Bondage of the Gunas, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 14, Vs 5

Michael Angelo - Creation

5
O Long Armed One, it is the gunas of Prakriti (Nature) — sattva, rajas and tamas — that bind the Imperishable Embodied One to the body.

  • Gunas – modes of Nature
  • Mode – the way or manner in which something occurs

  • Bondage – limited, enslaved, fettered, held, restrained
  • The Imperishable Embodied One – the Real You

The gunas bind You to the body in two ways: (1) they keep you in life as a Being being something you are not, and (2) they keep you in ignorance (unenlightened) by leaving you bound by their seductive attractions so that you miss the obvious: what you really are. It’s a case of bondage verses freedom. Which would you choose? Do you want to remain in bondage, or do you want freedom and the unending happiness of your True Self?

Freedom & Happiness

It isn’t that we look because there is something to see, but that there is something to see because we look. What an extraordinary power we have! We ‘create’ in every moment.

We have eyes because we can see, so we ‘see’ Nature, all the while ‘looking’ at Prakriti and perceiving Her as the world and its activities in varying modes (gunas). When we originally ‘looked’ to see if there was anyone else out there like ourselves, we ‘looked’ and Creation began.

It isn’t that we look because there is something to see, but that there is something to see because we look.

Our power as Divine Individuals to perceive, to know, is inherent.

We can create, but we have been told that creation is an illusion (not what it seems), so what’s the point? The point is, if we can create, we can also see what creation really is — we can see and know each other. To see is to know, and this is what we’ve been after all along, but we’ve been buying the illusion. We’ve become attached to it thinking that if it goes away, we will lose everything. But remember who we are — remember who and what You really are. You say you want to become Self Realized, to know the Real You. Well here’s your chance. But the Real will not come forth if you are hanging on to the un-real and are afraid to let it go.

Embracing the illusion hides the Real 

You, like most people, are attached to this phenomena of life and the world as we know it, and you can’t imagine anything else. But surprise! Nothing is going to go away. What is going to happen is that your own reality will shift and you will know it for what it really is … and you will know yourself for what You really are. Only then, can you truly know Others.

When you embrace the Real you will know Everyone

This power you have, this power to create, isn’t going to go away either. It can’t. It is inherent to the Real You. And if you can create this mirage, you can certainly un-create it and reveal the Real. 

It is at this point that the Real You emerges

Coming Together

We are all looking for each other in this mirage. In it, we have bodies with five senses and a mind, five ways to see what is other than ourselves, and a mind to comprehend these perceptions and store them. But what we don’t realize is that every time we engage our senses, we distance ourselves further from each other. Not in miles or meters, but in reaching the Real Others we seek to know. This happens because what we see is not seen for what it really is, so we never really get to the bottom of it. And this is the tie that binds us: we don’t want to stop looking; we believe that we need our sense organs to do it. But we are wrong — “we have eyes because we can see…”

‘Looking’ separates us because looking is what separated us in the first place.  

We have forgotten what we are: Divine Individuals that can never perish. We each have enormous power. Take your five senses for instance. You have been taught that you can see because you have eyes, that you can hear because you have ears, etc. But you have been taught incorrectly. It is the other way around. It is because you have power that you have the power to see, the power to hear, etc. These powers have merely manifested in this physical-material world of creation.

All you can perceive with your sense organs will always be only the mirage of the physical-material world in which they exist.

All of Us Coming TogetherIf you can imagine all of Us as divine, sovereign individuals that never die and are one big family, you are imagining Absolute God. If you can imagine yourself surrendering yourself to this Absolute God, every day in the privacy and seclusion of your meditation room, and if you can stick to it, you will discover that your imagination is not imagination at all, but the Truth you have been seeking all along.

When this ignites the divine joy and happiness of revelation, you will never turn back. It is a matter of Life and Death played over an over again until it drives you nuts and you finally pull the plug and are utterly free for good. And amazingly, the world is still there! But now you truly know it for what it is, and you are no longer bound.

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

Surrender Meditation

Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga
Spontaneous Experiential Meditation

Slip into a natural state of meditation with ease. Experience the relief of effortlessly reaching a true meditative state without using your will.

Receive shaktipat and become initiated into the original meditation of ancient masters from which meditation techniques were derived.

