V:4-6 What Spiritual Path Suits You Best?…

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The beginner says that the path of Samkhya and the path of Yoga are different, but not the wise. Undertaken together, one finds the fruit of both. 

Sankhya (सांख्य) – ‘bringing forth knowledge’
Sankhya is known as the path of Knowledge.

Yoga (योग) – ‘union, the act of yoking together’
Yoga is known as the path of Action.

The Path of Knowledge. The word sankhya means knowledge derived through intellect, reason, discrimination and meditation. Sankhya is one of the six major systems of Hindu philosophy.

The Path of Action. The path of yoga, ‘union; the act of yoking together’ gives yoga the distinction of action as its basis.

To the yogi, these two paths are not different. Case in point: The Yoga Sūtras, important aphorisms on the practice of Yoga, was written by Patanjali, a Sankhyist. One who has achieved success in their spiritual path understands this partnership of Knowledge and Action.

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That which is attained by Samkhya is also attained by Yoga. Samkhya and Yoga are one. One who sees this, sees correctly.

Yoga Brings Forth Knowledge

A person on the path of Yoga naturally finds themself on the path of Knowledge as well, for Yoga brings knowledge both directly and indirectly.

The path of Action is called Karma Yoga (‘action union’). While some see Karma Yoga as devotional service, the yogi understands that action (karma) as described by Lord Krishna, brings the very knowledge sought by the traveller on the path of Sankhya.

No matter through which door one enters a room, it is still the same room. 

Lord Krishna stated earlier that the path of Action is superior to the path of Knowledge. He points out that the path of Action produces Knowledge anyway, and being also the path of Liberation, is therefore the superior of the two. 

The yogi on the path of Action avails himself of knowledge through oral teachings, scripture, and personal experience in meditation. In this way, the yogi is also on the path of Knowledge. Action proves knowledge through experience in meditation, and ultimately leads to liberation. But the path of Knowledge alone does not bring liberation.

Correct action produces correct knowledge.
Correct knowledge is proved through correct action. 

The Path of Devotion

We must not ignore the path of Devotion. It is not mentioned in these verses for one reason only: It is assumed, for one cannot succeed in either the path of Knowledge or the path of Action without it. Devotion is the very foundation for the success of both.

Devotion (bhakti) – love, trust, respect, honor, reverence, faith, humble submission.

Regardless of one’s personal orientation, Devotion, Action and Knowledge are all necessary for success. As one continues with the practice of any one of these three, progress will ultimately bring them together equally. 

The commitment necessary for success on any path is motivated in the Devotee by love and respect for God and Guru, in the Yogi by the desire for union with the Absolute, and in the Knowledge-oriented seeker by the hunger for wisdom and enlightenment. These three united are the bringers of success: the fulfillment of one’s Natural State.

Happiness is Your Natural State

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Renunciation is difficult to attain without Yoga. Yoked to Yoga and progressing speedily, the wise soon attain Brahman. 

Put another way: Renunciation is easy with Yoga. One who understands Yoga and sticks to it will easily attain God.

Renunciation – Throwing down, laying aside, abandoning, surrender.

Renunciation is generally understood as a vow of poverty and a life of service or yoga practice, and the abandonment of desires. However, in these verses, we have come to realize that renunciation is the abandonment of the role of the doer of actions, which is synonymous with the ‘surrender’ of Surrender Meditation. Yoga (Action) is the means, and yoga (union) is the result.

Lord Krishna says that renunciation is difficult to attain without Yoga. Now, does he mean the path of Yoga, or does he mean ‘union’? When we understand that the path of Action, Yoga, brings about union, then we have it correctly: the answer is both.

If we are practicing Surrender Meditation, we are practicing the path of Action, Karma Yoga. If we pursue knowledge and understand it correctly, we are also practicing the path of Knowledge. As we continue our practice with Devotion, we will experience Truth and gain true Wisdom and Eternal Happiness.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are, even as a being),
Durga Ma
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V:1-3 The Nature of Nature is to Move…

It is the nature of Nature to move. Going against Nature and trying to stop action will only cause trouble, and it isn’t going to work anyway—sooner or later, action will reassert itself. You can’t cheat Mother Nature!  

