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Hinduism is a vastly sophisticated and complex religious tradition, with hundreds or even thousands of variations, different branches and schools, and many many ancient scriptures that describe many different aspects of religions. Yet we find a central theme throughout all Hinduism that describes the supreme manifestation of the Divine. One of the most beautiful characteristics of the Hindu tradition is its recognition that God is ultimately nameless and formless, but as an expression of love, the Divine takes different forms and appearances in order to aid humanity. Thus the Hindu tradition embraces and respects all Gods as expressions of the One. The Hindu tradition embraces and respects all religions. This is a very beautiful characteristic of the Hindu tradition.
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions that survive on this planet, in this age. Counted among its treasures are many of the oldest writings of humanity - which are of course scriptures – and, the longest writings of humanity. Many Westerners think the Bible is one of the longest writings in humanity, and one of the oldest, but it is neither. Hinduism has both the oldest and the longest writings. Today we are going to study one of the most important representations of Divinity in the Hindu tradition: Krishna.
Krishna is, like in any religion, a character or a symbol that has many different aspects, different meanings, different levels of importance and different interpretations. Of course, over the centuries, the character of Krishna has been understood by people at many different levels, some accurate, some inaccurate. For Westerners, Krishna may appear exotic and hard to understand, but in Asia, Krishna is a very ubiquitous presence, even amongst Buddhists, Daoists and other types of traditions. Krishna is a widely recognized and respected figure, and plays a role in many different religions, not just in Hinduism.
The myth of Krishna is complicated, rich, and profound. We find in Hinduism that the character of Krishna has taken on many different levels of meaning. Just as in Christianity, we nowadays find that many Christians relate to Jesus only as little baby Jesus. So, they have reduced the character or symbol of Jesus to something related with family life, something very simple, which does not communicate the entirety of this Divine symbol. In India, it is common to find images of Krishna as a babe, getting in trouble, being breast fed, etc.
These are not interpretations of Krishna that we find to be important in Gnosis. It is not what we will discuss in this class.
Of particular importance to us is that Krishna, as a Master, as a person, is said to be the eighth messenger of Vishnu.
The word messenger in Sanskrit is Avatar. Nowadays some people think this word Avatar means something other than what it really means. There are now many people claiming to be an "Avatar," claiming to be Divine incarnations on Earth, and they deck themselves with jewels and gold and want to be worshipped and followed. But, this is not the meaning of Avatar. The real meaning is "messenger," someone who delivers a message on behalf of God. A genuine avatar is not vain or proud, making proclamations about themselves. Instead, their every action is selfless, focused on helping others escape from suffering.
As a person, as a human being, there is a man named Krishna who was active in India several thousand years ago, and he still lives. The man Krishna, the Master, came several thousands years ago, long before Jesus of Nazareth. He came in order to deliver a message to the peoples of South East Asia, and that message is still being circulated today. Krishna as a man, as a Master, is a very great Master. But, we are not gathered here to talk about him. Really, what we are interested in is the message that he was delivering, and the originator of that message. In this image we see the originator of that message represented as Vishnu.
Vishnu is just one of the many symbolic representations of God in the Hindu pantheon. You see gathered around Vishnu many of his messengers, most from the past, but some also from the future.
Vishnu is just a symbol of an aspect of the Divine that reaches out in order to help humanity. It is stated in one of the Hindu scriptures, through the mouth of Krishna, that he comes into the world any time religion declines and degenerates. He comes into the world in order to give the message to guide humanity back to the light, and he does that according to the time and need of each age – with a different face (messenger, Avatar), with a different language, but it is always the same message.
"Whenever the Law declines and the purpose of life is forgotten, I manifest myself on earth. I am born in every age to protect the good, to destroy evil, and to re-establish the Law." - Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita 4.7-8
In the Hindu scriptures, you will find many stories about Krishna. Probably the two most important are The Bhagavata Purana and The Mahabharata—which is the longest epic poem that we know of on this planet. It is an ancient, very extensive and very beautiful scripture. Mahabharat means, "the Great Warrior," and the whole poem is about a great war amongst the Gods. Krishna plays a central role.
The Bhagavata Purana tells many of his exploits and stories.
Today, we are going to talk about the Mahabharata.
There is one little section of the Mahabharata that is one of the most important scriptures in the world and it is called The Bhagavad Gita, which means "the song of the Lord." This is an epic, beautiful poem of instructions that Krishna gave to his disciple, Arjuna.
In relation to all of this, we find an excerpt from an Upanishad called Gopala Tapaniya, that describes Divinity in a very beautiful way:
"The one Supreme Personality of Godhead is hidden within everything. It is all-pervading. It is in everyone's heart. It witnesses everyone's activities. It lives in everyone's heart. It is the witness. It is Consciousness. It is transcendence. It is beyond the modes of nature."
This passage from this Upanishad describes what every religion attempts to present to us poor mortals, which is that beyond the scope of our physical senses is a level of intelligence that pervades everything that exists. That level of intelligence is the root and source of everything that is alive. In Hinduism, it is called Krishna. The most important meaning of Krishna is not the Master, not the person, not a baby, not one man. Krishna is an energy. In Greek terms, Krishna is Christ.
Krishna, or Christ, is the fire that lights everything that lives. Everything that exists is illuminated by the living fire-light of Krishna. So, in Gnosis when we talk about Krishna, this is what we are talking about; the root of all existence, the very fundamental basis.
The name Krishna is Sanskrit, and it means "black" or "dark blue." It basically means something very dark in color. Naturally, when encountering Hinduism and discovering that the chief divinity of Hinduism has a name that means black, many fanaticized Westerners become scandalized, and accuse the Hindus of being "devil worshippers." This is just a result of the fanaticism, fear, and misunderstanding in many people's minds.
Krishna is usually represented with blue or very dark skin. We can see in this image that Krishna stands in a very relaxed posed, playing a flute. Behind him is a cow. These images are symbolic. Unfortunately, nowadays, many take them as literal, and really think that there is a person named Krishna with blue skin who plays a flute and protects cows. This is not the meaning. This image is symbolic. It is intended to be used for Meditation, and can reveal many beautiful truths about Christ.
If you study religions, then you know that many of the greatest prophets, Christified Masters, as representatives of Christ, were protectors of sacred animals. David, Jesus, Heracles, all protected cows or sheep. They were shepherds or cowherds. Even the Buddha, whose name is Gautama, reflects that origin. The cow represents the Divine Mother, the cow represents nature. The cow represents what gives us life, the milk of life, the Amrita or Ambrosia of the Gods, which comes from the udder of the cow. Krishna is the protector of the cow. Christ protects his mother. We find this in Isis and Horus. Isis is represented as a cow, with her cow horns. She is the one who gives life, and her protector was her son, Horus. Horus is Krishna; it is the same symbol.
The reason that Krishna is described as black or dark blue, can be seen when you study the night sky. Christ is the origin of all life, it is the field upon which everything lives, blossoms, and grows.
To us, the night sky is black, which is very odd when you consider that the sky, the universe, is filled with suns that irradiate enormous volumes of light. How could that huge quantity of light be black? It is illogical. If the universe is filled with glowing suns that are emitting immeasurable amounts of light, why would it be black? It is only black because we do not have the eyes to see that light. It is too bright; we are blind to it. We cannot see it. It is a level of luminosity that is beyond our vision; it is black to us. But, if we had the eyes that could see it, the universe would not be black.
