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Yoga Vasistha Part II

Yoga Vasistha Part II

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Complete Yoga Vasistha in 2 PDF files Translation in Modern English edited By Jay Mazo.
Sivabalayogi recommended people to read this book which reflected his spiritual teachings.
Complete Yoga Vasistha in 2 PDF files Translation in Modern English edited By Jay Mazo.
Sivabalayogi recommended people to read this book which reflected his spiritual teachings.

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YOGA VASISHTHA MAHARAMAYANA
 
1
 
YOGA-
VASISHTHA MAHARAMAYANA OF VALMIKI
 
EDITED BY JAY MAZO
 
CONTENTSBOOK VI. NIRVÁNA
 
PRAKARANA
--
ON ULTIMATE EXTINCTION
 
PÚRVÁDHA
. 1
UTTARADHA SUPPLEMENT
260
BOOK VI. NIRVANA PRAKARANA
--
PÚRVÁDHA
 
FIRST HALF
 
CHAPTER I.
 
DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENING
 
AND BREAKING
 
OF ASSEMBLY.
 1. Válmíki sa
id
:
--
You have heard the narration of the subject
of detachment
or composureof the soul. Attend now to that of Nirvána, which will teach you how to attain the final
liberation of yourselve
s.2. As the chief of s
age
s was saying his
grand
speech in this manner, and the princes
remained mute with their
 
intense attention to the captivating
 
oration of 
the sage
,3. The assembled chiefs remained there as silent and motionless portraits, and forgot theirdevotions and duties, by being impressed in their minds with the sense and words of 
thesage
s speech.
 4. The assemblage of saints, was reverently
reflecting
upon the deep sense of the words of 
the sage
, with their curled brows
 
and signs of their index fingers, (indicating their wonder).
 5. The ladies in the
harem
were lost in wonder, and turned upward their wondering eyes,resembling a cluster of black bees, sucking intently the nectarious honey of the new
blown
flowers (of 
the sage
s speech).
 6. The glorious sun sank down in the sky, at the fourth or last watch of the day; and was
divested
 
of his radiant beams as he
 
was setting in the west
.7. The winds blew softly at the eve of the day, as if to listen to the sermon of 
the
sage
, andwafted about the sweets of his moving speech, like the fragrance of the gently shaking
mandara flowers.
 8. All other sounds were drowned in the deep meditation of the audience, as when thehumming of the bumble bees, is pushed in their repose, amidst the cell of blooming
flowers at night.
 9. The bubbling waters of the pearly lakes, sparkled unmoved amidst their
enclosed
beds;as if they were intently attentive
 
to listen to the words of 
the sage
, which dropped as strings
 
of pearls from his
fluent
 
lips.
10.
The pencil of the declining ray penetrating the win
dows
 
of the palace,
spoke the halting
of the departing sun, under the cooling shade of the royal canopy, after his weary journey
all along theentire
 
day.
 11. The pearly rays of the parting day, being covered by the dust and mist of the dusk, itseemed to
be
smeared as the body of an
ascetic
with dust and ashes; and had gained its
coolness after its journey under the burning sun.
 12. The chiefs of men with their heads and hands decorated with flowers, were so
entertainedwith the sweet speech of thesage
, t
hat they altogether remainedin bliss
 
in their
senses and minds.
 13. The ladies listening to
the
sage
were now roused by the cries of their infants and the
birds in their cages, to get up
 
from the place and to give them their suck and food.
14. Now the dust flung by the
wings
of fluttering bees, covered the petals of the night
blooming
Kumuda flowers; and the flapping
chowrie
 
fans
were now at rest, with the
trembling
 
eyelids
 
of the princes.
 15. The rays of the sun, fearing to be
attacked
by the dark
night
shade, which had now gotloose from the dark mountain caves, fled through the windows to the inner apartment of 
the
 
palace
.16. The time watches of the royal palace, knowing it to be passed the fourth watch of the
day, sounded aloud their drums
 
and trumpets,
mixed
with the sound of conch
-
shells, loudly
 
resounding on all sides.
 17.
The high
-
sounding speech of 
the sage, was drowned
 
under the loud
sound of 
 
the jarring
instruments; as the sonorous sound of the peacock is hushed under the uproar of roaring
clouds.
 
