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Tejabindu Upanisad Linked ☼

Below are gleanings from Lahiri Mahasaya's commentary on the Tejabindu Upanisad. The page numbers are from Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasay Vol. III, from 1992.

1. The 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]

2. The 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].

3. Selfhood 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].


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


Shyama Lahiri study, Lahiri Mahasaya rendered teachings, 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).

Olivelle, Patrick, tr. comm. 1998. The Early Upanisads: Annotated Text and Translation. New York: Oxford University Press. ⍽▢⍽ 12 Upanishads are included.

⸻. 2005. Manu's Code of Law; A Critical Edition and Translation of the Manava-Dharmashastra. New York: Oxford University Press.

⸻. tr. and comm. 1992. Samnyasa Upanisads: Hindu Scriptures on Asceticism and Renunciation. New York: Oxford University Press. ⍽▢⍽ Includes 18 Upanishads.

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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