An Essay on the Bhagavad Gita

An Offering of Devotional Worship

Victoria Hornberger

            The Bhagavad Gita, “Song of the Lord,” is part of the world’s longest epic poem, the Mahabharata.  The Mahabharata (circa 500 BCE-200 CE), follows the Veda Samhitas (circa 2000-1200 BCE) by many centuries.  Yoga literally means ‘union’ and the message of the Gita is that the fastest route to liberation (union with Ultimate Self/Brahman/God) is through yoga.  Manifested beings are ensnared in the cycles of existence; discerning the acting self from the witnessing self, liberates.  In Vedic religion, sacrificial rituals were expensive, not something the average person could afford to frequently perform.  The Gita reinterprets this, providing everyone access, and insisting that devotion is the easiest path to realization.

The Gita takes place on a battlefield, which can be read as literal as well as metaphorical.  Arjuna is the warrior hero who picks Krishna to drive his chariot during the family battle that is about to begin.  The nature of dharma is a major theme throughout this text and Arjuna is seeking to see his clearly.  In the beginning, Arjuna considers renouncing the world as he fears the possible consequences of the war and examines the likely damage to his family and lineage, “In destroying the family, the eternal dharma of the family is lost” (1:40).  He is lost and knows not what to do- “my thoughts on dharma are completely bewildered” (2:7).

Arjuna then asks Krishna to teach him about dharma.  Since it is his dharma to be a warrior and to fight a just war, Krishna tells him to fight.  “Not following one’s own dharma leads to misfortune” (2:33).  Amidst chaos, physical desires, and family dharma and drama, Krishna pulls the focus from worldly duty to universal duty.  What is to be battled is selfish desire, fear, hatred, sense attachment, and individualized ego-centered-consciousness.

The first line to be connected to the overall argument of the Bhagavad Gita is, “Those who know the three Vedas.”1 There are also three worlds; three gunas; three factors that constitute action and three that compel one to act; and the designations of Brahman are threefold- “OM, TAT, and SAT.”  Representation of the divine in three aspects appears in other accounts of divine revelation.  Religious doctrines seek to empower, to assist in re-connecting consciously with that which is greater than the individual.  If a person lives in a constant state of union with God, they have accomplished the purpose and teachings of scripture, in this case, the Vedas.  To know God or the Self is to know what the Vedas are attempting to convey.  “And by all the Vedas only I am to be known” (15:15).

According to the Gita, if the soma drinkers (Vedic Gods, priests and those who performed Vedic rituals) though purified of vice, do not realize their identity with the Self, they do not achieve the bliss of liberation.  Their purification earns rewards, but the divine gifts eventually run out and longings that can only be fulfilled in a physical body send one back to a womb.  However, those who are “Purified by austerity of knowledge…come to my loving state of being” (4:10).

Book two of the Gita begins communicating ways by which one can become knowledgeable.  Two disciplines that assist the seeker are the yoga of discernment and relinquishing the fruits of actions (2:51).  The yoga of discernment is “superior to action” (2:49) and without yoga, there is no discernment (2:66).  Krishna is the “Supreme Lord of Yoga;” when Arjuna asks to see Krishna in Universal Form, Krishna grants him divine eyes to behold this vision, “I [therefore] give divine eyes to you – behold my supremely powerful yoga!” (11:8); and Sanjaya (the narrator) sees too.  To be able to see with divine eyes or with “the eye of knowledge”2 is to discern.  Yoga activates and elevates an illuminating discernment that reveals the Ultimate Person.  Combining yoga with the relinquishment of the fruits produced from action, the self reels in the cords of attachment that cause rebirth.  Not by drinking soma or performing rituals but by being absorbed in yoga and relinquishment, “the wise are freed from the bondage of repeated births and go to a place beyond suffering” (2:51).

“Who worship me with sacrifices”- in Vedic religion, people sacrificed and prayed to the gods to receive rewards – children, cattle, wealth, victory in battle, longevity, and entry to heaven.  Sacrifice expands in meaning in the Bhagavad Gita, becoming more an offering of the heart.  It is not external sacrifices but intimate worship that draws self closer to Self.  Objects of sacrifice are not as important as the love with which they are given.

Giving scriptures authority, the Gita is clearly telling one to still perform the sacrificial actions of the Vedas; “If one knows the prescribed scriptural injunctions, they are obliged to enact them in this world” (16:24).  A liberated person performs Vedic rituals without the aim of obtaining earthly rewards.  “A true renouncer and yogi enact prescribed acts without attachment to the fruit” (6:1).  Acting for the welfare of others, and not because of selfish desire, is the path of the yogi.  Born of action, it is impossible to live in the world and to not act.  Performing Vedic rituals is a duty.  The liberated yogi, “makes the sacred fire and performs ritual acts” (6:1) to praise the gods, to give in return, and to act as a model for others.

Yoga is about making every action, of every day, a ritual, an offering of devotion to the Self.  “Other than action that has sacrifice as its purpose, action is bondage in this world” (3:9).  The action based on yoga is an oblation of self.  Only God alone, wanting only God and nothing else, liberates one from the bondage of selfish and physical desires.  Eternal beings cannot be satisfied by temporal things.  Following the dharma of the Vedas leads to rebirth; following the dharma of yoga – “Even a little of this dharma delivers one from great danger” (2:40), leads to liberation.  Uniting with Ultimate Self is the crowning and ending of dharma, and thus is yoga.

