Coming Together in Devotion – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 10, Vs 8-11

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me. Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“To those who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me. For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed with the illuminating light of this knowledge.”

Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 8-11

Here we find the first obvious message stressing the importance of individuals coming together in order to reach God. This is critical for enriching the devotional side of YogaWithout it, it can be harsh and filled with difficulties. This can be mitigated by community and gatherings “accompanied by kindness and affection.” What a wonderful way to live! (See SKY Haven)

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I am the origin of all that exists. Everything is set into motion from Me. Thus do the wise with the ability to meditate, worship Me.

Alternate translation:
I am all that is, for all that is comes forth from Me. With this understanding, one can meditate correctly. Thus does one truly worship Me.

If we understand what we have been taught, we have the ability to meditate. Correctly practiced, meditation is worship of God. To meditate correctly one needs the knowledge and understanding by which one’s meditation is “yoga practiced without alteration of the rule and observed before any other rule as one’s first duty,” as mentioned in verse seven.  

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Their consciousness fixed on Me, their Life Energy flows to Me. Sharing their experiences of Me, they enlighten each other and are fulfilled and delighted.

“Their consciousness fixed on Me”
The Sanskrit for attention is chitta. Chitta is consciousness—not consciousness of something, but pure consciousness itself, the subtlest form of divine energy.

“Their Life Energy flowing to Me”
When chitta flows to something, someone or some place, it is called attention, and where the attention goes, the Life Energy in the body, called prana, also goes.

The stuff of which the mind is made, is chitta, consciousness. 
Attention is a flow of consciousness from the mind to anything that is other than self.

Mind > AttentionWhere the attention goes, the energy flows.

With the attention going to Lord Krishna, one’s Life Energy goes to, and can unite with, Lord Krishna, Highest and First Purusha, Personal God. 

In “Finding the Magician Within” we were alerted to the extreme importance of Attention as being the key to achieving just about anything. This was presented in the context of reaching God/Truth, but it applies to anything. We even brought up Life Mastery in that article, and the necessity of constant Attention on the goal in order to attain it. Lord Krishna is bringing us back to this in this verse when He says that with consciousness (attention) fixed on Him, our Life Energy also flows to Him. This was earlier referred to as ‘worship’, or ‘meditation’, as the means of attaining union (yoga) with God.

You get what you worship

Dance and ChantThe next piece of the verse suggests that the most satisfying and pleasant way for accomplishing this is to be together with others with whom you can share Truth. This is called satsanga (‘Truth-sharing’).
Satsanga - ChantingSatsanga often includes any or all of the following: darshan (meeting the guru), kritana (music, dancing and singing to and about God/Truth), sharing experiences, and receiving teachings. In this way we “enlighten each other.” We awaken each other to God/Truth, and our attachments to previously limited expectations and ideas are forgotten. Enjoying this process, we find that our attention effortlessly remains on God/Truth throughout.

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To these worshippers, who are always thus devoted and worshipping with kindness and affection, I bestow this knowledge and understanding of Yoga by which they come to Me.
For them, out of sympathy for their goal, I, dwelling within their own beings, cause the darkness produced by ignorance to be destroyed, with the shining lamp of this knowledge.

Always means always. Continuously coming together according to the previous verse. If we understand the universality of God’s presence within everyone and everything, we will naturally be kind and treat each other with affection. This being the case, one is enlightened as to the Truth of Yoga as the means of union with God/Truth. This union destroys the darkness of ignorance, and proves the Yoga we have been taught.

This enlightenment is possible because of God’s already existent presence within all of us. God is saying that, because we understand this, practice Yoga and treat each other well, we need make no further effort, for God will turn the lights on for us.

Namaste (I bow to the divine one you really are),
Durga Ma
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The Highest Goal of Yoga: The Finishline – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 33-34

“How much easier is this yoga for Brahmans and royal sages! So having acquired this temporal and unhappy world, devote yourself to Me, Arjuna! Devoted to Me, bowing down reverently to Me, having Me as your highest goal, united with Me, you will surely reach the Highest Goal.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 10, Verses 33-34

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How much easier it is then, for Brahmans and royal sages! So having acquired this temporal and unhappy world, devote yourself to Me!

