VIII: 5-7 At the Moment of Death, Part 1

Last week we learned about our original situation in the Divine Absolute and how we got to where we are now. Now we will learn how to recover this happy state.   

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Having abandoned the body at the time of death and thinking only of Me, one achieves My state.
 In this matter there is no doubt.  

Consider that freeing, letting go of, or abandoning the body, also refers to surrendering the body to God in meditation. This is consistent with previous verses. And consider that ‘end-time’ refers to a timeless state resulting from this surrender in which union (yoga) with God is achieved. It all works. 

  • Death – Literally, ‘end-time’. Death of the body, death of the ego, sleep, deep sleep, meditation, samadhi, renunciation. These are some of the ways we can take the idea of death beyond its usual meaning.

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When the body is surrendered, whatever one’s thoughts at at end-time, one reaches that, and transitions into that state.

Whether referring to the moment of physical death of the body, or union with God in meditation, whatever you are focused on in that moment of end-time, you transition into that state. This message bears consideration in either case.

For those of you who practice Surrender Meditation, remember that thoughts do not arise as a result of your doing, but as a result of Shakti working in your best interest. So you need not concern yourself with what thoughts are active in your mind when meditating. The cause is Shakti, and no one else, and they cannot cause anything that is not determined by HerSo no matter what transforms into what, it is not your affair. This faith is imperative. Remember that Shakti’s goal is your perfection and eternal happiness, not your immediate comfort. By this practice of giving Her free rein, you will not have to concern yourself with thinking of God at end-time. It will come naturally.

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Therefore, always remember and think of Me. Offering your buddhi-mind to Me, fight, and you will certainly attain Me.

Many years ago when I first read this, I valiantly tried to constantly remember and think only of God, and found that, inevitably, I would catch myself thinking about something else. This was especially bothersome because the translations I had read were about death of the physical body, and the idea of transforming into some of the things in my mind was unbearable. But having discovered the value of mantra (repeating Sanskrit names of God) as a means of keeping my attention on God, I applied it in these moments, and was relieved of this concern.

Mantra has the very fine quality of becoming addictive, and after practicing for a while, it will show up on its own when least expected. In the early days of sadhana, outside of meditation I often had recurring visions that were horrible and frightening. But once I had a mantra and had practiced it, I found that it would spontaneously intervene in these visions and send them scampering away. I recommend the practice of mantra to everyone, regardless of their path. At the very least, it will clear the mind. 

“Buddhi-mind” 
One way to understand ‘buddhi-mind’ is to think of it as the mind’s function of differentiation. Another way is to  remember that the body has a mind of its own, and that buddhi-mind refers to the body’s mind. In an earlier chapter on Action, we found the word buddhi used to suggest the action of the instrument of yoga (uniting). So we might take “offering your buddhi-mind to Me” to be referencing this ability of both the mind and the body to sort things out through Action, by offering (surrendering) them both to Krishna (God). 

“Fight”
Remember that the setting in which this conversation between Krishna and Arjuna takes place, is a battleground. The war, though historic, is getting used as a metaphor for hatha-yoga (sun-moon union), the first stage of yoga sadhana in which Kundalini is awakened.

Also remember that Arjuna initially refused to fight. But the clashing together of the two opposing forces (awakening kundalini) must happen in order for Arjuna’s people to take their rightful place as rulers of the kingdom (you’ll catch the metaphor here). So Krishna is encouraging Arjuna to get with the program and ‘fight’—to get on with his sadhana (practice).

Continued next week….

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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V:14 In the City of Nine Gates…

The Wisdom Teachings of Surrender Meditation, Continued 

Mentally renouncing one’s sense of being the doer of actions, the embodied one sits happily as the Master within the city of nine gates, not acting or causing action (13). 

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The Master in the city of nine gates, does not create action, the means of action, or the effects of action, but nature proceeds spontaneously in all this. 

“Nature” – Anything other than you that you can be conscious of. 
“Fruits” – Results, effects, outcomes. 

The Master, the embodied one in the city of nine gates (the body), is the eternal non-doer, the divine individual entity that you really are that is never born and never dies: the Real You.

When you truly renounce the role of the doer of actions—surrender specifically to God and only God (whatever your word is for That)—you are taking a neutral position consistent with the Real You that is indifferent to actions and their effects. This allows for spontaneous actions in meditation (verse 11) to return you to your natural state of happiness.

Citizens of the City

The city is Your realm. All other Divine Individuals make up the population of your city. Each of us, being unlimited in what it is that we truly are, is everywhere in everyone. 

The Lord Jesus reveals this when, upon seeing the disciple use his sword against his enemy, to cause him to desist He says, “What you do to the least of these, my brothers, you do to Me.” 

“The Whole World is One Family”
— Sanatana Dharma—the way of Eternal Truth

The City Map

The order and arrangement of Divine Individuals on the map of your city is determined by their state of self-awareness and their power of choice in relationship to each other and to You. This arrangement defines your unique characteristics and how you experience things. 

Self-awareness – You are aware that you exist.
Power of choice – Your inherent ability to choose.

Let us call the Divine Individual a ‘god’ with all the same characteristics as God. In your city, your body, there is a god of every aspect—every chakra, function, organ, etc. Everyone is present within you, just as you are present in everyone else. This is why what happens with one of us affects all of us, and why what you do affects everyone, including you.

When you surrender to the Absolute in meditation, you are surrendering to one or more Divine Individuals. You are not surrendering to them as beings, but as what they really are: Divine Individuals just like You.

You achieve union with the Absolute by surrendering to the Absolute. 

The Absolute

A Divine Individual in the Absolute, before Creation, is either self-aware or not self-aware. One who is self-aware can ‘know’ other Divine Individuals. The choice to know is the choice to employ your inherent ability as a Divine Individual, to be conscious. To be conscious is to ‘know’, perceive, what is other than You. The only thing to know in the Absolute is other Divine Individuals.

One is either self-aware, not self-aware, self-aware and choosing to know, or self-aware and not choosing to know.

If one is self-aware, one can choose to know others or not. These are the only options available to a self-aware individual in the Absolute: to know or not to know. To know or not to know is to be or not to be, for once the choice has been made to know, we have Creation. You have made this choice, and you are here because of it.

The Relative

Once we start talking about life and what we are conscious of, we are dealing with the Relative, not the Absolute. Both are “God”, but God in Its Highest is Absolute. And even though the ability to be conscious is Absolute, consciousness itself is Relative. 

In the Absolute, before Creation, there was no awareness of the perfect, blissful Absolute, but now that you are here, self-aware and conscious, when you return you will be aware of It. For now though, you are the Master in a city of nine gates, a body, being human with your own unique characteristics and experiences. If you wonder why you are the way you are as a being in the Relative Realm of life in this world, and why you have the experiences you do, you will find it on your map.

Surrender Meditation

When we make the choice to stop choosing by turning everything over to Absolute God in Surrender Meditation we are paralleling the Truth of Absolute God and our true Selves. This is why Surrender Meditation works so efficiently and effectively.

When we surrender to Absolute God in meditation, we surrender to other Absolute Divine Individuals (not what they are being). We accept these Others as Divine and the same as Us. The more we meditate the better we get at this, and the closer we come to Real Reality. When we accept all Divine Others, we get nirbija samadhi

nirbija samadhi – nirbija (no Others remain unaccepted) + samadhi (equanimous bliss)

“The Master in the city of nine gates, does not create action, the means of action, or the effects of action” describes the Real You. When you abandon the role of the doer of actions, you put yourself in sync with how things really are, and “nature proceeds spontaneously in all this.”

We surrender only to the Absolute.
We never surrender to nature. 

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