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The yoga or contemplative philosophy of the Hindus is rich, exuberant, grand and sublime, in as much as it comprehends within its ample sphere and deep recesses of mediation, all that is of the greatest value, best interest and highest importance to mankind as physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual beings a knowledge of the cosmos of the physical and intellectual worlds.

The principal Gods Brahma and Siva are represented as Yogis the chief sages Vyasa. Valmiki, Vasistha and Yajnavalkya were propounders of Yoga system; the saints one and all were adepts in yoga. Yogavasistha is the greatest work of the Yoga-philosophy by Valmiki known by several names. This work has six chapter known as prakaranas as 1. Vairagava prakarana, 2. Mumuksu vyahara prakarana, 3. Utpatti prakarana, 4. Sthiti prakarana, 5. Upasama prakarana 6. Nirvana prakarana.

The present Edition of the translator Vihari Lal Mitra comes from a Bengali Background, his dicta is sometimes found impressed with Bengali accent. This is why he has written sattva as sottva, arghya as orghya, asattva as asuttva, etc. at all such places, a correct rendering of spellings has been made by the present editor without having leaned to Bengali accent. The translator has mistaken Samadhi for hypnotism, hence to avoid confusion Samadhi has been rendered as Samadhi for lack on any synonym thereof. Since this and other Yogic terms are peculiar to Sanskrit and they don't have their exact equivalences in other languages of the world. The old English usage sometimes takes its course I the translation in land so the present editor has replaced all such usages by the modest terms available in English languages. Some stanzas were also not translated there according to Sanskrit text of Nirvana Sagar edition. So, for the benefit of the readers those have been translated by editor.

The most conspicuous feature of the present edition is that it contains the Sanskrit text in original along with the English translation complete in all respects. Hope the present edition would by capable of fulfilling the long felt and most ardent need of the readers and researchers.

 

Introduction

Yogavasistha is known by several names e.g. Maharamayana, Arsaramayana, Vasistaramayana, Jnanavasistha or Vasistha. This work has six chapters known as prakaranas as under-

1. Vairagya prakarana
2. Mumuksu vyahara prakarana
3. Utpatti prakarana
4. Sithiti prakarana
5. Upasama prakarana
6. Nirvana prakarana

Nirvana prakarana is further divided into two part paravardha (first half) Uttararha (second half) As per description of Yogavasistha this work contains 32,000 slokas
Mosksopayabhidhaneyam Samhita sarasammita
Trimsat deva ca saharani Jnata nirvanadayini.
But the available editions do not contain the prescribed number of verses.

The manuscript of Yogavasistha preserved in the India office literary of London contains: 28660 slokas. The Yogavasistha published from Nirnaya sagar press Bombay contains 27687 slokas. Thought several other manuscript are available but all of them are incomplete and fragmentary. From time to time scholars have been producing the Yogavasistha in fragments as per their interests and objectives. Today Yogavasishta is available in the market in the following pocket size edition e.g.

Laghu Yogavasistha
Yogavasistha sloka
Yogavasistha sara
Vasistha sara
Jnavasistha samuccaya etc.

We come across several commentaries on Yogavasistha. Advayaranya son of Narahari attempted his commentary on the Yogavasistha in the name of Vasistha Ramayana-candrika. In nineteenth century Ananda Bodhendra Sarasvati the disciple of Ganga Dharenddra wrote in Tatparya Tika on yogavasistha. Gangadharendra wrote two bhasya on it. Madhava sarasvati Pada Candrika commentary on this work.

Yogavasistha is a vast and bulk size work. in fact it is composed of several upalkhyanas which mainly contributed to its vast size. There are 53 important Upakhyanas in this work. they are as under.

1. The story of yogavasistha 2. The conversation between Rama and vasistha 3. The story of suka 4. Vasistha story of Origin and acquisition of knowledge. 5. The story of Akasaja 6. The story of Lila. 7. The story of Karkati Raksasi. 8. The story of the sons of Indu Brahmana. 9. The story of Ahilya and Indra. 10. The story of citta. 11. The story of Bala. 12. The story of Indrajala. 13. The story of Sukra. 14. The story of Dama, Vyala and Kata. 15. The story of Bhima Bhasa and Drdha. 16. The story of Dasura. 17. Kacagita. 18. The story of Janaka achieving Jivanmukti. 19. The story of Puny and Pavana. 20. The stories of Bali. 21 Prahalada. 22. Gadhi, 23. Uddalaka, 24. Suraghu 25. Vitahavya, 26. Kak Bhusunda. 27. Queen Cudala and Sikhidhvaja, 28. Isvara, 29. Arjuna, 30. Satarudra. 31. Vetala, 32. Bhagiratha, 33. Rani cudala 34. Kirata, 35. Manikaca, 36. Hastika, 37. Kaca, 38. Iksvaku, 39. A Muni settled in Tuiyavastha 40. Vidyadhara, 41. Indara, 42. Manki 43. Manoharina, 44. Pasana, 45. Vipacit, 46. Vatadhana princes, 47. Sava 48. Sila, 49. Brahmanda, 50. Aindava 51. Bilva, 52. Tapasa, 53. Kasthavaivadhika.

Yogavasistha imfact is the compilation of discourses delivered by the great sage Vasistha to Ram at the time of his assuming the kingship of Ayodhay. Taking the opportunity of that historic occasion Vasistha as per tradition delivered his lecturers on varied topics dealing with spiritually origin of cosmos and human beings attainment of moska through yoga and Samadhi. The present treatise is bulkier in size and shape than Ramayana. It sheds an ample good light on the time period of Rama social customs and Vedic rituals prevalent by then. It also helps unravel the mysteries of creation decreation ad Avataras. It help in ascertaining the geographical limits i.e. longitudes and latitudes of various places during that period. Valmiki is the author of this earliest great work on yoga.

Monier Williams in the his work on India wisdom took notice of this work as under:

“There is a remarkable work called Vasistha Ramayana or yoga vasistha or vasistha Maharamayana in the form of an exhortation with illustrative narratives addressed by Vasistha to his pupil the youthful Rama on the best means of attaining true happiness and considered to have been composed as an appendage to the Ramayana by Valmiki himself. There is another work of the same nature called the Adhyatam Ramayana which is attributed to Vyasa and treat of the moral and theological subjects connected with the life and acts of the great hero of Indian history. Many other works are extant in the vernacular dialects having the same theme for their subject which is needless to notice in this place.”

Vasistha known as the wisest of sages puts forth in the first part the great question of the vanity of the world which is shown synthetically to a great length form the state of all living existences the instinct inclinations and passions of men the nature of their aims and objects with some discussions about destiny necessity activity and the state of the soul and spirit. The second part embraces various directions for the union of the individual with the universal consciousness the subjective the objective truth and the common topics of yoga philosophy.

While narrating the stories of creation and decreation Kaka Bhusunda has repeatedly been quoted as the previous authority whose tradition been described as the witness off all the change and alteration in the natural course.

Clarification regarding Kaka Bhusunda: it is often considered in the Puranaika circles that Kaka Busunda was a bird crow but this was not the case. Kaka Bhusunda was the name of person. Keeping in view the same notion regarding Kaka Bhusunda the present translator has unnecessarily applied the terms like and bird crow etc. to this name while the actual author of the verses had no such mention thereof. Moreover wherever the words like vayasa or khaga have been used by the author they only denote the bhudunda as a man styled and addressed as with attributive epithets khaga or vayasa due to similarity of his name to the bird crow.

In fact there has been the tendency of the interpreters of Sanskrit texts to put literal translation of each and every word whether it is a proper name too. I have come across good deal of examples of this type of tendency. The interpreter of Rgveda have also translated literally the name of the seers into their translated version e.g. sata vaikhanas has been translated as Hundred Vaikhanas. Some other translators of panctantra have translated the proper name puspdanta as flower truth. Actually these are the examples of sheer folly on the part of translators. How can one translator hazara singh as thousand lion. Similarly in present context it is necessary to observe that Kaka is the name and it should not be translated as crow.

To acquaint the readers with the type of knowledge disseminated by Yogavasistha. We render her under a few of the contents.

 

Contents
Volume 1st

 

