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The Doorway to Truth – Bhagavad Gita – Chapter 1: 45-47

Arjunas Despair

First, open the door to your mind and walk away leaving the door open. Then read from your heart and listen from this source of inner wisdom. You can always go back to your mind and read it a again and try using logic and reason to understand, but it will always sell you short.

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“Ah alas! We are resolved to do a great evil, being intent upon killing our own people out of desire for royalty and ease.

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“I would feel easier if the armed Son’s of Dhritarashthra were to kill me in battle while I was unresisting and unarmed.”

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Having thus spoken of the conflict, Arjuna sat down upon the seat of his chariot, throwing down both bow and arrow, with a heart overcome by sorrow.

In these few verses, we see Arjuna finally giving in to his despair and giving up. Convinced that the whole affair is unnecessary, destructive and wrong, he steps beyond simply emphasizing his position to Krishna, and says that he would rather die than continue—he would rather die at the hands of his enemy while unresisting and unarmed.

End of Chapter One
The Despondency of Arjuna

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The author (Vyasa) of the Mahabharata from which the Bhagavad Gita is taken, put his vast knowledge of yoga into an epic framework to make it more engaging and available to more of the population than would otherwise have been possible as a scripture for many in those times. Consequently, those who wish to accelerate their evolutionary journey now have this information in a form that illuminates yoga, the way of eternal Truth, Sanatana Dharma.

The story of the Mahabharata war is a story about your own evolutionary journey. This journey, normally long and slow, is now picking up its pace because you have put God in the driver’s seat—you have surrendered yourself to That, even if only for an hour or two a day—and God has taken you up on it: “You want to move forward with this? Then let’s get with the program. If I’m the one driving we’ll make way better time.” So off you go, and next thing you know you are questioning everything—God, Guru, Yoga, surrender, even your own experience.

This is understandable considering what you’re used to as compared to what you are up against now that things are picking up. But it is good to know about this beforehand, to know that this event, this despair, is expected in the normal course of your sadhana. With this knowledge you will be relieved of it earlier due to having known about it—forewarned is forearmed. And you will be relieved of the burden of questioning your own worth, your deservedness, and can choose not to be guided by your mind. But are you a warrior? Or are you going to play it safe and try to maintain the status quo?

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A Marvelous Mystery

I would call your attention to something rather marvelous about this chapter: You will have noticed that Arjuna is the predominant speaker, not Krishna. But everything Arjuna says pertains directly to yoga sadhana and the awakening and ascension of the evolutionary force, and even though Arjuna may be unaware of it, everything he says is true.

The essence of the characters of Arjuna and Krishna is Nara and Narayana. Arjuna is Nara, the ‘eternal spirit that pervades the universe’, who is always associated with Narayana, ‘son of the primeval man’, Krishna. Together they are the union of law, visible form, and harmlessness (dharma, murti, and ahimsa). Arjuna is you, and Krishna is your soul, that divine one who is just like you, and for whom you live, who reflects back to you, your true Self. We see this in the relationship of Arjuna as the disciple and Krishna as the guru. So you will find that in trying to understand the Gita, you can identify with both Arjuna and Krishna, for they are both you.

If all you ever do with the Bhagavad Gita is to tackle chapter one, you will have everything you need to know … if you can understand it. Arjuna doesn’t even understand it, and he’s the one speaking. He thinks he is telling Krishna why the war should not go on, but in doing so, and in giving his reasons, we learn the truth about yoga and how it unfolds. It is one of those beautifully drawn mysteries found in scripture that tells you that you already know everything, even though you may not realize it or understand what you know. Revealing this is what scriptures are for, and why they are worthy of our complete and loving attention.

In the remaining seventeen chapters, Krishna presents this knowledge in several different ways until Arjuna finally understands.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!)
Durga Ma

Happy Guru Purnima

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Dadaji, Sri Bhagavan Lakulisha

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Baupji, Swami Sri Kripalvanandaji

Jaya Gurudeva!

