THE CHIDAKASHA GITA
OF BHAGAWAN NITYANANDA OF GANESHPURI
Verses 101-125 With Commentary by Sadguru Kedarji
- When a boy has passed the first standard and he goes to the second standard, books of the first standard are no longer required by him. When a man is in sound sleep, he sees neither the stars nor the sun nor the moon. He is aware of nothing. Then the mind is nill. Sleep is a subtle condition. It is not gross. In sound sleep we are not conscious of the body. Then we are conscious of Atma alone. We will have sleep when Prana is in a fixed plane in the body. When the ego is completely destroyed, everything seems to be like “reflection.” The mind’s delusion is not permanent. It is not Shiva.
Commentary: When a student graduates from a class and moves on to another, he is no longer concerned with the books he used in the class he just graduated from. In the same way, when you pass into sound sleep, you no longer experience the objects from your waking state and you are no longer concerned with them. You are not aware of anything in deep sleep because the mind has stopped completely and merged into a void. For this reason, deep sleep is a subtle condition. It is a different plane than the waking state and is very close to God. In deep sleep you lose all body consciousness and enter into Divine Consciousness. It is the Self in which you are floating in deep sleep. But you need an awakened awareness to fully understand and experience this for what it is, rather than projecting false notions on to it. Otherwise, you miss making use of that experience.
The ultimate sleep occurs when Prana Shakti has pierced all the other three states of being (waking state, dream state, deep sleep) and become centered in the Sahasrar. When this occurs, the ego is completely destroyed and all objects are recognized as being mere reflections of God, Shiva or the Self. The delusion of the mind is not permanent. Only That which always has been, always is and always will be, only That which is both the cause and the effect, only That is permanent.
- When a man has become a graduate in law, he receives a university gown. This gown covers the body from head to foot. It has four hands (two hands and two legs). When SAT and CHIT become united, we have Ananda, Brahmananda, Paramananda, Sri Satchidananda, Sri Yogananda. When we discard worldly pleasures, we enjoy divine pleasures. When we realize the truth about Jiva, we enjoy Ananda.
Commentary: When a person graduates from a university, he/she is covered from head to foot in a cap and gown. This covering is quite regal but also illusory, since it has nothing to do with what the graduate will retain and use. In the same way, the body, no matter how fit and how perfect looking, is a facade, an illusion that has little to do with the Reality. When Sat (being) and Chit (awareness or Spanda Shakti) become united, you experience the Bliss of the Absolute and the Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence of the Shiva-Shakti power dawn on you. When you turn away from (by way of breaking your attachment to) worldly pleasures, you enjoy these Divine pleasures. When you realize the Truth about the limitation of the body and the senses, you enjoy Supreme Bliss.
- Those who have no guru, have not realized the truth. In this world there is no effect without cause. When the darkness in this world has appeared as light, that is called Jnana. Darkness is ignorance. Light is knowledge. Do not be a hypocrite and earn fame.
Commentary: It is not possible to realize your true nature, in order to resolve the identity crisis, without first Surrendering to and following the instruction of a Sadguru. Only the person who obeys can command. In this world there is no effect without cause. What is learned well is first taught by a Master. The Guru is such a person. Only a Liberated Sage, a perfected Master of permanent spiritual transformation and ultimate Liberation can awaken Kundalini Shakti in you and guide you from the darkness of your own ignorance into the Light of Divine Consciousness known as Jnana.
Ignorance of the Self and attachment to sense pleasures and worldly pleasures is what we call darkness. The experience of God within and the act of merging your individual identity in the Self is what we call Light or Jnana. Once you led to That by your Guru, in Sadhana, and experience your full worth inside, do not be a hypocrite by trying to earn fame. Remain humble and share your experience with others.
- Say what you do and do what you say.
Commentary: For a yogi seeking Liberation, it is extremely important to align one’s actions with the Supreme Intelligence. As you progress on the spiritual path, become aware of the vibration you are creating with your speech and make the effort to align your speech and actions with the Divine Will of God. This is very necessary in the quest for Truth and Wisdom.
- Before you die, leave the forest path and follow the royal road. When you are on your deathbed, you may suffer the agonies of hell, your Prana being obstructed by the three humors (Vatha, Pitha, and Kapha).
Commentary: You can only become Liberated from ignorance, moment-to-moment, you can only realize God completely while alive in the body. Many people believe that they should eat, drink and party for as long as they are physically able, putting off the pursuit of permanent spiritual transformation until old age. Many do not even consider God until they are on their deathbed. At this point, it is too late.
