Musings on Yogavaasishta – Part V (Liberation – Part I)

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Item Code: NAB760
Author: Sri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy
Publisher: Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore
Edition: 2010
Pages: 372
Cover: Paperback
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Back of the Book

Yogavaasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answers to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman?

It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The present volume, “Musing on Yogavaasishta” – V (Nirvana – Liberation-Part I), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavaasishta” telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam. In it:

The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapter on Liberation (Nirvana - Part I) have been ably condensed and lucidly expained in simple words.

Possible methods of alleviation from the state of Bondage and annulment of mind are described through the stories of Bhushunda and others.

A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.

Benediction of the Chief Pontiff Avadhoota Datta Peetham

Jagadguru Parama Pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji

‘Yogavaasishtam’ is a very useful book for all those who know many things in the spiritual line, or who do not know any thing in that line, and who wish to enter into that line. To know about spirituality is different and experiencing is different. Our endeared devotee Kuppa Krishna Murthy experienced spiritual flavor in all the three ways due to his continual presence at the feet of Sadguru. So your Swamiji has been using him as His mouthpiece to serially analyse and explain this rare classic the way He wanted through the TV Channel for his devotees and the entire mankind at large and also go this trentise written by him.

All of you should read nay study this with a steady mind and sincerely render yourself deserving for the grace of Sri Datta

(For Yogavaasishta Part V: Nirvana (Liberation)

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last four years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part V: Liberation – Part I.

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part V too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the Mahasivaratri, 2010. May the unlimited grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this third Part of the series, diligently going through each of I the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May both of them and their families be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: wvw.omkarananda— We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as “Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person 4 to liberation as "Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana” itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as “Vijnana " and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I — Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

I am aware that many of the modern scholars who specialized in the history of Samskrut literature prefer to palce Yogavasistha Vaalmiki around 6th or 7th Century C.E. However, I have not studied this area extensively and I am not competent to make coments on this.

Regarding the content of the book, right from the beginning, I followed the commentary “Sri Vaasishta Maharamayana Tatparya Prakasa” of Sri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamy, published in 1937 by Pandurang Jawaji, proprietor of the” Nirnaya Sagar Press”, Bombay. I am deeply indicated to Shri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathiji and I offer my humble salutations to him.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some one residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

Writer’s Appeal
(For Yogavaasishta Part – I)

Why should one muse over a book?
To see clearly what is hidden in the heart of the author.
Why does an author hide his heart'?

He does so to make it more luminous for those who find. So the poet hides his heart in the petals of words and not in the iron boxes

His heart should reach the readers, but only to those who strives to get it. This is the view of great poets! It is the inner vision in their creation.

Though my effort in writing ‘Yogavaasishta’ is not considerable, it is through the grace of my revered Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji that the heart of the Sage Poet Valmiki has been revealed to me without much effort and it continued to be the feeling in the throughout the exercise. It is my fortune. The Gemini TV Serial telecast of the discourses on ‘Yogavaasishta’ enabled me to share my musings with my brother readers.

The Great Poet Kalidas Said: "Madhumaya Phaniteenaam Marghadarsi Maharshih" — the paths shown by Maharshi Valmiki are blended with honey. It is truer in respect of Vasishta Ramayana than the original Ramayana.

It might not be very difficult even for an ordinary poet to have his creation invested with a sense of fulfillment when he selected such a person as Sri Rama as the hero of his subject and the annihilation of Ravana as the central theme. But, with sheer philosophy as the crux of the subject and packing it with subtle and scientific arguments, stretching it to 32000 verses, and maintaining its poeticality has been possible only to Sage Poet Valmiki. So far none has been there to compete with him and fulfill such a task. Perhaps none might be there in future too.

Having got the perception with the blessings of my revered master, I began eagerly to search for the ‘heart’ of the great poet. In this respect, Paramahamsa Sri Samadaananda Bodhendra Saraswathi came to my rescue again and again. His commentary, “Taatparya Prakaasa” enabled me to have the fruits and the essence of ‘Yogavaasihta’. It is with this strength that I could gain access to the heart of Yogavaasishta.


