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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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The Tantrasar

The Tantrasara is a work attributed to Abhinavagupta (ca. 950-1020 CE). He was a philosopher, aesthetician, musician, poet, and logician, and a proponent of Kashmir Shaivism philosophy, which is is rooted in the Tantras.

LoPractice Kriya Pranayama and See the Ocean is the All-Heart. Then go on from there

In the beginning, Oceans are seen, Voidness are seen, and the bright day is felt. (137)

One who has become tranquil sees many things. (134)

Whatever is seen at the After-effect-poise of Kriya should not be removed forcibly. (133)

"The Self is the self-luminous state, the omniscient ultimate Self." [139)

One who dies without having Kriya will go to the hell called Rorab . . . So practice Kriya. (135)

Practice Kriya every day. ▫ The field of practicing Kriya is the center at the heart. (134)

Whether one practices Kriya well or otherwise, Kriya is the means to achieve Oneness with the ultimate Self. (132, mod)

During the practice of Pranayam, the sound is heard from the left, the right and in the center. The sound is a honey-drunken fly, a flute, a ringing bell and the sky. Thereafter, one sees everything. (139)

One should not give Omkar Kriya to one who does not practice Kriya well. ▫ Drink milk and ghee, and eat sugar, sesame, coconut, Haritoki (yellow myrobalan) and Dluuri (an Amalaka fruit). Have a light meal. (135, 138)

Prostitutes who attract the body and mind, polluting both, consider themselves to be good. (131] (2)

It is written in Matsya Sukta that the food of one who has not received Kriya is like toilet and urine. (135)

"Give only Kriya to the Sudras. Give them Yonimudra and Kriya." [135]

LoDo not Ignore how to Practice for Sound Benefits

One should take care how to practice Kriya perfectly in a righteous way. (131] (3)

When one's behavior obstructs the Kriya practice, then one feels happiness which is really unhappiness. ▫ Kriya should be practiced not for benefits but rather abandoning expectations for results. (131, 132)

These seven persons are Adham, or lower grade Kriyabans: One who listens to the Sound; One who sees the Kutastha once; One who practices, asserting oneself; One who practices just to show others. ( [135, abr)

Through Kriya labour, nothing is impossible. ▫ One who does not practice Kriya goes to hell. ▫ It is written in the Gobinda Vrindavan, "One becomes a ghost if one does not practice Kriya." [136, 131, 135)

The Kularnaba Tantra says, "The Self is the Guru." Also the Vedas say the same. (130)

Kriya should not be given to the beastlike ones. (132] (4)

LoPractice Some Rounds of Kriyas to avoid Hell, Is the Teaching

"Perform all works practicing Kriya." ▫ "Somehow one should practice Kriya." [as quoted] [136, 138] (5)

Twelve Pranayams make Pratyahar. One hundred and forty four Pranayams make Dharana. (139 - maybe)

Practice Kriya three times a day - morning, noon and evening. When one becomes very old, one should practice at least once a day. (134] (6)

By doing kriya one may hold onto the Beatitude of the ultimate Self. This is called "kindness" [etc.]. ▫ Practice Kriya sitting straight. (131, 134] (7)

If the self is displeased, then Kriya practice resets him in Tranquility. (131]


In sum
  1. Practice kriya pranayama and see the Ocean is the All-Heart. Go on from there to make your everydays successes, for example.
  2. Do not ignore how to practice for sound benefits.
  3. And if for no other reasons, try to breathe gently, skilfully, to avoid a temporary hell at least, as it is stated.
In nuce Practice kriya for benefits and avoid the pitfalls if you can.


Lahiri Mahasaya rendered, Literature  

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

Shastri, Mukund Ram. The Tantrasara of Abhinava Gupta. Srinagar: Mukund Ram Shastri for the Research Department, Jammu and Kashmir State, 1918.

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