IV:7-9 An Avatar Through the Ages

We have discovered that Krishna, in his extraordinary wisdom, has employed the art of governing his supernatural power to manifest himself in this world. Now we will learn why he does this, and when.

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 4, VERSE 7-9

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When there is a decrease of righteousness, Descendent of Bharata, and an increase of unrighteousness, I manifest myself…

Lord Krishna addresses Arjuna as Descendent of Bharata. Bharata, the name of India, means ‘constantly engaged in seeking Knowledge’. Arjuna’s present situation is the result of this characteristic.

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…for the protection of seekers and sages and to remove evil doers. For the sake of establishing righteousness, I come into being in each yuga.

One who is an avatara is not subject to limitations. A manifestation of God on Earth may even consist of multiple manifestations that may occur at any time, anywhere, even simultaneously, according to the avatara’s wish. The avatara of Vishnu occurs with the change of one age into the next, in this case as Krishna. The four ages, or yugas, are:

  • Iron Age: Kali Yuga (Yoke of Abuse) – The Age of Anger and Injury – Fear Yoked. Hypocrisy, despair, suffering, afflicted and limited consciousness. The Kali Yuga is the darkest age, and the shortest. Humanity is as vulnerable as a babe.
  • Bronze Age:  Dvapara Yuga (Yoke of Twos) – The Age of Duality – Opposites Yoked. Two times as long as the Kali Yoga. This and that, black and white, all or nothing—humankind bares these characteristics of a toddler as it emerges from the Kali Yuga.
  • Silver Age: Treta Yuga (Yoke of Threes) – The Age of Triads – Accelerated Evolution Yoked. Three times as long as the Kali Yuga. This and that and other possibilities—human consciousness rises and goes beyond the all-or-nothing mentality of the previous age to become adolescent. The ability to comprehend abstract concepts and alternate realities, and the acceptance of the great potential inherent in each individual, becomes the norm.
  • Golden Age: Satya Yuga (Yoke of Truth) – The Age of Truth – God Yoked. Four times as long as the Kali Yuga. Also called Krita Yuga (Accomplishment Yoked). The hight of human potential in which all possibilities exist and come to fruition, including all-consciousness, abundance, goodness, telepathic communication, wisdom, kindness and peace among all is the norm. Humanity attains maturity.

The Kali Yuga is said to last for 432,000 years, the Dvapara Yuga 864,000 years, the Treta Yuga 1,296,000 years, and the Satya Yuga 1,728,000 years. The completion of all four yugas is a Mahayuga, 4,320,000 years. According to this system, we are now in the Kali Yuga, which began in 3102 BC.

The Vedas give the yugas in great lengths of time, but others see shorter cycles. Some see the yugas arranged in two arcs of four yugas, four ascending and four descending. As for my own opinion, I think they are all correct, but then I tend to think in terms of ‘wheels within wheels’, the smaller wheels consisting of ascending and descending arcs with shorter yugas, putting us in an ascending Dvapara Yuga transpiring in the context of a Vedic Mahayuga (one cycle of all four yugas, 4,320,000 years). For another person’s take on the yugas, which I find to be credible and personally useful, visit this page and play the video.

I also see the concept of yugas as applicable to a single continent, country, region, or to you, or even to various aspects of you as a person. The concept of yugas can be applied to each of us because, as we discovered in pervious installments, each of us exists everywhere in everything at all times.

On any journey it is helpful to know where we are with respect to where we started and where we are going. Using the characteristics of the four yugas can present us with a broad over-all picture of where we stand. Once we know where we are, we have a better idea of what is to come, what can be attained, and how to get there.

Self-reference: You have your own four ages within you, within your life, and within the cycling of your lifetimes. Which personal yuga, or age, are you living right now? Before you answer this question for yourself, contemplate the question until you have an answer and write it down somewhere. You are welcome to write it here and share it with us by clicking on “Leave a reply” at the bottom of this page.

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Arjuna, one who knows the true reality of My divine, supernatural birth and actions, once having left the body, is not reborn but comes to Me.

“One who knows”, feels, witnesses, experiences God, Reality, Truth. The Sanskrit vetti is knowledge gained through experience, not just book-learning or hearing about it. What is experienced is tattvataḥ, Truth, the true state of anything, true Reality, in this instance, the true Reality and principles (tattvas) governing “My divine, supernatural birth and actions” as revealed experientially.

