The Wisdom of Vasistha (A Study of Laghu Yoga Vasistha from a Seeker's Point of View)

The Wisdom of Vasistha (A Study of Laghu Yoga Vasistha from a Seeker's Point of View)

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Item Code: IDE043
Author: Raghunandan
Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2018
ISBN: 9788120820432
Pages: 600
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.8" X 5.8"
Weight 800 gm
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Yogavasistha or Yogavasistha Maharamayana has been a guide book to earnest Sadhakas, all over the country. The popularity of this book appears to be due to the fact, that it is a happy combination of terse Upanisadic thought clothed in the story form. A scripture becomes relevant, when it gives the truths of the Upanisads, using a common man's language with illustrative stories, helps a beginner as well as an advanced seeker.

It is believed by some that Sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana for the purification of mind and to create a mood of seeking in the society. It is well known, that the story of Sri Rama, gives an exemplary ethical and moral behaviour in an individual, and a glimpse into the ideal culture, through the description of Ayodhya. For only on a strong ethical and moral foundation can one hope to build the super-structure of spirituality.

Attempt has been made to cover all the stories in six Prakaranas. This book is a study by a seeker, and an attempt to present the philosophy, and practical hints contained in the book, to fellow seekers who are not very familiar with Sanskrit. It is essentially meant for inspiring the seekers to take up the study of the original text, which is a mine of practical wisdom. The essays contained herein, are glimpses into the meditations on the golden verses and their connection and relevance in our day-to-day life. Consequently, the interpretation and the perspective is not really meant for scholastic pursuits.

About the Author:

Born in 1949 at Sirsi, in Northern Karnataka, Raghunandan was introduced to Sri Ramakrishna Vivekananda literature and to spirituality in his Pre University year, at his material uncle's place at Puttur (south Karnataka). He completed his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Warangal, Andhra Pradesh. During the professional course he came in contact with Swami Ranganathananda, the then President of Sri Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad (presently the President of Sri Ramakrishna Math and Mission, Belur, West Bengal) who gave him a glimpse into an alternate way to life. He decided to plunge into a life devoted to spirituality, after working in a Paper Industry in Tamil Nadu for a couple of Years. During this period he had the good future to visit the banks of the Narmada and meet the experienced wise and seekers, who clarified many of his fundamental doubts. The experience finally made him join Vivekananda Kendra - a spiritually oriented service mission in 1976. He worked as its Zonal Organiser, Organising Secretary and Joint General Secretary. He got married to Vasantha, in 1981. Presently, both of them are working for the Ramarpan Education Society, which is running a senior Secondary School at Hurda in Rajasthan.

CONTENTS

Prefaceix
Introduction

xi
CHAPTERS
THE DIVINE DISINTEREST
Vairagya Prakarana
1. Origin of Disinterest3
2. The Limitations of the World11
3. The Story of Suka

22
THE DIVINE LONGING
Mumuksu Prakarana
1. The Conduct of a Seeker

31
THE ORIGIN
Utpatti Prakarana
1. The Story of Akasaja41
2. The Story of Lila53
3. The Story of Karkati65
4. The Story of Aindavas76
5. The Story of Indra85
6. The Story of Manas94
7. The Story of Lad104
8. The Story of Siddha112
9. The Story of Lavana - I120
10. The Story of Lavana - II

135
THE SUSTENANCE
Sthiti Prakarana
1. The Story of Sukra145
2. The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata157
3. The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Drdha167
4. The Story of Dasura175
5. The Story of Kaca185
6. Conclusion of Sthiti Prakarana

193
THE QUIESCENCE
Upasama Prakarana
1. The Story of King Janaka201
2. The Story of Punya and Pavana213
3. The Story of Bali the Great223
4. The Story of Prahlada233
5. The Story of Gadhi245
6. The Story of Uddalaka256
7. The Story of Suraghu270
8. The Dialogue between Bhasa and Vilasa282
9. The Story of Vitahavya291
10. The Conclusion of Upasama Prakarana

307
THE TRANSCENDENCE
Nirvana Prakarana
1. The Story of Bhusunda323
2. The Story of Deva Puja (Worship of the Divine)334
3. The Story of Bilva Fruit343
4. The Story of Sila (Granite)351
5. The Story of Arjuna359
6. The Story of the Hundred Rurdas370
7. The Story of Vetala378
8. The Story of Bhagiratha387
9. The Story of Cudala395
10. The Story of Sikhidhvaja-I409
11. The Story of Sikhidhvaja-II425
12. The Story of Kaca435
13. The Story of Mithyapurusa441
14. The Story of Bhrngisa450
15. The Story of Iksvaku458
16. The Story of a Muni and a Hunter468
17. The Seven Stages of Yoga - I477
18. The Seven Stages of Yoga - II

487
Conclusion497
Appendix: Sanskrit Verses507
Index519


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