“Who, meditating on me, offer worship” (12:6); meditation is one more way to sacrifice, and is always freely available to all.  Engaging in meditation offers self to Self.  The Gita says, “By means of meditation, some perceive the Self within the self, by the self” (13:24).  This practice enables yoga; meditation increases the space for and focus on union, while yoga is the goal of meditation.  Through meditation, the process of expending energy outwards through the senses is reversed and instead of energy being spent, it is directed towards Self/God.  Verse 2:58 uses the analogy of a tortoise completely withdrawing its limbs, and states, “profound knowledge is firmly established” by redirecting the senses.  Meditation, yoga, and performing actions without attachment to their fruits, in accordance with one’s own dharma, cleanses and opens the channel of divine perception.

“From meditation comes the relinquishment of the fruits of action” (12:12).  Meditation is a tool used to discern, and with discernment comes non-attachment – the “absence of attachment and excessive affection” (13:9) to individual forms and sense objects.  The text is not advising one to disregard consequences and right vs. wrong action but is suggesting that due to the temporary and changing nature of the embodied and external worlds, security, peace, and fulfillment cannot be found by clinging to the results of action.  “Being completely freed from the notion of ‘I am acting’” (18:53), redirects one’s awareness from the actor to the observer.  One sits in meditation to learn to sit in the seat of the observer, the driver of the “mystical machine.”3

To act without attachment signifies wisdom in the Gita (3.24)Non-attachment can be viewed as a letting go of that which is dear, but this world is not always as it appears.  Maya is an illusive power that is difficult to cross beyond (7:14).  This power is an active principle of manifestation, compelling creatures to be dazzled by the cosmic play.  The bonds that form between objects of attachment and the senses, cause beings to ride upon the mystical machine, instead of driving this bodily vessel (18:61).  A person becomes steered by passions and confusion instead of wisely choosing their destinations.  Breaking through the attractive veil of Maya, requires discernment and austerity.  One who has transcended the desires of the senses, and is not attached to the results of actions, is one who has ascended in yoga (6.4).

The three gunas deliver additional reasons to live unattached in the world.  Every embodied individual contains all three of the gunas, or ‘qualities’ to a varying degree.  They arise from primordial nature, and the only way to be “free from birth, old age, and death is to transcend these three ‘qualities’” (2:45).  Sattva is the highest and most illuminating, however, it “binds one by attachment to knowledge and happiness” (14:6).  Rajas, “tightly binds one to action” (14:7), and fuels selfish desire (3:37), resulting in passionate pursuits that are intent on attaining the products of actions.  Tamas is associated with “negligence, bewilderment, and an absence of light” (14:13).  The realm of Brahman surpasses the ‘qualities’.  Any being in search of union with Ultimate Self, must overstep the misleading gunas of nature, and seek pure existence through the yoga of offering one’s love.

One may wonder, why go inwards?  A clue lies in book 18: “present within the inner region of the heart” is the Supreme Lord of all beings, states verse 18:61.  The very source of life beating energy in the physical body is the heart.  Love is associated with the heart, and the emotions of the heart are universal.  “They are in me and I am also in them” (9:29), claims Krishna, referring to beings who offer their devotion to the Self.  Reciprocating this idea two chapters later, Arjuna then says, “You complete everything – therefore, you are everything” (11:40).  This Ultimate Person/Self is related to the microcosm and the macrocosm, because not only is this Self inside, it also permeates and transcends the cosmos.  “Without the notion of ‘I am acting’- that one attains peace” (2:71).  It is the association with the individual ego that brings about fear, separation, and the need for attachment.  The path of yoga goes past the limits of you and I.  Living through the heart, one realizes one’s connection to everything.  “The embodied, eternally indestructible, dwells within the body of everyone” (2:30).

Reincarnation presents itself in the middle of the passage being analyzed.  Rebirth is not mentioned in the Vedas.4 However, rebirth is spoken of in the Upanishads (circa 1200-800 BC), and is prevalent in the Gita.  The idea that all beings continue to incarnate to satisfy longings reappears.  The senses are impossible to gratify, “Certainly, pleasures born of [sense] contact are only sources of suffering” (5:22).  Repetitively, the senses chase after external pleasures, and still, they crave more.

The mind is considered a sixth sense in the Gita (15:7); it must be calmed.  When the mind is busy planning for the future, or looking forward to the results of life experience, or dreading them, the mind is attached to the fruits of material existence.  As long as earthly desires are present, one must return to a body to satisfy those desires.  Verse 9:21 discusses the need to return to enjoy objects.  For the Gods give everyone all they crave.  It is the subject that fills, not the objects.  Until union with God/Brahman is all one yearns for, the need to go out and live through various forms remains.  It is not the tradition or the symbol but devotion that ceases the cycles of life and death.  By only following prescribed rituals rebirth will continue.  Eventually, the forgetfulness of birth and the illusory goodbyes of death push individuals to search for more, for the everlasting.  “Only the everpresent Self is without birth” (4:6).

The last part of the passage asks for an offering, “of a leaf, a flower, fruit, or water,” to be made, with love.  Continuing the cycle of giving, giving back to those who give, is a social norm.  The Gita reinterprets sacrifice in worship, making it inexpensive, so no longer are the poor prevented by lack of money or possessions from frequent sacrifice.  “Such an offering, presented with love,” is now applicable to everyone.  This offering, “I accept from one whose self is devoted” (end of 9:26).  Leaves, flowers, fruit, or water are all handy to attain, but devotion requires the whole self.  True devotion to the Ultimate Person is keeping thoughts not on ego but on Self and offering all actions to this Self. Through “renouncing all actions in me” (3:30) one sincerely offers oneself, and this is the most devoted of sacrifices.

“Not by the Vedas, sacrifice, or study,…Am I able to be seen in such a form,” says Krishna to Arjuna when showing him his universal form (11:48).  Arjuna sees Krishna’s universal form because he asks, because he genuinely and lovingly wants to know ultimate truth, not because he chanted the right words or performed external sacrifices.  Arjuna does sacrifice for Krishna by choosing him over his whole army, but this sacrifice turns out to be a gift to himself.  “With confusion destroyed, my memory is restored by your grace,” said Arjuna to Krishna (18:73).