The future is uncertain at best. Before you die, stop wandering in the forest of illusion that is this world and take up the royal road of spiritual attainment. Spiritual instruction and practice cannot be taken up when you are suffering the agony of a body that is near death. If the subtle body, the Sushumna, has not been purified of all latent impressions at the time of death, it is not possible to go to God. So, you should take up spiritual practice under the leadership of a Sadguru now. The saints tell us, do it now. Don’t waste any more time.
- There are many people in this world to take care of those who have passed the I.C.S., but there is none to inquire about the path to Divinity. No one can describe what the Bliss of Mukti means and what it is. That religion which was taught by Shiva from the beginning of creation is one and one only.
Commentary: So many teachers, so little wisdom! There are many who teach and encourage people to pursue comfort, security and reward. There are spiritual teachers and then there are Sadgurus. The world is full of “experts” on this and that, waiting to advise you at every turn. But few are those who can lead you to God.
The Bliss of Liberation cannot be described. It must be experienced. To experience it, you need agency. That agency is Grace and Grace comes from a Master. The Art of Inner Transformation is that path that has been taught by Lord Shiva since the beginning of time. It is the path Kundalini Shakti travels on in the Sushumna Nadi to union with Shiva in the Sahasrar. It is the easy path imparted and guided by a Sadguru. It is the only path to Self-realization.
- Adversity given by Shiva is no adversity. Sorrow given by Shiva is no sorrow. It is your mental delusion. At the time of our birth on this earth, there is some difficulty. So also at the end. When a person comes out of the mother’s womb, tears trickle down the child’s eyes.
Commentary: We are all subject to the law of Karma. Past actions will be suffered in the present life. Karma involves the ego’s perception of both suffering and delight, both pleasure and pain. Therefore, it is the ego idea that must go. Then everything is experienced as Joy, even in the midst of facing your karmas.
What you experience in this life is a direct result of your past actions. Therefore, you are responsible. The purpose of the spiritual path is to lead you to the understanding that will get you to stop creating new Karma for yourself, whether it be perceived as ‘good’ or ‘bad’.
It is due to Karma that you have taken birth. Your present lifetime exists for you to work out the karmas you created in past lives. That’s why you are here. This is why the newborn’s first action upon birth is to cry. It knows that it has suddenly entered the realm of limitation where all consequences of actions must be suffered. On the spiritual path, God creates obstacles to test you, to obliterate your ego and to remove anything that is an obstacle to your realizing the Self. This type of adversity is really no adversity at all. It is God’s Grace, God’s blessing on your existence here.
Once you are Liberated, no new karmas are created and, upon your death, you are not reborn. This is the goal of Sadhana, to prevent future births by removing your ignorance of the Truth. You may not always perceive Grace as being pleasant. But that’s due to your ego-idea as well, that is born of your false notion of individuality, your own resistance. When you Surrender completely to God’s Grace, your mind becomes so positive that you experience all circumstances, whether good or bad, as a gift from God. In this way you become invincible while still in the body.
- All is Shiva. Justice and its opposite both are Shiva. O Mind! Leave off injustice and be one with justice.
Commentary: This world-appearance is the result of Shiva’s Maya (the illusory aspect of this world appearance). Due to Maya, we experience duality. However, this duality, this diversity, is a perception created by Shiva, by God. Therefore, justice and injustice both belong to Shiva. Both are created by That, the Self. A true yogi chooses justice over injustice by reaching for Sattva Guna — meaning he/she chooses to face his/her Karmas, rather than trying to avoid them or make them someone else’s responsibility.
Facing the karmas you have created is justice. A yogi realizes that his own power of existence is God’s power. Understanding this, a yogi becomes very mindful of how he/she is vibrating and what he is putting out. Therefore, the yogi’s responsibility is also to choose justice over injustice in order to spread God’s virtues in this world. In this way, one becomes very pure.
- OMKAR is one without a second. Omkar is the cause of both creation and dissolution. Omkar destroys Manas. Omkar is really the Atman in you. Omkar is indivisible. A divisible object can never be indivisible. From the beginning there is only one religion taught by Shiva. If you sit in a room closing the doors, you do not see anything outside. When the doors are closed, Jiva communes with Shiva. When the doors are not closed, Jiva is separated from Shiva.
