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When you stop relying on beliefs you can experience God- Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2:53

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Disregarding ritual-centered doctrines (belief-systems), when your intelligence (buddhi) stands unmoving in deep meditation (samadhi), you will attain union (yoga). — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Vs 53

Alternate translations:

Free of the conflicting opinions concerning ritual-centered doctrines, the motionless mind can enter into samadhi and become established in yoga. 

When conflicting belief systems are discarded and the mind remains unmoving in samadhi, you have attained yoga.

It is not enough to read and study, to listen to guru’s teachings, or even to believe your own experience. All three must agree. Until that time, one resorts to faith and determination.

A belief is a mental construct of absolute certainty about something. There is only one exception to this.

Belief is a feature of the mind in which there is certainty of the truth about something, whether it is true or not. The mind is active when it is engaged in sorting out discrepancies among belief systems, but samadhi can only be attained when the mind is inactive. The mind is made motionless through union (yoga). Union begins with the union of prana and apana. The highest union is the union of you with God/Truth.

Yoga is the cessation of the fluctuations of the mind-stuff
— Patanjali, Yoga Sutras

Samadhi and Yoga.

The words samadhi and yoga are nearly synonymous. Yoga means ‘yoking together’. Samadhi means ‘combining together into a whole’.

Both samadhi and yoga refer to union with the Absolute, but for this to take place, there must first be union of the sun and the moon (ha-tha yoga). The sun and moon, prana and apana, which keep the body alive, unite at the first chakra, and kundalini, the evolutionary force, is awakened. We get to this by …

Disregarding ritual-centered doctrines (beliefs).”

Krishna might just as well have said, “Arjuna, just take my word for it and save yourself the trouble. I am, after all, God incarnate.”

A doctrine is a set of beliefs based on certain ideals and taught as principles that, when acted upon, bring about specific outcomes. In other words, a doctrine is a belief system; acting on it is a technique, or ‘ritual’. We are being asked to abandon both to attain yoga samadhi.

The only exception to ‘belief’ as a mental construct is the memory of God/Truth experienced directly.

Our attention is being called to notice that belief systems keep the mind busy and consequently prevent Divine Union. Belief-systems (‘doctrines’) require techniques (‘rituals’) for the purpose of getting something to be a certain way. This is what a technique is for. This is its sole purpose. But now we understand that what will get us to samadhi yoga requires that we abandon this approach.

Where religion and spirituality are concerned, doctrines are numerous and are not in complete agreement. Constantly fretting over these discrepancies keeps the mind active, as the intelligence is constantly being asked to take up the business of sorting all this out. But keeping the mind busy is the very thing that prevents us from experiencing God for ourselves. For this reason, the disciple relies on guru and saves him/herself the trouble (Krishna is Arjuna’s guru).

Truth can only be reached through union with Truth.

“When your intelligence (buddhi) stands unmoving in deep meditation (samadhi), you will attain union (yoga).

Divine Union is where we are all headed. We are all going to get there eventually, but some of us are ready to stop walking and fly. We all have a choice: we can not bother with any of this, or we can try to make it happen, or we can acquiesce to It through surrender to the Divine.

The difficulty with the last option is that we don’t know how to let go of trying to control everything. We are trained to control things, to make things happen. We don’t know otherwise because it is not our norm. We have experienced little pieces of letting go, but how do we improve our ability to let go, to surrender, to acquiesce without ending up getting into trouble? The answer is simple: we practice it. I think of this as “the road less travelled”, for few are those who take it. I call it, Surrender Meditation.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma

Surrender Meditation (Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga) is the sadhana Durga Ma both practiced and taught while she was here in her physical life. For more information and opportunities for shaktipat initiation, please contact Anandi anandibhagavan@gmail.com


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Dogma will die to you when you come alive to Truth- Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2:52

When your understanding surpasses the thick forest of illusion, then you will become indifferent to what you hear and what is to be heard (in the Vedas). — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Vs 52 

The knowledge we need is not going to be found spelled out for us in some ritual, book, video or blog, but through our own experience. The experience needed is direct experience of Truth. Then we will realize that we must stop investing ourselves in an illusion. We think this is a world, we think it is us, we think it is real, but we have been fooled by a mirage. It is real, but it is not what it seems. We look into a mirror and, pointing at our reflection we say, “That’s me!”. But it is only a mirror. What we need is to understand what the mirror is, and who is looking.

Direct Experience
Experience had without any means.

Literal translation:

When your buddhi (the discriminative faculty of the mind) overcomes impenetrable unconsciousness, you will be disgusted with what you hear about, and will come to hear about.

All the things you hear about concerning the Vedas, Yoga, New Age, New Thought, traditional religions and new ones, create subconscious expectations based on someone else’s mind or experience that may or may not be True, and attract you away from your own realization. These show up in new books and new religions or spiritualities daily, along with a plethora of self-styled gurus attempting to reinvent the wheel. Once you have achieved union and direct experience, all this will bore you to distraction.