Krishna is called the 'Black God' in the same way that amongst the Egyptians Osiris is called a black God. His spouse is Nut, Isis, the Divine Mother, who is the sky filled with stars, that fundamental emptiness from which stars are born. Krishna / Christ is the light that emerges in the darkness. The darkness does not understand the light. Our mind, our perception, does not comprehend the light of Krishna / Christ. We see black.
In the Bhagavad-Gita, Christ / Krishna, incarnated in a human being, taught his disciple, Arjuna. Arjuna represents the human soul, our Consciousness, our essence, who rides in a chariot, which is the soul led by a team of horses. Those horses represent many things: the Solar Bodies, the Tattvas, the senses. The horses have psychological symbolism.
The whole story of the Mahabharata is about a great war. When that war is about to be commenced, Arjuna is on the battlefield about to go into battle against his relatives, against the people he loves. He hesitates and says, "Krishna, my guide, my friend, my teacher, I cannot kill my family. I cannot kill the ones I have known and loved throughout my existences. I cannot do it. I cannot do that."
Of course, this is symbolic also. The whole Bhagavad Gita is Krishna's teaching to Arjuna about the great spiritual war inside of ourselves, against ourselves. True spirituality is about conquering our defects, those aspects of ourselves that we have nourished and cherished for lifetimes, and that we feel are our inner family. Our enemies are parts of ourselves that we have known and loved for centuries. When the moment comes to engage in real spirituality, we feel, "I cannot kill myself, because I am all I know. How do I kill myself, psychologically, spiritually?" It is too scary. So, Arjuna gives us the answer: we have to appeal to Krishna, to Christ, for guidance. The lesson that Krishna gives is very deep, beautiful and profound. Study The Bhagavad Gita; this scripture can guide you very deeply, through many important aspects of your spiritual work.
This painting shows Krishna revealing his true form to Arjuna. Arjuna has a hard time understanding who Krishna is, how God fits into all of this, and why we must die. Why is it that we have to die psychologically? Why is it that the ego is wrong? Why is it that we have to conquer lust and anger and pride? The only way that Arjuna can understand that is to understand what does not have those qualities, which is the pure Consciousness.
We cannot really proceed in our spiritual, psychological work to eliminate pride, unless we really know what humility truly is. We cannot conquer pride until we understand that it is a source of suffering. We cannot conquer pride until we experience how humility is a source of benefit.
It is impossible for us to conquer lust, until we realize that it is an affliction, a source of suffering, and we have seen and tasted what it should be, which is Chastity, true love, sexual purity, inflamed by divinity.
We cannot conquer anger, resentment, until we have really understood compassion, love.
Thus, for every psychological defect, real comprehension can only emerge when understand it as a source of suffering, and we also understand the virtue that should be present there instead.
Furthermore, all virtue is an expression of the divine. Thus, in this painting, Krishna shows Arjuna his multifaceted truth; that Christ explodes into existence as everything that exists. Every God, every Divinity, every flower, every plant, ever animal, every planet, every Sun is an expression of Christ's light, of Krishna. This vision so moves Arjuna, that he comprehends religion, and he comprehends the great war, and then he is prepared to go into battle. This is why in Gnosis, we emphasis the importance of developing the capacity to perceive the Divine. We develop that capacity through learning how to meditate.
Real Meditation is a state of Consciousness in which no ego interferes with our perception. No ego interfering means that in that state there is no desire, no attachment, no pride, no lust, etc. Real Meditation is a state of pure, unfiltered Consciousness, perceptive and seeing the reality. As long as we do not have that perception, we are in confusion. So, this vision in the Bhagavad Gita represents the type of vision that we need to achieve, which is given by God in order for us to advance in our work.
Upon seeing this vision, Arjuna exclaims,
"O limitless one, God of gods, refuge of the universe! You are the invincible source, the cause of all causes, transcendental to this material manifestation. You are the original Personality of Godhead, the oldest, the ultimate sanctuary of this manifested cosmic world. You are the knower of everything, and You are all that is knowable. You are the supreme refuge, above the material modes. O limitless form! This whole cosmic manifestation is pervaded by You!"
This narrative event in the scripture is the moment in which Arjuna, the Consciousness (Tiphereth) perceives Christ, without any filters, without any ego. It is the perception of the Consciousness, freed, perceptive of reality. This is a Samadhi. It is a beautiful, cognizant comprehension of the nature of Christ.
There is an entire chapter in the Bhagavad Gita in which Arjuna describes his vision, and it is overwhelming, especially to the intellect and our personality. Genuine comprehension of the Divine is overwhelming. The experience of That Which Is transforms the soul, the Consciousness.
Krishna says about his identity,
"Earth, water, fire, air, ether, Manas, and Buddhi, egoism (Ahamkara) – thus is My Prakriti divided eight-fold. This is the inferior (Prakriti); but distinct from this know thou My superior Prakriti, the very life, O mighty-armed, by which this universe is upheld."
The elements mentioned here are called Tattvas. A Tattva is a vibration of energy. It is a modification of the light of Christ / Krishna. We have explained in many lectures that Christ is the root energy in all that exists. That energy descends into manifestation, it crystallizes, it condenses and takes different forms, and in that path of condensation, it becomes differentiated as the elements earth, water, fire, air, ether. These are five modalities of matter and energy that vibrate in different dimensions and that give rise to everything that exists. Our physical body is a very specific combination of the five Tattvas. So is the body of a God, but with a different vibration. A great Master like Krishna or Moses is comprised of the same elements, but at a different level of vibration. This is important to understand because many people read these scriptures, and read that all things are Krishna, and they assume, "Well then, we are all Krishna, so we are all fine as we are now, we are all enlightened." That is wrong. That Tattvas manifest in different levels and vibrations. We are not the same as Gods. We have the potential to become Gods, but we are not there yet.
Manas and Buddhi are related with aspects of Consciousness, of the soul. To understand this better, we can look at the Tree of Life. The Tree of Life shows us how the structures of nature are represented in Kabbalah. At the very top of the tree, this structure of 10 spheres, we see three rings – the Ain, the Ain Soph and the Ain Soph Aur. These three are really one; they are the Absolute, Abstract Space. They represent the unmanifested, uncreated light. They are Krishna at the highest level. They are pure potentiality.
Because of Karma, because of the disequilibrium of the energies in nature, the Absolute has to give rise to creation; a light emerges, which is the Ain Soph Aur (these are Hebrew words). The Ain Soph Aur means, 'The Limitless Light." In Sanskrit we can call that "Adi Buddha." It can also be called Krishna. The first expression of that light is the sephirah Kether, in Hebrew . Kether is also Krishna, as the supreme personality of God. Kether unfolds into the sephirah Chokmah, which means "wisdom"; that is also Krishna, the pure wisdom aspect of God. That is also the sephirah Binah, the 3rd sphere, which means "intelligence." That is also Krishna. These three together are the Trinity in any religion. Kether, Chokmah, Binah; Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Osiris, Isis and Horus; the Three Logoi, the Trinity, the Cosmic Christ. Those three are one, as Krishna.
That level of existence is archetypal. It is the preparatory stage for manifestation. It is the level at which there is a blueprint, there is a map, there is a potential, but it is not created yet. When it emerges and finally creates, we see the rest of the Tree of Life, these seven spheres below. Those are all the other dimensions in nature. The seven below are different modalities or condensations of the Tattvas.
In other words, the light of the Ain Soph Aur gives rise to the Solar Logos, Krishna as the Supreme God-Head, which can also be called Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, that Trinity, creates. The resulting creation is the lower Prakriti, the inferior Prakriti, that forms the dimensions of nature. Those top three sephiroth and the Absolute are dimensionless. They exist, but they do not exist. We can call that realm the zero dimension. It is beyond our intellect to grasp the real meaning of that. But, when they create, dimensions come into play.
