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Volume I: Vairagya Mumukshu Utpatti (ISBN: 8185883491)

 

Preface

Yoga Vasistha can bring a complete transformation in human personality; even like the beggar of old fairy tales who turned into a King when a charmed golden ring fell into his hand; just so, whosoever holds this book, turning the pages with an inquisitive mind and a heart searching for truth, will discover the infinite beauty of his inner Self.

Yoga Vasistha nourishes the soul and awakens a yearning for freedom and an exquisite peace unknown before.

This unique book par excellence has been long awaited by advanced Vedantins and Yogis of India, because it is only available in rare editions of the last century. And it is what the enquiring mind of the West has been desperately needing since they heard he remarks of Schopenhauer, "In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life; it will be the solace of my death." There are a few publications at present which are not sufficient to portray the total beauty and wisdom of Yoga Vasistha.

H.H. Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, internationally known lecturer and writer of over fifty books on Yoga and Vedanta philosophy, has been interpreting and commenting on Yoga Vasistha for almost 25 years: first in India for 9 years at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, Sivananda Ashram, Himalayas; in Vedantic conferences in Amritsar, Ludhiana, and other parts of India, and also in Dehradun Women's College. Since coming to the west, Swamiji had been lecturing in Puerto Rico for six years, followed by his weekly lectures here in Miami. Available on tapes and cassettes, these lectures are an undying treasure.

We are presenting an abridged version of Yoga Vasistha in two volumes. The first volume contains: Vairagya Prakarana, Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana, and a portion of Utpatti Prakarana.

After a brief encounter with Yoga Vasistha, the reader will feel that all other books of philosophy have become like old crumbs on the table, while Yoga Vasistha stands like the sweet, vitalizing elixir of life.

If I could have only one book for some extraordinary reason to read for the rest of my life, I would choose Yoga Vasistha; just as King Shah Jehan had the choice of only one type of food-grain while he was imprisoned for life, and he chose the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) because of its nourishment and adaptability to a variety of tasty dishes.

Yoga Vasistha encompasses in its powerful literature the dramatic stories of the inner states of the mind, and like a brilliant advocate, presents its brief with a convincing voice and expert phrasing, and with its mystic strategy convinces the mind to undermine its fancies and imaginations leading to the realization that the world lies within the mind.

Nothing is more inspiring and soul-stirring as when the mind lifts itself from the quagmire of false perceptions of the senses, and sees the contents of waking, dream and deep sleep as the refractions of the Light of Consciousness filtering through the layers of egoistic illusions.

The awe-inspiring awakening of the knowledge that "You are not this body, not this mind, and not this intellect" is uplifting and produces a vital change in the overall perception of the world. it is for this reason Sages warn immature aspirants against the wrong interpretations of this grand philosophy; they emphasize the fact that the wisdom of the Yoga Vasistha must be received under the guidance of an illumined teacher. For those who are endowed with a mighty strength of intellect, and intense dispassion, Yoga Vasistha brings for them the clouds of mystic understanding that bursts into the flood of unique bliss.

Due to the unfortunate lack of knowledge of Yoga Vasistha, the intelligentsia of the West have been unable to realize the vast treasure of profound knowledge that lies hidden in this great work. Because of this reason, the wisdom of Vedanta has not been deeply understood and assimilated by them.

Yoga Vasistha in its broad spectrum encompasses topics such as: the mysteries of the soul, death and reincarnations, the psychic powers, the mystic energy known as Kundalini, the subtle operations of the unconscious mind which bring about repeated embodiments ad the techniques of spiritual enquiry and meditation.

With his deft hand and eloquent pen, Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda gives to the world his most memorable writing which has been guarded as a secret mystic wealth by the Sages of India for a long time.

The greatest literatures of the world have always incorporated in their writings parables, illustrations, and stories to bring about a striking impression, even like that of a lightning flash, upon the sleeping mind in order that it may awaken sharply to the light of the truth. Yoga Vasistha abounds with these.

It is to be noted that humor and wit permeate the writings and lectures of Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda. They are like the green creeper adorning the tree of liberation. A studious reader will meet for the first time a challenge to his intellect to discover the secret wealth of the Self, and to explore the mysteries of the mind.

This book, written by Sage Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, presents you with the key to heavenly bliss and perfection; and every page of this book is filled with his blessings.

May the golden sun of your eternal Self rise from behind the horizon of distractions and mental limitations and encompass you in the greatest beauty and sublime love which are the very essence of your real Self.

 

Introduction

The Yoga Vasistha Maha-Rilmayana, one of the greatest of all Hindu scriptures, is virtually unknown in the West, due to the scarcity of its English translations.

This vast work of approximately thirty-two thousand verses (sixty-four thousand lines) supplements the epic poem, the Ramayana, which is more popularly known throughout India and the world. In the "Bala-Kanda" section of the Ramayana, it is stated that Sri Rama was given spiritual instructions by Sage Vasistha . Yoga Vasistha is that teaching. Whereas the Ramayana describes the epic life and adventures of Sri Rama, the Yoga Vasistha presents his inner realization in detail for those who wish to intensify their spiritual life and deepen their understanding.

The Yoga Vasistha is also known by the following names: Maha-Ramayana, Uttar Ramayana, Arsha Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha, Vasistha Ramayana, and Vasistha. Whatever you choose to call it, it is the earliest detailed work of Yoga- Vedanta. 'and gives a magnificently detailed exposition of the subtleties and insights of that philosophy with a majestic sweep that has never been equalled in any metaphysical work since. It was written by the great poet Valmiki (probably about 500 B.C., although maybe much earlier) in the form of dialogue between Sage Vasistha and his pupil, the young prince Rama.

Every kind of exposition is employed in its sequence - didactic instruction, answers to doubts, parables, and stories within stories, Many key points of this metaphysical instruction are touched upon over and over again, with increasingly deeper meanings. Therefore, the work appears to move in vast spirals, culminating in the Self-realization of Sri Rama.

The interlocking system of stories within stories enhances the vision of worlds within worlds, and of the infinitely complex world of the mind, itself arising within the Cosmic Mind.

In the opening stage, Sri Rama relates his growing awareness of the transiency of life and of all worldly aims. A great Vairagya (dispassion) arises, which later develops into Mumukshuttwa (longing for spiritual emancipation). Subsequently, he is fully enlightened by Sage Vasistha. In the process, every aspect of Yogic and Vedantic teaching is beautifully and fully developed.

Yoga Vasistha is divided into the following six chapters:

1) Vairagya Prakarana (Dispassion)
At Sage Vasistha's request, Sri Rama describes the cause of his mind's unusual melancholy state. He elaborates upon the transiency, essencelessness, and changing nature of all objects in this world. These vivid descriptions of the vanity of all worldly pleasures, and of the emptiness of all worldly glories. are meant to promote Vairagva (dispassion), which is the first basic requirement for treading 'the path of wisdom that leads to Self-realization.

2)Mumuksu Prakarana (Aspiration for self-realization)
This section details upon the qualifications that are necessary before one can seek immortality. One should not rely on destiny, but rather, gain an insight into the fact that the Self in him is the ceaseless source of all energy and creativity. He should befriend one of the four gatekeepers of Liberation (serenity, contentment, spiritual enquiry, and good association). With the help of that one gatekeeper, he will automatically befriend the other three, and finally, enter into the blessed palace of Liberation.

3) Utpetti Prakarana (The Origin of the World-process)
" Utpatti Prakarana" is an exposition on how the world evolved from the Absolute and is ever rooted in the Absolute. In fact. the world .15 an appearance sustained by the limitations of the mind. When these limitations are overcome by intuitive wisdom, it becomes non-existent.

4)Sthiti Prakarana (The Sustaining Reality of the Self)
This section explains how an aspirant, having attained knowledge, can abide in Brahman, even though the world continues to appear. The underlying Reality behind the ego-sense in man is the Absolute. When the illusion of duality is negated by wisdom, a Yogi lives and sports in Brahman. The Self is realized as the creator as well as the enjoyer of the unrverse.

5) Uossheme Prakarana (Quiescence of the Mind)
Herein Yoga Vasistha deals with the stupendous experience of peace that results from spiritual Enlightenment. The characteristics of a Self-realized Sage are described in glowing terms, This section also gives instructions for the removal of Ahamkara (egoism), for the promotion of equal vision, and for the attainment of absolute detachment from the world-process.

6) Nirvana Prakarana (Liberation)
This voluminous section is divided in two parts: In the first, entitled Purva Bhaga, the Yogi discovers his essential nature. He realizes his true identity as Brahman, the underlying Reality behind all individual beings, as well as the universe. He becomes all that is. In this section, Sri Rama enters into divine ecstasy.

In the second part, Uttara Bhaga, Yoga Vasistha presents the beatific vision of Nirvana (Liberation), which is the extinction of all cravings. Sage Vasistha describes his own personal experiences of Samadhi and of the majestic vision of the entire universe being nothing but the Self.

In conclusion, Sri Rama attained enlightenment. But instead of turning away from the practical duties of the world, he prepared himself to perform them even as the great Divinities who create, sustain and destroy the world - with a spirit of absolute detachment.