  Vairagya Prakarana  
  Book 1  
Chapter 1 Introduction  
Section 1 Divine Adoration 1
Section 2 Narrative fo Suktiksna 1
Section 3 Anecdote of Karunya 1
Section 4 Story of Suruci 2
Section 5 Account of Aristanemi 3
Section 6 History of Rama 5
Chapter 2 Reason of writing the Ramayana 6
Section 1 Persons entitled to its perusal 6
Section 2 Brahma behest 7
Section 3 inquiry of bharadvaja 7
Chapter 3 Valmiki admonition 8
Section 1 On True Knowledge 8
Section 2 Early History of Rama 10
Section 3 Rama Pilgrimage 11
Chapter 4 Rama’s return from pilgrimage 12
Chapter 5 Of Rama’s self dejection and its cause 12
Chapter 6 Advent of Visvamitra to the Roayl court 14
Section 2 Address of King Dasaratha 16
Chapter 7 Visvamitra request for Rama 18
Chapter 8 Dasaratha reply to visvamitra 20
Chapter 9 Visvamitra wrath and his enraged speech 22
Chapter 10 Melancholy of Rama 24
Chapter 11 Consolation or Rama 28
Chapter 12 Rama replay 30
Chapter 13 Vituperation of Riches 32
Chapter 14 Depreciation of Human life 34
Chapter 15 Obloquy of egoism 36
Chapter 16   37
Chapter 17 On cupidity 39
Chapter 18 Obloquy of the Body 43
Chapter 19 Blemishes of bodyhod 18
Chapter 20 Vituperation of youth 50
Chapter 21 Vituperation of women 53
Chapter 22 Obloquy of old age 56
Chapter 23 Vicissitudes of times 58
Chapter 24 Ravages of time 61
Chapter 25 Sports of death 62
Chapter 26 The act of destiny 65
Chapter 27 Vanity of the world 68
Chapter 28 Mutability of the world 72
Chapter 29 Unreliableness of wordly times 75
Chapter 30 Self disparagement 77
Chapter 31 Queries of Rama 79
Chapter 32 Praises of Rama Speech 81
Chapter 33 Association of aerial and earthly beings 83
  Mumuksu Prakarana  
  Book II  
Chapter 1 Liberation of sukadeva 87
Chapter 2 Speech of Visvamitra 90
Chapter 3 On the repeated creations of the world 92
Chapter 4 Praise of acts and exertions 95
Chapter 5 Necessity of activity 97
Chapter 6 Refutation of fatalism 99
Chapter 7 On the necessity of activity 102
Chapter 8 Invalidation of destiny 105
Chapter 9 Investigation of acts 107
Chapter 10 Dissensions of knowledge 110
Chapter 11 On the qualifications of the inquire and lecture 113
Chapter 12 Greatness of true knowledge 118
Chapter 13 On peace and tranquility of mind 120
Chapter 14 On the ascertainment of an argument 126
Chapter 15 On contentment 130
Chapter 16 On good conduct 131
Chapter 17 On the contents of the work 134
Chapter 18 Ascertainment of the example of major proposition 138
Chapter 19 Ascertainment of true evidence 143
Chapter 20 On good conduct 146
  Utpatti Prakarana Evolution of the world  
  Book III  
Chapter 1 Causes of Bandage to it 148
Section 1 Exordium 148
Section 2 Wordly Bondage 148
Section 3 Phase of the spirit 149
Section 4 Nature of Bondage 150
Chapter 2 Speech of visvamitra 153
Chapter 3 Causes of bondage in the body 157
Chapter 4 Section 1 Description of the night fall 160
Section 2 Nature of the mind 164
Section 3 Kaivalya or mental abstraction 164
Chapter 5 On the original cause 167
Chapter 6 Admonition for attempt of liberation 169
Chapter 7 Recognition of the nihility of phenomenal world 171
Chapter 8 Nature of good Sastras 175
Chapter 9 On the supreme cause of all 176
Chapter 10 Description of the chaotic state 182
Chapter 11 Spiritual view of creation 188
Chapter 12 The idealistic theo-cosmogony of Vedanta 190
Chapter 13 On the production of the self born 195
Chapter 14 Establishment of Brahma 198
Chapter 15 Story of the temple and its prince 205
Chapter 16 Joy and grief of the princes 208
Chapter 17 Story of the doubtful realm or reverie of Lila 211
Chapter 18 Exposure of the errors of the world 216
Chapter 19 Story of a former vasistha and his wife 219
Chapter 20 The moral of the tale of lila 221
Chapter 21 Guide to peace 223
Chapter 22 Practice of wisdom or wisdom in practice 232
Chapter 23 The aerial journey of spiritual bodies 234
Chapter 24 The aerial journey (continued) 235
Chapter 25 Description of the earth 240
Chapter 26 Meeting the siddhas 243
Chapter 27 Past lives of Lila 247
Chapter 28    
Section1 exposition of lila vision 252
Section 2 description of the mountainous habitation 253
Chapter 29 Account of the prevous life of lila 257
Chapter 30 Description of the mundane egg 261
Chapter 31    
Section 1 Alighting of the ladies on earth 264
Section 2 Sight of a Battle Array in earth and air 265
Chapter 32 Onset of the War 266
Chapter 33 Commingied fighting 269
Chapter 34 Description of the battle 272
Chapter 35 Description of the battle field 276
Chapter 36    
Section 1 Collision of Equal arms and armigerents 279
Section 2 Catalogue of the forces 280
Chapter 37 Catalogue of the force (Continued) 284
Chapter 38 Cessation of the war 288
Chapter 39 Description of the battle field infested by nocturnal friends 292
Chapter 40 Reflection on human life and mind 295
Chapter 41 Discrimination of error 300
Chapter 42 Philosophy of dreaming 305
Chapter 43 Burning of the city 308
Chapter 44 Spiritual interpretation of the vision 313
Chapter 45 Theism consisting the true knowledge 317
Chapter 46 Onslaught of viduratha 319
Chapter 47 Encounter of sindhu and viduratha 321
Chapter 48 Description of daivastras or supernatural weapons 324
Chapter 49 Description of other kinds of weapons 330
Chapter 50 Death of vuratha conclusion 333
Chapter 51 Description of sindhu dominions 338
Chapter 52 State of man after death 339
Chapter 53 Representations of reminiscence 344
Chapter 54 Reflections of death 347
Chapter 55 The states of life and death 353
Chapter 56 State of the soul after death 359
Chapter 57 Phenomena of dreaming 363
Chapter 58 Revival of padma 367
Chapter 59 Extinction of Padma life 371
Chapter 60 On duration and time and thoughts of the mind 373
Chapter 61 On the nature of the world 378
Chapter 62 Interpretations of destiny 382
Chapter 63 Immutability of the divine mind 385
Chapter 64 The germinating seed 386
Chapter 65 Nature of the living soul 389
Chapter 66 Meditation of the subjective and objective 391
Chapter 67 Lecture on truth 393
Chapter 68 Description of Raksasi 401
Chapter 69 Story of visucika 103
Chapter 70 Conduct of Visuci or the adventure of the needle 105
Chapter 71 Remorse of Suci 412
Chapter 72 Fervor of scui devotion 415
Chapter 73 Narada relation of suci devotion 418
Chapter 74 Consummation of suci devotion 423
Chapter 75 Suci’s regaining her former frame 425
Chapter 76 Refraining from unlawful food 427
Chapter 77 Deliberation of Karkati 429
Chapter 78 Conference on the Raksasi 432
Chapter 79 Interrogatories of the Raksasi 435
Chapter 80 Solution of the questions 439
Chapter 81 Congeries of spiritual doctrines 445
Chapter 82 Friendship of the Raksasi 454
Chapter 83 Worship of Kandara Alias mangala 459
Chapter 84 Development of the germ of the mind 460
Chapter 85 Interview of Brahma and the sun 466
Chapter 86 Story of indu and his sons 470
Chapter 87 Analecta of the celestial spheres 474
Chapter 88 Indifference of Brahma 476
Chapter 89 Story of Indira and Ahalya 477
Chapter 90 Love of the fictitious Indra and Ahalya 482
Chapter 91 Incarnation of the living soul or jiva 483
Chapter 92 On the power of mind 488
Chapter 93 A view of the genesis of the mind and body 491
Chapter 94 Brahma the origin of all 494
Chapter 95 Identity of the actor and his action 496
Chapter 96 Inquiry into the nature of mind 500
Chapter 97 The magnitude of the sphere Of the intellect 508
Chapter 98 History of the human heart 511
Chapter 99 History of the heart 514
Chapter 100 Healing of the heart 517
Chapter 101 Story of the boy and three princes 521
Chapter 102 On the indivisibility and immortality of the soul 525
Chapter 103 On the nature of the mind 529
Chapter 104 Story of a magic scene 531
Chapter 105 The breaking of the magic spell 534
Chapter 106 The talisman of the king marriage with a candela maid 537
Chapter 107 Description of a train of dangers 542
Chapter 108 Description of a draught and dearth 546
Chapter 109 Migration of the candalas 549
Chapter 110 Description of Mind 551
Chapter 111 Healing of the heart and mind 557
Chapter 112 The restlessness of the mind and its cure 561
Chapter 113 Description of ignorance and Delusion 563
Chapter 114 Description of errors 568
Chapter 115 Causes of happiness and misery 575
Chapter 116 Birth and incarnation of adepts in yoga 577
Chapter 117 Different state of knowledge and ignorance 580
Chapter 118 Directions to the stages of knowledge 583
Chapter 119 Illustration of the Gold ring 586
Chapter 120 Lamentation of the candela woman 590
Chapter 121 Proof of the futility of mind 593
Chapter 122 Ascertainment of the self or soul 599

 

Contents
Volume 2nd

 

  Sthiti prakarana on ontology or existence  
  Book IV  
Chapter 1 Janya-Jani-Nirupana 1
Chapter 2 The receptacle of the mundane egg 4
Chapter 3 Eternity of the world 6
Chapter 4 Treating of the germ of existence 8
Chapter 5 Story of Bhargava 9
Chapter 6 Elysium of bhargava 11
Chapter 7 Re-Union of the lovers 13
Chapter 8 Transmigrations of sukra 15
Chapter 9 Description of sukra body 17
Chapter 10 Bhrgu conference with Kala or death 19
Chapter 11 Cause of the production of the world 24
Chapter 12 Detailed account of the genesis of the world 30
Chapter 13 Consolation of bhrgu 32
Chapter 14 Sukra reminiscence of his metempsychosis 33
Chapter 15 Lamentation and expostulations of sukra 37
Chapter 16 Resuscitation of sukra 41
Chapter 17 Attainment of the ideal realm 43
Chapter 18 The incarnation of the living spirit 45
Chapter 19 Investigation in to the nature of the living soul 51
Chapter 20 Description of the mind 54
Chapter 21 On the philosophy of the mind 55
Chapter 22 Resting in supreme felicity 60
Chapter 23 Meditation of the wonders in the realm of the body 63
Chapter 24 The non entity of the mind 68
Chapter 25 Narration of dama, vayala and kala 70
Chapter 26 Battle of the deities and demons 73
Chapter 27 Admonition of Brahma 77
Chapter 28 The renewed battle of the god and demons 80
Chapter 29 Defeat of the demons 84
Chapter 30 Account of the subsequent lives of the demons 86
Chapter 31 Investigation of reality and unreality 88
Chapter 32 On good conduct 92
Chapter 33 Consideration of egoism 96
Chapter 34 End of the story of Dama and Vyala 102
Chapter 35 Description of insouciance 105
Chapter 36 Description of the intellectual sphere 110
Chapter 37 Upasama the sameness or quietism of the soul 113
Chapter 38 The same quietness or quietude of the spirit 115
Chapter 39 On the unity of all things 118
Chapter 40 Brahma Identic with the world 123
Chapter 41 Description of ignorance 126
Chapter 42 Production of jiva or living souls 129
Chapter 43 The repositories of lives souls 133
Chapter 44 The incarnation of human soul in the world 136
Chapter 45 Dependence of all on god 141
Chapter 46 Description of living liberation 144
Chapter 47 Description of the worlds and their demiurgs 147
Chapter 48 Story of Dasura 154
Chapter 49 Description of dasura kadamba forest 157
Chapter 50 Dasura survey of the heavens 160
Chapter 51 Dasura begetting a son 161
Chapter 52 Grandeur of the air born king 163
Chapter 53 Description of the mundane city 166
Chapter 54 Corrective of desires 170
Chapter 55 Meetig of vasistha and dasura 173
Chapter 56 On the soul and its inertness 176
Chapter 57 Nature of volleity and nolleity 180
Chapter 58 The song of kaca 185
Chapter 59 Works of Brahma creation 186
Chapter 60 Production of living beings 190
Chapter 61 Scrutiny into the nature of god 192
Chapter 62 Speech of the divine messenger 194
  The upasama Khanda (on quietism)  
  Book V  
Chapter 1 The ahnika or Daily ritual 197
Chapter 2 Rama’s recapitulation of Vasistha lectures 200
Chapter 3 Description of the royal assembly 203
Chapter 4 Inquiries of rama 206
Chapter 5 Lecture on tranquility of the sold and mind 208
Chapter 6 Lecture on the discharge of duty 212
Chapter 7 Or attainment of divine knowledge 214
Chapter 8 Song of the siddhas or holy adepts 215
Chapter 9 Reflection of Janaka 217
Chapter 10 Silent and solitary reflections of Janaka 222
Chapter 11 Subjection of the mind 224
Chapter 12 On the greatness of intelligence 225
Chapter 13 Government of the mind 22
Chapter 14 Ascertainment of the thinking principle 2238
Chapter 15 On avarice 2243
Chapter 16 Healing of avarice 244
Chapter 17 On the extirpation of avarice 246
Chapter 18 Living liberation or true felicity of man in this life 249
Chapter 19 On holy knowledge 254
Chapter 20 Remonstration of pavana 258
Chapter 21 Repression of desires by means of yoga meditation 261
Chapter 22 Narrative of viroacana 263
Chapter 23 Speech of virochana on subjection of the mind 267
Chapter 24 On the healing and improvement of the mind 270
Chapter 25 Reflection of bali 275
Chapter 26 Admonition of sukra to bali 277
Chapter 27 Habitude of bali 279
Chapter 28 Description of bali anaesthiesia 281
Chapter 29 Bali’s resuscitation to sensibility 283
Chapter 30 Fall of hiranya kasipu and rise of prahlada 288
Chapter 31 Prahlada faith in visnu 290
Chapter 32 The spiritual and formal worship of visnu 296
Chapter 33 Pralada supplication to Hari 299
Chapter 34 Prahlada self knowledge of spiritualism 301
Chapter 35 Meditation on Brahma in one self 311
Chapter 36 Hymn to the soul 318
Chapter 37 Disorder and disquiet of the asura realm 324
Chapter 38 Scrutiny in to the nature of god 325
Chapter 39 Admonition of hari to prahlada 328
Chapter 40 Resuscitation of prahlada 332
Chapter 41 Installation of prahlada in his realm 334
Chapter 42 Spirituality of prahlada 338
Chapter 43 Rest and repose of prahlada 340
Chapter 44 Narrative of Gandhi and his destruction 343
Chapter 45 Gadhi reborn as a candela and made king over the kir tribe 346
Chapter 46 Gadhi loss of his visionary kingdom 350
Chapter 47 Verification of Gadhi vision 353
Chapter 48 On the wondrous power of illusion 359
Chapter 49 Gadhi gaining of true knowledge 364
Chapter 50 Intention of Rama 368
Chapter 51 Desire of Uddalaka 376
Chapter 52 Ratiocination of uddalaka 380
Chapter 53 The rational rapture of uddalaka 386
Chapter 54 Quiescence of uddalka 392
Chapter 55 Transcendentalism of uddalaka 399
Chapter 56 Investigation into meditation and contemplation 402
Chapter 57 Negation of Dualism 407
Chapter 58 Legend of suraghu and admonition of mandyya 410
Chapter 59 Tranquility of suraghu 413
Chapter 60 Extinction of suraghu 417
Chapter 61 Meeting of suraghu and Parigha 418
Chapter 62 On the nature of quietism and quietus 421
Chapter 63 The conclusion of the above 423
Chapter 64 Sermon on self knowledge 425
Chapter 65 Story of bhasa and vilasa 429
Chapter 66 The transitoriness of life and Evenescene of world by things 432
Chapter 67 Abandonment of intrinsic relations 435
Chapter 68 Inquiry into the nature of internal and external relations 439
Chapter 69 Freedom from attachment the road to tranquility 443
Chapter 70 Perfect bliss of living liberation 444
Chapter 71 A discourse of the body mind a soul 447
Chapter 72 A lecture on the nature of liberation 453
Chapter 73 Inquiry into the nature of the soul 457
Chapter 74 Lecture on apathy or stoicism 460
Chapter 75 On mancipation and emancipation 467
Chapter 76 The world compared with the ocean 472
Chapter 77 Or living liberation 474
Chapter 78 Manner of conducting the yoga 477
Chapter 79 Description of spiritual knowledge 482
Chapter 80 Investigation of the phenomenal 484
Chapter 81 Insubstantiality of the mind 488
Chapter 82 Investigation into the nature of the sensuous mind 489
Chapter 83 On the necessity of avoiding all bodily and worldly cares and abiding in intellectual delights 496
Chapter 84 The mental or imaginary world of the sage 500
Chapter 85 The sages Samadhi or absorption in the divine spirit 504
Chapter 86 Government of bodily organs 506
Chapter 87 Term the one in various term 511
Chapter 88 A discourse on yoga meditation 513
Chapter 89 A lecture on rationalistic meditation 515
Chapter 90 Admonition on the mind and its yoga meditation 521
Chapter 91 On the origin of the human body and consciousness 523
Chapter 92 Means of obtaining the divine presence 533
Chapter 93 Universal indifference or insouciance 538