The first manifested dimension is the 6th dimension, which is the most subtle. In Kabbalah, that level is symbolized by the sephiroth Chesed, Geburah, and Tiphereth. Those are the Kabbalistic, Hebrew terms for that level of nature.
Geburah in Sanskrit is called Buddhi, which strictly translated means intellect, but that does not mean our intellect, it does not mean the intellect that we have here as terrestrial people; it refers to Consciousness at a Divine level. It is a type of intellect that is pure intuition. It does not reason, it knows. So, it is intellect from an Asian psychological perspective, not Western.
Tiphereth in Sanskrit is Manas, in Sanskrit. Manas can also be translated in various ways, but it is generally translated as reasoning, mind. Again, manas is not merely our terrestrial mind, our reasoning, the way we experience it here. Manas is abstract mind, intuitive mind, a type of mind that does not reason or compare. Manas, which in Hebrew is Tiphereth, is represented by Arjuna in the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna is the Human Soul, the pure Consciousness, who questions God, saying, 'Please teach me. I cannot fight this battle.' Then, when seeing God, he is ready to fight against the mistaken ones, which represent the ego, the karma.
When Krishna says, "Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether, Manas and Buddhi," he is talking about how all of that emerges out him, and become the lower levels. The first seven aspects are pure. But the last one, the 8th, is Ahamkara, egoism, the I: pride, lust, anger, greed, envy, gluttony, fear, laziness, etc. It is strange to read in a scripture that Krishna becomes egoism. But, it happens, because of us.
The Tree of Life represents nature, and the dimensions outside of us, but it also represents us. These levels that are displayed on the Tree of Life are in us, and in moment to moment existence, Krishna is flowing through us; Krishna is the fire of life, it is what is giving life to every cell in us. It is the energy inside every thought, inside every feeling, inside every sensation. We corrupt it.
Our body is comprised of earth, water, fire, air, and either, and so is our heart, so is our mind, so is our soul. Manas and Buddhi are the Human Soul, Tiphereth, the Divine Soul Geburah, but in us, they are trapped in Ahamkara, egoism.
So, he explains further, that distinct from this, "know thou My superior Prakriti, the very life, O mighty-armed, by which this universe is upheld." So, look at this map of the Tree of Life and realize there are two aspects that Krishna is describing as himself:
- The superior aspect, which is the upper Trinity and the Absolute.
- The inferior aspect, which are the seven Sephiroth below.
Superior Prakriti and inferior Prakriti.
So, then the question becomes, what is Prakriti? We see we have two aspects, and we understand something about how nature is manifested, we need to know what Prakriti is. Prakriti is a Sanskrit word that means nature.
Obviously, we have nature outside of us, and if you are a little bit observant, you can see that we are corrupting nature outside of us in a really terrible way. Can you go anywhere on this planet and find a place that is unaffected by human activity? None that I know of. Even in the Antarctic and the Arctic, which are completely inhospitable to human life, we find pollution, chemicals, garbage. Scientists go up there and find garbage, plastic bottles, trash that has been blown around by the atmosphere. They find chemicals, gasoline, rocket fuel. The air is poisoned, the water is poisoned, the entire planet is poisoned because of Ahamkara, egoism. So, if our exterior nature is polluted, why? Because the nature inside of us was polluted first. The pollution inside of us has spread out.
This is why Samael Aun Weor stated in many of his books that our external circumstances are merely a reflection of our internal ones. What is happening to us in our external lives, around us, our circumstances, our problems, the pollution and wars and uncertainty and economic hardship, are a reflection of our psychology.
Our problem is we refuse to recognize that. We want to change what is outside, and not change what is inside. We are Arjuna, who cannot bear the thought of having to confront our relatives: our own psyche, our own defects, our egoism, Ahamkara. We do not want to face it. Nonetheless, Krishna explains that we need to know these two aspects of Prakriti, in order to understand him and to understand ourselves.
Prakriti means nature, so now we know that is has two fundamental aspects;
- the superior, which is the ocean of life that sustains all of existence
- the inferior, which is the condensation of that into the tattvas
Prakriti is the Divine Mother Nature. Prakriti is feminine. Prakriti is the cow that Krishna protects. Prakriti is Isis-Nut, the Divine Mother.
You see, Krishna is not male, Krishna is not a man, Krishna is an energy, Krishna is beyond male-female. Krishna is Prakriti, nature. This triple feminine symbol is Krishna, displayed as a woman, with three aspects. It is beautiful. This is one of the aspects I love most about Hinduism; it really shows nature in all its glory.
Prakriti has two fundamental aspects: superior and inferior. But, in how it functions, it has three modes.
The first one is creation, which in Sanskrit is Rajas. This is the ability of the light or fire of Krishna to create. The Upanishads stated that the Supreme God-Head is in everything, it is the root of everything, it is the source of everything. How is everything created? If we look at our own nature, because we are reflection of the nature around us, how do we create life? Through sex. It is the only way we can create life: through sex. Rajas relates to creation, but the word itself is extremely difficult to translate into English because it has a very rich, deep implication. It means: energy in motion, energy in activity. It is projective, it is masculine. It impels, it drives, it pushes, it is passionate, it is virile. It is powerful. It is unstoppable, it is undeniable. Rajas is an irresistible energy that pushes and motivates. It is at the very basis of existence. When the entire universe is about to be created, when there is nothing in existence, it is Rajas that emerges and impels creation. Rajas creates universes – not just ants and bees and moths and little human beings – it creates infinites. It is the projective, creative aspect of nature. It is very energetic. It is all of the power of the Gods to create.
The second aspect or mode of Prakriti is the one that sustains existence. In Sanskrit it is called Sattva. Sattva is also very difficult to translate in English. There is no word that conveys all of its meanings. It means sustainability, perpetuity, continuity, balance, harmony, equality, sustenance. It is the energy that preserves. The energy that harmonizes, that conciliates. That brings together, that molds and shapes.
The third guna is Tamas, which means destruction. Tamas is also very difficult, if not impossible, to translate into English. Tamas implies destruction, disintegration, decay, to bring down, to take apart, to remove, to be lethargic, to be slow, to stop moving, to go backwards, to be in retrograde, to devolve.
If you look at these three together, you see a circle, a wheel. You see the wheel of nature. You see how every living thing is created, brought to existence, sustained, maintained, managed, and then destroyed and decayed, consumed once again by nature. These three together are called the three Gunas.
These three aspects of Prakriti are beyond the Tree of Life. That upper Trinity on the Tree of Life – Kether, Chokmah, Binah – manifests only because the three gunas are out of balance. Thethree Gunas are not the Trinity, they are not Kether, Chokmah, Binah; rather, they are what give rise to Kether, Chokmah, Binah. They are what give rise to the Ain Soph Aur. The three Gunas are three energetic aspects of the Absolute, but these three Gunas reflect in everything that is created. The Trinity is a manifestation of the three Gunas, and they work through the three Gunas, that is why we see in the Trinity; Kether, Chokmah, Binah – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We see a projecting force that creates, we see a preserving force that sustains and we see a destructive force that removes. These three, in Hinduism, are usually represented as Shiva. Shiva is that energetic, dynamic aspect of God that creates and destroys. In the Bible, this is Jehovah, that part of God that creates and destroys.
