Meditative Living 4/3/15


Swami continues with Verse 163 from THE CHIDAKASHA GITA OF BHAGAWAN NITYANANDA OF GANESHPURI.  Here is the first verse to be discussed…


163. When you were born, you were born with breath. When you leave this world, you leave breath only. This body of earth, you never made it nor can you take it along with you. That which Shiva gave us is the same in all beings, both mobile and immobile. All seeds have the same power in them. The subtle in seeds is one. There is difference in their behavior only. The delusion of the mind is not permanent but transient. What can be seen and heard is all transient.

COMMENTARY: When you were born, you were born because the breath, Prana, entered your body. When you leave this world, you leave in the form of the breath which carries The City of Eight from your body to the next realm. You did not make Earth or anything in it and you cannot take it with you. This earthly realm belongs to Shiva. Shiva has given all beings, sentient and insentient, the same Shakti, the same Spanda. This Spanda or Chiti is the subtle element common to all living things and inanimate objects. The only difference is an insignificant one in that, owing to Shiva’s Maya, we perceive that these things have a different behaviors and different uses. These perceived differences are actually delusions brought about by thinking. The mind sees and hears and processes experience. It is transient and these experiences are also transient. They are of Maya and are not real.

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