The Divine and the Demonic Frequency Waveforms
We all have the ability to stretch our thoughts back in time to the Satya Yuga, the Golden Era, before we had forgotten our Real identity as the God-within. The memories of this Golden Age are in the DNA and the subtle body. Anyone can access them in pure contemplation and with the Knowledge that Time itself is an Illusion created to set the rate of vibratory pulsation, the beat or ‘tempo’ in the holographic Matrix.
In the Satya Yuga we were all still consciously connected to the One, our Source. The Immeasurable Immutable Immensity ‘dreamed’ Its illusory appearance of Separation. The Supreme Soul (Paramatman) created the multitude of living souls (atman) and the Atman became Purusha in subtle luminous forms. These forms were complete in themselves and had not yet begun to take on the appearance of solidity.
The living souls (atman) that existed in the Satya Yuga were in no lack and did not ‘need’ relationships to fulfill them. Conscious that they were the expression of the One, they were filled with the Power of Love. The Sanskrit texts, the Puranas, say that these Golden Era beings did not have to labor for their food. When on the rare occasion they required sustenance, there were abundant ‘honey-cups’ on trees.
What happened ...?
So how did we get from this state of bliss, purity, and fulfillment to where we are now? As Time (kAla) “cooked” our Consciousness (Purusha) down through the ensuing cycles, we made choices in our Free Will polarity universe. It is said that there are other kinds of universes, however we are here now in this one and our polarity world is made up of waveforms which carry frequencies of consciousness available from the spectrum of positive to the negative.
Whatever waveform frequency of consciousness we move toward and become connected with through our thoughts and actions, eventually seeps and spills and merges into our being, and alters our hologram. In Book XVI, Krishna enumerates the various polarity states of consciousness that will, as the result of your choices, magnetize you to either the divine or the undivine, the demonic.
The Virtues that lead to a divine destiny
Krishna lists the virtues which are destined to be acquired by those beings who are born into the consciousness that is ‘divine’ (XVI.3). In case you want to, as the country & western song goes, ‘get right with God’!
abhayaṃ - the fearlessness which emerges when doubt is overcome; secure and beyond danger
sattva saṃśuddhir - purity of heart & being
jñānayoga vyavasthitiḥ - persevering & abiding in the Yoga of Knowledge which is Self-Realization, the Recognition of That which you are
dānaṃ - being charitable; giving according to your ability; you give what you can, you do not give everything away as this would make you a dependent on others; dāna - the act of giving
damaś - being restrained, having self-control; taming and subduing (the gunas)
yajñaś - sacrificing the illusions of external world and performing altruistic acts
svādhyāyas - reciting sacred texts, scriptural study
tapas - generating the 'inner heat' through austerity and self-denial; penance
ārjavam - becoming that which is Righteous; ārjava - straight, honest, sincere
ahiṃsā - adhering to nonviolence, harmlessness; not causing injury to any others
satyam - being truthful, telling the truth, being honest
akrodhas - without anger (krodhas); anger is a primary cause of delusion and clouds the discerning judgment that allows for the Knowledge of Discrimination between the eternal Real and the temporal unreal
tyāgaḥ - renunciation
śāntir - abiding in peaceful serenity and tranquility; calm, gentle, free from passions
apaiśunam - not gossiping or speaking ill of others
dayā bhūteṣv - having compassion for all beings, all creatures
aloluptvaṃ - being free from the snares of desire and lust, because you understand all too well that sukha (pleasure and happiness) is inevitably followed by duhkha (pain and the loss of happiness)
mārdavaṃ - being kind and gentle
hrīr - possessing modesty to the point of shyness
acāpalam - having discretion over fickle impulses; controlling that 'restlessness' that so often takes the form of mindless chatter or other nervous habits
tejaḥ - having personal vigor as health, energy and enthusiasm; also the maturity that can remain calm in the presence of foolishness
kṣamā - being patient and forgiving
dhṛtiḥ - courageous; which includes that effort and fortitude that overcomes weariness and even physical exhaustion
śaucam - the internal purity in the mind and the external purity of the body
adroho - hating none
nātimānitā - without a perilous pride; those who have Realized the One in the All lose the false arrogance of the small identity ego-self and are inclined to a dignified modesty
(Winthrop Sargeant, M. Monier-Williams & Gambhirananda)
Fearlessness, singleness of soul, the will
Always to strive for wisdom; opened hand
And governed appetites; and piety,
And love of lonely study; humbleness,
Uprightness, heed to injure nought which lives,
Truthfulness, slowness unto wrath, a mind
That lightly letteth go what others prize;
And equanimity, and charity
Which spieth no man's faults; and tenderness
Towards all that suffer; a contented heart,
Fluttered by no desires;
a bearing mild,
Modest, and grave, with manhood nobly mixed,
With patience, fortitude, and purity;
An unrevengeful spirit, never given
To rate itself too high;
- such be the signs,
O Indian Prince! of him whose feet are set
On that fair path which leads to heavenly birth!
