To Hell in a Hand Basket, Bhagavad Gita, Ch 16, Vs 12 – 19

Hell in a Handbasket

12
Bound by hundreds of desires driven by lust and anger, the Demonic strive to accumulate hoards of wealth by any means, all for the gratification of their own desires. 

“By any means” also means, “by unjust means.”

12 – 15
“I have acquired so much wealth today so I will now fulfill these desires of mine. All this is mine, and tomorrow I shall have more. I have slain that enemy and I shall slay others, also. I am God. I am the Enjoyer. I am Powerful. I am Happy. I am rich and highborn. Who is equal to me? I will perform sacrifice, give alms, and rejoice!” So say those deluded by ignorance.

This is a look into the minds and self-talk of the ‘demonic’.

16 – 17
Beset by this net of illusions and many confused imaginings, and addicted to sensual pleasures, they descend to a foul hell of torment. Self-conceited and obstinate, full of pride and arrogance for all their wealth, they perform ostentatious sacrifices in name only, with no regard for scriptural injunctions.

“A foul hell of torment” refers to the end result. It also means, ‘inferior states of existence’, which is where this kind of person finds himself here in this life, or in the next.

18 – 19
Blinded by egoism, power, arrogance, desire and anger, the demonic hate Me in their own bodies and in the bodies of others. These hateful, cruel and vile men, I hurl again and again into the cycles of rebirth and demonic forms of existences secured at birth.

“The demonic hate Me” also means “the demonic abuse Me.”

ArrivalBecause of their demonic natures, their lives and deaths are inauspicious. Returning after death, this brings them into situations with unfortunate families of evil people, where they will reap what they have sown.

Some of demonic natures who are not overtly hateful, cruel and vile, take the form of a kind of shallow apathy. They have no real interest in others, the planet, the lives of people or innocent creatures. They say, “There’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to accept these things.” Instead, they indulge in a morass of “many confused imaginings.” Looking for something to do, and trying to make themselves feel something, they seek experiences provided by other people, or they become addicted to sensual pleasures. They are dead inside. Their idea of “deep” is completely superficial and produces nothing of value or merit.

“Let the dead bury the dead.” —  Lord Jesus

The Way of the World in the Kali Yuga

Kali Yuga – the darkest of the four ages

This is the way of our world today. With all the positive things our technology has brought us, it has come at a huge price — an overall disinterest in anything other than self. I have noticed this even with my posts. When a title has the word “self” in it, there are more viewers. When a title has the word “God” in it, there are few.

People seem to be enamored with themselves. We are supposedly adults, but we are really only two years old — with two year old emotions and behaviors (i.e., all or nothing, black or white, etc.). We bonk the other kid over the head who tries to play in our sandbox, and we think we’re hot stuff. We are small children in big bodies. We must grow up. We must grow into our adult bodies and become the mature adults we were meant to be. 

If you think I am just being some kind of religious zealot, think again. I challenge you to look at what is going on around you, and in the world, with an objective eye. Just watch, notice, pay attention, and you will see it, too. And once you have seen it, you will be shocked to the core, and motivated to grow more — for your own sake, and for the sake of everyone else — and be welcomed into the fellowship of those who have seen what you have seen.  

This observation should not be taken up with judgement, or with efforts to change other people. Your own forward growth and enlightenment will take care of them. Free and conscious choice is a power that exists within each person, and should never be violated. To violate this, even with good intentions, can only send us backward. 

There is only one thing you can do to help: Upgrade your present commitment to improve your life (no matter how great it is now), increase your spiritual knowledge and practice and advance yourself.

Everything you do affects everyone else. 

Please enjoy this very good read:  “Gita: The Unparalleled Manual of Social Harmony” by Ved Prakash Saxena.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Object of Knowledge – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 13-19

Cosmic Form 10

13 – 14
I shall now tell you about the Object of Knowledge. With this knowledge you can attain immortality. It is the beginningless Supreme Brahman, which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent, with hands and feet everywhere, with eyes, mouths and faces everywhere, and hearing everywhere in the world. Brahman surrounds all. 

