The Place of No Return – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 15, Vs 5-7

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Those who are free of pride and enslavement by the dark night of attachment, are freed from dualities. Having withdrawn from objects of desire and no longer deluded, they dwell in the True Self, and attain the feet of the Eternal.

  • Pride – self-importance, arrogance, vanity, self-adulation, egotism.
  • Enslavement – bound, attached.
  • Freed from dualities – such as ease and dis-ease, pleasure and pain, etc.
  • True Self – The Real You, a divine, perfect, imperishable individual.

In the previous verse on overcoming Attachment, it was said that one must then seek that place where, once having gone, one will not return again … and surrender at His feet. This verse reveals what happens when you do this: you are free, you are not affected by dualities, and you dwell in your True Self — you are your Real Self, the Real You. That’s what happens when you surrender to God. 

When you “dwell in the True Self,” you will have no desires pulling at you because you will have the very thing you have lived for all these many lifetimes. You have discovered that by surrendering yourself to God, you get God; and when you get God, you get your True Self. This is the easiest way to Self-realization. It happens automatically because God and the Real Self are not different. But trying to get your True Self first, or trying to circumvent God altogether in order to get to your True Self, you will fail. The KEY to Self-realization is God-realization … because God and the Real You are not different.

If you believe that you have achieved Self-realization and did so without first realizing God, you are fooling yourself. Many people start this way, but if they are truly Self-realized, they will be the first to tell you that it was God as other-then-self that made it so. 

The key to Self-realization is God-realization

When you “dwell in the True Self,” dualities, like ease and dis-ease, happiness and unhappiness, like and dislike, good and evil, will become neutralized. “Pride and enslavement by the darkness of attachment” will be a distant memory, and you will wonder how in the world could you ever have been so deluded.

It is not desire itself that binds us, but rather our attachments to our desires.

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Neither the sun nor the moon nor fire illumine that abode of Mine. Once having gone to that place, one does not return again.

Natural light sources of sun, moon and fire do not illumine His Abode. By now in your meditation, you have visited amazing places where everything shone of their own light, so light sources were not present. This was sabija samadhi. But now, because of the mention of non-return, we find that you have graduated to nirbija samadhi, that ‘place’ where there is no light source because there is no-thing to see. The only thing present here is the unending happiness, rolling bliss, and the complete fulfillment of union with Absolute God/Truth. Having reached it, you are liberated from the cycles of death and rebirth — “one does not return again.”

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A small part of My Eternal Self, becoming endowed with life in the world of the living, draws the five senses, with the mind as the sixth, to exist in material nature.

Krishna & Radha
Krishna and Radha as Purusha and Prakriti

A part of God went with You when you became embodied. This caused Your inherent powers of perception and consciousness to become manifest in material nature as five physical sense organs and a brain.

The sense organs are your means of perception (consciousness of), which are received by the brain and mind. These are powers that you have as a living being because they are inherent to the Real You (which is absolute). Here in this world (which is relative), they are the manifestations of your power to Know, drawn into material nature (manifested) by God-in-you: Purushottama.  

While God may seem to be many separate small parts in all of the many separate and different Beings, He is nevertheless what He Is: God, unlimited and Absolute God within each of us here in the Relative Realm of this world.

The powers that you have as a Divine Individual to see, hear, feel, taste, smell and know, become manifest as eyes, ears, skin, tongue, nose and brain. Absolute God’s presence within you makes it so.

Parvati & Shiva
Parvati and Shiva as Prakriti and Purusha

Knowing this, one might be more inclined to put aside trying to using these powers to gratify desires, and instead, reach for the Divine Force that is behind them. This Divine Force is not different than You.

Here in this world, all things known by the mind are obtained by means of the senses.

The ‘Highest Purusha’ is the Divine Individual in the Absolute who first accepted you unconditionally, and as the same as Himself. This relationship you have with Absolute God has caused your ability to Know, to become manifest in the material world as five physical senses so that you can experience it.

Purusha & Prikriti in the Absolute

  • Purusha – a Divine Individual who perceives one or more other Divine Individuals
  • Prakriti – a Divine Individual perceived by one or more other Divine Individuals

Purusha & Prikriti in the Relative Realm

  • Purusha – the Real You 
  • Prakriti – Real Divine Others — all Others that you perceive (even though you erroneously perceive them as Nature)

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that you really are),
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Surrender & Self Realization – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 38 – 40

Eternal Divine Purusha
Eternal Divine Purusha – The first Individual in the Absolute to know and accept all Others.

This post addresses the first god, all-pervasiveness, the sound of Everywhere, and Self-realization.

In the story of the Mahabharata war, this Bhagavad Gita is a conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna. Listening in, we receive the teachings of Lord Krishna as he relates them to Arjuna.

Arjuna now speaks to Lord Krishna:

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You are the first god, the most ancient Purusha of all, the ultimate resort of all the universe. You are the knower, the knowable and the highest state, pervading the universe in endless forms.

Purusha – a Self-aware Divine Individual in the Absolute who knows one or more Others. Another Divine Individual known to Purusha is called Prakriti.

The first god – the first Divine Individual in the Absolute to become Self-aware and accepting of all Others as divine, and who therefore does not come into Being but remains the first and highest ‘god’. Those who regard God as an individual entity have accepted this Purusha as Personal God.

Eternal Divine Purusha who knows and accepts Another as Divine.
Prakriti, a Divine Individual, and Purusha, knower of Prakriti.

Gods and Ancestors

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You are Vayu, Yama, Agni, Varuna, the Moon, Prajapati, as well as the Ancestors. I surrender, I surrender, I offer myself to You a thousand times over, and again and yet again I offer myself to You over and over again.