- Ganguli XVI.1-3
None of these should turn you into a rigidly sanctimonious, humorless prig, judgmental of others, flaunting your superior spirituality. These ‘virtues’ are simply the result of Knowing that everyone and everything is God. We are all the One Veiled in a multitude of beings, who are all struggling within the bonds of delusion and ignorance through a plethora of cyclical stages.
How can you judge what is you, but in another form and yet another phase of their awakening? There but for the Grace of God, go you. How can you harm your own Self?
Waking up from delusion or enjoying it!
When you Know that all Beings are in this process of awakening from their delusion or enjoying it, you will quite naturally have Compassion for them all - no matter how they ‘see’ you or how they treat you. As Jesus said, ‘Forgive them, for they know not what they do.’ Whatever they do in ignorance returns to them, not to you - unless you interfere and judge them in a way that attaches their frequency of consciousness into yours, meaning their consciousness becomes yours.
There is a big difference in discerning and making the distinction between what is right, sattvic, and truth from what is demonic delusion - and being ‘judgmental’ of others in an attachment to a false sense of arrogant superiority. On the Path Home you must utilize the Wisdom of Discernment to perceive what is the Real, and in the consciousness of non-attachment learn to discriminate and discern what is the Imperishable Real from the temporal unreal. Such discrimination is not priggish ‘judgment’ of the others - who are All the One.
What is a saint and how do they behave?
In the west we have an ideal of the life of a saint that is probably false. I don’t believe that Krishna is telling Arjuna to be a self-effacing saccharine pill. In fact if you recall, they are still standing in the middle of the battlefield while two massive armies await the signal to slaughter each other.
Krishna wants Arjuna to act, to kill all the ‘bad guys’ - but he wants Arjuna to act in the Knowledge of Wisdom that incorporates the frequency of non-attachment. Krishna is helping Arjuna to understand that all these warriors are God Veiled as the personality selves of the arrogant wicked Duryodhana, his blind father blind Dhritarashtra, and the others who have thrown in their lot on the side of the demonic in the form of greed and ruthless acquisition.
A sense of humor, please!
One writer says that in India saints spend their time composing poetry and songs praising God. Krishna Chaitanya/KK Nair emphasizes the idea that the person who is a master of the gunas need have no fear of the five senses. Saint Teresa of Avila is said to have wanted only nuns who possessed a sense of humor in her order.
The Saint Teresa in Kolkata (Calcutta) who took care of the lepers, the sick and the poorest of the poor was an amazing stellar inspiration to us all. However we may not all find our own expression in that way. We are all different, and when we Remember who we are and awaken to our true identity, who can say what Path we will take? It is obvious to me that the Creator loves surprise and revels in the unique gems that lie within each human heart. Who can say what you will do? Whatever that will be, I assure you it will not be boring. God is Love!
It’s their job!