Three main subjects have emerged from this essay:  the acts of meditation, and lovingly offering actions to Ultimate Self, which are the acts of sacrifice the Gita has moved towards; withdrawing energy and awareness back from the senses, and non-attachment to the fruits of actions, are austerities; offering love with all that one has to Ultimate Self, unendingly, is the giving.  These are the three dimensions of Vedic dharma, reinterpreted by the Gita.

Alluding to the “threefold designations of Brahman- “OM,” “TAT,” and “SAT;” sacrifice, austerities, and giving are enacted.  ““OM,” sounded by those who profess Brahman, sets into motion acts of sacrifice, giving, and austerity;” “Uttering “TAT” without aim of fruit -acts of sacrifice and austerity…and giving;” and “Steadfastness in sacrifice, in austerity, and in giving is also called “SAT”” (17:23-28).  These three aspects identify Brahman and are the way to Brahman.

“Sacrifice without faith,” performed only for the ancestors, or family in this world, is not as it seems; it is “asat” [not SAT]-not true)” (17:28).  Without devotion in the heart, the Vedic fire is not accepted by Original Creator.  One will continue the cycle of rewards from the deities until the heart seeks its Self.  Offering “actions of the life-breath into the fire of yoga” (4:27), shows a change in the type of fire, from literal to subtle.  The highest form of sacrificial fire that one can offer to Brahman is the internal, subtle fire; the fire that gives heat and life to the body.  In offering this fire back to Brahman/God, the supreme Vedic fire is ignited.

Near the end of the Gita, Krishna declares, “completely relinquishing all forms of dharma, come to me” (18:66).  Worldly dharma ends in Self/Brahman/Krishna.  Wholeheartedly offering self back to Brahman/Krishna is the way to achieve liberty from the cycles of life and death, the gunas, and the insatiable senses.  Uniting with Krishna, in his Supreme Form, is the universal dharma of all beings.  Krishna taught Arjuna the path of yoga, which destroyed his confusion, and restored his memory (18:73).  To attain the rapturous bliss of the everpresent Self, one must sacrifice.


            The verses in question are spoken, by Krishna, halfway through the book.  I focus on connecting these passages to the central argument of the Bhagavad Gita.  Influences stemming from the Gita created shifts in views of Vedic dharma; a few of these shifts will also be noted.

“Those who know the three Vedas,

the soma drinkers purified of vice

Who worship me with sacrifices….

Those persons

having enjoyed

that vast celestial world,

Their piety exhausted,

then [again] enter

the mortal world.

Thus following the dharma of

the three [Vedas],

Desiring certain

objects of desire,

they achieve a state of

going and coming back. …

One who, with love,

makes an offering to me

of a leaf, a flower,

fruit, or water-

Such an offering

presented with love,

I accept from one

whose self is devoted.”          (9:20,21,26)







  1. Verse (9:17) lists three of the four Vedas, the Rig, Sama, and Yajur. Then verses twenty and twenty-one of book nine again mention only three of the four Vedas.
  2. The Eye of Knowledge is found in verse (13:34) and (15:10).
  3. Verse (18:61) and ( ) compares the body to a mystical machine.
  4. I only know this because Professor Ruth Vanita said so.




Works Cited

Schweig, Graham M. Bhagavad Gita: The Beloved Lord’s Secret Love Song. New York:
HarperCollins, 2007.


Healing Mood Disorders Energetically

This is a section from a research paper I have been working on for a Biological Psychology class.  My goal is to help assist in improving the common methods used in Western medicine for treating individuals with various disorders.

        Vital energy is the core foundation of the human organism.  What keeps the heart beating, the mind thinking, reproductive organs reproducing, and billions of neurons communicating?  Energy powers the world and every living thing in it.  Energy is everything, without it, there would be no life, no movement, all cycles would cease.  Emotional and physical health is a projection of the energetic system.  Energetic can also be referred to as spiritual, as it goes beyond physical perception.  Mind, body, and spirit are all interrelated.  To heal mood disorders at their very root, it is necessary to heal energetically.  Dr. Katharina Johnson (n.d.) states the following, “From an energetic perspective, anxiety is a disorganization of the vital energy that runs in your body” (para. 5).  A synthesis of modern science and ancient wisdom exposes larger truths within the realms of matter and psyche.  This paper will now explore the connectedness of the nervous, circulatory, and endocrine systems with the chakras and how these systems affect the way we think, feel, and act.

       The brain and nervous system are the body’s electrical wiring.  Where does the supply of energy that powers this system come from?  It can’t be food, mass amounts of energy are required for digestion to take place and food can’t bring a being back to life.  Traditional Chinese medicine is based upon the knowledge that meridians, channels of energy, flow throughout the body; chakras are the centers of this energy.  Chakras are vortices that penetrate the body and the body’s aura, they are believed to play a vital role in physical, mental, and emotional health.    Kirlian photography captures the energetic light of the body also known as the electromagnetic field of the human body or aura.  The chakras are made visible to the physical eyes in these pictures.  Theories suggest that the aura might actually be a form of light that emanates at frequencies beyond the normal range of vision.  Like a rainbow, the chakras coincide with the visible light spectrum.  Clairvoyants believe health disturbances often manifest in the aura, and thus in the chakras, months and sometimes years before they manifest in the physical body.  A practitioner of Aiijii Healing, Karin Nemri (2004) writes, “chakras are the energy vortexes that give life to your energetic body, which is another name for your spiritual body, the part of you that has eternal life” (p.37).  Interestingly, science is still searching to understand the lifespan of light.  Photons live for at least billions of years.  The following is a description of the chakras from Laura Berman, Ph.D. (2016).   

