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Opposites Neutralized -Bhagavad Gita- Chapter 2: 16-21

Enlightenment, Self-realization, God-realization, Christ Consciousness… 

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There is no coming to be of the non-existent. What is not non-existent is Real. These statements are understood by Knowers of Truth*.

The subject is sat — ‘the real; truth, existence; that which is without change, that which really is’.

“There is no coming to be of the non-existent. What is not non-existent is Real.”

• What is not real goes through changes. What is Real never changes.

• The unReal never is. The Real eternally remains.

• With the unReal nothing remains the same. The Real is ever-existent without modification.

• The changeless is what exists and is Real. Anything that can change does not really exist so it is not Real.

* The Knowers of Truth are the enlightened ones, the sages, those who have reached this understanding through direct experience.

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Understand that that by which this universe is pervaded is imperishable, and that no one can destroy that which cannot be destroyed but endures always.

‘The Real’ is given more descriptors — it is ‘all-pervasive’, unlimited, everywhere always.

Self-reference:  What you really are has no limitations, is not located anywhere, is everywhere. You seem to have limitations and to be located somewhere, due to identification with the unReal.

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These bodies, inhabited by the eternal, indestructible, immeasurable embodied one, come to an end. So fight, Descendant of Bharata!

“immeasurable” — all-pervasive and unlimited.

‘Descendant of Bharata’:  Krishna uses this epitaph of Arjuna’s to remind him that, having come into being from an original state of ‘continuous knowing’ (Bharata), he already knows all this and just needs to realize it.

Self-reference: God is reminding you that you already know this for the same reason.

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He who imagines the embodied one to be a slayer, and he who imagines that the embodied one can be slain, does not understand. The embodied one does not slay, nor is it slain.

Krishna subtly weaves in the reality of ‘non-doership’ here:  What Arjuna truly is does nothing, so his arguments in previous verses have no foundation.

Self-reference:  What you really are is invulnerable, and what you really are never harms anyone. This is the basis of the first yama, ahimsa (harmlessness). Hurting others doesn’t work and can only cause your own downfall, because it is not possible for the Real You.

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The embodied one is never born, nor does it die at any time. The embodied one is not a being, does not become a being, and will never become a being at any time in the future. It is birthless, eternal, and ever-existent. It is not slain when the body is slain.

How can anyone who knows this embodied one to be indestructible, eternal, birthless, and imperishable, kill or be killed?

Well obviously, this simply cannot happen. We are convinced!

Our bodies come into being, live for a while, and then they die, so by definition they are not Real, nor is anything in the world Real. If you don’t believe this, just try finding something that NEVER changes.

Self reference: The above verses suggest that what is Real is something that is constant. In other words, it is something that is always present no matter what is happening, what is going on around you, in the outside world or within. Think this over and look for this constant. Ask yourself what it is. There is an answer. It is below. Don’t look yet. Think it over and see if you can come up with the answer first, then take a peek.

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Opposites Neutralized

In the unReal, the ‘relative’, everything is relative to and dependent upon everything else. The Real, the ‘absolute’, is unchanging, never-ending, true and constant existence. The relative (non-existent) describes what we are ‘being’, i.e., physical beings in a world of change. The absolute (existent) describes us as we really are.

Realizing this to be true, we can understand now, why polarizing opposites ultimately become neutralized, and why this is inevitable: they are unReal and we seek the Real. During the process, there is a state we can achieve in which opposites do not arise, where heat and cold, pleasure and pain, attraction and aversion, etc., do not arise and therefore do not exert any influence on us. This state is called Yoga (Union).

Namaste — I bow to the Divine One that you really are,
Durga Ma

Self-reference:  That which is constant no matter what, is YOU.

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VIII:24-25 The Day and Night of the Yogi, Continued

Will you continue to become embodied in worlds of temporal happiness and sorrow at death? Or will you rise above this dilemma and reach the Eternal Happiness of the Imperishable Absolute?

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The bright fire of day, the bright half of the moon, the upper-going of the sun, departing then, those who know Brahman go forth to Brahman.

  • Brahman – God in the absolute sense. 

The bright fire (agni jyoti)kundalini flowing through the central channel of the body, the sushumna nadi (‘gracious and kind flow channel’), is day. Departing then, the yogi who knows Brahman (God) is liberated from rebirth and goes to Brahman.   

Upper-going of the sun, the six months of the sun’s northern course, refers to the ascendant flow of kundalini within the central channel (‘north’ is ‘up’). 

The bright half of the lunar month is a reference to soma. The moon is the pineal gland which, when ‘full’, produces soma. When drunk by the body, the soma becomes purified. Once pure, it is called amrita, the nectar of immortality. 

Departing – ‘dead, passed away’ (macrocosm), and also ‘arrived at, advanced to’ (microcosm).  

Those who know Brahman, Absolute God, the Imperishable: To ‘know’ Brahman is to have experienced Brahman. This event is known as nirvikalpa, nirbija or asamprajnata samadhi. By merely recalling this experience, the life energy flows in the direction of That—where the attention goes, the energy flows. In this case, that direction is upward and inward, pulled by the upward-going of kundalini. This is the meaning of  ‘knowing Brahman’, or ‘thinking only of God’. Thought, remembering, takes place in the brain and mind, and this is just where kundalni is going—into the head.

At this stage (Raja Yoga), sun and moon are related to the brain: The sun is kundalini-shakti initiating the flow of soma from the pineal gland, the Moon, and into the body to be purified.