In the Mahabharata, Vishnu's bird Garuda (Suparna) shows the ascetic student Galava, who is worthy, the Invisible Realms which lie in the Four Directions beyond the ‘end of the world.’ In the southern quarter Dakshina, the student is shown the demonic, the Rakshasas whose job it is to assail those who have not perfected their souls (J.A.B.van Buitenen).
Here are many thousands of Rakshasas [demons] who have been created to stand in the way of men coming to these [higher] regions [of the gods and Rishis/Seers] and who can be perceived by those who have not brought their souls under control.
- The Mahabharata,Udyoga Parva, Ch.109.8; translated by M.N. Dutt
Sinking into demonic frequencies
Returning to the demonic and how we fell from Knowledge and Grace, Krishna now enumerates those qualities which propel us along the slippery slopes of consciousness, like water spiraling down the drain into the demonic realms. Say someone is good and the conversation is often over; say someone is bad and the story just begins, for the ways of the darkside are numerous and tend to take on an endless permutations. As they say, the devil is in the details.
Deceitfulness, and arrogance, and pride,
Quickness to anger, harsh and evil speech,
And ignorance, to its own darkness blind,-
These be the signs, My Prince! of him whose birth
Is fated for the regions of the vile.
- Ganguli XVI.4
dambho - hypocrisy and fraudulence; religious ostentation, the hypocrite who displays virtue to feel superior
darpobhimānaś - is the combination of two words (darpah & atimanah) meaning the arrogance and insolence of those who are hostile in their conceit and haughtiness (which Duryodhana epitomizes).
krodhaḥ - anger that deludes
pāruṣyam - that which is harsh or rough, also applying to rude language; reproach, insult
ajñānaṃ - this is ignorance, the absence of Knowledge and therefore a lack of Discrimination
āsurīm - the demonic; those multitude of inauspicious tendencies which arise from the combinations of the gunas rajas and tamas
(Winthrop Sargeant, M. Monier-Williams & Gambhirananda)
These are the qualities possessed by those who are born with a demonic (asuric) nature (sampadam) and destiny (XVI.4). The guna tamas is said to be the source of ignorance. Abhinavagupta uses the words ‘demonic particles or elements’ to describe the nature of ignorance (B.Marjanovic). This brings to mind the now familiar idea in quantum physics that light and matter can be considered as both waves and particles.
An osmotic immersion in vibrational rates ...
When Abhinavagupta describes ignorance as ‘particles’ I suggest he is pointing to the idea that consciousness itself may be considered as waveforms which carry specific frequencies. These frequencies of say ignorance or enlightenment may enter our holograms, either individually or as groups, and alter our consciousness for better or worse. Thus it is by an osmotic immersion in vibrational rates of frequencies that we are drawn closer to the Divine, our Home, or further away from our Source to the demonic.
The waveforms/particles that resonate with the guna tamas draw our consciousness into those frequencies which bind us in ignorance (XVI.5). While the waveforms produced by the guna sattva allow us to cultivate the Knowledge of the Real in a state of non-attachment and contentment. It is through the nurturing energies of sattva that we may acquire a similitude (sadharmya) with the God-within that simultaneously permeates the All. The guna sattva opens the door to our Liberation (vimokshaya).
The Heavenly Birth brings to deliverance,
So should'st thou know! The birth with Asuras
Brings into bondage. Be thou joyous, Prince!
Whose lot is set apart for heavenly Birth.
- Ganguli XVI.5
Krishna assures his friend that Arjuna was born with a divine destiny. The reader might hope that Arjuna’s sattvic nature will empower him to inevitably overcome and defeat the demonic, who are represented on the battlefield of Kurukshetra by Duryodhana, Dhritarashtra, Bhishma, Karna, Drona, and their assembled armies.
Two stamps there are marked on all living men,
Divine and Undivine; I spake to thee
By what marks thou shouldst know the Heavenly Man,
Hear from me now of the Unheavenly!
