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Lahiri's Japji

The Japji at the bottom of the Japji Commentary by Lahiri is a song by Guru Nanak (1469-1539), founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak’s teachings are found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, which is a large collection of verses. The Japji appears in the beginning of it.

What Nanak writes differs considerably from Lahiri's commentary, also when Lahiri seems to render him. For example, Nanak says "Nanak, the devotees are always blissful," whereas kriya devotees are not just that, according to Lahiri, but are rather striving for bliss from time to time several times a day, and then holding on to it as much as can be.

As he is wont to do, Lahiri talks of kriya through books that seldom or never deal with kriya at all. A helpful peace of advice is: "Do not think Lahiri renders a source verbatim and faithfully. What he keeps at for the most time is talking about "anything" "in the light of kriya". Perhaps he would have talked of "tooth fillings in the light of kriya" too, but . . . Anyway, there are rarely verbatim quotations from those books that he "talks behind," so to speak, and that peculiarity needs to be pointed out.

As for what follows, just be entertained. What you encounter are Lahiri abstracts. I for my part would have been ashamed if I set out to write a lot about things I could not really write about, but making poetry can be like that. At any rate I have sorted some of Lahiri's key ideas for the pleasure it gives. Here we go:

The ultimate Self is Inexplicable. [Lahiri] ▫ It is in vain to write and to say something about which is inexplicable . . . What else can be said? [Panchanan Bhattacharya, publisher] [179, 176]

LoSelf is Ultimate Superintelligence at the speed of speedlessness

When the individual self (Jivatma) is merged in the supreme Self (Paramatma), or ultimate Self, then who will speak to whom? [179]

He who holds the mind in the [Brahma] Mind enters into Superintelligence (Parabuddhi). [182]

Kriya takes the person to Happiness, to the house of the Lord through inner Beauty. [181]

Devotees who hold onto the pure ultimate Self at the After-effect-poise of Kriya are pleased and sing of His Glories. [188]

Nanak says, "He Himself is Himself - always Sarya (Truth), the ultimate Self." [188]

That Self is Truth and His manifestation is the Truth. [190]

Nanak says, "He is the best of all." [188]

Omkar is heard, and in that Sound ten types of sounds are heard, like the sound of a honey drunken fly, flute, sitar, ringing bell, thunder, a roar like a lion, the beating of brass plates, conch, small drum and the beating of a big drum. These ten types of sounds are felt with a feeling of fainting. [188]

There are countless Bhaktas, and there are countless qualities (gunas). [185]

One who makes Japa of the Lord, sees the Lord at a distance, and one who meditates sees that he himself is everything. [180]

He stays in Voidness in a subtle way. The ultimate Self can expand to the extreme subtleties. [187]

On holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya, energy is generated. One who has achieved that energy achieves a very tranquil nature. [191]

The ultimate Self is all-pervading. The Self is all-pervading. Therefore, He is Truth. ▫ The Lord Himself is Brahma, the ultimate Self. And that name is Truth (Satya). ▫ Brahma, the ultimate Self, lives in Superintelligence (Parabuddhi). [178, 180, 181]

One should bathe in Kutastha. [186] (2)

Even the Yogi cannot know that the speed of Brahma is infinite, and so is it that of mind. ▫ One who wants to tell the speed of the mind, must say, "I have seen nothing." ▫ If the mind stays within the mind by the practice of Kriya, then one achieves the speed of Speedlessness. [182] [Ask yourself: "What does it mean?"]

LoThe highest attainment lies at the heart, where the Self can be lost and gained

One who has attained [the Great] Knowledge is a free man. Naturally by His Order the moon, sun, earth, water, fire, air and ether function according to their quality. This is natural. [179]

Nobody can focus day and night without the proper Concept (Dharana). ▫ Brahma is the highest attainment. ▫ The highest Happiness state one cannot indicate, yet Tranquility (Sthiti) is there. [180, 188, 185] (4)

One achieves the eightfold yogic powers when he holds onto the ultimate Self, Brahma. [189]

One has to imagine what a burden, or weight, rests on the atom of Brahma, or the ultimate Self. ▫ How can one feel suffering when the mind is dissolved? [in Brahma] [183]

The Siddhas, Sadhus and those who have attained the state of Samadhi are all singing at their heart. [188]

To know nothing is in fact knowing [as] no object is the object [184]

LoThe realization of Self generates glories and mirth

The ultimate Self is detached in character, Detached or Uncontaminated. ▫ "Whatever is being, is being naturally and spontaneously, and in all naturalness he sees Brahma, the ultimate Self." [Lahiri appears to quote Nanak] [179, 180]

Kindness is the root of Dharma, or righteousness. ▫ Righteousness, or religion, starts from kindness. [184, 183]

Many people are roaming here and there for nothing. Their minds are never at rest and never achieve the Realization of the ultimate Self. [185]

Stay where you are, [and in that] you are like the inner Self. ▫ The ignorant stay deep down in darkness. [185]

The intellectual only knows how to describe in vain with flowery words. [186]

There are many Krisnas and Brahmas (Creators), in the ultimate Self, or Brahma. There are many Indras, suns, Mandals (solar systems) and Desas (countries). There are many realized Sages. There are many eggs (Andas) and trees (Udbhidas), and there are many kinds of words and stories. And there are many more. [191]

When one reaches the Stability state, it generates beauty. [183]

Without achieveing Oneness with the Lord, the body remains like a chaste girl. [189]

By His Grace many mysterious things are seen. [188] (6)

Everything is happening at the desire of the desireless ultimate Self. ▫ One becomes a man of higher Consciousness or of lower consciousness according to the quality of his own actions. ▫ The individual self becomes the ultimate Self, and He is Truth (Satya). [179, 179, 178]

If one prays, one cannot receive the mysterious energy called Daibi Prakriti. ▫ The Mind connects the seeker with righteousness. ▫ The mind [deep inside] is Brahma. ▫ Hold onto whatever pleases you and your mind. [190, 181, 183, 184]

One should analyze one's own faults. [190]

Simple persons, those accepting honor, Sheiks, Pirs, and the blind can also get the Path. [182]

The ultimate Self is not seen because He is imperceptible by the sense organs. [186]

Truth (Satya), having created, observes His creation and is joyful. In Him are the solar systems and the entire universe. [191] When one holds onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya constantly, one generates Tranquility in the inner Self, and eventually he stabilizes in eternal Tranquility. [185]

Above all is Kutastha singing over Prakriti (Nature). [188] (7)

All the scriptures fail to describe Him. ▫ The Lord of the universe knows Himself automatically. [187]

He is great who knows himself automatically by himself. [187]

There are many individual beings (Jivas) having a variety of qualities. [190]

To hold onto the ultimate Self is achieved in very many ways. [185]

Who can describe the glories of the ultimate Self, or Brahma? ▫ If one tries to describe Him, one feels a headache. [186]

Gist

IN SUM
  1. Deep inside your Self is Ultimate Superintelligence at the speed of speedlessness.
  2. The highest attainment is to perceive Self as the heart somehow.
  3. To realize such a Self truly, generates glories and mirth, and not just guru-words.
IN NUCE The deep-inside attainment is to perceive oneself deeply, actually.

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Hw: Satyeswarananda, swami, tr. The Commentaries' Series Vol. III: Hidden Wisdom. With Lahiri Mahasay's Commentaries. 2nd rev. ed. San Diego: The Sanskrit Classics, 1986.

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