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Sacred Jewels of Yoga: Wisdom from India's Beloved Scriptures, Teachers, Masters, and Monks
     

Sacred Jewels of Yoga: Wisdom from India's Beloved Scriptures, Teachers, Masters, and Monks

by Dave DeLuca
 

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Millions of Americans today practice the asanas, or postures, of yoga, but many are unaware of the profound spiritual teachings at the heart of yoga’s ancient source scriptures. In this remarkable anthology, acclaimed Vedanta teacher Dave DeLuca presents 166 sacred passages from some of India’s most revered yoga scriptures — the Upanishads, the

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Millions of Americans today practice the asanas, or postures, of yoga, but many are unaware of the profound spiritual teachings at the heart of yoga’s ancient source scriptures. In this remarkable anthology, acclaimed Vedanta teacher Dave DeLuca presents 166 sacred passages from some of India’s most revered yoga scriptures — the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Bhakti Sutras, the Astavakra Samhita, and the Srimad Bhagavatam — along with teachings by two of the most beloved yoga masters of the modern era, Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. This combination of ancient wisdom and modern commentary makes Sacred Jewels of Yoga an invaluable introduction to the scriptural treasures of ancient India and a priceless resource for inspiration, illumination, and guidance.

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New World Library
Publication date:
07/20/2011
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Sacred Jewels of Yoga

Wisdom From India's Beloved Scriptures, Teachers, Masters, and Monks


By Dave DeLuca

New World Library

Copyright © 2011 Dave DeLuca
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-60868-041-2


CHAPTER 1

Creation Hymn

There was not then what is
nor what is not.
There was no sky, and no
heaven beyond the sky.
What power was there? Where?
Who was that power?
Was there an abyss of fathomless waters?

There was neither death nor immortality then.
No signs were there of night or day.
The One was breathing
by its own power, in infinite peace.
Only the One was: there was nothing beyond.

Darkness was hidden in darkness.
The All was fluid and formless.
Therein, in the void,
by the fire of fervor,
arose the One.
And in the One arose love:
Love, the first seed of the soul.
The truth of this the sages found
in their hearts:
seeking in their hearts with wisdom,
the sages found that bond of union
between Being and non-being.

— RIG VEDA


The Supreme Treasure

Where there is unity,
One without a second,
That is the world of Brahman.
This is the supreme goal of life,
The supreme treasure,
the supreme joy.
Those who do not seek this supreme goal
Live on but a fraction of this joy.

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


For The Sake of the Spirit

The wife loves the husband not for the husband's sake,
but for the sake of the Spirit that is in the husband.

The husband loves the wife not for the wife's sake,
but for the sake of the Spirit that is in the wife.

Children are loved not for the children's sake,
but for the sake of the Spirit that is in the children.

Wealth is loved not for wealth's sake,
but for the sake of the Spirit that is in wealth.

The universe is loved not for the sake of the universe,
but for the sake of the Spirit that is in the universe.

Everything is loved not for its own sake,
but for the sake of the Spirit that lives in it.

This Spirit has to be realized.
Hear about this Spirit and meditate upon Him.
When you hear about the Spirit,
meditate upon the Spirit,
and finally realize the Spirit,
you come to understand everything in life.

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


The Self-Existent

The Lord of Love willed:
"Let me be many!"
And in the depths of His meditation
He created everything that exists.
Meditating, He entered into everything.

He who has no form assumed many forms;
He who is infinite appeared finite;
He who is everywhere assumed a place;
He who is all wisdom caused ignorance;
He who is real caused unreality.

It is He who has become everything.
It is He who gives reality to all.
Before the universe was created,
Brahman existed as unmanifest.
Brahman brought the Lord out of himself;
therefore He is called the Self-existent.

— TAITTIRIYA UPANISHAD


This Self Is Brahman

The Self,
who can be realized by the pure in heart,
who is life, light, truth, space,
who gives rise to all works,
all desires, all tastes,
who is beyond words,
who is joy abiding —
this is the Self dwelling in my heart.

Smaller than a grain of rice,
smaller than a grain of barley,
smaller than a mustard seed,
smaller than a grain of millet,
smaller even than the kernel of
a grain of millet is the Self.
This is the Self dwelling in my heart,
greater than the earth, greater than the sky,
greater than all the worlds.