  • Brahman – Absolute God/Truth.
  • The Object of Knowledge – Brahman (Absolute God) is the object, or objective, of Knowledge.
  • Beginningless Supreme Brahman (Absolute God), which is said to be neither existent nor non-existent  That which is not non-existent constitutes the Real.

“With hands and feet everywhere.” Lord Krishna is demonstrating that all the physical-material world is surrounded by Brahman, Absolute God. Not only the senses and their powers (i.e. ears and hearing, eyes and seeing), but the ‘organs of action’ as well (i.e. hands and feet).

“Everywhere” and “surrounds.”  By specifically suggesting the physical aspects of the senses and the mind, we are being reminded that, even though what we really are is not our bodies, Brahman is behind this physical-material phenomena that we all share as human beings. Now we wonder why this is so important to know, so we look at their functions:

  • hands – doing
  • feet – going
  • eyes – seeing
  • ears – hearing
  • mouths – speaking
  • heads – thinking

The five organs of perception, the five organs of action and the brain, have become manifest in the material world from powers we already have as Divine Individuals.

You have eyes because you can see, you have hands because you can act, you have a brain because you have a mind, and you have a mind because you have the ability to be conscious.

All these physical-material aspects of our bodies have functions that they perform. They all do something: The organs of sense, perceive. The organs of action, act. The mind knows, remembers and thinks. An now we are back to the eleven senses as physical manifestations: five organs of sense, five organs of action, and the brain.

The Sanskrit is sarva (all) āvṛitya (enclosing or hiding, and turning or cycling) and tiṣhṭhati (continuing). The meaning of this is that it is Brahman, Absolute God, that is hidden to us, and is behind the continuing cycles of this phenomenon we call Life and the World. Brahman is not making this happen; it spontaneously flows from the Absolute because of our relationship with each other.

As Beings, we are all going around in circles because Absolute God is hidden from us, and yet what is hidden, is hidden because of Absolute God. So what are we to do?

The very thing we are after is hiding itself from us by its being right here — it seems illusive but it is staring us in the face.

Cosmic Form 1

15  Even though It appears as the senses, It is devoid of senses. Indifferent to everything, It maintains everything, and although devoid of gunas, It experiences the gunas. 

Alternate translation:
It perceives sense objects without any senses, is not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though free of gunas, it rules the gunas.

Put like this, what we see is self-mastery: “You perceive sense objects without their organs, you are not attached to anything even while maintaining everything, and though you are free of the gunas, you rule the gunas (they no longer rule you).”

  • Gunas – the three modes, or qualities, of Nature that influence us: goodness (sattva), passion (rajas) and darkness (tamas).

16  It is inside and outside of all beings, whether moving or still. It is remote and also near, and It is incomprehensible because of its subtlety.

This is also true of You. You are in your body and outside it, and even in the bodies of other beings.

  • Subtlety – ‘so delicate or precise as to be difficult to comprehend; arranged in an ingenious and elaborate way.’

17  Maintaining and pervading beings, invisible and yet abiding in beings as if divided, It is the Object of Knowledge.  

As a Being, you seem to be separate from other Beings, but the Real You is not.

  • Object of Knowledge – the object, or objective, that ought to be known: Brahman, Absolute God.

18  Just as the sun and the light of the sun are said to be beyond darkness, it is the knowledge of the Object of Knowledge that is attainable through the True Knowledge residing in the hearts of all.

What you really are knows everything.

  • Heart – hṛidi, the heart as the seat of feelings and emotions, the interior, or core, of the being.

19  Thus is described in brief, the Field, Knowledge, and the Object of Knowledge. My devotee for whom this is realized, attains My state. 

Lord Krishna concludes this string of several verses by reminding us that this knowledge is the Highest Knowledge, and if we can grasp it, it will bring us into realization of, and identity with, His state. This state is what He called in the beginning of this chapter, Immortality.

  • My state – Lord Krishna’s state of divinity as Imperishable Absolute God, Absolute Goodness.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
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The Darshan of the Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 12

Self & Other Than Self

12
It is taught that the purpose of Knowledge is Knowledge of Truth. From That, the darshan of the Eternal Self arises. Knowledge contrary to this is ignorance.

