VI:3-4 Ascension to Yoga

With ascension to Yoga, sameness-of-mind sets in and the mind becomes calm. Wonderful experiences begin to happen: you explore other worlds, see the adepts and receive their guidance, get messages, have dreams that are not dreams… 

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For a muni wishing to ascend to yoga, action is said to be the means. For one who has already ascended to Yoga, equanimity is said to be the means.

  • Muni a saint, sage, seer, ascetic, monk, devotee, hermit.

Once you have ascended to yoga (union), tranquility becomes the instrument of your advancement. There is a shift. Things have been active until now, but now the mind is calm, and wonderful experiences begin to happen. You explore other realms, see the adepts, get messages, and have dreams that are not dreams. Purifications take place. Purification of the mind begins and you get to see what shape your ego is in—not always pleasant, and often embarrassing, but necessary for going forward.

Practically, this pleasant peacefulness even becomes necessary in one’s living conditions. You need conditions that will allow for this shift to happen and not dissipate because of distractions.

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When one is not attached to actions or to things, and has renounced all self-motivated purposes and intentions, one is said to have ascended to Yoga.

This verse gives us standards for determining where we are in the process of ascending to Yoga. 

  • We are not attached to actions – Not attached to being the doer of actions.
  • We are not attached to things – Not attached to objects of the senses—anything that can be perceived by the senses: odor, flavor, touch, sight, sound.
  • We have renounced all self-motivated purposes and intentions – Given up acting for the purpose of getting the results of action (getting what we want).

We can ascend to yoga when we are not attached to objects, objectives, actions, or the results of actions.

“Attached”
We perceive things through our senses. What we perceive is relayed to the mind where we judge the worth of these things—we either like them or not to varying degrees. We become attached to the things we like and desire to have them. If we get something we want, we get attached to keeping it.
Attachment is a fixed state of mind and works against us. It is for this reason that it is discouraged.

Attachment is a fixed state of mind.

When the mind is fixed, the Life Energy is fixed. When the Life Energy is fixed, the wellness and maintenance of the body is impeded. This is one of the reasons that we die.

“Renounced all self-motivated purposes and intentions
Intention is a popular concept for getting what you want. That this can be effective is not in question here. We are simply being reminded that when we have and act on intentions, we will not reach God/Truth; we will not become liberated; we will not achieve our natural state of happiness; we will remain desire-ridden, attached, bound to temporal happiness at best. The workings of this chain have been repeatedly explained in previous verses.  

All intentions are based on desire.

The ascent to Yoga can only happen when we have let go of desires—trying to make things be the way we want them to be, trying to get what we want—and acting with the intention of fulfilling them. 

This seems like a tall order, but when we understand this as a practice, and not something we have to be able do 24/7 in our daily lives, it becomes doable. This practice, which is something we usually call ‘meditation’, needs certain conditions for it to work. So we must find a way to implement this practice—give ourselves the right place and time—and then do it regularly.

Yes, it is possible to live like this 24/7, but it takes many years, and maybe many lifetimes, to get to this point. We first need to be able to do it as a practice so that we get the experience of it in order to know what this state is like. Then, when it begins to come naturally and easily in our meditation, it will begin to spill over into our lives, and we will be able to recognize it, and not be fooled by the ego. So let’s not put the cart before the horse, get in over our heads, and get discouraged.

Renunciation is Surrender

Surrender in meditation is the choice not to choose, but to delegate God/Truth to determine what happens or doesn’t happen during meditation.

In Surrender Meditation we abandon all pre-conceived ideas about meditation, and any expectations and desires we may have. We leave everything to God/Truth, thus unburdening ourselves of all purposes and intentions. During this time, we are free of all responsibilities, and the concomitant need to be in control. God/Truth is in control. Actions may arise, but we do not take ourselves to be the doer of them, for we are not attached to their effects

Choice is the very essence of your very great and mighty power. If you have not contemplated this, you have not begun to know yourself. This power is innate. It will not go away, ever.

Earlier, we came to understand that self-surrender is what is meant by ‘sacrifice’, that sacrifice and worship are synonymous, and that you get what you worship. When you use this inherent power to choose not to be the chooser but to surrender yourself to God/Truth in meditation, you will get God/Truth. It is an adventure like no other.

