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Linga Purana ☼

"There is nothing to say or to write as the Self is omnipresent, ultimate Consciousness (Brahma)," writes the first publisher. Was what he published all in vain, then? [142]

A linga or a lingam, symbol of male creative energy or of the male organ of reproduction, is a rather complex symbol in Hinduism. Hindu scriptures say that a linga represents energy and strength. The union of lingam and yoni (typified as the female sexual organ) represents the "indivisible two-in-oneness of male and female", etc.

Wendy Doniger, an American scholar of the history of religions, states that Hindus will argue that the lingam has nothing whatever to do with the male sexual organ, "an assertion blatantly contradicted by the material." [1)

The Linga Purana is one of the major Puranas, a religious text. Some parts describe the origin of the world, and other parts describe fallos (penis) worship. From the purana: "Transcendent manhood is the immanent cause of creation; transcendent womanhood is the efficient cause. There cannot be procreation without such union and there cannot be divine manifestation without their cosmic equivalent. It is only through understanding the symbolism of the linga and yoni that we can begin to apprehend the mysteries of creation." (WP, "Linga Purana")

Union between male and female - yab-yum - has a deep significance in Tibetan Buddhism too, and a "handle with care" label to go with it. (See WP, "Yab-Yum")

From Lahiri's Commentary

1. Being upright may be wiser than merely striving for yoga samadhi

The body continues to survive because of drinking water and bathing. (150)

Obstructions in the way of Yoga: Name and fame, hearing, messages, transcendence, visions, tasting and suffering. (150)

When the mind pulled back into inwardness, it is called Pratyahar, or interiorization of the senses. (147)

And He is eating the whole world. (156] (2)

Inner Sound . . . is, in fact, the Linga (or penis). (144)

2. The independent ones have achieved something valuable

He who sits heavily on your head and is bluish, is said to be good shelter. He can also stay inside the house secretly like a fox. (154)

He is staying inside like a baby independently. (156)

To hate ceremonial activities is considered non-violent. (147)

The Yogi can reconstruct whatever has been burned to ashes. He can . . . carry weights heavy like mountains on his shoulders. He can make the earth tremble with the help of his fingers. Whatever he desires, happens. (150] (4)

The Yogi becomes extremely powerful and inward when he holds onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya for a whole year. His sperm become golden. (154)

3. What seems important outwardly springs from marring and perhaps greatly foolish strivings, after all

What is the need of being involved in emotional activities with others except for one's wife. (147)

Importance and value should not be given to what is inappropriate. (149)

The fish in water, are they pure due to living in water? [147] (6)

The self of one who holds onto the ultimate Self can go anywhere, and he can achieve happiness. (161)

This is the Self. . . . like an ever youthful goat's (Ajyaka) leg. (159, 160] (7)


Keep upright, independent, and so on.


Shyama Lahiri study, Lahiri Mahasaya rendered teachings, Literature  

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, J. L. ed. The Linga-Purana. Part 1. Reprint ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1990. ⍽▢⍽ The latest first edition (reprint edition) is from 2014.

Shastri, J. L. ed. The Linga-Purana. Part 2. Reprint ed. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1998 . ⍽▢⍽ The latest first edition (reprint edition) is from 2014.


  1. Doninger, Wendy. "When a Lingam is Just a Good Cigar: Psychoanalysis and Hindu Sexual Fantasies." In The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, V. 18: Essays in Honor of Alan Dundes, edited by L. Bryce Boyer, Ruth M. Boyer, Stephen M. Sonnenberg. Hillsdale, NJ: The Analytic Press, 1993:81-101. - Online at Google Books.

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