 

Contents
Volume 3rd

 

Chapter 1 Description of the evening and Breaking of the Assembly 1
Chapter 2 On the perfect calm and composure of mind 5
Chapter 3 On the unity and universality of Brahma 10
Chapter 4 Went of anxiety in the way of salvation 12
Chapter 5 The narration of Rama perfect rest 13
Chapter 6 The narration of delirium (Moha) 15
Chapter 7 Magnitude or preponderance of ignorance 20
Chapter 8 Allegory of the spreading arbour of ignorance 26
Chapter 9 Ascertainment of true knowledge 30
Chapter 10 Removal of ignorance 33
Chapter 11 Ascertainment of living liberation 38
Chapter 12 Reanoning on the doubts of the living liberation 48
Chapter 13 The two yoga of knowledge and Reasoning 50
Chapter 14 Narrative of Bhusunda and description of mount meru 52
Chapter 15 Vasishta visit to Bhusanda 54
Chapter 16 Conversation of Vasistha and bhudunda 58
Chapter 17 Description of Bhusunda persona 60
Chapter 18 Manners of the matrka goddess 61
Chapter 19 Bhununda nativity and habitation 64
Chapter 20 Explication of the mysterious character of Bhusunda 68
Chapter 21 Explanation of the cause of the crows longevity 72
Chapter 22 Account of fast ages 77
Chapter 23 Desire of tranquility and quiescence of the mind 81
Chapter 24 Investigation of the living principle 85
Chapter 25 On Samadhi 88
Chapter 26 Relation of the cause of longevity 94
Chapter 27 Conclusion of the narrative of Bhusanda 98
Chapter 28 Lecture on theopathy or spiritual meditation 100
Chapter 29 Pantheism or description of the world as full with the supreme soul 108
Chapter 30 Inquiry into the nature of the intlellect 120
Chapter 31 Identity of the mind and living soul 129
Chapter 32 On the sustention and dissolution of the body 135
Chapter 33 Resolution of duality into unity 140
Chapter 34 Sermon of Siva on the same subject 144
Chapter 35 Adoration of the great God Mahadeva 147
Chapter 36 Description of the supreme deity Parameswara 150
Chapter 37 The stage play and dance of destiny 152
Chapter 38 On the external worship of the deity 155
Chapter 39 Mode of the internal worship of the deity 158
Chapter 40 Inquiry into the nature of the deity 163
Chapter 41 Vanity of world and worldly things 164
Chapter 42 The supreme soul and its phases and names 169
Chapter 43 On rest and tranquility 172
Chapter 44 Inquiry into the essence of the mind 175
Chapter 45 Story of the vilva or belfruit 178
Chapter 46 Parable of the stony sheath of the soul 181
Chapter 47 Lecture on the density of the intellect 185
Chapter 48 On the unity and identity of Brahma and world 189
Chapter 49 Contemplation of the course of the world 190
Chapter 50 On sensation and the objects of senses 194
Chapter 51 On the perception of the sensible objects 197
Chapter 52 Story of Arjuna as the incarnation of Nara Narayana 204
Chapter 53 Admonition of Arjuna 207
Chapter 54 Admonition of Arjuna in spiritual knowledge 213
Chapter 55 Lecture on the living soul or Jivatatwa 216
Chapter 56 Description of the mind 221
Chapter 57 On abandonment of desire and its result of Tranquility 224
Chapter 58 Arjuna satisfaction at the sermon 226
Chapter 59 Knowledge of the latent and inscrutable soul 227
Chapter 60 Knowledge of the majesty and grandeur of God 232
Chapter 61 Description of the world as a passing dream 234
Chapter 62 Description of the world as a passing dream 236
Chapter 63 Dream of Jivata 240
Chapter 64 On the attainment of attendant ship on the god Rudra 246
Chapter 65 Rama wonder at the error of men 250
Chapter 66 The wonderings of the mendicant 252
Chapter 67 Unity of god 254
Chapter 68 On the virtues of taciturnity 258
Chapter 69 Union of the mind with the breath of life 260
Chapter 70 Interrogatories of vetala 266
Chapter 71 The princes reply to the first question of the Vetala 268
Chapter 72 Answers to the remaining questions 269
Chapter 73 End of the story of the vetala demon 271
Chapter 74 Account and admonition of bhgiratha 272
Chapter 75 Supineness of bhagiratha 275
Chapter 76 The descent of Ganges on earth 277
Chapter 77 Narrative of cudala and sikhidhwaja 279
Chapter 78 Beatification of cudala 283
Chapter 79 Princess coming to the sight of the supreme soul 288
Chapter 80 Display of the quintuple elements 291
Chapter 81 Inquiry into agni soma or fire and moon 298
Chapter 82 Yoga instructions for acquirement of the supernatural powers of Anima minuteness and etc. 310
Chapter 83 Story of the miserly Kirata 313
Chapter 84 Pilgrimage of princes Sikhidhwaja 316
Chapter 85 Investigation into true happiness 321
Chapter 86 The production of the pot (or the embryonic cell) 334
Chapter 87 Continuation of the same and enlightenment of Sikhidhwaja 336
Chapter 88 The tale of the crystal gem 340
Chapter 89 The parable of An elephant 343
Chapter 90 Way to obtain the philosopher stone 345
Chapter 91 Interpretation of the parable of the elephant 348
Chapter 92 The prince abjuration of his asceticism 350
Chapter 93 Admonition of Sikhidhwaja 353
Chapter 94 Enlightenment of Sikhidhwaja 359
Chapter 95 The anesthetic Platonism of sihidhwaja 365
Chapter 96 Enligthment of Sikhidhwaja 368
Chapter 97 Enlightenment of the prince in theosophy 372
Chapter 98 Adomonsition of sikhidhwaja continued 374
Chapter 99 Remonstration of Sikhidhwaja 377
Chapter 100 Continuation of the same subject 380
Chapter 101 Admonition of cudala 383
Chapter 102 Repose of sikhidhwaja in the divine spirit 388
Chapter 103 Return of kumbha to the hermitage of Sikhidhwaja 389
Chapter 104 On the conduct of living liberated men 394
Chapter 105 Metamorphoses of Kumbha to a female from 397
Chapter 106 Marriage of Cudala with Sikhidhwaja 401
Chapter 107 The advent of false indira in the cottage of the Happy pair 107
Chapter 108 Manifestation of Cudala in her own form 409
Chapter 109 Appearance of Cudala in the presence of her lord 412
Chapter 110 Final extinction of Sikhidhwaja 410
Chapter 111 Story of Kaca and his enlightenment by the Brahspati 422
Chapter 112 A fanciful being and his occupation of air Drawn and air built abodes 426
Chapter 113 The parable of the vain man continued 429
Chapter 114 Sermon on divine and holy knowledge 431
Chapter 115 Description of the triple conduct of men 434
Chapter 116 Melting down of the mind 438
Chapter 117 Dialogue between manu and Iksaku 439
Chapter 118 Continuation of the same 440
Chapter 119 The same subject continued 442
Chapter 120 Continuation of the same on the seven stages of edification 443
Chapter 121 Continuation of the same 446
Chapter 122 The same manu admonition to Iksaku 447
Chapter 123 On the difference between the knowing and unknowing 449
Chapter 124 The story of the stage and the hunts man 449
Chapter 125 The means of attaining the steadiness of the turya state 453
Chapter 126 Description of the spiritual state 454
Chapter 127 Admonition to Bharadwaja 462
Chapter 128 Resuscitation of Rama 468

 

Contents
Volume 4rth

 

