Destroying the Enemy of Yoga through Yoga – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 32

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This post addresses Personal Time, Cosmic Time, The Nature of Time and The Secret of Yoga.

In this story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we discover what Arjuna learns.

32  The Blessed Lord spoke:
I am Time, the destroyer of all beings and all worlds, come to destroy these people in this world. Even without any action on your part, none of these warriors here in the opposing army will be spared.

Let’s take the position that everything in the Gita is about you and God/Truth, whether you are an aspiring yogi or yogini, or someone with an interest in Truth, or an atheist (just tweak “God” to suit).

Consider that “these people” have something to do with you and your objective of realizing and knowing God/Truth. Think of them as they are represented in chapter one, and consider their meaning as it applies to you personally. They are all about to be annihilated to your advantage.

Some of these people seem to be assets, but they are fighting on the side of the bad guys and working against you. They are obstacles in your way and God has come to destroy them for you. You need God, Guru, Truth, Lord Krishna, for this purpose, because you cannot do it yourself, and now the time is right.

(Consider that now is the right time for you. Right now. While you are reading this and making this discovery. Why else would you be reading this right now? Don’t walk away saying, Maybe tomorrow. Tomorrow is not the right time. The right time is right now.)

Personal Time

It is no accident that Lord Krishna (God/Truth) is here when He is. Before this, it was not the right time, but now it is time to destroy all these ‘people’. This destruction pertains not only the bad guys that threaten Arjuna’s objective of reclaiming the throne, but most of the good guys as well. 

(This will not happen all at once, it will take Time and a regular practice for its battleground, but it is beginning right now.)

If you look at these people as representing aspects of yourself, this tells you that, even though there are some very good ones, they are in the way of your further progress. We might think of their destruction as the dissolution of your persona, your mask, making way for the revelation of the Real You that has been behind this mask all along.

  • Time – The Sanskrit (kāle) means, ‘a space of time, the proper time or season for, a fixed or right point of time, and time in general’.

At this time in Arjuna’s life, this must happen: He is in the middle between the two opposing forces, looking things over, and realizing that he is related to everyone on both sides. Chapter one reveals them as things related to him, most of which would hold him back. Lord Krishna is saying that now is the time for them to be destroyed in order to achieve victory—for yoga to destroy the enemies of yoga

Now is the time for Arjuna (and you) to move forward. Lord Krishna is here at this point in time for Arjuna and the coming together of these two opposing forces. Their union (yoga) is the awakening and activation of the evolutionary force (kundalini) within the body. Without this awakening at this time and place (the field of dharma), one does not move forward. With it, this union (yoga) of opposing forces becomes known to the yogi as the Grace of God Herself: Kundalini Shakti.

Things that would hold you back are dissolved through Yoga (union) at the right time and place.

Read my notes on destruction.   

Cosmic Time

Alternate translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed and will be neutralized. With the exception of you, Arjuna, all these warriors gathered here now, will cease to be.

Expanded translation:
I, Absolute God, am that point in Time when world-dwelling is fully developed — the world is fully populated, or on a personal level one is fully developed in readiness for yoga (union). When the world, or the individual, reaches this point, which is Absolute, the world/the body, will neutralize. Neutralization takes place in the body when the two primary forms of the Life Energy, prana and apana, unite. This can occur in meditation as yoga, or in life as death.

Cycles of You

Beyond the kinds of memory known to science, there is another kind of body memory in which a ‘signature’ is left, not in the flesh per se, but in the subtle body that permeates the physical body. These signatures are created by acts and events experienced in one’s life. This karma (action) is what makes you go ’round in cycles.

The subtle body does not die at death, but acts as a ‘soul’ that accompanies the Individual after the death of the physical body. Signatures can no longer be active because the opposing energies that once supported them are neutralized. This is what is meant by “these warriors will cease to be.”

In the future, these signatures may be reactivated by associated triggers encountered in a new cycle of existence. In Yoga, these signatures are called samskaras.

  • Saṃskāras – tendencies or ‘habbit patterns’ imprinted in the subtle body-mind by actions and events experienced in former lifetimes.

The Nature of Time

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Ananta, Time Eternal
Ananta
Earth turning
The Earth appears to rotate clockwise and counterclockwise depending on your point of view.

The Earth revolves because the nature of Time is to revolve.

Time is like ananta, the snake eating its tail, symbolizing the never-ending cyclical nature of Time. Even when you think you are going forward, you are actually going ‘around’. 