The three Gunas are modalities of energy. We have them too. Every one of us has one of these temperaments. We may tend to be a Rajasic type of person - very energetic, very productive, very energetic, always having to do things and be active, in motion psychologically, not necessarily physically. We may be Sattvic – which means that we are very balanced, which means we are always trying to balance and equilibrate things. We might be Tamasic – more lethargic, slower paced. None of these are better than the others, they are just three temperaments in psychology. These three gunas apply to how we eat, how we live, how we act, and our sex life too.
Prakriti has these three modes in everything that happens, in every level of existence. Krishna says about himself, about these two aspects of Prakriti and the Gunas:
"All created beings have their source in these two natures. Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution. There is naught else higher than I, O Dhananjaya; in Me all this is woven as clusters of gems on a string."
This is Krishna saying, 'everything that is born and dies is Me.' Everything. Even impurity. From the Gods to dirt. Everything has in its nature, in its essence, Krishna, Christ, light, this energy. Everything originates out of that and returns back to that. But, its means of return is different. So, he continues,
"O son of Pritha, know that I am the original bijam of all existences, the buddhi of the buddhi-matam, and the tejah of the tejasvinām."
I left these words in Sanskrit on purpose. I did not put them in English because the English does not convey the meaning. The meaning of these terms is really important, and all of the scriptural excerpts I was building up to were for this scripture and the next one.
Krishna says, "Know that I am the original bijam of all existences." Bija is a Sanskrit word which means seed. Bijam means the original seed, the primordial seed, the ultimate seed. So, again, let us take nature as our example to understand what this means. Krishna is not saying that he is a sesame seed. Krishna is saying that he is the ultimate seed of all that exists, so what does that mean? Well, if Krishna is in us, and is our origin, what is our primordial seed? Where did we come from? Sex. People do not like to talk about that, we like to just skip over the part about our parents having sex and like to go back to say well, we came from God or we came from Adam and Eve, or we came from some gorilla in the jungles a long time ago. Those are all theories, we need to look at facts. The fact is that every person in existence has arrived through sex. Our seed for this particular body, the seed that grew us, came from our parents. The seed that grew who we are now, came from our parents. It was not one seed, it was two: sperm and ovum, from mother and father. So, Krishna is that: "Know that I am the original Bijam of all existences" – Krishna is the semen, Krishna is the ova, the egg and the sperm in every creature. Krishna, the power of God to create, is in sex.
The next portion says, "The Buddhi of the Buddhi-Matam." I explained a little about Buddhi, that it is related to Geburah on the Tree of Life and that directly translated, it means intelligence. But, really, Buddhi does not mean intellect in the way we experience it. Buddhi is an abstract, intuitive level of intelligence, related to the Consciousness. We call it the Divine Soul. In many religions it is symbolized by a beautiful woman, such as Helen of Troy, Beatrice in The Divine Comedy, Eurydice who Orpheus saves from the abyss, Persephone, Cassiopeia, Andromeda, Eve. Even Aphrodite and Venus in their ways represent this beautiful aspect of Consciousness that is in us. This beautiful, pristine aspect of Soul is the embodiment of wisdom and Divinity in us as a Consciousness. That is Buddhi. Buddhi-Matam means those that have purely awakened Buddhi - in other words Buddhas. The word Buddha means, 'One who is awake.' It is derived from Buddhi, which is Consciousness. So, Buddhi-Matam are "the awakened ones." Krishna is the Consciousness of the awakened ones. So, relate these two portions together, these are directly in the same passage; 'I am the original sexual aspect of all existences, I am the awakened Consciousness of the awakened ones.' These two go together and are inseparable: sex and Consciousness. This passage is very significant, but is always over looked because it brings up things that people do not want to deal with. People want sexuality and religion to be separate, but they cannot be.
The final passage of this scripture says, "and the tejah of the tejasvinām." Tejas is often pronounced with a Spanish as Tehah, but in Sanskrit it is usually with a very slight J, Tejah. This is another word that is very difficult to translate; it relates to fire, because in the Tattvas that I explained, there are the four elements – fire, air, earth and water; fire is Tejas. Here, Tejah means "power, virility, strength, prowess, ability." Have you noticed how in English, the word virility—which is of course is sexual energy—is from the same root as virtue? There is a reason, because they come from the same place. This scripture reveals that: "The Tejah of the Tejasvinām." Just as Buddhi-Matam means the awakened ones, Tajasvinām means "the powerful ones, the virile ones." And, who are they? It is not us. In this world we have no power; we are quite powerless. Who are the ones that have power, truly? They are Masters, Buddhas, bodhisattvas; those who have enormous Tejah, virility, prowess, potency, the ability to command nature both inside and outside of themselves. The Master Krishna showed that through many miracles and exploits. The picture I showed you in the beginning showed him lifting a mountain over his head, in order to protect his people. Moses parted the waters of the Red Sea. The Master Krishna also parted a river. Krishna and Moses have the same symbols, same powers. These are great Masters, they are Tejasvinām. So, Krishna-Christ is the power in any Master. Krishna is Christ.
The next passage of this scripture reads, "I am the strength of the strong, devoid of kama and raga. I am kama which is not contrary to dharma, O lord of the Bharatas [Arjuna]." Kama is another word in Sanskrit that has different subtleties. It depends on its context as to how you translate it. The truth of that is right here: he says, 'I am devoid of Kama' and in the next sentence says, 'I am Kama.' So it appears to contradict. What is Kama? Ever heard of The Kama Sutra? Kama can mean sex life, it can mean lust, and it can mean love. It can also mean Chastity. So, it depends on the context. Naturally, with the mind that humanity has now, any time they see the word sex, it is lust. So, the Kama Sutra is used for lustful purposes, the world over. In fact, the only translation that is publicly available is completely adulterated. It is not the actual scripture. It is a version that was adulterated by a Westerner, in order to build up his own fame and wealth. It is completely adulterated, yet it is everywhere. It is one of those best selling books that everybody reads and thinks is a real scripture from India, but it is not. It is packed with lies. It is a text of black magic. The real Kama Sutra has been hidden.
Krishna says, 'I am the strength of the strong, devoid of Kama and Raga.' Here he is saying, "I am devoid of lust." There is no lust in Christ. There is no lust in any Buddha. Yet, humanity looks at the images of the Buddhas and Masters and sees lust, because our minds are full of lust. We see images of Krishna with his spouse, we see images of the Divinities in consort with their partners, sexually, and we see it lustfully, because our mind is like that. But the Gods have no lust. Krishna is devoid of Raga; Raga means attachment, grasping, to clutch, to pull, to hold. What is lust? Attachment to sensation. Kama and Raga work together.
He says, "I am Kama which is not contrary to Dharma." Dharma is also very difficult to translate. The name Dharma is very deep in its implications. Used in this context, it means "religious principles." But, the core of the word Dharma is "truth, reality." When we hear religious principles, we think of a dogma, some list of rules that we have to follow. That is not real religion, that is only the second law. The first law is the reality, the truth. In this level, physically, gravity is a law, it is "a Dharma." We have the Dharma of gravity. We have the Dharma of electricity, the Dharma of magnetism. These are truths, they are energies in motion that we can learn to work with, and if we ignore those Dharmas, we suffer. If you stick your finger in an electrical socket, you will get shocked, because you ignored that Dharma. Christ, Krishna, is Kama which is not contrary to Dharma – sex that is in harmony with truth, with religious principles.
