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>Lahiri Mahasaya sayings and abstracts
Sayings of Lahiri seem valuable if you forget the oddity of first saying that some things are unspeakable, and then speaking of them anyway. Lahiri works contain ideas like that.

Here are abstracts of sayings of the kriya guru and householder yogi Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-95), also called Lahiri Baba. The extracts show root ideas of the guru who made kriya yoga practice known throughout India in the latter half of the 1800s, and also present a few other teachings of his, in part for the fun of it.

The statements that follow are presented as abstracts to consider. There may or may not be some more thinking around them in the book they originate in, which is Lahiri Mahasaya's Commentary on the Manu Samhita. Two English versions of the guru's commentary exist. I refer to just one of them below (see at the bottom of the page).

As you read on, what is told, and what could it mean? How can thoughts like these nourish and sustain a higher awareness in you? An inner light is talked of, and holding to an awareness that truly sees, it is said. A light that needs fuel ("tapas"), and treading on thoughtlessly without guarding against being singed by it, is to be confused. The yogi says the clear light helps living very long.

And the bottom line: What is asked of you, what are you told to invest time and efforts and concerns in? It is the fabled kriya yoga - which is breathing in a smart way than helps calm. If you do not overdo it, it should be fit and helpful too. It is also advocate to see and mingle with clear-sighted people and gather with fellows of like interests and goals - but doing it so well that you may go on without major heartaches and laments - which many do in one or more kriya cults all the same.

"The moon is a green cheese" and Lahiri sayings that can be hard to catch

Lahiri sayings may be hard to catch. The selected ones here are from series on series of cryptic messages. Maybe you get something out of them.

It seems fair that it should rest with you to determine which abstracts are genuinely helpful to you. Much depends on fit interpretation. Background knowledge is a boon for it, and some practice of the art of meditation.

Also, it is well to take carefully into account that this very site proclaims that "The moon is a green cheese" is not necessarily all bad, and may work well in some contexts. Feel free to study such enhanced perspectives here, and train yourself to ponder deeply for a while: [Link]

This little sign, ▫, shows where statements from different places or passages are "glued" or put together in the following, and suggests "They were once unrelated; here they may be studied as that, and relating to one another too, just as you wish." Page numbers to the Lahiri passages to compare with, are put in square brackets. Square brackets otherwise denote my additions, and round brackets talk of additions that were in the translation. For particular terms in the text, a yoga glossary may offer the needed help. There is a link to the site's yoga glossary on top of the page.

- TK

From the First Publisher's Note

Only those whose breath is not blowing in the left or right nostril are intelligent ▫ Study means dissolving the intellect . . . [p. 5]

COMMENT. Maybe you get a feeling that this sort of study is nothing to write home about. At any rate, good luck!

Teachings along with the Manu Samhita

Chapter One. Egg-like, Supreme Being is Inner Being too

The egg-like gold becomes radiant like the sun, and from there, the supreme Being is produced who is the Father of all beings: Brahma. ▫ That supreme Being divided the egg with the golden color while meditating on the Self. ▫ He created ether and the eight sides: east, south, west, north, southeast, southwest, northwest and northeast, and water, that is, the causal substance, Brahma or the ultimate Self. [p. 14]

In the Kutastha there is something finer than darkness which cannot be known perfectly, cannot be known distinctly [p. 13]

Water is called Nara. There is such a person whose form is like a man and not like a man. He is "realizing oneself, spontaneously." ▫ The mind is that Self: "THAT I AM." Such a feeling generates in the heart. [p. 14]

All belongs to Brahma, the supreme Being (Uttam Purusa).

