VII:1-3 Proving God

Real Faith comes when God is proved. It is one thing to believe in God. It is another thing entirely to experience God. Only through one’s own experience in meditation can God be proved. This is the true purpose of Yoga.      

The Blessed Lord spoke:
Hear how practicing Yoga by taking refuge in Me, the mind absorbed in Me, you will without doubt, know Me entirely.

The word for ‘taking refuge’ also means, ‘depending upon, protection, union, choosing’, which fully describes Shaktipat Kundalini Yoga: surrender to God/Truth in meditation. 

God: Truth, the Absolute.

Taking refuge in God is surrender to God. When you surrender to God you depend on God. When you choose God to drive your chariot as did Arjuna, you are dependent on God without doubt and are protected. Then your mind easily becomes absorbed in God, first as thought, then as experience, then as Real.

You get what you surrender to.

Surrender to God amounts to making the choice not to choose. By surrendering yourself to God in meditation in this manner, God takes care of everything. This surrender is done only in the context of meditation. If you do this, your meditation will eventually become your life, and God will genuinely be in charge of it.

If you try to be surrendered to God all at once in life, where choices are being made by you every second, you will fail. It was executing your power to choose that got you into this situation, and it is executing it in order to abandon it that will deliver you from it. It is a simple and natural means of discovering God/Truth and your own true Self. 

I am fully explaining to you the Highest Wisdom in a manner that is understandable. Once you understand it, nothing in the entire world remains to be known.

The Highest Wisdom then, encompasses everything that is worthy of knowing. We have heard it before, but now, in case we haven’t understood it, we are getting it in a way that we should be able to understand, beginning with this: 

Of people in thousands, one may strive for perfection. Of the striving and the perfected, no one knows Me.

At the last minute, my translation of this verse was corrected and the commentary changed. When I read it, I was puzzled…until I realized what was going on, thanks to my Board of Directors. Here it is:

Of people in thousands hardly anyone strives for perfection, but there may be one who does. Even so, neither that striving person nor those who have actually reached perfection, know God. The striving person cannot fully know God because of the all pervading, distracting attachments to physical existence, especially those on the part of the body itself. But how is it that the Perfected One, the siddha, does not know God?

The answer is, the Perfected One IS God.

In the Absolute there is nothing to know—there is no knower, no known, and no knowing going on. Where the Perfected One is concerned, the word ‘know’ is utterly useless, for knowledge requires a knower, and this dual situation does not exist in the Absolute.

I will leave you with this to contemplate. If you want to read what I just trashed, click here.

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


Shifting Perception

In Surrender Meditation, one surrenders oneself to the power of shakti, prana, kundalini, the feminine Divine.

My teacher was a patriarch. The last time I saw him before he left this plane of existence, he directed me to “bring back the worship of the goddess.” Looking at the many icons of male deities, I noticed how feminine they looked. I thought about this. And then I thought more about women.

Women have almost always and everywhere been owned, first by their fathers and then by their husbands. Women are either mothers, daughters, crones or whores (spinsters, old maids and divorcees being unworthy of mention). In some belief systems, women are only half human until they are married, in others systems, they can only enter into heaven if they are married. In some cultures, female children are considered liabilities and may be killed at birth, while male children are assets. Widows are shunned, while widowers are consoled and retain respect. Yet many of these same belief systems claim to hold women in higher regard than themselves (the men).

Goddess – a female deity
Worship – spiritual practice, sadhana

Women seem to be willing to do or sacrifice anything for their children. They are protectors, surprisingly strong, and have an amazing capacity for endurance. They tend to have an affinity for the natural, are not generally afraid of emotions, love to love, and know how to surrender.

So, God as male, or God as female? It seems confusing when all these things are considered, but the issue is actually irrelevant. God/Truth is beyond duality and the limitations of gender. To think otherwise is the essence of idolatry.

A shift in perception is needed.

What you truly are is Divine, free of all forms of suffering.

Suffering for points or gain, including martyrdom, must end. This is not natural for anyone. It is proud, aggressive and forceful, whether one is male or female, and only brings grief.

Suffering and self-flagellation of any kind will not get anyone to union with God. It won’t even burn off your karma — you only create more karma by self-flagellating. Violence and suffering-for-points has been engrained in society worldwide for thousands of years — “no pain, no gain,” “go for the burn,” “competition is a good thing,” “war on drugs,” “fight disease,” and so on.

