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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.


Knowledge of the Secret Self

The Self is super-Intelligence. - Lahiri Mahasaya

The Guru Gita consists of verses from the Skanda Upanishad. There are some hundred versions of the Guru Gita around. These Guru Gita commentaries were written by Lahiri Mahasaya and published by his disciple Panchanon Bhattacharya (1853–1919) (see p. 6).

You may ask, "Why did Shyama Lahiri put meanings into old Sanskrit works so as to speak about kriya yoga?" It is a good question.

Here are further extracts that speak of the Self. The page references are to the book shown at the bottom of the page. There is a link to a small yoga glossary in a corner. There, some yoga terms are explained, but not very many so far.


1. The Self is your Master

The Lord of this world is pure [Pure Stuff; i.e., Essence], and stays in the thousands petals of akshara (on the top of the head) - those are the letters of eternity. ⚶ The core of man (also called the atom, anu) is a part of the ultimate Self (God, Brahman). ⚶ The Breath of life or secret wind of life (Pranabayu [or "prana wind"]) is one of vitality. [P. 9; 7; 7]

The inner Self and supreme Self is your Master (Paramatman). ⚶ During [sound] kriya practice whatever form is formed is called Sri, inner Beauty. [Cf. p. 9; 7] (2)

2. Products of OM bow to the Self inside

Sages bow spontaneously to themselves. [Cf. p. 7]

In the vast kutastha is the supreme Person, the Self's form. ⚶ The physical body is the product of the sound of OM (Aum). [Cf. p. 8; and p 7] (4)

3. Self-seeing reaches far -

Hamsa [the swan] is also called Kilak. ⚶ By the calming Hamsa one is advised to bow automatically to Oneself. ⚶ OM is the essence. [Cf. p. 8; 8; 7]

The selves of Maya is the ultimate Self (Purna Brahman). [Cf. p. 9]

The secret Self sees everywhere. ⚶ The inner sound is always there. [Cf. p. 9 and P. 7] (6)


In Sum

  1. That the inward Self is the Supreme Self, is an Upanishad teaching.
  2. Spontaneity comes from the Personality and the Self within.
  3. The essence of Self-seeing is "everywhere", or better: transcends space.

Simple adages The inward Self is from the Self "everywhere".

Adi Shankara on the Self, Atman


Fools are they who are blind to the Self. - Shankara, attributed.

When the Great Reality [Brahman] is not known, the study of the scriptures is fruitless. When the Great Reality is known, the study of the scriptures is also fruitless. - Shankara

There is a self-existent Reality, which is the basis of our consciousness of ego. That Reality is the Witness of the state of ego consciousness and of the body. That Reality is the constant Witness in all three states of consciousness -- waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep. It is your real Self. That Reality pervades the universe. - Shankara

Timeless Awareness . . . knows all things. Witnesses all things, from the ego to the body. It is the Witness of pleasure and pain and the sense objects. This is your real Self. the Supreme Being, the Ancient. - Shankara

The Self is perpetual bliss. - Shankara



Owing to the diversity of intellects, the Self is conventionally spoken of in various ways. - Shankara

The unconditioned self shines by its own light. - Shankara

The body, senses, mind and consciousness, carry on by depending on the consciousness of the self. - Shankara

Being, consciousness, bliss, eternity and absoluteness are the very nature of the self. - Shankara

The unconditioned self should be understood as "I am Brahman." - Shankara

Contemplate the one self that is like unlimited space. - Shankara

The self is ever with us. - Shankara

Pervading and illumining the whole perceived world inwardly and outwardly, Brahman shines by itself. - Shankara

What else, indeed, is the individual soul except you alone. You who question me, "Who am I," are Brahman itself. - Shankara

The self is the witness and the knower. - Shankara

Bliss unsurpassed, reality, knowledge, and existence - 'that' is spoken of as the Supreme Self. - Shankara

You who are most intelligent! Spend your time in realising the self. - Shankara



The intentness of the soul on its own nature . . . may be called intentness on the reality of the Self. - Shankara

Freedom is won by a perception of the Self's oneness with the Eternal. - Shankara

There is a certain selfhood wherein the sense of "I" forever rests; who witnesses the three modes of being. - Shankara

[Source, and much more]


Lahiri Mahasaya rendered, Literature  

Satyeswarananda, Swami, tr. Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasay Vol. I: The Gitas: The Vedic Bibles. Guru Gita. Omkar Gita. Abadhuta Gita. Kabir Gita. 2nd rev. ed. San Diego: The Sanskrit Classics, 1992.

Vyasa, trad. author Sri Guru Gita. Ahmedabab, Gujarat: Sant Shri Asharam Ji Ashram, 2017. ⍽▢⍽ The Guru Gita is said to have been composed by Vyasa. There are several versions of the Guru Gita, from around 100 to over 400. The text is believed to be part of the large Skanda Purana: three chapters in it make up the Guru Gita. (Wikipedia, "Guru Gita").

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