Petitioning God – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 13-18

Arjuna petitions Lord Krishna
Arjuna petitions Lord Krishna

Petitioning God

This Bhagavad Gita of eighteen chapters is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Since chapter two, we have been hearing mostly from Lord Krishna. Now Arjuna, petitioning God, his guru, takes these verses to do so:

Arjuna is speaking:
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So say all the sages—Devarshi Narada, Asita Devela, and Vyasa—and so you yourself tell me.

This refers to what Arjuna has said in the previous verse—that Lord Krishna is Absolute God, the Highest Abode, the best means of purification, and the Eternal Divine Individual who is Personal God. Here he gives this description its credentials for having been said by these three sages, and even by Lord Krishna Himself.

The three sages mentioned are Devarshi Narada, the ‘god-sage’ and famous blissfully-mad devotee who ‘carries messages from the gods to humans’; Asita Devala, ‘the virtuous and unbound dark one’; and Vyasa himself, the author of the Mahabharata from which this Bhagavad Gita is taken.

The name Vyasa means ‘arranger, or complier’. Vyasa sometimes shows up in his own work. He has a great sense of humor, usually putting himself in a poor light. This cagey fellow, who hides himself inside his own stories, is full of covert messages. For instance, we have a god-sage (Devarshi Narada) who carries messages to folks like us, and another sage (Asita Devala) who is without bounds and is dark but virtuous. Might this indicate that the messages themselves are ‘dark’, hidden, and carrying ‘virtuous’ esoteric teachings? Knowing the author, it is likely.

Vyasa is telling us in this roundabout way, that he is spilling the beans on that secret yoga we talked about earlier, and that we are going to have to learn how to read between the lines to get everything he is telling us. How do we do that? We do yoga sadhana and let experience be our guide in this, and consult guru to either validate our understanding or correct us.

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All that You tell me I regard as Divine Truth. Indeed, neither the gods nor the demons understand Your manifestations. 
You know Yourself by Your Self alone, O First and Highest Purusha, Lord of Beings, Lord of Worlds, God of gods.

When Arjuna says “You know Yourself by Your Self alone,” he reveals his understanding of Lord Krishna’s awareness of Himself as Absolute and Self-Knowing.

Speaking of Lord Krishna as the first and highest purusha, he acknowledges Him as the first individual in the Absolute to become Self-aware and knowing Others as the same as Himself. He is therefore Lord of Beings, lord of those individuals like ourselves who have come into being.

Calling Him Lord of Worlds, Arjuna acknowledges Him as Creator. The Illusion of this Creation, this world, is often spoken of in scriptures as awesome and amazing for a reason—it is so powerfully difficult to see beyond because of the Power behind it: Absolute God.

Calling Him God of gods, he acknowledges Him as lord of those individuals who became what we humans think of as ‘gods’. The traditional ‘gods’ are Divine Individuals who, upon becoming self-aware and knowing Others, immediately accepted them all as the same as themselves.

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Please describe completely, your divine manifestations by which you pervade and abide in all these worlds. How can I know You by constant meditation, Lord of Yoga, and in what aspects of being are you to be known by me? Please explain to me in complete detail, Your power and manifestations, for there is no end to my desire to hear your nectar-like words.

Arjuna wants to hear more.
Arjuna wants to hear more.

Now look who’s being cagey! Arjuna is covering all the bases. Not only does he not want to miss anything, any detail, and do his practice perfectly, but he has a hidden agenda: He is swimming in loving devotion for his guru and wants to keep him talking, for it is bringing forth a happiness that he wants to sustain as long as possible.

Guru cannot resist this kind of devotion (which is why devotion is so effective), so of course Lord Krishna will accommodate Arjuna with an answer. In our next installment, we will get to listen in as He explains.

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A Law Unto Yourself – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 29-31

“Toward all living beings I am the same. None is disliked or favored by Me. But those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them. Even if an evil-doer worships Me exclusively with love and devotion, he is considered to be righteous, for he is certainly rightly resolved. A law unto himself, he goes quickly to everlasting peace and the end of sorrows. So be aware: My devotee is never lost.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 29-31

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Toward all living beings I am the same. None is disliked or favored by Me. But those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.

Alternate translation:
In all living beings I am the same. Any prejudice or judgement would therefore be impossible. But those who practice this yoga with devotion to Me, become united with Me—they are in Me and I am in them. We are as one.

“In all living beings I am the same”
You may remember in chapter two we were taught the difference between the embodied one and the being:  “…we are eternally unified in WHAT we are regardless of what we are BEING, and even as beings, we are still made of the same stuff, for God is all there is. So both in WHO and WHAT we really are and in BEING human, we are eternally united by the commonality of our sameness (WHAT we are), our individuality (WHO we are) and our everlasting existence.”

Worship With Devotion

Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.
Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.

“Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me, and I am also in them”

Over the course of these chapters we have come to understand the use of words like ‘worship’ and ‘ritual’ to refer to the practice of the secret yoga as making a ‘sacrificial offering’—we surrender ourselves to that Absolute God that is behind everything.

This ‘ritual’ is done in the context of what we think of as meditation until someday, perhaps years or even lifetimes from now, or maybe even tomorrow, our devotion is absolute and surrender is complete. We are devoted only to God, and the sacrificial offering is not just our bodies, feelings and mind, but our entire lives. We live in God and God lives in us.

I and My Father are One. — Lord Jesus

The beauty of Yoga is that it is not biased and is available to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Yoga is universal.

