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The Vatican Council exhorts all members to recognise, preserve and promote the good things in Hinduism. This is a serious matter, made official through the "Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions. Nostra Aetate". There is much to consider in the light of Buddha's glorious Kalama Sutta too, where you are taught how to benefit from sagacious doubts. And the Vatican Council wants all members to recognise, preserve and promote the good things in Buddhism too [More from the Vatican Council].

Yoga terms: There is a link - 'Words' - to a little glossary on any of these pages.

Source(s) include texts translated by Swami Satyeswarananda. The renderings here hardly make the translation in a context redundant, but are designed to serve as an introduction to yoga teachings within Sanatan Dharma, also called Hinduism.

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Tejabindu Upanisad Essentials

Here is inspiration rooted in Lahiri Mahasaya's Commentary on the Tejabindu Upanisad. The references are to the book at the bottom of the page. On the page is a link to a yoga glossary, called 'Words' here. Several yoga terms are briefly explained there.

By practicing kriya one can realize the spirit in the breath (prana, or calm "air") [cf. p. 21n].

The essence is: The ultimate Self of kriya is all the world. The ultimate Self is also Pure and Highest Wisdom. Highest, Pure World - that is all there is.

LoThe Highest State lies in remaining aware of the ultimate Self as Pure Wisdom and so on - inside first

[Great] calm is like a felt Void, and Brahman is ultimate [cf. p. 22].

One is to hold on to the formless state that grows (is gained) beyond Voidness. [cf. p. 22].

The waves (commotion) of the heart are called chitta vritti [cf. p. 20].

Seeker, nothing is apart from the ultimate Self [cf. p. 17].

In meditation, prana becomes "food" [nourishment] too [cf. p. 11]. (2)

The individual self is joyful when he finds the supreme Being. When he goes beyond it in calm, there is no trace of supreme Being and no sense of Joy. The state is beyond the Highest Happiness and Eternal Peace. [cf. p. 16-17, 20, 22, 14].

The ultimate Self is also pure Wisdom (Jnana) [cf. p. 24].

One who practices kriya sincerely, has to transcend the expectations of results from doing kriya [cf. p. 12]. [Some nuances to this should not escape us]

LoThe ultimate Self is all there is

Great calm is the establishment of the eternally true Self [cf. p. 20 Brahman is the ultimate Self [cf. p. 12].

All the world is the ultimate Self [cf. p. 20].

Sincerity grows through holding on to the inner Self [cf. p. 22].

Atman is Jiva. Jiva achieving Deep Calm becomes the supreme Self [cf. p. 6]. (4)

One feels void; there is no vision of a Void [cf. p. 22].

In great calm, the intellect is poised in inner Wisdom ⚶ Guru and Bramha become just One. p 13, 18].

A Mahasaya [large-minded one] is poised in inner Wisdom [cf. p. 11].

LoSelfhood is devoid of all sense of liberation

One is to accept Oneself by Oneself ⚶ One should train oneself and see the Self in the medulla region through the area between the eyebrows somehow - by practice [cf. p. 19, 9].

The highest attainment is Selfhood ⚶ The state of Awareness that essential calm is based on, is called the "container" [cf. p. 15, 16].

To attain santa (peace; or deep calm and bliss), is to attain calm. Santa may evolve into eternal bliss beyond that poise [cf. p. 8n].

The state of Deep (Interiorised) Mind (Deep Consciousness) in the ultimate Self is free from all sense of liberation, honour and dishonour [cf. p. 24].

There are no purposes or visions when the state of anger (krodha) is overcome [cf. p. 12]. (6) ✪ 

"Highest" often denotes "secret" by these avenues [cf. p. 14].


Iin Sum

  1. To keep one's soul and mind very pure is important. The body should be fitly clean too.
  2. All there is all the universe.
  3. Your selfhood is not for notions like "highest attainments". Make do with going forth and going on in exemplary, fit ways, therefore. You can train yourself. That is much a part of it.

Simple adages To keep one's soul intact is "all the world" to oneself. That is exemplary.


Lahiri Mahasaya rendered, Literature  

Aiyar, K Narayanasvami, tr. Thirty Minor Upanishads. Madras: K. N. Ayar, 1914. ⍽▢⍽ These translated selected texts are about yogic philosophy and practices. A Tejabindu Upanishad translation is among them. There are recent reprint editions of Aiyar's book.

Deussen, Paul, tr. Sixty Upanishads of the Veda. Vols 1-2. Varanasi: Banarsidass, 1980. ⍽▢⍽ Here is an English translation of the Tejabindu Upanishad, and an introduction and notes. The author was a German Indologist and professor of Philosophy at University of Kiel, one of "immense, perceptive, and meticulous" scholarship (Wikipedia).

Satyeswarananda, Swami, tr. Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasay Vol. III: The Upanisads: The Vedic Bibles. San Diego: The Sanskrit Classics, 1992.

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