 

Contents

 

  Vairagya Prakarana  
1 Prologue (sutikshna and Agasti, atc....) 20
2 Brahma Urges Sage Valmiki to Compose Yoga Vasistha 34
3 The Nature of Wisdom (The Pilgrimage of Rama) 38
4 The Daily Life of Rama 42
5 Rama's Dejection 42
6 The Arrival of Vishwamitra 43
7 Vishwamitra's Request for Rama 45
8 Dasharatha is in Distress 47
9 Vishwamitra's Request for Rama 48
10 Rama's Distressing condition 50
11 Sri Rama is Brought to Vishwamitra 51
12 The Reason for Rama's distress 52
13 Denunciation of Wealth 54
14 The Vanity of Life 57
15 Denunciation of Egoism 59
16 Denunciation of the Mind 60
17 Denunciation of Craving 62
18 Denunciation of the Body 64
19 Denunciation of the Childhood Stage 68
20 The Evils of Youth 70
21 Denunciation of Sex and Passion 73
22 Denunciation of Old Age 75
23 Denunciation of Time 79
24 The Transitoriness of the world 83
25 The Dance of the Time Spirit 83
26 The Evils of Perishability 84
27 Denunciation of all Objects that obstruct Self-realization 87
28 The Transient Nature of All Sense 91
29 The Essencelessness of All Object 95
30 Request for Spiritual Instruction 97
31 Spiritual Questions 10
32 Sri Rama is praised by the Siddhas 103
33 Sri Rama is Praised by the Sages 103
  Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana  
1 Sri Shuka Goes to King Janaka 105
2 Sage Vishwamitra Requests Sage Vasistha to instruct Sri Rama 110
3 The Nature of the World-process in the Three Periods of Time 112
4 The Glory of Self-effort 114
5 The Power of Self-effort 118
6 The Negation of Destiny 121
7 Predominance of Self-effort 126
8 The Illusion of Destiny 129
9 The Illusoriness of Actions and the Reality of the Self 131
10 The Origin of Sage Vasistha 135
11 The Descent of Spiritual Wisdom 139
12 The Evils of the World process and the Glory of Wisdom 143
13 Introduction to the Four Gatekeepers The First Gatekeeper: Shama (Serenity) 145
14 The Second Gatekeeper: Vichara (Spiritual Enquiry) 149
15 The third Gatekeeper: Santosh (Contentment) 153
16 The Fourth Gatekeeper: Satsanga (Good Association) 154
17 The General Plan of Yoga Vasistha 157
18 The Special Qualities of Yoga Vasistha 159
19 Brahman is Revealed by Right Knowledge (Pramana) 163
20 The Conduct of Enlightened Sages 165
  Utpatti Prakarana  
1 The Cause of Bondage 168
2 The Ignorant Are Devoured by Death 172
3 Brahma's Creation is Mental in 174
4 The Nature of the Mind 176
5 The Divine Self is the Root of the Mind and the world 178
6 The Self is Realized Through Wisdom and Not Through Action 181
7 The Absolute without the Limitations of the World - process 184
8 The Glory of Spiritual Scriptures 188
9 The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage 191
10 The Paradoxical Description of Brahman 196
11 The World as a Mental Illusion 201
12 The Creation of the Universe 202
13 Brahman Becomes the Jiva (Individual Soul) through illusion 204
14 It is Brahman That Manifests as the Universe 206
15 The Story of Lila Commences 210
16 There is a Tragic End to the Enjoyments of This World 211
17 The Spirit of King Padma Enjoys a Different and Becomes king Viduratha 215
18 Both the World of Padma and the World of Padma's Spirit, Viduratha, Are Illusory 217
19 The Story of Vasistha and Arundhati (The Past Lives of Padma and Lila) 219
20 Life Sees the World of Her Previous Birth (Insight into the Illusory Nature of the World) 220
21 Teachings of Goddess Saraswati Expounding That All This is the Pure Self 225
22 The Way to Destroy the Vasanas of the Mind 229
23 - 26 Lila and Goddess Saraswati Travel with Their Astral Bodies to the World of Lils's Previous Existence 232
27 Lila's Past Lives 236
28 29 Lils Remembers More Details about Her Previous Embodiment in the Form of Arundhati 239
30 - 39 Lila Enters into the World of Viduratha and Writnesses a Terrible Battle 242
40 The nature of the Subtle Body 245
41 King Viduratha Wakes Up to Find Two Goddesses Before Him 249
42 - 44 Ignorance Lend: Reality to Waking and Dream States 252
45 Goddess Saraswati Grants a Boon to Lila (Viduratha's Queen) 255
46 - 51 King Viduratha Fights with King Sindhu 256
52 - 53 King Viduratha Dies and Lila-2 Reaches the World 260
54 The Peocess of Death, and the Karmas That Determine the Life Span of an Individual 264
55 Experiences After Death 268
56 - 58 The Departure of Viduratha 270
59 Conclusion of the Story of Lila 273
60 The Relativity of Time and Space 276
61 The Vanity of Objects 280
62 The Vision That Leads to Liberation 283
63 Brahman Appears as the World - peocess through Maya 285
64 - 65 Consciousness is the Reality Behind the Mind and Objects 286

 

Volume II: Utpatti - Sthiti - Upashama (ISBN: 0934664315499)

 

Introduction

In the "Bala-Kanda" section of the Ramayana it is stated that Sri Rama was given spiritual instructions by Sage Vasistha. Yoga Vasistha, a complete and separate work in itself, is that teaching. While the Ramayana, the epic poem more popularly known throughout India and the world, describes the life and adventures of Sri Rama, the Yoga Vasistha presents his inner realization in detail for those who wish to intensify their spiritual life and deepen their understanding. A vast work of approximately 32,000 verses, the Yoga Vasistha was written by the great poet-sage Valmiki, as was the Ramayana, about 500 B.C. or earlier.

The Yoga Vasistha, which is virtually unknown in the West due to the scarcity of its English translations, is also known by the names of Maha-Ramayana, Uttar Ramayana, Arsha Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha, Vasistha Ramayana, and Vasistha. But whatever you choose to call it, it is the earliest detailed work of Yoga-Vedanta and gives a magnificent exposition of the subtleties and insights of that philosophy with a majestic sweep that has never been equalled in any metaphysical work since.

Every kind of exposition is employed in its presentation - didactic instruction, answers to doubts, parables, and stories within stories. Here, for example, the interlocking system of stories within stories enhances the vision of worlds within worlds, and of the infinitely complex world of the mind, itself arising from the Cosmic Mind. Many key points of this metaphysical instruction are touched upon over and over again with increasingly deeper meanings. Therefore the work appears to move in vast spirals, ultimately culminating in the Self- realization of Sri Rama.

In "Vairagya Prakarana" of Volume l it will be remembered that Sage Vasistha asked Sri Rama to express the reasons for his depressed state of mind. At this, Sri Rama elaborated upon the transiency and essencelessness of all objects of the world. All that he once thought to be of value and a source of happiness has, through the vision of his penetrative intellect, become nothing but a source of emptiness and misery.

In the first section, therefore, Sri Rama has taken what is normally the most valued aspects of life and has shown how illusory they are. The purpose here is to promote dispassion (Vairagya) in the aspirant. Such Vairagya considers all pleasures of the world, from the lowest form of life to the highest - that of Brahma the Creator- as insignificant and illusory. This is the first and fundamental requirement on the path of wisdom that leads to Self-realization.

In the second section, "Mumukshu Prakarana," it has been shown that certain qualifications are necessary for an aspirant before he can effectively move on the path towards the state of immortality or Self-realization. Sage Vasistha, therefore, elaborated on the four most important qualifications-those of Serenity, Contentment, Spiritual Enquiry and Good Association.

In addition, "Mumukshu Prakarana" elaborated on how the aspirant should not rely on destiny, rather on his own self-effort. The Self within is unlimited, and each person has that same potential within - all that is needed to unlock that infinite potential and creativity is repeated self-effort.

In "Utpatti Prakarana," Sage Vasistha has shown how the world has evolved from and is sustained by the Absolute through the limitations of the mind. And since the world is merely a protection of the mind conditioned by ignorance, when ignorance is overcome by intuitive wisdom, mind re- discovers its unity with the Cosmic Mind and the Individual merges into the Absolute. At this point, the entire world-process is remembered to be no- thing but a long dream of the mind from which one has awaken. It was in this section that the first volume ended and the present volume now continues.

After completing "Utpatti Prakarana," Sage Vasistha goes into "Sthiti Prakarana" which deals with the sustaining reality of the Self, and then on into "Upashama Prakarana," the topic dealing with the quiesence of the mind. Volume III will pick up here and will continue on into the last and final section, "Nirvana Prakarana," the topic dealing with the final stage of Sri Rama's instruction from Sage Vasistha, and his ultimate Enlightenment.

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publishers Note 6
  Introduction 15
  Invocation 19
  UTPATTI PRAKARANA  
66 The Mystic Art of Destroying the Mind 21
67 The Nature of the Soul 23
68-83 The Story of Karkati 28
84 Differences Exist Merely in Nature 40
85 To His Amazement, Brahma Sees Ten World Systems 42
86 The Ten Sons of Indu Practise Meditation 44
87 The Sons of Indu Become Creators of World Systems 45
88 Brahma Creates the World in the Spirit of Detachment 46
89 The Story of Indra and Ahalya 47
90 Sage Bharata Destroys their Bodies by Pronouncing a Curse 49
91 The Universe as a Creation of Mind 51
92 The Power of the Mind 52
93 The Illusoriness of Creation 56
94 Fourteen Classes of Jivas 57
95 The Unity of Chitta and Action 60
96 The Many Names of the Mind 62
97 The World as a Creation of the Limited Mind 67
98 The Story of Chitta as a Strange Spirit 70
99 The Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Strange Spirit 73
100 The Omnipotence of Brahman 75
101 The World as a Tale Told to a Child 79
102 The Immutability of the Self 81
103 The Evils Created by the Unenlightened Mind 86
104-105 King Lavana and the Magician 89
106 King Lavana Tells of His Experiences during the State of Trance 90
107-109 King Lavana Continues to Relate the Story of His Life as a Chandala 93
110 The Amazing Powers of the Mind 96
111 The Secrets of Controlling the Mind 100
112 The Technique of Renouncing the Vasanas of the Mind 103
113 The Knowledge of Brahman that Annihilates Vasanas 105
114 The Destruction of Avidya through the Knowledge of the Self 103
115 Sri Rama's Wonder about the Cause of King Ravana's Misery 111
116 The Fruit of Mental Sacrifice Performed by King Lavana 113
117 The Seven Stages of Ignorance 115
118 The Seven Stages of Knowledge 120
119 The Method of Attaining the States of Wisdom 124
120 King Lavana Visits the Lands in the Vindhyas 127
121 The Illusoriness of the World-process 123
122 The Practice of the Seven States of Wisdom 131
  STHITI PFIAKARANA  
1 The World as a Mysterious Painting 139
2 The Non-duality of the Self or the Absolute Bliss 141
3 The Endless World-process of the ignorant 142
4 The Disappearance of the World-process through the Annihilation Of the Mind and Senses 143
5-8 Begin the Story of Shukracharya illustrating the World within the Mind 145
9-10 The State of the Body of Shukracharya 149
11-12 The World as a Mental Spirit 152
13 The Time-spirit Explains the Powers of the Mind 156
14 Shukracharya is Awakened from Samadhi 157
15 The Brahmin Sees His Previous Body as Shukracharya 153
16 Shukracharya Enters His Original Body and Lives as a Liberated Sage 160
17 The Glory of Pure Mind 161
18 Pure and impure Minds 164
19 The Essence that Transcends the Three States of Consciousness 167
20 The World-process as a Projection of the Chitta 170
21 An impure Mind Sustains Conflicting Views 172
22 The Qualities that Characterize Self-realization 176
23 The Sovereignty of a Sage 179
24 The Importance of Attaining Victory over the Senses 134
25-31 The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata 135
32-33 The Righteous Conduct That Leads to Liberation 139
34 The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Dridha 195
35 The Methods of Attaining Mental Peace 198
36-40 From the State of Bondage to the State of Liberation 205
41 Maya or Cosmic Illusion 211
42 Alt-powerful Brahman Assumes the Role of Powerless Souls 213
43 The Souls Caught in the Wheel of the World-process 215
44 The Uniqueness of Liberation 218
45 The illusory. Mental Nature of the World-process 220
46 The Qualities of a Sage 223
47 Numerous World systems Projected by Maya 225
48-51 The Story of Sage Dashura 227
52-53 The Parable of King Khottha 231
54-55 The Nature of Samkalpa and the Method of Eradicating It 234
56 Negation of identification with the World process 237
57 The Method of Destroying Vasanas 239
58 The Enlightenment of Kacha 243
59 The Emptiness of Sense enjoyments 246
60-61 Rajas-Satwic Souls 246
62 The Qualities that Adorn an Aspirant 248
  UPASHAMA PRAKARANA  
1-2 Reflections of Sri Rama 251
3-4 Sri Vasistha Receives Praises from King Dasharatha and Rama 255
5 The Mystic Art of Eradicating the World process 257
6 Gradual Ascent Towards Liberation 261
7-8 Song of the Siddhas 213
9 King Janaka Meditates upon the Significance of the Songs of the Siddhas 266
10 King Janaka Practices Silent Reflection 271
11 The King Continues to Enlighten His Mind 273
12 King Janaka Abides in the State of Liberation 275
13 The Methods of Mastering the Mind 278