Chapter 1 On unintentional acts and actions 1
Chapter 2 Burning of the seeds of action for prevention of their vegetation 4
Chapter 3 Disappearance of the phenomenal 9
Chapter 4 Annihilation of egoism 13
Chapter 5 Narrative of a vidyadhara and his queries 17
Chapter 6 Description of disaffection and disgust to the world 19
Chapter 7 Description of the seed of the arbor of world 23
Chapter 8 Description of the Temple of illusion 25
Chapter 9 On the development of intellect 28
Chapter 10 Description of creation as an emanation from Brahma 29
Chapter 11 On truth and right knowledge 31
Chapter 12 On the identity of the will and its work of the desire and its production 32
Chapter 13 Anecdote of Idra and an account of the atomic world 36
Chapter 14 Story of indrani and establishment of the identity of the acts of creation and imagination 39
Chapter 15 The final extinction of the Vidyadhara 41
Chapter 16 Extinction of Vidyadhara (Continued) 43
Chapter 17 Lecture on the Annihilation of Egoism 44
Chapter 18 Description of the university sphere 45
Chapter 19 Description of the form or virat or the all comprehending diety 50
Chapter 20 Lecture on the extinction of the living soul 53
Chapter 21 What constitutes truth knowledge 55
Chapter 22 The yoga conducive to happiness or the way to Happiness 56
Chapter 23 Story of a pious Brahmana and his Nirvana extinction 61
Chapter 24 Indifference or insouciance of manki to worldliness 65
Chapter 25 Vasistha admonition to manki 67
Chapter 26 Manki attainment of final extinction or Nrvana 70
Chapter 27 Sermon on the superior sort of Yoga meditation 74
Chapter 28 Demonstrated conclusion of the doubtful truth 76
Chapter 29 Sermon on holy meditation 79
Chapter 30 Sermon on spirituality sermon on the means of attaining the Nirvana extinction 86
Chapter 31 Sermon on the means of attainting the nirvana extinction 89
Chapter 32 Sermon inculcating the knowledge of truth 92
Chapter 33 Sermon on the true sense of truth 95
Chapter 34 Sermon of the practice of spiritual yoga or intellectual mediation 99
Chapter 35 Description of the supreme Brahma 103
Chapter 36 Sermon on the seed or source of the world 107
Chapter 37 A lecture on the visible and visible world 110
Chapter 38 Disquisition of nirvana quietism 118
Chapter 39 Vasistha gita or sermon on the sweet peace of mind 112
Chapter 40 On the quiescence of the soul 125
Chapter 41 Repose in one essential nature 126
Chapter 42 A lecture on nirvana extinction 129
Chapter 43 On the infinite extension of Brahma 133
Chapter 44 Dangers to which the wandering (stage-like) mind is exposed 139
Chapter 45 Continuation of the story to the deer like mind 143
Chapter 46 On abstract mediation and hypnotism 148
Chapter 47 The first step towards liberation 150
Chapter 48 On the dignity of right discrimination 154
Chapter 49 Total stoicism and insouciance 158
Chapter 50 Description of the seven kinds of living beings 163
Chapter 51 Admonition to arrive at the yoga of ultimate best 165
Chapter 52 Description of the form and attributes of Brahma 169
Chapter 53 Explanations of Nirvana anaesthesia 173
Chapter 54 Establishment of the undivided individual of god 175
Chapter 55 The spiritual sense of the worl 178
Chapter 56 Story of the great stone and vaistha meditation 180
Chapter 57 On the knowledge of the known and unknown 183
Chapter 58 Proving the creation as divine attributes 186
Chapter 59 Description of the net work of the world 188
Chapter 60 The network of world (continued) 193
Chapter 61 On the identity of the world with infinite vacuity 198
Chapter 62 The unity of the intellect with the intellectual world 201
Chapter 63 Unity of the universe with the universe soul 205
Chapter 64 Sport of the heavenly Nymphs 208
Chapter 65 Life and conduct of the ethereal nymph 214
Chapter 66 Description of the inside of the stony mansion of the world 216
Chapter 67 Praise of continued practice or the force of habit 218
Chapter 68 The fallacy of the existence of the world 222
Chapter 69 Entrance into the cosmical stone of mundane egg 226
Chapter 70 The words of the creator of worlds in the mundane stone 228
Chapter 71 Description of final dissolution 231
Chapter 72 Description of nirvana or final extinction 235
Chapter 73 Description of the persona of virat the god of nature 238
Chapter 74 Description of the cosmical body of virat (continued) 242
Chapter 75 Description of the final conflagration of the world 245
Chapter 76 The strider of Puskravarta clouds 250
Chapter 77 Description of the world over flooded by the rains 253
Chapter 78 Descriptions of the universal ocean 257
Chapter 79 Maintenance of in appetency of want to desire 259
Chapter 80 The world proved to be a delusion 563
Chapter 81 Description of the last night of death or general doom 268
Chapter 82 Description of the person of the god siva 277
Chapter 83 Sight of the mundane god 279
Chapter 84 Relation of Siva and Sakti or of the holy spirit and its power 282
Chapter 85 Relation of nature and soul or the prime male and female power 286
Chapter 86 The convertibility of the world of the supreme spirit 289
Chapter 87 The infinity of the world shown in the material body 294
Chapter 88 Further description of the earth 300
Chapter 89 The phenomenal as the reproduction of the watery creation 302
Chapter 90 Description of the watery creation 304
Chapter 91 Description of igneous luminous and brilliant objects in nature 306
Chapter 92 Description of the current air as the universal spirit 312
Chapter 93 The advent and psalmody of a siddha in the aerial abode of vasistha 317
Chapter 94 Description of a pisaca and the unity of the world with Brahma 325
Chapter 95 Description of the person of Vasistha 331
Chapter 96 Establishment of immortality 334
Chapter 97 On the rarity and ret redness of religious recluses 337
Chapter 98 Praise of good society or association with the good and wise 341
Chapter 99 A discourse on esoteric or spiritual knowledge 343
Chapter 100 Refutation of Atheism 348
Chapter 101 A sermon on spirituality 353
Chapter 102 Exposition of Buddhism and disproving of death 356
Chapter 103 Proof of the unity of the deity amidst the variety of creation 361
Chapter 104 Establishment f the non entity of the world 369
Chapter 105 Likeness of waking and sleeping dreams 370
Chapter 106 Invalidation of the doctrine of cause and effect 374
Chapter 107 The nature of ignorance or illusion of the mind 379
Chapter 108 Description of the knowledge and ignorance of the soul 380
Chapter 109 Fighting with the invading armies at the gate of the city 384
Chapter 110 Battle of the wise princes with the ignorant Barbarian 387
Chapter 111 The flight of the soldiers on all sides 391
Chapter 112 Flight of the foreign foes 395
Chapter 113 Description of the ocean 398
Chapter 114 Description of the prospects all around 402
Chapter 115 The same subject continued 405
Chapter 116 Narration of the speech of crow and cuckoo 411
Chapter 117 Description of the lotus lake bee and the swan 421
Chapter 118 Description of deer, peacocks cranes 425
Chapter 119 Lamentation of the lovelorn travaller 428
Chapter 120 Description of various subject n all sides 431
Chapter 121 Exposition of the story of vipascit 434
Chapter 122 The king survey of the sea and his locomotion on it 436
Chapter 123 The king excursions on all sides 438
Chapter 124 Quadripartite state of the king vipascit 439
Chapter 125 On the living liberation of the prince 442
Chapter 126 Resuscitation and conduct of the vpiascitas 448
Chapter 127 Cosmology of the universe 451
Chapter 128 The vacuum of Brahma and the sight of the world therein 453
Chapter 129 Vipascit becoming a stage 456
Chapter 130 Entering of the stage into the fire 461
Chapter 131 Bhasa account of the world and his journey throughout 463
Chapter 132 Bhasa relation of the transmigration of his soul 469
Chapter 133 Story of the wonderful carcass 471
Chapter 134 The story of the carcass continued 474
Chapter 135 Disappearance of the carcass and the reappearance of the earth 479
Chapter 136 Story of the gnat and hunter 480
Chapter 137 Description of the states of waking sleeping and dreaming 483
Chapter 138 The pervasion of the mind throughout the universe 488
Chapter 139 Description of the dissolution of the world 491
Chapter 140 Workings of imagination 497
Chapter 141 Description of the termination of a kalpa period 503
Chapter 142 Ascertainment of karma or acts of men 504
Chapter 143 Ascertainment of nirvana or ultimate extinction 508
Chapter 144 Investigation into the nature & vicissitudes of things 515
Chapter 145 Description of the waking dreaming and sleeping states 520
Chapter 146 Disquisition of sound sleep 526
Chapter 147 The phenomenon and perspection of dreams 528
Chapter 148 Investigation into the nature of dreams 531
Chapter 149 Investigation in to the original cause 534
Chapter 150 Transcendental admonitions 538
Chapter 151 View of in existence 542
Chapter 152 The sage discourse at night 543
Chapter 153 One should is the cause of all 544
Chapter 154 Relation of past events 546
Chapter 155 Relation of future fortune 548
Chapter 156 Expostulation of Sindhu by his minister 552
Chapter 157 The ultimate extinction of nirvana of sindhu 555
Chapter 158 Fall of the huge body of the hunter 558
Chapter 159 Wandering of vipascit 540
Chapter 160 Description of heaven and hell 565
Chapter 161 Explanation of nirvana 570
Chapter 162 Annihilation of ignorance 574
Chapter 163 Means and manner of governing the senses and sensible organs 576
Chapter 164 Unity of the divinity and the mundane world 581
Chapter 165 On the similarity of waking and dreaming 582
Chapter 166 On the attributes of the divine spirit in the form of dialogue 584
Chapter 167 Absence of the three folds state of waking dreaming and sleep 587
Chapter 168 Story of the hewn statue or carved image 595
Chapter 169 Description of the calm and tranquil minds 596
Chapter 170 On the conduct of the sapient man 600
Chapter 171 Meditation of pure vacuum 603
Chapter 172 Establishment of the identity of the deity and the world 608
Chapter 173 Brahma gita or a lecture on spirituality 612
Chapter 174 The same or a lecture on nirvana 615
Chapter 175 Paramartha Gita or lecture on transcendentalism or the soleity 618
Chapter 176 Brahma Gita account of Brahmanda or mundane system 624
Chapter 177 Brahma Gita description of divine nature 627
Chapter 178 Brahma Gita narrative of aindava 630
Chapter 179 The doctrine of pantheism or the one as all 636
Chapter 180 Brahma Gita or the story on austere devotee 638
Chapter 181 Brahma Gita continued 641
Chapter 182 Brahma Gita continued sovereignty of the seven continents 645
Chapter 183 Description of the seven continents 649
Chapter 184 A lecture on the all comprehensiveness of the soul 655
Chapter 185 Admonition to and clairvoyance of Kundadanta 660
Chapter 186 Demonstration of all nature (and things) Brama himself 662
Chapter 187 Of the living creation 670
Chapter 188 Description of the living soul 675
Chapter 189 On the unity of the divine spirit 678
Chapter 190 Esctasis or intertness or Rama 680
Chapter 191 Solution of the great question of unity and duality 690
Chapter 192 On the attainment of spiritual anaesthesia 691
Chapter 193 Mental torpor or tranquility 693
Chapter 194 Rama rest in Nirvana insensibility 695
Chapter 195 Lectured on the enlightenement of undersanding 699
Chapter 196 Story of a wood cutter and his gem 705
Chapter 197 On the excellence of leaning 707
Chapter 198 Excellence of universal toleration 710
Chapter 199 State of living liberated man 714
Chapter 200 The loud applause of the court on the sage speech 178
Chapter 201 Explanation of rest and repose in ultimate and perfect bliss 724
Chapter 202 Recumbence of the assembly to their hypnotic rest 727
Chapter 203 Description of nirvana or self extinction in divine meditation 728
Chapter 204 Identity of abstract intellectuality and vacuity 732
Chapter 205 Refutation of the doctrine of the causality of creation 735
Chapter 206 The great inquiry or questions of the Buddhist 739
Chapter 207 Replies to the aforesaid queries (of the Buddhist) 742
Chapter 208 Solution of the great question 745
Chapter 209 On the consciousness or intuitive knowledge of extraneous existence 748
Chapter 210 Refutation of the conception of a duality in unity 751
Chapter 211 Lecture on transcendent truth 755
Chapter 212 On ascertainment of truth 758
Chapter 213 Narration of rama prior pupil age under vasistha 761
Chapter 214 Description of the great jubilee of the assembly 765
Chapter 215 Eulogy on this work and the mode of its recital 770
Chapter 216 Conclusion of the celestial messenger message of liberation 772

 

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YOGA VASISTHA Of Valamiki: 4 Volumes

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The yoga or contemplative philosophy of the Hindus is rich, exuberant, grand and sublime, in as much as it comprehends within its ample sphere and deep recesses of mediation, all that is of the greatest value, best interest and highest importance to mankind as physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual beings a knowledge of the cosmos of the physical and intellectual worlds.

