Pashupata Sutram II:3-7

Asana is a stage of sadhana. A look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, will give you a feel for what I mean. With shaktipat diksha, one begins Sahaja Yoga sadhana, Surrender Meditation, and for the serious aspirant, the stage of asana begins fairly soon.

The Teachings of the Immortal, Lord Lakulisha,
Twenty-Eighth Incarnation of Lord Shiva.

PPS Warning

Translations are in bold
Comments that follow are my own.

Continuing from chapter two, sutras 1 and 2, “Left of the player”:

II:3    Of most excellent standing, the Best Player

When you achieve ascension, you become a player of high standing. This excellence is natural, but it is not ordinary. You have achieved greatness by having experienced for yourself, the truth about action, and you now have that knowledge, which is also not ordinary but exceptional. In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that one who knows action in inaction, and inaction in action, is wise among all.

II:4    Rudra (scary)

You have the power to face fear.

Rudra, whose name means “Roarer” or “Howler”, is connotative of fear — “crying, howling, roaring, dreadful, terrific, terrible, horrible”. But Rudra is also “the bestower of strength and power”. This suggests that power can be found in your own fear when it is not suppressed or hidden from yourself. Thus the interpretation, You have the power to face fear.

This scary guy, Rudra, who runs around roaring and “driving away evil”, is also identified as “praiseworthy”, and as “the practitioner”—that’s you when you’re in surrender meditation running around howling, crying, etc., fearlessly facing fear, and the purification of associated patterns, even though the purification invokes fear.

II:5    Impeller of the asana

The impeller refers to what propels you into the asana stage of sadhana. You are propelled by God because that is what you have surrendered to. So asana (seat, position, or disposition; dwelling within) refers to the power of God within your practice, as well as in the effects of your practice. This is possible because of your willingness to surrender enough to face fear.

Asana is a stage of sadhana. A look at the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, will give you a feel for what I mean. With shaktipat diksha, one begins Sahaja Yoga sadhana, Surrender Meditation, and for the serious aspirant, the stage of asana begins fairly soon. This stage is pertinent to the physical body, but not exclusively. The emotional body and the mental body are automatically affected accordingly, for what takes place on the physical plane is immediately accomplished on subtler planes, i.e., emotional and mental. This doesn’t happen in the other direction, from subtle to gross, which is why the physical aspect of spiritual development cannot be skipped or ignored as so many of us would like to believe.

For some reason, we westerners tend to venerate the mind to the point of exclusion of anything else, like feelings (emotions) and the body. It may be that the mind is the ultimate field of sadhana, but this stage can only be reached by getting there—there is no avoiding it, any more than one can avoid the first rungs of the ladder when trying to reach the rooftop. Attempts to skip this stage of development will not succeed. If you find this exasperating, just think of it as a shortcut to success, and read the bold type above, again.

II:6    All that is wished for appears

You discover that what you had wished for has now come to be, and that what you wanted to know has been told.

What you wanted, and even the want itself, was an effect of the practice and determined by God, because that is what you surrendered to.

You are a player who has become a player of excellence. Prana-shakti is ascendant because you surrendered fully and faced fear. The result was that you achieved what you had thought was to be abandoned as inauspicious, but now…

II:7    And here, the inauspicious becomes auspicious.

Now you discover that what you once thought to be inauspicious is actually auspicious, and the very thing that takes you to the goal.

Love,
Durga Ma
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Sleuthing Scripture – Pashupat Sutras II:1-2

As you may have gathered by now, most of my scripture commentaries are geared to getting you to think things through for yourself, and to help you to go about doing this. Yes, what I am putting forth in my commentaries is valid, but it is always good to see if you can go deeper than I can go with a bunch of letters strung into words that are strung into sentences, in a limited space and time frame. Deeper is always good, but the opposite may also be valid—what might a teaching be if it were less esoteric? It is also interesting to see what happens if you take a sutra literally, whenever possible.