 

Volume III: Upashama Prakarana (ISBN: 0934664335499)

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publisher's Note 7
  Introduction 15
  UPASHAMA PRAKARANA  
14 The Means of Negating the Mind 21
15 Craving as the Source of All Evils 25
16 Two Aspected Renunciation of Vasana 27
17 Affirmations That Promote Liberation 29
18 The Cessation of All Misery 32
19 The Story of Punya and Pavana 36
20 Punya Speaks of the Cessation of Cravings 42
21 Liberation Consists of The Cessation of Cravings 42
22 King Bali's Dispassion and His Recollection of the Teachings He Received from His Father 45
23 The Story of the King and His All-powerful Minister 49
24 The Means of Defeating the Minister 52
25 The Rising Moon of Wisdom in the Heart of King Bali 56
26 Shukracharya Gives His Brief Message 57
27 King Bali Practices Reflection and Enters into Samadhi 60
28 Sage Shukracharya Consoles the Demons 62
29 Bali Attains Liberation in Life 64
30-31 The Rise of Demon Hiranyakashipu, His Destruction, and His Son Prahlad's Devotion 69
32 King Prahlad Performs Worship of Lord Vishnu 72
33 The Unfoldment of Divine Virtues in Prahlad and the Grace of Lord Vishnu 75
34 Prahlad Attains Enlightenment 78
35 Reflections and Experiences of King Prahlad 83
36 Prahlad Adores the Supreme Beloved 91
37-39 Lord Vishnu awakens Prahlad from Samadhi 97
40 Lord Vishnu Enlightens the Demon-King Prahlad 100
41 The Demon-King Prahlad is Blessed by Lord Vishnu 103
42 Insight into the Prarabdha of the Sages 105
43 Self-effort of the Individual Secures Divine Grace 107
44 The Story of Gadhi 109
45 Gadhi Witnesses Himself Being Born as a Chandala 111
46 Katanja Being Discovered as a Chandala 113
47 Gadhi Hears the Story of Kira Country 116
48 Gadhi Visits the Country of Kira 118
49 Gadhi Finally Attains Enlightenment 119
50 The Methods of Controlling the Mind 124
51 The Story of Sage Uddalaka: Mind and its Distractions 131
52 Sri Uddalaka Practises Spiritual Enquiry 137
53 The Self is Unaffected by the Subtle Desires 146
54 Sage Uddalaka's Spiritual Practice 153
55 The Liberation of Sage Uddalaka 157
56 The Samadhi of a Sage 159
57 The Apparent Externalization of the Self 165
58 King Suraghu Develops Dispassion 167
59 King Suraghu Develops Dispassion 171
60 King Suraghu after Enlightenment 174
61 King Suraghu Meets King Parigha 175
62 The Nature of Samadhi 178
63 Praised by Parigha, King Suraghu Describes His Spiritual State 181
64 Methods of Overcoming the Defects of the Mind 183
0 The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa 187
67 Attachment As the Cause of Bondage 193
68 Characteristics of Attachment and Detachment 196
69 The Manner in which the mind is Reduced to Pure Consciousness 202
70 The Glory of Detachment 203
71 The Glorious State of Turiya 207
72 Grief is Neither in the Body nor in the Self 214
73 Three Types of Ego 218
74 Enlightenment Leads to Perfection 221
75 Examples of Liberated Sages 230
76 Crossing the Ocean of the World-Process 234
77 A Garland of Heavenly Virtues that Adorn a Sage 235
78 The Methods of Destroying the Chitta 241
79 Destruction of the Chitta Through Wisdom 248
80 Spiritual Enquiry That Promotes Vairagya 250
81 Negation of the Chitta 255
82 The Practice of Enquiry by Sage Vitahavya 256
83 Bliss of the Self Transcending the Chitta and the Indriyas 263
84 Experiences of Vitahavya during the State of Samadhi 267
85 The Revival of the Body of Sage Vitahavya 270
86 Characteristics of Jivan Mukti and Preparation for Videha Mukti 271
87 Sage Vitahavya Attains Videha Mukti 276
88-89 Dissolution of the Elements in Videha Mukti and the Glory of Liberation 278
90 Two Types of Chitta-Nash 280
91 The Cause of the world-Process 285
92 Disciplines Leading to Wisdom 290
93 The Glory of spiritual Enquiry and the Attainment of Wisdom 294

 

Volume IV: Nirvana Prakarana Purvardha (ISBN: 0934664331)

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publisher's Note 5
  Introduction 15
  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA  
1 The Dispersal of the Assembly in Ayodhya 21
2 The Dissolution of the Chitta 24
3 The Cessation of the Delusion of Duality 28
4 The Cessation of the Chitta 30
5 Sri Rama Speaks of His Experiences 32
6 The Negation of the Body-Idea 34
7 Extensions of Ignorance 39
8 Ignorance Compared to a Creeper 43
9 The Division of the Three Gunas 46
10 Enquiry Leading to the Removal of Ignorance 47
11 The Vision of "All This Is Brahman" 51
12 The Divine State of the Sages 58
13 Two Methods of Destroying the Vasanas 51
14-16 The Story of Kaka Bhushunda Begins 62
17-19 Story of Birth and Enlightenment of Kaka Bhushunda 67
20 The Similarity of Worlds in Every Kalpa 72
21 Description of the Kalpa Tree and the Mysterious Creation 74
22 Kaka Bhushunda Remembers Similar Events in Numerous Cycles of Creation 78
23 The Mystic Method of Mastering Death 80
24 The Mystic Path of Controlling the Pranas 84
25 Meditation on Spontaneous Functions of Prana and Apana 87
26 The Deathless State Attained by Kaka Bhushunda 91
27 Kaka Bhushunda Is Praised by Vasistha 97
28 The Illusoriness of the Body and the World 98
29 Sage Vasistha Recalls Lord Shiva's Instructions 104
30 The Mystic Art of Worshipping the Supreme Self 114
31 Description of Consciousness through the Negation of the World-process 121
32 Consciousness Involved in the Process of Embodiment 126
33 The Negation of Multiplicity by Spiritual Enquiry 130
34 Transcending the Three States of Consciousness 134
35 The Supreme Self as the Progenitor of all Gods 137
36 The Glorious Attributes of Pure Consciousness 139
37 The Dance of the Time Spirit 141
38 The Worship of God through Objective Meditation 184
39 The Subjective Worship of Lord Shiva 148
40 The Supreme Self As the Essence of Gods 151
41 and 42. The Falsity of the World 154
42 Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss 157
43 Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss 157
44 The Method of Destroying Attachments 159
45 Brahman Compared to a Bilwa Fruit 161
46 Brahman Compared to a Painting-in-a-Fruit 162
47 Brahman as the Mass of Consciousness 164
48 The innermost Self and Brahman Are Identical 166
49 Enquiry into the Nature of the World-process 167
50 The Illusoriness of the Subtle Body 169
51 The illusion of the Senses 171
52 Arjunakhyan-Story of Krishna's Teachings to Arjuna 175
53 Lord Krishna's Instructions 178
54 Instructions1orAttaining Freedom from Bondage 182
55 It is the Knowledge of the Self that Confers Release 187
56 The Means to Liberation 192
57 The Vision That Ends All Vasanas 195
58 Arjuna Attains Enlightenment 197
59 The Vision of a Liberated Sage 199
60 The Glory of The Self 203
61 The Long Dream of the World-process 205
62 The Story of Jivata 207
63 The Story of Jivata Continues 208
  (Mystic Meaning of the Story of Jivata) 210
64 The Attainment of Shivahood 212
65 The Story of the Mendicant Applies to All Souls 215
66 Similarity in Creation 216
67 Knowledge of the Truth Destroys Bondage 287
68 Four Types of Silence 218
69 Conclusion of the Story of the Mendicant 223
70 The Dialogue between the King and the Vetala 224
71 Answers to the Questions of the Vetala 227
72 The King Continues to Give Answers 228
  (Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Vetala) 230
73 - 74 King Bhagiratha's Story 232
75 King Bhagiratha's Liberation 235
76 Bhagiratha Resumes the Rulership of His Kingdom 237
77 The Story of Queen Chudala and King Shikhidhwaja 240
78 Queen Chudala Attains Wisdom 241
79 Shikhidhwaja Notices the Spiritual Beauty of Chudala 246
80 Yogic Techniques for Attaining Psychic Powers 248
81 Kundalini Shakti and the Cessation of Diseases 250
82 Description of Siddhis in the Story of Queen Chudala 205
83 The Parable of Kirata 257
84 King Shikhidhwaja Enters Forest for Attaining Liberation 258
85 Queen Chudala Observes the Inner State of the King 261
86 Chudala Tells a Fictitious Story of Her Identity as Kumbha Muni 257
87 King Shikhidhwaja Seeks Spiritual Instructions from Kumbha Muni (Queen Chudala) 268
88 Parable of Chintamani (Wish-yielding Jewel) 272
89 The Parable of the Elephant 274
90 Meaning of the Parable of the Wish-yielding Jewel 276
91 Meaning of the Parable of the Elephant from the Vindhya Mountains 276
92 The King Endeavors to Renounce All His Possessions 277
93 Kumbha Muni Teaches the Secret of Renunciation 279
94 Kumbha Muni Gives Insight into Renunciation 284
95 How to Remove Ignorance 288
96 Negation of the World-process 290
97 Pure Consciousness Is the Reality behind All Names and Forms 291
98 Negation of the Chitta 292
99 Kumbha Muni Continues to Enlighten Shikhidhwaja 293
100 Brahman is the Self-effulgent Reality 294
101 Shikhidhwaja Attains Enlightenment 286
102 Kumbha Muni Disappears, Leaving the King in a Profound State of Meditation 299
103 Queen Chudala Awakens the King from Samadhi 299
104 Kumbha Muni Plans to Test the Firmness of King Shikhidhwaja's Realization 301
105 Kumbha Muni Relates a False Story 302
106 Kumbha Muni (Chudala) Assumes the Form of Madanika and Marries Shikhidhwaja 303
107 Queen Chudala tests the spiritual attainment of King Shikhidhwaja 305
108 Queen Chudala Creates the illusion of Madanika's Infidelity 307
109 King Exercises His Intuitive Mind and Praises Chudala 309
110 The King and Queen Rule Their Kingdom as Enlightened Sages 315

