On Summer Solstice, Friday June 21st our beloved Devi Durga Ma entered mahasamadhi (final liberation). The world has lost a spiritual giant, whose life will silently live in the eternity of our hearts working tirelessly for our own Liberation through the power of love.
When a Self-Realized Master of yoga leaves the physical plane of existence, it is never a small matter. In the moments just before Durga Ma entered into the breathless state, a sudden storm came through briefly enough to gain our attention and reveal a full rainbow stretching itself across the property of Nature’s Gate. I invite and encourage you to allow yourself to experience the gifts she left for each of us, in our memories, minds, and hearts.
In many ways she is more available to us now then ever before, but we feel the deep grief of loosing this magnificent being from our physical worldly life. It is with firm conviction and a heart sunk with the gratitude of a million suns that I can understand and appreciate the value of a guru in physical form.
There is much ahead for all of us that Durga Ma planted in expectant joy to unravel and discover. Before it can bloom we are taking the opportunity, and a few months to go deep into the experience of being with, and receiving the teachings of a great soul, to be sure that her mission (to restore the worship of the Divine Feminine) is revealed in a way that will leave a legacy for generations to come.
Durga Ma was sure that her work, and this sadhana would be continued in her absence. At her request, I have agreed to receive her students and questions with the understanding that I will maintain the guru lineage of shaktipat kundalini yoga and continue with traditional shaktipat kundalini yoga initiations for future students. It is my greatest honor in life, and although she saw something in me that I have yet to be convinced of myself, I accept this tremendous gift with an open heart. May I, in some way be fit to offer you even an ounce of the love, wisdom, and patience she gave me from the moment I met her.
I am eternally grateful for the grace of my guru, the last guru, Devi Durga Ma. 1008 pranams at your holy lotus feet, may you dance in the infinite bliss of the Absolute and may we never forget your love in the heart of our souls as the spark of Truth which guides us home.
36 Now hear from Me, Best of the Bharatas, the three kinds of happiness that are enjoyed through the repeated practice by which one reaches the end of sorrows.
Happiness (sukha) – ‘having a good axel hole’; easy, auspicious, pleasant, agreeable, gentle, mild, comfortable, happy, prosperous, virtuous.
This verse is saying that by the repeated God-practice Lord Krishna is teaching Arjuna (and us), one not only finds happiness and enjoyment, but reaches the end of sorrows.
Now He will tell us of three forms of happiness that arise as a result of this practice. In addition to the increased happiness one experiences in everyday life, it also applies specifically to the practice itself.
Those of you who are already engaged in surrender sadhana will be relieved to learn that states of unhappiness arising in your meditation are the overall effect of the purification this practice entails, and leads to a deeper, more lasting happiness. By knowing this, it is hoped that you will understand and stop worrying that you are doing something wrong, or that there is something amiss with the sadhana. Understanding this, your sadhana, and your happiness in everyday life, can only grow.
37 — Sattvic Happiness That which is like poison in the beginning and changes to nectar, that happiness is the tranquillity of one’s own self-knowing, and is sattvic.
When in the God-practice of Surrender Meditation you begin looking inside yourself, it may be painful and even embarrassing. If you don’t experience this, you are holding yourself back from self-discovery. Even sages and seers have been through this; it is what got them where they are. But once you begin self-study with complete self-honesty, it won’t take long to get past it. Then you are on your way to realizing your True Self as divine, perfect and imperishable, and reaching that real happiness that is “the tranquillity of your own self-knowing.”
Your joy will be so much greater than your embarrassment, that you will wonder why it took you so long to get here, when this happiness is what you were looking for all along. Now you know where it is (in You), and how to access it.
38 — Rajasic Happiness
That happiness which, through the union of the senses with their objects, is like nectar in the beginning and like poison in the end, is rajasic.
When your senses present you with nice things that you like, you feel happy. But this does not last, for while the Real You is eternal, all objects of sense in this physical-material world are temporal and subject to change. Even the sense organs themselves are in this world of life and death, whereas the Real You is beyond this, and eternal. So stop looking for happiness in the world, and instead, look inside.
With the regular practice of Surrender Meditation (God-practice), this will become clear to you, as your senses become introverted and separated from their organs and you behold miraculous things directly (without the aid of your mind or sense organs). This happens as a result of the passionate and exciting repetition of this God-practice.
39 — Tamasic Happiness That happiness which, from beginning to end, is self-deceptive and arises from avoidance and negligence, is tamasic.
One who does not care to look for the Real, and do what needs to be done in order to realize and attain it, is tamasic.
The tamasic person never has any real happiness because he is self-deceived, a pretender, and content to remain so. He continues to avoid taking the trouble to wake up and seek Truth. He avoids this troublesome venture at all costs.
I have met a few people who have come to me for shaktipat because they had begun thinking about this, and sought to find someone who would take them to the end with one touch. No real shaktipatguru would do this. Such a thing would be a grave disservice to the seeker.
