Coming Together in Devotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 8-11

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me. Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“To those who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me. For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed with the illuminating light of this knowledge.”

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 8-11

Here we find the first obvious message stressing the importance of individuals coming together in order to reach God. This is critical for enriching the devotional side of YogaWithout it, it can be harsh and filled with difficulties. This can be mitigated by community and gatherings “accompanied by kindness and affection.” What a wonderful way to live! (See SKY Haven)

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.

Alternate translation:
I am all that is, for all that is comes forth from Me. With this understanding, one can meditate correctly. Thus does one truly worship Me.

If we understand what we have been taught, we have the ability to meditate. Correctly practiced, meditation is worship of God. To meditate correctly one needs the knowledge and understanding by which one’s meditation is “yoga practiced without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” as mentioned in verse seven.  

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Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“Their consciousness fixed on Me”
The Sanskrit for attention is chitta. Chitta is consciousness—not consciousness of something, but pure consciousness itself, the subtlest form of divine energy.

“Their Life Energy flowing to Me”
When chitta flows to something, someone or some place, it is called attention, and where the attention goes, the Life Energy in the body, called prana, also goes.

The stuff of which the mind is made, is chitta, consciousness. 
Attention is a flow of consciousness from the mind to anything that is other than self.

Mind > AttentionWhere the attention goes, the energy flows.

With the attention going to Lord Krishna, one’s Life Energy goes to, and can unite with, Lord Krishna, Highest and First Purusha, Personal God. 

In “Finding the Magician Within” we were alerted to the extreme importance of Attention as being the key to achieving just about anything. This was presented in the context of reaching God/Truth, but it applies to anything. We even brought up Life Mastery in that article, and the necessity of constant Attention on the goal in order to attain it. Lord Krishna is bringing us back to this in this verse when He says that with consciousness (attention) fixed on Him, our Life Energy also flows to Him. This was earlier referred to as ‘worship’, or ‘meditation’, as the means of attaining union (yoga) with God.

You get what you worship

Dance and ChantThe next piece of the verse suggests that the most satisfying and pleasant way for accomplishing this is to be together with others with whom you can share Truth. This is called satsanga (‘Truth-sharing’).
Satsanga - ChantingSatsanga often includes any or all of the following: darshan (meeting the guru), kritana (music, dancing and singing to and about God/Truth), sharing experiences, and receiving teachings. In this way we “enlighten each other.” We awaken each other to God/Truth, and our attachments to previously limited expectations and ideas are forgotten. Enjoying this process, we find that our attention effortlessly remains on God/Truth throughout.

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To these worshippers, who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me.
For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed, with the shining lamp of this knowledge.

Always means always. Continuously coming together according to the previous verse. If we understand the universality of God’s presence within everyone and everything, we will naturally be kind and treat each other with affection. This being the case, one is enlightened as to the Truth of Yoga as the means of union with God/Truth. This union destroys the darkness of ignorance, and proves the Yoga we have been taught.

This enlightenment is possible because of God’s already existent presence within all of us. God is saying that, because we understand this, practice Yoga and treat each other well, we need make no further effort, for God will turn the lights on for us.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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How to Meditate on a Bus

The following suggestions are not meant for Surrender Meditation, but can be used outside of Surrender Meditation.

If you don’t meditate but would like to, or if you meditate and have difficulty finding the time or just want a little extra meditation time, this may be of interest to you:

Once you understand what meditation is and how it works, you can meditate anywhere — on a bus, a train, a plane, a subway (but not driving, of course). The most ideal situation for meditation is to have a quiet, private room all to yourself, but it is possible to meditate for even just a few minutes in the most adverse circumstances.

The other day I was sitting in a waiting room with several people. The energy emanating from a mother and her teenage son soon began to bring on a huge headache. They had everyone’s attention, which of course only exacerbated the situation, and the headache got worse. This all happened in a matter of minutes.

I thought about the difficulties we hard-core meditators run into when going about in the world at large. I thought I didn’t like this very much. Then I thought, I don’t have to let this continue to disturb me. Remembering a similar incident on a village-bound bus in India decades ago, in which I thought the ride and the noise would surely vibrate my fillings right out of my teeth, I went “inside”.

Within seconds the headache was gone and the mother and her son ceased their activity. I looked around the room and noticed that other people were no longer reacting to the mother and her son who were now sitting quietly side-by-side. It seemed that a few seconds of meditation by one single person had affected a whole room full of previously agitated people.

Technically meditation is a steady flow of attention to one thing. So make that “one thing” you, or some part of your own body, like the hairs on your arm, or all of your body, or look at your shoe. Using something physical like your body is easier in these circumstances. Using the mind isn’t as effective because it is subtle compared to the body, and you’re not in a subtle situation.

You can close your eyes and go inside as I did, or you can pretend you’re looking out the window while in fact you are looking at your eyelashes, or you can drop your eyelids and stare at your wrist or another body part, or you can put your attention on your whole body riding on the bus and the sensations within it. You can pretend to read or listen to your iPod — that’s a good one, because people will think you’re listening to music and not paying any attention to them, so they won’t pay any attention to you.

My own version of “going inside” was to simply withdraw the tentacles of my attention until they were no longer out there picking things up from the environment and delivering them to my mind, but resting inside my head behind my eyes. If you can do this, I recommend it.

It might be a good idea to secure any belongings or sit on them so you aren’t distracted worrying about thieves. And if you are stuck having to stand up, get your feet and your balance stablized first.

You probably won’t go into samadhi or have a direct experience meditating on a bus, but you never know. It can take place in a fraction of a timeless-second, so it’s certainly not impossible. It has happened to me in the most unlikely situations (like a movie theatre, a great place where no one will notice a thing).

So no excuses now. Meditate, and get it however you can. I have had people completely new to meditation find it easy to meditate in odd places using one of my One Minute Meditations. One woman would go into the ladies’ room, into a stall, close the door, meditate for one minute, and go back to work refreshed, unharried, and no longer angry at her most unfavorite co-worker.

If you can’t think of a good reason to meditate for yourself, meditate as a service to the world.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God),
Durga Ma

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