 

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Contents

 

  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA  
111 The Divine Sage Brihaspati Teaches His Son, Kacha 21
112 The Parable of a False Being 24
113 The Meaning of False Purusha 26
114 The Negation of the Concepts of Existence and Non-existence 28
115 The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage 30
116 Characteristics of a Dissolving Chitta 35
117 Prajapati Manu Instructs Ikshwaku 37
118 Methods of Attaining Self-realization 38
119 The Powers of Ignorance and Knowledge 40
120 Seven States of Wisdom Taught by Sage Manu 41
121 Two Types of Mental Attitudes 43
122 The Daily Conduct of an Enlightened Sage 45
123 Why Siddhis Are Not Desired by a Sage 46
124 Bondage and Liberation for the Individual Soul 47
125 Steadiness in Turiya Consciousness 50
126 The Seven States of Wisdom 52
127 Sage Valmiki Summarizes the Teachings for His Disciple Bharadwaja 58
128 The Path of Laya Yoga and Sri Rama's Awakening 61
  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA  
1 Eradication of Desire in a Jivan Mukta 72
2 The World is Full of Shiva 76
3 Eradication of the World-Process 79
4 Eradication of the Ego-sense 84
5 The Need of Mastering the Senses (Sage Vasistha and Vidyadhara) 87
6 Miseries That Arise due to Sense-indulgence 90
7 The tree of the World-process Rising from the Seed of Ego 94
8 The World is a Vast Temple Created by Samkalpa 96
9 The World is Nothing but Pure Consciousness 98
10 The World Does Not Exist 99
11 Control of the Senses for Negating the World-process 100
12 The Ego-sense Is Illusory 102
13 Cosmos within an Atom 103
14 Story of the World within an Atom 104
15 Ego-the Seed of the World-process 106
16 Vidyadhara Attains Samadhi 108
17 The Fire that Burns the Seed of the world-process 110
18 The Illusory Worlds and the absolute Self 111
19 The Jivas and the Cosmic Being 113
0 Liberation is Attained by Piercing the Knot of the Ego 114
22 The Yoga of Bliss 116
23 The Story of Manki Brahmana 119
24 The Dispassion of Manki Brahmana 124
25 The seeds of the World-process and their Destruction 126
26 Bondage and Liberation 130
27 Instructions for Attaining Steadiness in the Self 133
28 The True Nature of Karma 135
29 A Sage Performs Actions and Is Yet Established in the Actionless Self 137
30 Description of that Spiritual Vision which Removes the Illusions of Multiplicity 141
31 All Objects Are Sustained by consciousness 143
32 Liberation Can Be Attained by the Practice of Good Association and Reflection 146
33 The Treatment of the Disease of the World-process 148
34 The World-process Vanishes by Not-Seeing 150
35 The Nature of Brahman 152
36 Desire is the Cause of Bondage 155
37 The Method of Wisdom for Overcoming Desires 158
0 The Nature of the Sage Who Is Established in Wisdom 160
40 The Double Consciousness of a Liberated Sage 162
41 The World Dances like a Puppet due to ignorance 163
42 The Self is to Be Worshipped by Discriminative Vision 164
43 The Manner is which the World Dissolves in Brahman 166
44 The Tree of Samadhi 168
45 The Ascent on the Tree of Meditation 172
46 The State of Mind after Eating the Fruit of the Samadhi Tree 176
47 The Means of Attaining Self-Realization 179
48 The Great Qualities that Arise due to Dispassion 181
49 The Greatness of the Wise 184
50 Seven Types of Jivas 186
51 Effacement of the World-Process from One's Consciousness 188
52 The Self Appears as the World-Process 190
53 The State of Liberation 192
54 Non-Duality of the Self 194
55 The Absolute Point of View 196
56 The Parable of the World-within-a-Rock 197
57-58 The Negation of Egoism in a Sage 199
59 Sage Vasistha Views Numerous Universes 201
60 Sage Vasistha Ignores the Celestial Lady 203
61 The Illusory World Exists in the Heart of Brahman 207
62 Sage Vasistha Converses with the Celestial Lady 208
63 Brahman Sustains the World of Dreams 210
64 Vidyadhari (the Celestial Lady) Tells About Her Life 212
65 How Vidyadhari Developed Vairagya or Dispassion 215
66-67 The Glory of Abhyasa or Repeated Effort 216
68 Negation of the Illusion of Physicality in the Subtle Body 218
69 Vidyadhari Awakens the Brahma of the World-within-a-Rock 220
70-71 Vasana Bent upon Its Own Destruction and the Consequent Destruction of the World-within-a-Rock 224
72-73 Description of Pralaya in the World-within-a-Rock 224
74-75 The Body of Brahma and Its Destruction 226
76-79 Description of the all-Destroying Fire Below and the Deluge Clouds Above 228
79 The Creator and His Family Enter into the State of Liberation 229
80-81 The Dance of Rudra and Kali 231
82-83 The Dance of Rudra is the Sport of Consciousness 233
84-85 The Mystic Meaning behind Shiva and Shakti 234
86-87 Meditation on the Universality of the Self 236
88-89 Identification with the Earth element 238
90 Identification with the Water Element 239
91 Identification with the Fire Element 241
92 Identification with the Air Element 242
93 Sage Vasistha Encounters a Siddha in His Etherial Hermitage; Discourse on Vairagya 244
94 Sage Vasistha and the Siddha Return to their Abodes. Story of the World-within-a-Rock concludes 249

 

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94-95 Ghosts and Pishachas; and the Rock of Pure Consciousness 21
96 The Self Expresses as the World-process 24
97 The Theories of Different Systems of Philosophy Derive Their Authenticity from the Almighty Self 26
98 The Characteristics of Enlightened Sages 28
99-100 Animals, Birds and Countless Beings Strive for Happiness 30
101 The Vision of Non-duality Bestows Fearlessness 32
102 Characteristics of a Sage 35
103 Glory of the Scripture of Yoga Vasistha 39
104 Pure Consciousness is the Reality behind the World-phenomena 41
105 Pure Consciousness Manifests as Dream and Also as the Waking State 42
106 The Ether of Consciousness alone Exists 43
107 The World is Non-existent Like Dream 45
108-109

The Story of King Vipashchita

47
110-116 The Four Vipashchitas Become Victorious; They Enjoy Various Scenes and Sights of the World 48
117 The Attendants of the Fourfold Vipashchitas Describe the Beauty of Nature 52
118-120 The Description of Peacocks, Cranes and Others 53
121-123 The Four Vipashchitas Follow Four Different Courses 54
124 The Miraculous Power of Avidya or Ignorance 56
125 The Spiritual Majesty of a Liberated Sage 58
126-128 The World-process of the Four Vipashchitas after Their Death 59
129 Vipashchita in Deer Emoodient Brought before Rama 61
130 The Deer Turns into Vipashchita by the Grace of Vasistha 62
131-135 Urged by Sage Vishwamitra, Bhasa Relates His Experiences 65
136 The Story of the Gigantic Corpse 68
137 Insight into the Dream World 70
138-139 The Blending of the Muni's Soul with the Soul of the Individual 72
140-141 The Muni Describes His Amazing Experiences 74
142 The Description of Clouds that Rain Fire 77
143-144 The Glory of Knowledge 80
145-149 The Muni Explains the Mystery of Karmic Fructifications 86
151-151 The Vyadha Attains Enlightenment 88
152-155 The State of Enlightenment 90
156-158 The Vyadha's Future and His Enlightenment 92
159-160 Ignorance and Enlightenment 93
161-162 Brahman the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment 94
163 Mastering the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment 98
164 Brahman as the Basis of Jiva and Jagat 103
165 The Similarity of Dream and Waking States 105
166 The Negation of Khyatis 106
167-169 The Glory of Enlightenment 109
170 The Liberated Sage Sports with His Friend and His Friend's Divine Family 114
171 Negation of the World Phenomena 116
172 The Negation of Memory 119
173-174 The Negation of Illusion 121
175 The Self Alone Exists 123
176-179 Brahman Alone Transcends the Illusion of Multiplicity 125
180-185 The Story of Kunda-Danta 127
186-189 The Jiva Experiences the World Due to Ignorance 129
190 Questions and Answers to Bring Out the Essence of the Teachings 130
191 The World is Non-existent for the Enlightened 140
192 Sri Rama Expresses His Understanding of Brahman 142
193 Sri Rama Describes His State of Enlightenment 143
194-195 Sri Rama Continues to Describe His State of Enlightenment 145
196 The Story of a Woodcutter and His Gem 148
197 The Explanation of the Parable 150
198 Equanimity and Equal Vision 154
199 A Sage Performs Actions for the Wellbeing of the World 157
200 Siddhas Praise Sage Vasistha 160
201 Sri Rama Describes His Blissful Experience 164
202 Joyousness of the Kings as Well as of Rama 167
203 Description of the Enlightenment of Rama 169
204 Wiping Out the Illusion of the World-process 170
205 The World Is Non-existent Like Dream 172
206 The Story of King Prajnapti 174
207 Answers to the Questions of King Prajnapti 117
208 Karmas Fructify at Different Times and Places 180
209 Contradictions Related to Karma Reconciled 181
210 Brahman Becomes All Through the Power of Illusion 183
211-212 This World is Nothing but Brahman 185
213 Dialogue between Guru and Disciple 187
214 Rejoicing at the Conclusion of the Divine Teachings 191
215 Sage Valmiki Gives His Concluding Remarks 194
216 The Conclusion 196

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Preface

Yoga Vasistha can bring a complete transformation in human personality; even like the beggar of old fairy tales who turned into a King when a charmed golden ring fell into his hand; just so, whosoever holds this book, turning the pages with an inquisitive mind and a heart searching for truth, will discover the infinite beauty of his inner Self.

