So now I want to return to the Bhagavad Gita and read something from the famous book 11 of the Gita. I’m sure you probably all know it by heart, but I’ll read a few lines anyway. And this is the moment—in the first ten books, Krishna was explaining in very reasonable terms the truth of the nature of God, and Arjun finally is convinced, but he says that’s still not enough for me. I may know it intellectually, but “I gotta see ya. I gotta know that you’re not just this body I’m looking at talking to me cause that’s just a human body. I gotta see your real form, that’s invisible to my two eyes, if I don’t do that, no deal”, right?
So Arjun is playing hardball with God here. So, he says to Krishna:
“OK as a favor to me, you’ve spoken about the highest secret known as the Supreme Self, so my delusion is gone, and I’ve heard in detail about your imperishable majesty. You’ve described yourself, but now I desire to see your divine form. If you think it’s possible for me to see this, oh Lord of yogis, then show me your imperishable Self.”
And then the blessed Lord speaks and says, “Arjun my forms are a hundred-fold, a thousand-fold, various, divine, of infinite colors and shapes. More wonders than you could ever behold, but I’ll show you some of them”.
And he gives images, so Arjun is going into a trance state and seeing images, and he’s having an out of body experience.
“Behold now,” says Krishna, “the entire universe, with everything that moves and doesn’t move, standing here together in my cosmic body, Arjun, whatever else do you desire to see? Isn’t this enough for you?”
Right, so he gives him this incredible tour of the whole cosmos, and Arjun is not happy about it. And Krishna says:
“OK, there’s nothing I can do, you’re not able to see me with your eyes, but, if you really insist, I will open your divine eye”.
He actually says, “I will give a divine eye, so that you behold my majestic power”.
Now, does anyone remember the play about Semele that was turned into an opera, I think it was by Händel or Haydn, where Semele is this human woman who Zeus takes as a mistress and she wants to see Zeus’ real form, and Zeus says “Nah, if I do that, you’re dead, you can’t handle it”.
And she begs him, begs him, and Zeus says “OK”, and the light comes and she’s smashed, she’s dead, she’s immediately gone. That’s it for Semele. So Zeus said, “I told you, you couldn’t handle it”. It was too much light, too much power, too much information, total overload.
Well now Arjun is in that same place, but he is demanding it, and he is a little stronger than Semele, so he can deal with it. So, “He reveals his majestic, supreme form and suddenly Arjun is taken into another dimension, and he sees the lord of yoga revealed in his majestic, supreme form. First he sees many mouths and eyes of many wondrous aspects, and then many divine ornaments, and then many ready to be fired divine weapons”. I think that’s very interesting, divine weapons, we’ll come back to that.
“Wearing divine garlands and apparel, with divine perfumes and ointments, made up of all marvels, the resplendent Lord, endless, facing in all directions. If a thousand suns should rise all at once in the sky such splendor would resemble the splendor of that great Being. There, Arjun then beheld the entire universe established within the Body of God, but divided in many groups in the Body of the God of gods.”
So, in other words a multiverse within the God of gods.
“Then Arjun who was filled with amazement, whose hair was standing on end, bowing his head to the Lord with his hands joined said, “I see the gods in your body and all kinds of beings assembled there. Lord Brahma on his lotus throne and all the seers, the divine serpents, and I see you everywhere, infinite in form with many arms, faces, eyes, not the end, not the middle, not the beginning do I see of you oh Lord of all whose form is the universe itself. Crowned, armed with club and discus, through the mass of splendor shining from all sides. Immeasurable radiance of the sun and blazing fire, I see you, but it’s impossible to behold you for very long. And yet you are unchanging, you are the supreme object of knowledge, the ultimate resting place of all the imperishable defender of the eternal law, the primeval, ultimate Spirit. And within infinite power, without beginning, middle, or end, I see you blazing fire in your mouth, burning all this universe with your radiance”.
I’m going to skip a few of these. He goes on in great detail about the radiance, and the mouths that are causing the world to tremble because with his many mouths God is swallowing all of the souls of people who are dying in this battle, and all over the world, and he’s literally taking them in, and Arjun is seeing the future in that apocalyptic moment where God is swallowing the entire planet and all the beings on it.
And so he says, “Having seen your mouths glowing like the fires of universal destruction I’ve lost my sense of direction, I’m dizzy. I cannot find any comfort, have mercy, Lord of gods, abode of the universe.”
So he’s begging him stop. I’ve had enough, right, he couldn’t handle any more. But there is more, and it goes on for several more slokas, but I’m going to go to this one where the blessed Lord speaks again, and explains what Arjun has been perceiving in this vision:
“I am time, the mighty cause of world destruction, who has come forth to annihilate the worlds, even without any action of yours all these warriors who are arrayed in the ranks shall cease to exist.” And so he is going on and says, “Do your duty, don’t worry about life or death, you will die, but you will enter into the mouth and then the heart of God.”
