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« on: Jun 07, 2021 07:34 am »

I would like to get back to the discussion Eric and I had together about the Bhagavad Gita and specifically in this thread with reference to the chakras.
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 09, 2021 08:49 pm »

Hey Steve, if you want to get the ball moving can you elaborate which portion you're referencing?

Happy to look into it!
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 13, 2021 03:10 am »

Hey Steve, if you want to get the ball moving can you elaborate which portion you're referencing?

Happy to look into it!

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Chapter III verse 16

That man or son of Pritha (Arjuna) who in this world does not follow the wheel thus set rotating, living in iniquity and contented in the senses lives in vain!

Without Paramahansa  Yoganandaís commentary on this verse I am afraid I wouldíve got it.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 13, 2021 03:13 am »

Cosmic creation and manís place within it is a great revolving wheel of activity descending from spirit and reascending to liberation. The benighted manóhaving to descended and become intoxicated with the wine of sense pleasures, and failing to climb aboard the ascending cycle of the wheel with its lawful disciplinarian activities of lifeóremains in the pit of sinful misery rendering useless the purpose of his God-given life.

He who does not heed the liberating laws laid down by his creator this is the sole point of earthly existence He who identifies himself with his senses is rooted in the soil of materialism.  As a person who mounts a Ferris wheel can climb high and see a beautiful panorama, or can climb down again, so person who, instead of remaining stationary on the ground of materialism, climbs on the wheel of uplifting action can reach the high points and evolution; he is free to go to any world, whether the lower plane of earth or the rarefied regions of the Devas.

The man who performs higher and higher duties rises steadily in the scale of evolution. The sense identified person walks dully on the lowly levels of material consciousness. His sorrow producing error lies in not acquiring a standard of comparison, which can only be found by mounting the rotating wheel of the right actions. Such men never know the purpose of life; the search for the Holy Grail, the chalice of supreme Bliss!

~ Paramahansa Yogananda
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 13, 2021 03:37 am »

And finally the purpose of this thread to bring to light the mention and meaning of the chakras in spiritual readings.

The deeper interpretation of this Gita stanza is that of the human spine as the descending and ascending wheel of life. The consciousness of man has come down from his home in the cerebrum, descending through the six plexuses. After reaching the lowest or coccygeal center, consciousness spreads out in the nervous system and becomes responsive to the outer world. The soul descending into the flesh thus becomes entangled, remaining a prisoner of the momentary-pleasure-producing-sensations. The man who allows his consciousness to become saturated with the delusive pleasures of sensations finds that his life is vain; it leads but to negation.

The purpose of life is to ascend the six spinal centers, reinforcing the human consciousness progressively with greater and greater lights, until it is able to unite with all-pervading, thousand-rayed brilliance in the highest center in the brain. This ascent of the consciousness through the spine may be achieved slowly through right actions and right thoughts. The yogi,however, chooses the quicker and more scientific method of meditation.

The soul in man has descended from Cosmic consciousness to the immanent Christ consciousness and thence to the vibratory creation. It continued to descend until it became encased in a physical body, which is characteristically permeated with sense consciousness. When a man becomes a Yogi, his soul consciousness  begins to follow the path of ascension. It first leaves the soil of material attachment and concentrates away not only from objects of the bodily enjoyment but from the body itself. The Yogi detaches himself first from the possessive consciousness and then from all sense identifications. This he removes his mind from the three Lower Centers is that connect man with all bodily sensations in attachments.

The yogi then immerses his consciousness in the divine love radiating from the heart center. He ascends further to enjoy the Cosmic Calmness of the cervical center. Climbing on, the Yogi rests in the Christ consciousness in the medulla and the point between the eyebrows. Here he experiences the joy and wisdom of God inherent and omnipresent and all vibratory creation. He finally stabilizing himself in the cerebral center of cosmic consciousness, the uncaused infinite Bliss beyond the cause-effect reciprocity of vibratory creation.

The internal consciousness of ordinary people operate only from the lumbar sacral is coccygeal centers that direct all material sensory perceptions and enjoyment. The divine lovers and celestial poets work from the heart center. The calm unshaken Yogi operates from the cervical center. He who can feel his presence in the entire Vibratory creation has awakened the medullary and Christ centers.  The illumined Yogi functions in the cerebral center of cosmic consciousness; he may be spoken of as an ascended Yogi.

The sense-identified man who knows nothing of his higher, inner life is this is a ďdescending oneĒ a mortal, conscious only of the lowest rung of human human evolution.

~ Paramahansa Yogananda










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« Reply #5 on: Jun 13, 2021 06:30 pm »

I wonder what Yogananda would say if God told him that was not the purpose of life, for some.

Sometimes I wonder why there has to be warring ideals between Soul and Ego- when I think they could exist beautifully together as Father God and Mother Earth- and be intimate lovers. It may mean experiencing life different from traditional disciplines.

If change is constant perhaps our movement through the chakras is one of perpetual motion- in either case, I suppose this isn't for me at the time or the direction you're thinking about taking this thread.
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 13, 2021 07:03 pm »

Everybodies path is different I know Paramahansa Yogananda had that view. He is merely interpreting the Gita according to his guidance on such matters. It makes sense to me and inspires me in my path towards enlightenment if it does not you how does a challenge arise brother? And yes, I do agree with your thought that for many of us there is quite a fluctuating energy interplay and motion in our bodies (astral, physical and causal). I am happy 😊 seeing your threads friendÖ.duality is an intragal characteristic of this creation. You speak for me when it is apparent there is yet much to understand in our small frustrations with soul and ego. I attempt to make my mind and thoughts pliable and receptive to the direction of divine order rather than a fixed pattern that has no interest in progressive change. Our thought patterns often resemble a repetitive mantra that echoes the same monotonous messages in our minds chatter. If we can just see a little light in our confusion the tunnel shows the way to a shaft of light to climb out of the darkness.
It becomes more apparent as time elapses; it is not the direction that I choose to take anything but rather the inspiration that soul awareness brings to such matters. In this I see a common thread forming with multiple Masters Ö although expressed differently.

Thanks you introduced me to Guranath EricÖ. This video appears to affirm some of Yoganandaís interpretation of the GitaÖ.



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« Reply #7 on: Jun 13, 2021 08:43 pm »

Eric;

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People are not always easy to please. But if itís possible itís always good to make an attempt. In this case I have found I am the recipient of a great work of deep and insightful knowledge. I am grateful for having been led to this Master Eric. I put his understanding of the chakras under his name as one of Babajiís followers and Masters.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 14, 2021 03:47 am »



His Holiness Swami Vidyadhishananda gives a very interesting perspective of the chakras.



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