“They are aspects of consciousness, and they interact with the physical and energetic body through two major vehicles, the endocrine system, and the nervous system.  Each of the seven chakras is associated with one of the nine endocrine glands, and also with a particular group of nerves, called a plexus, making them important elements in healing” (para. 8).

       There are seven main energy centers that run along the spinal cord.  The Central Nervous System, the first to form, and which we cannot live without, is the main interstate running through the chakras.  With regards to diagrams, it is a roadmap to the locations of these spiritual centers.  Afferent and efferent nerves serve as highways of communication between the CNS and the rest of the bodily system.  Western science has now noticed the many hollow tubes surrounding the axon of a neuron.  These microtubules have been thought of as a “scaffolding to support the nerve fiber, now a second look is being taken by some at their possibility of being the architecture of our consciousness.  Their size appears to be perfectly designed to transmit photos in the UV range” (Eden, 2016, para. 59).  

       The endocrine glands of the human body correspond with the chakras (please refer to Appendix A, B, C, and D).  The first, the root, relates to basic needs and to a person’s relationship with the physical world and their physical identity.  Reproductive organs, sexual energy, and the kidneys are connected to the sacral (there are slight interchanges among these depending upon the source used due to the intimate connection within all of these systems).  At the navel is the solar plexus.  The adrenal glands, pancreas, digestive and metabolic systems are interlinked with the solar plexus.  Within the heart center is the thymus gland.  Respiratory and cardiovascular systems are dependent upon the heart chakra.  The state of the nervous system is influenced by the heart and all of these systems of communication, energetic and physical.  The thyroid gland and the throat chakra reside in the same location.  Once we arrive at the top of the CNS, we reach the brow and crown chakras and they embody the pineal gland, pituitary gland, hypothalamus, biological cycles, and eyes.  This is only a brief representation attempting to touch the surface of the chakras’ roles in governing systems of the physical body.  When the heart feels pain, when the stomach experiences “butterflies” and nervousness, or the throat feels constricted and unable to speak, this is a result of the energy of the chakras.  Love flowing through the heart, sexual energy, all sexual experience, “gut instincts”, the ability to communicate, thought processes, and feeling connected to another are also all because of the chakras.  Additionally, the pathways of circulation suggest the influence of these centers as well.  Endocrine glands secrete hormones into the bloodstream.  The bloodstream then circulates these hormones throughout.  These chemical signals affect mood, growth and development, metabolism, reproduction, and the body’s responses to stimuli.  Medications that block and alter moods, emotions, and physical sensations do not offer healing; they only veil the discomfort from the waking awareness.  Emotions are energy, Nemri (2004) also states, “All physical disease manifests from long-term, unresolved emotional issues, the energy of which gets stuck in one or more of these energy vortexes” (p. 38).  Health and happiness depend upon the energetic system.  It is time for the west to more widely recognize the chakra system.  The health of our civilization depends upon it.

       The American Psychological Association’s website ( offers an article about medication and mental health called, Inappropriate prescribing, written by Brendan L. Smith (2012).  Smith brings to light, “The use of psychotropic drugs by adult Americans increased 22%  from 2001 to 2010, with one in five adults now taking at least one psychotropic medication, according to the industry data” (p.36).  Are pharmaceuticals an answer to improving mental health, or health at all?  Dr. Some, a West African Shaman, first came to the United States for graduate study in 1980.  He was surprised and shocked by his first visit to a mental hospital here in the states.  The culture he originates from works with mental illness in a very different way.  The Dagara people believe that mental illness is often the birth of a healer.  “In the West, it is the overload of the culture they’re in that is just wrecking them,” stated Dr. Some (Gaddis, 2010, para. 12).  “The frenetic pace, the bombardment of the senses, and the violent energy that characterize western culture can overwhelm sensitive people,” continued Dr. Some.  Through the eyes of the shaman, mental illness is a result of blocked energies and their approach is to align these energies.  Thus, freeing the blockages causing the illness.  

       To test if his villages’ beliefs were universal, Dr. Some brought an eighteen-year-old American named Alex back to his village in Africa.  Alex had experienced a psychotic break at the age of fourteen and suffered from severe depression, hallucinations, and suicidal thoughts.  He was living in a mental hospital and his parents had tried everything they could, they no longer knew what to do.  Dr. Some reported that after “eight months there Alex had become quite normal” (para. 20).  Alex spent four years living in the village and assisting healers before he went on to attend graduate school in psychology at Harvard (para. 23).  The shamanic approach worked for Alex when Western medicine and hospitals provided no hope.  Ancient cultures counted on spiritual healers to keep their tribes mentally and physically healthy.  Science and Spirituality have infinite wisdom to offer one another.  Humanity encompasses much more than we are led to believe.  

       Many methods of healing have been discovered throughout human history.  Research is now more readily available to all.  A variety of fields continue to bring more knowledge to the forefront.  It is important to address the many layers that compose the human being.  Like a puzzle, the more pieces we put together, the better we can see the whole picture.  

Here is the appendix that is attached to the paper.

Love to all, from Victoria

The Communication of Cells

The brain and nervous system are the body’s electrical wiring, they operate through the use of electrical signals. Neurons transmit electrical signals throughout the body, while glia cells protect and support the neurons. Alexander Disease is a rare neurodegenerative disease that has been divided into three forms; infantile, juvenile, and adult. The age of onset varies, and there has not been any prevalence found in a particular ethnic group, or sex. Ninety five percent of cases harbor mutations in the GFAP (Glial Fibrillary Acidic Protein) gene, and no other genetic causes are known (Messing 2012). A genetic defect is present in the patient, and yet it does not show signs of genetic inheritance, it occurs sporadically. GFAP is an intermediate filament protein involved in the structural development of the cells. An astrocyte is a star-shaped glial cell, it is the most numerous of cells in the CNS. Individuals with Alexander Disease develop astrocyte cells with abnormal structures known as Rosenthal fibers. Rosenthal fibers contain large quantities of the protein GFAP. Clinical studies suggest that the symptoms of this complex condition are likely consequences of astrocytes dysfunction, rather than astrocyte loss.

