The Best Surrender, Ascendent Kundalini & OM – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 24-25

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Arjuna receives shaktipat from Krishna. Shaktipat can only be received in a state of surrender. The term ‘surrender’ is synonymous with ‘sacrifice’.

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The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita are 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. Lord Krishna began answering this question in verse 19-20, God in You, and now He continues:

The Best Surrender, Ascendent Kundalini & OM

And Partha, of leaders, know me to be the chief of sacrificers, Bṛhaspati. Of commanders, I am Skanda, and of waters, I am the ocean.

Partha means ‘Holder of the Sword’. This is Arjuna, but Arjuna is an archer, so what is the meaning of this?

By addressing Arjuna as Holder of the Sword, Lord Krishna suggests that Arjuna holds an instrument that cuts. There is more than one meaning to this. One is that Arjuna now holds the knowledge (sword) of this God-practice that Lord Krishna has given him. Another is that, at some point, this instrument will cause impinging attachments to be cut away. This is a reference to khechari mudra, (sky-walking, or flying in the air, seal) which is associated with the fifth and sixth chakras.


Bṛhaspati is the chief, or best, offerer of sacrifices. The Sanskrit for chief means ‘placed at the head, north and ‘face’—north is the head where the gates of the senses are located in the face, the east. 

Bṛhaspati is the Lord of Devotion, the best sacrificerIn the meditation I practice,sacrifice is the surrender of oneself to God in meditation. Brihaspati then, is full and complete surrender without reservation—the best of sacrifices.


Skanda is the unrestrained leader of armies against the enemies of the gods. Skanda uses a full-feathered peacock as his personal vehicle, suggesting that he represents the task of attaining and maintaining ascendent Kundalini, which he preserves by protecting it.

Skanda is Lord Shiva’s first born son. That Skanda is His ‘first born’ indicates that Skanda is first thing produced by Lord Shiva when the energy enters into the realm of Shiva in the body, the Rudra loka (above the throat). Skanda is this protection. He is also called Subrahmanya, ‘dear to Brahmans (God-people)’.

Water is fluid and takes the form of the vessel containing it. The word for water in Sanskrit is rasa, meaning ‘the best or prime part of anything, a fluid or essential juice of the body, also called mercury or quicksilver’. Mercury is fluid in the same way as water, and represents Kundalini. With the heat produced by purification, Kundalini rises like the mercury in a thermometer.

Consider the sequence: the (1) best sacrifices (2) produces the protector of (3) ascendent Kundalini.

Of the Great Sages, I am Bhṛgu, and of vocal sounds, I am the single syllable OM. Of sacrifices, I am the japa sacrifice. Of the non-moving, I am the Himālayas.

Bhrighu, the best sacrificer, full surrender to God

Alternate translation:
Of the Great Sages, I am Bhrigu, bringer of fire and light to men. Of vocalizations, I am the one imperishable sound: OM. Of sacrifices, I am the chanting of the names of God. Of the non-moving, I am the Himalayas.

Of the Great Sages, I am Bhrigu
‘Bhrigu’ means ‘bringer of Fire and Light (energy)’ and ‘builder of chariots’ (bodies)’.

Of vocal sounds, I am the single syllable “Om”
Of sounds, I am the one and only completely pure and imperishable sound, the sound of OM (pronounced AUM, or ONG). The power of OMThis sound is the basis of all sounds, and all words.

Of sacrifices, I am the japa sacrifice
Of sacrifices (surrenders), I am the spontaneous sound of OM heard in meditation, and the spontaneous chanting of the many syllables and names of God in meditation (anahata nada) that has given rise to language.

Japa is an incantation that castes a spell. This occurs spontaneously in Experiential Meditation. One becomes enraptured by the repetitiveness of this charm. This mystical charm is quietly (privately) chanted, or sung. Later, spontaneous dancing begins.

HimalayasOf the non-moving, I am the Himālayas
Of the non-moving, I am ‘the night (himā) of absorption (laya)’ in the ‘abode of snow’ (himālaya). The abode of snow is the mountain top, the head, brain and mind.

When the mind finally stops moving, one becomes absorbed in the Absolute where there is no-thing to know, no-thing to be conscious of (‘night’). This non-moving state is Absolute God. In this state, there is only Absolute Bliss, for bliss is the nature of Absolute God. While it may seem that absorption indicates a merging in which the individual disappears, this is not so. One’s individuality can never be lost.

This verse has told us what precedes the verse before it, for one practicing yoga sadhana naturally.

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

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A secret is something that is not understood. It continues to be a secret until it is.

To my very dear followers and friends, 

This journey of two and a half years, from chapter one through chapter six of the Gita, has been very profound. It has brought me into contact with Immortal Masters, adepts who have guided the process. I have merely watched as their teachings were being written for all to see.

I am not being woo-woo when I say this. I consider these Perfected Ones, beginning with Lord Shiva, to be my Board of Directors. They have been my secret source of information and guidance. With my guru gone from this world, this Board of Directors, which includes my guru lineage, guides me through uncharted waters to the end of the cycles of rebirth.

The Board not only guides me in my own sadhana, they guide the writing of these installments on the Bhagavad Gita. Just as the blind king, Dhirtarashtra, hears this conversation between Arjuna and Lord Krishna conveyed through his clairvoyant minister, Samjaya, I am getting it from my Board and passing it along to you. 

What is written here is either written with them, by them, or cleared by them. They even take over my hands to the point that I am reading rather than writing as my hands move over the keyboard, sometimes revealing things I have either forgotten or only partially understood. 