Yoga Vasistha nourishes the soul and awakens a yearning for freedom and an exquisite peace unknown before.

This unique book par excellence has been long awaited by advanced Vedantins and Yogis of India, because it is only available in rare editions of the last century. And it is what the enquiring mind of the West has been desperately needing since they heard he remarks of Schopenhauer, "In the whole world there is no study so beneficial and so elevating as that of the Upanishads. It has been the solace of my life; it will be the solace of my death." There are a few publications at present which are not sufficient to portray the total beauty and wisdom of Yoga Vasistha.

H.H. Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, internationally known lecturer and writer of over fifty books on Yoga and Vedanta philosophy, has been interpreting and commenting on Yoga Vasistha for almost 25 years: first in India for 9 years at the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, Sivananda Ashram, Himalayas; in Vedantic conferences in Amritsar, Ludhiana, and other parts of India, and also in Dehradun Women's College. Since coming to the west, Swamiji had been lecturing in Puerto Rico for six years, followed by his weekly lectures here in Miami. Available on tapes and cassettes, these lectures are an undying treasure.

We are presenting an abridged version of Yoga Vasistha in two volumes. The first volume contains: Vairagya Prakarana, Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana, and a portion of Utpatti Prakarana.

After a brief encounter with Yoga Vasistha, the reader will feel that all other books of philosophy have become like old crumbs on the table, while Yoga Vasistha stands like the sweet, vitalizing elixir of life.

If I could have only one book for some extraordinary reason to read for the rest of my life, I would choose Yoga Vasistha; just as King Shah Jehan had the choice of only one type of food-grain while he was imprisoned for life, and he chose the chickpeas (garbanzo beans) because of its nourishment and adaptability to a variety of tasty dishes.

Yoga Vasistha encompasses in its powerful literature the dramatic stories of the inner states of the mind, and like a brilliant advocate, presents its brief with a convincing voice and expert phrasing, and with its mystic strategy convinces the mind to undermine its fancies and imaginations leading to the realization that the world lies within the mind.

Nothing is more inspiring and soul-stirring as when the mind lifts itself from the quagmire of false perceptions of the senses, and sees the contents of waking, dream and deep sleep as the refractions of the Light of Consciousness filtering through the layers of egoistic illusions.

The awe-inspiring awakening of the knowledge that "You are not this body, not this mind, and not this intellect" is uplifting and produces a vital change in the overall perception of the world. it is for this reason Sages warn immature aspirants against the wrong interpretations of this grand philosophy; they emphasize the fact that the wisdom of the Yoga Vasistha must be received under the guidance of an illumined teacher. For those who are endowed with a mighty strength of intellect, and intense dispassion, Yoga Vasistha brings for them the clouds of mystic understanding that bursts into the flood of unique bliss.

Due to the unfortunate lack of knowledge of Yoga Vasistha, the intelligentsia of the West have been unable to realize the vast treasure of profound knowledge that lies hidden in this great work. Because of this reason, the wisdom of Vedanta has not been deeply understood and assimilated by them.

Yoga Vasistha in its broad spectrum encompasses topics such as: the mysteries of the soul, death and reincarnations, the psychic powers, the mystic energy known as Kundalini, the subtle operations of the unconscious mind which bring about repeated embodiments ad the techniques of spiritual enquiry and meditation.

With his deft hand and eloquent pen, Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda gives to the world his most memorable writing which has been guarded as a secret mystic wealth by the Sages of India for a long time.

The greatest literatures of the world have always incorporated in their writings parables, illustrations, and stories to bring about a striking impression, even like that of a lightning flash, upon the sleeping mind in order that it may awaken sharply to the light of the truth. Yoga Vasistha abounds with these.

It is to be noted that humor and wit permeate the writings and lectures of Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda. They are like the green creeper adorning the tree of liberation. A studious reader will meet for the first time a challenge to his intellect to discover the secret wealth of the Self, and to explore the mysteries of the mind.

This book, written by Sage Sri Swami Jyotir Maya Nanda, presents you with the key to heavenly bliss and perfection; and every page of this book is filled with his blessings.

May the golden sun of your eternal Self rise from behind the horizon of distractions and mental limitations and encompass you in the greatest beauty and sublime love which are the very essence of your real Self.

 

Introduction

The Yoga Vasistha Maha-Rilmayana, one of the greatest of all Hindu scriptures, is virtually unknown in the West, due to the scarcity of its English translations.

This vast work of approximately thirty-two thousand verses (sixty-four thousand lines) supplements the epic poem, the Ramayana, which is more popularly known throughout India and the world. In the "Bala-Kanda" section of the Ramayana, it is stated that Sri Rama was given spiritual instructions by Sage Vasistha . Yoga Vasistha is that teaching. Whereas the Ramayana describes the epic life and adventures of Sri Rama, the Yoga Vasistha presents his inner realization in detail for those who wish to intensify their spiritual life and deepen their understanding.

The Yoga Vasistha is also known by the following names: Maha-Ramayana, Uttar Ramayana, Arsha Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha, Vasistha Ramayana, and Vasistha. Whatever you choose to call it, it is the earliest detailed work of Yoga- Vedanta. 'and gives a magnificently detailed exposition of the subtleties and insights of that philosophy with a majestic sweep that has never been equalled in any metaphysical work since. It was written by the great poet Valmiki (probably about 500 B.C., although maybe much earlier) in the form of dialogue between Sage Vasistha and his pupil, the young prince Rama.

Every kind of exposition is employed in its sequence - didactic instruction, answers to doubts, parables, and stories within stories, Many key points of this metaphysical instruction are touched upon over and over again, with increasingly deeper meanings. Therefore, the work appears to move in vast spirals, culminating in the Self-realization of Sri Rama.

The interlocking system of stories within stories enhances the vision of worlds within worlds, and of the infinitely complex world of the mind, itself arising within the Cosmic Mind.

In the opening stage, Sri Rama relates his growing awareness of the transiency of life and of all worldly aims. A great Vairagya (dispassion) arises, which later develops into Mumukshuttwa (longing for spiritual emancipation). Subsequently, he is fully enlightened by Sage Vasistha. In the process, every aspect of Yogic and Vedantic teaching is beautifully and fully developed.

Yoga Vasistha is divided into the following six chapters:

1) Vairagya Prakarana (Dispassion)
At Sage Vasistha's request, Sri Rama describes the cause of his mind's unusual melancholy state. He elaborates upon the transiency, essencelessness, and changing nature of all objects in this world. These vivid descriptions of the vanity of all worldly pleasures, and of the emptiness of all worldly glories. are meant to promote Vairagva (dispassion), which is the first basic requirement for treading 'the path of wisdom that leads to Self-realization.

2)Mumuksu Prakarana (Aspiration for self-realization)
This section details upon the qualifications that are necessary before one can seek immortality. One should not rely on destiny, but rather, gain an insight into the fact that the Self in him is the ceaseless source of all energy and creativity. He should befriend one of the four gatekeepers of Liberation (serenity, contentment, spiritual enquiry, and good association). With the help of that one gatekeeper, he will automatically befriend the other three, and finally, enter into the blessed palace of Liberation.

3) Utpetti Prakarana (The Origin of the World-process)
" Utpatti Prakarana" is an exposition on how the world evolved from the Absolute and is ever rooted in the Absolute. In fact. the world .15 an appearance sustained by the limitations of the mind. When these limitations are overcome by intuitive wisdom, it becomes non-existent.

4)Sthiti Prakarana (The Sustaining Reality of the Self)
This section explains how an aspirant, having attained knowledge, can abide in Brahman, even though the world continues to appear. The underlying Reality behind the ego-sense in man is the Absolute. When the illusion of duality is negated by wisdom, a Yogi lives and sports in Brahman. The Self is realized as the creator as well as the enjoyer of the unrverse.

5) Uossheme Prakarana (Quiescence of the Mind)
Herein Yoga Vasistha deals with the stupendous experience of peace that results from spiritual Enlightenment. The characteristics of a Self-realized Sage are described in glowing terms, This section also gives instructions for the removal of Ahamkara (egoism), for the promotion of equal vision, and for the attainment of absolute detachment from the world-process.

6) Nirvana Prakarana (Liberation)
This voluminous section is divided in two parts: In the first, entitled Purva Bhaga, the Yogi discovers his essential nature. He realizes his true identity as Brahman, the underlying Reality behind all individual beings, as well as the universe. He becomes all that is. In this section, Sri Rama enters into divine ecstasy.

In the second part, Uttara Bhaga, Yoga Vasistha presents the beatific vision of Nirvana (Liberation), which is the extinction of all cravings. Sage Vasistha describes his own personal experiences of Samadhi and of the majestic vision of the entire universe being nothing but the Self.

In conclusion, Sri Rama attained enlightenment. But instead of turning away from the practical duties of the world, he prepared himself to perform them even as the great Divinities who create, sustain and destroy the world - with a spirit of absolute detachment.

 

Contents

 