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Arjuna Spoke:
You praise renunciation of action and again you praise Yoga. Tell me definitely which one is the best.

Arjuna’s confusion is understandable, for he has caught on to the apparent contradiction of ‘renunciation of action’ and yoga, which by definition involves action. He takes renunciation of action to mean giving up acting, and yoga as requiring acting. So, ever the perfect disciple, he asks Lord Krishna, as he has before, to tell him what to do.

Renunciation of action  Letting go of action.
Yoga —  Union.

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Krishna spoke:
Both renunciation and Karma Yoga lead to the highest bliss, but Karma Yoga is superior to action renunciation.

Alternate translation:
Renunciation and Action Yoga together lead to the highest bliss. It is better to practice Action Yoga than to not act.

Letting go of action does not mean that there is no action, but that one is not doing the acting. By surrendering oneself to God in meditation, one gives all actions over to God, and God takes it from there. So renunciation of action is not only consistent with Karma Yoga rather than at odds with it, it is the key to understanding it.

From another perspective…

This verse is often seen as Krishna referring back to Sankhya Yoga, the Yoga of Knowledge (chapter 2) and His recent and detailed teachings on Karma Yoga, the Yoga of Action (chapters 3 and 4) which, if one had to choose, is the superior of the two.

Sankhya – ‘Making known, calculation, discrimination, rationalization’.
Karma Yoga – ‘Action Union’

Sankhya, the path of Knowledge — jnana yoga or buddhi yoga — considers that all actions are of nature, that even though we may be ’embodied’, what we really are is not nature, and that knowledge (jnana) and the intellect (buddhi) are therefore superior to action.

Jñāna – Knowledge, wisdom derived from meditation.
Buddhi
– Intelligence, reason, discernment, judgement.

Yoga, the path of Action — karma yoga — considers that action, being inherent in our present condition as physical beings, cannot be avoided and is therefore instrumental to our freedom from the bondage of karma, as well as the realization of Truth.

Karma – Action.
Yoga – Union, the act of uniting.

From this viewpoint, both paths seem equally valid, nevertheless, Krishna says that the path of Action is superior to the path of Knowledge. Why?

Action, understood as Krishna has taught it in previous verses, will bring knowledge anyway, and it will also liberate us from the bondage of our karma.

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It is to be understood that one who neither dislikes nor desires, is a constant renouncer. Indifferent to pairs of opposites, this person is easily liberated from bondage.

Lord Krishna is praising Yoga again with His reference to indifference and liberation. One who neither dislikes nor desires, a ‘constant renouncer’, is on the very threshold of liberation.

Indifference to opposites, such as likes and dislikes, is a kind of liberation in itself, so finishing the job should be easy. If we want liberation, and if we want it to be final and easy, we must pay attention to what Lord Krishna is teaching us here.

Renunciation (संन्यास) – Putting or throwing down, laying aside, resignation, abandonment of; trust; stake, wager, risk. (See The Spiritual Adventure of Gain By Chance)

“It is to be understood that one who neither dislikes nor desires, is a constant renouncer”
In the path of Action, by constantly renouncing action in meditation, one gradually achieves ‘indifference’ to pairs of opposites. We learned this earlier, and now we are given to understand that this indifference is what ‘renunciation’ (surrender) and ‘action’ together will produce.

An additional perk of rising above the influence of the poles of opposites is that one discovers what lies between. Once this discovery is made, indifference increases as one ceases to be helplessly subject to the magnetic pull of extremes. The power of these extreme polarities diminishes, leaving one with more options and more flexibility. This is, in fact, the principle behind yoga asana, the ‘yoga’ you see in Yoga studios, where the movement from one pose to its opposite is as important as the pose.