And so there is no death, if you are serving God you die into God, and become part of that divine intelligence and power, and you remain in union with God, you don’t fall back into another lifetime. But that’s if you become egoless in the service of God by following the dharma and fulfilling the commandments of God to the full. So, this is the announcement of God that his ultimate function is to annihilate the world, but he annihilates it withdrawing it all into himself, into the singularity, and then re-projects it again but as a world without conflict, without evil, without illness, without any of the kinds of suffering we observe in Kali Yuga. And so the end of the world is the ultimate blessing that ends evil and brings a world of goodness and love and purity and beauty that is once again a manifestation of the dharma.
So, this is the function at the end of every cycle of time, and God’s promise is that he comes when the dharma has fallen to its lowest point and evil is at its maximum—that is when he comes to do this great charitra, this performance of annihilation and recreation. So, if you have faith in God, then you must have faith that this act is also part of the truth of reality, and every religion has the same truth in it, about the apocalyptic end, and the moment that that happens is the moment when evil, illegitimate authority, has gained power and has enslaved the species, and destroyed the biosphere. And so I think anyone who is reading the newspapers, if there are any anymore, will know that this is the type of event that we are going through.
So, having said that, let’s come back to Ramana, who talks about death in a very lighthearted way, and he says very often in Talks when people ask him about having a disease or being afraid they’re going to die, and he always says something like:
“The body is the disease, dying is getting rid of the disease, you’re going back to God into eternal life, don’t worry about losing the body.”
So here someone asks him, well there’s news of someone’s death that was brought to Ramana and he says:
“Good! The dead are happy! They’ve gotten rid of a troublesome overgrowth, the body!”
You know, the body is like a tumor, and be glad to get rid of it. He goes on and says:
“The dead man isn’t grieving, the survivors may grieve for the one who is dead, but why? Do men fear sleep? On the contrary, people love to go to sleep, and on waking up they say they slept happily.”
So the same thing happens, you die, you sleep, you come back, and you are actually happy that you had a holiday from life.
So, “One prepares sound sleep, but it’s a temporary death, but death is just a longer sleep, so if the man dies while yet alive.” In other words, he goes through the yogic process of ego death. “Then he need not grieve over the death of others, one’s existence is evident, with or without the body, as it is in waking, dream, and sleep. So why should you desire continuance of the bodily shackles? Let the man find out his undying Self and be immortal and happy.”
OK, so don’t fear death. We’re in a time of mass death, and this is going to exponentiate in the coming weeks and months; more and more people are going to fall over dead, that’s the meaning of this event, more people are going to find themselves debilitated, more people are going to find themselves with bodies that are suffering—but if you are in realization of who you are, you will not suffer, and you will not feel pain even. So it is that realization that is urgent and essential, to go through this period of the end of Kali Yuga that is a transition from one age to another.
So, I’ve been asked by people about the “vaccine”—the injection, let’s call it—obviously it’s not something that you want to do, but there are some people who can’t avoid it, and it very soon may be forcibly put onto people in ways that are unavoidable, so we mustn’t be afraid. If you can go to the periphery of society, you’re less likely to be impinged on in that way, or at least it will be delayed for the longest time, probably, because they’ll start at the core in the cities, and you’ll see that they’ve mandated, first, in most countries that the doctors and the people in healthcare are the ones that have to take it, pilots have to take it, and you know this is causing many airline flights to be cancelled because pilots get blood clots when you go at 30,000 feet in a pressurized metal cylinder, it increases the chance for you to suddenly have a stroke.
So these things are happening. And now they’re mandating in many armies that the active-duty soldiers all be, have to take the jab. Well this is going to weaken the armies, so if any country had sense, why would they weaken their own army? They would like to see the enemy’s army get jabbed, but why would they want their own army? So, then you have to understand that sovereignty no longer belongs to those governments; they are vassals of another power.
So we have to see this in terms of the chain of being and the hierarchies of the situation that extend beyond the boundaries of our planet. And it’s only when you can get a cosmic perspective on this that you can begin to understand what is happening in this shift, but it’s something that will stagger most people’s imaginations and so I don’t think this is the moment to go into details about that, but it is certainly going to be a time—very soon—filled with signs and wonders and extraordinary happenings that will be very shocking to most people. But it’s not just that that’s happening, the geophysical changes, the tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, super-volcanoes, that will be going off, extraordinary events that will be happening that will cause mass death that will not be caused by human beings.
So we are seeing a process that is divine in nature. It is not simply a matter of evil, it’s a matter of the annihilation of evil, and of suffering in the most rapid way possible that will still give time for those who wish to turn to God to reach liberation, and to be able to serve, and it’s very important.
I think someone asked this question: “Are the people who, let’s say, take the shot and keel over dead, did they decide that in advance?” Yes, everyone’s agreed to the karma and the role that they’re playing in this drama. It’s a drama, and everyone has a certain performance, but death is not the end, and there are many discarnate souls who are actually more effective in influencing what’s going on than those who are in bodies today, and those souls who have become connected to God before they die will be able to serve with the angels after they die, and can do a lot of very important service. So it is not that they are no longer active in the phenomenal plane, it’s just that they’re not visible to the range of sight of the two eyes, but psychics can see these spirits wandering around, and sometimes you can probably feel the presence of ghosts and of higher entities who visit our space here, and probably those on the love-stream have the same experience or imperience.