Yoga = Renunciation = Surrender = Sacrifice

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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V:13 The Wisdom-Teachings of Surrender…

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The Wisdom Teachings of Surrender Meditation, Continued

I have lately been getting bombarded with an enormous amount of information. When I sit down to write, the writing goes faster than I can take it in. When I read what has been written, some of it is familiar, and some of it settles previously considered ideas, sometimes completely changing something I have previously thought to be so.

I am happily floored by the profundity of all this, but entirely confused as to how to share it with you, for the writing is jumping around a lot in this chapter, and it looks like this is going to continue. So from here onward in this chapter, I may be jumping back to some installments that have already been published, with some additions or changes that you may miss. I wanted you to know in case you wanted to keep up by jumping around with me. When I have completed the Yoga portion of the Gita with all the changes finalized, I will publish Volume One.

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Renouncing all actions with the mind, the embodied one sits happily as the Master within the city of nine gates, not acting or causing action.

“Renouncing” – Letting go of, abandoning, surrendering.

“The embodied one” – You.

“Happily” – ‘At ease, happy, pleasant, agreeable, comfortable’.

“The city of nine gates” – The body.

“Renouncing all actions with the mind”
Mentally abandoning one’s sense of being the doer of actions.

This could just as easily be translated as renouncing all actions by the mind or of the mind, and each could be interpreted slightly differently. “By the mind” might refer to actions generated by the mind. “Of the mind” might refer to actions of the mind itself. So I think we should accept all of three—renouncing all actions with the mind, by the mind, and of the mind. Now all actions of the mind, body, feelings and senses are covered.

Surrendering all these—body, mind, feelings and senses—to God is how one enters into Surrender Meditation. Mentally surrendering all actions is an act of conscious choice to take a position of neutrality—indifference to what happens or doesn’t happen in meditation, and indifference to the results.

Renunciation = Surrender = Indifference

By abandoning the role of the doer of action, even though actions occur, one does not take oneself to be the one doing them, and is therefore not responsible for them—no credit, no blame = no karma and therefore, liberation. Within a given meditation session, you are free, and ultimately, you are liberated.  

The practice of Surrender Meditation is solitary, and practiced in a private and closed meditation room. In this situation, one is naturally at ease. Being at ease, one surrenders more deeply, and one’s ability to surrender increases.

When you surrender to God and get out of your own way, all kinds of interesting things start to happen.

This sense of pleasantness and ease (‘happily’), which is due to one’s taking the position of not being the actor, is consistent with the Truth, for what you Really are does nothing and never has. This is precisely why Surrender Meditation works so effectively. It is nature that acts, moves, and what you really are is not nature.

If in Surrender Meditation you should ever feel the least bit unhappy, you can be sure that a purification is taking place—your natural state of joy is being uncovered.

The deeper I go into this work, the more impossible it is to avoid Surrender Meditation without just repeating what has already been said in other translations and commentaries. Surrender Meditation and its wisdom-teachings are so glaringly obvious, especially in this chapter, that they are impossible to ignore.

If you are seeking some kind of approach other than surrender and are not all that interested in liberation, or if you are just curious (bravo for you!), here is my suggestion to you: Get as many editions of the Bhagavad Gita as you can. Make sure to get some editions that have word-for-word translations of the Sanskrit into your own language. Compare them, contemplate the differences, and draw your own conclusions.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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P.S.
I consider the Yoga portion of the Gita to be chapters 1-6. It is all Yoga, but these chapters are the most significant, all-inclusive and critical to Surrender Yoga. If you can understand them, you can complete it. If understanding needs a hand, the remaining chapters will fill in the gaps.



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IV:40-42 How To Do Yoga…

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Start with a spirit of adventure and jump in with both feet. Trust the teachings, even if you have to pretend, and persist until they prove themselves to you in meditation one way or the other. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

In these three verses we are rallied to take refuge in Yoga. Yoga is a physical-spiritual science, a skill, an art, a philosophy, a psychology and a theology, as opposed to a religion where belief systems rule.

Yoga is a generic term, as well as a word for a tradition of carefully handed down teachings through many and varied lineages to preserve its authenticity, and to allow for independent discovery through practice. This practice is meditation, the ‘lab’ where one’s understanding of these teachings is either proved, disproved or clarified, and where written teachings, oral teachings and one’s personal experience in meditation ultimately tally to validate something proved.

