Surrender & Self Realization – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 38 – 40

Eternal Divine Purusha
Eternal Divine Purusha – The first Individual in the Absolute to know and accept all Others.

This post addresses the first god, all-pervasiveness, the sound of Everywhere, and Self-realization.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita 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.

Arjuna now speaks to Lord Krishna:

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You are the first god, the most ancient Purusha of all, the ultimate resort of all the universe. You are the knower, the knowable and the highest state, pervading the universe in endless forms.

Purusha – a Self-aware Divine Individual in the Absolute who knows one or more Others. Another Divine Individual known to Purusha is called Prakriti.

The first god – the first Divine Individual in the Absolute to become Self-aware and accepting of all Others as divine, and who therefore does not come into Being but remains the first and highest ‘god’. Those who regard God as an individual entity have accepted this Purusha as Personal God.

Eternal Divine Purusha who knows and accepts Another as Divine.
Prakriti, a Divine Individual, and Purusha, knower of Prakriti.

Gods and Ancestors

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You are Vayu, Yama, Agni, Varuna, the Moon, Prajapati, as well as the Ancestors. I surrender, I surrender, I offer myself to You a thousand times over, and again and yet again I offer myself to You over and over again.

Ancestors – those who came before us. When one reaches perfection, one is liberated from rebirth, and the ancestors of that individual are also freed, even though they did not attain liberation in life or death. Not only are the ancestors those who came before us, but they are present in our DNA.

I am saying they are actually present in our DNA, that DNA is not just genetic information, not just hereditary traits, but the actual presence of unlimited and all-pervading Divine Individuals just like You.

Yama – Yama is said to be the lord of death, the lord of the spirits of the dead and the ancestors. But yama also means ‘pair’ and ‘that which holds pairs together’. Yama presides over the double helix of the DNA.

Of the eight limbs of Yoga, Yama is self-restraint, brahmacharya, the means of attaining the deepest form of concentration, meditation and wisdom.

Agni – fire, the fiery energy in the body that burns away impurities; the heat of tapas (‘to burn’).

Varuna – water, or fluidity; the eliminator of impurities. Fluidity also refers to adaptability, and the ability of hormones to pass through the walls of endocrine glands.

Moonsoma. In advanced stages of Yoga the moon represents the potential for perfection: Soma passes through endocrine glands to be purified by tapas and alchemically transformed into amrita, ‘the nectar of immortality’ which brings about perfection.

Vayu – wind, the breath, one of the five elements (air). In the body, vayu is called Prana, the Life Force.

Prajapati – a ‘god’ who brings forth and protects born beings.

Surrender

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Surrenders to You from in front and behind, and surrenders to You from all sides. You pervade everything, therefore You are everything. 

Having seen Lord Krishna’s true form, Arjuna has caught on to His all-pervasiveness, and the magic of surrendering to Him as Absolute God. And now he knows that he will never take any other course. He knows this surrender to be the God-action spoken of before, and his joy is heard in his words.

All-pervasiveness

OM, the sound of Everywhere
OM, the Sound of Everywhere

One of the characteristics of the Divine, of God, and therefore of You, is all-pervasiveness.

This idea is difficult to grasp because it is not intellectually rational (remember that intellect is fighting on the side of the enemy in this ‘war’). The reason for this is that we are all identified with our bodies, which consist of physical matter located in space. But we are not physical bodies, and we are not confined to one place in space. What we really are is everywhere. The Divine Individual You is present in every body. The only difference between us as human beings, is that the arrangement of individuals within each body is uniquely different. This difference shows up in the skin ridge patterns on our hands and fingerprints, and in our DNA.

Self Realization

Most of us recognize that, in some way, we are all connected. But this connectedness is not something running between each of us, connecting each of us to other individuals. Everyone of us is within every one of us. We really are Divine Absolute Unlimited Individuals, and we are everywhere in everyone. This is why we have essential spiritual principles for living in sync with this Truth: What you do affects everyone.

Jesus said, “What you do to this man, you do to Me.”

