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Linga Purana

"There is nothing to say or to write as the Self is omnipresent, ultimate Consciousness (Brahma)," writes the first publisher. Is what follows irony and slapstick, then? Or to be trusted? [142]

Linga (Source: Wikipedia Commons)
A linga or a lingam, symbol of male creative energy or of the male organ of reproduction, is a rather complex symbol in Hinduism. Hindu scriptures say that a linga represents energy and strength. The union of lingam and yoni (typified as the female sexual organ) represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female", etc.

Wendy Doniger, an American scholar of the history of religions, states that Hindus will argue that the lingam has nothing whatever to do with the male sexual organ, "an assertion blatantly contradicted by the material." [1]

The Linga Purana is one of the major Puranas, a religious text. Some parts describe the origin of the world, and other parts describe fallos (penis) worship. From the purana: "Transcendent manhood is the immanent cause of creation; transcendent womanhood is the efficient cause. There cannot be procreation without such union and there cannot be divine manifestation without their cosmic equivalent. It is only through understanding the symbolism of the linga and yoni that we can begin to apprehend the mysteries of creation." [Wikipedia, s.v. "Linga Purana"]

Union between male and female - yab-yum - has a deep significance in Tibetan Buddhism too, and a "handle with care" label to go with it. [See Wikipedia, s.v. "Yab-Yum"]

From Lahiri's Commentary

LoBeing upright is always better than striving for yoga samadhi and emotional activities, it says

Sincerity is greater than all actions. [151]

Sitting erect and firm, looking at the root of the nose and seeing the Eye, one should practice Pranayam. [149]

The Kriyanwita, holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya in Samadhi, stays like a corpse. [154]

The body continues to survive because of drinking water and bathing. [150]

Ten inner sounds called Anahata, can start to vibrate: Mahanada [the great sound]; Bringa [honey-drunken fly]; Benu [flute]; Bina [sitar]; Ghanta [ringing bell]; Megha [thunder]; Jhanja [the beating of metal plates]; Mridanga [the beating of a tabor]; Sankha [conch]; Kansar [beating of brass] [155]

He always stays in the ultimate Self. [157]

Obstructions in the way of Yoga: Name and fame, hearing, messages, transcendence, visions, tasting and suffering. [150]

When the mind pulled back into inwardness, it is called Pratyahar, or interiorization of the senses. [147]

The physical body is the sign (Linga) of the world. [145]

After emotional activities one should bathe or shower. [147]

And He is eating the whole world. [156] (2)

Sincerity leads to Liberation. Meditation and Yoga-attunement too. [151]

There is the form of Omkar, that is, inner Sound, which is, in fact, the Linga (or penis). [144]

LoThe independent guys have achieved something valuable

He who sits heavily on your head and is bluish, is said to be good shelter. He can also stay inside the house secretly like a fox. [154]

He is staying inside like a baby independently. -- He kills whoever eats undesirable things. [156, 159]

To hate ceremonial activities is considered non-violent. [And] if one commits violence from the After-effect-poise of Kriya, one is not considered violent. [147]

The Yogi can reconstruct whatever has been burned to ashes. He can enter into beings like the speed of mind, and carry weights heavy like mountains on his shoulders. He can make the earth tremble with the help of his fingers. Whatever he desires, happens. He sees the whole world in the mind. These qualities of a Creator he has achieved. [150] (4)

The Yogi becomes extremely powerful and inward when he holds onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya for a whole year. His sperm become golden. [154]

When the body levitates, it is super Pranayam. [148]

When egoism generates, then one feels himself the Creator, Prajapati. [150]

Treat outward attention in the same way as he goes to the toilet. [147]

LoWhat seems important outwardly springs from marring and perhaps greatly foolish strivings, after all

The ultimate Self is the Everything of this world. [152]

The water becomes an egg like a bubble. [145]

What is the need of being involved in emotional activities with others except for one's wife. [147]

Meanness develops from wealth. Importance and value should not be given to what is inappropriate. [149]

Consider the fish in water. Are they pure due to their living in the water? [147] (6)

The Self is the great friend (Mahamitra). [158]

The self of one who holds onto the ultimate Self can go anywhere, and he can achieve happiness. [161]

This is the Self. -- like an ever youthful goat's (Ajyaka) leg. [159, 160] (7)


  1. Be upright rather than a sobbing yoga freak.
  2. To keep and tend to your independence are tall achievements.
  3. What seems important might be a trap - to see through and wake up from at the end of life, perhaps.
IN NUCE Keep upright, independent, and not so eager to achieve things in this world that it worsens your dear life, bodily health, sane pleasures and so on.

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Lahiri Mahasaya Baba sayings, LITERATURE  

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.


  1. Doninger, Wendy. "When a Lingam is Just a Good Cigar: Psychoanalysis and Hindu Sexual Fantasies." In The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, V. 18: Essays in Honor of Alan Dundes, edited by L. Bryce Boyer, Ruth M. Boyer, Stephen M. Sonnenberg. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1993:81-101. - Online at Google Books.

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