Understanding this is essential if we expect to die and would become one with Krishna, God, so we will look further into this in our next installment.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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IV:4-6 The Supernatural Power of an Avatar

It is said that in each age, God manifests Itself in the Relative realm of this world. How and why this happens is revealed in the next few verses. 

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 4, VERSES 4 – 6

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Arjuna spoke:
Your birth was recent, the birth of Vivasvat, earlier. How do I understand that you declared all this to Vivasvat in ancient times?

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The Blessed Lord spoke:
Many of my births have passed, and also the births of you, Arjuna. I know all of them, but you do not know them, Scorcher of the Foe.

Krishna knows what He knows because of what He is, and He has initiated Arjuna into a mystical path of yoga that can get him to this same state. But Arjuna is uncertain how Krishna could have taught this to someone thousands of years ago, so Krishna explains.

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Most people in the world believe in reincarnation. In the West, not so much, our most predominant religion being Christianity with a scripture that has had this concept, and others, edited out to satisfy the political interests of the time (312 AD). But vestiges of it have slipped through the cracks and can be seen by the neutral, uninvested eye seeking the Truth. Unfortunately however, most theologians have a vested interest in their own established belief systems.

Yoga, not being a religion, is not a system of beliefs, but a spiritual science uninvested in hanging on to beliefs. This is partially due to its understanding of the mind as the believer, and the individual as not being a mind. Yoga is about union with Absolute Truth, and in this it finds a soul-mate in true Christianity and the teachings of Jesus, who, along with John, had been reincarnated, their earlier births appearing in the old testament.

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Although I am birthless, imperishable and immutable, and although I am the Lord of all born beings, by governing my inherent supernatural power, I come into being in this world.

“I come into being in this world”
Lord Krishna spells it out: “I am birthless, imperishable and immutable”, “I manifest myself” “by governing my inherent supernatural power”.

Whether you concur with the concept of reincarnation or not, surely these characteristics of Lord Krishna, Jesus, and other masters, are indisputable. They have no limitations, so how is it that they could not come again wherever and whenever they please?

“The Lord of all born beings”
The word for ‘Lord’ is Ishvara. Ishvara means ‘the power to act’, and ‘steward, master, lord, king, queen, or God’. Ishvara is another name of Shiva, and of Durga and other Shaktis.

A Shakti is the power behind male deities. Goddesses, being Shaktis, are independent. Although Ishvara is generally considered male, 'power' has always been female.

Krishna means, ‘dark blue’. Darkness in general suggests something materially imperceptible, such as Prana, the Life Energy, which is blue, and which is obvious but not perceptible to the eye any more than the air we breathe.

Krishna is an avatara (one who has descended to earth) of Vishnu, the Sustainer All-pervader, as is Prana, the Life Energy. Vishnu, known to be female in earlier times, is the male personification of Prana in our time. An avatara comes into being here on earth through his or her own means, i.e., “inherent supernatural power”.

Our ability to understand the state of such beings is not within the capabilities of the human mind. What they have accomplished is beyond our comprehension. The compassion they must possess to be willing to descend into our violent and cruel world is nothing short of amazing.

Now that we have some idea of how God manifests on earth, in our next two installments, we will find out why and when, as well as the state of the avatar and how it is achieved.

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IV:1-3 The Ancient Imperishable Teachings of Yoga

At the end of the last chapter, The Yoga of Action, we discovered that everything Lord Krishna taught Arjuna had been around for a long time and had become lost, but we have listened in and now have these teachings for ourselves. 

This chapter begins where the last chapter left off, with Lord Krishna explaining the circumstances surrounding the subject of Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action.

BHAGAVAD GITA, CHAPTER 4, VERSES 1 – 3

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The Blessed Lord spoke:
I anciently taught this imperishable Yoga to Vivasvat, who then communicated it to Manu, and he later to Ikshvaku.

I anciently taught this imperishable Yoga”  Krishna recalls the universal and eternal nature of the teachings of Yoga (union) that He has just given to Arjuna.

