The Great Escape, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 16, Vs 20 – 24

A bat getting out of hell.

20 – 21
The demonic and ignorant, already deluded in the womb, do not attain Me in birth after birth, and go to the most abominable kinds of existences. There are three doors to hell for these self-destructive beings: lust, anger and greed. Therefore, one should abandon all three.

“Already deluded in the womb” refers to being born in ignorance with the unfortunate traits and circumstances mentioned in previous verses.

22 – 23
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eleased from these doors of darkness, one should practice what is in their best interest and attain the Highest Goal. He who disregards scriptural injunctions and acts under the influence of desire, does not attain perfection, happiness or the Highest Goal.

“One should practice what is in their best interest”
The practice that would be in one’s best interest is the God-practice Lord Krishna is teaching Arjuna (and us) in this Gita.

“The Highest Goal” is your first Life Purpose — the emergence of the Real You, Divine Union and liberation.   

“Lust, anger and greed.” It is lust and greed that give rise to anger. Lust and greed are obvious, but what about anger? Anger is just an emotion, right? True, but a problem emerges when one’s feelings are acted on. There are some who consider restraint to be suppression, but not acting on anger, lust or greed is not suppression, it is self-control. Even in the everyday sense, self-control is prerequisite to having control over your life: Life Mastery.

  • Mastery means not being under the control of influences other than God/Truth. This includes people, circumstances, personal history and karmic debt. 

Anger does not exist for the Real You, which is where we are trying to get, but we are not going to get there if we continue to act on lust, greed and anger. 

It is one thing to feel angry and another thing altogether to act on that feeling. Acting on anger violates ahimsa (non-violence), the first and highest principle, which, when violated, nips your progress in the bud.

Not acting on anger is not suppression, it is self-control.

24
Therefore, accept the scriptures in determining what should be done and what should not be done. Understanding the scriptural injunction herein prescribed by Me, perform action here in the world accordingly.

There are two teachings in this verse: Resort to scripture to determine what is correct action and what is not. Then, by understanding what Lord Krishna has taught us, which is decreed by Lord Krishna in this scripture, we should perform action according to Him. Both are practices that are to be done here in this world, here in this life, on planet Earth. It’s why we’re here.

Lord Krishna’s teachings have revealed righteous action as Arjuna’s (and our) duty. He does not say that this action is permissible, but that it is required. It must be done. But how does this work? It begins with meditation. By ‘meditation’, what I mean is a period of time that you set aside to surrender yourself and your will — body, feelings and mind — to Absolute God, under the proper conditions.

“Thy will be done O Lord, not mine.” — Lord Jesus

Stay by Me and keep quiet. I will do the rest - Shirdi Sai Baba
“Stay by me and keep quiet. I will do the rest.” — Shirdi Sai Baba

In Surrender Meditation (shaktipat kundalini yoga), in the meditation room you are a renunciate, surrendered to Absolute God. Outside of this room, you “accept the scriptures as your standard for determining what should be done, and what should not be done,” e.g., you know right from wrong, what is appropriate and what is not appropriate, based on these teachings and the ten universal spiritual principles, yama and niyama.  

Renunciation and surrender to God are synonymous. Throughout the Gita we have been running into words like ‘worship, resort to, rely on, sacrifice to, and renounce’. These words are different ways of getting across the idea of surrender — specifically, surrender to Absolute God. This is the fundamental practice of Yoga (union) that is decreed in scripture and is being taught by Lord Krishna. 

‘Surrender’ is not about throwing down the towel in defeat, or throwing everything away and begging all your food. When you go into your meditation room, in your own way you say (and mean it), “Thy will be done, O Lord, not mine.” In this room, for this period of time, you are a renunciate and, to the degree that you are surrendered, you are truly free, liberated. As this experience grows you will ultimately go directly to liberation of the highest kind, thus saving you from the ‘hell’ of unfortunate and inauspicious existences in future lifetimes. This Surrender Meditation is where it begins.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Messages to You from God, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 31-35

Radha & Krishna
Krishna & Radha, Spirit & Nature

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When you see that all actions are performed by Nature and that you do nothing, you truly see.

At the point of Self realization, your state will be one in which your reality includes the understanding that all actions occur in Nature, and that what You really are does nothing and never has.

31
When you see all the different individual living beings situated in the One Absolute from which they are spread out, you enter into Brahman (Absolute God).

  • Enter into Brahman – you attain Godhood

32
The Imperishable Paramatman being without beginning and without gunas, even though situated in a body, does not act and is therefore untainted by action.

  • Paramatma – Highest Self
  • Gunas – the three active modes of Nature

Where there is no doing, there can be no karma. The word karma means ‘action’ and ‘to do’. Thus, karma is understood as the cause and effect phenomenon that binds us, regardless of whether for good or ill. The only escape is to fully grasp that all action is Nature’s doing, not ours. This is the meaning of ‘enlightenment’.

33
Just as subtle all-pervading space is not mixed with anything, the True Self is not mixed with the body, even through situated within it.  

  • Mixed – contaminated, corrupted, impure.

34
Just as the sun alone illumines the whole world, the Lord of the Field illumines the whole Field. 

We each have a tendency to assume identity with the body as ourself. You are the cause of the appearance of your body, but you and your body are not the same. The body appears because of You, but it is not You. You are the Lord of the Field, the Field Knower, who makes the body visible.

35
When you correctly see through the eye of knowledge, the difference between Nature and Spirit and the means of liberation from Nature, you will go to The Highest. 