This Self,
who gives rise to all works, all desires, all tastes,
who pervades the universe,
who is beyond words,
who is joy abiding,
who is ever present in my heart —
This Self is Brahman indeed.
To him I shall attain when my ego dies.

— CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD


Wisdom in the Self

Brahman is the first cause
And the last refuge.
Brahman, the hidden Self in everyone,
does not shine forth.
He is revealed only to those
who keep their mind one-pointed
on the Lord of Love,
and thus develop a superconscious
manner of knowing.

Meditation enables them to go
deeper and deeper into consciousness,
from the world of words,
to the world of thoughts,
then beyond thoughts,
to wisdom in the Self.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


The Eternal One

I know the Self, the sage Shvetashvatara said,
to be immortal and infinite.
I know this Self who is the Self of all,
whom the sages call the Eternal One.

May the Lord of Love, who projects himself
into this universe of myriad forms,
from whom all beings come
and to whom all return,
grant us the grace of wisdom.

He is fire and the sun, and the moon and the stars.
He is the air and the sea, and the Creator, Prajapati.
He is this boy, He is that girl,
He is this man, He is that woman,
and He is this old man, too, tottering on his staff.
His face is everywhere.

He is the blue bird, He is the green bird
with red eyes; He is the thundercloud,
and He is the seasons and the seas.
He has no beginning, He has no end.
He is the source from which the worlds evolve.

From His divine power comes forth all this
magical show of name and form, of you and me,
which casts the spell of pain and pleasure.

Only when we pierce through this
magic veil do we see the
One who appears as many.

— SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD


In That Unitive State

As a man in the arms of his beloved
is not aware of what is without
and what is within,
so a person in union with the Self
is not aware of what is without
and what is within,
for in that unitive state,
all desires find their perfect fulfillment.
There is no other desire
that needs to be fulfilled,
and one goes beyond sorrow.

In that unitive state there is
neither father nor mother,
neither worlds nor gods,
nor even scriptures.
In that state there is neither
thief nor slayer,
neither low caste nor high,
neither monk nor ascetic.
The Self is beyond good and evil,
beyond all the suffering of the human heart.

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


The Lord Is The Supreme Reality

The Lord is enshrined in the hearts of all.
The Lord is the supreme Reality.
Rejoice in him through renunciation.
Covet nothing. All belongs to the Lord.
Thus working may you live a hundred years.
Thus alone will you work in real freedom.

The Self is one. Ever still, the Self is
swifter than thought, swifter than the senses.
Though motionless, he outruns all pursuit.
Without the Self, never could life exist.

The Self seems to move, but is ever still.
He seems far away, but is ever near.
He is within all, and he transcends all.

Those who see all creatures in themselves
and themselves in all creatures know no fear.
Those who see all creatures in themselves
and themselves in all creatures know no grief.
How can the multiplicity of life
delude the one who sees its unity?

— ISHA UPANISHAD


Two Selves

There are two selves,
the separate ego
and the indivisible Atman.
When one rises above
I and me and mine,
the Atman is revealed
as one's real Self.

When all desires
that surge in the heart
are renounced,
the mortal becomes immortal.
When all the knots
that strangle the heart
are loosened,
the mortal becomes immortal.
This sums up the teaching of the scriptures.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


The Joy of the Atman

The joy of the Atman ever abides,
but not what seems pleasant to the senses.
Both these, differing in their purpose,
prompt us to action.
All is well for those who choose
the joy of the Atman,
but they miss the goal of life
who prefer the pleasant.

Perennial joy or passing pleasure?
This is the choice one is to make always.
The wise recognize these two,
but not the ignorant.
The first welcome what leads to abiding joy,
though painful at the time.
The latter run, goaded by their senses,
after what seems immediate pleasure.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


The Highest Mystical Teaching

Like oil in sesame seeds, like butter in cream,
like water in springs, like fire in firesticks,
so dwells the Lord of Love, the Self,
in the very depths of consciousness.
Realize Him through truth and meditation.

The Self is hidden in the hearts of all,
as butter lies hidden in cream.
Realize the Self in the depths of meditation —
the Lord of Love, supreme Reality,
who is the goal of all knowledge.

This is the highest mystical teaching;
This is the highest mystical teaching.

May we harness body and mind to see
the Lord of Life, who dwells in everyone.
May we ever with one-pointed mind
strive for blissful union with the Lord.
May we train our senses to serve the Lord
through the practice of meditation.

— SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD


The One Self Of All

The Lord of Love
is the one Self of all.
He is detached work,
spiritual wisdom,
and immortality.

Realize the Self
hidden in the heart,
and cut asunder
the knot of ignorance
here and now.

Bright but hidden,
the Self dwells in the heart.
Everything that moves,
breathes, opens, and closes
lives in the Self.

He is the source of love
and may be known through love,
but not through thought.
He is the goal of life.
Attain this goal!

— MUNDAKA UPANISHAD


In the Heart Made Pure

Above the senses is the mind,
above the mind is the intellect,
above that is the ego,
and above the ego
is the unmanifested Cause.

He is formless,
and can never be seen
with these two eyes.
But He reveals Himself
in the heart made pure,
through meditation and sense-restraint.
Realizing Him one is released
from the cycle of birth and death.

When the five senses are stilled,
when the mind is stilled,
when the intellect is stilled,
that is called the highest state by the wise.
They say yoga is this complete stillness,
in which one enters the unitive state,
never to become separate again.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


The Chariot

Know the Self as lord of the chariot,
the body as the chariot itself,
the discriminating intellect as charioteer,
and the mind as reins.
The senses, say the wise, are the horses;
selfish desires are the roads they travel.
When the Self is confused
with the body, mind, and senses,
they point out, He seems
to enjoy pleasure and suffer sorrow.

When one lacks discrimination
and his mind is undisciplined, the senses
run hither and thither like wild horses.
But they obey the rein like trained horses
when one has discrimination
and has made the mind one-pointed.

Those who lack discrimination,
with little control over their thoughts
and far from pure,
reach not the pure state of immortality
but wander from death to death;
but those who have discrimination,
with a still mind and a pure heart,
reach the journey's end,
never again to fall into the jaws of death.

With a discriminating intellect as charioteer
and a trained mind as reins,
they attain the supreme goal of life,
to be united with the Lord of Love.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


As We Act, So We Become

As a person acts, so he becomes in life.
Those who do good become good;
those who do harm become bad.
Good deeds make one pure;
bad deeds make one impure.

We are said to be what our desire is.
As our desire is, so is our will.
As our will is, so are our acts.
As we act, so we become.

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


The Lord Is the Operator

The Lord is hidden in every heart.
He is the eternal witness,
beyond the gunas,
watching our work from within
as pure consciousness.

The Lord is the operator; we are
but His innumerable instruments.
May we, in our consciousness,
realize the bliss He alone can give us.

Changeless amidst the changing,
consciousness of the conscious,
He grants all our prayers.
May we, in our consciousness,
realize the freedom He alone can give us.

Neither sun nor moon nor star nor fire shines;
everything reflects the light of the Lord.

— SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD


The Self Reveals Himself

Not through discourse,
not through the intellect,
not even through
the study of the scriptures
can the Self be realized.

The Self reveals Himself
to the one who longs for the Self.
Those who long for the Self
with all their heart
are chosen by the Self
as His own.

— MUNDAKA UPANISHAD


All of Life Is One

"What is that wisdom, Father?" asked the son.
Uddalaka said to Shvetaketu,

"As by knowing one lump of clay, dear one,
we come to know all things made out of clay:
that they differ only in name and form,
while the stuff of which all are made is clay;

"As by knowing one gold nugget, dear one,
we come to know all things made out of gold:
that they differ only in name and form,
while the stuff of which all are made is gold;

"As by knowing one iron tool, dear one,
we come to know all things made out of iron:
that they differ only in name and form,
while the stuff of which all are made is iron;

"So through that spiritual wisdom, dear one,
we come to know that all of life is one."

— CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD


You Are That

Father, please instruct me in this wisdom.
"Yes, dear one, I will," replied his father.

"In the beginning was only Being,
One without a second.
Out of Himself He brought forth the cosmos,
and entered into everything in it.
There is nothing that does not come from Him.
Of everything He is the inmost Self.
He is the truth; He is the Self supreme.
You are that, Shvetaketu; you are that."

— CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD


The Immemorial Self

The wise, realizing through meditation
the timeless Self, beyond all perception,
hidden in the cave of the heart,
leave pain and pleasure far behind.