At this time, the course of this leukodystrophy is progressive. There is no recognized cure, nor is there a standard course of treatment. Treatment is symptomatic to each patient. Alexander disease was first described in 1949, about 500 cases have been reported. Early-onset patients often suffer from seizures, spasticity, or developmental delays. Difficulty talking, swallowing, and the inability to cough may accompany AD. Later-onset tends to be milder, difficulties in speech, articulation, swallowing, sleep disturbances, and signs of hindbrain dysfunction can all be symptoms. Lifespan is related to age of onset; median of 14 years for early on-set, and median of 25 years for late on-set.

It is challenging for researchers to study the role of astrocytes in mammalian nervous systems due to glia being crucial to the survival of neurons both in vivo, and in vitro (Banker 1980, Craig and Banker 1994, Shaham 2006). Matricellular proteins are expressed by astrocytes in the CNS of rodents, the studies that have been conducted, suggest these proteins may be involved in developmental processes such as: cell proliferation, maturation, cell migration, axonal guidance, synapse formation, and tissue repair, and remodeling in the adult CNS (Eroglu 2009). In work with flies, functions and dysfunctions of the nervous system involve cross talk between glia and neurons (Messing 2012). Synaptic signaling involves astrocyte participation, one astrocyte is estimated to contact thousands of synapses (Bushong et al. 2002), and communicate between them. Enabling them to activate many populations of neurons simultaneously.

A small number of people thought to have AD do not have identifiable mutations in GFAP. Researchers have reason to believe that there may be other genetic, or perhaps even nongenetic causes of AD. Genetic, or non-genetic, there is an energetic force that guides all physiological, and psychological processes. In the physical world, all is in motion, everything vibrates, and vibration creates frequency. Frequency is the rate at which an object vibrates, often per second. Molecules move to a rhythm, there is an on-going dance in all of Life.

University of Michigan biophysical chemist Raoul Koppelman created the smallest voltmeters. In 2008 Koppelman discovered that a single human cell can contain thousands of voltmeters; only one millionth of the cell’s volume is occupied when thousands of voltmeters are present. This is an excess of 15 million volts per meter throughout, about the strength of lightning. Proving that the cell is full of electrical and chemical energy throughout. (Kehr 2015) The knowledge that comes with understanding electrically excitable cells may lead to a doorway capable of enlightening the realm of modern science on the source of all cellular complications.

Studies in Neurobehavior have found that when electric fields are induced in the body, by direct contact with external electrodes, or exposure to low frequency magnetic fields of sufficient enough magnitude, will excite nerve tissue through their interaction with voltage-gated ion channels. The transmembrane electric field is responsible for the sensitivity of this interaction. It varies widely between different ion channels. Many voltage-gated ion channels are associated with electrical excitability and electrical signaling. Neurons, glial and muscle cells, endocrine cells of the anterior pituitary, adrenal medulla and pancreas, gametes, and endothelial cells all comprise such electrically excitable cells (Hille, Anderson 2001). All of these cells generally express voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels, calcium ions activate numerous crucial cellular processes. Research on the effect of low frequency electric fields has found that the electric charge on the surface of a human (or other living organism) is induced when exposed to a low frequency electric field that alternates in amplitude with the frequency of the applied field. The alternation of the surface charge with time induces an electric field and therefore current flow within the body. These currents and fields can interact with electrically excitable nerve and muscle tissue. People show variations in sensitivity to induced electric fields. The ability to detect fields, or currents, appears to decrease with increasing frequency.

“Here cells are seen as fractals embedded in a holographic energetic matrix where everything is interconnected and capable of influencing any other part of the matrix. Information can be communicated through photons of ultraviolet and visible light, phonons of sound, multiple resonant cellular vibrations, charge density waves and quantum potentials. The body becomes visible as a living, energetic whole even though composed of specialized organ systems and cellular aggregates. Ultimately a picture of an electromagnetically unified matrix containing a self-organizing blueprint with innumerable feedback loops begins to emerge.” Karl Maret, MD

A self-organizing blue print that can be influenced by sound, light, and vibration…?
Technological advances allow us to manipulate matter, dissect, direct, and label it physically. Even so, the cyclic nature of the Universe swings back to the ancient spiritual notion that the body is enlivened by a subtle energetic system. Shamans have long known the healing effects of sacred songs, and instruments of sound and vibration. In 1990 Dr. Jeff Delrow discovered that the four nucleotides (A, T, G, and C) inherently form fractal structures closely related to human speech patterns (Murphy 2012). Biologist, Dr. David Deamer, and Susan Alexjander, MA in music, measured actual molecular vibrations of DNA, and recorded it using an infrared spectrophotometer. They determined its sound frequency by exposing each section of DNA to infrared light, measured wavelength absorbed, and said, “What it made was hauntingly beautiful music.” There are great Masters that teach of a cosmic vibration; one that manifests all of physical creation. Without energy, and vibration, there is no sound.

