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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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Guru Nanak's Japji

Japji Sahib is a Sikh prayer composed by Guru Nanak (1469–1539). It consists of some forty stanzas. It appears as the first part of the Guru Granth Sahib, the holy text of Sikhism. Guru Nanak words are found in 974 poetic hymns in the Guru Granth Sahib.

Pae references in the following texts are to Lahiri Mahasaya's commentary to the Japji as they appear in Hidden Wisdom (1986).

LoSo many scriptures fail to describe Unthinkable Mind (Essence)

Everybody thinks of Him according to the intelligence He Himself has given them. [You can meditate to improve your understanding and intelligence score, shows TM research.] [cf 187, 188]

The inexplicable may be even wonderfully compared to this and that, to be repented later. [cf 191 ]

Many individual beings (jivas) enjoy the fruits of their actions on this earth. [cf 190]

The Self is not had by a show of flowery descriptions. He is Intelligence and the Sky. All the scriptures fail to describe Him. [cf 186-87]

Highest Happiness - it is the ultimate Self - can be had on a righteous and fit path. Do what is heart-righteous, then. [cf 185]

Seekers remain ignorant. [cf 182]

The ultimate Self is Unthinkable ⚶ Stick to awareness of Oneness. [cf 179, 192]

Everybody is attached to getting results of their actions ⚶ Let the seeking self merge in Oneness. [cf 191, 183]

It may be difficult to observe actions inside the deep mind. [Be astute for it.] [cf 187.]

Time (Kala) cannot swallow the realised one. [cf 181]

LoYou may or should analyse supreme faults in order to avoid them

The supreme Lord-Self, Bhagavan. [cf 183.]

One should analyse one's own faults [181] [But avoid grasping at thistles if there is something better you can do. It is better to aim for seeking good fortune, for life and growth within, for getting trustworthy enough, for feasting, and also getting good fortune, and sometimes explore somewhat too - and not be ridden by bandits.]

Analyse faults in introspective sittings [might be possible, and perhaps of some help, eventually].

The ultimate Self observes and is joyful. In Him is the whole universe. [cf 191]

The inner Self is found between the eyebrows [and other places also], and lives in Superintelligence (parabuddhi) [cf 180, 181]

The end of kriya practise is something inexplicable. [cf 178] [So do not get caught in flowery descriptions of it, then, he also says.]

Since the end cannot be explained, better refrain.

LoFar and wide the Deep Sea should be from the heart

The Self is a Great Donor of many kindnesses. [cf 187]

The ultimate Self is like the sea. All the gems, diamonds, and powers reside in It. [cf 187]

Kindness starts the righteous fare far and wide. [cf 183]

The sea-like kindness starts deep inside and works its way out. Your goodnesses should be based on a similar basis - first awakening and self-service, next concern for the dear ones and so on, but not to your deep loss, as that can be avoided.

Being righteous is above most religious convictions. [cf 191] ✪ 

One makes clothes clean by washing off the dirt. [186]

The ultimate Self cannot be determined by argument. [187] (7)

Self is the essence of everything. [cf 178]

The essence of everything resides within the heart, or is anchored there.

To know nothing is in fact knowing. (Paradox) [184] (8)

To know nothing [in contemplative states] is a fruit of yoga practice. There are other fruits too.

Gist

In Sum

  1. Many scriptures fail to describe Unthinkable Mind (Essence) very well. Much that is stemming from Padmasambhava, also called Guru Rinpoche, is an exception to that.
  2. It could be wise to analyse supreme faults in order to avoid them. Tibetan wisdom teachings seek to do that too.
  3. Far and wide the Deep Sea should be from the heart of everything.

In nuce Many scriptures fail to analyse the Deep Sea (Deep Mind) as Guru Rinpoche has done.

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Lahiri's Japji

The Japji at the bottom of the Japji Commentary by Lahiri is a song by Guru Nanak (1469-1539), founder of Sikhism. Guru Nanak’s teachings are found in the Sikh scripture Guru Granth Sahib, which is a large collection of verses. The Japji appears in the beginning of it.