Increase your knowledge base and begin Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga: Surrender Meditation. Though correct knowledge you will increase your progress by a thousand times, and bring about even deeper meditation and amazing experiences.

Shaktipat Intensives with Durga Ma are held in Phoenix, Arizona


“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.”

The Whole World Is One Family

Purusha and Prakriti – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 8

Bhagavad Gita, chapter 9, verse 8:
“Relying on My own Prakṛti, I spontaneously send forth this entire multitude of beings again and again, according to Her wish.”

From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth
From Krishna and Radhana, Purusha and Prakriti, Creation is Spontaneously Brought Forth

Creation is not done by Krishna—He has already identified Himself as actionless and Absolute—but comes about because of Him … and His Prakṛiti.

Purusha and Prakriti

  • Puruṣha – Masculine. The divine individual with a view-point.
  • Prakṛiti – Feminine. Another divine individual when viewed by Purusha. (When viewed, this other divine individual appears as nature, so the word prakṛiti is often used to mean ‘nature’.)

Prakriti is the Divine Mother, the Creator and Divine Other-Than-You. She is Shakti, the impeller of action, and Divine Energy, the sustainer of life in your body also known as Prana. She is Kundalini, the accelerated and intensified evolutionary force in your body. She is the mother, the nurturer, and the destroyer of obstacles to your liberation, fulfillment and eternal happiness. She is the Divine Goddess. You wouldn’t be here without Her.

  • Relying on Prakṛiti  leaning, resting or depending on Prakṛiti
  • According to Her wish – spontaneously and not against the will, wish or pleasure of Prakṛiti

As a divine individual in the Absolute, Krishna’s original state, the first Other known to Him is His Prakṛiti. 

This original knowledge of Otherness is the cause, or source, of Creation. In this way, Krishna is the source of all beings but does not create them by his will. It is because of His Prakṛiti that creation occurs spontaneously. 

There is Krishna and Prakṛiti; there is You and Other-than-You. Creation relies on Self and Other than Self, and because there are two, Creation is of a dualistic nature. Consider Noah saving all those pairs in his ark in order to preserve Life.

Krishna has previously identified Himself as Absolute, so His state, or condition, is actually Highest Purusha. He has taken the whole journey and is fully conscious and accepting of all others, of all that is. But He is still Prakriti to Arjuna (and to us) until we have reached this same state. So he is reminding Arjuna of what he (and we) can achieve through yoga practice because of its consistency with the Truth of the way things really are.

Purusha and Prakriti, Adam and Eve, masculine and feminine, the one who sees and the one who is who is seen, You and Other-than-you.

So now we have put the pieces together, and it all comes down to Purusha (the Real You with a viewpoint) and Prakriti (Divine Otherness which you ‘view’). But Lord Krishna has told us this before. Is He repeating it so we might finally get the message this time? Or is He repeating it to present something new?

We must not lose track of the fact that this entire chapter is about this mysterious Highest Secret, and remember that a secret can easily be something we already know but do not realize for what it is. So we can think on this with the help of the previous post, The Secret of Yoga.

Until next time…

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

Shaktipat Intensive

Saturday, May 27, Phoenix, Arizona

Experiential Meditation Seminar 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – $50
Shaktipat Diksha & Initiation 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Optional

Register NOW
Space is very limited

Location:
Creative Living Fellowship, Emerson Room

6530 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Read more >>>

Bhagavad Gita & Mindfulness Classes

Monday evening classes with Durga Ma beginning March 13

Reserve or take a chance and drop-in.
Click a class for reservations and more information.
Bhagavad Gita – Messages from God to You about You
6:30-7:30 PM
Mindfulness – Life Mastery and Meditation
7:30-8:30
$10 per class

Location:
Creative Living Fellowship, Emerson Room

6530 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014

The Secret of Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 7

Bhagavad Gita, chapter 9, verse 7:
All beings go into My prakṛiti at the end of a kalpa. At the beginning of a kalpa, I send them forth. 

All beings go into the same state (prakriti) as Lord Krishna at the end of a kalpa. The end of a kalpa could be death. This is in keeping with previous verses, but may also mean something else as well.

If we consider the subject of this chapter, The Yoga of the Royal Secret Science, we must consider this verse in that context and take a look at “prakriti” and “kalpa” with new eyes.