No one can take your journey for you. There is no way around it. You have to do the work.
You may delude yourself into thinking that you already have happiness, but if you have not walked this road, you do not have happiness that will last. This is the prize awaiting you for taking this journey. It will keep you happily expectant and inspired with small bites of genuine happiness along the way. It is an adventurous journey that, no matter what arises, you will come to love. And you will thank the powers that be for getting you on this road to Happiness that never wanes.
When you have become truly enlightened, you will realize that you still have to walk the road to the finish line.
The Highest Happiness of Tamas
Another meaning of tamasic happiness for advanced practitioners of surrender sadhana is the sleep of Yoga (yoga nidra), and later, the darkness of the Absolute in nirbija samadhi. In both cases tamas has become the highest of the three gunas. (Remember that upside-down tree in chapter 15 ? This gives it a whole new meaning!).
Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are), Durga Ma durgama.com
The Bhagavad Gita appears in the story of the Mahabharata. It is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.
The subject of this chapter is Devotion.
This post addresses perfect devotion and eternal life.
20 Those who faithfully follow this Eternal Dharma as described, regarding Me as the Supreme Goal, these devotees are exceedingly beloved by Me.
Bhakti is said to be the easiest path. This is easy to understand, for when you are in love, you naturally experience surrender to the beloved. Even when making love with someone, there is a moment of surrender that causes a culmination that gives you a short period of bliss. In a similar fashion, because you love God you will surrender to God. In this case, you will get more than a short period of bliss, and a deeper bliss. God is eternal, You are eternal, and your beloved God is eternally loving You. It is a match made in heaven.
Bhakti — devotion, love, adoration, affection, faith, trust, commitment, worship, assumption of the form of, loyalty, dedication, fondness for, affection, reverence, homage, making obeisance by bending down in devotion, surrendering to.
If you have ever been in love, you know what it feels like to be surrendered. If you did not experience this, you were not in love. The practice of entering into this devotional state in meditation, and allowing yourself to surrender yourself to God, is the practice of Natural Meditation. Just as you forget everything when you are with your beloved, you forget everything other than God when you surrender to God in meditation — desires, getting experiences, expectations, preconceived notions of all kinds. Now, loving God with no strings attached, you are positioned to experience the bliss of God’s love.
Eternal Dharma – The Way of Eternal Truth, Sanatana Dharma. The way things really are in the Absolute — not your truth or my truth, but Absolute Truth, Absolute God.
In this verse, the Sanskrit word for Eternal, amṛta, also means ‘immortal, imperishable’. Amṛta also means ‘the collective body of immortals, the world of immortality, eternity, the Immortal Light, the nectar conferring immortality, an antidote against poison (impurities), and the residue of the sacrifice (of surrender).’
Dharma is ‘The Way’. The ingesting of the residue of the sacrifice (chapter 3 vseses 9 and 10) along with tapas (internal heat) is the means of reaching this state. This can only occur when the evolutionary force (kundalini) is in full charge — fully awakened and established at the ajna chakra (sixth energy center in the body). One must be willing and prepared to spend considerable time to attain this state. It will not happen through willful practices, or at a shaktipat intensive.
This awakening is not the same thing as Enlightenment, though Enlightenment can inspire you to begin and will be an additional benefit. Nor is it the same thing as an awakening experience, or even a direct experience of who or what you are. It is a journey that must be taken. It will not happen all at once, because it involves the physical body, not just the mind or feelings. Things that happen in the physical-material realm are naturally slower compared to thought or feeling, but must align with Truth as surely as the mind and feelings.
The fully awakened form of the evolutionary force (kundalini) is achieved only through complete surrender of oneself to Absolute God. Willful paths are useless at this point. The use of the will always harnesses the some or all of the energy that must be free for this to take place. Using techniques, which require willpower, will defeat it.
The will is always engaged when using a technique. Anything that you do for any purpose, is a technique. You are probably thinking, “That covers everything! So what am I to do?”
You will need to start with not more than two hours each day (and yes, you can make time for this). And you will need knowledge and guidance. You will not be able to achieve this without both. Do not fool yourself that you can do it on your own. This process is much too simple for the mind to comprehend (minds do not like ‘simple’), and much too complicated for it to unravel alone.
You will have to learn true surrender over time through your own experience in meditation, and it isn’t what you think it is, based on the trendy notions about surrender that are currently in vogue. This is a precise practice involving the science of meditation.
Correct practice requires correct knowledge. Knowledge without practice is useless.
The first thing you will need is shaktipat, the receiving of Divine Power that initiates the release of the Life Force in the body so it can awaken kundalini. Then you will need a practice to maintain it. At this point you must seek the path of surrender and find a guru who knows the way. You will have to avoid willful spiritual practices altogether. You may be disinclined to take a guru, but you must overcome this stricture and take a chance. It is not doable any other way.
Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma durgama.com