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Lesson 252 - Self-Pacing, Surrender and Enlightenment
Date: Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:54am
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Q: As regards the self-pacing of Yoga & Meditation practices, please clarify
if there is any limit regarding the pacing of the practices. Is it physical
or mental limitations, or restricted by the past 'Karmas?'
Is it not possible to get the liberation within one's present life? Because
Lord Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita that any amount of sin is pardonable if
one is surrendered to Him. What exactly is total surrender to God? Please
A: Thank you for writing and sharing.
In AYP we look at yoga from the point of view of the nervous system being
purified and opened. The condition of the neuro-biology is related to mind,
body and karma. All of these are involved. Yoga helps the nervous system to
purify and open in a natural way, which it wants to do. Then karma (samskara
- latent impressions) is dissolved and the quality of mind and body are
improved at the same time. It is all tied together like that -- all are
aspects of the same thing, the condition of our nervous system.
Self-pacing in practices is an important part of this, because each person
has a unique capacity for purification. Self-pacing is for determining how
much practice is enough, and how much is too much. So we find our own
balance in practices with self-pacing. Very important, and it is discussed
in the AYP lessons a lot. The limits have to do with our capacity to
"conduct" divine energy. The more the obstructions are removed in our
nervous system, the more we can conduct divine energy. When the energy
moving inside becomes ecstatic, we call it "ecstatic conductivity." That is
the safe and enjoyable rise of kundalini. It is a gradual process of inner
cleansing, leading to steadily more inner realization, ecstatic bliss and
divine love pouring out. That is what yoga is for.
The concept of "sin" is a human invention, and often used by organized
religion to subjugate followers. See lesson #132 on
that. I am not for the concept of sin, which can hold people back from
pursuing their divine destiny. Obstructions can be removed in the nervous
system, and, yes, it can all be done in one lifetime. Even if not, huge
progress can be accomplished with daily yoga practices, so the next life
will be much closer to enlightenment than this one (see lesson #74).
It is up to each person. In the Gita, Krishna says even a little yoga
removes many lifetimes of karma. It is true. If we open the door of our
nervous system just a little with a few months of daily deep meditation, the
divine light will come streaming in. It is definitely worth doing. In the
Gita, Krishna encourages us to get on with it, yes? Surrendering to Him (or
whoever/whatever our chosen ideal is) is to undertake the daily disciplines
of yoga. Then our heart overflows more each day with love and surrender to
God in and around us.
Total surrender to God is to become the divine, which is our essential
nature. It is a gradual development. It does not happen in one day. It goes
by degrees. First we surrender to the ideal of becoming more -- maybe just
to the question, "Who am I, and why am I here?" With this thread of
surrender we can be inspired to begin daily practice of meditation. Then,
with some inner silence coming up, we can surrender to adding pranayama.
Then this can lead to other practices, etc. At some point the divine ecstasy
rises in us, and then we become sold out to the ecstatic energies visibly
transforming us from within. Total surrender comes step by step with our
advancing experiences. To have advancing experiences we need to be doing
daily practices. So surrender and daily practice go hand in hand. This is
why desire becoming devotion to an ideal is discussed from the beginning in
the AYP lessons. We cultivate direct experience every step along the way,
and surrender comes along with it through the connectedness of yoga. See
how the different aspects of yoga connect through our nervous system.
Eventually our experience rises to the level of unshakable inner silence,
ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine love. By then we have become that which
we have been surrendering to. Total surrender is enlightenment. It is
immutable, beyond all affirmations and strategies of the mind. Total
surrender is a heart constantly overflowing with divine love.
I wish you all success on your chosen spiritual path. Enjoy!
The guru is in you.
discussion on the relationship of surrender and enlightenment, see the
AYP Bhakti and Karma Yoga book.
For detailed instructions on building a
balanced daily practice routine with self-pacing, see the
Eight Limbs of Yoga Book. Also see AYP Plus.
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