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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.

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Related to the Niralamba-Upanishad

The following maxims are aligned to Lahiri Mahasaya's commentary on the Niralamba Upanishad. All stand out in the work that you find references to near the bottom.

LoYou should learn to drop the imagined caste for the sake of your individual Self

Let the individual self become the ultimate Self [cf. Great Vedic Saying 4].

The caste is something imagined [cf. v. 8]. (2)

LoAn ego floats beyond. Inside it is the true and real Self. That is the teaching

Heaven is to hold onto the true Self [v. 20].

The great cosmic ego is floating in all kinds of reasonings [cf. v. 2].

It should be worth while paying attention to what brings benefits (i.e., righteousness) [cf. v. 27]. (4)

The Self is beyond all signs or titles [cf. v. 1].

The ultimate Self is true and real [v. 11].

LoTo make and give gifts to the Self is the highest art there is. You are not deceived that way

Hell is to hold onto the not-self [v. 21].

Bondage consists also of making gifts with expectations of results [cf. v. 16].

Suffering is not to hold onto the Self [v. 19]. ✪ 

In deep knowledge is bliss hidden [cf. Great Vedic Saying 3].

The Self is Surya - all [cf. v. 7].


In Sum

  1. Some Vedic sayings may not suit lots of people perfectly today.
  2. The real Self is deep inside.
  3. The Self is not fully deceived by art unless art influences it too much.

In nuceIn deep contemplation, try to drop deep sayings, and then deceptions may fall off too.

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Wisdom Related to the Niralamba-Upanishad

LoSelf is also Beyond-Self

Wise is he who knows his Self in all beings. ⚶ Heaven and great happiness is from the Self. #74-75

The individual self and the ultimate Self: One. ⚶ The Self is true and real. #76, 74

The Self is beyond all signs and titles, and is floating inside all kinds of reasoning. ⚶ Bondage includes making gifts with expectation of results. #72, 74

The ultimate Self is all. #73

Heaven is to hold onto the true Self. 75

LoTry to get sensibly aware of maya in the imagination

It should bring benefit to pay attention to what is worthy. , #75


In Sum

  1. Everyday selves are also Mayic constructs.
  2. One should profit from deep knowledge, including great awareness of maya within the imagination and fancying.
  3. Much that is fancied or imagined holds dangers.
In nuce The everyday self should profit from deep imagination. Autosuggestion and certain Zen outlets, like judo, go for that.


Lahiri Mahasaya rendered, 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.

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