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Family Feud -Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 26-31

Arjuna’s Depression

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Standing there, the Son of Pritha* [Arjuna] saw fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, brothers in law,

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Fathers in law and dear companions among both of the two armies. Contemplating all of them, all his kinsmen, standing before him, he, the Son of Kunti* [Arjuna],

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Was filled with profound despair and said to Krishna, “Having seen these my own kinsmen, all standing right here ready to fight,

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“My limbs are weak, my mouth is dry, my body trembles, and my hair stands on end.

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“Gandiva falls from my hand, my skin burns, I am unable to remain standing, and my mind is going around in circles.

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“I perceive inauspicious omens, O handsome-haired One [Krishna], and I see inauspicious omens in destroying my own kinsmen in this battle.”

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*  In verses 26 and 27 Arjuna is referred to as the “son of Kunti” (spear or lance, sometimes associated with the god of love) and the “son of Pritha”. Pritha is another name of Kunti. The word pritha refers to the palm of the hand extended and used as a means of measuring, which makes this name similar in meaning to ‘Ma’ (‘to measure’), which is often used to refer to the Divine Mother. The idea of measuring, which implies time and space, puts us in the relative realm of this world. Interestingly, both Kunti, Arjuna’s mother, and Lord Krishna are descendants of the same Yadava Prince (Prince Yadu – heroism; valiant warrior, champion; strong, heroic, brave).

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These verses clarify the title of this chapter, “Arjuna’s Depression”. Arjuna’s state is one of despair. He has come to realize that he knows everyone in both armies, that he is related to all of them, and that all of these relatives are about to kill each other. He cannot see why this should be. It was Krishna himself who urged this war in order that Arjuna and his brothers could take their rightful place as rulers, but Arjuna can see only “inauspicious omens” in this situation.

We are given an account of the participants in this war as “fathers, grandfathers, teachers, maternal uncles, brothers, sons, grandsons, brothers in law, fathers in law, dear companions”. For the most part, this seems to just about cover everyone in Arjuna’s life, but there is one group of people mentioned here that I find interesting: maternal uncles. Why not just uncles? Or for that matter, paternal uncles? Why maternal uncles? This has long been a question of mine. Clearly there is something being implied here. Is there something about DNA the sages knew that we don’t (don’t laugh, it’s possible)? If you think you know the answer, please share it with us.

“Gandiva falls from my hand, my skin burns, I am unable to remain standing, and my mind is going around in circles.”:

Gandiva is the name of Arjuna’s bow. This bow was owned by a succession of gods. It was first passed on by Soma (holder of immortality) to Varuna (god of heaven), by him to Agni (god of fire), and by Agni to Arjuna, the son of Kunti (earth) and Indra (god of the gods). It is also said to have belonged to Prajapati, lord of embodied beings, Brahma, the Creator, and Shiva, the destroyer-transformer (evolution). Whew! See what you can do with all these symptoms to come to an understanding of the importance of this bow, Gandhiva, especially to Arjuna, who has just lost his grip.

Now let’s look at the symptoms of Arjuna’s state: weakness, dry mouth, trembling, hackles (fear), burning skin (the word for this also means ‘fully consumed by pain or grief’), instability, and a mind wildly vacillating with confusion. It appears that a combination of sorrow, fear and self-doubt all mixed together are the cause of Arjuna’s depression.

The physical state of depression is lowered energy—directionally or qualitatively or both. A low energy state of the body often causes a low moods, even without a person’s awareness of what is triggering it mentally or emotionally. Just look at what Arjuna is going to lose, even if he wins the war. It’s no wonder he’s in trouble and seemingly throwing in the towel, telling Krishna that this war business is not a good thing and that he can’t bring himself do it.

The Bhagavad Gita is a scripture. At one level it is a manual of yoga. So what are we being taught or told in this section? It is safe to say that in the process of yoga sadhana, all is not roses…or so we think…and we will experience this depression-confusion ourselves at some point. We will say to ourselves, “Hummmm. I don’t know about all this. Doesn’t seem right to me. Must be something wrong with what my guru (Krishna in Arjuna’s case) is telling me.” Well, this is just chapter one, so I think we are going to find out what will happen if we can just get through chapter one of our sadhana. More on this next time.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma

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A View of the Battle -Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 22-25

22 – 23
“I [Arjuna] would look upon these battle-hungry warriors with whom I must fight, to see those who have come together here to do battle in service to the evil-minded son of Dhritarashtra.”

The “evil-minded son of Dhritarashtra” is Duryodhana. Duryodhana, who is the son of the blind king, ignorance, represents the ego.

Arjuna has asked Krishna to draw his chariot between the two facing armies so that he can look things over to see what his own armies will be facing in the upcoming battle.