The “secret yoga” is universal. When it is misunderstood it is misused. Its understanding requires that one’s yoga practice (call it what you will) be directed only to Absolute God, so that personal experience in meditation opens the door to reveal it.

One who truly seeks Absolute God, will seek out a guru who knows the way. One who tries to boot-strap it is trying to satisfy the ego (ahamkara – “I can do it myself”) This person is not exclusively devoted to God, but to himself, so by definition he cannot succeed.

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Even if an evil-doer worships Me exclusively with adoration and devotion, he is considered to be righteous, for he is certainly rightly resolved. 

Consider Jesus on the cross addressing the thief at his side and saying, “Truly I tell you, today you shall be with me in Paradise.”

Anyone with a negative ego strong enough to convince that person that he or she is not worthy of this practice can now let go of this mistaken idea. One need only ‘worship’ God exclusively with undivided love and devotion as it has been spelled out to us in these verses. Then…..

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A law unto himself, he goes quickly to everlasting peace and the end of sorrows, Arjuna. So be aware: My devotee is never lost.

Not some day, not maybe, but certainly and quickly. Such devotion is guaranteed to bring you to God. The only question is, do you want God?

If you want something else more than you want God, then your devotion is not exclusive. The bling of desired objects and objectives, duties and responsibilities, only hold you back from your own joy, the happiness of your own natural state. Yes, you do deserve this. If an “evil-doer” deserves it, you certainly do, no matter what your negative ego tells you. 

A Law Unto Yourself

Whether you are a person who is knowledgable of dharma (divine law) or not, whether you are religious or not, whether you think of God in the same way others do or not…..

A Law Unto Yourself. Ashoka, from cruel king to benevolent Buddhist.
A Law Unto Yourself. Ashoka, from cruel king to benevolent Buddhist.

Even if you have an evil past, if you live in harmony with Truth and practice this yoga with devotion, you are blameless, a law unto yourself. So why should you entertain any idea of unworthiness?

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves” — Romans 2:14

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Protector of the Path – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 18-19

“I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin. I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 18-19

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I am the protector of the path, the power of sight, the dwelling place, the guardian and the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death, continuance and the Imperishable source of origin.

Alternate translation:
I am the path of Action, the protector of its preservation, and the ability to traverse it. I am the ability to perceive, observe and notice. I am house and home, the safe haven, and I am the good-hearted friend and ally. I am birth, death and staying, the three phases of Action, and the seed of imperishability in the northern quarter.

The three phases of actionpuraka, rechaka and kumbhaka, refer to intensified prana, (Life Energy), the freeing of prana, and the natural concentration and cessation of the movement of prana as discussed in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.

The power of sight is the ability to know another (i.e., “the good-hearted friend and ally”). The ability to see is dependent on there being something to see, to know, something other than the one who sees.

Vishnu and Lakshmi, Life Maintained
Vishnu and Lakshmi, Life Maintained

The Sanskrit for the path of Action is also ‘the way of motion, movement and the manner of movement’, and is also the state or condition of happiness, excellence, goodness and beneficence. The way of the path of Action is the path of Happiness and all good things that come to one practicing this path.

This path is being protected and preserved by God through Lord Krishna, avatara of Lord Vishnu, the sustainer and maintainer of life. And it is God that sees you through this journey according to your wish. (God does not interfere with your power of choice. It is up to you. Your options are death and rebirth, or immortality.)

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Vishnu, Sustainer of Life

There is a place where the potential for immortality (amrita) is located in the human body. This “seed of imperishability” is in “the northern quarter”: the pineal gland in the brain. This chapter is telling us the means of bringing forth this amrita so that we can reach immortality.

What you really are is already eternal, unborn and perfect, so we are not talking about your ‘soul’ or your ‘spirit’ or the ‘real you’, but your divine form as the template for your divine immortal body. The release of amrita directs transformation based on the template, the ananda-kosha (bliss-body), which is associated with the fifth chakra, the vishuddha, meaning ‘completely purified’. In other words, when purity is attained, transformation can begin.

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Lakshmi, Goddess of Wealth

In verse 16 Lord Krishna described the practice of this secret yoga. In verse 17 He describes Himself as the progenitor, or origin of life. In the second sentence he describes Himself as the means of purification for the living. In verse 18 He is the path to the Highest Goal and its protector and your’s, and goes on to say that He is death and birth, and the Imperishable Absolute.

By taking this path, one automatically comes under the protection of God. There is no one who does not have the ability to traverse and complete this path.   

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I consume by heat and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality and I am death, being and non-being, Arjuna.

I consume by fire
I consume by fire

Alternate translation:
I purify by consuming fire, and by withholding and releasing the rain. I am immortality, disease, death and dying, the 
Real and the unreal, the good and the bad, existence and non-existence, action and inaction, right and wrong, and I am Truth and the one who seeks It.

Consuming by fire, and withholding and releasing the rain, are the two forms of purification. The fire (energy) is prana, the warming Life Energy that burns away impurities. The rain is the cooling Life Energy of apana which purifies by elimination.

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I withhold and release the rain

When prana and apana become united in the body (kundalini), fire functions as the purifying agent in the body as a whole. The body can become incredibly hot at this point. The rain is the cooling energy in the body, but here, in Raja Yoga, rain refers to soma, the ‘moon-juice’ of the pineal gland. It is withheld until sufficient purification has been reached, at which time it becomes amrita, the nectar of immortality. The amrita is released into the body to direct the transformation process at a cellular level. At this point, the yogi is on his or her way to the Imperishable Absolute.

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