This is the Truth that is behind Self Realization, the emergence of the Real You. This is revealed in life when you are in sync with the Real You—living like That, acting like That, being like That. This in turn brings you happiness and joy, a good life, and the ability to reach complete freedom and perfection if you so choose.

Living and being in sync with your True Self will ultimately bring you to Self Realization. Moving yourself in this direction is the greatest service to the world that you can ever give. All other kinds of service are temporal, but this service to others by making your own progress toward Self Realization, can only grow.

Anandamayi Ma

“I am what I was and what I shall be.”
Born April 30, 1896, died August 27, 1982

 

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“Self-realization IS God-realization, and God-realization IS Self-realization.” — Anandamayi Ma

I was lost in the bliss of Her presence while putting this slideshow together (it took a long time).

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

Natural Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.

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The Awakening of Kundalini – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 36 – 37

Shiva Nataraja
Shiva Nataraja – Lord Shiva, the Royal Dancer, tramples the Demon.

This post addresses the Creator, the Imperishable Absolute, both armies as representing things about you, yoga nidra, nada yoga and the Perfected Ones.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita 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.

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Arjuna said:
Master, it is fitting that the universe gives you praise and loves you. Terrified demons flee in all directions, and the multitude of Perfected Ones bow down before You.

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And why should they not, O Great One? You are the creator of the Creator, Brahmā! You are the Imperishable Absolute. You are that which is existent, that which is non-existent, and that which is beyond both.

Brahmaa, the Creator, is created from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is Vishnu's avatar.
Brahmaa the Creator is created from the navel of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna is Vishnu’s avatar.

Arjuna understands that the Creator was created, and that the creator’s Creator was Absolute God, who has become present in a body in this world to be seen by human eyes: Lord Krishna.

More than half of the warriors on the battlefield are enemies who will fight against Arjuna. Many were once friends and teachers, and are also relatives. But under the present circumstances they are fighting on the side of those who would take Arjuna and his brothers down.

Many of these people were mentioned in chapter one. They represent parts of each of us that will try to work against our reclaiming our proper place as independent divine individuals living right here on planet Earth in physical bodies.

The “present circumstances” are Arjuna’s association with Lord Krishna, and their position between the two armies — they are in the middle, blowing their conch horns to signal the beginning of the battle.

Cochlea
Cochlea of the ear
Conch 1
Cross section of a conch shell

If you were to take a cross-section of a conch and compare it to the cochlea of the ear, you would see a surprising similarity in the form of a spiral. When you yawn, you become partially deaf for a moment, and sleepy. This is what the sound of blowing conch horns represents — the call to meditation and the sleep of yoga nidra, the sleep of union (yoga). And now the battle has begun. The clashing together of the two opposing forces in the body has awakened the evolutionary force, kundalini. Now we can see that this ‘battle’ is not what we may have thought.

If we take this to mean that this is when we need to meditate, we have understood correctly, for it is only in meditation that the two opposing energies within the body will unite, awaken Kundalini and urge Her into the central channel, the middle pathway.

The blowing of conch horns signals that the battle is about to begin.
The blowing of conch horns signals that the battle is about to begin.

So this strange picture that looks like a war zone, with Arjuna and Lord Krishna standing between the two armies and blowing their conch horns, is really the beginning of true meditation and yoga nidra, the sleep of unionas suggested by the conch horns. It is not really a war, but the union of these two energies in the body, and the subsequent awakening of Kundalini from Her sleep.

Now, in yoga nidra, you will hear fully, but this time what you hear will be direct, not a product of something heard via the ear, but the direct experience of Divine Sound. This is called nada yoga, the sound of union, which ultimately resolves into the sound of OM being heard directly. 

At first, these kinds of experiences will be rough, but over time they will become refined and go through many changes. Then they will show you many things that will inspire you and cause you to become addicted to meditating.

These wonderful experiences of Hatha Yoga pave the way to Royal Yoga and the full awakening of Kundalini. And terrified demons will flee in all directions, and Perfected Ones will appear and give you their blessings.

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

Natural Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.

