It recent readings, it occurs to me there is 2 opposite approaches to the spiritual journey here. The Bhagavad Gita presents the spiritual journey as a battle to overcome ego, mind and sense control.
In this blog, I tend to speak of the journey into surrender. Of deeper allowing, of letting go. How by releasing the bonds of a me, we learn to end the battle. These seem like contrasting and contradictory ways home. However, if we look more closely at the traditional paths or yogas, we find elements of each.
Before waking, the process of overcoming internal obstacles can indeed seem like a battle, mirrored by the drama portrayed on the battlefield. Yogananda describes each of us having our own epic battle to overcome darkness. When we are continually distracted from the path, it can certainly seem like a big struggle. A struggle to end struggling.
In some ways, this is the arena of Karma Yoga, the path of action and perception. This is classically covered in Chapters 2 and 3 of the Gita. In Chapter 5, they begin to go into renunciation of action. It is not until Chapter 12 that Bhakti, the Yoga of devotion is covered.
Thus, when the journey gets further along and the heart is more open, we begin to see both sides of the battle as a struggle with oneself. The ego fighting the ego. As this is clearly pointless, there begins the ever deeper letting go. The movement towards perpetual surrender in the flow of life.
As a closing I’ll note this little tidbit. I’ve seen such figures before but I would not make this a hard and fast rule. Consider it a guideline for total integration. We’ll see…
“…once material desires as habits take complete control, it requires a cycle of 12 years to rid the bodily kingdom of the usurpers.”