  • Knowledge of Truth – True Knowledge, from tattva (Truth is ‘that’, i.e., Otherness).

The purpose of Knowledge of the Absolute is to know the True Self, the Real You. It is from this Knowledge that Self Realization arises as enlightenment, the absence of ignorance.

In other words, Self Realization attained through Knowledge of Truth is enlightenment. Ignorance, which is contrary to this, is the state of not being enlightened. Knowledge of Truth is attained through experience in meditation, not book-learning. However, learning of it from those who have reached it, sets the stage so that this can take place. This is a reference to both guru and scripture as sources of learning.  

Attaining Self Realization is then accomplished through the darshan of the Self — you see your True Self and realize that this ‘Self’ is Other-than-You.

Darshan – ‘To see’: (1) to see something with the eyes, and (2) to see directly, without eyes, thus knowing with certainty that what you are seeing is Real. 

Darshan of the Self – You see your Real Self by means of your inherent power of sight — directly (without eyes). In this way, you obtain knowledge of the Self as Other-than-self, for if you are seeing the Self this begs the question, “Who’s looking?” Obviously, this Self is not the one doing the looking; the looker is You.

Pranam 1

This description of darshan explains why gurus give darshan for students, disciples, and other people who have come to them. The guru knows that he or she is the same as the one who pranams (bows down before them) in ‘what‘ it is that they both really are: Divine Absolute Imperishable Individuals.

Pranam

Thus is pranam a powerful form of surrender, for it is the key to full surrender of oneself to Absolute God in meditation. This surrender is how Self Realization takes place. If you cannot put your ego on the floor and pranam before this Divine Other, you will not surrender sufficiently in your meditation to attain Self Realization. Pranam is the short cut to the Truth of You.

Pranama

A jnani (knowledge oriented person) pranams because he understands it; a bhakti (devotionally oriented) pranams because he is lovingly committed; a yogi (action oriented) pranams out of gratitude for being allowed to do it.

If you are someone who is seeking Self Realization, this message is for you. If you are going about this pursuit by focusing on yourself, you should consider changing your tactics and instead, seek Absolute God as other than you. Then Self Realization will arise of its own accord in your meditation.

Self & OtherAs a human being you can only see yourself as if in a mirror, indirectly, whereas Self Realization is direct. Because you are human and have a mind with an ego at its core, the temptation, encited by the ego, is to think that concentrating on yourself is the way to Self Realization. But this will not work, for as a human being, Absolute Truth/God is obviously other-than-you. 

Tattva – Truth as other-than-you, from tat, ‘that’.

Multi Faces, One Mirror

By trying to reach Self Realization by concentrating on yourself, you are trying to reach Truth via the ego, so all you will get is ego, however exalted your experience may seem. You get what you worship, what you believe, what you surrender to, what you rely on. Hence the need for correct knowledge and understanding of Truth, and the surrender of yourself to That in meditation.

Many people try to reach Self Realization by means of the ego without realizing it. This is self-indulgence, and it is not going to work. It can’t work because Truth in the Absolute sense is other-than-self. Only from a place of Absolute Truth can one truly say, “I am That.”

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
Durga Ma
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Your life has a purpose. Do you know what it is?

You have a very important life purpose that will have an impact on the world. This purpose is filled with joy, abundance and happiness, and is literally waiting for you right now.

Put the knowledge of meditation into action to catapult your personal and spiritual growth into Mastery, and share it with the world. Become a Spiritual Leader

The fulfillment of your purpose as a Spiritual Leader will demonstrate your own true nature, and your True Self will emerge. Aligned with your True Self in everyday life, you become a leader who exemplifies the possibility of sustainable joy, abundance and fulfillment. 

  • Discover and live your life purpose
  • Make an impact in the world
  • Stop energy leaks and overwhelm
  • Experience life as joyful, abundant and fulfilling

Questions? Want to know more?

Schedule a complimentary discovery session with Anandi: anandibhagavan@gmail.com or call 860-899-4429

“Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.” —Durga Ma

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