Steadfast sitting and deeper concentration eventually make the breath tranquil. [p. 12]

Advise the disciples clearly. ▫ To fix attention on the inner Self (Kutastha) is called conduct. [p. 31, 33]

Iswara holds the power of inner Realization. [p. 30]

Craving seekers [are traders,] Vaisya. [p. 29]

After the realization of the ultimate Self, all appears as Sky. ▫ By the practice of Kriya another light is generated which reveals every form, or manifestation. [p. 24]

One becomes Devata, or god, by the practice of this Kriya. [p. 18]

Kriya practice only in the Spine, can provide three hundred years longevity. [p. 26]

Those who are good Kriya practitioners breathe once every hour. [p. 25]

Religion is Kriya. ▫ Kriya, or practice, is less than Realization. [p. 27]

Whoever sees the supreme Being is great. Greater is he who knows the supreme Being, that is, who has attained Realization. Greater than him is he whose intellect is poised in inner Wisdom [p. 30]

Whoever lives in the supreme Being is great. [p. 30]

There are many minds in this created world. [p. 25]

Krisna, who married thousands of ladies, still calls himself a celibate (Brahmachari). [p. 33]

When the Tongue is raised (that is, when Khecharimudra, or Talabya Kriya, is successful), it receives the taste of Tasteless. [p. 15]

Religion is divided into four steps: 1. Raising the tongue [etc.] [p. 25]

Without the Day, how can the Night be known? ▫ If the body is measured, the navel will be at the halfway point. Therefore, the division of day and night starts from there. ▫ The best organ is the mouth. [p. 29] [p. 24, 22, 29]

Chapter Two. Great Beings see without seeing

Whoever does not practice Kriya digests and crushes everything. ▫ The seeker of the Self should not sow in the desert. [p. 55, 54]

There should be the desire for righteous works.

Knowing this, it is not good to develop desires. [p. 35]

Who knows everything, will stay in society as an ignoramus. [p. 53, mod]

The seeker of Self-Knowledge can attain the divine Eye by five years, the practitioner of austerities can attain the divine Eye by six years, and the meditator, by eight years. [p. 43]

Whatever is heard without speech is called "Hearing" (Sruti) and to realize this is called Veda, or Realization. [p. 37]

The Kriya practice of a Vaisya beyond twenty-four years of age is not good. Generally, after this age practice is not good. [p. 43]

Listening to the sound of OM for a long time increases longevity. If the sound is not (loud) enough, then continue to listen to the previous sound. If the sound of OM is heard louder (than any other sound), then the sound of OM is transcended within a few days.

Whoever listens to the sound of OM without knowing this information is not practicing Kriya and is like a Sudra, a fourth grade seeker. [p. 56]

Great Beings who are liberated while living . . . Without seeing they see and without hearing they hear. [p. 36]

After having clarified butter (ghee), one should practice Kriya. ▫ By practice of Kriyas all can be known. ▫ What is heard without words or speech is called Hearing (Sruti). [p. 44, 35, 36]

Never be satisfied in seeing the gods (Devatas) and the ancestor (Pitri) [Kutastha]. [p. 46]

Practicing Pranayam in the Spine, will be simple and soft with no scratches.

In other words, it will be uniform and nice to look at. [p. 44]

Being kind to himself or herself while practicing Kriya, the seeker will attain highest Beatitude. ▫ If a Brahmana practices Kriya for sixteen years, then he loses his hair at the top of the head. [p. 47, 48]

During Kriya practice mentally chant OM. Later the sound of OM will be automatically heard. [p. 48]

To hold onto Oneness, being always with the Self, is called living in Brahma. [p. 53]

When the inner Self (Kutastha) is seen, while it is not seen, then, it is called "evening meditation". [p. 49]

At the After-effect-poise of Kriya everything becomes One automatically. This Knowledge is Power. And with the help of this Power, all mysterious things are known. [p. 52]

If one who does not practice Kriya asks something, the Yogi is advised to bypass this. [p. 54]

Bow, practice Omkar Kriyas and listen to the Omkar Sound. [p. 55]

Focus on Brahma in the sky and the void in the cloud, but the Spinal Cord is greatest. [p. 57]