Commentary: The mantra Om is the sound of the Shiva-Shakti power, the Ultimate Reality or Cause. It is also known as the Supreme I-Principle. It creates and destroys. Om is the primordial vibration from which the Universe is created and also dissolved. Om is the Self that is you. Becoming absorbed in its vibration stills the mind. Om is indivisible. Objects (people, places and things) are only a reflection of this vibration of OM. Therefore, they are divisible. From the beginning, the only path to Liberation is the approach taught by Shiva. The full, uninterrupted awareness of That Shiva-Shakti power, that Supreme Intelligence, is the goal.
When you close the “doors” of your wandering mind and withdraw your entire attention inside yourself, the world disappears and you commune with That Supreme Principle. When you open the doors of your mind and focus your attention outside yourself, the world is created again and you are separated from Shiva because, in that moment, he is concealed from you. This predicament is resolved upon the full realization of That.
- OMKAR is indivisible. Omkar is creation. Omkar is Maya, action, manas, Consciousness, Light of Consciousness. Chitta is the cause of desire.
Commentary: Omkar, the primordial vibration of OM, is indivisible. It is also known as Aham, the Supreme I-Consciousness that vibrates forever. It is the descent of Chiti that is responsible for the Manifestation, Sustenance and Withdrawal of this entire Universe. Om becomes Maya and The City of Eight (the false notion of individuality, the mind, the ego-idea and the five senses). It contracts to become all the objects of this world. It is the Shakti that assumes all the forms of this world-appearance. Chitta is the individual, small ‘i,’ the contracted notion of being just a person that gives rise to the ego-idea. It is the Jiva, the individual, bound soul. This chitta is the cause of limiting, binding desire and craving.
- SAT is the one, indivisible. It is the one “subtle” which is everlasting. CHIT is always changing.
Commentary: Divine Consciousness has two aspects; the transcendental and the immanent. Sat is also known as the transcendental aspect or the passive, observing aspect of Consciousness or the Self, which is both the Cause and the Effect. Chit (awareness) expresses itself as the active or immanent aspect of That Supreme Principle or Self. The immanent aspect of this world-appearance is always changing, like a play that is constantly being rewritten. In truth, Sat, the Self or Supreme Principle, and its’ active aspect or Shakti are one in the same. One is the expression of the other. Indeed, that Sat which is indivisible, threads through all that appears to change. What appears to change is the Shakti of the Supreme, Sat.
- When the “SAT” unites with “CHIT”, the result is Ananda. This Ananda is the Satchitananda, Sri Nityananda, Sri Paramananda. Union of Jiva and Paramatma is Ananda, Yogananda, Paramananda, Satchitananda and Brahmananda.
Commentary: Sat is also a reference to Existence, without beginning or end. Chit is awareness of That which exists without beginning or end. When these two unite, the result is the experience of the Bliss of the Self. This Bliss is Love. It is God, the ONE without a second. When you merge your individual identity in That, there is union of the individual with Paramatma, the formless Absolute. This is the experience of Oneness with everything.
- You must see that God who is in the heartspace. Yes, you must see Him. You must see that Krishna who is eternal bliss (Nityananda). It is delusion to regard stone as God. Pain of death given by Shiva is no pain. All sorrow is mental delusion. Praise God within yourself. Praise Him in your head! You must know the secret of Parabrahma who is eternal joy. Yes, you must know that secret. Look for Him in the heart. See Him with your inner eye, not with the outer. See the royal road with the internal eye. Leave the downward path and come to the central path. The downward path is that followed by those people who decorate the external body without knowing the secret of God.
Commentary: For seekers of the Truth, for those sincerely wanting Liberation, the desire to see God, to experience the Self in it’s most exhalted state, must be cultivated. You must find God, not in the stone statue, but inside yourself. Through spiritual practice, offering all your desires to that Supreme Intelligence, God, the death of attachment to the senses, the death of the ego-idea, the death of your limited identification with the body comes easily.
In this state, to the yogi, even the Universe dies and only God is seen. There is no pain in this death. It is actually Nityananda, the incomparable, eternal Bliss. The secret to praising God, the secret of all Puja (offerings of worship), the secret of performing oblations, the secret of service to God, this secret is the practice of merging your awareness in the space between the breaths. It is the secret of Hamsa that carries the Prana to the head, through which it enters into the Sahasrar, the highest spiritual center known also as the Abode of the Heart. Looking inside in this way, you find God.