The principal Gods Brahma and Siva are represented as Yogis the chief sages Vyasa. Valmiki, Vasistha and Yajnavalkya were propounders of Yoga system; the saints one and all were adepts in yoga. Yogavasistha is the greatest work of the Yoga-philosophy by Valmiki known by several names. This work has six chapter known as prakaranas as 1. Vairagava prakarana, 2. Mumuksu vyahara prakarana, 3. Utpatti prakarana, 4. Sthiti prakarana, 5. Upasama prakarana 6. Nirvana prakarana.

The present Edition of the translator Vihari Lal Mitra comes from a Bengali Background, his dicta is sometimes found impressed with Bengali accent. This is why he has written sattva as sottva, arghya as orghya, asattva as asuttva, etc. at all such places, a correct rendering of spellings has been made by the present editor without having leaned to Bengali accent. The translator has mistaken Samadhi for hypnotism, hence to avoid confusion Samadhi has been rendered as Samadhi for lack on any synonym thereof. Since this and other Yogic terms are peculiar to Sanskrit and they don't have their exact equivalences in other languages of the world. The old English usage sometimes takes its course I the translation in land so the present editor has replaced all such usages by the modest terms available in English languages. Some stanzas were also not translated there according to Sanskrit text of Nirvana Sagar edition. So, for the benefit of the readers those have been translated by editor.

The most conspicuous feature of the present edition is that it contains the Sanskrit text in original along with the English translation complete in all respects. Hope the present edition would by capable of fulfilling the long felt and most ardent need of the readers and researchers.

 

Introduction

Yogavasistha is known by several names e.g. Maharamayana, Arsaramayana, Vasistaramayana, Jnanavasistha or Vasistha. This work has six chapters known as prakaranas as under-

1. Vairagya prakarana
2. Mumuksu vyahara prakarana
3. Utpatti prakarana
4. Sithiti prakarana
5. Upasama prakarana
6. Nirvana prakarana

Nirvana prakarana is further divided into two part paravardha (first half) Uttararha (second half) As per description of Yogavasistha this work contains 32,000 slokas
Mosksopayabhidhaneyam Samhita sarasammita
Trimsat deva ca saharani Jnata nirvanadayini.
But the available editions do not contain the prescribed number of verses.

The manuscript of Yogavasistha preserved in the India office literary of London contains: 28660 slokas. The Yogavasistha published from Nirnaya sagar press Bombay contains 27687 slokas. Thought several other manuscript are available but all of them are incomplete and fragmentary. From time to time scholars have been producing the Yogavasistha in fragments as per their interests and objectives. Today Yogavasishta is available in the market in the following pocket size edition e.g.

Laghu Yogavasistha
Yogavasistha sloka
Yogavasistha sara
Vasistha sara
Jnavasistha samuccaya etc.

We come across several commentaries on Yogavasistha. Advayaranya son of Narahari attempted his commentary on the Yogavasistha in the name of Vasistha Ramayana-candrika. In nineteenth century Ananda Bodhendra Sarasvati the disciple of Ganga Dharenddra wrote in Tatparya Tika on yogavasistha. Gangadharendra wrote two bhasya on it. Madhava sarasvati Pada Candrika commentary on this work.

Yogavasistha is a vast and bulk size work. in fact it is composed of several upalkhyanas which mainly contributed to its vast size. There are 53 important Upakhyanas in this work. they are as under.

1. The story of yogavasistha 2. The conversation between Rama and vasistha 3. The story of suka 4. Vasistha story of Origin and acquisition of knowledge. 5. The story of Akasaja 6. The story of Lila. 7. The story of Karkati Raksasi. 8. The story of the sons of Indu Brahmana. 9. The story of Ahilya and Indra. 10. The story of citta. 11. The story of Bala. 12. The story of Indrajala. 13. The story of Sukra. 14. The story of Dama, Vyala and Kata. 15. The story of Bhima Bhasa and Drdha. 16. The story of Dasura. 17. Kacagita. 18. The story of Janaka achieving Jivanmukti. 19. The story of Puny and Pavana. 20. The stories of Bali. 21 Prahalada. 22. Gadhi, 23. Uddalaka, 24. Suraghu 25. Vitahavya, 26. Kak Bhusunda. 27. Queen Cudala and Sikhidhvaja, 28. Isvara, 29. Arjuna, 30. Satarudra. 31. Vetala, 32. Bhagiratha, 33. Rani cudala 34. Kirata, 35. Manikaca, 36. Hastika, 37. Kaca, 38. Iksvaku, 39. A Muni settled in Tuiyavastha 40. Vidyadhara, 41. Indara, 42. Manki 43. Manoharina, 44. Pasana, 45. Vipacit, 46. Vatadhana princes, 47. Sava 48. Sila, 49. Brahmanda, 50. Aindava 51. Bilva, 52. Tapasa, 53. Kasthavaivadhika.

Yogavasistha imfact is the compilation of discourses delivered by the great sage Vasistha to Ram at the time of his assuming the kingship of Ayodhay. Taking the opportunity of that historic occasion Vasistha as per tradition delivered his lecturers on varied topics dealing with spiritually origin of cosmos and human beings attainment of moska through yoga and Samadhi. The present treatise is bulkier in size and shape than Ramayana. It sheds an ample good light on the time period of Rama social customs and Vedic rituals prevalent by then. It also helps unravel the mysteries of creation decreation ad Avataras. It help in ascertaining the geographical limits i.e. longitudes and latitudes of various places during that period. Valmiki is the author of this earliest great work on yoga.

Monier Williams in the his work on India wisdom took notice of this work as under:

“There is a remarkable work called Vasistha Ramayana or yoga vasistha or vasistha Maharamayana in the form of an exhortation with illustrative narratives addressed by Vasistha to his pupil the youthful Rama on the best means of attaining true happiness and considered to have been composed as an appendage to the Ramayana by Valmiki himself. There is another work of the same nature called the Adhyatam Ramayana which is attributed to Vyasa and treat of the moral and theological subjects connected with the life and acts of the great hero of Indian history. Many other works are extant in the vernacular dialects having the same theme for their subject which is needless to notice in this place.”

Vasistha known as the wisest of sages puts forth in the first part the great question of the vanity of the world which is shown synthetically to a great length form the state of all living existences the instinct inclinations and passions of men the nature of their aims and objects with some discussions about destiny necessity activity and the state of the soul and spirit. The second part embraces various directions for the union of the individual with the universal consciousness the subjective the objective truth and the common topics of yoga philosophy.

While narrating the stories of creation and decreation Kaka Bhusunda has repeatedly been quoted as the previous authority whose tradition been described as the witness off all the change and alteration in the natural course.

Clarification regarding Kaka Bhusunda: it is often considered in the Puranaika circles that Kaka Busunda was a bird crow but this was not the case. Kaka Bhusunda was the name of person. Keeping in view the same notion regarding Kaka Bhusunda the present translator has unnecessarily applied the terms like and bird crow etc. to this name while the actual author of the verses had no such mention thereof. Moreover wherever the words like vayasa or khaga have been used by the author they only denote the bhudunda as a man styled and addressed as with attributive epithets khaga or vayasa due to similarity of his name to the bird crow.

In fact there has been the tendency of the interpreters of Sanskrit texts to put literal translation of each and every word whether it is a proper name too. I have come across good deal of examples of this type of tendency. The interpreter of Rgveda have also translated literally the name of the seers into their translated version e.g. sata vaikhanas has been translated as Hundred Vaikhanas. Some other translators of panctantra have translated the proper name puspdanta as flower truth. Actually these are the examples of sheer folly on the part of translators. How can one translator hazara singh as thousand lion. Similarly in present context it is necessary to observe that Kaka is the name and it should not be translated as crow.

To acquaint the readers with the type of knowledge disseminated by Yogavasistha. We render her under a few of the contents.

 

Contents
Volume 1st

 