What Nanak writes differs considerably from Lahiri's commentary, also when Lahiri seems to render him. For example, Nanak says "Nanak, the devotees are always blissful," whereas kriya devotees are not just that, according to Lahiri, but are rather striving for bliss from time to time several times a day, and then holding on to it as much as can be.

As he is wont to do, Lahiri talks of kriya through books that seldom or never deal with kriya at all. A piece of advice: "Do not think Lahiri renders a source verbatim and faithfully. What he keeps at for the most time is talking about many things "in the light of kriya". There are rarely verbatim quotations from those books that he "talks behind," so to speak. That peculiarity needs to be pointed out.

As for what follows, just be entertained. What you encounter are Lahiri abstracts.

If other persons set out to write a lot about things they said they could not really write about, I would think they aimed too high. However, poetry may reach towards many insights that are difficult to verbalise without imagery, allusions, and the other tools of poetry. Be that as it may, here are more Lahiri thoughts rendered and sorted:

The ultimate Self is Inexplicable. (Lahiri] ⚶ It is in vain to write and to say something about which is inexplicable . . . What else can be said? [Panchanan Bhattacharya, publisher] [179, 176]

LoSelf is Ultimate Superintelligence at the speed of speedlessness

When the individual self (Jivatma) is merged in the supreme Self (Paramatma), or ultimate Self, then who will speak to whom? [179)

He who holds the mind in the [Brahma] Mind enters into Superintelligence (Parabuddhi). (182)

Kriya takes the person to Happiness, to the house of the Lord through inner Beauty. (181)

Devotees who hold onto the pure ultimate Self at the After-effect-poise of Kriya are pleased and sing of His Glories. (188)

Nanak says, "He Himself is Himself - always Sarya (Truth), the ultimate Self." [188)

That Self is Truth and His manifestation is the Truth. (190)

Nanak says, "He is the best of all." [188)

Omkar is heard, and in that Sound ten types of sounds are heard, like the sound of a honey drunken fly, flute, sitar, ringing bell, thunder, a roar like a lion, the beating of brass plates, conch, small drum and the beating of a big drum. These ten types of sounds are felt with a feeling of fainting. (188)

There are countless Bhaktas, and there are countless qualities (gunas). (185)

One who makes Japa of the Lord, sees the Lord at a distance, and one who meditates sees that he himself is everything. (180)

He stays in Voidness in a subtle way. The ultimate Self can expand to the extreme subtleties. (187)

On holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya, energy is generated. One who has achieved that energy achieves a very tranquil nature. (191)

The ultimate Self is all-pervading. The Self is all-pervading. Therefore, He is Truth. ⚶ The Lord Himself is Brahma, the ultimate Self. And that name is Truth (Satya). ⚶ Brahma, the ultimate Self, lives in Superintelligence (Parabuddhi). (178, 180, 181)

One should bathe in Kutastha. (186] (2)

Even the Yogi cannot know that the speed of Brahma is infinite, and so is it that of mind. ⚶ One who wants to tell the speed of the mind, must say, "I have seen nothing." ⚶ If the mind stays within the mind by the practice of Kriya, then one achieves the speed of Speedlessness. (182] [Ask yourself: "What does it mean?")

LoThe highest attainment lies at the heart, where the Self can be lost and gained

One who has attained [the Great] Knowledge is a free man. Naturally by His Order the moon, sun, earth, water, fire, air and ether function according to their quality. This is natural. (179)

Nobody can focus day and night without the proper Concept (Dharana). ⚶ Brahma is the highest attainment. ⚶ The highest Happiness state one cannot indicate, yet Tranquility (Sthiti) is there. (180, 188, 185] (4)

One achieves the eightfold yogic powers when he holds onto the ultimate Self, Brahma. (189)

One has to imagine what a burden, or weight, rests on the atom of Brahma, or the ultimate Self. ⚶ How can one feel suffering when the mind is dissolved? [in Brahma] [183)

