The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 38-39

Lord Krishna
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The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

The Silence of Secrets and the Wisdom of the Wise

Of sovereign rulers, I am the scepter of power, and of those desirous of victory, I am prudence. And I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise.

The word sovereign is significant. It refers to independence, the ability to rule ourselves and our lives without having to resort to something outside ourselves. You may remember earlier (ch 3, vs 17, “Heaven Within”) we learned that “one whose delight, satisfaction and contentment is in the self alone,” is not compelled to act. The key word here is “compelled”. This is a place of power, and places victory within reach. We have but to be prudent in how we proceed.

Independence may seem inconsistent with the idea of resorting to God and Guru. But resorting to God or Guru is an act of independence because we act from our inherent power of choice to do so. All good rulers have ministers who guide them, but in the end, it is the ruler who decides the course of action. When one is a master, one is not subject to being mastered, controlled. This is a form of liberation.

Alternate translation:
Of masters, I am their staff of power, and of those who desire victory, I am the proper action. I am the secrets of the mysteries and the wisdom of those who comprehend them.

True independence is the key to mastery. The signpost of genuine independence is that when you are truly independent you will have no compelling desires or attachments. There may be things you would like to have or to keep, but they will not rule you, or commandeer your power of choice.  

The scepter, or staff, is not just a symbol of power, it evidence of it. The Sanskrit also means banner. The banner atop the staff of a warrior depicts the standard of its owner. Arjuna’s staff flew a banner, or standard, with an image of Hanuman, the monkey god.

Hanuman, with his scepter of sovereignty, is seen here with ascended Kundalini, omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and perfect devotion:

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Hanuman is the famous monkey who, due to his undying devotion, became vested with the eight superhuman powers and immortality. The image of Hanuman on Arjuna’s banner signals him as Arjuna’s standard, his determined level of attainment. So he is not someone to mess with. He means business.

Krishna, the Silence of Secrests

“I am the silence of secrets and the wisdom of the wise—the secrets of the mysteries and the knowledge of those who comprehend them.”

On the heels of the last verse, we are again reminded of our power and that we want victory, so Lord Krishna is telling us how to get it: with devotion, carefulness, wisdom and silence.

There are teachings that we will not read in books or blogs, but which are carried through lineages of teachers and imparted directly to disciples according to their needs. In this way, these teachings, and the uninitiated, are protected.

That there are secrets in Yoga is well known. That some people take exception to this, is also well known. The Bhagavad Gita is full of them, and so is the Bible or any other true scripture. Lord Krishna is saying that the restraint of not exposing these ‘secrets’ inappropriately is Him, and that this is in itself, a power. The assuming of power through secrecy is behind the many secret societies that exist into the present day. 

Of those who have been initiated into these teachings because they have reached a point at which they pertain to their sadhana (practice), Lord Krishna is their newfound wisdom. Those who know and comprehend these teachings and carry them in silence within themselves, are carrying God/Truth.

And also, all that has already come into being, whether moving or non-moving, I am the source of that. Nothing can exist without Me.

Arthanaranarisvarara - A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.
Arthanaranarisvarara – A form of Lord Shiva depicted as half-male-half-female-god.

The word for ‘source’ in Sanskrit is bīja. This is almost always translated as ‘seed’ in Yoga texts, making the creative essence of all beings male. But bīja not only means ‘seed’ but ‘germ’, which is more rudimentary than ‘seed’ and makes more sense. In human reproduction, the ‘germ’ is the embryo, and even more fundamentally, the zygote.

A zygote is a fertilized ovum (egg). In humans, this ‘source’ that is Lord Krishna, can only be this egg. Remember Haranyagarbha? This is an egg, not a seed. This came up earlier in chapter three (The Golden Womb and The Ancient Imperishable Teachings of Yoga). 

The fertilized ovum (zygote) then, is the Ardhanaranarishvara (half-male-half-female-god) form of Lord Shiva, which gives rises to an embryo and develops into another human beingThe ancient sages knew that everyone starts life as female.  

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

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Omniscience – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 15

“Those who engage in sacrifice by offering wisdom, are worshipping Me and are together with Me as the one, the many, and facing in all directions.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verse 15

Four Faces - The ability to see in all directions simultaneously. Unlimited consciousness, perception, knowing. Omniscience.
Four Faces – The ability to see in all directions simultaneously. Unlimited consciousness, perception, knowing. Omniscience.

First we know and then we do, but the Divine has no limitations concerning either, but sees everywhere (the faces) and performs all actions (the arms). This state is indicative of the final form of our journey to God/Truth and liberation from the cycles of death and rebirth.

The wisdom sacrifice has many forms, and all are forms of worship. They differ in their practice, but they all lead to the Ultimate. One obvious form is the passing of the teachings of one’s lineage to others who will in turn, pass them on to their own disciples. This was discussed in earlier chapters as the means of protecting the teachings from loss and misunderstanding. Anyone who reaches a certain point of advancement will naturally experience this “wisdom sacrifice” as a necessary and significant part of their own journey. 

As Bhgavan Jnaneshvara said in answer to the question of why he taught, he replied, “A teacher teaches for their own reasons.”

Alternate translation:
By the wisdom sacrifice, they worship Me as the Absolute formless One, and as the Many and diverse, omniscient, omnipresent and not different than themselves.

Whether one or many, God is essentially Absolute. The practitioner of yoga is not disturbed by this apparent dichotomy, but recognizes it as Truth. God, whatever your word is for That, has no limitations and cannot be confined to the either-or philosophies and belief systems of mortals.

Remember that ‘sacrifice’ is the offering of oneself wholly to Absolute God—it is a spiritual practice, a ‘worship’. The form this worship takes is the subject of this chapter.

“As the one, the many, and facing in all directions”
This teaching is seen in murtis (statues of gods) whose heads have faces on all sides—they are “facing in all directions”. This is a reference to their omniscience. They are individuals with unlimited perception. Their consciousness is not limited to a body or a form. They know all, they are everywhere, they know everyone and know themselves to be not different than That (all Others).

God (the one) and the Many (everyone) are all the same (not different). That this teaching is given in the context of revealing The Secret of Yoga implies that yoga is the action that brings one to this Reality through experience. The trick here is to remember that, however it may seem, this action is not of your own doing, but is the provenance of Shakti, the power of God/Truth.

One cannot successfully take this position without the absolute privacy and seclusion afforded by Experiential (Surrender) Meditation, by any name. In the privacy of your own meditation room, when you offer yourself to God in surrender, actions will happen and you will come to understand that what you always thought of as your own doing has been Shakti all along.

But what about everything you do outside of the meditation room? The world is called an “illusion” for a reason. However, being a divine individual at the core, you have the power of choice. The only limitation to this is that you have only two basic options regarding this power: you can either use it or not. Outside the meditation room you use it all the time. This is called “will”.

In the meditation room, you delegate God to run everything and get out of the way by giving yourself to God. This is called “surrender”, and it is this that prevents and eradicates karma and brings about liberation. The best you can hope to gain through the use of the will is some good karma for the future. (There is one exception to this that is coming up in this chapter, verses 26-28)

As long as you are using your will, you are creating karma, but in your meditation room, you are liberated. In the outside world, however much you may believe that you are surrendering in the midst of life, you are living in bondage every single moment. Only after many years of surrender yoga will this begin to change.

You will know when the time comes through the experience of seeing in all directions simultaneously. You will literally have the experience of seeing equally in all directions even with your eyes closed, in the midst of a crowd, or talking with friends. It is a definite, non-mental experience that is the herald of a new stage. Your life is about to change…again.

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

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