always wished for, the fulfillment and happiness that you so desperately seek, by entering into God. In these verses, Lord Krishna tells you how to do this:

Stop thinking about “self” and devote yourself solely to God as other than you. Do this as your meditation for a period of time, preferably on a day-to-day basis, or do it every day, all day long. All the practices mentioned below have merit, but this shortcut is a gift to you from God.

52 – 53
Krishna spoke:
This form of Mine that you have seen is difficult to behold, even for the gods, who are constantly wishing to see it. Not through the study of scriptures, austerities (tapas), gifts, or making sacrificial offerings to gods and ancestors, can I be seen as you have seen Me.

54 – 55
But by devotion not directed elsewhere, I can be known, truly seen and entered into. One who does My highest action with devotion to Me, with all attachments abandoned and free of enmity toward any being, comes to Me, Son of Pandu.

Seeing, knowing and entering into God, is to be embraced by the Divine Surrounder. This is made possible through sole devotion, trust, faith and love of God in the performance of the Highest Action (God-practice) with non-attachment and non-enmity toward all beings. 

These prerequisites for Godhood are specifically mentioned for a reason. This ‘highest action’ taught by Lord Krishna has been misused for various purposes, such as seeking power or fame, and Lord Krishna wants us to know that, even if such a goal were to succeed, it will not last, and it will not lead us to Him — to seeing, knowing and entering into His state of Godhood.

Son of Pandu

Arjuna is the son of Pandu, which means ‘pale, white’. He is fair-skined, and of the race of the Sun, whereas Krishna, which means ‘dark blue-black’ is of the race of the Moon. These two together, along with their position in the middle between two armies, suggest that the Bhagavad Gita is an exposition on Hatha Yoga.

Hatha Yoga is the union of Sun (prana) and Moon (apana). This union takes place in the middle, between the these two opposing forces in the body. This union is the awakening of the evolutionary force: kundalini.

Taking a Chance on God

Taking into account the gambling that got the Pandus into their present situation (a war), we also think of the Pandus as risk-takers. This suggests that Hatha Yoga is advanced by our being willing to take a chance.

Risk suggests that we are not in control. This lands us in the world of surrender, and taking a chance on God. But we are not going to just surrender, we are going to take Lord Krishna’s teachings seriously and surrender only to Absolute God as the ultimate form of Devotion. And now ‘risk’ is turned into faith, trust, love, and surrender to God as the most expedient means of attaining union with That.

You get what you surrender to.

There are conditions to this Highest Action: (1) devotion to Absolute God, (2) all attachments abandoned, and (3) freedom from enmity toward any being.

We might say that this Highest Action is one’s determination to surrender to Absolute God, and this works, for once having done so, that Highest Action will begin to materialize in meditation in the form of kriyas (spontaneous purifying actions). At first these kriyas are mostly mental, but they soon begin to include the physical, and one experiences spontaneous movements of the body.

The spontaneous movements of the mind are no surprise to anyone, but when movements of the body begin, the practitioner begins to doubt his or her surrender: “I had the thought in my mind of the body moving before it actually moved, so was my mind making it happen?” By continuing the practice, these kinds of doubts will all be washed away.

Absolute Devotion to Absolute God

Here I would remind those of you who are engaged in surrender sadhana, of the importance of differentiating between surrendering to Relative God (God in general, including the Cosmic Form) and Absolute God, God’s “highest nature.” You must resort to, surrender to, only the Absolute, whether Personal or Impersonal.

Godhood“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and the sense of self as the doer of action (ego), are the eight parts of my relative nature—such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained.” — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

If you feel you don’t know God well enough to know what you are surrendering to, contemplate the word “absolute”. Look it up in a dictionary. All you need is an idea of God as Absolute for surrender to work for you. Lord Krishna has given us tons of defining characteristics of both Relative and Absolute God in this chapter alone, and there are more in other chapters.

With All Attachments Abandoned

Most of you will be flinching at this. You are attached to people and things you have desired and acquired, and the idea of not being attached to them in order to keep them is understandably uncomfortable to contemplate.  Let me reassure you that you can easily “abandon all attachments” once you realize that no one wants to take anything away from you, and that this non-attachment is only for the duration of your meditation. If you stay with this meditation, non-attachment will begin to spill over into your life over time, to the degree that you let it.

Freedom!

Ultimately, you will discover that being attached to something is a form of bondage, no matter how sweet it is, and you will come to like the idea of letting attachments go. You will also discover that this doesn’t mean that the person or thing you are attached to must go away. It is your attachment to that person or thing that goes away.