  Vairagya Prakarana  
  Book 1  
Chapter 1 Introduction  
Section 1 Divine Adoration 1
Section 2 Narrative fo Suktiksna 1
Section 3 Anecdote of Karunya 1
Section 4 Story of Suruci 2
Section 5 Account of Aristanemi 3
Section 6 History of Rama 5
Chapter 2 Reason of writing the Ramayana 6
Section 1 Persons entitled to its perusal 6
Section 2 Brahma behest 7
Section 3 inquiry of bharadvaja 7
Chapter 3 Valmiki admonition 8
Section 1 On True Knowledge 8
Section 2 Early History of Rama 10
Section 3 Rama Pilgrimage 11
Chapter 4 Rama’s return from pilgrimage 12
Chapter 5 Of Rama’s self dejection and its cause 12
Chapter 6 Advent of Visvamitra to the Roayl court 14
Section 2 Address of King Dasaratha 16
Chapter 7 Visvamitra request for Rama 18
Chapter 8 Dasaratha reply to visvamitra 20
Chapter 9 Visvamitra wrath and his enraged speech 22
Chapter 10 Melancholy of Rama 24
Chapter 11 Consolation or Rama 28
Chapter 12 Rama replay 30
Chapter 13 Vituperation of Riches 32
Chapter 14 Depreciation of Human life 34
Chapter 15 Obloquy of egoism 36
Chapter 16   37
Chapter 17 On cupidity 39
Chapter 18 Obloquy of the Body 43
Chapter 19 Blemishes of bodyhod 18
Chapter 20 Vituperation of youth 50
Chapter 21 Vituperation of women 53
Chapter 22 Obloquy of old age 56
Chapter 23 Vicissitudes of times 58
Chapter 24 Ravages of time 61
Chapter 25 Sports of death 62
Chapter 26 The act of destiny 65
Chapter 27 Vanity of the world 68
Chapter 28 Mutability of the world 72
Chapter 29 Unreliableness of wordly times 75
Chapter 30 Self disparagement 77
Chapter 31 Queries of Rama 79
Chapter 32 Praises of Rama Speech 81
Chapter 33 Association of aerial and earthly beings 83
  Mumuksu Prakarana  
  Book II  
Chapter 1 Liberation of sukadeva 87
Chapter 2 Speech of Visvamitra 90
Chapter 3 On the repeated creations of the world 92
Chapter 4 Praise of acts and exertions 95
Chapter 5 Necessity of activity 97
Chapter 6 Refutation of fatalism 99
Chapter 7 On the necessity of activity 102
Chapter 8 Invalidation of destiny 105
Chapter 9 Investigation of acts 107
Chapter 10 Dissensions of knowledge 110
Chapter 11 On the qualifications of the inquire and lecture 113
Chapter 12 Greatness of true knowledge 118
Chapter 13 On peace and tranquility of mind 120
Chapter 14 On the ascertainment of an argument 126
Chapter 15 On contentment 130
Chapter 16 On good conduct 131
Chapter 17 On the contents of the work 134
Chapter 18 Ascertainment of the example of major proposition 138
Chapter 19 Ascertainment of true evidence 143
Chapter 20 On good conduct 146
  Utpatti Prakarana Evolution of the world  
  Book III  
Chapter 1 Causes of Bandage to it 148
Section 1 Exordium 148
Section 2 Wordly Bondage 148
Section 3 Phase of the spirit 149
Section 4 Nature of Bondage 150
Chapter 2 Speech of visvamitra 153
Chapter 3 Causes of bondage in the body 157
Chapter 4 Section 1 Description of the night fall 160
Section 2 Nature of the mind 164
Section 3 Kaivalya or mental abstraction 164
Chapter 5 On the original cause 167
Chapter 6 Admonition for attempt of liberation 169
Chapter 7 Recognition of the nihility of phenomenal world 171
Chapter 8 Nature of good Sastras 175
Chapter 9 On the supreme cause of all 176
Chapter 10 Description of the chaotic state 182
Chapter 11 Spiritual view of creation 188
Chapter 12 The idealistic theo-cosmogony of Vedanta 190
Chapter 13 On the production of the self born 195
Chapter 14 Establishment of Brahma 198
Chapter 15 Story of the temple and its prince 205
Chapter 16 Joy and grief of the princes 208
Chapter 17 Story of the doubtful realm or reverie of Lila 211
Chapter 18 Exposure of the errors of the world 216
Chapter 19 Story of a former vasistha and his wife 219
Chapter 20 The moral of the tale of lila 221
Chapter 21 Guide to peace 223
Chapter 22 Practice of wisdom or wisdom in practice 232
Chapter 23 The aerial journey of spiritual bodies 234
Chapter 24 The aerial journey (continued) 235
Chapter 25 Description of the earth 240
Chapter 26 Meeting the siddhas 243
Chapter 27 Past lives of Lila 247
Chapter 28    
Section1 exposition of lila vision 252
Section 2 description of the mountainous habitation 253
Chapter 29 Account of the prevous life of lila 257
Chapter 30 Description of the mundane egg 261
Chapter 31    
Section 1 Alighting of the ladies on earth 264
Section 2 Sight of a Battle Array in earth and air 265
Chapter 32 Onset of the War 266
Chapter 33 Commingied fighting 269
Chapter 34 Description of the battle 272
Chapter 35 Description of the battle field 276
Chapter 36    
Section 1 Collision of Equal arms and armigerents 279
Section 2 Catalogue of the forces 280
Chapter 37 Catalogue of the force (Continued) 284
Chapter 38 Cessation of the war 288
Chapter 39 Description of the battle field infested by nocturnal friends 292
Chapter 40 Reflection on human life and mind 295
Chapter 41 Discrimination of error 300
Chapter 42 Philosophy of dreaming 305
Chapter 43 Burning of the city 308
Chapter 44 Spiritual interpretation of the vision 313
Chapter 45 Theism consisting the true knowledge 317
Chapter 46 Onslaught of viduratha 319
Chapter 47 Encounter of sindhu and viduratha 321
Chapter 48 Description of daivastras or supernatural weapons 324
Chapter 49 Description of other kinds of weapons 330
Chapter 50 Death of vuratha conclusion 333
Chapter 51 Description of sindhu dominions 338
Chapter 52 State of man after death 339
Chapter 53 Representations of reminiscence 344
Chapter 54 Reflections of death 347
Chapter 55 The states of life and death 353
Chapter 56 State of the soul after death 359
Chapter 57 Phenomena of dreaming 363
Chapter 58 Revival of padma 367
Chapter 59 Extinction of Padma life 371
Chapter 60 On duration and time and thoughts of the mind 373
Chapter 61 On the nature of the world 378
Chapter 62 Interpretations of destiny 382
Chapter 63 Immutability of the divine mind 385
Chapter 64 The germinating seed 386
Chapter 65 Nature of the living soul 389
Chapter 66 Meditation of the subjective and objective 391
Chapter 67 Lecture on truth 393
Chapter 68 Description of Raksasi 401
Chapter 69 Story of visucika 103
Chapter 70 Conduct of Visuci or the adventure of the needle 105
Chapter 71 Remorse of Suci 412
Chapter 72 Fervor of scui devotion 415
Chapter 73 Narada relation of suci devotion 418
Chapter 74 Consummation of suci devotion 423
Chapter 75 Suci’s regaining her former frame 425
Chapter 76 Refraining from unlawful food 427
Chapter 77 Deliberation of Karkati 429
Chapter 78 Conference on the Raksasi 432
Chapter 79 Interrogatories of the Raksasi 435
Chapter 80 Solution of the questions 439
Chapter 81 Congeries of spiritual doctrines 445
Chapter 82 Friendship of the Raksasi 454
Chapter 83 Worship of Kandara Alias mangala 459
Chapter 84 Development of the germ of the mind 460
Chapter 85 Interview of Brahma and the sun 466
Chapter 86 Story of indu and his sons 470
Chapter 87 Analecta of the celestial spheres 474
Chapter 88 Indifference of Brahma 476
Chapter 89 Story of Indira and Ahalya 477
Chapter 90 Love of the fictitious Indra and Ahalya 482
Chapter 91 Incarnation of the living soul or jiva 483
Chapter 92 On the power of mind 488
Chapter 93 A view of the genesis of the mind and body 491
Chapter 94 Brahma the origin of all 494
Chapter 95 Identity of the actor and his action 496
Chapter 96 Inquiry into the nature of mind 500
Chapter 97 The magnitude of the sphere Of the intellect 508
Chapter 98 History of the human heart 511
Chapter 99 History of the heart 514
Chapter 100 Healing of the heart 517
Chapter 101 Story of the boy and three princes 521
Chapter 102 On the indivisibility and immortality of the soul 525
Chapter 103 On the nature of the mind 529
Chapter 104 Story of a magic scene 531
Chapter 105 The breaking of the magic spell 534
Chapter 106 The talisman of the king marriage with a candela maid 537
Chapter 107 Description of a train of dangers 542
Chapter 108 Description of a draught and dearth 546
Chapter 109 Migration of the candalas 549
Chapter 110 Description of Mind 551
Chapter 111 Healing of the heart and mind 557
Chapter 112 The restlessness of the mind and its cure 561
Chapter 113 Description of ignorance and Delusion 563
Chapter 114 Description of errors 568
Chapter 115 Causes of happiness and misery 575
Chapter 116 Birth and incarnation of adepts in yoga 577
Chapter 117 Different state of knowledge and ignorance 580
Chapter 118 Directions to the stages of knowledge 583
Chapter 119 Illustration of the Gold ring 586
Chapter 120 Lamentation of the candela woman 590
Chapter 121 Proof of the futility of mind 593
Chapter 122 Ascertainment of the self or soul 599

 

Contents
Volume 2nd

 

  Sthiti prakarana on ontology or existence  
  Book IV  
Chapter 1 Janya-Jani-Nirupana 1
Chapter 2 The receptacle of the mundane egg 4
Chapter 3 Eternity of the world 6
Chapter 4 Treating of the germ of existence 8
Chapter 5 Story of Bhargava 9
Chapter 6 Elysium of bhargava 11
Chapter 7 Re-Union of the lovers 13
Chapter 8 Transmigrations of sukra 15
Chapter 9 Description of sukra body 17
Chapter 10 Bhrgu conference with Kala or death 19
Chapter 11 Cause of the production of the world 24
Chapter 12 Detailed account of the genesis of the world 30
Chapter 13 Consolation of bhrgu 32
Chapter 14 Sukra reminiscence of his metempsychosis 33
Chapter 15 Lamentation and expostulations of sukra 37
Chapter 16 Resuscitation of sukra 41
Chapter 17 Attainment of the ideal realm 43
Chapter 18 The incarnation of the living spirit 45
Chapter 19 Investigation in to the nature of the living soul 51
Chapter 20 Description of the mind 54
Chapter 21 On the philosophy of the mind 55
Chapter 22 Resting in supreme felicity 60
Chapter 23 Meditation of the wonders in the realm of the body 63
Chapter 24 The non entity of the mind 68
Chapter 25 Narration of dama, vayala and kala 70
Chapter 26 Battle of the deities and demons 73
Chapter 27 Admonition of Brahma 77
Chapter 28 The renewed battle of the god and demons 80
Chapter 29 Defeat of the demons 84
Chapter 30 Account of the subsequent lives of the demons 86
Chapter 31 Investigation of reality and unreality 88
Chapter 32 On good conduct 92
Chapter 33 Consideration of egoism 96
Chapter 34 End of the story of Dama and Vyala 102
Chapter 35 Description of insouciance 105
Chapter 36 Description of the intellectual sphere 110
Chapter 37 Upasama the sameness or quietism of the soul 113
Chapter 38 The same quietness or quietude of the spirit 115
Chapter 39 On the unity of all things 118
Chapter 40 Brahma Identic with the world 123
Chapter 41 Description of ignorance 126
Chapter 42 Production of jiva or living souls 129
Chapter 43 The repositories of lives souls 133
Chapter 44 The incarnation of human soul in the world 136
Chapter 45 Dependence of all on god 141
Chapter 46 Description of living liberation 144
Chapter 47 Description of the worlds and their demiurgs 147
Chapter 48 Story of Dasura 154
Chapter 49 Description of dasura kadamba forest 157
Chapter 50 Dasura survey of the heavens 160
Chapter 51 Dasura begetting a son 161
Chapter 52 Grandeur of the air born king 163
Chapter 53 Description of the mundane city 166
Chapter 54 Corrective of desires 170
Chapter 55 Meetig of vasistha and dasura 173
Chapter 56 On the soul and its inertness 176
Chapter 57 Nature of volleity and nolleity 180
Chapter 58 The song of kaca 185
Chapter 59 Works of Brahma creation 186
Chapter 60 Production of living beings 190
Chapter 61 Scrutiny into the nature of god 192
Chapter 62 Speech of the divine messenger 194
  The upasama Khanda (on quietism)  
  Book V  
Chapter 1 The ahnika or Daily ritual 197
Chapter 2 Rama’s recapitulation of Vasistha lectures 200
Chapter 3 Description of the royal assembly 203
Chapter 4 Inquiries of rama 206
Chapter 5 Lecture on tranquility of the sold and mind 208
Chapter 6 Lecture on the discharge of duty 212
Chapter 7 Or attainment of divine knowledge 214
Chapter 8 Song of the siddhas or holy adepts 215
Chapter 9 Reflection of Janaka 217
Chapter 10 Silent and solitary reflections of Janaka 222
Chapter 11 Subjection of the mind 224
Chapter 12 On the greatness of intelligence 225
Chapter 13 Government of the mind 22
Chapter 14 Ascertainment of the thinking principle 2238
Chapter 15 On avarice 2243
Chapter 16 Healing of avarice 244
Chapter 17 On the extirpation of avarice 246
Chapter 18 Living liberation or true felicity of man in this life 249
Chapter 19 On holy knowledge 254
Chapter 20 Remonstration of pavana 258
Chapter 21 Repression of desires by means of yoga meditation 261
Chapter 22 Narrative of viroacana 263
Chapter 23 Speech of virochana on subjection of the mind 267
Chapter 24 On the healing and improvement of the mind 270
Chapter 25 Reflection of bali 275
Chapter 26 Admonition of sukra to bali 277
Chapter 27 Habitude of bali 279
Chapter 28 Description of bali anaesthiesia 281
Chapter 29 Bali’s resuscitation to sensibility 283
Chapter 30 Fall of hiranya kasipu and rise of prahlada 288
Chapter 31 Prahlada faith in visnu 290
Chapter 32 The spiritual and formal worship of visnu 296
Chapter 33 Pralada supplication to Hari 299
Chapter 34 Prahlada self knowledge of spiritualism 301
Chapter 35 Meditation on Brahma in one self 311
Chapter 36 Hymn to the soul 318
Chapter 37 Disorder and disquiet of the asura realm 324
Chapter 38 Scrutiny in to the nature of god 325
Chapter 39 Admonition of hari to prahlada 328
Chapter 40 Resuscitation of prahlada 332
Chapter 41 Installation of prahlada in his realm 334
Chapter 42 Spirituality of prahlada 338
Chapter 43 Rest and repose of prahlada 340
Chapter 44 Narrative of Gandhi and his destruction 343
Chapter 45 Gadhi reborn as a candela and made king over the kir tribe 346
Chapter 46 Gadhi loss of his visionary kingdom 350
Chapter 47 Verification of Gadhi vision 353
Chapter 48 On the wondrous power of illusion 359
Chapter 49 Gadhi gaining of true knowledge 364
Chapter 50 Intention of Rama 368
Chapter 51 Desire of Uddalaka 376
Chapter 52 Ratiocination of uddalaka 380
Chapter 53 The rational rapture of uddalaka 386
Chapter 54 Quiescence of uddalka 392
Chapter 55 Transcendentalism of uddalaka 399
Chapter 56 Investigation into meditation and contemplation 402
Chapter 57 Negation of Dualism 407
Chapter 58 Legend of suraghu and admonition of mandyya 410
Chapter 59 Tranquility of suraghu 413
Chapter 60 Extinction of suraghu 417
Chapter 61 Meeting of suraghu and Parigha 418
Chapter 62 On the nature of quietism and quietus 421
Chapter 63 The conclusion of the above 423
Chapter 64 Sermon on self knowledge 425
Chapter 65 Story of bhasa and vilasa 429
Chapter 66 The transitoriness of life and Evenescene of world by things 432
Chapter 67 Abandonment of intrinsic relations 435
Chapter 68 Inquiry into the nature of internal and external relations 439
Chapter 69 Freedom from attachment the road to tranquility 443
Chapter 70 Perfect bliss of living liberation 444
Chapter 71 A discourse of the body mind a soul 447
Chapter 72 A lecture on the nature of liberation 453
Chapter 73 Inquiry into the nature of the soul 457
Chapter 74 Lecture on apathy or stoicism 460
Chapter 75 On mancipation and emancipation 467
Chapter 76 The world compared with the ocean 472
Chapter 77 Or living liberation 474
Chapter 78 Manner of conducting the yoga 477
Chapter 79 Description of spiritual knowledge 482
Chapter 80 Investigation of the phenomenal 484
Chapter 81 Insubstantiality of the mind 488
Chapter 82 Investigation into the nature of the sensuous mind 489
Chapter 83 On the necessity of avoiding all bodily and worldly cares and abiding in intellectual delights 496
Chapter 84 The mental or imaginary world of the sage 500
Chapter 85 The sages Samadhi or absorption in the divine spirit 504
Chapter 86 Government of bodily organs 506
Chapter 87 Term the one in various term 511
Chapter 88 A discourse on yoga meditation 513
Chapter 89 A lecture on rationalistic meditation 515
Chapter 90 Admonition on the mind and its yoga meditation 521
Chapter 91 On the origin of the human body and consciousness 523
Chapter 92 Means of obtaining the divine presence 533
Chapter 93 Universal indifference or insouciance 538

