Bhagavad Gita, demystified, by H.H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda
This passage is perhaps, my most favorite passage. Swamiji’s commentary is short, concise and to the point. If one is seeking enlightenment, it is very simple. Furthermore, this passage is not only about seeking enlightenment; it is a clear, direct instruction for living a peaceful life, holding the magical key to unlocking one’s being from the grips of Maya and its fear, greed, unhappiness, pain or confusion that stems from the Lower Mind.
Let’s review the three verses of the Bhagavad Gita, first, setting the context:
8.49 One whose mind is always free from selfish attachment, who has controlled the mind and who is fee from desires, who attains perfection of freedom from selfish attachment to the fruits of work, is one who has renounced.
18.50 Understand from Me how one can achieve the state of Truth, Brahman, by acting in the way I shall now summarize, Arjuna.
18.51 Endowed with purified intellect; subduing the mind with firm resolve; turning away from objects of the senses; giving up likes and dislikes; living in solitude; eating lightly; controlling the mind, speech, and organs of action; being ever absorbed and in meditation; taking refuge in detachment, and relinquishing egotism, violence, pride, lust, anger and proprietorship, one becomes peaceful, free from the notion of “I” and “mine”, and fit for attaining oneness with the supreme Being.
The many questions that Arjuna has posed to Krishna, over and over, throughout this poetic, spiritual teaching of the Bhagavad Gita, demonstrates the gulf between mortal man’s comprehension and the Truth of our existence. As the Master eloquently states: “As long as we question why, we never get a clear answer. Especially with Existence, the question ‘Why?’ has no relevance…We operate at a different frequency from the Divine, so even if it is explained, we will not understand.”
Spirituality is not about ‘Why?’, it is about ‘How?’.
‘Why?’ is about logic.
‘How?’ is about realism.
So true, so true.
Krishna advises Arjuna to settle the mind and control the senses.
As Sawmiji asks, “Can you do this while sitting in traffic, waiting for the light to change?”
Of course, this makes it almost impossible, moving about, deep in the Maya. Where do we find solace, quietness and the ability to let go of our senses, to change the way we think and direct our life from a place of centeredness? This is the grand purpose of daily meditation.
Krishna advises us to enter into a place of solitude where we are cut off from disturbances. He also advises to eat little food so that one is not disturbed by the digestion and assimilation process that often takes precedence over the activity of our body, hampering our ability to easily connect with our Higher Source.
Furthermore, how can one sit quietly in meditation, transforming the emotional nature when one can be easily disturbed by the phone ringing or the possibility that someone may show up at the door soon? It is impossible to enter deep communion with our Higher Self. It is only a waste of time to sit in quietness with this type of expectation looming in the background of our attempts to meditate. For this reason, we are advised to enter into solitude, cut off the disruption of our senses and sit in a place where no one can interrupt us or disturb our deep, quiet time.
The Incarnation of Hindu gives techniques for creating stillness. Merely closing our eyes will not still us, we must freeze them and lock them in place to stop the movies from playing through our mind. He suggests to mentally picture one’s eyes made of stone, freezing them into place, to quiet their activity. At the same time, lock the tongue onto the upper palate, making it impossible for verbalization.
With these two tools, we reduce the wandering of the mind due to sensory disturbances, dramatically. It is a powerful entry point into a deep space of communion with our Higher Self.
It is imperative that we meditate on an empty stomach, too. When the body is busily active digesting and assimilating foods, it is working hard to sustain our life force. There is a conflict in the being that does not allow for one to drop deeply into the connection with source. The stomach is full, the body is active in its work and often, we become sleepy during this digestion process. Therefore, one must have an empty stomach so that our entire being can be engaged in the true act of meditation. One will find that roughly two hours after one has eaten, the body is free from its chore and one can easily move into the space required for connecting with the Higher Self.
Selecting a place in our home created especially for meditation is also very helpful and key for gaining synthesis. In this special place, which is visited often, the energy raises, creates and holds a consistent, high vibration. Sacred space can be created with books of spiritual teachings, photos of masters whose vibration emit a powerful force that one resonates with, crystals and gemstones, beautiful tapestries and a vase of fresh flowers, which have their own unique, contribution to a sacred space. A corner in the bedroom or if one is fortunate, a small room in the house provides a perfect space that holds one’s connection with source and reminds one to sit and be still for a moment, at least once a day.
The very last thing that Krishna advises to Arjuna, which has been his constant reminder throughout this dialogue between the two: Drop the personality, the ego. All our attachments, our desires, our emotions that bind us in our attempt for survival or holding us tightly in the grip of our desires must be dropped and released from our being in this precious moment of deep meditation.
Once we have centered our being in sacred space, cut off all distractions that could possibly interfere, let go of all desires to hold, grasp and call our own, finally, we taste the connection of deep intercession with our Divine, Higher Being and the synthesis occurs.
And the more one visits this sacred space, daily in ritual, the deeper the connection, the stronger the force of direction and the more peaceful life becomes.
Beauty becomes the keynote of existence in quietness and restraint. A perfect reason to sit in meditation for at least forty-five minutes each day and better yet, 108 beads of a mantra.
Written by Kashi Stone 2017