  • When you can enjoy something without being attached to it, you will enjoy it more.
  • When you can love someone without being attached to them, you will be giving them the gift of freedom, and your love will grow deeper.

An attachment is wanting to keep something you already have. A desire is the want of something you don’t have. It is worthy of note that abandonment of desire is not mentioned as requisite for entering into God.

I am that desire in man that is not contrary to Truth” — Lord Krishna

Free of Enmity Toward Any Being

Tapas - sweet and kindThis is the first step of the first step of Yoga. You may know it as ahimsa, non-injury, non-killing, non-violence. This includes bearing malice (mental), hurtful speech (emotional), and physical or material harm. This applies to all beings, including yourself. The minute you violate ahimsa, you instantly move yourself further away from God/Truth, and Self-realization becomes even more illusive.

Embraced by God

So keep these things in mind when you walk into your meditation room: “I am completely harmless. I am lovingly devoted to Absolute God. I am not attached to anything.” Then surrender to Absolute God with singular devotion. Trust God and don’t worry. God is now in charge of everything, and preparing you to enter into, and become embraced, by God.

When your alarm sounds, give yourself some down-time before returning to other activities. Your sadhana can continue at other times by practicing non-attachment and non-injury in daily life.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Eternal Self-Existent Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 1

Ascendance

The Power of God in You

Upon seeing the power of God in everything around you, it is only a short hop to realizing that God is also in you. 

The Eternal Self-Existent Self

In this conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna speaks in gratitude to his guru for what he has received and realized.

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Arjuna spoke:

Out of kindness and for my highest benefit, You have spoken and entrusted me with the mystery of the Self-existent Self, and now this delusion of mine is gone.

Now that Arjuna has understood the great mystery of the true Self and realized it for himself, he is no longer dealing with doubt and confusion. And now he realizes that he is at the beginning of something truly great. He has understood the teachings Lord Krishna has given him, and this has made him firm in his path and full of faith.

Those of us listening in to this conversation may find it remarkable that it has taken Arjuna ten chapters to reach this point. This should tell us something about reaching God, enlightenment, yoga, surrender, union, kundalini, liberation…..

At this point — standing in the middle between the two armies, the two opposing forces in the body — one is in a position to begin Real Yoga and bring them together as Kundalini.

This tells us that some degree of enlightenment has to happen before one reaches this point. We would all like to believe that we are spiritually advanced and highly evolved, but we must pull ourselves together now and take the blow: up until now, we didn’t know zilch. All the things we thought we knew about yoga, meditation, surrender, enlightenment, kundalini, spiritual experiences, etc., was incorrect. But now we are ready and raring to go and take this amazing journey.

The True Self is Eternally Self-Existent

The Sanskrit is Adhyatma, which means ‘one’s own true Self’. The word is defined as ‘own, belonging to self, concerning individual self’.

The real Self is not created, but has always been, is now, and ever shall be. I refer to this Self-existent individual as the Divine Individual, the True Self, the Real You, or Absolute You.

This Self that you really are is eternal, indestructible, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-pervading. Now that sounds a lot like God, doesn’t it?

Also, this Self that you really are is the same as every other Divine Individual. By “same” I do not mean that you are the same one, but that you are the same as all other Divine Individuals—we are all one hundred percent alike. Look again at these words and know them to be your own true nature: eternal, indestructible, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-pervading.

Know this Self that you truly are as the Highest Abode where you can go for relief from the disturbances of life, for peace and rest. To reach this place within yourself, don’t get caught up with ideas like being in the silence, or in the now, or trying to calm your mind, or trying to rid your mind of thoughts or your heart of feelings. All this just keeps the mind active (the mind is activated when you try to make these things happen). Start simply by finding a quiet, non-distracting place that doesn’t stimulate the senses, and sit with this idea.

Don’t get caught up with trying to have an ‘experience’. Just live with this Truth about You for a little while every day. Be like a little child for this short time, and leave behind all your worries, responsibilities and concerns. When you begin to feel your facial muscles relax into a smile, or feel a sweet tear rolling down your cheek, you have reached the doorway to Truth Itself, and Self-realization.

If after days or weeks or months you do not find your True Self, try finding someone who can teach you true and authentic yoga meditation. This will loosen the bonds enveloping this secret place, this Real You.

When you can see this, experience it for yourself, you will know what Arjuna meant when he said that his delusion had gone away.

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