Those who know they are
neither body nor mind
but the immemorial Self,
the divine Principle of existence,
find the source of all joy
and live in joy abiding.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


The Indivisible Unity of Life

As long as there is separateness,
one sees another as separate from oneself,
hears another as separate from oneself,
smells another as separate from oneself,
speaks to another as separate from oneself,
thinks of another as separate from oneself,
knows another as separate from oneself.

But when the Self is realized
as the indivisible unity of life,
who can be seen by whom,
who can be heard by whom,
who can be smelled by whom,
who can be spoken to by whom,
who can be thought of by whom,
who can be known by whom?
Maitreyi, my beloved,
how can the knower ever be known?

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


The Sea Of Pure Consciousness

As a lump of salt thrown in water
dissolves and cannot be taken out again,
though wherever we taste the water it is salty,
even so, beloved, the separate self dissolves
in the sea of pure consciousness,
infinite and immortal.

Separateness arises from
identifying the Self with the body,
which is made up of the elements;
when this physical identification dissolves,
there can be no more separate self.
This is what I want to tell you, beloved.

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


The Presence of God

All is change in the world of the senses,
but changeless is the supreme Lord of Love.
Meditate on Him, be absorbed in Him,
wake up from this dream of separateness.

Know God and all fetters will fall away.
No longer identifying yourself with the body,
go beyond birth and death.
All your desires will be fulfilled in Him
who is One without a second.

Know Him to be enshrined
in your heart always.
Truly there is nothing more in life to know.
Meditate and realize that this world
is filled with the presence of God.

— SHVETASHVATARA UPANISHAD


Those Who Know the Self, Become the Self

What the sages sought
they have found at last.
No more questions
have they to ask of life.
With self-will extinguished,
they are at peace.
Seeing the Lord of Love in all around,
serving the Lord of Love in all around,
they are united with him forever.

They have attained
the summit of wisdom
by the steep path of renunciation.
They have attained to immortality
and are united with the Lord of Love.

When they leave the body,
the vital force returns to the cosmic womb,
but their work becomes a beneficial force in life
to bring others together in the Self.

The flowing river is lost in the sea;
the illumined sage is lost in the Self.
The flowing river has become the sea;
the illumined sage has become the Self.
Those who know the Self,
become the Self.

— MUNDAKA UPANISHAD


Behold the Glory of the Self

Hidden in the heart
of every creature
exists the Self,
subtler than the subtlest,
greater than the greatest.

They go beyond sorrow
who extinguish their self-will
and behold the glory of the Self,
through the grace of the Lord of Love.

— KATHA UPANISHAD


DA-DA-DA!

The children of Prajapati, the Creator — gods, human beings,
and the godless — lived with their father as students.
When they had completed the allotted period the gods said,
"Venerable One, please teach us."
Prajapati answered with one syllable:
"Da."

"Have you understood?" he asked.
"Yes," they said. "You have told us Damyata,
be self-controlled."
"You have understood," he said.

Then the human beings approached.
"Venerable One, please teach us."
Prajapati answered with one syllable:
"Da."

"Have you understood?" he asked.
"Yes," they said. "You have told us Datta, give."
"You have understood," he said.

Then the godless approached.
"Venerable One, please teach us."
Prajapati answered with the same syllable:
"Da."

"Have you understood?" he asked.
"Yes," they said. "You have told us Dayadhvam,
be compassionate."
"You have understood," he said.

The heavenly voice of the thunder
repeats this teaching. Da-da-da!
Be self-controlled! Give! Be compassionate!

— BRIHADARANYAKA UPANISHAD


Learning and Teaching

Practice right conduct,
learning and teaching;

Be truthful always,
learning and teaching;

Master the passions,
learning and teaching;

Control the senses,
learning and teaching;

Strive for peace always,
learning and teaching;

Rouse kundalini,
learning and teaching;

Serve humanity,
learning and teaching.

— TAITTIRIYA UPANISHAD


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Dave DeLuca has been a professional seminar leader and speaker for over twenty years. A longtime student of the wisdom of ancient India at the Vedanta Society of Southern California, he has been one of the West’s most passionate and highly regarded Vedanta teachers for over a decade. He has presented services, classes, and seminars on spiritual growth at Vedanta temples, churches, conferences, retreats, and learning centers all over the United States, and in 2004 he spoke on the origins of yoga study in the West at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain. He was initiated by Swami Swahananda, senior monk of the venerated Ramakrishna Order of India, whose guru was a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. To learn more about Dave, please visit www.davedeluca.com.

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