Turn away from the pursuit of sense pleasures and worldly pleasures and become absorbed in your own Self. The downward path is that path that takes you away from God through the false notion that you are the body, just a person, just the mind and the senses, and that this body mechanism is all there is.
- No one is mad in this world.
Commentary: No person is more or less intelligent than another. No person is greater than another. All people are God. At one time, everyone was wise, everyone knew his/her true, primordial nature. Eventually, everyone will tread the spiritual path back to God. Sooner or later, you will have to retrace your steps back to your true identity as the Self. For this reason, all are the same.
- Leave the gross pleasures and enjoy the subtle pleasures. Leave off the physical sleep and enjoy the subtle sleep. Enjoy that sleep which is eternal. This sleep is enjoyed only in our subtle state. Burn to ashes the delusion of the mind.
Commentary: If, by Shaktipat and your own spiritual practice, you turn away from worldly pleasures, you can enjoy the eternal, subtle pleasure of your own Divine state. The Bliss of this state is incomparable. It is the subtle sleep that is more satisfying than even physical sleep. Leave off the sense pleasures of the body and become one with your own eternal Bliss! This Supreme state can only be experienced when the mind dissolves, moment-to-moment, as all thoughts, notions and ideas of this and that dissolve. These are burned to ashes in the fire of true Meditation.
- He is a Brahmin who has performed the Upanayana ceremony. Establish what is called “Upadhi” in you. Being desireless, look inwards in your heart. See with the eye of desirelessness. Discard distinctions. Burn to ashes the idea of “you” and “I”. Yes, you burn it to ashes.
Commentary: One who performs the sacred ceremony and is invested with the sacred thread is known as a Brahmin. During the caste system in India (this was also during Bhagawan Nityananda’s existence here), the Brahmin caste was the only group of people in India who could engage in the kind of spiritual approach or path we have the privilege of freely engaging in here. In this way, Brahmins were automatically revered as spiritual authorities. People of this caste were considered to be the only ones who could know God.
Bhagawan Nityananda refuted this false notion. Here he states that the real consecration does not take place in such a ceremony or caste. The real consecration and initiation is to become established in the power and silence of the Self, inside your own being, which anyone, regardless of caste or class, can do. Establish Upadhi (silence) in yourself by removing your expectations of sense pleasures and worldly pleasures. Become desireless by Meditation on God that is your very nature. In this way, over time, you will burn all notions of duality to ashes and see the ONE God, the ONE, Shiva-Shakti power vibrating inside your own being and in everything and everyone, everywhere. This state is what is called desirelessness, and when you have attained this state, that is the real Upanayana ceremony. Then no ritual is necessary.
- In the beginning, there was only one religion propagated by Shiva. In the beginning, there was no difference like “man” and “woman” among human beings. This distinction was only in the gross nature. In the subtle nature, all was one. The subtle has no qualities. The subtle receives only the eternal Ananda everywhere. Having and seeing is all mental delusion. The visible world is transient.
Commentary: In Satya Yuga, the first of the four ages that comprise one world cycle, there was only one religion on the planet taught by Lord Shiva himself, who existed here in a physical form. In Satya Yuga, Equality Consciousness reigned supreme. People saw each other as absolutely equal in God, regardless of gender or ethnic background.
This is why Satya Yuga is known as the Golden Age. In its highest form, Divine Consciousness, the Supreme Subject or Supreme I-Consciousness, has no qualities and no divisions. It experiences its true nature as Bliss everywhere. This world is an illusion because it and everything in it is transient. Only that ONE God is everlasting.
- Hari is no Lord. Shiva is the Lord. What is called Hari is delusion. We must not be fooled by the shadow (reflection). What is called Maya is delusion. To distinguish between the subtle and the gross is delusion. The delusion caused by the subtle and the gross are the same. The delusion caused by the gross is multitudinous.
Commentary: He who sustains the Universe as we know it, he is called “Hari.” In truth, Lord Hari is a manifestation of Shiva, the Absolute. Hari is Maya Shakti, that aspect of Shiva that brings creation into being for Shiva’s sport. Maya Shakti is concealment of Shiva. It is the illusion that there is a Universe separate from him, the illusion that a Universe actually exists. The sustenance of this illusion is said to be Hari, also known as Vishnu. (These are all just names for aspects or expressions of the One God.)