There is proof that in using correct light, and sound frequencies we can activate some of our mobile DNA to re-code certain portions of the genome. In 1951, at the Queen Victoria Hospital in West Sussex, England a famous case of hypnotically induced genetic alteration was documented; Dr. Albert A. Mason remedied a teenage boy of Brocq’s disease. Dr. Mason effectively reprogrammed the boy’s genes in a matter of weeks by using hypnotic suggestion, simply using words. Click for pictures and report.
So, what does light have to do with DNA, cellular processes, and the intelligence within our genetics? In vitro DNA samples, in a test tube, had the ability to attract and harness coherent laser light, causing it to spiral along the DNA helix. When the DNA sample and apparatus were removed the photons continued to spiral as if the DNA was still there; this has been termed the “DNA Phantom Effect,” and has been observed to last for up to a month. The information recorded from this experiment presents to us that DNA not only absorbs and emits light, but radio frequencies, and phonons -as well as- harnesses sound and light. Dr. Peter Gariaev and his team reported these discoveries in 1984-85.

A phenomenon occurs when you blast a cell with UV light until 99 percent of the cell, including its DNA, is destroyed; you can almost entirely repair the damage in a single day by illuminating the cell with the same wavelength at a weaker intensity. This phenomenon is called photorepair, and encouraged physicist Fritz-Albert Popp’s work. Popp and his student Ruth created a machine called the photomultiplier, which counts light, photon by photon, allowing them to measure the biophoton emission from the organism being studied. Measurements have proved to Popp that DNA is one of the most essential sources of inner-light and biophoton emission, calling it the “master tuning fork of the body.” His work presents us with living DNA communicating with other DNA in the body via these biophotons. The DNA of living cells store and release photons. After years of research Popp concludes “We now know today that man is essentially a being of light.” It is time to further investigate internal light and the connection it has to health and wellness.

Kirlian photography enables us all to see the energetic light of the body, the light that mystics, and clairvoyant seers have spoken of for ages, the aura. Dr. Walter J. Kilner who was in charge of electrotherapy at St. Thomas’s Hospital in London discovered that the apparent human aura could be made visible if viewed through an apparatus containing a coal-tar dye called dicyanin, which made ultraviolet light visible (Crock 1998). Theories suggest that the aura might actually be a form of light that emanates at frequencies beyond the normal range of vision; coinciding with earlier information in this paper regarding how vibrations of higher frequencies are more difficult to perceive physically through touch and bodily sensations. Kilner began to notice that the aura reflected the state of health. As various patients were healing from different illnesses within the physical body, Kilner was able to witness the healing that took place in their auras as well. It was also noted that weak, depleted auras drain the auric energy of healthy, vigorous auras around them. The results of his early research were published in 1911 in his book, The Human Aura.

The ability to capture the aura on camera gives insight into various methods of healing across cultures. The aura is often viewed as a representation of one’s life force, and is said to be an electrical field that surrounds the body. When an aura photograph is taken, there are spots of light that show up in front of the body, which are the energy centers where the nerves come together. These correspond with what some call chakras. Chakras are the vortices that penetrate the body and the body’s aura, they are believed to play a vital role in physical, mental, and emotional health. Clairvoyants say that health disturbances often manifest in the aura, and thus in the chakras, months and sometimes years before they manifest in the physical body. Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that the body has a system of meridians, through which an invisible energy called Chi, or the Life Force flows. When this energy is blocked at any point along the pathways and illness occurs. This is the healing concept behind acupuncture. Western science has now noticed the many hollow tubes surrounding the axon of a neuron. These microtubules have been thought of as a “scaffold to support the nerve fiber, now a second look is being taken by some, at their possibility of being the architecture of our consciousness. Their size appears to be perfectly designed to transmit photos in the UV range” (Eden 2016).

Sol Luckman, author of Potentiate Your DNA, believes that DNA Transposons are the driving force behind the evolution of human consciousness, and physiology. Transposons and retrotransposons “jumping DNA” can rewrite, activate, and deactivate certain genetic codes. Jumping DNA makes up as much as half of the total DNA nucleotides. Anger, fear, and similar emotions have been discovered to compress DNA; Joy, gratitude, and love had a decompressing effect on the DNA they were exposed to. This discovery was made by Dr. Glen Rein, he found through experimentation that when DNA is stimulated by love based emotions, messenger RNA can access codes for healing. Negative states compressed the helix severely enough that access to genetic information necessary for healing as well as evolutions became limited. Emotions are said to be energy in motion. Broad information is available on the healing effects of frequencies. 528 Hz has been used by molecular biologist to repair genetic defects. Ironically, the frequency of love is said to be 528 Hz. It is time for humanities attention to be directed towards light, and energy. God is Love; Life is God; Love is always the answer. The first thing God says in Genesis is, “Let there be light.” Evolution and God are both even better together. The broader the perception gets, the better it All fits. Science and Spirituality have so much to offer one another. Humanity encompasses much more than we are led to believe.

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More to the Mind

Some who claim to have transcended individual consciousness speak of God being like an ocean, and each individual is like a wave; a wave that is always a part of the ocean, even when crashing about separately.  This week we read about God sharing the knowledge, “I am that what am” with Moses.  What is am?  Is this “am” what is unchanging about all, or is it all that the mind perceives to be?  Maybe it is both and more.  Hegel believed that reality is simply mind or spirit, a claim that contributed to his philosophy he called, “absolute idealism.”  Hegel’s reasoning and insight led him to perceive a reality in which the mind is constantly creating, supporting, and structuring all that we believe exists, in his words:  “This unity is consequently the absolute and all truth, the Idea which thinks itself.”  In his Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion, he speaks of a time when all knowledge was knowledge of God.  If we believe that God created everything; that God is Consciousness; the Life Force in every being; the very energy that motivates and is constantly creating what we call life, all around us and within, then all knowledge is always knowledge of God.  Maybe everything is meant to guide us, to provide answers.  The senses, internal, and external worlds all have various offerings of knowledge.  Science, religion, spirituality, and philosophy all offer a greater contribution to the puzzle of life when applying their knowledge collectively.  Hegel saw religion and philosophy as one, with one object in goal, the way to attain knowledge of what is eternal, what is really real. He claimed, “The result of the study of philosophy is that these walls of separation, which are supposed to divide absolutely, become transparent; and that when we go to the root of things we find that there is absolute accordance where it was believed that there was the greatest opposition.”