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Lord Krishna Returns to His Gentle Human Form – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 47 – 51

Lord Krishna and Radha
Lord Krishna in His gentle form with His beloved Radha

This post addresses the Lord’s affection for Arjuna, spiritual practices that will not produce the vision of His Cosmic Form, the impact of tapas, and Krishna’s return to his gentle human form to pacify Arjuna.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

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The Blessed Lord spoke:

Because I am pleased with you (Arjuna), by means of my Yoga Power I have shown you this glorious and infinite Cosmic Form of Mine, which has never been seen before by anyone but you.

Anyone other than Arjuna? Remember that Arjuna represents You.

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Not by the knowledge-sacrifice or recitation, not by giving, not even by fearless kriyas or formidable tapas can I be seen in this form in the world of men by anyone other than you, O Hero of the Kurus.

What Krishna is saying is that the vision of the Cosmic Form will not happen as a result of these many well-known practices. These practices are not being faulted, but noted as ineffectual for the purpose of gaining the vision of the Cosmic Form, which, by now, you may be thinking to be a gift you do not especially wish for. However, if you do, the next few posts will be helpful.

Knowledge Sacrifice – the study and teaching of scriptures

Oral recitation – recitation of the scriptures

Giving – charity, imparting, teaching

Kriyas – spontaneous purifying actions occurring in meditation, ‘ritual’

Tapas – the heat that melts away impurities

Knowledge Sacrifice. We have learned that sacrifice is synonymous with surrender as it applies to Yoga, but here it is attached to a word that means ‘true and sacred knowledge’ (veda). These written teachings are scriptures; the ‘sacrifice’ is the study of these texts — one surrenders to Truth as found in these writings, and they in turn present their meanings.

Oral RecitationLong ago, it was customary to memorize scriptures for the purpose of their preservation, learning and teaching, and for contemplation with regard to one’s sadhana (practices) and daily living. The oral recitation of these texts was a common practice.

Giving is a spiritual practice for gaining merit through seva (selfless service) and dana (gifts, donations, charity). With it one acquires positive karma that can be used for improving one’s life and for doing yoga sadhana, and increasing one’s chance of attaining heaven or liberation.

Kriya is often translated as ‘ritual’. Rituals are practiced in temples, in the home, and in meditation, or as meditation.

In surrender yoga, kriya (‘performed action’) refers to actions that arise spontaneously in Natural Surrender Meditation. These actions occur for the purpose of purification, and are performed not by the meditator, but by Shakti Herself: Divine Energy.

This meditation is so profound because it is based entirely on Sanatana Dharma (Eternal Truth, the way things really are): “Even though acting one does nothing.”

In the beginning, the meditator is confused about who or what is performing these actions, but with sufficient practice and the surfacing of amazing new experiences, the meditator gradually comes to understand the source of these actions, these ‘rituals’.

Tapas. As a result of one’s surrender and the occurrence of kriyas, tapas begins automatically. The body leaves behind the coldness that prompted a dozen blankets, and one begins to feel very hot. This is the advent of tapas: ‘to heat, burn or melt’. Now impurities are beginning to get transformed or burned away within the body rather than just getting removed. Over time, the heat is turned up and one’s tapas becomes formidable, heralding the arrival of Kundalini at Her new home at the 6th chakra.

In more recent times, some yogis have taken up tapas as a practice of a most unusual and extreme nature:

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We in the West may see these people as indulging in mortification of the flesh and look down on them and their practices. But we must remember the earlier teachings about thinking only of God/Truth at all times. These men and women have taken this teaching seriously and given up everything for God. They wear no clothes, accept what comes for their sustenance, and maintain tapasya at all times. By living their tapas they live in constant awareness of God. I have the deepest respect for them. Because of our all-inclusive presence within each other as beings, their tapasya is helping to keep this world in tact and your life better than it might otherwise be.  औं नम: शिवाय (Om namah Shivaya).

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Having seen this terrible form of Mine, be not afraid or bewildered. With your fears dispelled, now see my previous form and be pleased once again! 

  • Terrible form – the Cosmic form described in verses 9-31.

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Samjaya spoke:
Speaking in this way to Arjuna, the Son of Vasudeva (Krishna) revealed again his gentle two-armed form. The Great Souled One, resuming his previous form of beautiful appearance, pacified the fearful Arjuna.