With the limitless understanding brought about through the complete realization of God, Hari is seen as a play, a creation of Shiva. To say that Shiva and this Maya are different, that they are separate, to view the cosmos in this way is itself delusion. The experience of objects (people, places and things) as separate and apart from Shiva is delusion. To say that God is separate from this world, having nothing to do with it, to worship God in this way is the same delusion experienced as if one believes God does not exist. Nothing that is not Shiva can exist anywhere, since That Supreme Principle (Shiva) threads through everything, everywhere. To say that there is anything other than Shiva is delusion.
- Realize your Self. When you see another and yourself as different, it is delusion. Identify yourself with another. Realize the secret which is in yourself. It is not enough if you talk of this identity but you must act according to it. What you see with the external eye is of no use. The feeling of distinction will be the cause of trouble at the time of death.
Commentary: Realize God. Seeing differences and duality in this world is delusion. You are one with everything and everyone because all are God. Identify yourself as being the same as others in this way. Realize the secret of your own true nature. God dwells within you as you. Worship God by becoming God. It is not enough to have intellectual knowledge of the Self. You must become That, and act accordingly. Investing yourself in the objects of this world is of no use. Seeing duality and difference, making distinctions between objects, between yourself and others is the cause death that causes rebirth.
- Same-sightedness is the “Oordhva Shwasa” (gasping upwards) at the time of death. Samesightedness is the indivisible one. This is supreme bliss. This is the subtle. This is the eternal. In the upward breath, there is no cawing sound. 0 Shiva! By your grace, permit us to breathe in and breathe out harmoniously. One must meditate in the head. One must meditate upon the ocean of eternal bliss. Meditate in the Ida, in the Pingala and in the Sushumna. Ananda-Kundalini! Rise! The match is in the matchbox. Light is in the match. Rub the match and kindle the fire. Ajnana is darkness. Jnana is the light. Kundalini is the eternal bliss. Yes, it is so. Eternal bliss is in the heart. Infinite light is Kundalini! Kundalini is the Light of Brahma. The sunlight is the subtle light. The solar nerve is the Sushumna. The lunar nerve is the Ida and the stellar nerve is the Pingala. The nerve of the third eye is the seat of Jnana. In this nerve is Jnana.
In this nerve is sleep, Sushupti. In sleep, there is no wakefulness. Enjoy this sleep. Harmonizing both Prana and Apana, enjoy the subtle sleep. Harmonizing the Prana and Apana, enjoy the eternal bliss. The seat of breath is the truth. It is the internal space (Chidakasha). In the eternal space is the tower of eternal bliss. This tower is the seat of eternal peace. In the “unconscious sleep” enjoy the “conscious sleep” of bliss. This is not the sleep of beasts or the “sleep of man.” Enjoy that sleep which must be the aim and end of humankind. Sleep the sleep of the “spiritual eye” (Upanayana).
When talking, when sitting, without any desires, without any thoughts, sleep this spiritual sleep. Fixing your attention on breath, sleep. Perform the natural Japa of the inward and the outward breath. Have mental (subtle) Bhakti. Yes, have it. Attain liberation from bondage. Have constant Bhakti. Never interrupted. Breathe up and down without any restraint. Drawing the breath upwards is Pooraka. Stopping the breath is Kumbhaka. Kumbhaka is your real seat. Breathing out is Rechaka.
While breathing in, it should be like drawing water from a well. Draw the breath up to the Brahmarandhra in the brain. By such a breathing, kindle the fire of Jnana. Purify the nerves. Burn the three humors (Vatha, Pitha and Kapha) in this fire. What is called discrimination is such a fire. It is the yoga fire. It is the food-digesting fire in the stomach. The discrimination is the solar light. God pervades the universe in the form of subtle energy. Creation is caused by the doubts of the mind. Creation is purely a mental affection. When you have attained the same-sightedness, there will be no creation.
Commentary: Samesightedness is the state of Purnaham Vimarsha. It is the exalted state of Liberation, the state of a Siddha who sees God in everything and everyone, everywhere. At the time of death this samesightedness is the Urdhve Kundalini that rises into the Sahasrar for the last time and remains there, rather than leaving the body. This is called Mahasamadhi and is the final resting place of one who is God-realized.
Upon exhalation (Prana), the breath moves upward. When Prana is centered in the Sushumna, it is very subtle and powerful. It purifies everything, including all the Chakras and the 72,000 nadis or energy points throughout the physical and subtle bodies. This is the state of eternal Bliss that is our very nature. O Shiva! Permit us to breathe steadily in an unobstructed fashion, paying close attention to the space between the breaths as we inhale and exhale. Permit us to realize you in this way!