Once you have experienced Truth for yourself, you will have gone beyond all this and will become indifferent to these doctrines, belief systems, and spiritual hear-says. You will stop seeking these things out when you have experienced Truth for yourself, and your mind will no longer be held hostage by the beliefs and opinions of the unenlightened. You cannot find Truth if you read every new book on the shelves as they become available, written by yet one more self-proclaimed knower of Truth. These books and sermons often contain partial truths, but you can only know Absolute Truth through your own experience.

Truth can only be reached through union with Truth.

The mind is our means of figuring things out. It collects and stores information brought to it by the senses, and rationally or imaginatively works things out. Direct experience on the other hand, does not rely on the senses, memory, imagination or reason.

The seemingly negative remarks about the Vedas in these verses should not be taken as derogatory, but as a way of telling us that, while the Vedas address the things of the world in which we live, what is being taught here addresses the Absolute. And even though both the Absolute and the Relative are God and coexist, we need to make the distinction in order to understand these teachings.

All Is God

The Relative realm in which we live is God’s inferior nature.

The Absolute is God’s highest nature, the constant, unchanging Real that is ever present in all that is, and upon which this Relative world is strung like pearls on a thread.

We do things all the time and take responsibility for actions. Because we experience ourselves as doing these things, this is inevitable, and so long as we continue to retain this unenlightened state to any degree, to that same degree we we will continue to do so. But the actions being mentioned in these verses as ‘superior action’, come about differently: You do not consider yourself to be the doer of actions when they occur on their own in the context of union (yoga), where it becomes obvious that all action occurs in nature, and that you are not nature.

It should be becoming clear by now why having a context for this is so important: You need to have the ‘superior action’ of yoga separated from ‘ordinary action’ so you can discern the difference through your own experience. By keeping this within the specific context of the meditation room, the distinction comes easier and light-years faster. By continuing, your karma will end and you will be liberated and reach the end of all sorrows. 

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to Truth!),
Durga Ma


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If you wanna get to heaven let me tell you what to do, you gotta grease your feet in mutton stew, slide right over that slippery sand, and oooooze over to the Promised Land. – Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2:51

This little verse is telling us that all the knowledge in the world is not going to get us to the Promised Land. We’re going to have to ooooze over — something has to happen, some action has to take place. This next verse of the Gita, along with the verses leading up to it, gives us clues as to what this action is.

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 2, Vs 51

Those who are firm in this understanding (of action-yoga), the wise who have abandoned the fruits of actions, are freed from the bondage of rebirth and reach the end of sorrows.

“The wise who have abandoned the fruits of actions”
The ‘wise’ do not act for the purpose of obtaining the results of an action. This does not say that there is no action, and it does not say that there are no fruits produced by action (karmajam). There will be actions and actions naturally produce results, but the wise person does not act with this intent. This is, in fact, the meaning of ‘wise’. Such a person understands action and yoga.  

Wise
Not acting for the purpose of obtaining the results.

Acting in order to achieve certain results is the definition of ‘technique’. We ‘wise’ folks do not apply techniques, and the payoff for this is going to be that we are . . .

Freed from the bondage of rebirth and reach the end of sorrows.”
That sounds like a pretty good result for not getting caught up in results! Our karma is over, we won’t have to come back here again, and all our sorrows and sufferings go away. So let’s make sure we get “firm in this understanding”.

The Highest Action

The superior action mentioned in previous verses has been explained. It is through action, not just knowledge, and not the suppression of action, but action done without any assumption of being the cause of it, or having any investment in anything that might result from it, that we reach freedom, liberation and the end of sorrows. This is not ordinary action, but the superior action of Karma Yoga (action-union). Some of you will recognize this as describing Surrender Meditation.

Superior Action
Action that takes place through indifference to actions and their effects (not taking the credit or blame for actions or their results) while not resisting action.

Yoga is indifference. Exercising our ability to detach ourselves from actions leads to being unattached to the outcomes of actions. By being indifferent to actions and their outcomes while not resisting actions that arise, we detach ourselves from being identified as the doers of actions. But this is for the meditation room, not everyday life. 

This practice is called Karma Yoga, and other names as well, such as Kriya Yoga, Sahaja Yoga, and Hatha Yoga. These Sanskrit terms suggest action in the context of union (yoga), so it has to be confined to Yoga practice for many years before it can become the mode of everyday life. Why is this?

Ordinary action belongs in ordinary life, and superior action belongs in superior circumstances. We must become able to know the difference between ‘ordinary action’ and ‘superior action’ through our own personal experience in the sanctuary of the meditation room where there is minimal confusion and distraction, and where our errors do not affect others. We are babes in the woods with superior action, and we have to catch up before it can naturally become predominant. This is a long journey, but well rewarded all along the way.

Through this practice we become indifferent to the fruits of actions, which, according to this verse, is the key to freedom, liberation from rebirth and the end of sorrows. We become indifferent to the ‘fruits’ of action, the effects, and are no longer identified with being the cause of action even when fully engaged in action, so we naturally become free of attachment to the outcomes of actions. In this way, indifference, or surrender to the Absolute, becomes a skill known as Yoga.

Jaya Bhagavan! (Victory to God!),
Durga Ma


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