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Effected by the Niralamba-Upanishad ☼

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.

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Effected by the Niralamba-Upanishad ☼

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]

Imagination, its true force lies in its marvellous insight and foresight. . . . Good poets . . . can assist seeing into the heart of things by this marvellous faculty of imagination. - Zoroaster, cf. Surti 1981, 36-7]

Imagination is more important than knowledge. - Albert Einstein

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. - Albert Einstein

Imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research. - Albert Einstein


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 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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