Heart's Recognition

This ancient text transmits a comprehensive philosophy of yoga
once developed by a lineage* of philosopher saints in Hindu Kashmir.
It is a unified theory of our subjective universe,
distilled into a form which also shows a path to liberation.
It says what you are, what you have forgotten, and how to remember.
It is worthy of close and repeated study and contemplation.
I encourage you to read it, try to understand it, and keep it close to you, as I do.

			Pratyabhijna Hrdayam
			Recognition  of-the-heart

			 Heart's Recognition


1  Chiti hi    svatantra     visva siddhi        hethuhu
   Chiti alone self-governed world magical-power is the cause

   Consciousness alone, in freedom, is the cause of the miracle of 
   the universe,

2  Sva  icchaya     sva  bhittau         visvam       unmilay-ati
   self will,desire self screen/display  of the world unfold-s

   which it unfolds on its own screen, by its own will;

3  Tan  nana         anu-rupa grah-ya  grah-aka bhedat
   That whatever various-form hold-ed  hold-er differentiates

   That differentiates into the beholder and the beheld in
   all kinds of various forms.

4 Chiti  sankoch-atma chetano'pi    sankuch-ita visva-maya-ha
  Chiti contract-self consciousness contract-ed world-form-is

  In the consciousness of the contracted self, pure
  consciousness, in contracted form, becomes the world itself.

5 Chitireva  chetana            pada-davarudha chetya           
  Chiti even pure-consciousness state-descend  consciousness-of 

  sankoch-ini     chittam
  contract-ed_one individual-consciousness

  Consciousness, descending from the state of pure consciousness to a
  contracted one's awareness, becomes individual consciousness,

6 Tan  mayo maya pramata
  That form form governed

  and in that form is governed by form/maya/delusion.

7 Sa   cha  eko dvi rupas tri   mayas chatur atma sapta panch-aka sva-bhavaha
  That also one two form  three form  four   self seven five-of   self-being

  Also being one, that takes the form of duality, the three delusions
  (states of being awake, dreaming, and deep-sleep), four selves, and
  seven fives
  (
     the five senses (vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell), 
     the five organs of action (hands, feet, tongue, excretory and sexual
	 organs), 
     the fivefold action (see below), 
     the five pranas or energy-flows:
	(breath-flow/respiration, downward-flow/excretion, 
	 distributive-flow/digestion+assimilation,
         diffuse-flow/holding-together, ascending-flow/sexual energy)
     the five coverings of the self: 
	the physical covering: the body
	the vital covering: the pranas and action
	the mental covering: the mind and senses
	the covering of intellect: faculties of insight and decision and
		the sense of doership
	the covering of bliss: enjoyment, happiness, deep sleep
     the five powers of the self: those of self-awareness, bliss, 
        will or desire, knowledge, and action or creation;
     the five elements(states of matter): "earth"(solid), "water"(liquid), 
        "air"(gas), "fire"(plasma), ether (okay they didn't know Einstein)
  ).
	

8  Tad  bhumika-ha sarva darsana      sthita-aya-ha
   That place-of   all   perspectives fixed -of -it

   All philosophies fix upon places within that field.

9 Chid-         vat  tachchakti        sankochat  mala- vritaha 
  consciousness from that power/energy contracted taint-bearing 

  samsar-            i
  world-of-suffering member

  From consciousness, through the limitation of its energy [one becomes]
  an impurity-covered person in the world of suffering.

10 Tatha-api  tad- vat  pancha krityani karoti
   Thus  even that like five   actions  does

   Even so, one does the five actions, like That does (namely: creation,
   sustenance, destruction, concealment, and grace).

11 Abhasana      rakti     vimarsana             
   manifestation relishing experiencing-as-self

   bija-vasthapana vilapana-   tast-ani
   seed-settling   dissolution that another

   Another interpretation (of the five actions) is manifestation,
   relishing, experiencing as self, settling of the seed, and
   dissolution.

12  Tada-pari-   jnane sva-sakti-bhi-r  vya- mohitata 
    that failing know  own-power-s   by self-deluded  

    samsar-            i-     tvam
    world-of-suffering member -ness

    To fail to know that these are one's own powers is to be 
    a self-deluded, suffering human.

13) Tat  pari  jnane chittam       eva    antar  mukhi  bhav    -ena 
    that fully known consciousness itself inward facing attitude-by

    chetana            para-   dhyarohat    chiti        -hi
    pure-consciousness supreme concentrated consciousness only

    When consciousness itself fully knows That by means of an
    inward facing attitude, fully concentrated consciousness
    becomes nothing but pure Consciousness.

14) Chiti         -van -hi  ravaroha -pada icchanno'pi matraya
    consciousness fire only lower    state will   even merely 

    meyendhanam   plushyati.
    maya-covered? burns

    The fire of consciousness burns up the forms covering the lower
    states by its mere will.

15) Bala  -labhe   visvam atma -sat karoti
    power attained world  self truth does

    Attaining this power, the truth that the world is the Self is
    done[known].

16) Chid-    ananda labhe    deha -adi -shu 
    conscious joy   attained body etc.  in
           -mana -esh    -va -api 
    of-consciousness mind   master or  even 

    cha -aik -atmya   prati -patti     dardhyam jiv  -an mukti -hi
    and one   of-self each  experience stable   live one free  only

    Attaining the bliss of consciousness, the mind, even in
    the body or anything, has mastery: each experience is one with the
    self; this, stably, is nothing but liberation during life.

17) madhya vikasat   chid          -ananda labhaha
    center unfolding consciousness bliss   is attained

    Unfolding the center attains the bliss of consciousness.

18) vikalpa  kshaya      sakti  sankocha  vikasa 
    thoughts dissolution energy retention stillness

    vaha -cche -dady  -anta koti  nibhalanadaya iha  -upaya -ha
    wind intent twelve end  doing fixation      these means are

    The means are dissolution of thoughts, retention of energies,
    stillness (of breath-energies), fixing the intention of breathing
    at the end-space twelve fingers out.

19) Sam      -adhi  samskarava   -ti vyutthane bhuyo bhuyas
    together coming after-effect -ed filled    ?be?  ?be?

    chid          -aik -ya   -marsan -nitya -udita    samadhi labhaha
    consciousness one  -ness examine forever repeated samadhi obtained

    Repeatedly examining the oneness of consciousness while filled
    with the after-effects of samadhi, samadhi is attained.

20) Tada prakasha -ananda saara   maha mantra  virya -atma -ka
    that light     bliss  essence great mantra hero  self  person

    purna    -aham -ta vesat   sada   sarva sarga     samhara      
    complete I   -ness entered always all   emanation reabsorption 

    kari  nija sam  -vid       devata chakra -isvara -ata 
    doing ??   with- knowledge deity  chakra master  -s   

    praptir- bhav-     atiti Sivam
    auto-    attitude- beyond Siva

    With the great mantra, in essence light and bliss, the heroic one
    entered (that state) filled with "I", doing all emanation and
    reabsorption (of experience) constantly, became master of the
    deities of the chakras (the centers of consciousness along the
    spine), went beyond all attitudes towards himself, and became Siva.

* The lineage from which the Pratyabhijna Hrdayam came is (according to legend in some parts and according to scholarship in other parts):