 
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YOGA VASISHTHA MAHARAMAYANA
 18. The birds in the cages began to quake and shake their wings with fear; and the leaves
and branches of the lofty palm
 
trees, shook in the gardens, as by a tremendous earthquake.
 19.
The babes sleeping on the breasts of their nurses, trembled
 
with fear at the loud uproar;
and they cried as the smoking clouds of the rainy season, resounding between the two
mountain
c
rags resembling the breasts.
20. This noise made the helmets of the chieftains shed the dust of their decorating flowersall about the hall; as the moving waves of the lake, sprinkle the drops of water upon the
land.
 21. Thus the palace of Dasharatha being full of 
apprehension
at the close of the day,regained its quiet at the gradual fall of the fanfare of sounding conch shells, and the
noisy
confusion
 
of drum
 
beatings at the advance of night.
 22. The
sage
put a stop to his present discourse, and addressed Ráma then sitting in themidst of the assembly, in a sweet
voice and graceful language.
23. Vasishtha said:
--
O Rághava! I have already s
pread
before you the long net of myverbiology; do you entrap your flying mind in the same way, and bring it to your
heart
and
 
under your subjection.
 24. Take the
meaning
of my discourse in such manner, as to leave out what is
unintelligible
 
and lay hold on its substance; as
 
the swan separates and sucks the milk whichis mixed with water.
 25.
Reflect
upon it repeatedly, and consider it well in
your
mind, and go on in this way to
conduct yourself in life.
 26. By going on in this manner, you are sure to evade all dangers; or else you must fall
before
 
long like the heavy elephant,
in some pitfall of the Vindhya mountain.27. If you do not receive my words with attention, and act accordingly, you are sure to fallinto the pit like a blind man left to go alone in the dark; and to be blown away like alighted lamp, exposed in the open air.28.
In order to derive the benefit of my lectures, you must
 
continue in the discharge of your
usual duties with indifference, and knowing
detachment
to be the right dictum of th
e
scriptures
,
be you regardless of everything besides.
 29. Now I bid you, O mighty monarch, and you princes and chiefs, and all you present in
this place, to get up and attend to
 
the evening services of your daily ritual.
30. Let all attend to this much at present, as the day is drawing to its close; and we shall
consider the rest, on our
 
meeting in the next morning.
 31. Válmíki related:
--
After
the sage
had said so far, the assembly broke, off; and the
assembled chiefs and princes rose
 
up, with their faces
 
blooming as the full blown lotuses atthe
 
end of the day.
 32. The chiefs having paid their obeisance to the monarch, and made their salutation to
Ráma, they did their reverence to
 
the
sage
, and departed to their respective abodes.33. Vasishtha rose up from his seat with the royal
sage
Viswámitra, and they were saluted
on their departure by the
aerial spirits, who had attended the audience all along.34. The
sages were followed closely
 
by the king and chieftains
 
a long way, and they partedafter
approachin
g
them, according
 
to their ran
k and dignity on the way.
 35. The celestials took their leave
of 
the sage
, and
took
to their heavenward journey; andthe munis repaired to their hermitages in the woods, when some of the saints turned aboutthe palace, like be
es flying in about the lotus bush.
36. The king having offered
handfuls
of fresh flowers at the feet of Vasishtha entered the
royal seraglio with his royal consorts.
 37. But Ráma and his brother princes
kept
company
 
with
 
the sage
to his hermitage; and
hav
ing prostrated themselves at
 
his feet, they returned to their princely house
s.
 38. The hearers of 
the
sage
having arrived at their houses made their ablutions; thenworshipped the
gods,
and offered their offerings to the manes of their ancestors. They then
treated
 
their guests and gave alms to beggars.
 39. Then they took their meals with their Brahman guests, and members of the family; and
their dependants
and servants were fed one after the other, according to the rules and
customs
 
of their order and caste
.40. After the sun had set down, with the daily duties of men, there rose the bright moon on
high, with impositions of 
 
many
nightly
 
duties on mankind.
 
