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Yoga Vasistha (योग-वासिष्ठ), also known as Vasistha's Yoga, is a Hindu spiritual text, traditionally attributed to Valmiki. It recounts a discourse of the sage Vasistha to a young Prince Rama, during a period when the latter is in a dejected state. The contents of Vasistha's teaching to Rama form the basis of Advaita Vedanta  , the principle of non-duality. The book has been dated between the 5th and 14th Century C.E. and is generally regarded as one of the longest texts in Sanskrit, after Mahabharat and Ramayana and an important text of Yoga. It is a religious text that is used to help newcomers understand the Hindu philosophy. The book consists of around thirty thousand slokas as well as numerous short stories and anecdotes used to help simplify the content. Chronologically, the conversation in the Yoga Vasishta takes place before Ramayana. Some other names of this text are: Maha-Ramayana, Arsha-Ramayana, Vasishtha-Ramayana and Vashita Geeta.
About Yoga Vasistha
It is said that this book alone can lead to spiritual liberation. The conversation between Sage Vasistha and Prince Rama is of that between a great enlightened sage and a seeker who is about to reach completeness. This is amongst those rare conversations which directly leads to Truth.
A painting from the Yoga Vasistha manuscript, 1602
This scripture provides several understandings, scientific ideas, philosophies, and explains about consciousness, creation of the world, the multiple universes in this world, our perception of world, dissolution of the world and the liberation of this soul, the non-dual approach to this creation. Just as the blue sky is an optical illusion this entire world and the creation is but such an optical illusion. When the illusion ends in the mind, the world and its miseries too end. The self is the seer of all, the self is the perceiver of all and the self is the experiencer of all. And that self is only one. There is no two, there is no subject, seer and the object. It is all one. Another oft repeated verse in the text is that of Kakathaliya (coincidence). The story of how a crow alights on a palm tree and that very moment the ripe palm fruit falls on the ground. The two events are apparently related, yet the crow never intended the palm fruit to fall nor did the palm fruit fall because the crow sat on the tree. The intellect mistakes the two events as related, though in reality they are not. All of creation is the play of consciousness. As an unenlightened person may have a desire for action, and then perceives themselves doing action, the two are unrelated as the crow and the palm fruit. Consciousness is the actor, the action, the process and the witness of action. The book is divided into 6 parts: 1. Dispassion 2. Qualifications of a seeker 3. Creation 4. Existence 5. Dissolution
. The philosophy behind the Yoga Vasistha is that in truth there is only Brahman or God. now called Brahmavidvara performs necessary duties of own will (that is. Right inquiry The yogi has pondered over what her/she has read and heard and has realized it in his/her life. and feels a deep yearning to be free from Samsara. upon his arrival.  Context Prince Rama returns from touring the country and becomes utterly disillusioned after experiencing the apparent reality of the world. Only a small amount of Prarabdha Karma remains. now called Brahmavidvariya. Longing for the Truth The yogi or sadhaka rightly distinguishes between permanent and impermanent. 7. in the court of king Dasaratha. The King expresses his concern to Sage Vasistha. Sanchit and Agami Karmas are now destroyed. Attenuation or thinning out of mental activities. the yogi is subject to Sanchita. Tanumanasa. Attainment of Sattva The Yogi at this stage is called Brahmavid or Knower of Brahman. See Brahman everywhere External things do not appear to exist to the yogi. 5. Turiya. 2 Philosophy and origin Some scholars are of the view that Yoga Vasistha is a synthesis of the Upanishadic Brahman. Unaffected by anything The yogi. He says that Rama has begun understanding profound spiritual truths. Sage Vasistha asks king Dasaratha to summon Rama.D. cultivates dislike for worldly pleasures. Importance Yoga Vasistha is considered one of the most important scriptures of the Vedantic philosophy. Pararthabhavani. Subecha. 6. Perpetual Samadhi The yogi is known as Brahmavidvaristha and does not perform his duties either by his will or the promptings of others. In the late sixteenth century A. Sattvapati. The body drops off after approximately three days of entering this stage. without a sense of involvement). 4. Nizam al-Din Panipati translated the Yoga Vasistha into Persian (Jug-Basisht). Sage Vasistha consoles the king by telling him that Rama's dispassion (vairagya) is a sign that the prince is now ready for spiritual enlightenment. Asamsakti. The mind abandons the many and remains fixed on the ONE. The answer to Rama's questions forms the entire scripture that is Yoga Vasistha. acquires mastery over organs. which is the cause of his confusion and he just needs confirmation. the sage begins the discourse to Rama which lasts for several days. physical and mental. This worries his father. Prabrabdha and Agami Karmas. Vijñavāda of Buddhism and the Śaiva Trika philosophy of Kashmir. 2.Yoga Vasistha 6. Then. 3. In the above 4 stages. The book became popular in Persia among intellectuals with Indo-Persian interests since then. Liberation The Yoga Vasishta sums up the spiritual process in terms of the Seven Bhoomikas: 1. Vicharana. King Dasaratha. He/she has been practicing Samprajnata Samadhi or contemplation in which consciousness of duality still exists. and functions are performed only at the prompting of others.