When you die, you die because you have completed the current cycle. It is “your time.” After death, you will begin the next cycle. If you are born again you pass through yet another cycle.

Time is not linear, but cyclical.

If your cycle on earth is interrupted, i.e., accident, war or murder, you go to a happy place unless you try to stick around here as a ‘spirit’, then, when the natural end of your cycle arrives, you can move on to that heavenly place. In Yoga, these transitions are called samsara.

  • Saṃsāra – ‘passing through a succession of states, undergoing transmigration, circuits of mundane existences’.

The primary purpose of Yoga is to give you liberation from the cycling of repeated transitions and incarnations. If you have had sufficient practice of yoga, your form may even transform into its divine form, the template of which is the ananda kosha (the subtle ‘bliss body’), and you would become an Immortal and dwell in the World of Immortals.

The Secret of Yoga

Time is a product of individuals assuming the role of the doer of actions. Worlds come and go based on this identification among beings.

The spontaneous movement of Divine Energy by goddess Shakti, brings about the destruction of the world and beings. When this mudra (seal) becomes unsealed, the world and beings are created anew. This applies to Time as personal (microcosmic) and macrocosmic.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Creation, Destruction, Rebirth & The Self – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 32-35

Vishnu Creation

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

Creation, Destruction, Rebirth & The Self

32
Of creations, I am the beginning, the middle and the end, and of knowables I am the knower of Adhyatma, the true Self. Of discussions I am the telling.

Alternate translation:
I am the beginning of the rushing forth of creation, as well as its destruction, Arjuna, and I am what lies between. Of knowables, I am the knower of the Supreme Self, and of conversations, I am the conveying of communications.

First He says that He is the beginning, middle and end of all things created, and then He follows with ‘knowables’ — things that can be known — and specifically, that He is the knower of the Supreme Self. By this we understand that the True Self can be known, and that He knows You as You really are. He is also saying that it is He who speaks when information, such as oral teachings, are being conveyed.

Creation, with its beginning, middle and end, is Relative, but the True Self is Absolute. Knowing is relative, but the Truth spoken in oral teachings is the Absolute Truth.

Self-referencing Experiment:
The connection of one individual with another is God. The next time you speak to someone, remember this and allow your attention to take in the Divine presence in your communion or communication with that person, whether you like this person or what is being spoken, or not. Check your own communications against the Yamas so that you are conveying the Divine when you speak. Remember that Absolute God is in you, as You.

33 
Of letters I am the letter A, and of compound words, I am the union of syllables. And I alone am infinite Time, facing in all directions.

The letter “A”. Of the sound of letters (syllables in Sanskrit) of the alphabet, I am the imperishable vowel “A” (akṣara, meaning imperishable, unalterable, absolute). The letter A is the initiation (shakti) of all human speech, and the basis of the sounds of primary vowels (f), without which no consonant (m) can manifest. 

Compound words. Of compound words, I am the union of their parts, and their wholeness as a single word. 

Time, facing in all directions. Of Time, I am its endlessness. Undecaying time goes out, ‘faces’, or exists, in all directions everywhere always. There is in Reality, no end to it. It cannot end because, for the Absolute, there is no end. All time is present all the time. We experience it as linear because, as human beings, we have a point of view.

To expand your point of view, begin by taking different points of view about everything.

I have been heard to say that, in the Absolute, there is no time. This might be better expressed by saying that, in the Absolute there is no time going on. Time is not motion. Time presents changes in Creation that make it appear to be moving, the same way that you feel like you are moving in a stationary car-wash as the equipment cleans your car, or standing on a train platform as a train goes by. It is the train that is moving, not you. It is the car wash that is moving, not your car. 

The basis of Time is pure consciousness which is everywhere in all directions. So Time exists in all directions everywhere, and like consciousness, is also infinite. This teaching is symbolized in murits (material forms) expressing omniscience:

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34-35
I am death and the source of all things to come. Of the feminine, I am beauty, speech, remembered teachings, and also surrender, satisfaction and fortitude. Of the Sama Veda, I am the Brihatsamana and Gayatri meters. Of months, I am the month of harvest, and of seasons, the Spring.

Alternate translation:
I am all-destroying death and the origin of future existences. Of the feminine, I am glory, communication and oral teachings, and also patience, renunciation and fulfillment.
 Of knowledges that can be sung, I am the masculine and rhythmic duple meter (two beats), and the feminine and beguiling triple meter (three beats). Of months I am the harvest month in the Fall, and of the seasons I am the ‘abounding with flowers’, the Springtime.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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Happiness, Time & the Rest of the Righteous – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 30-31

Shakti
Shakti

The Power of God & You

The manifestations of God in the world, in you, and in the entire universe.

