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.
Senses and Thoughts
With each new life, we redesign our senses in accordance with the karma left over from previous lives and incarnate into the next life, bringing the attachments and unfinished business into the next to be dealt with, again. It is the same when we go to bed and enter deep sleep each night. Our cells are renewed each night during deep sleep and then, when we rise to greet the day and we begin a new thought process. Those first few thoughts that we entertain in the early morning light are the seeds for the activities and responses throughout the rest of the day. A good reason to keep a positive-thoughts book close by on the night stand next to the bed. And an even better reason to sit and meditate quietly at dawn before starting the day.
Our senses and the way that our mind operates creates the energy field around us, attracting those who are like-minded, holding a similar thought-field. If we are waking up with negative thoughts, then we are attracting negative people into our life. It works the same when we are positive; positive, uplifting people come in to share space, create together and empower each other.
Many people have difficulty with their meditation practice and can only go so far in obtaining the true benefits. If one is surrounded by people who are not aligned with higher forces and who are depressed, anxious, fearful or arrogant, one cannot go deep into their meditation where transformation of the samskaras takes place and where grace is fostered in the being.
This is the reason for creating ashrams, centered around a powerful figure like beloved, H. H. Paramahamsa Nithyananda. It is easy to progress and evolve when we live under the presence of an enlightened guru and are surrounded by those who are committed to living a higher frequency.
As Swamiji encourages, shape your morning thoughts to be an expression of gratitude. He suggests committing to a practice and observation for 21 days. Take a photo of self at the beginning of a 21-day period, starting with the first day consciously waking up thankful, then, continue this practice each day for 21 days. Take another photo at the end of this 21-day exercise. As Swamiji points out, your looks will change dramatically if one can practice this consistently throughout the 21 days.
In the same way, the thought-field is transformed and so are the senses. With a fresh, new perspective, what has smelled “ok’ will be experienced differently; the same with taste and touch. The reference point changes entirely with a more positive, uplifting state of mind and through the transformation of samskaras.
This is why it is imperative that one be mindful of who is sleeping around them, especially if one is living in a flat or an apartment that has a stranger below, above or on either side. They are a part of one’s energy and thought-field, as well. Even the husband or wife or the child in the next room or the dog at the end of the bed or the cat beside in the chair ~ the auras of all living entities near and surrounding one is the total expression of an individual.
If one is fortunate to create a sleeping environment that is a minimum of fifty feet away from another sleeping body, one can easily set the tone for the day, enjoy a deep, fruitful meditation, early in the morning at sunrise, before interacting with others and create a space of centeredness for living a peaceful life.
Swamiji points out, the opportunity to create our reality is truly up to us with this understanding. This is the interpretation of the last verse, when Krishna states that only fools can neither understand, nor grasp, nor realize this very important truth.
We have the choice to be a fool or to heed this very important advice that is the magical key to shaping our reality, living peacefully and in a state of grace.
“With whoever we live, if we are remembering somebody or seeing somebody more than thrice a day, we are responsible for how they feel about us.”
H. H. Paramahamsa Nithayanda message on March 5, 2017
Written by Kashi Stone, June 2017