VI:45-47 The Final Destination

Now we will end this chapter by hearing about the end result of successful Yoga practice. 

Continued from “From Desire to Fulfillment” (verse 44):

45
By persevering in his efforts, the mind withdrawn from anything else, he is completely purified of faults, and after many births is perfected and goes to the final destination.

“By persevering in his efforts”
Now he keeps going no matter what. This yogi knows something of what is ahead through his own experience, and will not be stopped.

“With the mind withdrawn from anything else”
The yogi is now steeped in Yoga. He thinks of nothing else. Any thought seemingly outside of it that should arise, is associated with God/Truth and his Yoga. Anything that is not, is dismissed.

“He is completely purified of faults”
These ‘faults’ are not really his, they are in the packaging, and Shakti wants to get the package to be like the Divine Individual that this yogi really is.

Shakti – Divine Energy. The intelligent, activating force of Nature.

The purification process that is going on in the body is sometimes uncomfortable, but our yogi knows what is going on, so he doesn’t fight it, but regards it as a sign of progress and happily continues his Yoga practice. 

Purification – The reordering of things to get them in their proper places, inside or outside of the body, mind and feelings. This ultimately gets one in sync with the Real Self. (See Yama and Niyama for descriptions of what this would look like). 

Purity

Because prana (Life Energy) can heal anything, it is often thought to be imprudent to avail oneself of resources considered to be unnatural. But this is unnatural—we are here on earth when we’re here, not at some other time. There are different resources available now than were available hundreds (or thousands) of years ago. Forcing oneself to endure something that might otherwise be relieved can cause more trouble from the stress it creates.

Self-Honesty

At this stage of sadhana, one really must be self-honest. Without self-honesty, mistakes will be made. Because of what is at the core of the mind (‘ego’), self-honesty is a difficult undertaking, so one must start immediately to practice it so that this skill is already developed and in place.

Sadhana – Spiritual practice. Sanskrit: The means of going straight to the goal. Mastering, cure, completion, perfection.

There is often (in any age) some difficulty determining what to do. One eventually gets the means of contacting inner guidance, but that alone isn’t always enough because of the mind’s propensity for interfering and causing mistakes to be made. Inner guidance must be more than just listening to your feelings or your mind, or confusing either with intuition. The mind will cause you more trouble than you can imagine, and feelings have their roots in the mind.

Ideally, you should consult your guru. In the event that your guru is no longer on this earth, the adepts who know their way around yoga can be called upon to advise you. If you don’t have direct contact with them they may send you dreams, in which case you will need to know how to understand dreams.

You should also consult scripture. Its purpose is to help you with this very thing. Then contemplate the yamas and niyamas to determine the correctness of your conclusions. It is also very helpful to talk with others on your path who are having similar experiences.

“After many births he is perfected and goes to the final destination”
I don’t think anyone can make it to or through this stage of sadhana without self-honesty and a whole lot of meditation experience (years). But it is very inspiring to know there will be a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, when one is finally, successfully ‘perfected’. 

46
The yogi is superior to the ascetic, the learned, and those who are active in good works. Therefore, be a yogi!

The yogi, the ascetic, the learned, and those who do good works, are all the greatest of devotees, but in this verse the yogi is ranked the highest. The ascetic is ranked higher than the learned, and the learned higher than those engaged in good works.

For many people, asceticism is the practice of severe self-discipline, sometimes even self-mortification, and abstention from all forms of pleasure. But we learned earlier that this is not the intended message. ‘Ascetic’ was defined as “one who is self-motivated, self-disciplined, and inspired, and can be a saint, sage, seer, monk, devotee or hermit”. The learned, on the other hand, is meant as someone who knows a lot but doesn’t have the personal experience behind the knowledge that the yogi and the ascetic have. 

47
Of all yogis, one who loves Me with faith and considers Me as in himself and himself in Me, is united with Me, and is the highest of all.

This verse speaks for itself.

End of Chapter Six
The Yoga of Meditation

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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V:14 Continued: Mitigating Negative Influences…

We are not all having the same experience because everyone is in a different place on the Cosmic Map. 

The Wisdom Teachings of Surrender Meditation, “In the City of Nine Gates”, Continued 

When in the Absolute we became awake to our Selves, realized our existence, and chose to know if there was anything else out there, the world was Created. Or we might say that the reverberation resulting from the act of finding out—the sound, or ‘Word’: OM, amen, amin, etc.—caused this world and the entire cosmos.

If you wonder who ‘looked’ first, and second, etc., you have the general idea for understanding the map. However, in the Absolute there are no limitations, so there is no time or place that we would need to pin this down to a map. The map exists in the Relative realm of our human existence.  

