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FIRST ALERT: Sri Brahmananda Saraswari, who was the Shankaracharya of Northern India, does not find repetition of OM fit for all in the householder stage of life. In such cases, meditation on OM "does not give good effects, it will be responsible for decline and misfortune," he says. (Mason 2009, p. 323-24).

To the degree that meditation on the mantra OM takes one toward becoming a world-renouncer, it may be much unfit for others. The Transcendental Meditation movement evolved from what Sri Brahmananda taught Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. TM has many researched, ◦substantial effects to show for it too. Count that essential point in. Better check which meditation methods work best among those that actually work - and how. [More about "best in test"]

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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 Amritabindu Upanishad

The source of the renderings is a book translated and edited by Swami Satyeswarananda (1992) below.

LoSome teach others to tune in to the OM sound and listen to it. But where is the evidence that it pays for others than world-forsakers?

In and through deep-going, homeward-turning prana-currents a red ruby (chintamanya) is seen as you keep gazing upwards [cf. v. 36].

By looking at the atom of the ultimate Self, the past, future and present and all who are in Brahma (God) can be known [v. 1].

If the tiny star in middle of the Third Eye (funnel) is seen and later bursts - voila, the Old Heart! [cf. v. 26].

In anger, some fall into hell, whatever is meant by that here [One loses the hold of the Self and moves away form the Self - so anger can be quite dangerous.] [cf. v. 27].

One is to renounce the fear of seeing something [cf. v. 27]. (2)

Vishnu is that after-effect poise of kriya [If you do not perform kriya, Vishnu is still Vishnu, many might tell you - Thus, Lahiri gives a kriya related definition of a god that hundreds of millions think is the all-pervading essence of all beings, the master of the past, present and future and beyond past, present, and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within, as the preserver of the universe." See Wikipedia, s.v. "Vishnu" for more.] [cf. v. 2].

Within five months of sincere kriya practice, the practitioner willl become powerful like the gods and will get mysterious powers. [Such powers could even be so mysterious that others never detect them - You may have found few of that kind if they also have learnt to hide their mysterious sides. The advice: Do not believe a lot. Good meditation practice in time rides above enticements.] [cf. v. 29].

LoThe yoga states are mystic states, and far from easy to relate to outsiders

In natural bliss that wells up, you renounce doing kriya [cf. v. 3].

The entry into the ultimate Self is the door of liberation [cf. v. 26].

LoThe goddess of knowledge is of the Self also

Inside the spine is the goddess of knowledge and rhythms, Aing, also called Saraswati [cf. v. 30].


In Sum

  1. One thing is chanting the mantra OM. Another thing is to hear it within oneself. A third thing is to drop these practices for the higher yoga training. And to harmonise well is no mistake either. Through meditation we may enrich ourselves in many ways. There is much research on ◦Transcendental Meditation to confirm it. Hold on to that idea.

    However, if you hear a sound that you like to think is OM, don't despair . . . Relax and cope and grow in understanding. And if you should find you possess occult powers and start seeing subtle things and shapes or forms, still don't despair. . . . You may even try to work with your extraordinary potential, the powers that you sense and may learn to wield carefully. If so, try go get documentation of it, just in case -.

  2. The inner yoga states are as mystic states as good sleep, and far from easy to relate to unless there is some awareness intact.
  3. The goddess of knowledge is of the Self also.
In nuce The way is to sit and improve by a good meditation method. It will normally be followed by improved understanding, shows research on TM (Transdendental Meditation). And mystic states can also cause deep knowledge to flow, says Buddha.


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. An Ambritabindu Upanishad translation is among them. There are recent reprint editions of Aiyar's book.

Deussen, Paul, tr. Sixty Upanishads of the Veda. Vols 1-2. Varanasi: Banarsidass, 1980. ⍽▢⍽ Here is an English translation of the Amritabindu Upanishad, and an introduction and notes. The author was a German Indologist and professor of Philosophy at University of Kiel, one of "immense, perceptive, and meticulous" scholarship (Wikipedia).

Mason, Paul. 108 Discourses of Guru Dev: The Life and Teachings of Swami Brahmananda Saraswati, Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath (1941-53). Vol 1. Penzance, Cornwall: Premanand, 2009.

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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