Life Mastery synchronizes you and your life with your naturally divine characteristics and the Real You emerges. Attain and maintain success. Gain greater self-awareness and a happier life.

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

The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 38-39

Lord Krishna
Lord Krishna

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise

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Of sovereign rulers, I am the scepter of power, and of those desirous of victory, I am prudence. And I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise.

The word sovereign is significant. It refers to independence, the ability to rule ourselves and our lives without having to resort to something outside ourselves. You may remember earlier (ch 3, vs 17, “Heaven Within”) we learned that “one whose delight, satisfaction and contentment is in the self alone,” is not compelled to act. The key word here is “compelled”. This is a place of power, and places victory within reach. We have but to be prudent in how we proceed.

Independence may seem inconsistent with the idea of resorting to God and Guru. But resorting to God or Guru is an act of independence because we act from our inherent power of choice to do so. All good rulers have ministers who guide them, but in the end, it is the ruler who decides the course of action. When one is a master, one is not subject to being mastered, controlled. This is a form of liberation.

Alternate translation:
Of masters, I am their staff of power, and of those who desire victory, I am the proper action. I am the secrets of the mysteries and the wisdom of those who comprehend them.

True independence is the key to mastery. The signpost of genuine independence is that when you are truly independent you will have no compelling desires or attachments. There may be things you would like to have or to keep, but they will not rule you, or commandeer your power of choice.  

The scepter, or staff, is not just a symbol of power, it evidence of it. The Sanskrit also means banner. The banner atop the staff of a warrior depicts the standard of its owner. Arjuna’s staff flew a banner, or standard, with an image of Hanuman, the monkey god.

Hanuman, with his scepter of sovereignty, is seen here with ascended Kundalini, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and perfect devotion:

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Hanuman is the famous monkey who, due to his undying devotion, became vested with the eight superhuman powers and immortality. The image of Hanuman on Arjuna’s banner signals him as Arjuna’s standard, his determined level of attainment. So he is not someone to mess with. He means business.

Krishna, the Silence of Secrests

“I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise—the secrets of the mysteries and the knowledge of those who comprehend them.”

On the heels of the last verse, we are again reminded of our power and that we want victory, so Lord Krishna is telling us how to get it: with devotion, carefulness, wisdom and silence.

There are teachings that we will not read in books or blogs, but which are carried through lineages of teachers and imparted directly to disciples according to their needs. In this way, these teachings, and the uninitiated, are protected.

That there are secrets in Yoga is well known. That some people take exception to this, is also well known. The Bhagavad Gita is full of them, and so is the Bible or any other true scripture. Lord Krishna is saying that the restraint of not exposing these ‘secrets’ inappropriately is Him, and that this is in itself, a power. The assuming of power through secrecy is behind the many secret societies that exist into the present day. 

Of those who have been initiated into these teachings because they have reached a point at which they pertain to their sadhana (practice), Lord Krishna is their newfound wisdom. Those who know and comprehend these teachings and carry them in silence within themselves, are carrying God/Truth.

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And also, all that has already come into being, whether moving or non-moving, I am the source of that. Nothing can exist without Me.

Arthanaranarisvarara - A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.
Arthanaranarisvarara – A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.

The word for ‘source’ in Sanskrit is bīja. This is almost always translated as ‘seed’ in Yoga texts, making the creative essence of all beings male. But bīja not only means ‘seed’ but ‘germ’, which is more rudimentary than ‘seed’ and makes more sense. In human reproduction, the ‘germ’ is the embryo, and even more fundamentally, the zygote.

A zygote is a fertilized ovum (egg). In humans, this ‘source’ that is Lord Krishna, can only be this egg. Remember Haranyagarbha? This is an egg, not a seed. This came up earlier in chapter three (The Golden Womb and The Ancient Imperishable Teachings of Yoga). 

The fertilized ovum (zygote) then, is the Ardhanaranarishvara (half-male-half-female-god) form of Lord Shiva, which gives rises to an embryo and develops into another human beingThe ancient sages knew that everyone starts life as female.  

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