It is also the basis of Surrender Meditation, where, by renouncing (surrendering) everything to God in meditation, one is a “constant renouncer” in the role of a ‘non-doer’, and any actions that arise are acts of God and not one’s own. This works because it is the truth anyway, whether we notice it, or agree with it, or not.

All action occurs in nature. We are not nature. What we really are does nothing. This is the Knowledge we derive through experience from the practice of surrender to God (Karma Yoga), that causes us to rise above our karma through indifference, and become liberated.

In this way, we can see that the path of Action includes the path of Knowledge, but the reverse is not necessarily so, for the path of Knowledge does not require the practice needed to prove knowledge through experience: Karma Yoga. Thus do Knowledge and Action Yoga together lead to the highest bliss.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are),
Durga Ma
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I have designed these courses to provide you with information and personal experience in authentic meditation. You will find them to be easy, yet amazing in depth and clarity. You will be surprised at what you will learn and gain from these courses, even if you have meditated for years.

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Durga Ma Chronicles…

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1.13.2016 
Yoga Nidra 

I am with my parents. I am seeing and interacting with them as they really are, not as ‘divine individuals’, but as beings who, like all of us, came here from a different plane. But in their case, they have left their physical bodies and are now denizens of this wonderful place, and able get around without the cumbersome and deceptive cloak of a physical body. And I liked them very much. There was no tension and I was able to relate well with them and enjoy being with them.

In this life I was not able to connect with my parents; we were not close. I didn’t know what made them tick, nor they me. But now I have seen them as they really are as beings.

In the plane we came here from—let’s just call it an astral plane—we were not so heavily cloaked; we were happy, at ease, peaceful, kind, and filled with a quiet joy. Here, our cloaking is massive, and relentlessly requires our attention and care. It yells and screams at us with pains and discomforts, demands food, and gets involved with all kinds of things, especially other people equally cloaked—what we are relating to is only a fabricated cloak…we don’t have a clue who’s behind it. One cloak relating to another cloak, we are all invisible.

Most people hearing about ‘liberation’ as not having to come back here and become hidden behind these cloaking devices again, not only do not want to hear it, but they will actually state that they do want to come back. If you tell most people that you are seeking liberation, they will likely find you wanting in sanity, or at the very least, they will tell you that you need to ‘think more positively’, not realizing that this is exactly what you’re doing!

This cloaking device we wear, and that we think of as ourselves, is nothing more than a pile-up of misinformation, more of a robot than a being—and you’re not even the one at the controls! (If you think you are, you are fooling yourself.) Returning to the astral world at death, this mechanical device is gone, and one is able to be a being that is much more Real than what is possible here in this world—maybe one person in five-hundred years manages it.

So call me “Negative” if you like, but what I really am is neither negative nor positive. I am just the one that I am, and not the least bit different that you. Personally, I would rather live life as a being on that lovely astral plane and see if they have any classes in Real Yoga over there (one doesn’t like to make too many assumptions about what might be next!).

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One that You really are, even as a being),
Durga Ma
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P.S. Chapter 5 of the Bhagavad Gita begins next week.


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IV:40-42 How To Do Yoga…

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Start with a spirit of adventure and jump in with both feet. Trust the teachings, even if you have to pretend, and persist until they prove themselves to you in meditation one way or the other. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. 

In these three verses we are rallied to take refuge in Yoga. Yoga is a physical-spiritual science, a skill, an art, a philosophy, a psychology and a theology, as opposed to a religion where belief systems rule.

Yoga is a generic term, as well as a word for a tradition of carefully handed down teachings through many and varied lineages to preserve its authenticity, and to allow for independent discovery through practice. This practice is meditation, the ‘lab’ where one’s understanding of these teachings is either proved, disproved or clarified, and where written teachings, oral teachings and one’s personal experience in meditation ultimately tally to validate something proved.

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One who is ignorant, who has no faith and is skeptical, is lost. For one who doubts, there is happiness neither in this world nor next.

“Ignorant”
Without yoga wisdom, and without experience in yoga meditation, it is easy to doubt everything Lord Krishna has been teaching us. The result of ignorance is unhappiness.