Lord Krishna has been teaching Arjuna the practice of yoga, and in doing so He makes it synonymous with the worship of Himself as Absolute God, thus making yoga a ‘God-practice’. In the previous verse (32) and this one, He reveals that this yoga is easier for some than others, which He describes, but that anyone can do it successfully through devotion to God.

“This temporal and unhappy world”
In this verse we have God as Lord Krishna calling this world ‘unhappy’ and making devotion to God an imperative antidote. Although we know that our time in this world is temporary and can accept this, in this our own day and age, we resist hearing statements of an “unhappy world” and put them down as ‘negative’. We go on to reassure ourselves that everything is perfect and just as it should be, and try to take a more ‘positive’ stance. But clearly, Lord Krishna is not going to pull any punches. He tells it like it is to motivate us to get on with this yoga, this God-practice, while we can, so we can reach liberation from having to return.

Alternate translation:  
How much easier it is for those of auspicious births—upper caste men and royal sages! So now in this temporary and unhappy world, while you have a chance, devote yourself to Me!

Lord Krishna is telling Arjuna that, being of royal birth, he’s got it made. He has advantages other, more unfortunate folks don’t have (vs. 32). Yet they can accomplish the very thing he has been resisting on several counts (in chapter one). Even though he is a warrior and brave on the field, he has hesitated to go forward with this yoga, and Krishna is urging him (and us) onward.

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Devoted to Me, bowing down reverently to Me, having Me as your highest goal, united with Me, you will surely reach the Highest Goal.

  • Highest Goal – the Sanskrit also means ‘the final end, chief objective or final aim, finished’.

Lord Krishna reiterates to Arjuna, his description of ‘worship’ as surrendering oneself solely to Him, Absolute God. By this means Arjuna will become united (yoga) with Him. This will take him to the Highest Goal. There being nothing higher, Arjuna (and ourselves) will reach the finish-line liberated from death and rebirth, the journey completed.

Bowing Down

What is it about bowing down before God, God-images, Gurus and Holy People that we westerners find so objectionable? This attitude strikes me as silly.

When I was given my first initiation, even though I had never seen or heard of bowing down, never heard of swamis or even yoga, before I even know what hit me, I had bowed down before this Master with my body fully outstretched on the floor and grasping his feet. I was flooded with love and bliss (there just isn’t a better word) and given experience after experience, and pieces of knowledge, one after the other, until I was steeped in wonder and joy.

From that time to now, I bow down at every opportunity. Done in the spirit of loving worship of God, that is what I get: God, the bliss and joy of God. I get drunk with it. Once I even found myself pranaming to students and had the same experience. But I had to stop doing that because they were disturbed about it. One student even left and never came back. Human beings are, I think, the greatest mystery on earth.

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“Bowing down reverently to Me”
Lord Krishna, who is teaching yoga to Arjuna, is Arjuna’s guru. It is customary to make this pranam by bowing down before Guru and images representative of God. By putting your head at the feet of God or Guru, you also honor your Real Self, for they are all the same. The willingness to make this gesture of devotion is what sends you forward to more advanced stages of yoga and Self realization. 

At the very least, you show your respect. Giving your ego a jolt by placing it at the feet of someone other than yourself, you open yourself to receiving more from the teachings of a guru than you otherwise would do. You draw the Truth to yourself in this way. 

This gesture of pranama is illustrated by a choice that Arjuna made earlier in the story of the Mahabharata:

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.16.13 AMArjuna demonstrated his loving devotion for Lord Krishna by placing himself at Krishna’s feet in pranama. Upon Lord Krishna’s awakening, Arjuna was the first to be seen by Lord Krishna, thus giving Arjuna first choice between Krishna’s armies or Krishna Himself. Arjuna chose his guru instead of the much needed armies.

This surrender resulted in Lord Krishna driving Arjuna’s chariot for him. To drive the chariot, Krishna seats Himself in the front of the chariot in a lower position, while Arjuna stands in the higher position behind Him.

Now do you begin to see the significance of this custom?