There are undoubtedly many ways to translate and interpret these sutras to address various stages of sadhana. For instance, my own translation of the first sutra in chapter two (vama) is “Left”, but another translator translates this sutra as, “Left Is the name of the Lord,” and yet another says, “Adverse or acting contrary.” Although each of these translations seem so different, they all are correct. But what do they mean?

You may want to contemplate my translation and commentary, and the two other translations, and see what comes closest to applying to you and your own sadhana. If you want to re-work the translation altogether, make sure consistency is maintained throughout in order to be able to assume that you are on a valid course of interpretation.

You have not had my experiences concerning these teachings. You have either had your own experiences, or you have had no experience of these teachings at all. So use your own experience, or use your mind and your intuition, to see what more you can squeeze out of these sutras.

In the hope that you might now be feeling a spirit of adventure, I’d like to provide you with a little something to play with. Look at chapter two, sutras 1 and 2 again, and consider some of the meanings of vama, the Sanskrit word that is sutra number one (definitions are below). Contemplate an idea you have, and ask yourself questions about your idea. Ask yourself questions, and ask yourself questions about your answers, and see what you come up with.

Remember that sutras are cues for remembering more complete teachings, and consider what you think these teachings may be. And remember to maintain consistency: does your interpretation of a sutra agree with the sutras that precede it and follow it? Then decide if you think your conclusion is valid, and whether you think it is or not, write it down somewhere. It may come in handy later.

Have fun, Sherlock!
Durga Ma
durgama.com

Vama
left
Left (proper noun)
the left hand side
situated on the left side
from the left
the left hand
reverse
adverse, unfavorable
any dear or desirable good
hard, cruel, contrary, opposite
acting in the opposite way or differently
in a pleasant or lovely manner
a woman or a wife

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Pashupata Sutram I: 19-44

By doing this, yoga begins, bringing about powers of remote seeing, hearing and thought-knowing…

This is the last of the remaining sutras of chapter one. There is very little commentary as the sutras seem to unfold smoothly. Chains of thought should be recognizable by noticing commas, periods, etc.

PPS Warning

Translations are in bold
Any commentary that follows is my own.

I.19  By doing this,

The reference is to the previous sutras:
1-6
7-11
12-18

I.20  Yoga (union) begins,

I.21  Bringing about powers of remote seeing, hearing and thought-knowing,

I.22  All-knowingness,

I.23  And with the swiftness of thought…

I:24  Assuming any appearance or form desired…

I:25  Without using any means.

I:26  One’s dharma (absolute power) is attained.

One’s dharma is that which is in accordance with the true nature of the individual. The divine individual that you truly are is already in possession of the above mentioned powers, so they are your dharma.

Dharma is translated by Kaundinya as ‘merit’. Both interpretations are valid.

I:27  All can be subdued by you,

I.28  [But] you cannot be subdued by them.

I:29  You enter into all,

I.30  [But] they cannot inter into you.

I.31  They can all be killed by you,

I.32  [But] you cannot be killed by them.

I.33  Fearless,

I.34  Indestructible,

I.35  Ageless,

I.36  Deathless,

I.37  And unobstructed everywhere,

I.38  The gunas* yoked, you become a Great Player.

When the sources of activity (gunas) are yoked together and thus cancelled out, you become a Great Player.

Closing Prayer:

I.39  Now think these thoughts like a chant or a prayer done softly:

I:40  “I am approaching Eternal Truth, the Self-Existent One.

I:41  With certainty I surrender to That One…

I:42  Who exists as all that is Real and therefore Eternal, and nothing else,

I:43  My own True Love,

I:44  Origin of all that comes to be.”

* Gunas – The three qualities of nature. The interaction of the gunas with each other causes all action (like weather fronts do). This realization suggests an egoless state—you realize that you never did anything in the first place!  And now you’re a Great Player!

Gunas

Love,
Durga Ma
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Surrender Meditation
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