Preface ii
Writer’s Appeal v
About I—SERVE xviii
1. What is Nirvana 1
2. Recapitulating Previous Lessons 5
3. Let me Repeat 8
4. Trinity is Also Within Nescience 11
5. Knowledge is also Part of Ignorance 14
6. Immobile Creatures and Yogis 18
7. Knowledge and Yoga 22
8. Story of Bhusunda 25
9. The Story of Earlier Period 28
10. Events in a Great Dissolution 35
11. I am Untouched by Death 41
12. Ritualistic Vow on Meditation of Praana 42
13. Definition of Praana and Apaana 47
14. Ritualistic Vow on Life-force 49
15. Ritualistic Vow on Consciousness 54
16. Right Perception 59
17. Sermon By Shiva 62
18. Worshipping Shiva Within the Mind (Shiva Manasa Puja) 66
19. What is meant by “God”? 68
20. Where does God exist? 74
21. Experiencing Happiness and Sorrow is a Defect of the Individual 77
22. Oneness comes Only if Duality Exists 83
23. The Concepts of Superimposition and Sublation 88
24. Three Steps 94
25. Rudreswara 98
26. External Worship 101
27. Internal Worship 104
28. Practice of Detachment 108
29. Pure Satvic Mind Wave 112
30. Chitta and Sattva (Mind and Realized residual Mind) 117
31. The Story of Bilwa (Stone Apple) 119
32. The Story of Shila 120
33. The Five Modes of the Origination of Effects 125
34. Nescience Has no Existence 127
35. The Composite of Eight Cities 130
36. Only Two States – Dream and Deep Sleep 134
37. A Quick Review 139
38. The Celestial Song (Bhagavad-Gita) 141
39. Four Methods to Attain the Supreme 147
40. Yoga and Skill 152
41. Existence and Non-Existence 159
42. Action and Non-Action 163
43. The Yoga of Non-Attachment 166
44. There is No Deathz170
45. Impressions Make up the World 170
46. A Wall Painting without a Wall 176
47. Orientation Required for the Attainment of “Liberation Right in This Life” 182
48. Residual Effects of Action are the Cause for Experiencing the World 186
49. The Story of YatIshwar/ The story of Jivata/ The Story of hundred Rudras 189
50. Virtuous Impressions are Mightier 195
51. No Difference between the Creatures of Dream and Wakeful states 200
52. Was the Saint of the Story Real? 202
53. The Silence of Deep Sleep 205
54. Remaining Questions on the Story of Hundred Rudras 208
55. Saankhya and Yoga 209
56. What is Liberation in Brief 212
57. The Story of Bhetala’s Questions 215
58. The story of Bhageerath 219
59. To Live Life as It Happens 224
60. The story of Chuudaala and Sikhidhwaj 227
61. Self-Realization of Chuudaala 229
62. Yogic Accomplishments of Chuudaala 234
63. Significance of Guru’s Teaching 238
64. Renunciation by Sikhidwaj 239
65. The Story of Mr. Pot 242
66. The Story of A Gem Stone and A Glass Piece 248
67. The Story of The Mahout 248
68. Sikhidwaj’s Complete Renunciation 251
69. Extermination of the Seed that Engenders the Cycle of Births and Deaths 255
70. Testing Sikhidwaj 260
71. Sikhidwaj’s Attainment 266
72. The Sermon Received by Kach 271
73. The Non-Story of the Illusory Man 275
74. The Story of Bhringeeswar 278
75.The Dialogue Between Ikshwaaku and Manu 280
76. Changes in the Nomenclature of the Steps in the path of Yoga283
77. The Greatness of a Jnani (A Liberated Individual)287
78. Process of Ascension on the Path of Yoga292
79. Sermon Given to Bharadwaj 299
80. Stages in the Practice – Absorption (Pravilaapana) 302
81. Renunciation of Rituals – When and By Whom? 311
82. Bringing Back Rama from Samadhi 313
83. Brief Review of Book I of the Chapter: Nirvana 318
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