Divinity – In Gita Verse 7.8 All created beings have their source in these two natures. Of all that is material and all that is spiritual in this world, know for certain that I am both the origin and the dissolution.
Krishna says that I am seed and tree both means I am manifested seed and unmanifested tree both.
For him everything is virtue or spiritual if you are self-alert and if you are not self-alert then it is sin. It is not the question of what action you need to act in this moment but are you aware of yourself. Even if you are fighting a war that act can become virtue if it has fought with self-alertness, watchfulness, without any judgements.
When we act we can act with immediate response and also present moment’s response. Mostly our act is from immediate response. To this immediate response we think that we are aware and we acted to respond in the present moment, but in reality it is not. Look back you will find that in response has been associated with your emotions, judgements, vengeances, etc. Ya you are aware of the circumstances but unaware if yourself and associated emotions, judgements and vengeances.
So the most important thing is to become aware of ourselves. Unless we become aware of ourselves what Krishna is saying that – I am both the origin and the dissolution – we will not be able to understand.
Gurdjief’s technique may be helpful to all of us to practice and from the practice the experience we create will become light unto ourselves to understand what Krishna is saying:
Gurdjieff used self-remembering as a basic technique in the West. The whole Gurdjieffian system is based on this one – Remember yourself, whatsoever you are doing. It is very difficult. It looks very easy, but you will go on forgetting. Even for three or four seconds you cannot remember yourself. You will have a feeling that you are remembering, and suddenly you will have moved to some other thought. Even with this thought that “Okay, I am remembering myself,” you will have missed, because this thought is not self-remembering. In self-remembering there will be no thought; you will be completely empty. And self-remembering is not a mental process. It is not that you say, “Yes, I am.” Saying “Yes, I am,” you have missed. This is a mind thing, this is a mental process: “I am.”
Feel “I am,” not the words “I am.” Don’t verbalize, just feel that you are. Don’t think, feel! Try it. It is difficult, but if you go on insisting it happens. While walking, remember you are, and have the feeling of your being, not of any thought, not of any idea. Just feel. If someone touches your hand or put his hand on your head: don’t verbalize. Just feel the touch, and in that feeling feel not only the touch, but feel also the touched one. Then your consciousness becomes double-arrowed.
You are walking under trees: the trees are there, the breeze is there, the sun is rising. This is the world all around you; you are aware of it. Stand for a moment and suddenly remember that you are, but don’t verbalize. Just feel that you are. This nonverbal feeling, even if for only a single moment, will give you a glimpse – a glimpse which no LSD can give you, a glimpse which is of the real. For a single moment you are thrown back to the center of your being. You are behind the mirror; you have transcended the world of reflections; you are existential. And you can do it at any time. It doesn’t need any special place or any special time. And you cannot say, “I have no time.” When eating you can do it, when taking a bath you can do it, when moving or sitting you can do it – anytime. No matter what you are doing, you can suddenly remember yourself, and then try to continue that glimpse of your being.
It will be difficult. One moment you will feel it is there, the next moment you will have moved away. Some thought will have entered, some reflection will have come to you, and you will have become involved in the reflection. But don’t be sad and don’t be disappointed. This is so because for lives together we have been concerned with the reflections. This has become a robot-like mechanism. Instantly, automatically, we are thrown to the reflection. But if even for a single moment you have the glimpse, it is enough for the beginning. And why is it enough? Because you will never get two moments together. Only one moment is with you always. And if you can have the glimpse for a single moment, you can remain in it. Only effort is needed – a continuous effort is needed.
A single moment is given to you. You cannot have two moments together, so don’t worry about two moments. You will always get only one moment. And if you can be aware in one moment, you can be aware for your whole life. Now only effort is needed, and this can be done the whole day. Whenever you remember, remember yourself.
If you practice self-remembering immediately you will find nothing is mundane and nothing is divine. All our actiction can become divinity by self-remembering. Then slowly slowly you will experience everything is presence of Divine, Universe or Krishna, whatever words you want to give.
Only your own experience can whisper you what Krishna is saying.