Final Liberation

Durga porch
Devi Durga Ma at Nature’s Gate Retreat Center in upstate NY June, 2019

On Summer Solstice, Friday June 21st our beloved Devi Durga Ma entered mahasamadhi (final liberation). The world has lost a spiritual giant, whose life will silently live in the eternity of our hearts working tirelessly for our own Liberation through the power of love.

When a Self-Realized Master of yoga leaves the physical plane of existence, it is never a small matter. In the moments just before Durga Ma entered into the breathless state, a sudden storm came through briefly enough to gain our attention and reveal a full rainbow stretching itself across the property of Nature’s Gate. I invite and encourage you to allow yourself to experience the gifts she left for each of us, in our memories, minds, and hearts.

In many ways she is more available to us now then ever before, but we feel the deep grief of loosing this magnificent being from our physical worldly life. It is with firm conviction and a heart sunk with the gratitude of a million suns that I can understand and appreciate the value of a guru in physical form.

There is much ahead for all of us that Durga Ma planted in expectant joy to unravel and discover. Before it can bloom we are taking the opportunity, and a few months to go deep into the experience of being with, and receiving the teachings of a great soul, to be sure that her mission (to restore the worship of the Divine Feminine) is revealed in a way that will leave a legacy for generations to come.

Durga Ma was sure that her work, and this sadhana would be continued in her absence. At her request, I have agreed to receive her students and questions with the understanding that  I will maintain the guru lineage of shaktipat kundalini yoga and continue with traditional shaktipat kundalini yoga initiations for future students. It is my greatest honor in life, and although she saw something in me that I have yet to be convinced of myself, I accept this tremendous gift with an open heart. May I, in some way be fit to offer you even an ounce of the love, wisdom, and patience she gave me from the moment I met her.

I am eternally grateful for the grace of my guru, the last guru, Devi Durga Ma. 1008 pranams at your holy lotus feet, may you dance in the infinite bliss of the Absolute and may we never forget your love in the heart of our souls as the spark of Truth which guides us home.

Jaya Bhagavan (victory to God)!

With Boundless Love,

Anandi

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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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