9788126012213  The Himalayan Masters: A Living Tradition. Published by Sahitya Akademi. Cole  http:/ / www. Vālmīki (1999). OCLC 6953699. Quotes "The great remedy for the long lasting disease of samsara is the enquiry. 'Who am I?. By various. 1992. Cole in Iran and the surrounding world (http:/ / books.Yoga Vasistha 3 English translation Yoga Vasistha was originally written in Sanskrit. 2002. The Yoga-Vásishtha-Mahárámáyana of Válmiki. The Yoga-Vásishtha-Mahárámáyana of Válmiki. 9780893892272  Juan R. It was translated to English by Swami Jyotirmayananda . Vihārilāla Mitra. By Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. Calcutta: Bonnerjee and Co. net/ hindu_zoro. google. pp." "O Rama.' which entirely cures it. 3. Sanskrit text with English translation. . Vihārilāla Mitra. Contributor Irene Petryszak. Delhi: Parimal Publications." "That consciousness which is the witness of the rise and fall of all beings. Vālmīki (2000). there is no intellect. It is Brahman alone appearing illusorily in the form of the world. trans. K. ix-x  Encyclopaedia of Indian Literature. Vidvan Bulusu Venkateswaraulu.650 pages. to whom does this samsara belong?. uk/ books?id=CdzFJIE7f5oC& pg=PA22& lpg=PA22& dq=vasistha+ yoga+ influence& source=bl& ots=V3C9rk-674& sig=gYCh0pX02QyTH5DVDj5DTm4msQ4& hl=en& ei=1q1MSv_wD8KF-QaI2dCRBA& sa=X& oi=book_result& ct=result& resnum=5) by Nikki R. They are all imagined in Brahman. I. know that to be the immortal state of supreme bliss. OCLC 53149153. pp 37." See also • Valmiki • Vashishta Notes  Yoga  Christopher Chapple. Matthee. trans. co. pp." "Nothing whatsoever is born or dies anywhere at any time. Rudolph P. 2002. and Vihari Lal Mitra. Keddie. Published by Himalayan Institute Press. ISBN 81-260-1221-8. revised. pp. Naryanaswami Aiyer translated the famous condensation Laghu-Yoga-Vasistha. pp 4638. Delhi: Low Price Publications. org References English translations of Yoga Vasistha 1) Complete translation Vālmīki (1891). ISBN 0-89389-227-0. 22-23  Baha'u'llah on Hinduism and Zoroastrianism: The Tablet to Mirza Abu'l-Fadl Concerning the Questions of Manakji Limji Hataria (http:/ / bahaistudies. Edition: illustrated. Introduction and Translation by Juan R.I. google. yrf. no nescience. Vihārilāla Mitra. 1985. no mind and no individual soul (jiva). html). uk/ books?id=fe_5bUKSaUEC& pg=PR10& lpg=PR10& dq=vasistha+ yoga+ date+ valmiki& source=bl& ots=1Ziar1TcGC& sig=b7ha5nS0KJwBWD71qqY8R6bCjAo& hl=en& ei=A8NMSoGIBIGL-Qap5sCABA& sa=X& oi=book_result& ct=result& resnum=3). co. The Yoga-Vāsiṣṭha of Vālmīki. The concise Yoga Vāsiṣṭha By Venkatesananda (http:/ / books. Swami Venkatesananda. trans.
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