The more we understand the truths of matter and of the physical world, the better we are able to reason.  As our growth in knowledge of the sciences continues to expand, so grows our intellect and understanding of ourselves and the world.  Two studies that provide more insight into the matter of things are The Wave Structure of Matter, which I came across while researching Hegel, and the DNA Phantom Effect, an experiment that was conducted over thirty years ago and could drastically change the way we heal, and view our reality.  The Wave Structure of Matter assists in explaining the interconnectedness of the Universe:  electrons act as waves instead of separate particles as they orbit the nucleus of an atom.  The electron is composed of two spherical waves which converge to the center and then become outward waves.  Meaning matter consists of waves of energy converging and pulsating outwards.  Brainwaves can be measured and watched during an EEG.  We can watch the brain in action and see that it is constantly creating waves of energy.  Despite this evidence against separate particles as the basis of all matter, the ancient Greek notion of a point particle, is still in use today; Einstein rejected point particle and stated that “matter must be spherical entities extended in space.”  The second experiment I want to share with you helps us to see the intelligence that is all around us, it is called the DNA Phantom Effect.  Dr. Peter Gariaev observed DNA absorbing photons-smallest particles of light, which are essential to the health of DNA, and are used to send and receive information throughout the body.  He examined the inside of a little quartz container and was surprised to find that photons remained spiraling in the exact same place where the DNA had been, even after the DNA had been extracted.  An invisible wave continued holding the photons in place for 30 days after the DNA itself was removed.  Thus, providing positive proof that DNA is heavily influenced if not created by invisible waves of gravitational energy.  As the physical world evolves, science evolves, consciousness evolves, individuals and whole societies reach various understandings all while the Universe undergoes infinite growth.  Hegel was an optimist, in his words, “progress is built into history.”  This progress is the process of self-discovery at a cosmic level.  Lately, I find myself thinking of the little ant, aware of its own little colony, spending the whole day working so hard to fulfill its duties of anthood.  Such a small creature with limited travel can’t even begin to comprehend the size of the very state it resides, let alone the continent of North America.  Here we are working hard in our human colony, struggling to understand the existence of billions of galaxies.

Hegel’s way of leveling the boundaries of separateness caused many disagreeing thoughts to arise in Kierkegaard.  Kierkegaard titled his book Either/Or as an insult to Hegel’s philosophy.  In our text, Palmer states “Hegel collapsed the distinction between the “either” and the “or” and also abolished the difference between epistemology and ontology by asserting “the Rational is the Real and the Real is the Rational.””  Kierkegaard opposed Hegel’s reasoning’s because he believed existence and thought to be separate, Kierkegaard claimed “existence is the one thing that cannot be thought.”  To reach the Rational, thought must be applied; once one beholds what they feel is rational they reach a state of peace, and thoughts begin to cease, the mind enjoys what it has found to be real.  And isn’t it our mind that acknowledges what is real?  The senses are tools that provide the mind with information about the outside world.  In one way it appears that our existence relies on our ability to think.  Survival can depend on our thinking abilities, and so can the amount of freedom and happiness we are able to experience within our life.  The thoughts we have influence the way in which we live.  The unconscious is a source from which many thoughts form, and is an aspect of our psyche that is waiting to be brought into awareness.  Carl Jung described everything in the unconscious as “seeking outward manifestation, he thought even the personality desires to evolve out of its unconscious conditions and to experience itself as a whole.”  If thought is what creates matter to manifest then existence as we experience it, physically, would rely on thought.  What we seek in this world is often a state of mind.  Now if we consider existence more in the context of being and of awareness, like a pure energy, or the source of life, in all of life, it would be thoughtless due to containing all of the knowledge that is.  Similar to the concept of God being beyond time.  We have many reasons to believe we are made in our Creator’s image, if the creator stands outside of time experiencing a greater reality either unknown or forgotten to us, our more real reality would be one of the same.  Kurt Godel, is considered to be one of the greatest logicians of the 20th century, he published a paper in 1949 proving possible worlds exist in which time, as we know it, does not exist.  Physicists have searched for error in Godel’s work and have been unsuccessful in doing so.

I want to share one more of Hegel’s insights before ending this paper.  His theories on self-consciousness remind me of when I first started paying attention to the fact that I am able to observe my thoughts.  “Self-consciousness has before it another self-consciousness; it has come outside itself” explains Hegel.  We are aware of an aspect we consider to be the individual self, while also being aware of a larger consciousness, one that our individual consciousness quite often converses with.  How could we be conscious of our own consciousness if we are not connected to something greater?  Jung also believed in a collective unconscious, one that is “a fundamental connectedness that we all share within the mind, such as in dreams,” he also “found God to be one of the most immediate experiences.”  What we consider being conscious could very well be constant contact with an idea of God that is much larger than we are led to believe.


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A Shift From Individual Opinion to Cosmic Opinion

I have been working on this rough draft for class and have not written on my blog this week, so I decided to just share it with you.

Various spiritual leaders are analyzed and quoted in the context of this text; to show the underlying paradigm of the high spiritual truths found in most religious text and through the Masters that explain their works.  This piece of writing informs the reader that humanity can only achieve its’ highest potential together.  All true religions have something to offer one another.