The Siddhas, Sadhus and those who have attained the state of Samadhi are all singing at their heart. (188)

To know nothing is in fact knowing [as] no object is the object [184)

LoThe realization of Self generates glories and mirth

The ultimate Self is detached in character, Detached or Uncontaminated. ⚶ "Whatever is being, is being naturally and spontaneously, and in all naturalness he sees Brahma, the ultimate Self." [Lahiri appears to quote Nanak] [179, 180)

Kindness is the root of Dharma, or righteousness. ⚶ Righteousness, or religion, starts from kindness. (184, 183)

Many people are roaming here and there for nothing. Their minds are never at rest and never achieve the Realization of the ultimate Self. (185)

Stay where you are, [and in that] you are like the inner Self. ⚶ The ignorant stay deep down in darkness. (185)

The intellectual only knows how to describe in vain with flowery words. (186)

There are many Krisnas and Brahmas (Creators), in the ultimate Self, or Brahma. There are many Indras, suns, Mandals (solar systems) and Desas (countries). There are many realized Sages. There are many eggs (Andas) and trees (Udbhidas), and there are many kinds of words and stories. And there are many more. (191)

When one reaches the Stability state, it generates beauty. (183)

Without achieving Oneness with the Lord, the body remains like a chaste girl. (189)

By His Grace many mysterious things are seen. (188] (6)

Everything is happening at the desire of the desireless ultimate Self. ⚶ One becomes a man of higher Consciousness or of lower consciousness according to the quality of his own actions. ⚶ The individual self becomes the ultimate Self, and He is Truth (Satya). (179, 179, 178)

If one prays, one cannot receive the mysterious energy called Daibi Prakriti. ⚶ The Mind connects the seeker with righteousness. ⚶ The mind [deep inside] is Brahma. ⚶ Hold onto whatever pleases you and your mind. (190, 181, 183, 184)

One should analyze one's own faults. (190)

Simple persons, those accepting honor, Sheiks, Pirs, and the blind can also get the Path. (182)

The ultimate Self is not seen because He is imperceptible by the sense organs. (186)

Truth (Satya), having created, observes His creation and is joyful. In Him are the solar systems and the entire universe. (191] When one holds onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya constantly, one generates Tranquility in the inner Self, and eventually he stabilizes in eternal Tranquility. (185)

Above all is Kutastha singing over Prakriti (Nature). (188] (7)

All the scriptures fail to describe Him. ⚶ The Lord of the universe knows Himself automatically. (187)

He is great who knows himself automatically by himself. (187)

There are many individual beings (Jivas) having a variety of qualities. (190)

To hold onto the ultimate Self is achieved in very many ways. (185)

Who can describe the glories of the ultimate Self, or Brahma? ⚶ If one tries to describe Him, one feels a headache. (186)

Gist

In sum
  1. Deep inside your Self is Ultimate Superintelligence at the speed of speedlessness.
  2. The highest attainment is to perceive Self as the heart somehow.
  3. To realize such a Self truly, generates glories and mirth, and not only guru-words.
In nuce The deep-inside attainment is to perceive oneself deeply.

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Lahiri Mahasaya rendered, Literature  

Fraser, George S., ed. Selections from the Sacred Writings of the Sikhs. Tercentenary paperback ed. Trs. Trilochan Singh et al. Himayatnagar, Hyderabad: Orient Longman and Unesco, 2000. ⍽▢⍽ The contents consists mainly of selections from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, also called the Adi Granth.

Satyeswarananda, Swami, tr. The Commentaries' Series Vol. III: Hidden Wisdom. With Lahiri Mahasay's Commentaries. 2nd rev. ed. San Diego: The Sanskrit Classics, 1986.

Singh, Kirpal, tr. The Jap Ji: The Message of Guru Nanak. 3rd ed. Sanbornton, New Hampshire: Sant Bani Ashram, 1967. ⍽▢⍽ A literal translation of the original Punjabi text, with a quite long introduction and commentary.

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