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The Vision and the Way of Vasistha

The Vision and the Way of Vasistha


Item Code: IDH619

by Samvid

Paperback (Edition: 2005)

Samata Books
ISBN 8185208549

Size: 8.7" X 5.5"
Pages: 586
Weight of the Book: 745 gms
Price: $40.00   Shipping Free
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This compilation in Sanskrit originally formed an appendix to the thesis, The Philosophy of Vasistha as presented in Yogavasistha, submitted to the Banaras Hindu University in 1928 by B.L. Atreya for the degree of Doctor of letters. The author has written several books on the philosophy of Yogavasistha and other subjects connected with this magnificent work which swami Rama Tirtha considered as the most wonderful book ever written under the sun, which nobody on earth can read without Realising God Consciousness. In Vedantic traditions, Yogavasistha is regarded as the ultimate book expounding the Truth from the Siddhavastha, or the state of a yogin who has realized the Absolute Reality by personal experience.

This compilation, consisting of nearly 2500verses, was first published in 1936 by the Government Press, Allahabad as the 64th Volume in the series Sarasvati Bhavana texts and has not been reprinted thereafter. In the words of the author, it is meant for those who may wish to make themselves acquainted with the philosophy of Yogavasistha in its original, sweet and beautiful language, the charm of which eludes translation, but have not the time and intention or patience to go through the voluminous work of thirty two thousand Stanzas. The author has stated that no aspect of the philosophy or the practice recommended for experiencing the Reality and no important verse expounding the same have been omitted in this compilation.

It is a challenging job to translate such an exalted work into a language which lacks the proper words to convey exactly the sense and spirit of Vedantic and yogic terminology, but, fortunately, the 20th century has produced many literary and spiritual giants who have built up a suitable terminology for expressing Vedantic and yogic concepts in English, though the shades of meaning attached to such terms may not exactly and fully convey the connotations of the corresponding Sanskrit words. But the context in which such words are used invariably help in binging out the exact sense.

The Translator has liberally mad use of the excellent Sanskrit commentary on the Yogavasistha by Anandabodhendrasarasvati, for deciphering many complex verses, especially those dealing with esoteric and recondite subjects. But, the overpowering urge of the translator throughout was the faithful rendering of the sense and spirit of the original, simultaneously giving the reader a taste of the power and beauty of the original.