  Vairagya Prakarana  
1 Prologue (sutikshna and Agasti, atc....) 20
2 Brahma Urges Sage Valmiki to Compose Yoga Vasistha 34
3 The Nature of Wisdom (The Pilgrimage of Rama) 38
4 The Daily Life of Rama 42
5 Rama's Dejection 42
6 The Arrival of Vishwamitra 43
7 Vishwamitra's Request for Rama 45
8 Dasharatha is in Distress 47
9 Vishwamitra's Request for Rama 48
10 Rama's Distressing condition 50
11 Sri Rama is Brought to Vishwamitra 51
12 The Reason for Rama's distress 52
13 Denunciation of Wealth 54
14 The Vanity of Life 57
15 Denunciation of Egoism 59
16 Denunciation of the Mind 60
17 Denunciation of Craving 62
18 Denunciation of the Body 64
19 Denunciation of the Childhood Stage 68
20 The Evils of Youth 70
21 Denunciation of Sex and Passion 73
22 Denunciation of Old Age 75
23 Denunciation of Time 79
24 The Transitoriness of the world 83
25 The Dance of the Time Spirit 83
26 The Evils of Perishability 84
27 Denunciation of all Objects that obstruct Self-realization 87
28 The Transient Nature of All Sense 91
29 The Essencelessness of All Object 95
30 Request for Spiritual Instruction 97
31 Spiritual Questions 10
32 Sri Rama is praised by the Siddhas 103
33 Sri Rama is Praised by the Sages 103
  Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana  
1 Sri Shuka Goes to King Janaka 105
2 Sage Vishwamitra Requests Sage Vasistha to instruct Sri Rama 110
3 The Nature of the World-process in the Three Periods of Time 112
4 The Glory of Self-effort 114
5 The Power of Self-effort 118
6 The Negation of Destiny 121
7 Predominance of Self-effort 126
8 The Illusion of Destiny 129
9 The Illusoriness of Actions and the Reality of the Self 131
10 The Origin of Sage Vasistha 135
11 The Descent of Spiritual Wisdom 139
12 The Evils of the World process and the Glory of Wisdom 143
13 Introduction to the Four Gatekeepers The First Gatekeeper: Shama (Serenity) 145
14 The Second Gatekeeper: Vichara (Spiritual Enquiry) 149
15 The third Gatekeeper: Santosh (Contentment) 153
16 The Fourth Gatekeeper: Satsanga (Good Association) 154
17 The General Plan of Yoga Vasistha 157
18 The Special Qualities of Yoga Vasistha 159
19 Brahman is Revealed by Right Knowledge (Pramana) 163
20 The Conduct of Enlightened Sages 165
  Utpatti Prakarana  
1 The Cause of Bondage 168
2 The Ignorant Are Devoured by Death 172
3 Brahma's Creation is Mental in 174
4 The Nature of the Mind 176
5 The Divine Self is the Root of the Mind and the world 178
6 The Self is Realized Through Wisdom and Not Through Action 181
7 The Absolute without the Limitations of the World - process 184
8 The Glory of Spiritual Scriptures 188
9 The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage 191
10 The Paradoxical Description of Brahman 196
11 The World as a Mental Illusion 201
12 The Creation of the Universe 202
13 Brahman Becomes the Jiva (Individual Soul) through illusion 204
14 It is Brahman That Manifests as the Universe 206
15 The Story of Lila Commences 210
16 There is a Tragic End to the Enjoyments of This World 211
17 The Spirit of King Padma Enjoys a Different and Becomes king Viduratha 215
18 Both the World of Padma and the World of Padma's Spirit, Viduratha, Are Illusory 217
19 The Story of Vasistha and Arundhati (The Past Lives of Padma and Lila) 219
20 Life Sees the World of Her Previous Birth (Insight into the Illusory Nature of the World) 220
21 Teachings of Goddess Saraswati Expounding That All This is the Pure Self 225
22 The Way to Destroy the Vasanas of the Mind 229
23 - 26 Lila and Goddess Saraswati Travel with Their Astral Bodies to the World of Lils's Previous Existence 232
27 Lila's Past Lives 236
28 29 Lils Remembers More Details about Her Previous Embodiment in the Form of Arundhati 239
30 - 39 Lila Enters into the World of Viduratha and Writnesses a Terrible Battle 242
40 The nature of the Subtle Body 245
41 King Viduratha Wakes Up to Find Two Goddesses Before Him 249
42 - 44 Ignorance Lend: Reality to Waking and Dream States 252
45 Goddess Saraswati Grants a Boon to Lila (Viduratha's Queen) 255
46 - 51 King Viduratha Fights with King Sindhu 256
52 - 53 King Viduratha Dies and Lila-2 Reaches the World 260
54 The Peocess of Death, and the Karmas That Determine the Life Span of an Individual 264
55 Experiences After Death 268
56 - 58 The Departure of Viduratha 270
59 Conclusion of the Story of Lila 273
60 The Relativity of Time and Space 276
61 The Vanity of Objects 280
62 The Vision That Leads to Liberation 283
63 Brahman Appears as the World - peocess through Maya 285
64 - 65 Consciousness is the Reality Behind the Mind and Objects 286

 

Volume II: Utpatti - Sthiti - Upashama (ISBN: 0934664315499)

 

Introduction

In the "Bala-Kanda" section of the Ramayana it is stated that Sri Rama was given spiritual instructions by Sage Vasistha. Yoga Vasistha, a complete and separate work in itself, is that teaching. While the Ramayana, the epic poem more popularly known throughout India and the world, describes the life and adventures of Sri Rama, the Yoga Vasistha presents his inner realization in detail for those who wish to intensify their spiritual life and deepen their understanding. A vast work of approximately 32,000 verses, the Yoga Vasistha was written by the great poet-sage Valmiki, as was the Ramayana, about 500 B.C. or earlier.

The Yoga Vasistha, which is virtually unknown in the West due to the scarcity of its English translations, is also known by the names of Maha-Ramayana, Uttar Ramayana, Arsha Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha, Vasistha Ramayana, and Vasistha. But whatever you choose to call it, it is the earliest detailed work of Yoga-Vedanta and gives a magnificent exposition of the subtleties and insights of that philosophy with a majestic sweep that has never been equalled in any metaphysical work since.

Every kind of exposition is employed in its presentation - didactic instruction, answers to doubts, parables, and stories within stories. Here, for example, the interlocking system of stories within stories enhances the vision of worlds within worlds, and of the infinitely complex world of the mind, itself arising from the Cosmic Mind. Many key points of this metaphysical instruction are touched upon over and over again with increasingly deeper meanings. Therefore the work appears to move in vast spirals, ultimately culminating in the Self- realization of Sri Rama.

In "Vairagya Prakarana" of Volume l it will be remembered that Sage Vasistha asked Sri Rama to express the reasons for his depressed state of mind. At this, Sri Rama elaborated upon the transiency and essencelessness of all objects of the world. All that he once thought to be of value and a source of happiness has, through the vision of his penetrative intellect, become nothing but a source of emptiness and misery.

In the first section, therefore, Sri Rama has taken what is normally the most valued aspects of life and has shown how illusory they are. The purpose here is to promote dispassion (Vairagya) in the aspirant. Such Vairagya considers all pleasures of the world, from the lowest form of life to the highest - that of Brahma the Creator- as insignificant and illusory. This is the first and fundamental requirement on the path of wisdom that leads to Self-realization.

In the second section, "Mumukshu Prakarana," it has been shown that certain qualifications are necessary for an aspirant before he can effectively move on the path towards the state of immortality or Self-realization. Sage Vasistha, therefore, elaborated on the four most important qualifications-those of Serenity, Contentment, Spiritual Enquiry and Good Association.

In addition, "Mumukshu Prakarana" elaborated on how the aspirant should not rely on destiny, rather on his own self-effort. The Self within is unlimited, and each person has that same potential within - all that is needed to unlock that infinite potential and creativity is repeated self-effort.

In "Utpatti Prakarana," Sage Vasistha has shown how the world has evolved from and is sustained by the Absolute through the limitations of the mind. And since the world is merely a protection of the mind conditioned by ignorance, when ignorance is overcome by intuitive wisdom, mind re- discovers its unity with the Cosmic Mind and the Individual merges into the Absolute. At this point, the entire world-process is remembered to be no- thing but a long dream of the mind from which one has awaken. It was in this section that the first volume ended and the present volume now continues.

After completing "Utpatti Prakarana," Sage Vasistha goes into "Sthiti Prakarana" which deals with the sustaining reality of the Self, and then on into "Upashama Prakarana," the topic dealing with the quiesence of the mind. Volume III will pick up here and will continue on into the last and final section, "Nirvana Prakarana," the topic dealing with the final stage of Sri Rama's instruction from Sage Vasistha, and his ultimate Enlightenment.

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publishers Note 6
  Introduction 15
  Invocation 19
  UTPATTI PRAKARANA  
66 The Mystic Art of Destroying the Mind 21
67 The Nature of the Soul 23
68-83 The Story of Karkati 28
84 Differences Exist Merely in Nature 40
85 To His Amazement, Brahma Sees Ten World Systems 42
86 The Ten Sons of Indu Practise Meditation 44
87 The Sons of Indu Become Creators of World Systems 45
88 Brahma Creates the World in the Spirit of Detachment 46
89 The Story of Indra and Ahalya 47
90 Sage Bharata Destroys their Bodies by Pronouncing a Curse 49
91 The Universe as a Creation of Mind 51
92 The Power of the Mind 52
93 The Illusoriness of Creation 56
94 Fourteen Classes of Jivas 57
95 The Unity of Chitta and Action 60
96 The Many Names of the Mind 62
97 The World as a Creation of the Limited Mind 67
98 The Story of Chitta as a Strange Spirit 70
99 The Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Strange Spirit 73
100 The Omnipotence of Brahman 75
101 The World as a Tale Told to a Child 79
102 The Immutability of the Self 81
103 The Evils Created by the Unenlightened Mind 86
104-105 King Lavana and the Magician 89
106 King Lavana Tells of His Experiences during the State of Trance 90
107-109 King Lavana Continues to Relate the Story of His Life as a Chandala 93
110 The Amazing Powers of the Mind 96
111 The Secrets of Controlling the Mind 100
112 The Technique of Renouncing the Vasanas of the Mind 103
113 The Knowledge of Brahman that Annihilates Vasanas 105
114 The Destruction of Avidya through the Knowledge of the Self 103
115 Sri Rama's Wonder about the Cause of King Ravana's Misery 111
116 The Fruit of Mental Sacrifice Performed by King Lavana 113
117 The Seven Stages of Ignorance 115
118 The Seven Stages of Knowledge 120
119 The Method of Attaining the States of Wisdom 124
120 King Lavana Visits the Lands in the Vindhyas 127
121 The Illusoriness of the World-process 123
122 The Practice of the Seven States of Wisdom 131
  STHITI PFIAKARANA  
1 The World as a Mysterious Painting 139
2 The Non-duality of the Self or the Absolute Bliss 141
3 The Endless World-process of the ignorant 142
4 The Disappearance of the World-process through the Annihilation Of the Mind and Senses 143
5-8 Begin the Story of Shukracharya illustrating the World within the Mind 145
9-10 The State of the Body of Shukracharya 149
11-12 The World as a Mental Spirit 152
13 The Time-spirit Explains the Powers of the Mind 156
14 Shukracharya is Awakened from Samadhi 157
15 The Brahmin Sees His Previous Body as Shukracharya 153
16 Shukracharya Enters His Original Body and Lives as a Liberated Sage 160
17 The Glory of Pure Mind 161
18 Pure and impure Minds 164
19 The Essence that Transcends the Three States of Consciousness 167
20 The World-process as a Projection of the Chitta 170
21 An impure Mind Sustains Conflicting Views 172
22 The Qualities that Characterize Self-realization 176
23 The Sovereignty of a Sage 179
24 The Importance of Attaining Victory over the Senses 134
25-31 The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata 135
32-33 The Righteous Conduct That Leads to Liberation 139
34 The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Dridha 195
35 The Methods of Attaining Mental Peace 198
36-40 From the State of Bondage to the State of Liberation 205
41 Maya or Cosmic Illusion 211
42 Alt-powerful Brahman Assumes the Role of Powerless Souls 213
43 The Souls Caught in the Wheel of the World-process 215
44 The Uniqueness of Liberation 218
45 The illusory. Mental Nature of the World-process 220
46 The Qualities of a Sage 223
47 Numerous World systems Projected by Maya 225
48-51 The Story of Sage Dashura 227
52-53 The Parable of King Khottha 231
54-55 The Nature of Samkalpa and the Method of Eradicating It 234
56 Negation of identification with the World process 237
57 The Method of Destroying Vasanas 239
58 The Enlightenment of Kacha 243
59 The Emptiness of Sense enjoyments 246
60-61 Rajas-Satwic Souls 246
62 The Qualities that Adorn an Aspirant 248
  UPASHAMA PRAKARANA  
1-2 Reflections of Sri Rama 251
3-4 Sri Vasistha Receives Praises from King Dasharatha and Rama 255
5 The Mystic Art of Eradicating the World process 257
6 Gradual Ascent Towards Liberation 261
7-8 Song of the Siddhas 213
9 King Janaka Meditates upon the Significance of the Songs of the Siddhas 266
10 King Janaka Practices Silent Reflection 271
11 The King Continues to Enlighten His Mind 273
12 King Janaka Abides in the State of Liberation 275
13 The Methods of Mastering the Mind 278