The Cosmic Map

Just as a sun in some far-off galaxy has less effect on you than the sun in your own galaxy, the cities closest to you on the Cosmic Map are going to affect you more than other cities in more distant places.

Maps and changes are relative phenomena of nature, so as on any map, changes will occur on the Cosmic Map. These changes are the results of what is happening among Divine Individuals. 

It could be argued that our place on the map is the result of our karma, which is certainly true but much misunderstood, and easily overcome through Surrender Meditation. For a significant change on the Cosmic Map, one or more of the population of your city will have to make a choice to unconditionally accept at least one other Divine Individual as equally divine and the same as themself (this is what I meant by “what is happening among divine individuals”). 

This is something you can do that will affect other cities, especially those in your neighborhood, and which will come back around to you. Taking this on is a risk-free win-win situation, so why wouldn’t you? 

One Individual’s unconditional acceptance of another Individual is what love is all about and why everyone is constantly seeking it. But there is nothing anyone can do to make another Individual choose to accept their own divinity, much less someone else’s. However, because we are already self-aware (or we wouldn’t be here), we can use our power of choice to choose not to continue choosing, and unconditionally accept the divinity and sameness of Others. Put into practice, this is Surrender Meditation. By it, other cities are affected, thereby increasing the odds of improving our own city and our own experience of life.

Surrender Meditation is choosing not to choose and leaving everything up to Absolute God. 

The way you are, the things you experience, and the way you experience them, has much to do with where you are in relationship to others on the Cosmic Map—your acceptances of Others (or not), and their acceptances of You and Others (or not).

No matter how these influences affect your life, there is nothing you cannot change (you are a god, after all). If you have a difficult horoscope, for instance, or difficult places within it, there are things you can do to mitigate negative influences. Surrender Meditation is one of these things. Positive thinking is not enough.

There are things you can do to mitigate unwanted effects and influences of other cities that will affect your own city in the best possible way at any given time. All are related to Surrender Meditation in one way or another, but can also be applied independently. Click here to read what they are.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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V:14 Continued: How to Mitigate Negative Influences…

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Previously, we learned that each of us is a Master within a city of nine gates, a body, and that we can realize this for ourselves (become Self-realized) by means of the practice and understanding presented in verses 13 and 14.

As the embodied divine eternal perfect one that you really are, the Real You, you do not create action, the means of action, or the effects of action. But what you are being (human) is a different story. A daily dose of experience at putting yourself in sync with the Real You will put you on the fast track to the joy and happiness of the Real You, and mitigate negative influences of other ‘cities’. We call this practice, Surrender Meditation

Whether you practice Surrender Meditation or not, the suggestions below will move you in the right direction. If you practice Surrender Meditation, they will advance you even more quickly.

The Wisdom Teachings of Surrender Meditation, “In the City of Nine Gates”, Continued:

1. Commit yourself to your spiritual development absolutely. 

2. Meditate daily. There is no spirituality without meditation. Meditation is the foundation of spiritual development. Everything else listed here is for the purpose of successful meditation, happier living and the acceptance of Divine Others (other Real You-s) as equally divine and the same as You. 

3. Knowledge and learning have an amazing way of fueling progress and getting results quicker and more effectively, so get more spiritual knowledge and steep yourself in it. Study scriptures. It doesn’t matter which ones, they are all teaching the same things in different ways.

4. Apply the yamas and niyamas to your life. These come in ten fundamental principles in Yoga (Ten Keys to Success), more in Hinduism. I like them because they are teachings that never seem to stop delivering more guidance and wisdom. As you continue on your spiritual path, they will continue to address and reveal new depths at each stage.

5. Practice being honest with yourself about yourself. No more denial, and no more using positive thinking to get away with it. Investigate yourself as a being, and be self-honest, even if it hurts. And investigate your Real Self through contemplation and meditation.

6. Get personal with God. Talk to God. Appeal to God. Listen to God. Although you will undoubtedly think me to be somewhat abstract in my perception of God, I have another, more devotional side: I talk to God all the time, day and night…out loud. I discuss all kinds of things with God. I run all my decisions by God, listen to the responses and act accordingly, knowing that any dissatisfaction with any outcome is due to my own error in understanding, and useful to me in itself as guidance for my own improvement.

7. Take God on faith until you experience God yourself, not just mentally or emotionally but really.

8. See the same in everyone. Treat others with kindness, realizing that what dwells within each person is absolutely the same as You: perfect, divine and filled with joy and goodness. And understand that what you do to another affects everyone, including you.

9. Remind yourself daily that, as the result of accepting Others unconditionally as Divine and the same as You, you move closer to Real Reality and the Real You, a Perfect Absolute Divine Individual of Pure Joy.

If you do all this, your life will change and you will like it better, no matter how good it is now.

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