24 – 25
Samjaya spoke:
O Descendant of Bharata
, thus the Master of the Senses [Krishna], having caused the chief chariot to stand in the middle between the two armies, was addressed by the Thick Haired One [Arjuna], while standing in front of Bhishma and Drona and all the rulers of the earth. To the Son of Pritha [Arjuna] He [Krishna] said, “Behold all these Kurus assembled here.”

The “Descendant of Bharata” is Dhritarashtra, the blind king to whom Samjaya, his minister, is narrating events using his clairvoyant powers from afar.

The “Master of the Senses” is Lord Krishna, who is driving Arjuna’s chariot, implying that the devotee’s (Arjuna’s) state at this point is pratyahara.

The “Thick Haired One” is Arjuna, devotee of Krishna. This epitaph (Gudakesha) also means, “preserver of one whose lord is Prajapati (‘lord of creatures’, ‘protector of life’)”.

Krishna is calling Arjuna’s attention to the “rulers of the earth”, and He does it while they are parked right in front of both Bhishma and Drona. What does He what Arjuna to see, to notice, to pay attention to? And why has He brought them to this particular place in front of Bhishma and Drona? The answer is in what these two Kurus represent.

Bhishma – Absolute loyalty to Ignorance and ego. The word Bhishma means ‘terrible’. When Bhishma decides something, it is final; he holds on to it for all he is worth. Bhishma is known for his vow of lifetime celibacy, his wisdom, bravery, keeping his word, and his absolute loyalty. But his loyalty is to the Kurus.

Drona – Intellect and reason. Drona taught archery to the major players on both sides. The name means ‘bucket’. He is called Drona because he was born in a bucket, in other words, outside of the womb. He represents intellect, the neutral power of the mind to discern and differentiate.

Galen, this is for you; you asked the question:

Intellect is not dependent on the birth of a body for its existence; it is not born of the womb. We tend to think of intellect as a function of the brain, because we think of the mind and the brain as the same. They are associated with each other, but they are not the same thing. The brain is the gross, physical instrument, and the mind is the subtle, non-physical, instrument.

The basis of the mind is chitta, ‘piled up, collected’, as in a bucket, from the root chit, ‘knowing, understanding, perception, comprehension, consciousness’. Consciousness comes into play when a non-physical individual first becomes aware of another non-physical individual. This creates a dual situation—self and other-than-self—by which the ‘sense of self’ (asmita) becomes the core of a developing ‘mind’, and differentiation becomes a feature of this ‘mind’, called buddhi. Buddhi is the power of discernment, the ability to make distinctions, judgement, intellect, and reason. Buddhi uses the contents of the mind, which arrive there via the senses, to make these determinations. Hence, Drona is ‘intellect’, which is by nature neutral, though in this case has taken its place in support of the Kurus.

The Kurus – The verb root of the word kuru is kri, meaning ‘to do’, so you can think of the Kurus as ‘doers’. While the scope of action of the Pandavas is dharma, Truth, for the Kurus it is doership. These two, Truth and doership, are contending their right to rule. The winner will be in charge. What they will be in charge of is you. Remember that this is all about you, your life, your sadhana. (This might be a good place to review the post on the subject of Surrender and Non Doership.)

The Pandavas – The root of the word Pandu is pan, which is a stake in a game, the prize, the bet, so you can think of the Pandavas as the willingness to take chances in order to win the prize, and equate this with surrendering to God in meditation to win union with God—you don’t know what will happen and you accept that. The Kurus on the other hand, are all about control.

By placing their chariot in front of Bhishma and Drona, Krishna is showing Arjuna that what he is primarily up against is determined loyalty to the ego (this would be Bhishma), and the full support of this by the Intellect (Drona). These are his most powerful enemies. They are the mightiest “rulers of the earth”.

The ‘earth’ is the body, our chariot, and our life in this world. So we realize now that it is not just ego, but our absolute loyalty to it, that rules our personal ‘world’, and that it is intellect that supports and maintains this alliance by means of judgement and reasoning. These are the greatest enemies of graduation from the world of the will, to the world of surrender.

This gives us some idea of the kinds of things Krishna wants us to be aware of. As we consider these verses, and the previous verses and the ones to come, we will find this same teaching reiterated in many different ways in this song in verse and meter, the Bhagavad Gita, ‘the song of God’.

Love,
Durga Ma

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Destroying the Enemy of Yoga through Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 32

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This post addresses Personal Time, Cosmic Time, The Nature of Time and The Secret of Yoga.

In this story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we discover what Arjuna learns.

32  The Blessed Lord spoke:
I am Time, the destroyer of all beings and all worlds, come to destroy these people in this world. Even without any action on your part, none of these warriors here in the opposing army will be spared.

Let’s take the position that everything in the Gita is about you and God/Truth, whether you are an aspiring yogi or yogini, or someone with an interest in Truth, or an atheist (just tweak “God” to suit).

