The Power of Emotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 13, Vs 18, Continued

The Power of Emotions

The most mutable aspect of human embodiment is emotion.

The Power of Emotion

One might ask, Why do emotions seem to be avoided, and even denigrated, by yogis, gurus and authors of scriptures? I think the answer is simple: All scriptures have been created by men for men, and in times not long past, yoga sadhana and the study of scriptures have not been an option for women. Now, don’t think this is a denouncement of men, but quite the opposite. It is the recognition of a heavy burden.

What makes a fetus become male is the rush of a large quantity of testosterone, which promotes sexual avidity, action, aggression and anger, and proceeds to wipe out a good portion of the empathy center in the brain. All this happens about halfway through pregnancy.  

This can make yoga sadhana more difficult for men than for women. Men have a harder time dealing with sexual cravings, aggression and acting on anger than women do. More effort at self-control is needed in order for them to reach and practice yoga at higher stages, so willpower is needed in the beginning to a greater degree than for women.

While we women were being been left out altogether in the past, men have been dealing with this burden by willfully avoiding us and suppressing their emotions (which is easier to do for them than for us). This has resulted in considering emotions to be inappropriate. I think this kind of thinking is just an issue of ignorance associated with the age in which we live (kali yuga), and that it will one day turn around naturally.  

Change, and therefore progress, is easily accomplished when suppression is abandoned.

The Energy of Emotion is not limited to the physical body, the mental body (etheric) or even the emotional body (astral). It is Prana-Shakti. The Energy of Emotion is the energy of experience, and it is everywhere, constantly going out from every one of us to everyone else. [Illustration from Meditating Naturally]  

  • Emotion is a natural function of the body to support survival by producing feelings.
  • Feelings are the experiences of emotions.
  • Empathy is a function of Emotional Energy by which one experiences the feelings of others.

Empathy is a function of Prana-Shakti, the Energy of Emotion. When your Emotional Energy expands to others and shares their feelings, we call it ’empathy’. Like emotions, and even life itself, empathy is based on your relationship with others.

EMPATHY 1

Emotions exist solely because of your relationship to others. Emotional Energy is what it is because of you and other-than-you. It is all-powerful for the same reason. What you experience emotionally (feelings), including the feelings of others (empathy), affects everything about you: your body, your mind, your feelings and every cell in your body. 

EMPATHY 3The effects of emotions are powerful beyond words. When we truly love, we will sacrifice anything for the loved one. When one is desolate to the point of suicide, a power that can cause a person to end their own life must be very powerful indeed. These are extremes, but that is the nature of emotions: they can be very extreme … because of the extreme Power of Emotion.

Because the Energy of Emotion is present in the body and beyond without limit, and because its power is based on you and anything that is other than you that you can be conscious of, the importance of this energy for spiritual advancement should not be overlooked. 

Emotions & Spirituality

Healing and well-being come the same way. The Energy of Emotion affects everything from atoms to Earth. Every experienced emotion moves things, changing things in your body and mind, and subtly affecting everyone else. Emotions are activities of the emotional (astral) body, which extends beyond the physical body. Emotions are energy in motion. 

Spirituality requires progress. Progress requires change. Change is inherent in emotions. 

Emotional Energy 2.1The Energy of Emotion is constantly changing you, and because it is mutable, you can change it. By adding the power of Attention into the mix, you can use this energy to change your life.

The heart, which is the center of emotion and feelings, generates the largest electromagnetic signal in the body, 5,000 times greater than the brain, and takes in information that much faster. It is madness to disregard or minimize emotion and its powerful force and assume you are making spiritual progress. The heart, the seat of Prana and the seat of Emotion, is the central guidance system for the entire body and brain. What would become of us (and everyone else) if we were to disregarded it?

If you are wondering how and where you can be this ‘unsuppressed’, have a look at Natural Meditation below. 