Prakṛti

The original or natural condition of anything; cause, original source, origin, nature, characteristic.

All beings go into their original state, which is the same as Lord Krishna’s state, at the end of a kalpa. Beings, on the other hand, are on the merry-go-round of life and death and are not in Krishna’s state. But He is saying that they go into their original state “at the end of a kalpa.” 

Kalpa

A sacred precept, law, rule or practice. A rule or practice to be observed before any other as one’s first duty. Resolve, determination. Treatment of sickness, manner of curing; the art of medicine. A fabulous period of time  (‘fabulous’ also means ‘wonderful’). A kind of dance. The tree of paradise.

Kalpa is usually translated as ‘a fabulous period of time’. It was used this way earlier in “The Day and Night of Brahma” in reference to the cycle of Ages. At a personal level, and associated with one’s yoga practice, a kalpa is a time period that is small by comparison. Just as the cycle of Ages gradually moves from the iron age to the golden age, so does the yogi experience this microcosmically in his yoga practice. 

kalpa experientially reveals how yoga unfolds as it brings one into this state. For one whose practice is the first duty before any other, a kalpa reveals this knowledge, is healing, and through purification the body becomes a ‘tree of paradise’. 

We must remember that this verse is a continuation of the subject of the Highest Secret, and begin to contemplate it. Here is one way to look at it:

Swami Kripalu, in the dance of surrender, Experiential Meditation
Swami Kripalu in the dance of Surrender Experiential Meditation

All beings go into their original state at the end of a kalpa.

kalpa is a period of time in which, by following one’s first duty to practice yoga constantly with determination, God/Truth is revealed at its culmination, and fulfillment is attained.

This practice, which is a kind of dance, brings about healing, acts as preventative medicine and purifies the body.

Through its repeated practice, the body ultimately becomes a tree of paradise. 

The Secret

The secret of yoga is a practice that brings about all the good things mentioned earlier: it is pleasant, easy to practice and always at hand. It is secret because it is obvious but not understood. In a word, it is Sacrifice, the complete surrender of oneself to God. Through this surrender, all these things come about automatically.

You get what you surrender to.

You may think that you know what surrender is. You may think of it as throwing in the towel, loosing control, even failure. Or you may think of it as letting go, going with the flow, kicking back and relaxing. But these ideas are short of the mark. True surrender as it is meant here, is surrender only to Absolute God, abandoning the role of the doer of actions, and letting God run everything—your body, your mind, your feelings, your personality, your attachments, desires, preconceived ideas, etc.

The secret to successful spiritual practice by any name, is this complete surrender to God. This is a spiritual practice, not an attitude or a belief. It is not practiced in public or in group meditations. It is radical. It is private, secret, hidden. This is because you are not perfect until you are perfect: realigned to the Divine One that you really are. Until then you protect yourself from the imperfections of others, and others from your imperfections. 

This true Surrender is Real Yoga. It naturally and effortlessly brings about the true meditative state (samadhi), union with the Absolute, and liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth. 

All mystical texts have two things in common, one of which is the cloaking of this secret in willful terms. You will not find these teachings on Surrender in other translations.

Why am I revealing this secret now? Because I am guided to do so by those immortal masters I call my Board of Directors, and because Yogeshwar told me to bring back the worship of the Goddess. The masters of this lineage understood the Divine Power of the Feminine, for it is She who initiates this journey. 

I may at some point write more on this subject. Meanwhile, to learn more about this exquisite practice, read Real SurrenderTo get it straight from the horse’s mouth, take the Shaktipat Intensive below.

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

Shaktipat Intensive

Saturday, May 27, Phoenix, Arizona

Experiential Meditation Seminar 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – $50
Shaktipat Diksha & Initiation 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Optional

Register NOW
Space is very limited

Location:
Creative Living Fellowship, Emerson Room

6530 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Read more >>>

Bhagavad Gita & Mindfulness Classes

Monday evening classes with Durga Ma beginning March 13

Reserve or take a chance and drop-in.
Click a class for reservations and more information.
Bhagavad Gita -Messages from God to You about You
6:30-7:30 PM
Mindfulness – Life Mastery and Meditation
7:30-8:30
$10 per class

Location:
Creative Living Fellowship, Emerson Room

6530 North 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014