Bhagavad Gita 15.9 ~ 15.10
15.9 The living entity, the spirit, leaves one body, takes another body and gets new eyes, new ears, new tongue and sensing body according to the samskaras it had in its causal layer and enjoys the new mental setup.
15.10 Fools can neither understand how a living entity can quiet his body or what sort of a body he enjoys under the spell of gunas, the attributes and moods of nature. Only those whose eyes are trained by knowledge can see these things.
In this passage, Krishna is giving us a golden key revealing that our sensory organs are created by the emotional aura and the karma from this life and past lives.
Swamiji shares that there is an ancient Indian science called, samudrika laksana sastra, a technique to study body features. A trained expert can read the body and see how a person’s mental setup is being expressed, revealing the relationship between body and mind. Equally, an enlightened or aware being can see this connection, easily.
Every day when we wake up from our deep sleep, we recreate our senses. And if we change the way we think, within a short period of time our looks change, dramatically. Every cell in our body gets renewed within a two-year cycle, allowing for a completely new being to express itself from a fresh, new perspective.
The cells hold memory, called ‘samsakaras’. Samskaras, memories or uncompleted arrangements stay fixed within the emotional body, impacting the quality of life and are carried from lifetime to lifetime. Samsakaras are more powerful than the mind as they make all decisions throughout the day and drive the life in the direction of its attachments.
The Incarnation of Hindu points out the only way to transform the emotional body and the karma that is buried within one’s being, as seen in the eyes, is through meditation. Through the process of transformation that takes place while one is in deep meditation, one gradually brings a state of grace into the frequency of their being. For this reason, we see radiance in those who meditate on a regular basis. Grace creates a soothing environment to be, to live, to express and to create.
Furthermore, an enlightened guru can assist in transforming the samskaras that are lodged within a person’s aura through an attitude of willingness to be open and to be silent. In that space, the guru realigns one with their higher frequency and higher purpose. This can happen if one is sitting in his presence, through his videos or at night while one is asleep.
There is a lovely story that Swamiji shares in this passage of the Bhagavad Gita, demystified, that I am reminded of as I walk from the garden to the house, back and forth each day, passing wild flowers along the way.
Zen Buddhism states that if we can walk on grass without killing it, then we are eligible for sanyas.
(Sanyas is living under the grace of a master in a spiritual community, also known as an ashram)
Swamiji shares about a safari that he enjoyed while visiting in south India, riding on an elephant with a guide leading the way. The day was getting late and soon it would be nightfall. Swamiji was concerned about how the guide might find his way back in the dark and expressed his concern.
‘I have created a path by my daily walk that I can follow even in darkness’, the guide responded.
Swamiji inquired further about the elephant, after all, the elephant was much larger than the man who was operating as the guide.
‘The elephant’s feet do not create a path. The elephant and other animals do not destroy grass as they walk over it’, the guide responded.
As the Zen teaching points out, when one is spiritually evolved, the feet do not create a path, they float while they walk as they do not go against nature. This is the essence of grace in our inner being ~ it makes no path, no imprint, it floats lightly as it moves.
Written by Kashi Stone, June 2017