Alternate translation:
When through the eye of knowledge, you perceive the difference between the Field (prakriti, Nature, Others) and the Field Knower (purusha, Spirit, Self), as well as the means of liberation of beings from the Field (material nature and the body), you go to The Highest Goal (you get beyond all this).

The means of rising above the influences of the gunas and karma is the realization of non-doership — all action occurs in Nature and You are not Nature. 

The Three Gunas

 

God’s Messages to You

Before you came into embodiment, you had no sense of your own existence. Then there came a time when you became aware of your existence. This precipitated an interest in the possibility of there being others like you. Upon discovering that indeed there were, the first Individual known to you was a different one than you, but nevertheless the same as you. Your acceptance of this Other, who had also accepted You as the same as Itself, was a marriage made in heaven, and the beginning of a journey you would take together through many lifetimes.

This event unwittingly created a longing for a soul mate in the present state of being human. But the reality is that you need not long for this anymore. Your soul mate is already with you as Ishvara, the Divine Other within who carries the template of your perfect form, the vehicle for your journey. 

On your journey, and rounding the bend to find this Song of God (Bhagavad Gita), you will be attempting to place yourself on the map. Where are you now? How far have you come? How close to Home are you? What will be next? 

These questions are being answered in this Song, a song written in such a way that it applies to you and your travels, and can be heard by you to ease your journey. It sings its words in layers of meaning within each cluster of verses, and even each individual verse, so that you can listen to God’s messages to you, and be guided. What a wonderful gift is this Song of God!

End of Chapter Thirteen
The Field and the Knower of the Field

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Realizing the Self in the Self by the Self, Continued – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 25-26

Self Realization

25
Some see the self in the self by the self alone in meditation, others by Sankhya Yoga, and others by Karma Yoga.

Alternate translation:
One can see the Self in themself through correct knowledge (Sankhya Yoga) and active meditation (Karma Yoga).

  • Karma Yoga – union through action, active meditation. Karma Yoga is the path of Action.
  • Sankhya Yoga – union through correct knowledge of Truth. Sankhya Yoga is the path of Knowledge.

Another alternate translation:
The Self is self-known by oneself in meditation that is active and based on correct knowledge.

Knowledge is useless without action.
Action is prone to error without correct knowledge.

The path of Knowledge teaches us that we are not doers of action, that action with intent is the cause of bondage, and action surrendered to Absolute God is the means of liberation.

In my own path, both knowledge and action are included. Knowledge is achieved through the teachings of scripture and guru, and are validated through personal experience gained in meditation.

Personal experience can be prone to error if it is not based on correct knowledge or direct experience. Direct experience requires meditation of a special kind. In this meditation the will is surrendered to Absolute God, and all actions are God-actions, not our own. 

“Thy will be done O Lord, not mine” — Lord Jesus

This verse is a picture of the direct self-knowing of the True Self through meditation in surrender to Absolute God. When God is running the show, there are no mistakes. 

  • Meditation – A steady flow of consciousness to a single object or place.
  • Sankhya Yoga – Correct knowledge (sāṃkhya) of Yoga (union).
  • Karma Yoga – The act, or practice (karma), of uniting (yoga).

You can see your Self within yourself by yourself alone in meditation, while some try to get there through the path of Knowledge (Sankhya Yoga), and others through the path of Action (Karma Yoga). 

This appears to be three different disciplines (meditation, Sankhya and Karma), but Lord Krishna is saying that it is in meditation that this experience will arise, not by just learning or doing, but through personal experience in meditation. It is only through meditation that your Real Self can literally be seen. This experience is not a mental phenomenon. It is very real. 

Another alternate translation:
Some behold the Self in themselves, by themselves alone in meditation. This is different than the path of knowledge and the path of action taken separately.

Lord Krishna is telling Arjuna that the path that He has given him will lead him to Self Realization naturally, whereas other paths will either take him down the path of Knowledge or the path of Action. But what Lord Krishna has been teaching Arjuna (and us) includes both knowledge and action — putting knowledge into action by meditating naturally according to His teachings.

26
Some who do not know this, but listen to others who do, become devoted to what they hear. They too can transcend death.

Alternate translation:
There are also those who do not know Yoga, but hear about it from a yogi saint (siddha). Inspired, they become devoted, and because they have faith in what they have heard, they are able to achieve liberation, and transcend the cycles of birth and death.

Not everyone learns the same way. Most people learn visually, some through hearing, etc. Those who are not inclined to study will get their knowledge by listening to the teacher. 

If you don’t want to take up the disciplines of Knowledge or Action, then listen to a saint, a Self-realized, God-realized teacher, to get your information and the knowledge of what to do with it.

Swami Kripalu - teachingSome interpret this verse to mean that you can hear these teachings from another person who has also heard them, and still become liberated. But how can you know through the grape-vine if that other person is speaking Truth? Hardly anyone knows this stuff. So we westerners have to be careful with things like this. Do you know any saints?

  • Saintmahasiddha, ‘one who has achieved the final goal’.

We are a chicken-hearted lot, and easily tempted to continue on in our lackadaisical way, or to wait for someone to come along who will tell us what we need to know. Or even better, someone to zap us into that state of … drum roll: SELF-realization. Never mind God.

What are the odds of this approach succeeding? Not very good. And you will not only be taking a huge risk, but you miss out on the joy of grace and good fortune.

So why go this route of complacency and Self over God and Guru? They’re all the same anyway. By not realizing this and acting accordingly, you cannot realize your true Self, and “Self Realization” will be lost to you.

“Know for certain that the Self and the Guru are truly one. For this very reason, one who is wise will seek his Guru.” — Guru Gita

“Self Realization is God Realization, and God Realization is Self Realization” — Anandamayi Ma

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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