Kurukshetra, the battlefield that is the setting for the Bhagavad Gita and Krishna’s discourse to his friend Arjuna, is in fact symbolic of the war that rages in us all. Consider that the wars which are waged in the external world are reflections of our own personal struggle between good and evil. Just as the temporal illusory hologram is projected from our consciousness, wars on earth are the projections of the human heart and mind in conflict.
The War within ...
Krishna fully understands this inner war when he says that there are two types of beings in this world - the divine daivas and the demonic asuras (XVI.6). Each of us has these qualities in our gunas. Sattva relates to the divine and tamas to the demonic; rajas serves to activate them both. When you think of the deity Shiva as the principle connected with tamas, keep in mind that Shiva has both the power to delude - and that power which destroys and annihilates delusion.
They comprehend not, the Unheavenly,
How Souls go forth from Me; nor how they come
Back unto Me: nor is there Truth in these,
Nor purity, nor rule of Life.
The souls who have allowed the demoniacal (asuric) frequencies to dominate their consciousness are ignorant of the underlying metaphysical Truth (satyam) of this universe. Abhinavagupta says that they do not know the source from which ‘this universe emerges’ (pravritti), nor are they aware of its cyclical Dissolutions (B.Marjanovic). How many people are aware today of the Cycles of Time or that we are now in the Kali Yuga?
Deluded by the appearance of Separation, those who have aligned with the demonic frequencies have no Knowledge of the Cosmic Laws that formulate the structure of our world. In such ignorance there is little motivation for goodness (acaras) and purity (saucam). They have forgotten the God-within and therefore there is no Truth (satyam) to be found in them (XVI.7).
Hath not a Law, nor Order, nor a Lord,"
So say they: "nor hath risen up by Cause
Following on Cause, in perfect purposing,
But is none other than a House of Lust."
- Ganguli XVI.8
Without the experience of feeling ‘connected’ with the Greater Reality, these demonic types claim that there is no truth (asatyam) in this world (XVI.8). For them there is no God on which to stand, no solid ground to build their lives on with integrity and honesty. The demonic are limited to the perceptions of the five senses, and their gratification. They say that this world is only motivated by desire (kama). Perhaps the current axiom ‘sex sells’ sums this up perfectly.
And, this thing thinking, all those ruined ones -
Of little wit, dark-minded - give themselves
To evil deeds, the curses of their kind.
These souls who have temporarily lost their way and exist in the consciousness of Separation from the One, become the enemies (ahitas) of the world. Once we lose awareness of the Real Self (atman) within, our intelligence diminishes into deeper delusion and ignorance. The men and women who have no Knowledge are driven to commit selfish acts which are destructive to the world (XVI.9).
I do not believe that there is any one person who is all bad. Perhaps there are some who come close to being ruled by the darkside; but until they die, their soul remains within them waiting for recognition. However as they old saying goes, ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions’ and many have lost their integrity, their wholeness, their soul trying to ‘do good’ only to find themselves mired in webs of evil.
Our broken hearts & minds ...
I don’t think the businessmen who wanted better lives for their families, and who saw themselves as doing good by providing jobs for others, were intent on poisoning our land, air and water. How many idealistic determined young men and women have made their way to the power centers of civilization to make the world a better place, only to find themselves mired in hypocrisy, mendacity, and a corrupt system that relies on favors and favoritism. How many of us even now sit bewildered, broken hearted, head in hands, wondering how it could have all gone so wrong.
Consciousness is Everything!
Without the Knowledge of Discrimination, without an adamantine connection to the God-within, and an understanding rooted in primordial metaphysics, none of our endeavors can succeed. The only way we can conquer the ‘darkside’ is to shine the Light of Truth on the thick miasma of ignorance and delusion, and Remember who we are.
When we achieve similitude (sadharmya) with the God within us, we can in confidence work for the well-being of this world - lokasamgraha. Even then we have to face the warp and weave of a multitude of holograms. Krishna does not promise Arjuna that he will succeed against the demonic.
In the Kali Yuga, the consciousness in which actions are performed is of greater value than successful results. Krishna does not guarantee that non-attachment will bring success, only that it purifies and sets us free!