There are beings of an interdimensional sort who are participating in this drama, and we need to understand that one’s performance doesn’t end with the death of the body; in fact, it may actually accelerate one’s circle of influence let’s say, because one can move at the speed of thought, one is not localizable once one has left the anchoring in the physical organism. So that’s one aspect of it.
And then there was another question that was asked, someone said, “If you say that the world is unreal, that means that it’s meaningless.” But the contrary is the case. I would say that because it is unreal, it has meaning—only that which is unreal has meaning. The Real has no meaning. Reality is divided into meaning and being, but that which has being is beyond meaning. You can’t say God has meaning, God has what we would call meaning-more-ness: infinite meaning, beyond anything that can be pinned down or described or related. But that which has meaning means it comes within the frame of reference of our loka. The mean means just that: between two extremes. Like the golden mean, meaning is a relationship, so that which is unreal is that which has meaning because it is that which is in flux, that in which the relationality is shifting in such a way that the alteration is producing effects upon one’s emotional understanding, one’s intellectual understanding—it’s the shift and the change and the impermanence that creates the meaningfulness.
So, all human culture is based on the meaning of the unreal. If you read a great novel for example—War and Peace by Tolstoy, TheBrothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky, Proust’s five-volume Remembrance of Time Lost [Remembrance of Things Past]—these are unreal. They’re totally fictional, but they have more meaning than anything you read in the news or nonfiction biographies. It’s the unreal that is meaningful, not the Real. And if you see a play by Chekhov, the people may be real, but the story is unreal, in the same way that we are real as the Self, as manifestations of the Self, but the story is not real, but it’s infinitely meaningful because this is a great epic poem, a play, a drama, a movie in the Mind of God.
And so it has all the meaning that an infinite intelligence can put into a work of art, and meaning on every level—not just at the human level, but at the level of all life-forms—and even we’re talking about interplanetary connectivity and intergalactic meaning-more-ness that extends way beyond anything that one could grasp within the limited intelligence, as you saw that Arjun had to recognize he couldn’t understand anything that was being shown to him—it was too much.
So, what is meaningful is unreal, and it is that which we can contain and grasp within our limited intellects as we rise to higher and higher levels, more and more of the meaning of the unreal phenomenal plane becomes available to us, and that meaning produces joy, and it produces power.
So it’s very important to not to try to conflate unreality with meaninglessness. So that’s one aspect of it, but another aspect—when it is said that the world is unreal, that means that it is unreal as a multiplicity of separate objects, but it is very real as a single whole.
So, Thich Nhat Hanh is very famous for saying, “If you see a flower, do you see it as it really is? Do you see the clouds that poured rain on it, that are contained in the flower? Do you see the soil and all the nutrients in it? Do you see the sunshine that it contains? Do you see the effort of the gardener? Do you see the sunshine and the alternation of the seasons that have produced? Do you see all the factors?” The whole universe is present in the flower. So if you see it that way, it is real, but if you say, “Ah, it’s a flower”, and you only take it as that object, then you’re having a profane relationship to it.
And so what is unreal is not that which is, but it is the ego’s false perception and differentiation of the one, wholeness of reality into separate parts that are not meaningfully connected into a whole, not integrated, because the ego-mind is unable to have that level of integration. So it’s only love that unites. The more that you love the world, the more that you see the miraculous nature of it and the presence of God within it, not just the sunshine and the soil and all the five elements, but the presence of the intelligence that created, sustains it, and will destroy it and give it rebirth, just as the flower dies and becomes the compost and then is reborn into a new flower form.
So death and life are part of a single whole, and that’s true at the individual level, and it’s true at the cosmic level. And so this is the moment that we’re going through that level of life and death transition, but it’s of ultimate meaningfulness, but it’s also beyond meaning. When you reach the Nothing, when you reach into the next octave of chakras, then you get into a level of such dense bliss and meaning-more-ness that it can’t be spoken, you’re literally speechless, it’s indescribable. You will know the secrets of God, but you won’t be able to list them and teach them in some formula because it goes beyond what can be put into mere language, and that’s the level of intelligence that we have to reach to grasp that.
There’s a living philosopher in France named Jean Luc Marion who speaks of such things. He talks about it in terms of a religious icon that gives one a sense of the presence of God—or you see a great work of art, let’s say, by van Gogh, or Rembrandt, or someone who shows you what cannot be seen by the eyes but it’s somehow there, and you’re speechless—you are moved in a way that you cannot try to put into language, and it’s that that Marion calls the “saturated phenomenon”. It’s so saturated with meaning and with divine presence and intelligence and power that it’s beyond something you can meaningfully respond to, except with awe and with love.
And so, it’s those two wings of our nature that then take us to the Source of meaning and being, which is the presence of God as the Self.