The eighteen chapters of the Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Arjuna and his childhood friend and Guru, Lord Krishna. Arjuna has asked Him to explain how He, as Absolute God, exists within Creation (beginning with verses 19-20, “God in You”):

Happiness, Time & the Rest of the Righteous

30
I am Prahlada of the Daityas, and of counting, I am Time. Of animals I am the lion, and of birds, I am Vainateya.

Alternate translation:
Of the Daityas, I am Prahlada. Of that which pushes forward, I am Time. Of wild animals, I am the King of Beasts. Of birds, I am Vainateya.

Daityas. Of the sons of Diti, the Earth Goddess, I am Prahlada, ‘joy and happiness’.

Time. Of that which pushes forward, I am Time and the advancement of evolution. 

Wild Animals. Of wild animals, I am the king of beasts at the at the top of the food chain, never the prey. The king of something is the master of it. The mastery of the wild, uncontrollable animal (desires of the body) brings about great strength and invulnerability.

Garuda, mount of Vishnu
Garuda-Vaineteya, mount of Vishnu, carries vessels containing amrita, the nectar of immortality.

Birds. Of birds, I am Vainateya, another name of Garuda, the mount of Vishnu that consumes snakes (desires). From vi-natā, ‘humble, modest, and bowing down’, characteristics that Lord Krishna clearly commends. As Vishnu’s mount, this bird is how he gets around—’flying in the sky (khechari mudra)’. 

Garuda consumes snakes (desires). He is very strong and is said to be massive, large enough to block out the sun. Blocking out the sun brings about night and the appearance of the moon, i.e., the moon (apana) takes precedence over the sun (prana).

We have a tendency to appreciate the sun more than the moon, even in Yoga, but here, Lord Krishna adulates the moon instead. Why? It is only when the moon, apana, predominates, that it is possible for there to be a union of prana and apana. This union is the awakening of Kundalini, the evolutionary force within the body. At a later stage of yoga sadhana we can read the moon as soma.

31
Of purifiers, I am the wind, and of the weapon-bearing, I am Rama. Of sea creatures, I am Makara, and of rivers I am the Daughter of Jahnu.

Alternate translation:
Of purifiers, I am Prana. Of instruments that cut, I am that which brings rest and the pleasant relief of the righteous. Of fish, I am Makara, and I am that from which the Ganges issues.

Lord Rama
Lord Rama

Rama. The word rama means, ‘causing rest’. He carries a bow and arrow, an instrument that cuts. The root, ram, which means ‘dark’, makes us wonder if there is some kind of mystery hidden here.

Rama is righteous action—the cutting away of desires and freeing apana to ascend with the prana and up-trend the evolutionary force, kundali. Read the story of the marriage of Rama and Sita in the Ramayana, or watch Ingmar Bergman’s 1975 movie of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute).

Wind is the breath, and the vital air in the body where it is known as Prana, the Life Energy. It is Prana that causes sufficient purification for Kundalini to awaken

(‘Prana’ is a general term for Life Energy in the body and includes both prana and apana.)

This phrase (“Of purifiers, I am the wind”) can also be translated, “Of the swift moving, I am the wind.” The word for “wind” also means ‘northwest’. In the body this is the back of the head, suggesting the back-west path leading to immortality.

Makara is a large sea creature, or sea-monster, often represented as a crocodile (second chakra), and is also associated with Kamadeva, the god of love. Makara is sometimes used as an ornament on gates or on head-dresses. Now that we know that gates are openings, or access points, and that a head-dress would be a reference to the head, we can use our imagination to determine what this represents.

One resource defines Makara as ‘that which harms human beings’. So I took the word apart and got this: ma, “I” + kara, “doing”. In English this is ‘ego’. And  ma + ka + ra = “What am I doing?!” )

Ganga
Ganga

Daughter of Jahnu is the place from which the Ganges issues, not the Ganges Herself, but Her origin, the “head water”.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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As your True Self emerges, greater happiness emerges with it.
Knowing yourself and your Self, you live in Truth and serve everyone.

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As your True Self emerges, your life becomes more satisfying, and the lives of others are benefited. 
As you become Happier, the world becomes a Happier place.