Perform Prescribed Actions with Abandon – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 18, Vs 3-11

Abandon self-interest

Previously:
2  According to the wise, the abandonment of desire-motivated actions is called renunciation, and the abandonment of the results of actions is called abandonment.

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Some men of wisdom say that action itself is to be abandoned and bodes evil, and others say that acts of sacrifice, giving and austerities are not to be abandoned. Now hear My conclusion concerning abandonment, Best of Bharatas. There are three kinds.

  • Austerities (tapas) – melting away impurities.
  • Evil – sinful, faulty, erroneous, dangerous.
  • Sinful – acts that are contrary to the Truth of what You really are.
  • Best of the Bharatas – best seeker of Knowledge of Truth.

“Some men of wisdom say that action itself is to be abandoned”
Example: Some ‘men of wisdom’
teach static meditation — to meditate, you must not move a muscle or have a thought in your mind. 

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Acts of sacrifice, austerity (tapas) and giving should not be abandoned but practiced. They are the purifiers of those who are wise. However, these actions are to be performed with abandonment of attachment to their results. This is my definite conclusion.

Abandonment is understood to mean non-attachment to the outcomes of actions. Abandonment can be practiced in life in general, but it is required for entering into Surrender Meditation. Attachments are automatically abandoned the minute you turn everything over to Absolute God in meditation, even though they may resurface afterward. This is self evident, for one is not truly surrendered if there are strings attached. By practicing this meditation, attachments naturally fade away easily and painlessly.

Three Forms of Abandonment

Acts of sacrifice, austerity and giving however, are not to be abandoned, but are meant to be done. They are forms of Abandonment because one abandons consideration of personal gain with their performance. When this is observed in meditation it is called ‘sacrifice’.

Relinquishment

Sacrifice – yajña. The wise know that sacrifice, austerity (tapas) and giving are not only practices for successful living, but are part and parcel of surrender yoga sadhana as well, for they are present in the surrender of oneself to Absolute God/Truth. Also, for one who understands their meaning, they purify the body, feelings and mind.

Sacrifice also means worship, devotion and offering — offering the surrender of oneself to Absolute God in meditation. The Sanskrit syllables of ‘sacrifice’ give us clues: ya, (who) + jña, (knows). “One who knows,” suggests that there is more to be known than what is apparent.

PurityAusterity – tapas. Tapas means ‘to burn, warm or melt’, and refers to a higher form of purification that is carried out by shakti, prana and kundalini. The instigating force of nature (shakti) kicks off the activities of the Life Force in the body (prana), with the evolutionary force (kundalini) calling the shots.

GivingGiving – dana, means ‘the act of giving’, and also, ‘communion, imparting, and teaching’. When you surrender something to the Divine, you are giving. For this reason, giving is also practiced in the world by selflessly giving to the guru and the poor.

The key to these three practices bringing about purification is found in the “abandonment of attachment to their results.” Once understood, this is easier than it may seem, and a joy to practice.

Action occurs. Results happen.
‘Abandonment’ means that you are not attached to these results of action.

Sacrifice, giving and austerities (tapas) refer to something you have that you give, or sacrifice, to God — you part with what you possess in favor of Absolute God. This generates tapas, the fire (energy) of purification, which is not abandoned, but welcomed.

Desires are inevitable. They are not the culprit.
The culprit is your attachment to them.

Another way to see this is to perform these prescribed actions with abandon. In these, you can act with abandon. If you do this, you won’t give a hoot about what you’re going to get out of it, and your sacrifices, austerities and gifts will be the very best: sattvic (smooth, easy-going and pleasant).

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Renunciation of enjoined actions is improper. Abandoning such actions through delusion is said to be tamasic.

  • Tamasic – dark, unenlightened, unintelligent, and contrary to the Truth of You.
  • Enjoined action – required actions, i.e., spiritual practices such as sacrifice, giving and austerities in everyday life, and surrender of oneself (body, mind and feelings) in meditation

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One who abandons action merely because it is difficult, or because of fear of pain or discomfort, performs rajasic abandonment. One will not obtain results from this kind of abandonment.

  • Rajasic is passionate, intense, fast.

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Prescribed action properly performed while relinquishing attachment to its fruits, is considered to be sattvic.

  • Sattvaic actions are easy, smooth, pleasant, mild, and in alignment with Absolute God/Truth and the Real You. 

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The wise abandoner endowed with sattva, his doubts concerning action having been cut away, neither dislikes disagreeable action nor seeks agreeable action.

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It is indeed impossible for embodied beings to abandon actions entirely. So one who abandons the fruits of action, is called an abandoner.

Once you grasp the message, you will practice surrender to Absolute God with abandon, and be done with acting out of self-interest.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Self & Other-Than-Self, Continued – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 22

Half Male Half Female God
Half Male Half Female God

Three modes of action in nature come into play because You originally perceived Others like YourSelf as different than You. 

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Purusha seated in Prakriti experiences the gunas of Nature. This causes attachment to the gunas and results in fortunate and unfortunate births.

  • Purusha (m) – Spirit, You, a Divine Individual
  • Prakriti (f) – Another Divine Individual
  • Gunas – The three modes of action in Nature: easy-going (sattva), fast or excited (rajas), and still or slow-moving (tamas)

Attachment 1The gunas come into play when Purusha experiences Prakriti as Nature. When you see Prakriti as Nature you see it as one or the other of these three gunas. The gunas are the building blocks of illusion, and their seductiveness get us attached to all kinds of things.

All things are energy in its various conditions, such as hard like a stone (tamas), soft like a pillow (sattva) or excited like the wind (rajas). In the same way we experience Nature in general as one or more of these three.

Once you (purusha) are embodied (prakriti) you experience prakriti as Nature in these three modalities—tamas (slow or dense), sattva (easy-going) and rajas (fast or excited)—individually or in various combinations, usually with one more prominent than the others.

The moment you want to experience something—to enjoy, be happy, etc.—the gunas accommodate you. Our desires have much to do with what guna predominates at any given time. In other words, your desire to be happy produces the means of getting happiness … and its opposite.

The three gunas can be seen in how we feel emotionally: sattva – indifferent, peaceful, relaxed and feeling good; rajas – exuberant, angry, wild, fast-moving, intense and passionate; tamas – still or slow-moving, lazy, quiet, withdrawn, gloomy, depressed, dark.

When you think about it, this is an amazing power that you have, that you probably don’t realize, or know how to use. But before you try to figure out how to use it, read the next paragraph:

The desire to experience is what gets you attached to the gunas. Once attached, you are compelled to be reborn, whether into good or bad situations. Liberation is lost. It’s your choice. 

Attachment - cuttingIn moments of genuine indifference, even though looking out onto “Nature” (prakriti), the gunas have no affect. This state disappears the moment you want to experience something. Thus has Lord Krishna repeatedly spoken of ‘indifference’ as the means of reaching His state. This state is called trigunatita, ‘free of the three gunas‘. One who has attained this state has transcended, or gone beyond, the three gunas and reaches Godhood.

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.

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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.

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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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