 

Contents
Volume 3rd

 

Chapter 1 Description of the evening and Breaking of the Assembly 1
Chapter 2 On the perfect calm and composure of mind 5
Chapter 3 On the unity and universality of Brahma 10
Chapter 4 Went of anxiety in the way of salvation 12
Chapter 5 The narration of Rama perfect rest 13
Chapter 6 The narration of delirium (Moha) 15
Chapter 7 Magnitude or preponderance of ignorance 20
Chapter 8 Allegory of the spreading arbour of ignorance 26
Chapter 9 Ascertainment of true knowledge 30
Chapter 10 Removal of ignorance 33
Chapter 11 Ascertainment of living liberation 38
Chapter 12 Reanoning on the doubts of the living liberation 48
Chapter 13 The two yoga of knowledge and Reasoning 50
Chapter 14 Narrative of Bhusunda and description of mount meru 52
Chapter 15 Vasishta visit to Bhusanda 54
Chapter 16 Conversation of Vasistha and bhudunda 58
Chapter 17 Description of Bhusunda persona 60
Chapter 18 Manners of the matrka goddess 61
Chapter 19 Bhununda nativity and habitation 64
Chapter 20 Explication of the mysterious character of Bhusunda 68
Chapter 21 Explanation of the cause of the crows longevity 72
Chapter 22 Account of fast ages 77
Chapter 23 Desire of tranquility and quiescence of the mind 81
Chapter 24 Investigation of the living principle 85
Chapter 25 On Samadhi 88
Chapter 26 Relation of the cause of longevity 94
Chapter 27 Conclusion of the narrative of Bhusanda 98
Chapter 28 Lecture on theopathy or spiritual meditation 100
Chapter 29 Pantheism or description of the world as full with the supreme soul 108
Chapter 30 Inquiry into the nature of the intlellect 120
Chapter 31 Identity of the mind and living soul 129
Chapter 32 On the sustention and dissolution of the body 135
Chapter 33 Resolution of duality into unity 140
Chapter 34 Sermon of Siva on the same subject 144
Chapter 35 Adoration of the great God Mahadeva 147
Chapter 36 Description of the supreme deity Parameswara 150
Chapter 37 The stage play and dance of destiny 152
Chapter 38 On the external worship of the deity 155
Chapter 39 Mode of the internal worship of the deity 158
Chapter 40 Inquiry into the nature of the deity 163
Chapter 41 Vanity of world and worldly things 164
Chapter 42 The supreme soul and its phases and names 169
Chapter 43 On rest and tranquility 172
Chapter 44 Inquiry into the essence of the mind 175
Chapter 45 Story of the vilva or belfruit 178
Chapter 46 Parable of the stony sheath of the soul 181
Chapter 47 Lecture on the density of the intellect 185
Chapter 48 On the unity and identity of Brahma and world 189
Chapter 49 Contemplation of the course of the world 190
Chapter 50 On sensation and the objects of senses 194
Chapter 51 On the perception of the sensible objects 197
Chapter 52 Story of Arjuna as the incarnation of Nara Narayana 204
Chapter 53 Admonition of Arjuna 207
Chapter 54 Admonition of Arjuna in spiritual knowledge 213
Chapter 55 Lecture on the living soul or Jivatatwa 216
Chapter 56 Description of the mind 221
Chapter 57 On abandonment of desire and its result of Tranquility 224
Chapter 58 Arjuna satisfaction at the sermon 226
Chapter 59 Knowledge of the latent and inscrutable soul 227
Chapter 60 Knowledge of the majesty and grandeur of God 232
Chapter 61 Description of the world as a passing dream 234
Chapter 62 Description of the world as a passing dream 236
Chapter 63 Dream of Jivata 240
Chapter 64 On the attainment of attendant ship on the god Rudra 246
Chapter 65 Rama wonder at the error of men 250
Chapter 66 The wonderings of the mendicant 252
Chapter 67 Unity of god 254
Chapter 68 On the virtues of taciturnity 258
Chapter 69 Union of the mind with the breath of life 260
Chapter 70 Interrogatories of vetala 266
Chapter 71 The princes reply to the first question of the Vetala 268
Chapter 72 Answers to the remaining questions 269
Chapter 73 End of the story of the vetala demon 271
Chapter 74 Account and admonition of bhgiratha 272
Chapter 75 Supineness of bhagiratha 275
Chapter 76 The descent of Ganges on earth 277
Chapter 77 Narrative of cudala and sikhidhwaja 279
Chapter 78 Beatification of cudala 283
Chapter 79 Princess coming to the sight of the supreme soul 288
Chapter 80 Display of the quintuple elements 291
Chapter 81 Inquiry into agni soma or fire and moon 298
Chapter 82 Yoga instructions for acquirement of the supernatural powers of Anima minuteness and etc. 310
Chapter 83 Story of the miserly Kirata 313
Chapter 84 Pilgrimage of princes Sikhidhwaja 316
Chapter 85 Investigation into true happiness 321
Chapter 86 The production of the pot (or the embryonic cell) 334
Chapter 87 Continuation of the same and enlightenment of Sikhidhwaja 336
Chapter 88 The tale of the crystal gem 340
Chapter 89 The parable of An elephant 343
Chapter 90 Way to obtain the philosopher stone 345
Chapter 91 Interpretation of the parable of the elephant 348
Chapter 92 The prince abjuration of his asceticism 350
Chapter 93 Admonition of Sikhidhwaja 353
Chapter 94 Enlightenment of Sikhidhwaja 359
Chapter 95 The anesthetic Platonism of sihidhwaja 365
Chapter 96 Enligthment of Sikhidhwaja 368
Chapter 97 Enlightenment of the prince in theosophy 372
Chapter 98 Adomonsition of sikhidhwaja continued 374
Chapter 99 Remonstration of Sikhidhwaja 377
Chapter 100 Continuation of the same subject 380
Chapter 101 Admonition of cudala 383
Chapter 102 Repose of sikhidhwaja in the divine spirit 388
Chapter 103 Return of kumbha to the hermitage of Sikhidhwaja 389
Chapter 104 On the conduct of living liberated men 394
Chapter 105 Metamorphoses of Kumbha to a female from 397
Chapter 106 Marriage of Cudala with Sikhidhwaja 401
Chapter 107 The advent of false indira in the cottage of the Happy pair 107
Chapter 108 Manifestation of Cudala in her own form 409
Chapter 109 Appearance of Cudala in the presence of her lord 412
Chapter 110 Final extinction of Sikhidhwaja 410
Chapter 111 Story of Kaca and his enlightenment by the Brahspati 422
Chapter 112 A fanciful being and his occupation of air Drawn and air built abodes 426
Chapter 113 The parable of the vain man continued 429
Chapter 114 Sermon on divine and holy knowledge 431
Chapter 115 Description of the triple conduct of men 434
Chapter 116 Melting down of the mind 438
Chapter 117 Dialogue between manu and Iksaku 439
Chapter 118 Continuation of the same 440
Chapter 119 The same subject continued 442
Chapter 120 Continuation of the same on the seven stages of edification 443
Chapter 121 Continuation of the same 446
Chapter 122 The same manu admonition to Iksaku 447
Chapter 123 On the difference between the knowing and unknowing 449
Chapter 124 The story of the stage and the hunts man 449
Chapter 125 The means of attaining the steadiness of the turya state 453
Chapter 126 Description of the spiritual state 454
Chapter 127 Admonition to Bharadwaja 462
Chapter 128 Resuscitation of Rama 468

 

Contents
Volume 4rth

 

