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Vol-I

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.

Vol-II

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

Vairagya Prakarana
1Prologue (sutikshna and Agasti, atc....)20
2Brahma Urges Sage Valmiki to Compose Yoga Vasistha34
3The Nature of Wisdom (The Pilgrimage of Rama)38
4The Daily Life of Rama42
5Rama's Dejection42
6The Arrival of Vishwamitra43
7Vishwamitra's Request for Rama45
8Dasharatha is in Distress47
9Vishwamitra's Request for Rama48
10Rama's Distressing condition50
11Sri Rama is Brought to Vishwamitra51
12The Reason for Rama's distress52
13Denunciation of Wealth54
14The Vanity of Life57
15Denunciation of Egoism59
16Denunciation of the Mind60
17Denunciation of Craving62
18Denunciation of the Body64
19Denunciation of the Childhood Stage68
20The Evils of Youth70
21Denunciation of Sex and Passion73
22Denunciation of Old Age75
23Denunciation of Time79
24The Transitoriness of the world83
25The Dance of the Time Spirit83
26The Evils of Perishability84
27Denunciation of all Objects that obstruct Self-realization87
28The Transient Nature of All Sense91
29The Essencelessness of All Object95
30Request for Spiritual Instruction97
31Spiritual Questions10
32Sri Rama is praised by the Siddhas103
33Sri Rama is Praised by the Sages103
Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana
1Sri Shuka Goes to King Janaka105
2Sage Vishwamitra Requests Sage Vasistha to instruct Sri Rama110
3The Nature of the World-process in the Three Periods of Time112
4The Glory of Self-effort114
5The Power of Self-effort118
6The Negation of Destiny121
7Predominance of Self-effort126
8The Illusion of Destiny129
9The Illusoriness of Actions and the Reality of the Self131
10The Origin of Sage Vasistha135
11The Descent of Spiritual Wisdom139
12The Evils of the World process and the Glory of Wisdom143
13Introduction to the Four Gatekeepers The First Gatekeeper: Shama (Serenity)145
14The Second Gatekeeper: Vichara (Spiritual Enquiry)149
15The third Gatekeeper: Santosh (Contentment)153
16The Fourth Gatekeeper: Satsanga (Good Association)154
17The General Plan of Yoga Vasistha157
18The Special Qualities of Yoga Vasistha159
19Brahman is Revealed by Right Knowledge (Pramana)163
20The Conduct of Enlightened Sages165
Utpatti Prakarana
1The Cause of Bondage168
2The Ignorant Are Devoured by Death172
3Brahma's Creation is Mental in174
4The Nature of the Mind176
5The Divine Self is the Root of the Mind and the world178
6The Self is Realized Through Wisdom and Not Through Action181
7The Absolute without the Limitations of the World - process184
8The Glory of Spiritual Scriptures188
9The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage191
10The Paradoxical Description of Brahman196
11The World as a Mental Illusion201
12The Creation of the Universe202
13Brahman Becomes the Jiva (Individual Soul) through illusion204
14It is Brahman That Manifests as the Universe206
15The Story of Lila Commences210
16There is a Tragic End to the Enjoyments of This World211
17The Spirit of King Padma Enjoys a Different and Becomes king Viduratha215
18Both the World of Padma and the World of Padma's Spirit, Viduratha, Are Illusory217
19The Story of Vasistha and Arundhati (The Past Lives of Padma and Lila)219
20Life Sees the World of Her Previous Birth (Insight into the Illusory Nature of the World)220
21Teachings of Goddess Saraswati Expounding That All This is the Pure Self225
22The Way to Destroy the Vasanas of the Mind229
23 - 26Lila and Goddess Saraswati Travel with Their Astral Bodies to the World of Lils's Previous Existence232
27Lila's Past Lives236
28 29Lils Remembers More Details about Her Previous Embodiment in the Form of Arundhati239
30 - 39Lila Enters into the World of Viduratha and Writnesses a Terrible Battle242
40The nature of the Subtle Body245
41King Viduratha Wakes Up to Find Two Goddesses Before Him249
42 - 44Ignorance Lend: Reality to Waking and Dream States252
45Goddess Saraswati Grants a Boon to Lila (Viduratha's Queen)255
46 - 51King Viduratha Fights with King Sindhu256
52 - 53King Viduratha Dies and Lila-2 Reaches the World260
54The Peocess of Death, and the Karmas That Determine the Life Span of an Individual264
55Experiences After Death268
56 - 58The Departure of Viduratha270
59Conclusion of the Story of Lila273
60The Relativity of Time and Space276
61The Vanity of Objects280
62The Vision That Leads to Liberation283
63Brahman Appears as the World - peocess through Maya285
64 - 65Consciousness is the Reality Behind the Mind and Objects286
Content 2