A yogi’s duty is to learn this secret from the Master, to learn how to direct the Prana in the three main channels; Ida, Pingala and Sushumna and, ultimately, to direct the Prana solely in the Sushumna Nadi, causing it to rise into the head to remain there. By doing so, one comes to Meditate on the ocean of eternal Bliss that is Shiva.
Rise! O Kundalini, awake! The match is in the box. The fire is in the match. By drawing the Guru’s power to you through Shaktipat, awaken the dormant Kundalini and begin your journey back to God! The sleep of ignorance (Ajnana) is darkness. Knowledge and experience of God within (Jnana) is Light. The inner energy that is awakened through Shaktipat is known as Kundalini Shakti. This Kundalini is eternal Bliss because, when it merges with Shiva in the Sahasrar, it liberates the yogi from the bondage of ignorance. This eternal Bliss is experienced in the heart of Shiva. When Kundalini is transformed back into its transcendental aspect, Chiti, it is experienced as the infinite light of God. It is the Light of Divine Consciousness.
This Light is subtler than the light of the sun and much more powerful. It exists in the central channels, Ida, Pingala and Sushumna. The third eye is called Ajna Chakra or the sixth Chakra. It is the subtle spiritual center in the middle of the forehead, just above the eyebrows. This is the command center. Once Kundalini pierces this center completely, the yogi is set on his/her own path and Liberation is very near. It is from this Chakra that Kundalini is dispatched into the Sahasrar, uniting with Shiva. That is why it is called the seat of wisdom, the seat of Jnana. In this Chakra is the sleep of eternal Bliss. When Prana and Apana (exhalation and inhalation) are harmonized and centered in the Sushumna Nadi, you enjoy the subtle sleep of Divine Consciousness that is eternal Bliss, eternal Happiness, eternal Joy.
The seat of the breath is Shiva. It is the seat of Truth. It is the inner expanse of Divine Consciousness known as Chidakasha. This is the place of eternal peace. When you withdraw your entire awareness to this place, you enjoy the “conscious sleep” of Bliss. This is not deep sleep or the sleep of the unenlightened. This is not the physical sleep that everyone sleeps. This is the Supreme Awareness of Shiva-Shakti. It is the Turyatita state of the spiritually-perfected beings.
This state must be the aim of all people. When you attain the outlook of Shiva, you have the spiritual eye of knowledge. Remain absorbed in Shiva-Shakti, remain absorbed in God within, even while you are talking, sitting, and active. Remain in this thought-free state and sleep the spiritual sleep. Perform ajapa japa, the natural mantra repetition that happens on its own when you maintain the awareness of your breath and the space between the breaths. This is Hamsa. By Hamsa, have mental Bhakti. Yes, praise God in this way by becoming God!
Through this kind of steady Devotion attain Liberation from the bondage of ignorance. Attain the uninterrupted state of Purnaham Vimarsha. Breathe up and down without any restraint and retain the breath in the central nerve (Sushumna). This is your real seat. Breathing out is Rechaka or Prana. Breathing in is Pooraka or Apana. When you breath in it should be like drawing water from a well. Draw the breath up into the Heart space in the head. By centering the breath in the Sushumna Nadi as instructed by a Sadguru, kindle the fire of Wisdom. Breathing in this way is a powerful technique that purifies all the nerves and functions of your body.
This Sushumna breathing is the inner Yajna, the inner fire of Yoga. It is the fire of discrimination. It digests your food and cleanses your being. God pervades the universe in the form of subtle energy called Spanda or Spanda Shakti. The world that we have come to know is a gross manifestation of this subtle energy brought about by the fluctuations and doubts of the mind. What we call this world is really a Superimposition in Maya, created by our own mental representations. When you merge your individual identity into Shiva, this creation will disappear and God alone will remain.
- The subtle state is common to both mobile and immobile beings. The difference is in the casual (Prakriti). Difference is delusion. Difference is in the body. Bodies are transient. Prakriti is evanescent. When you realize the subtle in the gross, that state is called Moksha. Mukti is the indivisible. Mukti is in the heart space. In the heart space is Shiva Linga. It is self-existence. This is also called the “Prince-Prana.” This is the upward breath. This is known in yoga as Prana. Prana is the ONE. Prana is the ONE in all. Prana is the existence.