Ancestors – those who came before us. When one reaches perfection, one is liberated from rebirth, and the ancestors of that individual are also freed, even though they did not attain liberation in life or death. Not only are the ancestors those who came before us, but they are present in our DNA.

I am saying they are actually present in our DNA, that DNA is not just genetic information, not just hereditary traits, but the actual presence of unlimited and all-pervading Divine Individuals just like You.

Yama – Yama is said to be the lord of death, the lord of the spirits of the dead and the ancestors. But yama also means ‘pair’ and ‘that which holds pairs together’. Yama presides over the double helix of the DNA.

Of the eight limbs of Yoga, Yama is self-restraint, brahmacharya, the means of attaining the deepest form of concentration, meditation and wisdom.

Agni – fire, the fiery energy in the body that burns away impurities; the heat of tapas (‘to burn’).

Varuna – water, or fluidity; the eliminator of impurities. Fluidity also refers to adaptability, and the ability of hormones to pass through the walls of endocrine glands.

Moonsoma. In advanced stages of Yoga the moon represents the potential for perfection: Soma passes through endocrine glands to be purified by tapas and alchemically transformed into amrita, ‘the nectar of immortality’ which brings about perfection.

Vayu – wind, the breath, one of the five elements (air). In the body, vayu is called Prana, the Life Force.

Prajapati – a ‘god’ who brings forth and protects born beings.

Surrender

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Surrenders to You from in front and behind, and surrenders to You from all sides. You pervade everything, therefore You are everything. 

Having seen Lord Krishna’s true form, Arjuna has caught on to His all-pervasiveness, and the magic of surrendering to Him as Absolute God. And now he knows that he will never take any other course. He knows this surrender to be the God-action spoken of before, and his joy is heard in his words.

All-pervasiveness

OM, the sound of Everywhere
OM, the Sound of Everywhere

One of the characteristics of the Divine, of God, and therefore of You, is all-pervasiveness.

This idea is difficult to grasp because it is not intellectually rational (remember that intellect is fighting on the side of the enemy in this ‘war’). The reason for this is that we are all identified with our bodies, which consist of physical matter located in space. But we are not physical bodies, and we are not confined to one place in space. What we really are is everywhere. The Divine Individual You is present in every body. The only difference between us as human beings, is that the arrangement of individuals within each body is uniquely different. This difference shows up in the skin ridge patterns on our hands and fingerprints, and in our DNA.

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Most of us recognize that, in some way, we are all connected. But this connectedness is not something running between each of us, connecting each of us to other individuals. Everyone of us is within every one of us. We really are Divine Absolute Unlimited Individuals, and we are everywhere in everyone. This is why we have essential spiritual principles for living in sync with this Truth: What you do affects everyone.

Jesus said, “What you do to this man, you do to Me.”

This is the Truth that is behind Self Realization, the emergence of the Real You. This is revealed in life when you are in sync with the Real You—living like That, acting like That, being like That. This in turn brings you happiness and joy, a good life, and the ability to reach complete freedom and perfection if you so choose.

Living and being in sync with your True Self will ultimately bring you to Self Realization. Moving yourself in this direction is the greatest service to the world that you can ever give. All other kinds of service are temporal, but this service to others by making your own progress toward Self Realization, can only grow.

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“I am what I was and what I shall be.”
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Arjuna Asks to See Krishna’s True Form – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 11, Vs 3 – 4

Cosmic Form of Lord Krishna

The Power of God in You

Upon seeing the power of God in everything around you, it is only a short hop to realizing that God is also in you, as You. 

Arjuna Asks to See Krishna’s True Form

In this conversation between Lord Krishna and his devotee and childhood friend, Arjuna asks to see His true form.

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O Supreme Lord, as You have described Your Self thus it is so. Now I wish to see Your original sovereign form.  

The First Purusha

This ‘original, sovereign’ individual is puruṣottama, a compound of puruṣa and uttama. Earlier we learned that purusha is the Divine Individual in the state of knowing Other-than-Self (another Divine Individual). This is only one step away from adhyatma as described in verse one, the Self-existent Individual in the Absolute before Creation.

Uttama means first and highest, and puts Krishna (Vishnu) in the position of being the first Divine Individual to know Other-than-Self. This has had the effect of bringing about Creation, and causing us to think of “God” as an individual entity more powerful than ourselves. We are only half wrong about this. In what it is that we really are, we are all exactly the same as Purushottama, and have all the same qualities as That. But we were not the first (uttama).

Even though we are drawn to think of God as a separate individual entity, this First One of us is not more powerful than ourSelves, for all Divine Individuals are the same. But because we do not live in this Reality, we turn to this Purushottama in reaching out to God. Thus does this error in our thinking work to our advantage, for we have forgotten who and what we are, and Purushottama serves the function of Absolute Personal God for us.

Furthermore, because humanity perceives purusha (Self) as male and prakriti (Another) as female, we have gotten ourselves into the habit of thinking of God as male, whereas adhyatma as Purushottama is beyond all such distinctions.

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O Lord, if you think it possible for me to see, then cause Your Imperishable Self to be seen by me.

Now Arjuna wants to see what Lord Krishna really looks like. He understands that Krishna is what He says He is, but if this is something that can be seen, he wants to see it. Now we must remember that a ‘form’ suggests the Relative Realm of Creation, not the Absolute and Highest of God from which all this comes. Keep this in mind as we go through this chapter; it will answer the inevitable questions that will arise.

This will all become apparent in the next verses as Lord Krishna shows Arjuna His form. It is an experience in two phases: He sees the whole universe in Lord Krishna’s body, and enters into this Cosmic Form and has a hard time tolerating it. Lord Krishna grants Arjuna this privilege in our next issue.

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