To achieve yoga, one practices yoga. This takes place in stages. First, there is union of two opposing forces in the body that awakens Kundalini. When this evolutionary force is sufficiently advanced, there is union with the Absolute. The first union is sun-moon union (hatha yoga), or Karma Yoga (‘action union’). The second form of union is royal union (raja yoga), or Knowledge Yoga (‘wisdom union’).

Then why was Knowledge Yoga taught in chapter two before Action Yoga in chapter three?

In Eastern writings, the highest teaching comes first, so Knowledge Yoga was taught first because it is the highest union, union with the Absolute. However, it is Karma Yoga that gets you to Raja Yoga, and it is not successfully bypassed. It is one thing to speak of Raja Yoga as ‘knowledge yoga’ and tuck yourself in with books and contemplations, and quite another to actually achieve it. One cannot place Karma Yoga on a back burner, for it is vital for reaching Raja Yoga and consumes nearly all of one’s practice (sadhana) for many years.

Raja Yoga (‘royal union’)
Knowledge Yoga, Jnana Yoga

Hatha Yoga (‘sun-moon union’)
Action Yoga, Karma Yoga

“Vivasvāt, Manu and Ikṣvāku”

Here we have the first recipients of these teachings from Lord Krishna at the beginning of our present time period, which goes back many thousands of years. Lord Krishna taught it to Vivasvat, who taught it to his son, Satyavrata, the Manu of that time, and he to his son and king, Ikshvaku.

Vivasvat, or Vivasvan (‘the Brilliant One’), is Surya (‘the sun’). Aside from our usual interpretation of the sun as the Life Energy in the body, prana, let us also consider the possibility that every divine individual (i.e., the Real You) is or has an actual sun around which worlds revolve, and that this individual in our own galaxy was known as Vivasvan, or Surya.

Manu stems from the root man, meaning ‘to think’, the same as the root for manas, ‘mind’, and is connected to the English word ‘man’ (humanity). As an entity, Manu is ‘the thinking one’ and considered to be the progenitor of humanity. He is also another version of Noah, with remarkably similar stories about him. The name of the Manu of our time period is Satyavrata, meaning ‘living in Truth’.

A Manu is the progenitor of humanity during the time-period of a manvantara (manu-antara). The duration of a manvantara is the duration of the Manu’s life span:  

Each Manvantara is created and ruled by a specific Manu, who in turn is created by Brahma, the Creator himself*. Manu creates the world, and all its species during that period of time, each Manvantara lasts the lifetime of a Manu, upon whose death, Brahma creates another Manu to continue the cycle of Creation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manvantara

* Brahma, the Creator himself - Originally Hiranyagarbha in the Golden Age, also called the Golden Egg or Cosmic Egg. Creation was later attributed to the masculine, Prajapati, and then Brahma, as the ages made their way downward through ages of increasing strife and the decline of higher consciousness.

Ikṣvāku is the name of the king of the solar dynasty in the earliest times in India. The word ikṣvāku is interesting. It derives from the word for ‘sugarcane’ and vak, or vach, meaning ‘to speak’. I can’t help but giggle at the idea of this wisdom-knowing-king being a sweet-talker, and sincerely hope that I do not offend. But there it is. Perhaps it is the knowledge that has been passed down to him that is sweet to hear.

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Thus received by succession, the royal seers knew this yoga, but after a long time here on this earth, it was lost, Scorcher of the Foe.

“Royal seers”  In earlier, more enlightened times, a royal was a sage, and a keeper and practitioner of this knowledge which has continued to be passed down to successors, creating lineages of knowers. As time passed, however, this knowledge became lost for the reasons given in the previous verses. But Arjuna, the ‘Scorcher of the Foe’, now carries the torch, having been given it by God in the form of Lord Krishna.

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Today, I have taught you this ancient Yoga because you are My devotee and friend. This mystery is definitely the most important of all.

Lord Krishna points out the value of this ancient, secret yoga-knowledge He has given to Arjuna, and why he has had the good fortune to receive it: because Arjuna is His devotee and his friend. This tells us that if we want this knowledge, and want to understand it, we must be the same—His devotee and friend—lest it remain to us an unrevealed secret.

It is true that we have been given these teachings by overhearing the conversation between Krishna and Arjuna. To understand them however, we must practice them with persistence until understanding reveals itself. This practice is called Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action, and is known to us as Sahaja Yoga, Surrender Meditation or Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga (SKY).

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