 

Volume III: Upashama Prakarana (ISBN: 0934664335499)

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publisher's Note 7
  Introduction 15
  UPASHAMA PRAKARANA  
14 The Means of Negating the Mind 21
15 Craving as the Source of All Evils 25
16 Two Aspected Renunciation of Vasana 27
17 Affirmations That Promote Liberation 29
18 The Cessation of All Misery 32
19 The Story of Punya and Pavana 36
20 Punya Speaks of the Cessation of Cravings 42
21 Liberation Consists of The Cessation of Cravings 42
22 King Bali's Dispassion and His Recollection of the Teachings He Received from His Father 45
23 The Story of the King and His All-powerful Minister 49
24 The Means of Defeating the Minister 52
25 The Rising Moon of Wisdom in the Heart of King Bali 56
26 Shukracharya Gives His Brief Message 57
27 King Bali Practices Reflection and Enters into Samadhi 60
28 Sage Shukracharya Consoles the Demons 62
29 Bali Attains Liberation in Life 64
30-31 The Rise of Demon Hiranyakashipu, His Destruction, and His Son Prahlad's Devotion 69
32 King Prahlad Performs Worship of Lord Vishnu 72
33 The Unfoldment of Divine Virtues in Prahlad and the Grace of Lord Vishnu 75
34 Prahlad Attains Enlightenment 78
35 Reflections and Experiences of King Prahlad 83
36 Prahlad Adores the Supreme Beloved 91
37-39 Lord Vishnu awakens Prahlad from Samadhi 97
40 Lord Vishnu Enlightens the Demon-King Prahlad 100
41 The Demon-King Prahlad is Blessed by Lord Vishnu 103
42 Insight into the Prarabdha of the Sages 105
43 Self-effort of the Individual Secures Divine Grace 107
44 The Story of Gadhi 109
45 Gadhi Witnesses Himself Being Born as a Chandala 111
46 Katanja Being Discovered as a Chandala 113
47 Gadhi Hears the Story of Kira Country 116
48 Gadhi Visits the Country of Kira 118
49 Gadhi Finally Attains Enlightenment 119
50 The Methods of Controlling the Mind 124
51 The Story of Sage Uddalaka: Mind and its Distractions 131
52 Sri Uddalaka Practises Spiritual Enquiry 137
53 The Self is Unaffected by the Subtle Desires 146
54 Sage Uddalaka's Spiritual Practice 153
55 The Liberation of Sage Uddalaka 157
56 The Samadhi of a Sage 159
57 The Apparent Externalization of the Self 165
58 King Suraghu Develops Dispassion 167
59 King Suraghu Develops Dispassion 171
60 King Suraghu after Enlightenment 174
61 King Suraghu Meets King Parigha 175
62 The Nature of Samadhi 178
63 Praised by Parigha, King Suraghu Describes His Spiritual State 181
64 Methods of Overcoming the Defects of the Mind 183
0 The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa 187
67 Attachment As the Cause of Bondage 193
68 Characteristics of Attachment and Detachment 196
69 The Manner in which the mind is Reduced to Pure Consciousness 202
70 The Glory of Detachment 203
71 The Glorious State of Turiya 207
72 Grief is Neither in the Body nor in the Self 214
73 Three Types of Ego 218
74 Enlightenment Leads to Perfection 221
75 Examples of Liberated Sages 230
76 Crossing the Ocean of the World-Process 234
77 A Garland of Heavenly Virtues that Adorn a Sage 235
78 The Methods of Destroying the Chitta 241
79 Destruction of the Chitta Through Wisdom 248
80 Spiritual Enquiry That Promotes Vairagya 250
81 Negation of the Chitta 255
82 The Practice of Enquiry by Sage Vitahavya 256
83 Bliss of the Self Transcending the Chitta and the Indriyas 263
84 Experiences of Vitahavya during the State of Samadhi 267
85 The Revival of the Body of Sage Vitahavya 270
86 Characteristics of Jivan Mukti and Preparation for Videha Mukti 271
87 Sage Vitahavya Attains Videha Mukti 276
88-89 Dissolution of the Elements in Videha Mukti and the Glory of Liberation 278
90 Two Types of Chitta-Nash 280
91 The Cause of the world-Process 285
92 Disciplines Leading to Wisdom 290
93 The Glory of spiritual Enquiry and the Attainment of Wisdom 294

 

Volume IV: Nirvana Prakarana Purvardha (ISBN: 0934664331)

 

Contents

 

  Dedication 5
  Publisher's Note 5
  Introduction 15
  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA  
1 The Dispersal of the Assembly in Ayodhya 21
2 The Dissolution of the Chitta 24
3 The Cessation of the Delusion of Duality 28
4 The Cessation of the Chitta 30
5 Sri Rama Speaks of His Experiences 32
6 The Negation of the Body-Idea 34
7 Extensions of Ignorance 39
8 Ignorance Compared to a Creeper 43
9 The Division of the Three Gunas 46
10 Enquiry Leading to the Removal of Ignorance 47
11 The Vision of "All This Is Brahman" 51
12 The Divine State of the Sages 58
13 Two Methods of Destroying the Vasanas 51
14-16 The Story of Kaka Bhushunda Begins 62
17-19 Story of Birth and Enlightenment of Kaka Bhushunda 67
20 The Similarity of Worlds in Every Kalpa 72
21 Description of the Kalpa Tree and the Mysterious Creation 74
22 Kaka Bhushunda Remembers Similar Events in Numerous Cycles of Creation 78
23 The Mystic Method of Mastering Death 80
24 The Mystic Path of Controlling the Pranas 84
25 Meditation on Spontaneous Functions of Prana and Apana 87
26 The Deathless State Attained by Kaka Bhushunda 91
27 Kaka Bhushunda Is Praised by Vasistha 97
28 The Illusoriness of the Body and the World 98
29 Sage Vasistha Recalls Lord Shiva's Instructions 104
30 The Mystic Art of Worshipping the Supreme Self 114
31 Description of Consciousness through the Negation of the World-process 121
32 Consciousness Involved in the Process of Embodiment 126
33 The Negation of Multiplicity by Spiritual Enquiry 130
34 Transcending the Three States of Consciousness 134
35 The Supreme Self as the Progenitor of all Gods 137
36 The Glorious Attributes of Pure Consciousness 139
37 The Dance of the Time Spirit 141
38 The Worship of God through Objective Meditation 184
39 The Subjective Worship of Lord Shiva 148
40 The Supreme Self As the Essence of Gods 151
41 and 42. The Falsity of the World 154
42 Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss 157
43 Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss 157
44 The Method of Destroying Attachments 159
45 Brahman Compared to a Bilwa Fruit 161
46 Brahman Compared to a Painting-in-a-Fruit 162
47 Brahman as the Mass of Consciousness 164
48 The innermost Self and Brahman Are Identical 166
49 Enquiry into the Nature of the World-process 167
50 The Illusoriness of the Subtle Body 169
51 The illusion of the Senses 171
52 Arjunakhyan-Story of Krishna's Teachings to Arjuna 175
53 Lord Krishna's Instructions 178
54 Instructions1orAttaining Freedom from Bondage 182
55 It is the Knowledge of the Self that Confers Release 187
56 The Means to Liberation 192
57 The Vision That Ends All Vasanas 195
58 Arjuna Attains Enlightenment 197
59 The Vision of a Liberated Sage 199
60 The Glory of The Self 203
61 The Long Dream of the World-process 205
62 The Story of Jivata 207
63 The Story of Jivata Continues 208
  (Mystic Meaning of the Story of Jivata) 210
64 The Attainment of Shivahood 212
65 The Story of the Mendicant Applies to All Souls 215
66 Similarity in Creation 216
67 Knowledge of the Truth Destroys Bondage 287
68 Four Types of Silence 218
69 Conclusion of the Story of the Mendicant 223
70 The Dialogue between the King and the Vetala 224
71 Answers to the Questions of the Vetala 227
72 The King Continues to Give Answers 228
  (Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Vetala) 230
73 - 74 King Bhagiratha's Story 232
75 King Bhagiratha's Liberation 235
76 Bhagiratha Resumes the Rulership of His Kingdom 237
77 The Story of Queen Chudala and King Shikhidhwaja 240
78 Queen Chudala Attains Wisdom 241
79 Shikhidhwaja Notices the Spiritual Beauty of Chudala 246
80 Yogic Techniques for Attaining Psychic Powers 248
81 Kundalini Shakti and the Cessation of Diseases 250
82 Description of Siddhis in the Story of Queen Chudala 205
83 The Parable of Kirata 257
84 King Shikhidhwaja Enters Forest for Attaining Liberation 258
85 Queen Chudala Observes the Inner State of the King 261
86 Chudala Tells a Fictitious Story of Her Identity as Kumbha Muni 257
87 King Shikhidhwaja Seeks Spiritual Instructions from Kumbha Muni (Queen Chudala) 268
88 Parable of Chintamani (Wish-yielding Jewel) 272
89 The Parable of the Elephant 274
90 Meaning of the Parable of the Wish-yielding Jewel 276
91 Meaning of the Parable of the Elephant from the Vindhya Mountains 276
92 The King Endeavors to Renounce All His Possessions 277
93 Kumbha Muni Teaches the Secret of Renunciation 279
94 Kumbha Muni Gives Insight into Renunciation 284
95 How to Remove Ignorance 288
96 Negation of the World-process 290
97 Pure Consciousness Is the Reality behind All Names and Forms 291
98 Negation of the Chitta 292
99 Kumbha Muni Continues to Enlighten Shikhidhwaja 293
100 Brahman is the Self-effulgent Reality 294
101 Shikhidhwaja Attains Enlightenment 286
102 Kumbha Muni Disappears, Leaving the King in a Profound State of Meditation 299
103 Queen Chudala Awakens the King from Samadhi 299
104 Kumbha Muni Plans to Test the Firmness of King Shikhidhwaja's Realization 301
105 Kumbha Muni Relates a False Story 302
106 Kumbha Muni (Chudala) Assumes the Form of Madanika and Marries Shikhidhwaja 303
107 Queen Chudala tests the spiritual attainment of King Shikhidhwaja 305
108 Queen Chudala Creates the illusion of Madanika's Infidelity 307
109 King Exercises His Intuitive Mind and Praises Chudala 309
110 The King and Queen Rule Their Kingdom as Enlightened Sages 315