Consider that “these people” have something to do with you and your objective of realizing and knowing God/Truth. Think of them as they are represented in chapter one, and consider their meaning as it applies to you personally. They are all about to be annihilated to your advantage.

Some of these people seem to be assets, but they are fighting on the side of the bad guys and working against you. They are obstacles in your way and God has come to destroy them for you. You need God, Guru, Truth, Lord Krishna, for this purpose, because you cannot do it yourself, and now the time is right.

(Consider that now is the right time for you. Right now. While you are reading this and making this discovery. Why else would you be reading this right now? Don’t walk away saying, Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow is not the right time. The right time is right now.)

Personal Time

It is no accident that Lord Krishna (God/Truth) is here when He is. Before this, it was not the right time, but now it is time to destroy all these ‘people’. This destruction pertains not only the bad guys that threaten Arjuna’s objective of reclaiming the throne, but most of the good guys as well. 

(This will not happen all at once, it will take Time and a regular practice for its battleground, but it is beginning right now.)

If you look at these people as representing aspects of yourself, this tells you that, even though there are some very good ones, they are in the way of your further progress. We might think of their destruction as the dissolution of your persona, your mask, making way for the revelation of the Real You that has been behind this mask all along.

  • Time – The Sanskrit (kāle) means, ‘a space of time, the proper time or season for, a fixed or right point of time, and time in general’.

At this time in Arjuna’s life, this must happen: He is in the middle between the two opposing forces, looking things over, and realizing that he is related to everyone on both sides. Chapter one reveals them as things related to him, most of which would hold him back. Lord Krishna is saying that now is the time for them to be destroyed in order to achieve victory—for yoga to destroy the enemies of yoga

Now is the time for Arjuna (and you) to move forward. Lord Krishna is here at this point in time for Arjuna and the coming together of these two opposing forces. Their union (yoga) is the awakening and activation of the evolutionary force (kundalini) within the body. Without this awakening at this time and place (the field of dharma), one does not move forward. With it, this union (yoga) of opposing forces becomes known to the yogi as the Grace of God Herself: Kundalini Shakti.

Things that would hold you back are dissolved through Yoga (union) at the right time and place.

Read my notes on destruction.   

Cosmic Time

Alternate translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed and will be neutralized. With the exception of you, Arjuna, all these warriors gathered here now, will cease to be.

Expanded translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed — the world is fully populated, or on a personal level one is fully developed in readiness for yoga (union). When the world, or the individual, reaches this point, which is Absolute, the world/the body, will neutralize. Neutralization takes place in the body when the two primary forms of the Life Energy, prana and apana, unite. This can occur in meditation as yoga, or in life as death.

Cycles of You

Beyond the kinds of memory known to science, there is another kind of body memory in which a ‘signature’ is left, not in the flesh per se, but in the subtle body that permeates the physical body. These signatures are created by acts and events experienced in one’s life. This karma (action) is what makes you go ’round in cycles.

The subtle body does not die at death, but acts as a ‘soul’ that accompanies the Individual after the death of the physical body. Signatures can no longer be active because the opposing energies that once supported them are neutralized. This is what is meant by “these warriors will cease to be.”

In the future, these signatures may be reactivated by associated triggers encountered in a new cycle of existence. In Yoga, these signatures are called samskaras.

  • Saṃskāras – tendencies or ‘habbit patterns’ imprinted in the subtle body-mind by actions and events experienced in former lifetimes.

The Nature of Time

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Ananta, Time Eternal
Ananta

Earth turning
The Earth appears to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise depending on your point of view.

The Earth revolves because the nature of Time is to revolve.

Time is like ananta, the snake eating its tail, symbolizing the never-ending cyclical nature of Time. Even when you think you are going forward, you are actually going ‘around’. 

When you die, you die because you have completed the current cycle. It is “your time.” After death, you will begin the next cycle. If you are born again you pass through yet another cycle.

Time is not linear, but cyclical.

If your cycle on earth is interrupted, i.e., accident, war or murder, you go to a happy place unless you try to stick around here as a ‘spirit’, then, when the natural end of your cycle arrives, you can move on to that heavenly place. In Yoga, these transitions are called samsara.

  • Saṃsāra – ‘passing through a succession of states, undergoing transmigration, circuits of mundane existences’.

The primary purpose of Yoga is to give you liberation from the cycling of repeated transitions and incarnations. If you have had sufficient practice of yoga, your form may even transform into its divine form, the template of which is the ananda kosha (the subtle ‘bliss body’), and you would become an Immortal and dwell in the World of Immortals.

The Secret of Yoga

Time is a product of individuals assuming the role of the doer of actions. Worlds come and go based on this identification among beings.

The spontaneous movement of Divine Energy by goddess Shakti, brings about the destruction of the world and beings. When this mudra (seal) becomes unsealed, the world and beings are created anew. This applies to Time as personal (microcosmic) and macrocosmic.

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