When we reach this stage, Kundalini is stationed in the north at the sixth chakra. Before this, She made Her home at the first chakra, returning there after many ventures into higher places. Now, from the ajna chakra, She is able to use the life energy (Prana) to suit Her, and sends it into every cell of the body to deliver the amrtia and make the necessary changes. The evolutionary force, Kundalini, seated above the throat is now called Maruti (Goddess of the Wind). At this point, one has completed yoga sadhana.

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With the misty darkness of night, the dark half of the moon, the right-hand going of the sun, the yogi attains the lunar light and is born again.

The misty darkness of night – Kundalini is seated below the throat at the first chakra.

The dark half of the lunar month – The moon, the pineal gland, is not ‘full’.

Right-hand going of the sun, the six months of sun’s southern course, refers to Kundalini moving in the chakras below the sixth chakra (‘south’ is ‘down’).

The yogi attains the lunar light (cāndra jyoti), the light of the moon, and is born again.

Once Raja Yoga is achieved, Kundalini is seated at the ajna chakra and Her sphere of action is above the throat, but before this, Her sphere of action is from the first to the fifth chakra. During this phase of sadhana, the yogi gets the moonlight (jyoti) of Hatha Yoga, but not the moon juice (soma) of Raja Yoga.

Moonlight is the precursor of the moon juice. The moonlight, or moon-lightening, occurs in meditation during Hatha Yoga as it tries to stimulate the soma. This lightening is experienced in spontaneous (without will) meditation, or Experiential (Surrender) Meditation. It cannot be made to happen.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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VIII:19-21 The Day and Night of Brahmā, Part 2

Having come to be again and again in the Day of God, all beings are reabsorbed into the Night of God, only to become manifest again at the arrival of the Day. But there is something beyond all this that is eternal, where one is relieved of the trials of death and rebirth, and never parishes. This is the Highest Goal. 

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Having come into manifestation again and again, the multitude of beings are spontaneously reabsorbed at the arrival of night, Son of Pritha, arising again at the arrival of day.

  • Beings: The word for ‘beings’ also means ‘existences, occurrences, material existences’.

In addition to our discussion on Day and Night in the previous installment, another meaning is this: Day is when the Life Energy’s warming aspect is predominant, and night is when its cooling aspect is predominant. 

  • Sunprana, the upward warming cycle of the Life Energy, usually translated as ‘ingoing breath’. 
  • Moonapana, the downward cooling cycle of the Life Energy, usually translated as ‘outgoing breath’. 

You may notice that, at any given time, one nostril is more open than the other to greater and lesser degrees. When the the right nostril is predominantly open, the warming sun is up. When the left nostril is predominantly open, the cool of the moon predominates and it is night.

If “reabsorbed at the arrival of night” puts you in mind of doomsday, consider another meaning of this as the spectacular union of these two energies, prana and apana. When these two energies come clashing together in the body, the evolutionary force, Kundalini, is awakened. Arjuna, who is listening to all this as Krishna speaks, is positioned at this very point and having a hard time of it. It is doomsday alright. It is the beginning of the end of life as he has known it up to this point.

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But beyond this un-manifest state, there is another, different non-manifest that is higher and eternal in which, when all beings perish, does not perish.

Ah. So there is another non-manifest that is always there and always has been. It doesn’t come and go or come to an end. This non-manifest is different from the “night of Brahmā” which comes to an end with the “day of Brahmā”.   

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This non-manifest is called the Imperishable, and is considered to be the Highest Goal. By attaining it, one does not return. This is My Highest Abode.

Rather than returning to other worlds, it is possible to reach this non-manifest that doesn’t come to an end. This successfully ends the cycles of death and rebirth into lesser, more difficult, worlds. 

This other non-manifest state that exists eternally is called the ‘Imperishable’ for a reason. Imperishable means ‘enduring forever, indestructible, deathless’. This chapter, continuing from the last verses of chapter seven, is providing us with what we need to know in order to reach this deathless state, ourselves.

Equanimity (samadhi) can only be achieved through the union of day and night by “day and night knowing people [previous post].” This is yoga—the union of prana and apana, the sun and the moon, the day and the night—the activation and acceleration of the evolutionary force (Kundalini awakens) within the individual.

This stage of spiritual development is called Hatha Yoga, ‘sun-moon union’. But the show is not over at this point, for there is another stage beyond this that is attained through the union of you and Kundalini, you and God. At this stage, Kundalini fully awakens, and the Imperishable Absolute can now be reached. This is Raja Yoga, royal union. 

These teachings on The Day and Night of Brahmā are presented in apocalyptic terms in some scriptures, and interpreted as armageddon and the end of the world. But there is another interpretation that does not require the usual doomsday scenario:

The Imperishable, Krishna’s Highest Abode, is reached, liberation attained, and the world as you have known it ends. You dwell with Lord Krishna and others like Him, in the Eternal Happiness of the Imperishable. 

  • Apocalypse – Revelation, the disclosure of knowledge of something hidden.
  • Armageddon – The full awakening of Kundalini:

    From the Hebrew: ‘Hill of Megiddo’, a Canaanite city. The verb root (gad) indicates cutting with the distinct purpose of revealing a treasure. This is khechari mudra, ‘flying through the air seal’, which evolves from jalandhara bandha (‘throat lock’) and awakens the evolutionary force, kundalini, in a full and accelerated manner.

    From the dictionary: “The last battle between good and evil before the Day of Judgment and the termination of life.” Meaning: At the last clashing together of sun and moon energies before the dawning of Kundalini when She fully asserts Herself, the past will be dead and you’ll never be the same again.

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