To me, this is the single most important line of the entire Bhagavad Gita. Krishna says,
"I am sex which is not contrary to religion." - Bhagavad Gita 7:11
How is it that millions upon millions of people have read the Bhagavad Gita, and have become celibate? They missed this line, or it was mistranslated, or mis-explained. Krishna says here, "I am sex," so why do they renounce sex? If they want to know Krishna, if they want to know Christ, the power of creation, the power of the Gods, it is in sex. It is in the sexual seed, which is Krishna. The problem is that we do not know what Dharmic sex is. We only know lustful sex, we only know Kama with Raga, with attachment. Because of that, we misunderstand everything. So, people renounce sex, because they are trying to renounce attachment. They are trying to renounce desire. But, they are also throwing away the keys to overcoming desire. The key to conquering desire is the middle path, which is what the Buddha taught. To not renounce sex, neither to indulge in it, but walk in the middle: to engage in sex, but without lust.
Krishna says he is Kama; this image shows Kama-Deva.
Deva means God. Kama-Deva means "God of Love, God of sex." In this painting we see a beautifully clothed man poised on top of a bird, and in his hands he has a bow and arrow, and the arrow is fiery. What is the fire? Sex, it is Rajas, it is passion, it is the ability to create, it is the first of the three Gunas, the first modality of Prakriti. Kama-Deva sits poised on the bird, in order to fire the fiery arrow into our hearts and minds and sex, to inspire us with the impulse to create, to love. Does this remind you of anyone? Does it look familiar? It should. Ever hear of Cupid? Eros?
If you study Greek mythology, you know that one of the most primordial Gods in Greco-Roman mythology is Eros, who is not that little chubby boy who is mischievous and runs around shooting people with arrows in the cartoons. That is the same thing as the little baby Krishna stealing butter, and the little baby Jesus in the manger. It is a cute symbol, but it is only a cute symbol. Eros is hiding a very profound truth about our inner nature, and about the nature of spirituality. Eros is Krishna. Eros-Cupid is the most profound, important symbol in Greco-Roman mythology. It is right in the middle of the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were the most important mystery school of the Greco-Roman mythology, and the Orphic Mysteries has some of this as well.
Eros is Christ, Kama-Deva, Krishna, who with his arrow penetrates the heart to inspire us with love. Of course, both Hinduism and the Greek and Roman traditions were completely perverted by the minds of men and women, because we could not comprehend divine sexuality without Raga, attachment, without passion and lust. We perverted these symbols and made them into approvals of our degeneration. We converted these beautiful, pristine, pure symbols into a stamp or seal of approval saying, "its okay for you to be a degenerate." Eros is where we get the term "erotic." If you go to the "erotic" section of any store now, you will not find anything divine or holy, you will only find poison for your soul. Originally, the erotic mysteries were the purest aspect of Divinity, of spirituality, of religion, worldwide: in Hinduism, in Buddhism, in Christianity, in Judaism. The erotic aspect of those teachings was the most pure and most sacred aspect that was only given to those who earned it, by working on themselves, by cleaning themselves of impurity.
We do not want to look at the war we have to wage in ourselves, against ourselves. We do not want to fight against our lust and pride. We want approval for them, and to embrace them. So, we have converted these ancient symbols into approval for degeneration. So, Eros became a symbol for degeneration, and so did Kama-Deva. That is why we have the modern Kama Sutra, and modern eroticism, which are pure 100% black magic and will take you to suffering.
Here, Krishna is playing his flute. The flute is very symbolic, on many levels; it represents the spinal column. Krishna blows his breath through our spine to play notes, to play music, the music of the soul. That breath is his energy. If we are totally distracted and absorbed in materialism, in our lust, in our pride, in pursuing things externally, in chasing women or chasing men, we cannot hear the notes that he plays inside of us. If you learn to meditate, if you learn to harness the power of your own Kama, you can hear the music of Krishna. That same message is the basis of the Magic Flute by Mozart. It is also the teaching of Eros. This is Eros on a Greek Urn, playing his flute; but Eros adds a beautiful element – his flute has two parts, a man and a woman. The most complete note that Christ can play is through a couple. Is it not true that two voices in harmony are more beautiful than one? Love cannot exist without one to love. Love emerges as a magnetic, electric force between two beings; that is what produces the sound.
In the next image we see Krishna with his lover Radha. Here we see Eros with his, Psyche. Greek and Hindu, same message, same teaching, different parts of the world.
The point here is that this teaching is universal, it does not belong to any religion, it is every religion. That is why Christ says, 'I am sex life which is not contrary to Dharma.' Dharma is universal, it is truth. Truth does not respect any boundary. Truth is not only in India, it is not only in Mexico, it is in the Consciousness. Christ is that, the power of creation through sex. So, to understand what that means, we need to understand what is Dharmic Kama.
Here we see Shiva in love with his wife, Parvati. She is embracing a lingam, which is a very ancient symbol found primarily in Hinduism, but also found in the Greek mysteries, which is the symbol of the phallus united with the vagina. It is a sexual symbol. These two Gods represent that sex and love are Divine, not animal, not lustful. We make sex animal, because of our attachment, because of desire. This is explained in the ancient scripture the Shiva Samhita, which is like the Hatha Yoga Paratiki, another scripture from Hinduism that is ignored these days because it says things that nobody wants to hear. Of course, nowadays, you can go to any city in the world and find 100s of Yoga schools, all different kinds; Hatha Yoga , Bhakti Yoga , Bikram, Sivananda, Kundalini, etc, etc, etc. None of them will teach you about this scripture, because they do not like it, even though all their traditions originally came from it, they just cut this out, because they do not want to teach it, because they do not want to practice it.
The scripture is quite short. It is spoken from the point of the Divinity, it is a dialogue from Shiva, who is Krishna in his creative and destructive aspect, who says:
"I [Shiva] am the semen, Sakti [the Goddess] is the generative fluid; when they are [perfectly] combined in the body [through this practice], then the body of the Yogi becomes divine [immortal].
When the precious jewel of semen is mastered, anything on earth can be mastered. Through the grace of its preservation, one becomes as great as me [Shiva].
The use of semen determines the happiness or pain of all beings living in the world, who are deluded [by desire] and are subject to death and decay.
This is directly quoted from a Hindu scripture, and explains the secret teaching that was never given publicly, and that is ignored by all the famous Yoga schools. What does it say? That Dharmic Kama teaches that one must preserve the force of Krishna and hold it as sacred. That force is the sexual energy. That means that we need to hold and transform that energy for him. Just as that energy can create if we express it physically - it can create a child - if we retain it and transform it, it creates the soul. It becomes the vessel through which God can express in us.
It is not easy to retain the sexual energy, especially in the beginning. But, as you learn and become trained, it becomes natural, just as it used to be.
In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says, "It is lust, it is wrath, born of the energy of Rajas, all-devouring, all-sinful, that know thou is the foe here."
The enemy in spirituality is lust, is anger. He continues,
"As fire is surrounded by smoke, as a mirror by rust, as the fetus is enclosed in the womb, so is this covered by it. Covered, O son of Khunti, is wisdom by this constant enemy of the wise, in the form of desire, which is greedy and insatiable."
This passage is very profound. Synthesized in simple terms, it means this: your power to awaken and become like a God is veiled by your lust. If you want to awaken and become like a God, you need to clear away the veil. It means you need to cleanse the lust off of your sexual power. That comes as a process of a war, inside, because lust is greedy and insatiable. Lust has many arguments to defend itself. Lust is very sneaky and infects even religions and spiritual organizations, and gives itself a stamp of approval – that is right to be there. No scripture of white Tantra or pure religion approves lust. So, to advance in real spirituality, lust has to be cleansed, removed.
