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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 Dhyanabindu Upanishad

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

LoThe 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].

LoInner 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]

LoThe 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.]


In Sum

  1. The Hidden Light, the Hidden Depth, the Silent Sound - such hints may make sense to accomplished yogis - or not. It depends. There is a story from the life of Ramakrishna where two famous scholars declared he was an avatar (godman), and he said, "Believe me, I know nothing about it." (See a short form of the story below).
  2. Inner sounds appear and fade as you progress on the Deep Inner Way to Selfsameness.
  3. The ultimate Self is of pervading Essence. The question is what to do with it.
In nuce Some terms or wordings of accomplished yogis may be understood somehow by accomplished yogis, whose progress in deep meditation makes terms fade, and pervasive Essence manifest. However, other things could happen too:

Ramakrishna Gold

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.


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 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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