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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You Get What You Worship – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 24-25

“I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me, hence they fall. Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits. Those who worship Me assuredly come to Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 24-25

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I am the enjoyer of all sacrificial worship and the power that impels it, but people do not recognize Me. Hence they fall.

Alternate translation:
I am the motivator, the experiencer and the Chief of all sacrifices, but the people do not recognize My True Reality, thus they fall down and return to the mortal world.

“They” refers to those mentioned in the previous verses. “Fall down” refers to the Life Energy in the body, Prana, falling to the lower chakras at death and causing the yogi to relinquish liberation and “return” to mortal existence.

It is God that motivates sacrifice, and God that enjoys it. Put another way, the instigator of the yogi’s surrender is God (Shakti), and the yogi in union with God (yoga) enjoys it.

Worship = Sacrifice = Surrender
The sacrificial offering is yourself

Surrender alone is not the answer. The answer is in what one surrenders to, and how surrendered the ‘worshipper’ is.

One must always surrender only to Absolute God. You will think that it is you who enjoys and experiences this, and that it is you who desires it. But God is the Enjoyer, the Experiencer, and the Desirer—the motivator who impels your surrender to God.

Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to.
Love is Surrender. Radha loves Krishna. You get what you surrender to (worship).

Surrendering to anything other than Absolute God, one falls. When one is not surrendered, does not understand what sacrifice really is, does not recognize God, does not experience God, and the Life Energy in the body does not ascend but “falls down”. Only through surrender to Absolute God can the energy ascend and remain ascendant.

You may disagree with this. If you do, you won’t be the first. I have been accused of being elitist because I practice surrender yoga and think it is better than the path of the will, but this is not so. The path of the will is necessary. Not only does it provide many different paths for the many unique individuals that we are, but it always takes one who persists to the path of surrender.

Many people who have left the spiritual path of the will have done so because they came up against a wall and couldn’t get any further. Some became lost and disenchanted and quit altogether. Some dealt with this disappointment by changing gurus…over and over again…hoping to find one that knew what he or she was doing.

Are these seekers reluctant to surrender for fear of losing control? Or do they simply not know that there is something more that can take them where they want to go?

Unknowingly, at a very auspicious point in their practice, they were ready for this phase of yoga sadhana but they didn’t know it existed. This is one reason I speak openly about it. There are those who are ready for it and need it, but they don’t know about it, what it is, or how it is practiced.

Teachers of surrender yoga are hard to find. In my opinion, this is the very reason Vyasa wrote the Bhagavad Gita into his epic Mahabharata: because it is really about surrender yoga.

It is true that the Gita addresses how to live a successful and spiritual life, but in the very places that are translated in willful terms, there are underlying teachings on surrender yoga hidden in the cracks for those who are ready to hear them.

Why not just get straight to the point? Because not everyone is interested in this path. The Gita is written is such a way that anyone can benefit no matter what their path. One who is interested and ready to hear about surrender yoga will, at the very least, realize that there is something more going on and seek to understand it. Their curiosity and longing will naturally lead them to seek someone who can satisfy their interest.

God is the power behind all sacrifices. God is the power behind your surrender to God. God is the desire for God that impels you to surrender to God, and it is God who enjoys the sacrificial offering. It is because of your yoga, your union with God who enjoys your surrender, that you enjoy it. Now are you beginning to get it?

Through surrender to God, Self-realization will fall into your lap and raise you up.

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Those who worship the gods go to the gods. Those who worship the ancestors go to the ancestors. Those who worship the spirits go to the spirits, but those who worship Me (God) assuredly come to Me.

You get what you worship.

Read the Addendum on this verse > > >

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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Finding the Magician Within – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 22-23

In these verses, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna the secret to accessing the Magician Within and reaching union with God/Truth—and we discover that this works for anything!  