Reaching the Highest Goal of Yoga

“Having Me as your highest goal, united with Me”
If you have God/Krishna as your highest goal, you will become united with That. If you cannot even pranam to That, how do you expect to ever reach That?

By bowing down reverently to God, God will drive your chariot, and you will become united with God. “You will surely reach the Highest Goal”

You get what you worship.
You get what you surrender to.

End of Chapter Nine

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Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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A Law Unto Yourself – Bhagavad Gita, Ch 9, Vs 29-31

“Toward all living beings I am the same. None is disliked or favored by Me. But those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them. Even if an evil-doer worships Me exclusively with love and devotion, he is considered to be righteous, for he is certainly rightly resolved. A law unto himself, he goes quickly to everlasting peace and the end of sorrows. So be aware: My devotee is never lost.” — Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 9, Verses 29-31

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Toward all living beings I am the same. None is disliked or favored by Me. But those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.

Alternate translation:
In all living beings I am the same. Any prejudice or judgement would therefore be impossible. But those who practice this yoga with devotion to Me, become united with Me—they are in Me and I am in them. We are as one.

“In all living beings I am the same”
You may remember in chapter two we were taught the difference between the embodied one and the being:  “…we are eternally unified in WHAT we are regardless of what we are BEING, and even as beings, we are still made of the same stuff, for God is all there is. So both in WHO and WHAT we really are and in BEING human, we are eternally united by the commonality of our sameness (WHAT we are), our individuality (WHO we are) and our everlasting existence.”

Worship With Devotion

Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.
Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me and I am also in them.

“Those who worship Me with devotion, they are in Me, and I am also in them”

Over the course of these chapters we have come to understand the use of words like ‘worship’ and ‘ritual’ to refer to the practice of the secret yoga as making a ‘sacrificial offering’—we surrender ourselves to that Absolute God that is behind everything.

This ‘ritual’ is done in the context of what we think of as meditation until someday, perhaps years or even lifetimes from now, or maybe even tomorrow, our devotion is absolute and surrender is complete. We are devoted only to God, and the sacrificial offering is not just our bodies, feelings and mind, but our entire lives. We live in God and God lives in us.

I and My Father are One. — Lord Jesus

The beauty of Yoga is that it is not biased and is available to anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. Yoga is universal.

The “secret yoga” is universal. When it is misunderstood it is misused. Its understanding requires that one’s yoga practice (call it what you will) be directed only to Absolute God, so that personal experience in meditation opens the door to reveal it.

One who truly seeks Absolute God, will seek out a guru who knows the way. One who tries to boot-strap it is trying to satisfy the ego (ahamkara – “I can do it myself”) This person is not exclusively devoted to God, but to himself, so by definition he cannot succeed.

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Even if an evil-doer worships Me exclusively with adoration and devotion, he is considered to be righteous, for he is certainly rightly resolved. 

Consider Jesus on the cross addressing the thief at his side and saying, “Truly I tell you, today you shall be with me in Paradise.”

Anyone with a negative ego strong enough to convince that person that he or she is not worthy of this practice can now let go of this mistaken idea. One need only ‘worship’ God exclusively with undivided love and devotion as it has been spelled out to us in these verses. Then…..

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A law unto himself, he goes quickly to everlasting peace and the end of sorrows, Arjuna. So be aware: My devotee is never lost.

Not some day, not maybe, but certainly and quickly. Such devotion is guaranteed to bring you to God. The only question is, do you want God?

If you want something else more than you want God, then your devotion is not exclusive. The bling of desired objects and objectives, duties and responsibilities, only hold you back from your own joy, the happiness of your own natural state. Yes, you do deserve this. If an “evil-doer” deserves it, you certainly do, no matter what your negative ego tells you. 

A Law Unto Yourself

Whether you are a person who is knowledgable of dharma (divine law) or not, whether you are religious or not, whether you think of God in the same way others do or not…..

A Law Unto Yourself. Ashoka, from cruel king to benevolent Buddhist.
A Law Unto Yourself. Ashoka, from cruel king to benevolent Buddhist.

Even if you have an evil past, if you live in harmony with Truth and practice this yoga with devotion, you are blameless, a law unto yourself. So why should you entertain any idea of unworthiness?

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves” — Romans 2:14

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