This is known only to those who have practiced yoga. Those who have not practiced yoga are not aware of this fact, they being bound by desires. So, cut asunder the bondage of desires and hence attain salvation. Realize the one Tatwa; Paramatman. Realize him by the “internal eye.” He is a man who has realized God by the “internal eye.” Such a man feels that the universe is in him and he is in the universe. Mind, engrossed in the world, is not steady. Shiva who dwells in the heart space is the ONE, everlasting. Shiva is OMKAR. OMKAR is Pranava. When united with forms, it is Pranava. Omkar is the “unawareness” of bodily existence.
Commentary: God and the Shiva-Shakti power exists in all sentient and insentient beings. The difference between these two is in Prakriti. Prakriti is The City of Eight or Visesha Spanda. Prakriti is the contraction of Chiti that becomes the individual will, ego, mind and the senses. In truth, this is not a real difference, since Prakriti only enables a human being to engage in Shiva’s Maya, which itself is illusion.
Prakriti exists so that Shiva can take a physical body. This is the only difference between an individual and a rock. The physical body is transient but the underlying principle of Prakriti, which is Shakti, is eternal. When you fully realize that the Supreme Subject exists in all objects of sense, your state is one of pure Bliss and God-realization. You become Liberated and this Liberation is indivisible.
It is the heart space where the Shiva Lingam, the symbol of the Absolute, resides. This state is called the “Prince Prana” because it is attained by the constant practice of directing Prana into the Sushumna Nadi and retaining the breath inside in this way. This type of exhalation is called Prana. Prana is existence and nonexistence. It is the abode of Shiva and can only be experienced by one who has practiced Yoga under the guidance of a Sadguru. This is the only way to cut through the bondage of desire and craving for pleasure and pain.
Realize the Shiva-Shakti principle, the realm of Paramatman, by directing your attention inside. This is the internal eye of Jnana. Regardless of physical gender, one is a knower of the Truth who has realized God by this internal eye. Such a person then feels that the Universe is contained inside herself and that she is contained in and one with the entire Universe.
If you allow your mind to be absorbed in the mundane world of objects, it will not become steady. The way to steady the mind permanently is to Meditate with the conviction that you are God. Doing this over and over again brings Liberation, in time. Shiva is everlasting. Shiva is the Pranava mantra Om. Shiva is both the cause and the effect. This Gid-principle, the Self, is the cause of everything created and uncreated in this universe. When the Self takes all the forms of this world, it is Pranava still. The nature of the Absolute is not altered in the least by the fact that it appears to become bound by form. When properly practiced, Omkar is this realization.
- OMKAR is the elite of all. Omkar is like the dawn of the sun. Omkar is the witness of all. Omkar is the most frightful of all forms. Omkar is fire. There is not a greater thing in this universe than fire. Fire is pervading both internally and externally. In the middle is the earth. The earth is below. Air is above. Air pervades the universe. The universe is in air. The first is air. The second is fire. The first is discrimination. The second is sound.
Soundlessness is in the form of air. Soundlessness is eternal bliss. It is existence, knowledge, bliss. The Self should be merged in soundlessness. The visible world is in the Self. When SAT unites with CHIT, Ananda is realized. This Ananda is Vivekananda, Chaitanyananda, Sri Brahmananda, Paramananda, Sri Nityananda, and Satchitananda. What is manliness is the realization of this Ananda. This is Brahma Jnana, Yoga Jnana, Kala Jnana. This Trikala Jnana is in the heart. In the heart is Mukti. Nityananda Mukti is in the heart.
Commentary: The constant state of rapture in which Om is heard and experienced without interruption, is the elite state of all. It is like the dawning of the sun. This is Witness Consciousness. This inner witness is the one who witnesses all. It is the most fruitful of forms. This inner witness is Shiva. Shiva is fire, the Light of Consciousness. There is no greater thing in this world. This Light pervades all the internal and external realms.
In the middle of this Light is the earth. Just as air pervades this universe, this Prakasha of Shiva pervades all of existence and nonexistence. Just as there is air before fire and fire needs air to stay lit, first there is Prakasha, Shiva’s Light, and then there is Vimarsha, that manifests first as sound. Shiva’s Light is like a pulsation with no sound, just as air does not make a sound when there is no wind. This Prakasha is eternal Bliss.
Shiva is of the qualities of existence without beginning and without end, pure knowledge and complete bliss. This is also called Being-Awareness and Bliss (Sat-Chit-Ananda). Your individual consciousness should be merged in the silence of Satchidananda. The visible world is actually contained in Shiva. When Sat unites with Chit, Bliss is the experience. This Bliss is the state that all the deities are named after in different ways. What is called “manliness” is the realization of God. This realization is wisdom, knowledge, yoga and pure consciousness. This knowledge of Trika, Shiva-Shakti-Nara, is contained in the heart. In the heart is Liberation. The eternal Bliss of the Self is in the heart center that is accessed in the head.