40.
One who is ignorant, who has no faith and is skeptical, is lost. For one who doubts, there is happiness neither in this world nor next.

“Ignorant”
Without yoga wisdom, and without experience in yoga meditation, it is easy to doubt everything Lord Krishna has been teaching us. The result of ignorance is unhappiness.

“Happiness”
The Sanskrit word for happiness literally means ‘having a good axel wheel’. With a good, well-oiled axel wheel, things run smoothly and one experiences ease, happiness and good fortune.

“For one who doubts”
This can be understood both as doubting the teachings, and self-doubt. By applying the teachings, doubt and Self-doubt are naturally removed when Truth proves Itself to you. If self-doubt persists outside of meditation, one can get to the bottom of it (it can seem impenetrable, but it is probably simpler that you think).

The Sanskrit for ‘faith’ also means trust. If you are burdened by self-doubt, trust in these teachings is thwarted and true knowledge becomes inaccessible. Doubt and self-doubt, the antithesis of arrogance, are the enemy. If you hang on to doubt, it will bring you down. You must defeat it, renounce it, let it go, for…

Happiness is your natural state.

41.
Through renunciation of action through Yoga one is not bound by karma, wisdom cuts away doubt, and one is self-possessed, Conqueror of Wealth.

This is the solution we are looking for.

“Renunciation of action though Yoga”
‘Renunciation of action’ means that one does not take the role of the doer of action in meditation, even when action arises. One has surrendered oneself, including all actions, to God, thereby cutting away karma. This is proved through Yoga (‘union’) and describes Karma Yoga specifically.

“Wisdom cuts away doubt”
Wisdom is attained through Yoga. It is the very thing that causes you to rise above the ego’s attempts to remain in control by taking the role of the doer of action.

You now know what Yoga is and that it is working in your favor. In time, you will gain a new kind of wisdom that will give you the confidence to continue no matter what. There are always obstacles in life, but none are stronger than You.

“Self-possessed”
To be self-possessed is to have self-confidence, self-assuredness. In this powerful neutral zone between arrogance and self-doubt, nothing can stop you.

“Conqueror of Wealth”
Krishna is reminding Arjuna of his good fortune in receiving these teachings by calling him ‘winner of the prize, or treasure’.

42.
Therefore, Descendant of Bharata, with your own sword of wisdom, cut away this doubt in the heart that comes from ignorance. Stand up and take refuge in Yoga.  

Descendant of Bharata”
Bharata is the name of that part of the world known to us as India. It means ‘constantly engaged in acquiring knowledge’. By using this epitaph, Krishna is calling Arjuna an ‘inheritor of knowledge’, referring to the knowledge He has passed down to him in this dialogue, the Bhagavad Gita.

“With your own sword of wisdom, cut away this doubt”
This knowledge is now Arjuna’s means of cutting away any remaining doubts, and subsequently, his own self-doubt and his karma, all in one fell swoop.

“Doubt in the heart that comes from ignorance”
The Sanskrit word for ‘heart’ is defined as ‘the seat of feelings and emotions’, and even ‘the mind and the soul’.

The ‘heart’ of something is its ‘core’, like heartwood is the core of a tree, implying that ‘doubt in the heart’ is wherever the core of ignorance lies within oneself. It may be the heart chakra, or anyplace in the body where the sensation of an emotion lies and how it feels, or in the memory bank of the mind where the event that produced it lives and triggers the re-experiencing of the associated feelings.

When something like this is carried over into another lifetime, it is called a samskara, which is usually defined as an ‘impression’, or a ‘karmic tendency’. The word literally means, ‘with doing’, indicating that the role of the doer of action is the culprit. This shows us the way out, the way out that Krishna has been trying to get across to Arjuna (and to us) throughout this discourse, and which is known as Karma Yoga.

“Stand up and take refuge in Yoga”
Arjuna should now take action by taking refuge in Yoga. Krishna tells him specifically to ‘stand up’ (you will recall that he had become dejected and slumped down onto the seat of his chariot). But now he knows what Yoga really is, and he (and we) should take shelter in it to cut away ignorance and karma, and take us to our Natural State of eternal happiness and freedom.

End of Chapter Four
The Yoga of Wisdom Through Renunciation of Action

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