I do not believe that either anarchy or matriarchy is the answer; they are just the flip side of the same old patriarchal coin. We must move toward Truth together to see the face of God directly, to know that God is love, abundance, harmlessness and never-ending joy — and so are we. To see this in others, we must see it in ourselves.

God is love, abundance, harmlessness and never-ending joy,
and so are we.

The whole world is one family.

We can remind ourselves of this whenever we think or feel otherwise. If this is all we ever do, it is a good practice that will inevitably move us closer to fulfillment and a better world.

Surrender sadhana is Goddess Worship. When one surrenders the body, feelings and mind to God in meditation, one is practicing Goddess Worship. Surrender to God is surrender to Goddess: shakti, prana, kundalinii. The following excerpt from the High Noon course, Surrender Meditation, says…

Energy is a main feature of meditation and spiritual practices in general. In Eastern tradition, energy is power and is considered female. It is a subtle manifestation of the Divine. Because it performs so many different functions, it has many different names. Three of these names are shakti, prana, and kundalini.

Shakti is the Divine Energy whose function is to get things going. Usually translated into English as “power,” it is shakti that makes things happen. Because it is shakti that gets things started, it is sometimes used synonymously with the word “initiation.” Shakti is another name for “Holy Spirit.”

Prana is shakti in a body. This Life Energy, prana, is the power that sustains and maintains your life. Prana’s job is to sustain and maintain the body. It keeps you alive. When prana leaves the body, this is known as death.

Kundalini is the evolutionary power. It is through kundalini that we can evolve to our natural state of perfection, Divine Love and Joy, and become liberated. Kundalini means “little coiled one.” DNA is kundalini’s physical form in the body.

In Surrender Meditation, through shaktipat (initiation), and by delegating authority over your body, feelings and mind in meditation to God, prana is free to act in your best interest. When prana has been free long enough and thoroughly enough, the stage is set for the spontaneous awakening of kundalini.

I have chosen to surrender to That which I wish to know and to be united with. I have used surrender sadhana, Goddess Worship, for this purpose and it has worked. It requires a shift in perception, a radically different way of looking at meditation and everything else, and allows for alignment and ultimate union with Truth, naturally. It works regardless of religion, atheism, agnosticism, tradition, lineage, or belief systems of any kind, for Truth is not dependent on our beliefs.

Pranamas to Divine Mother Shakti.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that you really are),
Durga Ma

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Pashupata Sutram I: 19-44

By doing this, yoga begins, bringing about powers of remote seeing, hearing and thought-knowing…

This is the last of the remaining sutras of chapter one. There is very little commentary as the sutras seem to unfold smoothly. Chains of thought should be recognizable by noticing commas, periods, etc.

PPS Warning

Translations are in bold
Any commentary that follows is my own.

I.19  By doing this,

The reference is to the previous sutras:

I.20  Yoga (union) begins,

I.21  Bringing about powers of remote seeing, hearing and thought-knowing,

I.22  All-knowingness,

I.23  And with the swiftness of thought…

I:24  Assuming any appearance or form desired…

I:25  Without using any means.

I:26  One’s dharma (absolute power) is attained.

One’s dharma is that which is in accordance with the true nature of the individual. The divine individual that you truly are is already in possession of the above mentioned powers, so they are your dharma.

Dharma is translated by Kaundinya as ‘merit’. Both interpretations are valid.

I:27  All can be subdued by you,

I.28  [But] you cannot be subdued by them.

I:29  You enter into all,

I.30  [But] they cannot inter into you.

I.31  They can all be killed by you,

I.32  [But] you cannot be killed by them.

I.33  Fearless,

I.34  Indestructible,

I.35  Ageless,

I.36  Deathless,

I.37  And unobstructed everywhere,

I.38  The gunas* yoked, you become a Great Player.

When the sources of activity (gunas) are yoked together and thus cancelled out, you become a Great Player.

Closing Prayer:

I.39  Now think these thoughts like a chant or a prayer done softly:

I:40  “I am approaching Eternal Truth, the Self-Existent One.

I:41  With certainty I surrender to That One…

I:42  Who exists as all that is Real and therefore Eternal, and nothing else,

I:43  My own True Love,

I:44  Origin of all that comes to be.”

* Gunas – The three qualities of nature. The interaction of the gunas with each other causes all action (like weather fronts do). This realization suggests an egoless state—you realize that you never did anything in the first place!  And now you’re a Great Player!


Durga Ma

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