Foreword xxxvii
Translator's preface xlvii
Introduction 1
Auspicious Introductory Prayer 55
The Entrance to the Work 56
I The Mode of Expression of the Work 56
II The Excellence of the Work 57
III Introduction to the story of the Conversation between Vasistha and Rama 58
Chapter 1 The Qualification for Knowledge 62
I The characteristics of a Qualified Person 62
II The Description of the Dejection of Rama for Expounding the Qualities of one Entitled 62
1 The description of the behaviour of Rama by the servants of Rama 62
2 The Worthlessness of Worldly existence described by Rama 66
3 The questions of Rama 78
4 The intensity of the Desire to know 80
III The Means for the Cessation of Sorrow 81
1 The cause of Sorrow is only attachment to Worldly life 81
2 Only knowledge is the means of the Cessation of sorrow 83
3 Only Self knowledge is the means to Tranquillity 85
IV The Descent of the Knowledge of Reality 86
V The Glory of Human Effort 87
1 Everything is obtained through human effort 87
2 Censure of dependence on another 90
3 Refutation of Fate 91
4 The meaning of the Word Fate 92
5 The power of human effort 94
6 Good human effort 95
7 Censure of idleness 96
VI The Qualities of an Aspirer after Liberation 96
1 Tranquillity 97
2 Contentment 99
3 Company of the Good 100
4 Reflection 100
Chapter 2 Knowledge of the True Principle 102
I The definition of the Mode of Proof 102
1 Only direct perception is the mode of proof in knowing the Self 102
2 The use of examples 103
II The theory of Imagination 104
1 Consciousness is the nature of visible objects since they are known 104
2 Identity on account of relationship 106
3 The conscious nature of everything 107
4 The aggregate of objects is of the nature of thought 108
5 Absence of difference between the Seer and the Seen 117
6 The Seer is the cause of the seen 118
7 Absence of difference between waking ad dreaming 119
8 The dream nature of the world 121
9 The world-dream 123
10 The World dream in every individual soul 124
11 The world made by Brahma at the beginning of creation is existing even today 126
12 The identity between the theory of externality of objects and the theory of knowledge 127
13 The theory of knowledge through ideation 130
III The World 130
1 The appellations of the World 130
2 Even what is imagined is of the nature of that which causes the imagination 131
3 Within every world, there are other worlds 132
4 The collections of worlds are not perceived mutually 134
5 The possibility of everything everywhere at all times 135
6 The variety of the Worlds 136
7 The constant repetition of creation and dissolution 138
8 The destruction of everything at the end of and Aeon 139
9 Only the Ultimate Reality is left remaining at the end of an Aeon 141
10 The description of the birth of the world 141
11 The three Skies 147
12 The fixed nature of things 148
13 The accidental nature of the fixed law of nature 149
14 There is no contradiction between human effort and a fixed law of nature 150
15 Even the fixed law of Nature is conquered by human effort 150
IV The Mind 151
1 The nature of the mind 151
2 The absence of difference between the mind and the supreme Spirit 155
3 The forms and the names of the mind 156
4 The assumption of the ego nature by the individual soul 163
5 The assumption of the state of a body by the individual soul 163
6 The covering is effected by its own imagination 169
7 The investigation of the origin of Transmigratory existence 170
8 Individual souls are innumerable 175
9 Seven kinds of Ignorance of Individuals souls 176
10 Seven kinds of Individuals souls 178
11 Classes of individual souls 182
12 The birth of all living beings from Brahman 186
13 The similarity of birth and dissolution everywhere 188
14 All objects have a mental nature 188
V The Greatness of the Mind 190
1 The omnipotence of the mind 190
2 The ability of the mind in the course of the world 190
3 The mind imagination of the world in itself and at will 192
4 All minds possess the power of this nature 192
5 The power of the living being in accomplishing everything 193
6 The nature of objects is according to mental perception 194
7 The result is in accordance with imagination 198
8 Praise of Practice 200
9 The power of determination of the mind 202
10 The course or destiny is according of thought 203
11 Pleasure and pain are dependent on the mind 205
12 One's World is fashioned by the desire of the individual being 206
13 The mind is the maker of the body 207
14 The mental cure of diseases 209
15 When the mind is purified, life becomes full of happiness 217
16 The Self is reflected in a pure mind 218
17 Until there is a stupefied mind, there is the darkness of worldly existence 218
18 The mind is the nave of the world 219
VI Superhuman Powers 219
1 Superhuman powers produced by the concentration of the mind 219
2 Superhuman powers attainable through the yoga of Kundalini 226
VII The Self 240
1 The waking, dreaming and deep-sleep states 240
2 The fourth state of experience 245
3 The four kinds of egotism 246
VIII Death 254
1 Death does not lead to fear 254
2 The nature of death 255
3 The dying state of Creature 257
4 There is the experiencing of pain at the time of death only for the ignorant 260
5 The experiences following death 263
6 The experience of the departed is in conformity with one's own actions 267
7 After the experience of the other world 272
8 The experience after death of one who has entered upon the path of yoga 273
9 The rule for attaining to a different body from body 274
10 The course of wordly existence till the knowing of the self 275
11 The state of one liberated while living, after death 275
12 The self neither dies nor is born 276
13 The cause the diminution or increase of the duration of life 278
14 Death does not wish to kill him 279
IX Brahma 280
1 Brahma is the creator of the world 280
2 The mind alone is described as brahma 281
