The following maxims are aligned to Lahiri Mahasaya's sayings by the Niralamba Upanishad. Book references of the verses are near the bottom of the page (Satyeswarananda 1992).
1. Let the caste become the ultimate Self
Aham Brahmasmi ("I am Brahman")
This is a mahavakya (a Great Vedic Saying in the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad 1.4.10, where a sage states: "This (self) was indeed Brahman in the beginning; It knew only Itself as, "I am Brahman". Therefore It became all; and whoever among the gods knew It also became That; and the same with sages and men." - (Brihadaranyaka Upanishad I.iv.10). (See WP "Aham Brahma asmi")
The caste is something imagined [cf. v. 8]. (2)
2. The Self is the Ultimate
The Self is beyond all signs or titles - true and real [v. 1; 11].
3. To make and give gifts to the Self is the highest art there is. You are not deceived that way
Suffering is not to hold onto the Self [v. 19]. ✪
In deep knowledge is bliss hidden [cf. Mahavakya 3].
Tat tvam asi, That you are, occurs in the Chandogya Upanishad 6.8.7. The saying is interpreted differently in the main Vedanta schools. Advaita takes it to mean that the Self, Atman, is Ultimate Reality, Brahman. (See WP, Tat Tvam Asi").
In deep meditation, deep and crooked sayings disappear, and deceptions fall off in time too.
1. Self is also one's Self Beyond
Heaven and great happiness is from the Self. (V. 75)
Heaven is to hold onto the true Self. (V. 75)
2. The worthy may get wiser by several means
Pay attention to what is worthy and get wiser thereby. The imagination is man's highest faculty. (cf. v. 75) ◇
The everyday self may benefit from imagination. Consider:
Imagination is far from being a false and deceptive faculty. It is exactly the most accurate and truth-telling factulty which the human mind posseses. It is all the more truth-telling because in its work, much vain can be crushed. - Zoroaster, cf. Surti 1981, 36]
Aiyar, K Narayanasvami, tr. Thirty Minor Upanishads. Madras: K. N. Ayar, 1914. ⍽▢⍽ These translated selected texts are about yogic philosophy and practices. A translation of the Niralamba Upanishad is also there. Recent reprint editions of Aiyar's book exist.
Satyeswarananda, Swami, tr. Complete Works of Lahiri Mahasay Vol. III: The Upanisads: The Vedic Bibles. San Diego: The Sanskrit Classics, 1992.
Surti, B. 1981. Thus Spake Zarathushtra. 2nd ed. Madras: Ramakrishna.
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