A Shift From Individual Opinion to Cosmic Opinion
Writing 101
17 November 2014

A Shift From Individual Opinion to Cosmic Opinion

“No one religious tradition should dare to monopolize the entirety of humankind’s ability to relate to his creator, sustainer, and intimate lover.” These words are written by, Emile J. Farge, in an article published in The Merton Annual.  Some of the research for this paper was conducted through, Emile J. Farge’s, works on, Thomas Merton, and, Paramhansa Yogananda.  Thomas Merton’s, followers established, The International Thomas Merton Society.  Self-Realization Fellowship was founded by, Yogananda, and is growing today throughout five continents; their headquarters are in Los Angeles and hundreds of temples and centers for meditation groups can be found around the world.  The purpose of this paper is to uncover the underlying paradigm of all true religions to each dear reader. The words of many great Masters will be used to share their similar message to all of humanity.  We must push on, beyond organized religion, leaving separation by dogma in the dust of the past, to embrace a more peaceful existence and for optimum spiritual growth of people; yoga and meditation offers this to all regardless of ethnicity or societal beliefs.

The science of yoga and meditation coincide with all religious practices, enhances, and excels our understanding and spiritual growth.  The article, On Spirituality and Organized Religion: Conversations with Yogi Raghu Ananthanarayanan, Raghu states, “Yoga is ultimately about the transformation of the mind-how can I see reality clearly, “as it is”?”  Yogananda, describes yoga as the, “simple process of reversing the ordinary outward flow of energy and consciousness so that the mind becomes a dynamic center of direct perception no longer dependent upon the fallible senses but capable of actually experiencing Truth.”  These eastern methods, free of dogma, teach us to seek truth inside of ourselves.  In Luke 17, 20-21, Jesus saith, “the Kingdom of God within you,” pointing us in the same direction of our eastern brothers.  Speaking of this, Jesus, was born in the middle east and performed his great works there.  Jesus’s true teachings are parallel to Buddha, Ghandi, Yogananda, Patanjali, Dahli Lama, and Muhammad, to name some of the greats.  When analyzing these great Masters (yogi who has reached breathlessness during meditation/yoga) they pave a spiritual path that with devotion, all can follow.  This path involves love for everyone, purity of heart and mind, honesty, goodness in all action, and lots of compassion.  Church and fellowship are often full of love and God’s beauty, it is when one segment of a religion feels their path is the only way or only their leader walks the right way and the effect causes humans to focus on our differences and conflicts arise.  It is the way we live and what we bare in our hearts that matters; not the church we go to, the name we worship, or the label we give ourselves or a group.  Spirituality is a way of life and encompasses all. I leave this paragraph with one more quote to ponder.  “And it seems to me that when you get God and theologies and institutions out of the picture, and you focus on what people do, what they practice, especially their relationships to one another, there’s a lot in common.  And I think what I’ve discovered is that yoga is an inter-religion.  It’s spirituality that avoids the complications of institutionalized religions,” spoken by, Jim Morley, during conversation with Raghu Ananthanarayanan (provided in hyperlink).

If nations focus on the commonalities of humankind, our similar basic needs; there would be less conflict in this world.  We are all on the same journey, just different paths and different expressions.  Why fight against ourselves when we are all fighting the same ultimate battle?  Raghu Ananthanarayanan, tells us that “out of the things we seek refuge in the worst is the idea of God, because it creates deep illusion and provokes violence.  It is only when you give up these beliefs, and walk the path of understanding your sorrow directly, that you can touch and alter sorrow.”  This idea comes from the Dhammapada, a book of statements from the Buddha.  We all come from the same Creator, we just worship different aspects of Him/Her at times.  It comes down to humans fighting delusion.  Let’s merge our love together, seek and move onward in our purpose, all of humanity.  We are all only searching for eternal happiness, we need to join together in the search of all searches.  Thomas Merton, advises us to be open to change, “We have to gain new perspectives, and on this our spiritual and even our physical survival may depend.”  As science has proved, this world as we know it, is infinite; so are we.  “Merton and Yogananda agreed  that the bliss of heaven is more available to us than the air we breathe, and that we delude ourselves into over-identifying with the material life, and that the intimate unity of God with humankind is much deeper, and that the Divine energy and essence is immediately available to those who prepare to receive it.”  These beautiful words are written by, Emile J. Farge.  Real spiritual  growth goes beyond the little individual ego.  The spiritual aspirant rises above the physical into the spirit.  If we are attached to a religious group or leader we limit ourselves from true freedom.  Ganapathi Sthapati, a traditional temple builder, shares this idea and practice with us, “the divine is constantly revealing him or herself through beauty.  And every time we human beings discover beauty within ourselves, we touch divinity.  You may touch divinity by discovering rhythm and order in words through poetry, in the body through dance, in sound through music, in form through sculpture, in space through architecture, and in thought through mathematics.  These are the six paths for encountering the divine through rhythm and harmony.  The offering you make is the temple of beauty, just plain beauty.”  There are many ways to the divine, they do not involve money or belonging to a specific organization.  “The purpose of organized religion is to protect the individual from ever having a sincerely religious experience.”  (Carl Jung)  Jim Morley, acknowledges “that Jung has some good one-liners” and included this quote in his conversation with Yogi Raghu.  We all come from the same true home.  We are all on our way home.  The world needs everyone to join hands and help one another find their way back home.  If we wipe away the changing outer layers of people and life we find the same essence left in all.  Love is something we all share, we love with the same love and feel the same hurt and pain when we think love has left us.  Brothers and sisters, may we seek the higher truths together.

“Self-Realization is the knowing in all parts of body,  mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you, that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all you need to do is improve your knowing.”  Yogananda’s, description of Self-Realization;  the name of the fellowship he founded.  True spiritual teachers guide the student to freedom and the student uses their own free will during the guidance.  It is not the ritual that is of importance, but the devotion and love in the heart during the act.  There is endless wisdom to be found in many cultures and countries, even our cosmos.  How about we turn small individual opinions into gigantic cosmic opinions?

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On Spirituality and Organized Religion: Conversations with Yogi Raghu Ananthanarayanan

The Decline of Organized Religion in Western Civilization