Further, he says, "The senses, mind and reason are said to be its seat. Veiling wisdom through these, it deludes the embodied. Therefore, O Lord of the Baratas, restrain the senses first, do thou cast off this sinful thing of Fornication, which is destructive of knowledge and wisdom. Slay thou, O Mighty Armed, the enemy in the form of desire, hard to conquer."
First we talk about the physical senses. We interact with our lives through our senses.
Mind and reason are Buddhi and Manas. Unfortunately, in us, our Buddhi and Manas are not pure. Buddhi in us, Geburah, is that very high aspect, the Divine Soul, which we have clothed in animal lust. We have buried it. It is stuck in the underworld. It is Eurydice who is trapped in Hell. It is Persephone who is stolen by Pluto, kept in suffering. Her hero, the great warrior (Orpheus, Heracles, Aeneas), has to go into the underworld to pull her out. That is his true love. He cannot save her if he lusts for her. He can only save her through his pure love for her, a love that is not attached, a love of Chastity. It is a sexual love, but it is free of attachment.
'Veiling wisdom through these, it deludes the embodied' – that wisdom is Prajna, Christ wisdom, the wisdom of the beyond. It is the highest aspect of knowledge. But, in us, it is hidden because of our egoism, because of Ahamkara.
'Therefore, restrain the senses first. Do thou cast off this sinful thing.'
To restrain the senses does not mean to shut your eyes and close your ears, and clamp your mouth shut and hide. If you restrain the chariot, you cannot go anywhere. If you stop the horses, you stop moving. Thus, study the example of Arjuna in the chariot. Those horses can represent the senses. For Arjuna to fight the battle, he has to move, he has to guide the horses, the senses through conscious will, to the battlefield, to find his enemy and to slay him. To restrain the senses means to have conscious will over what you perceive, to be attentive, to be present, to be cognizant, to be self-remembering. Not to hide or avoid. Remember, we must walk the middle path; not indulging, not repressing or avoiding. To be in the middle, living our lives, pursuing our goal, but with the conscious awareness of that. Restrain here does not mean stop, it means to guide consciously.
Then, 'Do thou cast off this sinful thing' – that is the orgasm. That is physical and it is emotional and it is mental. Many people think, even in Hinduism and Buddhism, that it is just to restrain the physical expression of that energy. That is a lie. You can restrain just the physical part, and still experience the energetic aspect of the orgasm, and it is still an orgasm, and you will awaken Consciousness, but with your lust, and you will become a black magician. Simple as that, you can become a demon. In Sanskrit demons are called Asuras. An asura is someone who is awakened, but has awakened through lust, anger, or pride, but primarily lust.
Krishna says here that this thing, Fornication, is destructive of knowledge and wisdom. This is very clear. The ones who indulge in Fornication, in sex, lack knowledge and wisdom, but they are abundant in suffering.
That is what is taught in the Bhagavad Gita: dissolve the I, whose primary root is lust, and transform the sexual energy, whose primary method is through sex. This is Ahamkara and Maithuna (a Sanskrit word that means religious sexuality). The result of that work, is that the person harnesses every atom of energy that they have and eliminates every atom of egoism that they have, and that they become a perfect expression of Christ. This is how all the great Masters and Angels and Buddhas and Devas have come to be. There is no other way.
The Vision of Vishnu
"My dear Arjuna, this form of mine you are now seeing is very difficult to behold. Even the Demi-Gods are ever seeking the opportunity to see this form which is so dear. The form you are seeing with your transcendental eyes cannot be understood simply by studying the Vedas, nor by undergoing serious penances, nor by charity, nor by worship. It is not by these means that one can see me as I am. My dear Arjuna, he who engages in my pure devotional service, free from the contaminations from the fruit of activities and mental speculation, he who works for me, who makes me the supreme goal of his life, and who is without an enemy among living beings, he certainly comes to me."
In that final passage, we see the three factors of any true path of Yoga or religion. Most people who study religion do all the things he says that do not lead anywhere, like all of us. All the spiritual people are trying to do very serious spiritual practices, which are penances, like fasting, being vegetarian, circumambulating sacred grounds, adopting certain clothes or other aspects of lifestyle, or we study the scriptures like the Vedas or Sutras or Tantras, or we enter a life of service becoming a monk or a Nun, or we commit ourselves to doing certain types of worship practices, like a Bhakti Yoga practice, like doing a 100,000 recitations of our mantra every day, this type of thing – these are all fine, and are useful, but they do not lead to God. They purify Karma, and they can help achieve some degree of stability in the Consciousness of a person – but, for one who wants to know Christ, to experience Christ, to directly perceive the reality of Krishna, there is only way to do it, and that is to die. You cannot engage in his pure devotional service, free from fruit of activities and mental speculation, you cannot make Krishna the supreme goal of your life, if you have pride, if you have lust, if you have envy or jealously. You cannot, because right now, what we worship is our ego. Even when we are religious, we make our religion a food for our pride. We make our spirituality nourishment for our lust. We make our spirituality a support for our envy. No one wants to die, and that is the conflict that Arjuna is having on the battlefield. Arjuna does not want to kill all of his egos, which are lined up I the background. He sees them and says, 'Those are my family. I have lived with them for all my lifetimes, I cannot kill them. They are me, they are my blood.' We are all like that. We see the images of God and the beautiful teachings, and we feel inspired and want to experience real religion, but when we look in the mirror, and when we look at ourselves and our behaviours, we say, "Uh, I cannot change that. It is too much. Maybe later I will feel better and meditate on that, not today. Maybe later God will give me the strength to meditate on my lust, but right now I do not feel like I can do it; it is too much." All of us suffer from that disease. That is why we still suffer, and have no experience of the Divine.
Krishna says that in order for us to see the true face of reality, we have to die, and that is today. That death is psychological, it is to look directly in ones own face, and to recognize ones own crime and to atone for it, and to stop making the mistake and to never go back. That is very difficult, but it is the only way.
The only power that can make it possible to do it, is Christ itself. If we are fornicating, physically, emotionally or mentally, wasting our energy through lust, primarily but also through pride and anger and envy, we will never have the energy to do it.
The three Gunas – Rajas, Sattva and Tamas – are the secret to spiritual advancement. All three come from sexual energy. If you are depleting your sexual energy constantly, either physically through the actual act of orgasm in sex or masturbation, or you are wasting it emotionally through explosions of anger or lust or pride or attachment in your heart, or mentally through your fantasies and daydreams and wrong thinking, you will have no energy to work spiritually. None. So, you will be as an empty vessel, without any real life, just suffering.
Through retention of the sexual forces, you start to acquire a vessel through which Krishna can work in you. Krishna says, "I am the seed" - so if we save that seed and respect it, transform it, we learn how to utilize it. Not repressing it and not indulging in it, but using it with respect; then, Krishna can work through us. This is what it means to say, "He who works for me, who makes me the supreme goal of his life and who is without an enemy among living beings."
Do you notice how nowadays, we avoid each other? People are becoming more and more insular, we talk less and less face to face, and more and more by remote. First it was letters, then it was the telephone, then it was the fax, then its email, now its chatting and cell phones - we are becoming more and more isolated. Why? Because in this way it is easier for us to maintain a false image of ourselves. When we are face to face, the other person can see all of our defects, our pimples, our sagging belly, our grey hair, they can see everything about us that we do not want them to see. This is the whole point of "online dating"; it is all lies. Everybody is projecting an image of themselves that they want to show others, but when they actually meet the person, they are not going to be anything like that. Those relationships are doomed to fail.
