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Yoga Vasistha

Yoga Vasistha

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YOGA VASISTHA
By Hare Rama
 
PREFACE
One of the greatest spiritual classics ever recorded, the Yoga Vasistha is a mind blowing account of adetailed conversation between Sri Rama and his Spiritual teacher Vasistha Maharshi. The book goes intogreat detail surrounding the subtle intricacies of the mind, unraveling the multitude of layers to our veryexistence along the way.Much of the text is told through parable stories, which hold many hidden depths within them. The ongoingtheme throughout the book revolves around the notion of worldly miseries being caused by our ownillusion of the world, and how whatever we perceive on the outside is merely a reflection of how we feelinside. Moving beyond these temporary illusions is the path to true enlightenment and Vasistha Maharshigoes into great depth as to how such a journey can be undertaken.Yoga Vasistha contains a system of ancient philosophical thought unique in its kind. Those whose mindsare turned away from the worldly desires and have become indifferent towards the objects of this worldand those who are longing for liberation will be really benefited by this book.The nature of the stories and their deep rooted philosophies are designed to open our levels of awareness, and legend states that those who complete the book will have their spiritual growthsignificantly accelerated. Yoga Vasistha is the essence of all the Hindu Philosophical texts – BhagawadGita, Vedas and Upanishads.The nature of the ParaBrahma, Supreme God consciousness and the methods to attain Self Realizationare vividly described in this book."This Atman (Eternal Self) is certainly different from the body, senses, mind, and prana. It is blissful,supreme, non-dual, permanent, formless, sinless, and pure. The moment this realization comes to you,you are liberated.""If you constantly think of the Atman, your mind will be purified and your ignorance will be uprooted alongwith the past tendencies, just as your ailments will completely disappear by your taking medicine daily.When the mind is pure, you will get unalloyed bliss.""When one realizes the truth of the unity between the Jivatma (soul of man) and the Paramatma (God)whether by instruction from the guru or from spiritual texts, that every moment the source of ignorance,along with the cause and effect, will mingle with Paramatma. The state mentioned above is calledmoksha (liberation). The self is ever-free."[Vasistha to Rama:]When the mind is at peace and the heart leaps to the supreme truth, when all the disturbing thought-waves in the mind-stuff have subsided and there is unbroken flow of peace and the heart is filled with thebliss of the absolute, when thus the truth has been seen in the heart, then this very world becomesan abode of bliss. (II:12)
Aum Namoh Narayana
 
Aum Loka Samastha Sukinou Bhavantu
 
May all the beings in all the worlds be happy;Peace, peace and peace be everywhere.
 
Table of Contents
 
INTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................................................4
 
What are the four Gatekeepers (Pillars) to Freedom?..............................................................................................5
 
Inspirational Verses from Yoga Vasistha..................................................................................................................7
 
The Story of HastAmalaka..........................................................................................................................................8
 
Para Pooja....................................................................................................................................................................9
 
Rama and Dispassion...............................................................................................................................................10
 
Story of Suka – How Suka attained the Highest State of Bliss..............................................................................13
 
What are the impediments of Yoga? How to abandon them?...............................................................................15
 
Eight limbs of Meditation..........................................................................................................................................15
 
Greatest Verses from Yoga Vasistha.......................................................................................................................15
 
Story of Lila................................................................................................................................................................24
 
Story of Son of Indhu (Moon)...................................................................................................................................32
 
The Story of deceitful Indra......................................................................................................................................33
 
Story of Karkati..........................................................................................................................................................37
 
Story of King Janaka.................................................................................................................................................45
 
Story of Bali...............................................................................................................................................................49
 
Story of Prahlada.......................................................................................................................................................52
 
Story of Gadhi............................................................................................................................................................56
 
Story of Uddalaka......................................................................................................................................................59
 
Story of King Bhageeratha.......................................................................................................................................65
 
Story of Bilwa fruit.....................................................................................................................................................67
 
Story of King Sikhidwaja..........................................................................................................................................68
 
The Story of Kacha....................................................................................................................................................84
 
Story of Bhringisara..................................................................................................................................................86
 
Story of King Ikshwaku.............................................................................................................................................87
 
The Story of Muni and a Hunter...............................................................................................................................91
 
The Conclusion of NirvAna Prakarana....................................................................................................................93
 
SUMMARY OF THE YOGA VASISTHA.....................................................................................................................98
 
What is Sri Satya Narayana Homam or Puja?.......................................................................................................120
 
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Story 1.........................................................................................................................121
 
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Story 2.........................................................................................................................122
 
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Story 3.........................................................................................................................122
 
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Story 4.........................................................................................................................123
 
Sri Satyanarayana Swamy Story 5.........................................................................................................................124
 

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