- Bhakti is prema (love). Giving to eat or eating is not Bhakti. It is the delusion of the mind. It is pertaining to the body. There should be “subtle” eating and drinking. One should drink the water of discrimination. Peace is water. Yogananda is sitting on the water of peace. O Mind! Leave off worldly pleasures and enjoy eternal bliss! O Mind! Leave off worldly joy and enjoy eternal joy!
Enter into the eternal, O Mind! Run into the heart. The real enjoyment is in the heart. Enjoy that pleasure which is called Mukti. Live in it. Enter into the internal, leaving off the external. O Mind! Open the third (divine) eye. Do not be thinking of anything else. See the world with the same-sightedness.
Commentary: Bhakti is Love and Devotion for God. Eating and drinking and exchanging needs out of emotional craving is not love but merely a delusion of the mind. Sense pleasures pertain to the body only. There should be subtle eating and drinking that is the taking of the food we call Jnana, the wisdom and knowledge arising from contact with the Self. Drink the water of this kind of discrimination. Peace is this water. The bliss of Yoga is what is experienced by sitting in this “water” of peace.
O Mind! Leave off worldly pleasures and enjoy eternal bliss! O Mind! Leave off worldly joy and enjoy eternal joy! Enter into the eternal, O Mind! Run into the Heart. The real enjoyment is in the Heart space that is Chidakasha, located in the head. Enjoy that pleasure which is called Liberation from bondage. Live in it. Enter into Shiva, leaving off the Jiva. O Mind! Lose yourself in the divine eye of wisdom. Stay focused on Shiva, inside, and do not think of anything else. See the entire world as an unfolding of Shiva Consciousness. See God in everything and everyone.
- Japa cannot be performed by the finger tips. Japa cannot be performed by the tongue. Shiva cannot be attained by Manas. Karma cannot be done with the hand. Karma cannot be done with legs. O Mind! Perform karma without attachment. Being desireless, see the world.
Commentary: Mantra repetition (japa) is not accomplished by touching the japa mala beads. Japa is not even performed by repeating the mantra aloud. Although these are helpful, true japa is the awareness of the mantra Hamsa (ajapa japa) that is being repeated inside your being by God himself. This is true japa.
Shiva cannot be attained by engaging the mind (manas). Shiva can only be attained by stilling the mind. Karma Yoga is selfless service (Seva) or the act of performing your work while remembering only God, without concern for what you will gain yourself. Karma Yoga is not the act of doing work. It is not engaging yourself in hard work. It is the act of working without becoming attached to your work, without involving your ego in your work, without becoming deluded into thinking that you are your work. It is the act of working while maintaining the understanding that all actions and their fruits are His – that it is God who acts and God who receives as a result of action. This experience is that of desirelessness. See the world by it.
- Mean dispositions of the mind are senselessness. This senselessness is the pariah (outcast). Joking and mocking at others, hypocrisy, pride and envy, etc. are the pariah characteristics. He whose skin is black, he whose clothes are black, is not a pariah. A man who has a turban on his head, a wristwatch on his wrist, is pariah if he does not recognize the equality in all.
One who is a pauper is not a pariah, but he who is selfish and is full of differences is a pariah. He is not a man who has not realized the truth of Vedanta. Liberation in one’s lifetime is that Vedanta which is like a trained horse. But the Vedanta which is like a wild elephant is not Mukti, but delusion.
Commentary: Having a mean disposition is senseless. Having prejudice is senseless. This kind of disposition is the pariah. Joking and mocking at others, hypocrisy, pride and envy, are the characteristics of the low born individual. He whose skin is black, he whose clothes are black, is not low born. A person who has a lot of wealth, great clothes, a fine house, an expensive car, a gorgeous woman or man, real estate; such a person is still low born if he does not recognize the Equality in all.
One who is a pauper is not a pariah, but she who is selfish and is full of differences is a pariah. Only one who realizes Equality Consciousness practices true Vedanta. Only such a person is a true human being. Discipline in the practice of Yoga for attaining Liberation in one’s lifetime is that Vedanta that is like a trained horse. All other paths are delusion itself.
Verses 226-250, Verses 251-286.