"He who is without an enemy among living beings." Who is that? Does anyone know anyone who is without an enemy? And by enemy, we do not just mean someone who hates or kills – in any place of any kind where there is conflict, that is an enemy. Most of us are enemies even with our own families; we have layers of built up resentments, envy, jealousy, over lifetimes. With our spouse, and with our children, and our parents - any places of conflict, we have an enemy. So, who is it that is without an enemy among living beings? Only Christ. Only Christ loves equally and universally. Only Christ has no enemies. Christ even loves the devil. So, in order to come to Krishna, we have to become Krishna.
There are many out there who say if you just chant this Mantra, "Hari Krishna Hari Krishna Krishna Krishna Hari Hari...." and if you do that 200,000,000,000 times, then you will become like Krishna and be very close to him. Or, if you are a business man and you have wealth, and you give all your wealth to build a temple for Krishna, then he will love you, and you will be dear to him, and you will be protected by Krishna forever and ever. These are all lies.
The scripture states it extremely clearly: only the one who devotes every atom of his existence to becoming Krishna, comes to Krishna. Now, it sounds impossible, it sounds overwhelming, but it has be done. It has been done many times, and it can be done again. One only has to have the will to die, psychologically. To realize that suffering is not the only way, that there is a better way. We do not have to just suffer and die in anxiety and lack of knowledge. It is possible to cast off suffering and to become pure. To do that, we have to work. It does not come by saying a prayer, or saying a mantra, or by making a promise, or by giving all your money to a temple – it comes by working on yourself.
Questions and Answers
Audience: Most of the pictures I have seen have four horses, and they represent the four bodies of sin, I thought. But there are five there?
Instructor: The horses can represent the five senses, it can also represent the four bodies of the soul, or can represent the Tattvas. There are different levels of meaning there, depending on which tradition produced the painting, because they have different ways of studying the psychology. But, in general, the chariot and the horses represent the body; ourselves, our vessel, which includes the inner bodies. You cannot separate the inner bodies from the senses. They work with each other.
Audience: Is it then, when Orpheus turns around, is acting with desire and hence his loss of Eurydice?
Instructor: That's right. In the Greek myth of Orpheus, he is pulling is spouse, his beloved out of the abyss. But, in a moment of doubt, he turns back to see her, and loses her. That represents an initiate who is working on the path, who is achieving some level of purification, bringing his Consciousness out of the ego, but looks back, out of desire, out of attachment, and he loses his work. Then he has to start again, and it is even more difficult.
Audience: If Eros relates to Rajas, do then Chronos and Gaia relate to Tamas and Sattva?
Instructor: No. In fact, Eros is the capacity of all three Gunas, just as Krishna is all three. Any God uses all three Gunas, they are not one or the other.
Audience: Gnostically speaking, what is a Demi-God?
Instructor: A Demi-God is a being who has achieved some degree of work in the path. Demi means "part, partial," so if you are a "partial God," it means that you have done some degree of work, you have achieved some degree of Initiation, but not complete.
Audience: First mountain.
Instructor: Yes, it is related – if you know about the three Mountains, this relates to Initiates working in the first mountain. So, that is related to creation of the Solar bodies, the serpents of fire and the serpents of light.
Audience: Where did the lengthy quote on slide 19 comes from, on Dharmic Kama?
Instructor: The quote about Dharmic Kama comes from a scripture called Shiva Samhita. The scripture itself is only about 5 chapters long. Most of it is just about postures, asana, and a bit about breathing. The important passage about sexuality is included in its entirety, in the back of the new addition of "Kundalini Yoga " by Samael Aun Weor, and is also on the sacred sex website.
Audience: Is there any value in doing Alchemy during the day?
Instructor: Samael Aun Weor explained that the transmutation practice with a partner is most effective when performed at night, during darkness, because the energies are veiled and hidden in such a way that they can ascend and work through the spinal column more easily, because the Solar light is not descending and working through the Nadis. But, certainly, if you practice during the day, you can utilize those forces that are harnessed in order to work on the ego. If that is the only time of day that you can practice, you should use it. But, if it is possible, it is better at night. The energies are more effectively transmitted.
Audience: So, does looking back only relates to orgasm, or can you lose your work in other ways?
Instructor: The looking back of Orpheus relates to a psychological phenomenon, not physical. So, when he looks back, in the myth, it is related to his mind becoming hypnotized by his attachments. So, that is a psychological symbol, not physical. It does not relate strictly to an orgasm, it relates to a psychological relationship; as an Initiate, a person can still be holding their energy physically, but fall, because of pride, because of lust, because of anger, even though physically they are still trying to maintain Chastity. So, falling and rising is primarily a psychological phenomenon. The physical component just stores energy, but it does not raise you up. It is the psychological work that raises you up.
Audience: Is it wrong to descend into sex and lust, in order to feel enough pain to change, just as long as you have the will to get through?
Instructor: I'm not sure I really understand the question; if the question is about indulging in lustful sexuality in order to punish oneself? That would be a mistake. If you already know something is wrong, why would you keep doing it? Masochism is a very dangerous toxin. We all have it. Everyone punishes themselves out of guild or remorse, but it is toxic. If you know something is wrong, you better stop, because the law is extra severe with those who do things that they know are wrong. It is like, if you tell a child 1000 times, 'Do not take a cookie out of the jar' and they keep doing it, your punishments are going to get more severe until they stop. So, our Divine guides are like that, too.
Audience: Why do the Masters descend on purpose, knowing that – because they want to gain more Consciousness?
Instructor: Masters descend again in order to raise higher. They take on more suffering and more pain and more responsibility, and it is harder and harder every time. But, they do it because they want to reach higher degrees of light. That is not the same as us, who are already fallen. We are already fallen, why would we keep deepening our suffering?
Instructor: We are already demons. So, why deepen our suffering even more? That would be really foolish. There are a lot of people that do that; who know certain behaviors are wrong yet they do it; they know it is wrong, and they hate themselves. That is very toxic; it is going to result in very powerful consequences. So, when you realize and feel something you know is wrong – stop. That is God telling you in your heart, "do not do that." We do not listen, but the Law is the Law.
Krishna is not separate from you. I know when we study religion, we study symbolism, it becomes a mental speculation, but he is saying you cannot reach him through mental speculation. You cannot reach him through just studying the scripture, just analyzing things with your mind, your intellect, you cannot. If you want to know about Divinity, about reality, you have to work on yourself; you have to change. This is the only way. There are many millions of people in every religion, including in Gnosis, who are just bookworms, or who do practices; they may seem very serious about doing penances and studying the scripture and doing charity and worshipping, and showing up when they need to show up, and doing what they need to do, but they are not going anywhere spiritually. They maybe people that you know, and it may be you. The key to successful work in Gnosis is to constantly self-evaluate, to analyze yourself very honestly. That is why in several of his books, the Master Samael said, "put your hand on your heart and be sincere, have you awakened your Kundalini?" Have you spoken face to face with Divinity? Do you have the capability to access and perceive the truth directly for yourself? If you can do those things, then you are achieving something in Gnosis, and if you cannot, you are making some kind of mistake that you need to analyze, and revise, and change. Any person is capable of knowing God, but the chief obstacle is ourselves. We are Arjuna. Krishna is saying, "You are on the battlefield, and you have to kill all of those demons, which are yourself and that look like your family, and that look like your loved ones, but they are your enemies. They have to die." So, study the Bhagavad Gita, it will help you.
