Embraced by God – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 52 – 55

Ascension to Godhood

Embraced by God

Entering into God, being embraced by the divine surrounder, suggests that God is other than you. This is important. It does not mean that the your Real Self is not God, but that you will find the joy you have always wished for, the fulfillment and happiness that you so desperately seek, by entering into God. In these verses, Lord Krishna tells you how to do this:

Stop thinking about “self” and devote yourself solely to God as other than you. Do this as your meditation for a period of time, preferably on a day-to-day basis, or do it every day, all day long. All the practices mentioned below have merit, but this shortcut is a gift to you from God.

52 – 53
Krishna spoke:
This form of Mine that you have seen is difficult to behold, even for the gods, who are constantly wishing to see it. Not through the study of scriptures, austerities (tapas), gifts, or making sacrificial offerings to gods and ancestors, can I be seen as you have seen Me.

54 – 55
But by devotion not directed elsewhere, I can be known, truly seen and entered into. One who does My highest action with devotion to Me, with all attachments abandoned and free of enmity toward any being, comes to Me, Son of Pandu.

Seeing, knowing and entering into God, is to be embraced by the Divine Surrounder. This is made possible through sole devotion, trust, faith and love of God in the performance of the Highest Action (God-practice) with non-attachment and non-enmity toward all beings. 

These prerequisites for Godhood are specifically mentioned for a reason. This ‘highest action’ taught by Lord Krishna has been misused for various purposes, such as seeking power or fame, and Lord Krishna wants us to know that, even if such a goal were to succeed, it will not last, and it will not lead us to Him — to seeing, knowing and entering into His state of Godhood.

Son of Pandu

Arjuna is the son of Pandu, which means ‘pale, white’. He is fair-skined, and of the race of the Sun, whereas Krishna, which means ‘dark blue-black’ is of the race of the Moon. These two together, along with their position in the middle between two armies, suggest that the Bhagavad Gita is an exposition on Hatha Yoga.

Hatha Yoga is the union of Sun (prana) and Moon (apana). This union takes place in the middle, between the these two opposing forces in the body. This union is the awakening of the evolutionary force: kundalini.

Taking a Chance on God

Taking into account the gambling that got the Pandus into their present situation (a war), we also think of the Pandus as risk-takers. This suggests that Hatha Yoga is advanced by our being willing to take a chance.

Risk suggests that we are not in control. This lands us in the world of surrender, and taking a chance on God. But we are not going to just surrender, we are going to take Lord Krishna’s teachings seriously and surrender only to Absolute God as the ultimate form of Devotion. And now ‘risk’ is turned into faith, trust, love, and surrender to God as the most expedient means of attaining union with That.

You get what you surrender to.

There are conditions to this Highest Action: (1) devotion to Absolute God, (2) all attachments abandoned, and (3) freedom from enmity toward any being.

We might say that this Highest Action is one’s determination to surrender to Absolute God, and this works, for once having done so, that Highest Action will begin to materialize in meditation in the form of kriyas (spontaneous purifying actions). At first these kriyas are mostly mental, but they soon begin to include the physical, and one experiences spontaneous movements of the body.

The spontaneous movements of the mind are no surprise to anyone, but when movements of the body begin, the practitioner begins to doubt his or her surrender: “I had the thought in my mind of the body moving before it actually moved, so was my mind making it happen?” By continuing the practice, these kinds of doubts will all be washed away.

Absolute Devotion to Absolute God

Here I would remind those of you who are engaged in surrender sadhana, of the importance of differentiating between surrendering to Relative God (God in general, including the Cosmic Form) and Absolute God, God’s “highest nature.” You must resort to, surrender to, only the Absolute, whether Personal or Impersonal.

Godhood“Earth, water, fire, air, ether, mind, intelligence and the sense of self as the doer of action (ego), are the eight parts of my relative nature—such is My inferior nature. But know this as different from My highest absolute existence by which this world is sustained.” — Bhagavad Gita, Ch 7, vs 4 – 5

If you feel you don’t know God well enough to know what you are surrendering to, contemplate the word “absolute”. Look it up in a dictionary. All you need is an idea of God as Absolute for surrender to work for you. Lord Krishna has given us tons of defining characteristics of both Relative and Absolute God in this chapter alone, and there are more in other chapters.

With All Attachments Abandoned

Most of you will be flinching at this. You are attached to people and things you have desired and acquired, and the idea of not being attached to them in order to keep them is understandably uncomfortable to contemplate.  Let me reassure you that you can easily “abandon all attachments” once you realize that no one wants to take anything away from you, and that this non-attachment is only for the duration of your meditation. If you stay with this meditation, non-attachment will begin to spill over into your life over time, to the degree that you let it.

Freedom!

Ultimately, you will discover that being attached to something is a form of bondage, no matter how sweet it is, and you will come to like the idea of letting attachments go. You will also discover that this doesn’t mean that the person or thing you are attached to must go away. It is your attachment to that person or thing that goes away.

  • When you can enjoy something without being attached to it, you will enjoy it more.
  • When you can love someone without being attached to them, you will be giving them the gift of freedom, and your love will grow deeper.

An attachment is wanting to keep something you already have. A desire is the want of something you don’t have. It is worthy of note that abandonment of desire is not mentioned as requisite for entering into God.