If a Sudra sees the inner Self, he too, is great. [p. 57]

One should pave the way for one whose head is heavy, or who feels a veil-like sensation on the head [somehow] [p. 57]

One should pave the way for one whose tongue is raised into the upper cavity. [p. 58]

Pave the way for one who walks while practicing Kriya. [p. 58]

Know as counselor whoever teaches astrology, and imagination, giving special help on practical application, and how to perfectly enter the Kutastha. [p. 58]

One whose ears have become heavy by listening to the sound of OM , do not quarrel with him or her. [p. 58]

Light within bestows the Third Eye. ▫ The Sage does not exhibit miracles. [p. 58, 61]

Physically old, white-haired individuals who make various efforts in religion, among them the one who is realized is great. ▫ If the father of the boy is ignorant, and if that boy is the advisor, then that boy is the father. [p. 59, 60]

Whoever is considered old because he has white hair is not old. ▫ Intercourse between cows is worthless. ▫ A man who is impotent is worthless to a woman. [p. 60]

The Brahmana treats honor like poison. [p. 61]

One who is free from craving for honors, sleeps happily, and happily moves upon the Earth. But should a person insult him, that person faces destruction. [p. 61]

Seeing and hearing is the great austerity. [p. 61]

Avoid the house of the sinner. [p. 63]

Whether there is advice of the Guru or not, practice Kriya. ▫ Do not wait for the advice to practice Kriya. ▫ Learn, perfect lessons from the ignorant ▫ If one becomes proud, he becomes an insect. [p. 63, 68, 5]

As the realization advances, practice accordingly ▫ If one practices Kriya perfectly, then the practice ends eventually. [p. 67]

Accept a wife from an uncultured dynasty. ▫ Accept a good wife, purity and good artistic works. [p. 68, 69]

Listen to devotional music from the ignorant. [p. 68]

Chapter Three. Household lifestyle is good

The Realization of one who teaches Kriya should increase. Let him know more. [p. 73]

Household lifestyle is the best way of life. [p. 71]

To protect the inner Self, first the worship of gods is necessary. [p. 72]

Due to these five things - oven, broom, mortar, grinder and container of water - the householders should practice five actions everyday. [p. 70]

Place things on the earth carefully so that they do not fall. [p. 73]

Chapter Four: Always practice not climbing cows

Practice Kriya in the morning and evening. [p. 78]

Practice Yonimudra after practicing Kriyas. Then remain tranquil after the Kriya practice. [p. 76]

He who does not practice Kriya and does not stay raising the tongue kills his life by himself. [p. 79]

Certainly he who does not practice Kriya is unhappy, and he will always become a diseased and short-lived being. [p. 83]

The Kriya follower who wants to live long must raise the tongue by Kriya practice. [p. 79]

Do not give up practicing Kriya with expectations for results. [p. 76]

Always practice Kriya. [p. 80]

Go on practicing Kriya. [p. 80]

Do not climb on cows. [p. 81]

Practice Kriya with OM. [p. 82]

Whoever practices Kriya the right way is never destroyed. [p. 83]

By the practice of Kriya, the person becomes the supreme Being. [p. 87]

Sit on tranquilizing the Self in the heart. [p. 88]

Practicing Kriya is religion and all else is sub-religion. [p. 83]

Win the Sky and your body. [p. 85]

Bathe in a big water source. [p. 86]

When the cow is pregnant, it does not give milk, but eventually it gives milk. [p. 84]

Cut the hair and shave the beard and long hair which cause one to be ill and look ugly and remain tranquil. [p. 79]

The wealth of the non-religious and sinner is soon lost. [p. 84]

One should not donate to one who poses to be a meditator and religious while in fact this is not really so. [p. 85]

Do not make childish gestures with hands, legs and speech. [p. 85]

Chapter Five There is no fault in having sex unless . . .

