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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.


Guru Gita Glimpses

- based on Lahiri Mahasaya's Guru Gita Commentary.

Not a few religions tell of a great contentment to get attuned to or to work to attain. By hearing and attuning to a particular sound and the area between the eyebrows, this contentment may be had by stages. It comes by diving into a sesame seed -

Lo Hear OM in the essential calmness

Don't tell the liberating message to anyone that is disrespectful, naughty, atheistic, or demoniac. ⚶ Do not give the liberating message to any emotionalist or "worshipper of Vishnu". [Cf. v. 109; 107]

The essence of whatever exists is nectar, that is, sweet tranquillity. ⚶ Beyond one's Self there is nothing to experience. [Cf. v. 34; 37]

Listen how to get bliss, enjoyment, happiness and liberation. ⚶ The holy scriptures are all polluted. [Cf. v. 46; 7-8]

The sound of OM can and should be heard. ⚶ The One (God) is eternal (Nitya). [Cf. v. 31; 48]

The ultimate Self is pure. In it the gods live. ⚶ Friends, relatives, father, mother, modify the One Self for sure. [Cf. v. 96-97; 102]

The whole world is the sign of a Self. ⚶ Who criticises the Self goes deep down into hell. ⚶ This world is the ocean of hell. [V. 67; 58; 23-24]

Inner knowledge is a Form [modification] of God. ⚶ A spot the size of a thumb is seen in the area above the eyebrows. ⚶ The Lord is the size of a thumb at the heart. [Cf. v. 48; 72; 70] (2)

Work while holding onto the Self. ⚶ Make japa and hold on to the after-effect poise of kriya. [Cf. v. 42; 14]

One who has been cursed, can be saved by the ultimate Self - or Guru - that is, (someone of) the highest state of Consciousness. [Cf. v. 62, 64]

Spontaneity is without sound. ⚶ It should be all right to increase the life-length. [Cf. v. 71; 91]

The omniscient state is finer than water and subtler than smoke. ⚶ You can tell well for general benefit. [Cf. v. 27; 81]

The kingly Essence reveals. ⚶ Tremendous Bliss (God) is very kind. ⚶ "The tree of eternal life" - truth and consciousness - can be said to wear white clothes (exist in the white inner Light). #56; 50-52; 50-52]

LoMany religions tell of a great contentment

The seeker's dream life improves till he stops having bad dreams. ⚶ Listen to the inner sound [of a muffled hammer] - this is the main worship. ⚶ Hamsa is the subtle state of tranquillity itself. [Cf. v. 89; 11; v74]

Eternally pure sunya ("emptiness") brings Ravishing Bliss. ⚶ Self-devotion is very rare, for sure. [Cf. v. 49; 101]

The Self contains many religions too. ⚶ When you instruct others in the higher yogas and their adjoined ways of living, do it secretly. [Cf. v. 100; 106]

The ultimate Self is the size of a sesame seed in the area between the eyebrows. ⚶ One is to attune to and next hold onto main effects of the liberated state. [Cf. v. 72; 38]

Give just the cream teachings. ⚶ and do not lie [Cf. v. 82; 60 (4)]

Freedom and other, far lower successes comes by steadfast sincerity, by reading, listening, and writing, and so on. ⚶ He who chants [very fruitfully] should be pure and a man of wisdom (jnani), and seeing him should stop reincarnation. [Cf. v. 82; 98]

My Self is in the world, and yet separate from it. ⚶ One is to know how to serve the Self. [v. 36; cf. v. 44]

The inner sky of the heart is crystal pure. ⚶ Sweet and delightful calm will bring contentment. [Cf. v. 69; 34]

Sincerity inwards is a great sacrifice (tapa). ⚶ All austerities (tapas) are fruitless. Do not doubt this, it is certain. [Cf. v. 100; v9]

Neither the cravingly rich nor the unfortunate practice kriya. ⚶ The seeker can enchant. He becomes dear to the gods and the king. [Cf. v. 103; 87]

The Self is soundless spontaneity. ⚶ The spontaneous state may not be explainable. [Cf. v. 71; 71]

The Witness of all is just above your eyes. [Cf. v. 48]

LoThe Self-Well remains on high

"As you attain realization, act in accordance with your Realization.". ⚶ "If the seeker can practice Kriya just three times being perfectly detached, he can attain liberation". [V. 14; 91]

Jolly good kriya practice can remove great fear. ⚶ Kundalini moves in a subtle way. [Cf. v. 112; 74]

One who is at one with the ultimate Self has no basic inner sufferings. Where he is, that place becomes holy after some time. ⚶ One meditates well and absolute Knowledge is gained, and also being unfettered. [Cf. v. 75-78; 55]

The area between the eyebrows is the Central Heart in one of its modifications. ⚶ The highest Bliss (Brahmananda) is the giver of gladness. [Cf. v. 72; 48]

The ultimate Self is present in all - in heaven, on earth, or below. ⚶ There is nothing except . . . [V. 29; 6]

You can tell this message to those who are extremely calm and also respectful. They can be qualified for learning kriya. ⚶ It is a boon to gain both dharma (righteousness), artha (wealth here and beyond), kama (lust, joy), and moksha (freedom). [Cf. v. 108; 92]

"All those who do not hold onto the Self dwell in darkness." [V. 26] (6) MM


IN SUM The steps upward are:

  1. Hear OM in the essential calmness.
  2. Many religions tell of a great contentment to attune oneself to or link up with. Through yoga self-help you can do it, many are eager to tell.
  3. The Self as a tunnel (a well) remains on high.

Simple adages Hear OM by being shown how to do it. Attune yourself to it, and get more content through it. Then, by degrees you may see the third eye and notice it is a tunnel to plumb as you care.

Reraking: Strange-looking sayings abound

I tell you that there is nothing except Self (also called Guru). ⚶ Only through the grace of Guru is it possible to master all of the Mudras ["holdings"]. [6, 37, 40]

Whatever is told is not (the ultimate Self) because the ultimate Self is inexplicable and cannot be expressed by words. ⚶ The Self, that is, Guru, is Omnipresent. ⚶ Apart from the ultimate Self, there is nothing. [42, 40, 57]

Practice Kriya in accordance with whatever the Self-Guru shows. ⚶ Remember the white Light (Jyoti) in the head. ⚶ Practicing Kriya and eventually holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya removes all sins, worries, and poverty. It prevents premature death and all other distress automatically. [What is spoken for is presumably Self-realisation "at the end of that graded kriya trail". Seeing is believing.] [56, 53, 85]

If someone is cursed by the gods and the sages, then the Self-Guru can save him. ⚶ Other than the ultimate Self, there is nothing. [62, 75]

By Kriya practice, devotion (Bhakti) is generated and his works become successful [and] bad dreams are destroyed, and instead he sees good dreams. [89]

The influences of the Guru Gita remove all sorrows . . . and the seeker achieves Dharma, Artha, Kama) and Moksa [The four key life goals of Hindus are righteous ways, proper religion (Dharma), wealth and plenty, Oneness-realization (Artha), pleasure, good lust, joy (Kama), and liberation (Moksa). Seeing is believing.] [92]

There is nothing like the Guru Gita. [Although there are better things . . . Be duly informed: Many Indian works are extreme self-boasters that promise you "the world" if you pay attention to them.] [99]


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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