Chapter 1 On unintentional acts and actions 1
Chapter 2 Burning of the seeds of action for prevention of their vegetation 4
Chapter 3 Disappearance of the phenomenal 9
Chapter 4 Annihilation of egoism 13
Chapter 5 Narrative of a vidyadhara and his queries 17
Chapter 6 Description of disaffection and disgust to the world 19
Chapter 7 Description of the seed of the arbor of world 23
Chapter 8 Description of the Temple of illusion 25
Chapter 9 On the development of intellect 28
Chapter 10 Description of creation as an emanation from Brahma 29
Chapter 11 On truth and right knowledge 31
Chapter 12 On the identity of the will and its work of the desire and its production 32
Chapter 13 Anecdote of Idra and an account of the atomic world 36
Chapter 14 Story of indrani and establishment of the identity of the acts of creation and imagination 39
Chapter 15 The final extinction of the Vidyadhara 41
Chapter 16 Extinction of Vidyadhara (Continued) 43
Chapter 17 Lecture on the Annihilation of Egoism 44
Chapter 18 Description of the university sphere 45
Chapter 19 Description of the form or virat or the all comprehending diety 50
Chapter 20 Lecture on the extinction of the living soul 53
Chapter 21 What constitutes truth knowledge 55
Chapter 22 The yoga conducive to happiness or the way to Happiness 56
Chapter 23 Story of a pious Brahmana and his Nirvana extinction 61
Chapter 24 Indifference or insouciance of manki to worldliness 65
Chapter 25 Vasistha admonition to manki 67
Chapter 26 Manki attainment of final extinction or Nrvana 70
Chapter 27 Sermon on the superior sort of Yoga meditation 74
Chapter 28 Demonstrated conclusion of the doubtful truth 76
Chapter 29 Sermon on holy meditation 79
Chapter 30 Sermon on spirituality sermon on the means of attaining the Nirvana extinction 86
Chapter 31 Sermon on the means of attainting the nirvana extinction 89
Chapter 32 Sermon inculcating the knowledge of truth 92
Chapter 33 Sermon on the true sense of truth 95
Chapter 34 Sermon of the practice of spiritual yoga or intellectual mediation 99
Chapter 35 Description of the supreme Brahma 103
Chapter 36 Sermon on the seed or source of the world 107
Chapter 37 A lecture on the visible and visible world 110
Chapter 38 Disquisition of nirvana quietism 118
Chapter 39 Vasistha gita or sermon on the sweet peace of mind 112
Chapter 40 On the quiescence of the soul 125
Chapter 41 Repose in one essential nature 126
Chapter 42 A lecture on nirvana extinction 129
Chapter 43 On the infinite extension of Brahma 133
Chapter 44 Dangers to which the wandering (stage-like) mind is exposed 139
Chapter 45 Continuation of the story to the deer like mind 143
Chapter 46 On abstract mediation and hypnotism 148
Chapter 47 The first step towards liberation 150
Chapter 48 On the dignity of right discrimination 154
Chapter 49 Total stoicism and insouciance 158
Chapter 50 Description of the seven kinds of living beings 163
Chapter 51 Admonition to arrive at the yoga of ultimate best 165
Chapter 52 Description of the form and attributes of Brahma 169
Chapter 53 Explanations of Nirvana anaesthesia 173
Chapter 54 Establishment of the undivided individual of god 175
Chapter 55 The spiritual sense of the worl 178
Chapter 56 Story of the great stone and vaistha meditation 180
Chapter 57 On the knowledge of the known and unknown 183
Chapter 58 Proving the creation as divine attributes 186
Chapter 59 Description of the net work of the world 188
Chapter 60 The network of world (continued) 193
Chapter 61 On the identity of the world with infinite vacuity 198
Chapter 62 The unity of the intellect with the intellectual world 201
Chapter 63 Unity of the universe with the universe soul 205
Chapter 64 Sport of the heavenly Nymphs 208
Chapter 65 Life and conduct of the ethereal nymph 214
Chapter 66 Description of the inside of the stony mansion of the world 216
Chapter 67 Praise of continued practice or the force of habit 218
Chapter 68 The fallacy of the existence of the world 222
Chapter 69 Entrance into the cosmical stone of mundane egg 226
Chapter 70 The words of the creator of worlds in the mundane stone 228
Chapter 71 Description of final dissolution 231
Chapter 72 Description of nirvana or final extinction 235
Chapter 73 Description of the persona of virat the god of nature 238
Chapter 74 Description of the cosmical body of virat (continued) 242
Chapter 75 Description of the final conflagration of the world 245
Chapter 76 The strider of Puskravarta clouds 250
Chapter 77 Description of the world over flooded by the rains 253
Chapter 78 Descriptions of the universal ocean 257
Chapter 79 Maintenance of in appetency of want to desire 259
Chapter 80 The world proved to be a delusion 563
Chapter 81 Description of the last night of death or general doom 268
Chapter 82 Description of the person of the god siva 277
Chapter 83 Sight of the mundane god 279
Chapter 84 Relation of Siva and Sakti or of the holy spirit and its power 282
Chapter 85 Relation of nature and soul or the prime male and female power 286
Chapter 86 The convertibility of the world of the supreme spirit 289
Chapter 87 The infinity of the world shown in the material body 294
Chapter 88 Further description of the earth 300
Chapter 89 The phenomenal as the reproduction of the watery creation 302
Chapter 90 Description of the watery creation 304
Chapter 91 Description of igneous luminous and brilliant objects in nature 306
Chapter 92 Description of the current air as the universal spirit 312
Chapter 93 The advent and psalmody of a siddha in the aerial abode of vasistha 317
Chapter 94 Description of a pisaca and the unity of the world with Brahma 325
Chapter 95 Description of the person of Vasistha 331
Chapter 96 Establishment of immortality 334
Chapter 97 On the rarity and ret redness of religious recluses 337
Chapter 98 Praise of good society or association with the good and wise 341
Chapter 99 A discourse on esoteric or spiritual knowledge 343
Chapter 100 Refutation of Atheism 348
Chapter 101 A sermon on spirituality 353
Chapter 102 Exposition of Buddhism and disproving of death 356
Chapter 103 Proof of the unity of the deity amidst the variety of creation 361
Chapter 104 Establishment f the non entity of the world 369
Chapter 105 Likeness of waking and sleeping dreams 370
Chapter 106 Invalidation of the doctrine of cause and effect 374
Chapter 107 The nature of ignorance or illusion of the mind 379
Chapter 108 Description of the knowledge and ignorance of the soul 380
Chapter 109 Fighting with the invading armies at the gate of the city 384
Chapter 110 Battle of the wise princes with the ignorant Barbarian 387
Chapter 111 The flight of the soldiers on all sides 391
Chapter 112 Flight of the foreign foes 395
Chapter 113 Description of the ocean 398
Chapter 114 Description of the prospects all around 402
Chapter 115 The same subject continued 405
Chapter 116 Narration of the speech of crow and cuckoo 411
Chapter 117 Description of the lotus lake bee and the swan 421
Chapter 118 Description of deer, peacocks cranes 425
Chapter 119 Lamentation of the lovelorn travaller 428
Chapter 120 Description of various subject n all sides 431
Chapter 121 Exposition of the story of vipascit 434
Chapter 122 The king survey of the sea and his locomotion on it 436
Chapter 123 The king excursions on all sides 438
Chapter 124 Quadripartite state of the king vipascit 439
Chapter 125 On the living liberation of the prince 442
Chapter 126 Resuscitation and conduct of the vpiascitas 448
Chapter 127 Cosmology of the universe 451
Chapter 128 The vacuum of Brahma and the sight of the world therein 453
Chapter 129 Vipascit becoming a stage 456
Chapter 130 Entering of the stage into the fire 461
Chapter 131 Bhasa account of the world and his journey throughout 463
Chapter 132 Bhasa relation of the transmigration of his soul 469
Chapter 133 Story of the wonderful carcass 471
Chapter 134 The story of the carcass continued 474
Chapter 135 Disappearance of the carcass and the reappearance of the earth 479
Chapter 136 Story of the gnat and hunter 480
Chapter 137 Description of the states of waking sleeping and dreaming 483
Chapter 138 The pervasion of the mind throughout the universe 488
Chapter 139 Description of the dissolution of the world 491
Chapter 140 Workings of imagination 497
Chapter 141 Description of the termination of a kalpa period 503
Chapter 142 Ascertainment of karma or acts of men 504
Chapter 143 Ascertainment of nirvana or ultimate extinction 508
Chapter 144 Investigation into the nature & vicissitudes of things 515
Chapter 145 Description of the waking dreaming and sleeping states 520
Chapter 146 Disquisition of sound sleep 526
Chapter 147 The phenomenon and perspection of dreams 528
Chapter 148 Investigation into the nature of dreams 531
Chapter 149 Investigation in to the original cause 534
Chapter 150 Transcendental admonitions 538
Chapter 151 View of in existence 542
Chapter 152 The sage discourse at night 543
Chapter 153 One should is the cause of all 544
Chapter 154 Relation of past events 546
Chapter 155 Relation of future fortune 548
Chapter 156 Expostulation of Sindhu by his minister 552
Chapter 157 The ultimate extinction of nirvana of sindhu 555
Chapter 158 Fall of the huge body of the hunter 558
Chapter 159 Wandering of vipascit 540
Chapter 160 Description of heaven and hell 565
Chapter 161 Explanation of nirvana 570
Chapter 162 Annihilation of ignorance 574
Chapter 163 Means and manner of governing the senses and sensible organs 576
Chapter 164 Unity of the divinity and the mundane world 581
Chapter 165 On the similarity of waking and dreaming 582
Chapter 166 On the attributes of the divine spirit in the form of dialogue 584
Chapter 167 Absence of the three folds state of waking dreaming and sleep 587
Chapter 168 Story of the hewn statue or carved image 595
Chapter 169 Description of the calm and tranquil minds 596
Chapter 170 On the conduct of the sapient man 600
Chapter 171 Meditation of pure vacuum 603
Chapter 172 Establishment of the identity of the deity and the world 608
Chapter 173 Brahma gita or a lecture on spirituality 612
Chapter 174 The same or a lecture on nirvana 615
Chapter 175 Paramartha Gita or lecture on transcendentalism or the soleity 618
Chapter 176 Brahma Gita account of Brahmanda or mundane system 624
Chapter 177 Brahma Gita description of divine nature 627
Chapter 178 Brahma Gita narrative of aindava 630
Chapter 179 The doctrine of pantheism or the one as all 636
Chapter 180 Brahma Gita or the story on austere devotee 638
Chapter 181 Brahma Gita continued 641
Chapter 182 Brahma Gita continued sovereignty of the seven continents 645
Chapter 183 Description of the seven continents 649
Chapter 184 A lecture on the all comprehensiveness of the soul 655
Chapter 185 Admonition to and clairvoyance of Kundadanta 660
Chapter 186 Demonstration of all nature (and things) Brama himself 662
Chapter 187 Of the living creation 670
Chapter 188 Description of the living soul 675
Chapter 189 On the unity of the divine spirit 678
Chapter 190 Esctasis or intertness or Rama 680
Chapter 191 Solution of the great question of unity and duality 690
Chapter 192 On the attainment of spiritual anaesthesia 691
Chapter 193 Mental torpor or tranquility 693
Chapter 194 Rama rest in Nirvana insensibility 695
Chapter 195 Lectured on the enlightenement of undersanding 699
Chapter 196 Story of a wood cutter and his gem 705
Chapter 197 On the excellence of leaning 707
Chapter 198 Excellence of universal toleration 710
Chapter 199 State of living liberated man 714
Chapter 200 The loud applause of the court on the sage speech 178
Chapter 201 Explanation of rest and repose in ultimate and perfect bliss 724
Chapter 202 Recumbence of the assembly to their hypnotic rest 727
Chapter 203 Description of nirvana or self extinction in divine meditation 728
Chapter 204 Identity of abstract intellectuality and vacuity 732
Chapter 205 Refutation of the doctrine of the causality of creation 735
Chapter 206 The great inquiry or questions of the Buddhist 739
Chapter 207 Replies to the aforesaid queries (of the Buddhist) 742
Chapter 208 Solution of the great question 745
Chapter 209 On the consciousness or intuitive knowledge of extraneous existence 748
Chapter 210 Refutation of the conception of a duality in unity 751
Chapter 211 Lecture on transcendent truth 755
Chapter 212 On ascertainment of truth 758
Chapter 213 Narration of rama prior pupil age under vasistha 761
Chapter 214 Description of the great jubilee of the assembly 765
Chapter 215 Eulogy on this work and the mode of its recital 770
Chapter 216 Conclusion of the celestial messenger message of liberation 772

 

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  • Good
    by Sam on 12th Jul 2009
  • i would like to the yoga
    by sakthikumar on 23rd Jan 2009
  • It is unfortunate that this is at present the only complete bilingual version of YV. The Sanskrit text is full of misprints, at least one per page. The English translation also has an abundance of misprints and grammatical errors.

    Moreover, the translation itself is full of inaccuracies,--above all the constant mistranslation of 'brahman' as "Brahma", and even "God"--despite the fact that the Sanskrit carefully distinguishes between <brahma> the Absolute, and <brahmA> the god Brahma.

    But it is the only complete English version available at present. Swami Venkatesananda's abridged translation is by far more accurate, and certainly more beautiful.
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Yoga Vasistha (Volume I: Vairagya Mumukshu Utpatti)
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