3 The birth of Brahma from the Ultimate Reality 281
4 This movement of Brahman is natural 284
5 Brahman throbs spontaneously only out of its own sport 285
6 This movement is perceived as different 286
7 This vibration is of the nature of Thought 287
8 This vibration is of the nature of imagination of Objects 288
9 It is of the nature of mere appearance of Absolute Consciousness 289
10 The causeless origination of the maker of the world 289
11 There are no actions for brahma 291
12 Brahma has a body only of thought 291
13 Brahma is the cause of the existence of the three worlds 293
14 The Universe created by Brahma is mental 294
15 The newness of Creation 295
X Power 295
1 The powers of Brahman 295
2 The power of movement 297
3 Nature 298
4 The Identity of the Absolute Reality and its power 299
XI The Supreme Brahman 302
1 The inexpressible nature of Brahman 302
2 Not thus, not thus 303
3 Impossible nature of Brahman 303
4 It is not proper to say that it exists or does not exist 304
5 The nature of Brahman exceeding knowledge and ignorance 306
6 The Absolute reality is beyond light and darkness 307
7 Even its name Self is invented 308
8 It is neither inert nor sentiment 309
9 The nature of the Absolute Reality cannot be described 309
10 Names are fashioned for the Absolute Reality 309
11 The nature of Brahman 310
XII Expansion 327
1 The world is the expansion of Brahman 327
2 The triple world is within Consciousness 331
3 Brahman alone appears as the World 333
4 Only the inherent nature of Consciousness is shining as the world 334
5 Even the duration of Creation is only a part of a moment in Brahman 335
6 The power of creation of various forms exists only in the same Brahman 335
7 Brahman is not touched by the multiplicity within Itself 337
8 The doership of the Self by its mere presence 337
XIII Identity 340
1 The identity of Nature with the Self 340
2 The identity of the mind with Brahman 342
3 The identity of the world with Brahman 342
4 There is no Abode for God Without the World 348
5 All this is indeed Brahman 348
XIV The Unreal Nature of the world 350
XV The Highest Perception 370
1 The invention of difference is only for the instruction of the Unenlightened 370
2 The supreme Doctrine 372
3 The negation of doership of Brahman 375
4 The negation of modification of Brahman 376
5 The denial of causality of Brahman 378
6 The denial of causality of Brahman 380
7 The illusory nature of the world on account of its causelessness 384
8 The unreal appearance of the World like a dream 385
9 The unborn nature of the world 386
10 This doctrine should not be revealed to one who is fit for it 389
Chapter 3 Liberation
I Happiness or Bliss 391
1 The pleasantness of enjoyments only at the current moment 391
2 The painful nature of pleasures 391
3 The worthlessness of worldly life 393
4 The worthlessness of prosperity 394
5 Investigation of the cause of happiness 395
6 The bliss of the self 397
II Bondage and liberation 398
1 The nature of bondage 398
2 The causes of bondage 399
3 The nature of liberation 402
4 When liberation is experienced 403
5 Liberation is of two kinds 405
6 Absence of difference between the two states 405
7 The difference between inanimateness and liberation 406
8 The falseness of bondage and liberation 408
III The Means of Attaining Liberation 409
1 There is no means other than knowledge 409
2 Knowledge alone is the means 410
3 Devotion unnecessary for the attainment of Liberation 413
4 The renunciation of works till the end of life is not proper. Therefore, even renunciation of works is not the cause in Liberation 425
5 The nature of right knowledge 427
6 The knowledge of the Self arises only through one's own effort and investigation 428
7 For the Purpose of investigation the purity of the mind is required 429
8 Subjects for investigation 430
9 The destruction of Ignorance only by Ignorance 431
10 The use of scripture in the attainment of Knowledge 432
IV The attainment of Knowledge 435
V The Seven Stages of knowledge 505
1 The First view 505
2 The Second view 508
3 The Third view 510
VI Cutting off the Fetters of Actions 518
1 The Law of consequence of actions 518
2 The nature of Karma 518
3 The absence of difference between the Person and Action 519
4 At the beginning of creation, there are no previous action, for the individual souls 520
5 Desire alone binds one to the fruits of actions 523
6 The way to freedom from the bondage of actions 524
7 The yoga of action 530
8 The characteristic of a noble Person 536
VII The Experience of the Self 536
1 The signs of the dawn of Self-experience 536
2 Abiding in the natural state of the Self 539
3 Incomparableness of the experience of the Self 540
4 The absence of the mind in the experience of the Highest Truth 541
5 There is no return of Nescience again 543
6 The greatest satisfaction 545
VIII Liberation while Living 548
1 The characteristics of one liberated while living 548
2 There is nothing which is fit to be adandoned or acquired, for a person liberated while living 559
3 The person liberated while living is a great doer 561
4 The person liberated while living is in Samadhi, though engaged in business 563
5 The person liberated while living is a great enjoyer 566
6 The reign over the body-city of one liberated while living 568
7 The continuance of those liberated while living in situation as obtained 571
8 The equality between the enlightened and the unenlightened ones in behaviour 572
9 The mind of the liberated person 573
10 The attainment of the knowledge of Absolute Reality is different from the acquisition of superhuman powers like traveling in the sky 575
11 Absence of all dangers to one liberated while living 577
12 The life of one liberated while living is indeed splendid 578
13 The state of the enlightened one immediately after the dissolution of the body 581
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