Audience: What is it when you have a nocturnal pollution without lust?
Instructor: Any nocturnal pollution is a product of lust. Even if it is not readily visible that lust was the cause, it is the cause. So, it is likely that if a person is having wet dreams, nocturnal pollutions, and they are not seeing the cause, it is because they are not seeing the cause during the day. They have some kind of habit of perception or thinking during the day, about which they have no awareness. So, the way to cure that is to deepen self-observation, to meditate more and to find what it is that you are doing that is causing that energy to get out of control. Ultimately, the only cure for nocturnal pollutions is the Maithuna, sexual transmutation with a partner.
Let me make one last point, this is something I wanted to point out in this lecture; that reminds me, I am glad you asked that. About Dharmic Kama: if you look at all the images I have shown you, you see something very significant, that is over looked by many Tantric traditions, especially the yogic traditions that are being brought to the West now. Do you see all these images of Krishna with Radha? And all the images of Guru Rinpoche with Yeshe Tsogyal? Or, you see all the images of Shiva with Shakti or Parvati? Do you realize something important about them? Each displays a man and a woman. It is not a man alone, it is not a man with a man, it is not a woman with a woman, it is not a person with an animal; it is a man and a woman. There is a reason. A couple, male and female, represent two of the Gunas. When they come together and unite, they activate the third force. The man is the projective force, masculine, who hunts for the woman. The woman is the avoiding force, who tries to avoid the man. But, when he catches her, and they unite, they are reconciled, they are harmonized. There you have three forces. That is the power of creation. That is what is represented in all of those ancient scriptures, paintings, symbols and images.
Dharmic Kama is a perfect matrimony: a union of a man and a woman. Full Dharmic Kama cannot be achieved by a single person, but a certain degree can be – that is, a degree of purity in oneself that can be achieved as a single person. In ancient times, that was the pre-requisite to enter into the stage of working as a couple; first you had a period of time working as a single, in order to stabilize your mind, awaken Consciousness and start to gain some ability to manage your energy. Then, when you had the energy, to manage it and not lose it; then you would be introduced to a spouse, married, and you would work with your spouse. That was the ancient way. But, of course, with our lust and our curiosity and our perversion, we ruined it. And, those who hated sex, and hated their spouse, decided to try and work on their own, or they decided to work with their best friend of the same sex, or they decided to work with their animals. They all have become black magicians, and have been perpetuating their mistaken doctrines for centuries. Their teachings are everywhere. When you study Kama, when you study Krishna and you study these sacred teachings, the vast majority of what you see will be degenerated. It will be garbage. If you really want to know about the science, you have to study the original scriptures, and you have to work in yourself, and work hard, and the real scripture will be revealed to you. But, it will not be revealed if you are continuing with perverse, degenerated habits. Krishna will not allow those elements to be brought into his real temples, which are in the internal worlds. So, if you have attachment to practices or schools or techniques that belong to the degenerated traditions, you have to discard those things in order to receive the real teaching. You cannot continue with those harmful ways, you have to stop. It is not allowed. So, that is discussed in some of the other scriptures, related with the Krishna, where he describes in one of the chapters of the Bhagavad Gita.
Audience: Are the three Gunas related to the three traitors?
Instructor: Only in a very loose way. There are many symbolic representations of the power of three. The Gunas are at the ultimate root of all Trinities. So, any Trinity, even the three brains, you find relationships with the gunas, but you cannot say that one Guna is related to one brain, because the reality is, in our sexual centre, we have all three Gunas. In our emotional centre, we have all three Gunas, because emotionally, we create, we sustain and we destroy. The three Gunas describe a process of the transformation of energy, and that happens in everything; in all three traitors, in every ego, in every brain, in every body, in every dimension. It is everywhere. This is the thing about trying to understand how these all fit together; it is not that these three connect directly to these three. That is an intellectual approach; that is not how nature works.
Audience: Does Sexual Magic still work if the spouse has lust and fornicates but you do not?
Instructor: Well, we all have lust. We all fornicate psychologically, even when we are trying to be in Chastity. You can achieve great heights in this work, even if your spouse is not on this path at all, and does not like it, and fornicates, and opposes you in it. You can still achieve a lot. Why is that? Because the basis of the work is not in the physical substances, it is in love. Krishna is the God of Love. Sex should be an expression of love, not lust. When you learn to truly love, by harnessing your sexual power as the fuel for that love, you achieve the work. You can do that to a degree as a single person, and you can do that to a greater degree with a spouse who is not on the path, and you can achieve it to an even greater degree if your spouse is working with you. The question is never about what other people are doing, of whether you can do it or not. You will always be opposed, whether your spouse is doing it or not, or your family is opposed to it, they all hate it, they think you are a degenerate and a black magician, all of your friends will reject it. None of that really matters, because the chief obstacle you have will be your own mind, your own lust, your own pride, your own envy; those are the bigger problems. Whether you are married or single, or your spouse is in this work or not in this work, ultimately, it is irrelevant. What matters is how are you using your own energy, and conquering your own problems? That is what matters. We have to do that first, and love everyone. We have to love them, whether they are in the work or not, you have to love them.
Audience: Would you be able to briefly discuss what the different Hindu scriptures are?
Instructor: Briefly? Haha. Well, Hinduism has probably the richest tradition of scriptures in the world; probably second to that would be Buddhism, which has many 100s of scriptures. The primary Hindu scriptures would be the Vedas, the Shastras, the Upanishads, the Mahabharata, and another large collection of poems and poetic works. Those are the main ones.
Audience: The Ramayana?
Instructor: Yes, the Ramayana is part of the poetic works. There are hundreds of scriptures, you would not be able to read them in your lifetime. There are too many. If you really want to understand Hinduism, study the Vedas, those are the oldest, and the most profound. Most of the scriptures in the Vedas are about Agni. Agni means God of Fire; that is Krishna. They are very beautiful scriptures, but very, very difficult to understand with the intellect. To really grasp any of these scriptures, you have to meditate.
If you want to understand more about this lecture; take one sentence and meditate on it. Take a sentence that struck your heart, even if it was really uncomfortable, you didn't like it, that is exactly the one you should meditate on, because it is pointing at something in you that you do not want to deal with. So, deal with it. Take that scripture, read it, digest it, take it into yourself and chew on it; for a week, for two weeks, until you start to really get it. And, when you meditate on it, you visualize the meaning, you put that scripture in your mind, you analyze your three brains, you relax and let the images come. Let the Consciousness show you. Let your imagination open up, and it will show you new things. A lot of it will be garbage, but if you are patient and persistent and you know how to meditate, you will start to have insight. You see, every one of those passages is a door. They are all doorways. Any passage from the Bhagavad Gita is a doorway to Krishna. The same is true of the Bible, and the Vedas. These words, even though they are translated into English, they have a connection to where they came from, and they came from Krishna. If you meditate on them very seriously, and very persistently, and you earn it, Krishna will show you more, will teach you what you need to know. I can give you assurance of that, because I have experienced that. That is how we teach these lectures. We are not making this up. We study, we meditate, we reflect, we try to learn from the source. Not from theories; we do not read commentaries, we do not read other authors, we read the scriptures, we study the scriptures. Everything is there, because those scriptures are doorways into the Consciousness. People's opinions are worthless. We do not have time for opinions. This planet is about to undergo a tremendous cataclysm; this entire society, everything we know, is going to be taken away. No one knows when, but it will happen. So, why waste time on foolishness? On opinions and debates? We need truth, we need Dharma, the real thing. So, lets cut through the garbage and get to the point.