The Hidden Light, the Hidden Depth, the Silent Sound - are words for Old Gold (Self)
The Self is all, and thus the hidden depth of all.*
A Tranquil Self may be present in beings unknown to them [cf. v. 10].
Inner sounds appear and fade as you progress on the Deep Inner Way to Selfsameness
Inner sounds can be heard [cf. v. 4].
The inner light is a dazzling bright white light [cf. v. 13]
The ultimate Self is of pervading Essence too
Spiritually, "Vishnu" is the state of eternal Tranquillity [cf. v. 2]
By pranayama, the ultimate Self is realised [v. 7]. [Pranayama is one avenue; meditation encompasses more than that, and confluence at the centre, Deep Mind, or Atman.]
Two famous scholars were to decide whether Ramakrishna was an avatar or not. While the first pandit and his company discussed the question, Ramakrishna sat in their middle like a child, immersed in his own thoughts, sometimes smiling, sometimes chewing a pinch of spices from a pouch.
Soon one of the pandits arose to declare that he agreed completely with the view that what Ramakrishna had reportedly experienced was a certain sign of God manifestating in someone. The assembled people were struck dumb. Ramakrishna said: "Just fancy, he too says so! Well, I am glad to learn that, after all, it is not a disease."
A few days later the other pundit arrived, another meeting was held, and he too agreed with the view that Ramakrishna was an Avatar. The second pandit added, "I am fully convinced that you are that Mine of Spiritual Power . . . in the form of an Incarnation . . . I feel it in my heart and I have the scriptures on my side."
"Well," Ramakrishna said, "it is you who say so; but, believe me, I know nothing about it."
Two scholars agreed, but their Divine Incarnation knew nothing about it at that time.
Years later, when two of his householder disciples openly spoke of him as a Divine Incarnation and the matter was reported to him, he said, "What do they know about Incarnations?"
[Contracted. (The full story in context)]
❋ "It takes one to know one" - or maybe a well studied person, according to "You don't have to be ill to be a doctor."
❋ Ramakrishna had had many experiences that he told of, and others made sense of them as best they could: the uneducated said "crazy", and the educated reached other conclusions. Sri Ramakrishna (1836–86) emphasised God-realisation [Self-realisation] as the supreme goal of all living beings.
Aiyar, K Narayanasvami, tr. Thirty Minor Upanishads. Madras: K. N. Ayar, 1914. ⍽▢⍽ These translated selected texts are about yogic philosophy and practices. A Dhyanabindu 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 Dhyanabindu 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).
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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