 
 
YOGA VASISHTHA MAHARAMAYANA
 
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 41. At last the great king and the princes, and chiefs of men and the munis, together with
the sage
s and saints, and all
other
terrestrial
 
beings,
took
themselves to their several beds,
with silken bedspreads
 
and bed cloths of various kinds.
 42. They lay thinking intensely in themselves, on the
teachings
 
of 
the
sage
Vasishtha; onthe mode of their passing over the boisterous gulf of this world, by means of this spiritual
knowledge.
 43. Then they slept and lay with their closed eyelids, for one watch of the night only; and
then opened
their eyes, like
the opening buds of lotuses, to see the light of the day.
 44. Ráma and his brother princes, passed full three watches of the night in waking; and
pondering over the deep sense of 
 
the lectures, of their spiritual
 
guide
(
Vasishtha
).45. They slept only one and half watch of the night, with their closed eye lids; and then
they shook off the dullness
 
of their sleep, after driving the
fatigue
 
of their bodies by a
short
nap.
 46. Now the minds of these, being full of good will, raised by the rising reason in theirsouls, and knowledge of truth; they felt the crescent of spiritual light lightening their dark
bosoms,
as the
crescent
of the moon, illum
in
es the gloom of night; which afterwards
disappeared at the approach of daylight, and the
 
gathering
heat
 
of daytime.
 
CHAPTER II.
 
ON THE PERFECT CALM AND COMPOSURE OF THE MIND.
 1. Válmíki related. Then the shade of night, with her face as dark as that of the darkened
moon, began to waste and
 
wane away; as the darkness of ignorance and the mists of 
 
human
wishes, vanish before the light of reason.
 2.
Now the rising sun showed his crown of golden rays, on
 
the top of the eastern mountain,
by leaving his rival darkness to take its rest, beyond the western or his setting mount of A
stáchala.
3. Now the morning breeze began to blow, being moistened by the
moonbeams
, and
bearing the particles of ice, as if to
 
wash the face and eyes of the rising sun.
 4.
Now rose Ráma and Lakshmana, with their attendants
 
also, from their beds and couches;
and after discharging their morning services, they repaired to the holy hermitage of 
Vasishtha.
 5.
The
re they saw
the
sage
coming out of his closet, after discharge of his morningdevotion; and worshipped his feet
with offerings of 
A
rghya
.6. In a moment afterwards, the hermitage of 
the sage
 
was
thronged by munis and
Brahman
s, and the other princes and
chi
efs, whose vehicles and cars and horses and
elephants, blocked
 
the pathways altogether.
 7. Then
the sage
being accompanied by these, and attended by their suite and armies; andfollowed by Ráma and his brothers, was escorted to the palace of the
sovereign
k
ing
 
Dasaratha.
 8. The king who had discharged his morning service, hastened to receive
the
sage
 
before
hand; and walked a great way to
 
welcome him, and do him honour and pay his homage.
 9. They entered the court hall, which was adorned with flowers and strings of gems and
pearls; and there they seated
 
themselves on the rich sofas and seats, which were set in rows
 
for their reception.
 10. In a short time the whole audience of the last day, composed both of the
earthly
 
men
and celestial spirits, were all
ass
embled at the spot, and seated in their respective seats of 
honor.
 11. All these entered that graceful hall, and saluted one another with respect; and then theroyal court shone as brilliant as a bed of blooming lotuses, gently moved by the fanning
breeze.
 12. The mixed assemblage of the munis and rishis or the
saints
and
sage
s, and the Vipras
and Rájas or the Brahmans and
 
Kshatriyas, sat in proper order, on seats appropriated for all
of 
 
them.
 13.
The soft sounds of their mutual greetings and welcomes,
 
gradually faded away; and the
sweet voice of the
eulogists
 
and
praisers, sitting in a corner of the hall, was all hushed
andlulled to silence.
 14. The
sunbeams
appearing through the chinks in the
windows
seemed to be waiting
in
order to join the audience, and
to listen to the lectures of the sage
.

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