How to Reach a Goal using the Magician Within

“Those who worship Me by constantly engaging in Yoga with their attention not directed elsewhere, I unite them with their goal. Even those who devotedly worship other gods with faith, even if in an uncustomary manner, are actually worshipping Me.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 22-23

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Those who worship Me by constantly engaging in Yoga with their attention not directed elsewhere, I unite them with their goal.

Alternate translation:
The worship of God through constant attention not directed elsewhere (meditation) is the practice of uniting (yoga) with God.

The definition of worship is also the definition of meditation and Yoga. When the goal is God, that’s what you get: God.

The practice of Yoga is the practice of meditation.
The practice of meditation is worship.

Yoga practiced correctly brings about union with the object of the attention—one is united with what their attention is on. If your attention is on Lord Krishna, you will be united with Lord Krishna. He has declared to us that what He really is is Absolute Imperishable God. You can’t do better than that.

Because prana (the Life Energy in your body) always follows the attention wherever it goes, one-pointed attention is also one-pointed prana. This is so obvious that it is easily missed. It is the key to successful meditation, yoga and union with the Divine. Through this practice, you cannot help but reach the goal.

Life Mastery

Constant one-pointed attention will bring you into union with whatever your attention is on, so this is also the key to accessing the Magician Within to master your life. Here’s how it works:

Where the attention goes, the energy flows.
Master your attention, master your energy, master your life.

Watch the video, Life Mastery Meditation on Consciousness

For us, the goal is Krishna, Absolute God. But as we said before, this is not everyone’s goal. Lord Krishna is telling us that no matter what the goal, it is He who unites us with that goal, and further explains…..

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Even those who devotedly worship other gods with faith, even if in an uncustomary manner, are actually worshipping Me.

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You Get What You Worship

No matter what ‘god’ you worship with faith, you are worshipping God. With the certainty and trust of your faith, you will access the Magician Within and your goal will come to fruition.

If you always get bad things in your life, this is because you worship them—your attention is always on them. If you always get good things, this is because your attention is always on good things. For most of us, it is a mix.

In this verse, God is telling you how to get what you want: Keep your attention on it constantly. This is about ATTENTION, not positive thinking. Thinking takes place in the ether of the mind. An affirmative thought spoken aloud is a step in the right direction because it brings the idea out into the physical world. This may not be enough, but if you ‘worship’ your goal—constantly have your attention on it—this is a different matter altogether. 

Attention is The Magician Within
(it can manifest anything)

If you find you cannot keep your attention on the goal, it may be that your goal is set on something other than what you really want. When a goal is right for you, you will be passionate about it, you will feel it in your bones, experience it emotionally, and your attention will automatically be drawn to that goal.

You can’t reach a goal unless you know what it is.

When you fall in love, your attention is constantly on your loved one. You can’t stop thinking about this person you have fallen in love with. When your attention is truly and consistently on something in this way, every part of you is involved—your mind, your body and your feelings.

It is not enough to construct an affirmative statement to say in your mind or out loud. When using an affirmation, the attention is busy remembering and making the statement and is not on the actual goal.

Your attention must be on the goal itself and be able to stay there. If you cannot keep it there, look inside to discover what it is that you really want. This is not as easy as you think. It may be buried very deeply, so don’t give up.

Also, it is not enough to deny the negative side of a goal because this requires moving your attention away from the goal and employing it for the purpose of denial. A negative side will always exist with a positive anyway, so denial is useless. Notice it with compassion and move on. By denying it, it will only become stronger because it is hidden.

Hiding things makes them stronger.

Ten Keys to Success at Anything

The closer your goal is to the Truth of You as you really are, the closer you are to the Magician Within, and the more efficiently your attention can deliver the goal. The farther away, the more fallout there will be, for when you act discordantly with your real Self you create negative karma that will backfire.

There are ten principles called yama and niyama that describe the Real You. Learn them, pay attention to them by noticing them in your daily life, and master them. Acting and living in harmony with the Real You, your goals will easily manifest, and you will achieve unparalleled happiness in the here and now.

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