The Science of Yoga

One of the difficulties people have when they try to read the Bhagavad Gita, is that they are so overwhelmed by what seems to be a complex and confusing philosophical system, that they end in throwing the book across the room and giving up. But the details are hidden in the cracks of the Sanskrit. They are unable to see these things because they have had little or no experience with yoga sadhana.

The Bhagavad Gita is a treatise on the science of Yoga—what Yoga is, how it works, how to practice it correctly, and what you’ll get for your time spent. If all you ever read is the first six chapters, you will have everything you need to learn and practice Yoga correctly and reap its rewards…if you can understand it. The remaining chapters go over these things again and again to provide different ways of seeing things, and expand and add more detail and depth. 

The Secrets of Yoga

Most of what is hidden in Yoga is ‘secret’ because of the propensity of the human mind to continue to monitor how it perceives and understands things. So no deliberate hiding is necessary anyway, for the mind will automatically see what it has been trained to see, regardless of the Truth. 

Thus is Yoga secret, hidden—just as it is hidden within you, and you don’t know it. That is what the Gita is for—to awaken you to what you already know.

The Bhagavad Gita speaks to anyone of any age or stage of life. It is not just a rambling conversation intended to express a philosophy or make more rules to follow. And it is not just an esoteric work, either. It is an exposition, revealing the truth about life, about God, about You, and about Yoga, and showing you the way to re-union with God, regardless of your religion, your path or your stage of life.

Having completed chapter six last week, next week you can look forward to getting started on chapter seven, The Yoga of Truth. And soon after, volume one, consisting of chapters 1 – 6, will be made available in PDF.

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

VI:10-12 Proper Conditions for Yoga

A yogi knows how to practice Yoga correctly, and resorts to solitude where things are not flitting around in his consciousness, distracting him with desires and creating attachments. 

Desireless and unattached, firm in the knowledge of the mysteries, the yogi always practices yoga alone and in solitude.  

A yogi knows and understands the mysteries and how to practice yoga correctly. He resorts to solitude because he is always engaged in this practice, and solitude insures his success. Yoga comes easily when desirable things are not flitting around in his consciousness, distracting him, stirring up desires and creating attachments.

Desire and attachment are the two most difficult things that confront the yogi, so he abandons them by staying away from them, and surrendering himself to God/Truth in solitude. 

Establishing himself in a clean place that can be relied upon, not to high and not too low, placing himself on kusha grass covered with a tiger skin and a cloth…..

The yogi lives alone in order to be able to rely on solitude, in a clean dwelling that is not too grand not not too humble, not too big and not too small. In this place he meditates on a mat of kusha grass overlaid with a tiger skin and a cloth. 

Tiger Skin
Another translation is ‘black antelope’. Both are traditional mats for yogis. 
I have taken the liberty of choosing the tiger skin for our translation, as my own lineage is Shaivite, and in this tradition Lord Shiva is said to have used a tiger skin. But what does this mean?

Icons of gods and goddesses show them as riding or sitting on various animals or their skins to indicate that they have mastery over the quality represented by that animal. For instance: Lord Shiva sits on a tiger skin, suggesting that he has overcome the aggressive quality of the tiger.

Riding on a live animal suggests that the god or goddess is able to use that quality for their own purposes. For instance: Durga rides a tiger, or in some cases a lion. She uses this quality to destroy obstacles on behalf of the gods (us). Garuda, who dines on snakes (desires), is the mount of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer of life. Garuda is a large, golden human-birdlike creature, suggesting ‘flying in the air’ (khechari) as the means of prana going upward to sustain life.  

Kusha Grass
Kusha grass is a grass with long pointed stalks used in religious ceremonies. Why? It certainly sounds uncomfortable.

First we have to remember when this was written—certainly a time before yoga mats!—and assume that there is something special about kusha grass.

Compounded with the word kusha in this verse, is uttara, meaning ‘upward (like stalks of grass), superior, northern, left’ and ‘most powerful, most excellent’. This mat is placed below the tiger skin, suggesting a base, or foundation, for the practice of yoga that is superior, north, left and the most powerful and excellent.

In the body, left is north and the face is east. We all face east (the senses are in the east, the face)—the sun rises in the east and with its light we can ‘see’, perceive. If you were to stand up right now and face east, north would be on your left, up.

This is a very deeply hidden message that the left-handed path is the most powerful and superior path. It is hidden so well because it is so susceptible to misunderstanding and has been practiced incorrectly at various points in history. Because humankind thinks that one must always be in control and never surrender, and believes it to the bone, this path is almost impossible to find in its authentic form in this day and age.  

A garment or a cloth is a covering, meaning that all of this is covered, not immediately apparent, and hidden from the uninitiated. So we should consider ourselves very fortunate indeed, for having the opportunity to get these teachings straight from Lord Krishna, as we eavesdrop on his conversation with Arjuna.

There in that place, sitting or lying down, the mind and senses subdued by focus on one thing, he practices yoga for the purpose of self-purification.

The yogi is now ready for his practice. He may sit or lie down. Because he is a renunciate—he has set aside desires and attachments and surrendered himself to God/Truth—kriyas (purifying actions) occur spontaneously, and yoga (union) comes naturally of its own accord:

The focus being internally directed to one thing, the senses are withdrawn (pratyahara) and the energy concentrated (dharana), leading to a meditative state (dhyana) and the peaceful equanimity of sameness (samadhi), which is found only in the North.

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