At the After-effect-poise of Kriya, if one drinks and has sex, then there is no fault in these. [p. 90]

All can be eaten in order to live. [p. 89]

If it is desired by you, eat clarified butter, cakes, and animals, but do not eat meat in vain. [p. 89]

If the husband dies, then do not have sex with other men. [p. 90]

Chapter Six Kriya in your dreams and so on]

Practice Kriya of the Self. [p. 93]

Practice Kriya in sleep. [Yonimudra before going to sleep provides the capacity for it, it is held] [p. 94]

To practice Kriya in the Tranquil Air and then to practice Kriya when the power of Sky is tranquil is the end of Knowing. [p. 96]

The After-effect-poise of Kriya is Heaven, and Brahma. [p. 96]

Only wait for the time of leaving the body, as the servant waits for the Master. [p. 93]

Water does not become purified simply by uttering the name of the fruit Nirmali. [p. 94]

All these ten are signs of religion: Sincerity, forgiveness, courageousness, non-stealing, purity, restraint of the senses, intelligence, knowledge, truthfulness and non-anger. These are generated automatically by the practice of Kriya. [p. 97]

The household lifestyle is the greatest because the householder feeds those of the other three lifestyles (Brahmachari, Vanprasthi, and Vikshuka, or beggar). [p. 97]

Chapter Seven. The Stick that punishes and protects

The supreme Person is all radiant. [p. 98]

The fire of Brahma burns all. [p. 98]

Whoever does not meditate on the supreme Person faces death. [p. 98]

The Spine is the stick which is . . . the stick of energy of Brahma. [p. 100]

The Spinal Cord punishes and protects all. It is religion, Kriya. [p. 100]

All have won through the Stick. [p. 100]

All become ill when they enjoy this Stick through imagination. [p. 101]

Enjoyment (Kama) is increased by Kriya, while the person of attachment and narrow outlook is punished by the Stick. [p. 101]

Chapter Eight: We are deeply surveyed, and kriya yoga may be spontaneous too

People think that nobody has noticed whatever sin I have committed, but the supreme Person is seeing perfectly within. [p. 103]

Welfare comes through the practice of Kriya spontaneously (Kebala Kriya). [p. 103]

Self is eternally present within you as Tranquility. Remaining silent, He sees from within whatever you regard as holy or sin. [p. 103]

Chapter Nine. Four times a day

Practice Kriya four times a day and night. [p. 105]

By the practice of Kriya, one is enriched in this life as well as in the next life. [p. 106]

Chapter Twelve Hearing a religion is seeing the Eye, and let household life instruct you too

All-pervading Brahma embodies the supreme Person. [p. 115]

Somebody says that Brahma is "fire" because he destroys all things. [p. 116]

By Kriya practice, one attains Iswara. [p. 116]

To perceive Brahma in all, that Hearing is Seeing. [p. 113]

How can a religion have no name? [p. 113]

To stay at the After-effect-poise of Kriya is best of all. Then one attains the position of Eternity. [p. 109]

Those who have studied the scriptures are greater than the stupid. [p. 112]

By the strength of Saraswati (of absolute Knowledge, Music and Rhythm) all people are speaking. [p. 115]

He who has the power of holding the attention of the Eye and Penis between the eyebrows will overcome death. [p. 115]

There is no one except One. [p. 111]

There is no speed of energy. No one can go There by speed, power or energy. [p. 111]

One should perform one's Kriya according to the instructions of the ten civilized persons. They are Rik, Sama, Yaju, Sankhya, Nyaya, Mimangsa, scriptures of religion, and the three asrams or hermitages, household life, being a forest recluse, and student life in the hermitage. [p. 113-14]

"Who is the madman?"

The appropriate question is rather, "Who is the seeming madman?" It is the Creator of all beings, says Lahiri, and "He stays at the After-effect-poise of Kriya like one mad man not paying attention to His dress." [p. 153]

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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.

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