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Arjuna spoke:
Seeing this, Your gentle two-armed human form once again, O Agitator of Men, my thoughts are composed and I am restored to my normal consciousness.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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V:14 In the City of Nine Gates…

The Wisdom Teachings of Surrender Meditation, Continued 

Mentally renouncing one’s sense of being the doer of actions, the embodied one sits happily as the Master within the city of nine gates, not acting or causing action (13). 

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The Master in the city of nine gates, does not create action, the means of action, or the effects of action, but nature proceeds spontaneously in all this. 

“Nature” – Anything other than you that you can be conscious of. 
“Fruits” – Results, effects, outcomes. 

The Master, the embodied one in the city of nine gates (the body), is the eternal non-doer, the divine individual entity that you really are that is never born and never dies: the Real You.

When you truly renounce the role of the doer of actions—surrender specifically to God and only God (whatever your word is for That)—you are taking a neutral position consistent with the Real You that is indifferent to actions and their effects. This allows for spontaneous actions in meditation (verse 11) to return you to your natural state of happiness.

Citizens of the City

The city is Your realm. All other Divine Individuals make up the population of your city. Each of us, being unlimited in what it is that we truly are, is everywhere in everyone. 

The Lord Jesus reveals this when, upon seeing the disciple use his sword against his enemy, to cause him to desist He says, “What you do to the least of these, my brothers, you do to Me.” 

“The Whole World is One Family”
— Sanatana Dharma—the way of Eternal Truth

The City Map

The order and arrangement of Divine Individuals on the map of your city is determined by their state of self-awareness and their power of choice in relationship to each other and to You. This arrangement defines your unique characteristics and how you experience things. 

Self-awareness – You are aware that you exist.
Power of choice – Your inherent ability to choose.

Let us call the Divine Individual a ‘god’ with all the same characteristics as God. In your city, your body, there is a god of every aspect—every chakra, function, organ, etc. Everyone is present within you, just as you are present in everyone else. This is why what happens with one of us affects all of us, and why what you do affects everyone, including you.

When you surrender to the Absolute in meditation, you are surrendering to one or more Divine Individuals. You are not surrendering to them as beings, but as what they really are: Divine Individuals just like You.

You achieve union with the Absolute by surrendering to the Absolute. 

The Absolute

A Divine Individual in the Absolute, before Creation, is either self-aware or not self-aware. One who is self-aware can ‘know’ other Divine Individuals. The choice to know is the choice to employ your inherent ability as a Divine Individual, to be conscious. To be conscious is to ‘know’, perceive, what is other than You. The only thing to know in the Absolute is other Divine Individuals.

One is either self-aware, not self-aware, self-aware and choosing to know, or self-aware and not choosing to know.

If one is self-aware, one can choose to know others or not. These are the only options available to a self-aware individual in the Absolute: to know or not to know. To know or not to know is to be or not to be, for once the choice has been made to know, we have Creation. You have made this choice, and you are here because of it.

The Relative

Once we start talking about life and what we are conscious of, we are dealing with the Relative, not the Absolute. Both are “God”, but God in Its Highest is Absolute. And even though the ability to be conscious is Absolute, consciousness itself is Relative. 

In the Absolute, before Creation, there was no awareness of the perfect, blissful Absolute, but now that you are here, self-aware and conscious, when you return you will be aware of It. For now though, you are the Master in a city of nine gates, a body, being human with your own unique characteristics and experiences. If you wonder why you are the way you are as a being in the Relative Realm of life in this world, and why you have the experiences you do, you will find it on your map.

Surrender Meditation

When we make the choice to stop choosing by turning everything over to Absolute God in Surrender Meditation we are paralleling the Truth of Absolute God and our true Selves. This is why Surrender Meditation works so efficiently and effectively.

When we surrender to Absolute God in meditation, we surrender to other Absolute Divine Individuals (not what they are being). We accept these Others as Divine and the same as Us. The more we meditate the better we get at this, and the closer we come to Real Reality. When we accept all Divine Others, we get nirbija samadhi

nirbija samadhi – nirbija (no Others remain unaccepted) + samadhi (equanimous bliss)

“The Master in the city of nine gates, does not create action, the means of action, or the effects of action” describes the Real You. When you abandon the role of the doer of actions, you put yourself in sync with how things really are, and “nature proceeds spontaneously in all this.”

We surrender only to the Absolute.
We never surrender to nature. 

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