“Happiness”
The Sanskrit word for happiness literally means ‘having a good axel wheel’. With a good, well-oiled axel wheel, things run smoothly and one experiences ease, happiness and good fortune.

“For one who doubts”
This can be understood both as doubting the teachings, and self-doubt. By applying the teachings, doubt and Self-doubt are naturally removed when Truth proves Itself to you. If self-doubt persists outside of meditation, one can get to the bottom of it (it can seem impenetrable, but it is probably simpler that you think).

The Sanskrit for ‘faith’ also means trust. If you are burdened by self-doubt, trust in these teachings is thwarted and true knowledge becomes inaccessible. Doubt and self-doubt, the antithesis of arrogance, are the enemy. If you hang on to doubt, it will bring you down. You must defeat it, renounce it, let it go, for…

Happiness is your natural state.

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Through renunciation of action through Yoga one is not bound by karma, wisdom cuts away doubt, and one is self-possessed, Conqueror of Wealth.

This is the solution we are looking for.

“Renunciation of action though Yoga”
‘Renunciation of action’ means that one does not take the role of the doer of action in meditation, even when action arises. One has surrendered oneself, including all actions, to God, thereby cutting away karma. This is proved through Yoga (‘union’) and describes Karma Yoga specifically.

“Wisdom cuts away doubt”
Wisdom is attained through Yoga. It is the very thing that causes you to rise above the ego’s attempts to remain in control by taking the role of the doer of action.

You now know what Yoga is and that it is working in your favor. In time, you will gain a new kind of wisdom that will give you the confidence to continue no matter what. There are always obstacles in life, but none are stronger than You.

“Self-possessed”
To be self-possessed is to have self-confidence, self-assuredness. In this powerful neutral zone between arrogance and self-doubt, nothing can stop you.

“Conqueror of Wealth”
Krishna is reminding Arjuna of his good fortune in receiving these teachings by calling him ‘winner of the prize, or treasure’.

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Therefore, Descendant of Bharata, with your own sword of wisdom, cut away this doubt in the heart that comes from ignorance. Stand up and take refuge in Yoga.  

Descendant of Bharata”
Bharata is the name of that part of the world known to us as India. It means ‘constantly engaged in acquiring knowledge’. By using this epitaph, Krishna is calling Arjuna an ‘inheritor of knowledge’, referring to the knowledge He has passed down to him in this dialogue, the Bhagavad Gita.

“With your own sword of wisdom, cut away this doubt”
This knowledge is now Arjuna’s means of cutting away any remaining doubts, and subsequently, his own self-doubt and his karma, all in one fell swoop.

“Doubt in the heart that comes from ignorance”
The Sanskrit word for ‘heart’ is defined as ‘the seat of feelings and emotions’, and even ‘the mind and the soul’.

The ‘heart’ of something is its ‘core’, like heartwood is the core of a tree, implying that ‘doubt in the heart’ is wherever the core of ignorance lies within oneself. It may be the heart chakra, or anyplace in the body where the sensation of an emotion lies and how it feels, or in the memory bank of the mind where the event that produced it lives and triggers the re-experiencing of the associated feelings.

When something like this is carried over into another lifetime, it is called a samskara, which is usually defined as an ‘impression’, or a ‘karmic tendency’. The word literally means, ‘with doing’, indicating that the role of the doer of action is the culprit. This shows us the way out, the way out that Krishna has been trying to get across to Arjuna (and to us) throughout this discourse, and which is known as Karma Yoga.

“Stand up and take refuge in Yoga”
Arjuna should now take action by taking refuge in Yoga. Krishna tells him specifically to ‘stand up’ (you will recall that he had become dejected and slumped down onto the seat of his chariot). But now he knows what Yoga really is, and he (and we) should take shelter in it to cut away ignorance and karma, and take us to our Natural State of eternal happiness and freedom.

End of Chapter Four
The Yoga of Wisdom Through Renunciation of Action

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