 

Volume V: Nirvana Purva Uttarardha (ISBN: 093466434X)

 

Contents

 

  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA  
111 The Divine Sage Brihaspati Teaches His Son, Kacha 21
112 The Parable of a False Being 24
113 The Meaning of False Purusha 26
114 The Negation of the Concepts of Existence and Non-existence 28
115 The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage 30
116 Characteristics of a Dissolving Chitta 35
117 Prajapati Manu Instructs Ikshwaku 37
118 Methods of Attaining Self-realization 38
119 The Powers of Ignorance and Knowledge 40
120 Seven States of Wisdom Taught by Sage Manu 41
121 Two Types of Mental Attitudes 43
122 The Daily Conduct of an Enlightened Sage 45
123 Why Siddhis Are Not Desired by a Sage 46
124 Bondage and Liberation for the Individual Soul 47
125 Steadiness in Turiya Consciousness 50
126 The Seven States of Wisdom 52
127 Sage Valmiki Summarizes the Teachings for His Disciple Bharadwaja 58
128 The Path of Laya Yoga and Sri Rama's Awakening 61
  NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA  
1 Eradication of Desire in a Jivan Mukta 72
2 The World is Full of Shiva 76
3 Eradication of the World-Process 79
4 Eradication of the Ego-sense 84
5 The Need of Mastering the Senses (Sage Vasistha and Vidyadhara) 87
6 Miseries That Arise due to Sense-indulgence 90
7 The tree of the World-process Rising from the Seed of Ego 94
8 The World is a Vast Temple Created by Samkalpa 96
9 The World is Nothing but Pure Consciousness 98
10 The World Does Not Exist 99
11 Control of the Senses for Negating the World-process 100
12 The Ego-sense Is Illusory 102
13 Cosmos within an Atom 103
14 Story of the World within an Atom 104
15 Ego-the Seed of the World-process 106
16 Vidyadhara Attains Samadhi 108
17 The Fire that Burns the Seed of the world-process 110
18 The Illusory Worlds and the absolute Self 111
19 The Jivas and the Cosmic Being 113
0 Liberation is Attained by Piercing the Knot of the Ego 114
22 The Yoga of Bliss 116
23 The Story of Manki Brahmana 119
24 The Dispassion of Manki Brahmana 124
25 The seeds of the World-process and their Destruction 126
26 Bondage and Liberation 130
27 Instructions for Attaining Steadiness in the Self 133
28 The True Nature of Karma 135
29 A Sage Performs Actions and Is Yet Established in the Actionless Self 137
30 Description of that Spiritual Vision which Removes the Illusions of Multiplicity 141
31 All Objects Are Sustained by consciousness 143
32 Liberation Can Be Attained by the Practice of Good Association and Reflection 146
33 The Treatment of the Disease of the World-process 148
34 The World-process Vanishes by Not-Seeing 150
35 The Nature of Brahman 152
36 Desire is the Cause of Bondage 155
37 The Method of Wisdom for Overcoming Desires 158
0 The Nature of the Sage Who Is Established in Wisdom 160
40 The Double Consciousness of a Liberated Sage 162
41 The World Dances like a Puppet due to ignorance 163
42 The Self is to Be Worshipped by Discriminative Vision 164
43 The Manner is which the World Dissolves in Brahman 166
44 The Tree of Samadhi 168
45 The Ascent on the Tree of Meditation 172
46 The State of Mind after Eating the Fruit of the Samadhi Tree 176
47 The Means of Attaining Self-Realization 179
48 The Great Qualities that Arise due to Dispassion 181
49 The Greatness of the Wise 184
50 Seven Types of Jivas 186
51 Effacement of the World-Process from One's Consciousness 188
52 The Self Appears as the World-Process 190
53 The State of Liberation 192
54 Non-Duality of the Self 194
55 The Absolute Point of View 196
56 The Parable of the World-within-a-Rock 197
57-58 The Negation of Egoism in a Sage 199
59 Sage Vasistha Views Numerous Universes 201
60 Sage Vasistha Ignores the Celestial Lady 203
61 The Illusory World Exists in the Heart of Brahman 207
62 Sage Vasistha Converses with the Celestial Lady 208
63 Brahman Sustains the World of Dreams 210
64 Vidyadhari (the Celestial Lady) Tells About Her Life 212
65 How Vidyadhari Developed Vairagya or Dispassion 215
66-67 The Glory of Abhyasa or Repeated Effort 216
68 Negation of the Illusion of Physicality in the Subtle Body 218
69 Vidyadhari Awakens the Brahma of the World-within-a-Rock 220
70-71 Vasana Bent upon Its Own Destruction and the Consequent Destruction of the World-within-a-Rock 224
72-73 Description of Pralaya in the World-within-a-Rock 224
74-75 The Body of Brahma and Its Destruction 226
76-79 Description of the all-Destroying Fire Below and the Deluge Clouds Above 228
79 The Creator and His Family Enter into the State of Liberation 229
80-81 The Dance of Rudra and Kali 231
82-83 The Dance of Rudra is the Sport of Consciousness 233
84-85 The Mystic Meaning behind Shiva and Shakti 234
86-87 Meditation on the Universality of the Self 236
88-89 Identification with the Earth element 238
90 Identification with the Water Element 239
91 Identification with the Fire Element 241
92 Identification with the Air Element 242
93 Sage Vasistha Encounters a Siddha in His Etherial Hermitage; Discourse on Vairagya 244
94 Sage Vasistha and the Siddha Return to their Abodes. Story of the World-within-a-Rock concludes 249

 

Volume VI: Nirvana Prakarana Uttarardha (ISBN: 0934664358)

 

Contents

 

94-95 Ghosts and Pishachas; and the Rock of Pure Consciousness 21
96 The Self Expresses as the World-process 24
97 The Theories of Different Systems of Philosophy Derive Their Authenticity from the Almighty Self 26
98 The Characteristics of Enlightened Sages 28
99-100 Animals, Birds and Countless Beings Strive for Happiness 30
101 The Vision of Non-duality Bestows Fearlessness 32
102 Characteristics of a Sage 35
103 Glory of the Scripture of Yoga Vasistha 39
104 Pure Consciousness is the Reality behind the World-phenomena 41
105 Pure Consciousness Manifests as Dream and Also as the Waking State 42
106 The Ether of Consciousness alone Exists 43
107 The World is Non-existent Like Dream 45
108-109

The Story of King Vipashchita

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110-116 The Four Vipashchitas Become Victorious; They Enjoy Various Scenes and Sights of the World 48
117 The Attendants of the Fourfold Vipashchitas Describe the Beauty of Nature 52
118-120 The Description of Peacocks, Cranes and Others 53
121-123 The Four Vipashchitas Follow Four Different Courses 54
124 The Miraculous Power of Avidya or Ignorance 56
125 The Spiritual Majesty of a Liberated Sage 58
126-128 The World-process of the Four Vipashchitas after Their Death 59
129 Vipashchita in Deer Emoodient Brought before Rama 61
130 The Deer Turns into Vipashchita by the Grace of Vasistha 62
131-135 Urged by Sage Vishwamitra, Bhasa Relates His Experiences 65
136 The Story of the Gigantic Corpse 68
137 Insight into the Dream World 70
138-139 The Blending of the Muni's Soul with the Soul of the Individual 72
140-141 The Muni Describes His Amazing Experiences 74
142 The Description of Clouds that Rain Fire 77
143-144 The Glory of Knowledge 80
145-149 The Muni Explains the Mystery of Karmic Fructifications 86
151-151 The Vyadha Attains Enlightenment 88
152-155 The State of Enlightenment 90
156-158 The Vyadha's Future and His Enlightenment 92
159-160 Ignorance and Enlightenment 93
161-162 Brahman the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment 94
163 Mastering the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment 98
164 Brahman as the Basis of Jiva and Jagat 103
165 The Similarity of Dream and Waking States 105
166 The Negation of Khyatis 106
167-169 The Glory of Enlightenment 109
170 The Liberated Sage Sports with His Friend and His Friend's Divine Family 114
171 Negation of the World Phenomena 116
172 The Negation of Memory 119
173-174 The Negation of Illusion 121
175 The Self Alone Exists 123
176-179 Brahman Alone Transcends the Illusion of Multiplicity 125
180-185 The Story of Kunda-Danta 127
186-189 The Jiva Experiences the World Due to Ignorance 129
190 Questions and Answers to Bring Out the Essence of the Teachings 130
191 The World is Non-existent for the Enlightened 140
192 Sri Rama Expresses His Understanding of Brahman 142
193 Sri Rama Describes His State of Enlightenment 143
194-195 Sri Rama Continues to Describe His State of Enlightenment 145
196 The Story of a Woodcutter and His Gem 148
197 The Explanation of the Parable 150
198 Equanimity and Equal Vision 154
199 A Sage Performs Actions for the Wellbeing of the World 157
200 Siddhas Praise Sage Vasistha 160
201 Sri Rama Describes His Blissful Experience 164
202 Joyousness of the Kings as Well as of Rama 167
203 Description of the Enlightenment of Rama 169
204 Wiping Out the Illusion of the World-process 170
205 The World Is Non-existent Like Dream 172
206 The Story of King Prajnapti 174
207 Answers to the Questions of King Prajnapti 117
208 Karmas Fructify at Different Times and Places 180
209 Contradictions Related to Karma Reconciled 181
210 Brahman Becomes All Through the Power of Illusion 183
211-212 This World is Nothing but Brahman 185
213 Dialogue between Guru and Disciple 187
214 Rejoicing at the Conclusion of the Divine Teachings 191
215 Sage Valmiki Gives His Concluding Remarks 194
216 The Conclusion 196

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The Four Gatekeepers at the Palace of Liberation
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