I am that desire in man that is not contrary to Truth” — Lord Krishna

Free of Enmity Toward Any Being

Tapas - sweet and kindThis is the first step of the first step of Yoga. You may know it as ahimsa, non-injury, non-killing, non-violence. This includes bearing malice (mental), hurtful speech (emotional), and physical or material harm. This applies to all beings, including yourself. The minute you violate ahimsa, you instantly move yourself further away from God/Truth, and Self-realization becomes even more illusive.

Embraced by God

So keep these things in mind when you walk into your meditation room: “I am completely harmless. I am lovingly devoted to Absolute God. I am not attached to anything.” Then surrender to Absolute God with singular devotion. Trust God and don’t worry. God is now in charge of everything, and preparing you to enter into, and become embraced, by God.

When your alarm sounds, give yourself some down-time before returning to other activities. Your sadhana can continue at other times by practicing non-attachment and non-injury in daily life.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Surrender  Meditation & Life Mastery

Natural Surrender Meditation is spontaneous and non-forceful. It will take you on the most amazing journey you will ever experience. Explore shaktipat kundalini yoga meditation in three forms.

Life Mastery synchronizes you and your life with your naturally divine characteristics and the Real You emerges. Attain and maintain success. Gain greater self-awareness and a happier life.

Every step you take pulls every one of us with you.

 

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.      

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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. 

2
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: 

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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
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V:10-12 The Path of Surrender…

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Having abandoned attachments and given all actions to God, one who acts is not tainted by evil any more than a lotus leaf is tainted by water. 

Evil – guilt, sin, trouble, harm. 

The path of surrender is described here once again. Actions that take place during this meditation have no harmful or binding effect on the meditator. The reason for this is that he is out of the picture as the doer of actions because he has surrendered all actions to God. 

This takes place in the context of meditation in a private and secured room, and not out in the everyday world or in groups. The reason for this is that actions that occur are for the purpose of self-purification. By keeping surrender in the meditation room, we spare others from encountering any impurities that may arise, and ourselves the inconvenience.  

For example, you go into a trancelike state on the bus going to work, and you miss your stop. Or you slip into meditation and your breathing stops and people think you are dead, can’t get a pulse and call the EMTs, and it costs you a fortune. If you ignore what I am telling you and think you can control this, well, maybe so, but then you would not be surrendering, would you? You would be controlling things.

Control – Putting yourself in the driver’s seat in order to get things to be the way you want them to be.

Surrender – Putting God/Truth in the driver’s seat and accepting what happens your in meditation.

11
By abandoning attachments, the body, mind, intelligence and the senses perform the actions of the yogi for the purpose of self-purification.

The body, mind, intelligence and senses become the agents of action in Surrender Meditation. Actions are then spontaneous and under Divine direction.

When the yogi surrenders to God in meditation, he surrenders himself to the Absolute—everything about himself as a being: body, mind, feelings, intelligence, senses and actions. He sets aside all attachments, expectations and preconceived ideas, and surrenders himself fully to God. In this situation he cannot collect any karma even though actions take place, because he is not the actor. He has given up that role, renounced it. Actions then take place freely for the purpose of purification, clearing away everything that sits between the yogi and the final resolution: the joy of union with God.

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Yoked to Yoga, having abandoned the fruits of actions, the yogi attains complete peace. But o
ne who is not intent upon Yoga, being attached to the fruits of desire-motivated actions, is bound.

One becomes a yogi by abandoning attachments to actions and their results, and not trying to control things in order to get them to be a certain way. 

This verse shows us what it is to be a yogi by showing us what a yogi is not. One who is attached to the results of actions performed for some desired purpose of his own is not a yogi. He will not achieve peace because his intent is not yoga (union), but to get what he wants. This does not mean that trying to get what he wants is bad, but simply that the result of it is bondage rather than peace.

Peace (śānti) – ‘indifference to objects of pleasure and pain’, desirelessness; tranquillity, prosperity, ease, comfort, happiness.

When we read in yoga scriptures that we must become indifferent to pleasure and pain, this is the meaning—it is the objects of pleasure and the objects of pain that we become indifferent to.

For instance, you have a pain in your foot. It is such a terrible pain that you cannot walk. But you walk anyway because you are indifferent to the pain. It is not gone, and it’s not that you aren’t feeling the pain, but you don’t really care. Someone says to you, “Why don’t you do something about it?” and you say, “Oh, I guess I could do that,” and promptly forget all about it. Or in the inimitable way of the uninitiated, someone says to you, “You’re a yogi, why don’t you stop the pain?”, and you realize that this is why you have been able to walk: you have been stopping the pain, but because you were indifferent, you hadn’t tried to make this happen. Your power to mitigate or override pain was the natural result of your indifference.

This is peace, obviously a good place to be. We often imagine things like peace, bliss, or happiness as emotional states resulting from magically having all the challenges life has to offer us gone from our lives, and ourselves as serene saints speaking in short and profound sentences. But this is not the nature of life in this world. We can however, come to a point in our spiritual development in which the way we experience and navigate these challenges is more than some pleasant emotional state and much more real, and the powers that come with it, much more practical.

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