At this point we are one nakshatra away from Bramanadhra chakra GV20. Very, very close to Nirvana! This is a place associated with invincibility. The reason why I associate it with one-pointed meditation is because this is how Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras describes the last part of meditation:
- We begin with Dhyana "Meditation" on sustaining an intention on some object or mantra or whatever you are focused on (in Bhakti Yoga it includes the heart chakra - feelings of love).
- Next comes the Samadhi experience of bliss (see GV18) that literally lifts us out of the head and into an ungrounded space.
- Last is Dharana "one-pointed focus" where nothing distracts anymore, you become one with the object of meditation. It is said that subject, object and process all becomes one.
Purvashadha is the Samadhi part of it, and Uttarashadha completes the meditation practice. From this point of view it makes perfect sense to me that the deity of Uttarashadha is the combined Visvedevas, universal gods giving the power is grant an unchallengeable victory (apradhrisya shakti). The victory in GV20 is complete self-mastery. The final stage of surrendering the ego to the Higher Self is beyond this, but not everyone chooses to take that last transcendental step, preferring to hold on to their ego enjoying the bliss of self-mastery. My understanding is that enlightenment happens in stages. This is a stage of tremendous self-empowerment but these are not the Sadgurus. They still have free will. All of that is explained in my post on GV20.
[to be continued]