UTPATTI PRAKARANA
66The Mystic Art of Destroying the Mind21
67The Nature of the Soul23
68-83The Story of Karkati28
84Differences Exist Merely in Nature40
85To His Amazement, Brahma Sees Ten World Systems42
86The Ten Sons of Indu Practise Meditation44
87The Sons of Indu Become Creators of World Systems45
88Brahma Creates the World in the Spirit of Detachment46
89The Story of Indra and Ahalya47
90Sage Bharata Destroys their Bodies by Pronouncing a Curse49
91The Universe as a Creation of Mind51
92The Power of the Mind52
93The Illusoriness of Creation56
94Fourteen Classes of Jivas57
95The Unity of Chitta and Action60
96The Many Names of the Mind62
97The World as a Creation of the Limited Mind67
98The Story of Chitta as a Strange Spirit70
99The Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Strange Spirit73
100The Omnipotence of Brahman75
101The World as a Tale Told to a Child79
102The Immutability of the Self81
103The Evils Created by the Unenlightened Mind86
104-105King Lavana and the Magician89
106King Lavana Tells of His Experiences during the State of Trance90
107-109King Lavana Continues to Relate the Story of His Life as a Chandala93
110The Amazing Powers of the Mind96
111The Secrets of Controlling the Mind100
112The Technique of Renouncing the Vasanas of the Mind103
113The Knowledge of Brahman that Annihilates Vasanas105
114The Destruction of Avidya through the Knowledge of the Self103
115Sri Rama's Wonder about the Cause of King Ravana's Misery111
116The Fruit of Mental Sacrifice Performed by King Lavana113
117The Seven Stages of Ignorance115
118The Seven Stages of Knowledge120
119The Method of Attaining the States of Wisdom124
120King Lavana Visits the Lands in the Vindhyas127
121The Illusoriness of the World-process123
122The Practice of the Seven States of Wisdom131
STHITI PFIAKARANA
1The World as a Mysterious Painting139
2The Non-duality of the Self or the Absolute Bliss141
3The Endless World-process of the ignorant142
4The Disappearance of the World-process through the Annihilation Of the Mind and Senses143
44048Begin the Story of Shukracharya illustrating the World within the Mind145
44113The State of the Body of Shukracharya149
44176The World as a Mental Spirit152
13The Time-spirit Explains the Powers of the Mind156
14Shukracharya is Awakened from Samadhi157
15The Brahmin Sees His Previous Body as Shukracharya153
16Shukracharya Enters His Original Body and Lives as a Liberated Sage160
17The Glory of Pure Mind161
18Pure and impure Minds164
19The Essence that Transcends the Three States of Consciousness167
20The World-process as a Projection of the Chitta170
21An impure Mind Sustains Conflicting Views172
22The Qualities that Characterize Self-realization176
23The Sovereignty of a Sage179
24The Importance of Attaining Victory over the Senses134
25-31The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata135
32-33The Righteous Conduct That Leads to Liberation139
34The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Dridha195
35The Methods of Attaining Mental Peace198
36-40From the State of Bondage to the State of Liberation205
41Maya or Cosmic Illusion211
42Alt-powerful Brahman Assumes the Role of Powerless Souls213
43The Souls Caught in the Wheel of the World-process215
44The Uniqueness of Liberation218
45The illusory. Mental Nature of the World-process220
46The Qualities of a Sage223
47Numerous World systems Projected by Maya225
48-51The Story of Sage Dashura227
52-53The Parable of King Khottha231
54-55The Nature of Samkalpa and the Method of Eradicating It234
56Negation of identification with the World process237
57The Method of Destroying Vasanas239
58The Enlightenment of Kacha243
59The Emptiness of Sense enjoyments246
60-61Rajas-Satwic Souls246
62The Qualities that Adorn an Aspirant248
UPASHAMA PRAKARANA
43862Reflections of Sri Rama251
43924Sri Vasistha Receives Praises from King Dasharatha and Rama255
5The Mystic Art of Eradicating the World process257
6Gradual Ascent Towards Liberation261
44050Song of the Siddhas213
9King Janaka Meditates upon the Significance of the Songs of the Siddhas266
10King Janaka Practices Silent Reflection271
11The King Continues to Enlighten His Mind273
12King Janaka Abides in the State of Liberation275
13The Methods of Mastering the Mind278
Content 3

UPASHAMA PRAKARANA
14The Means of Negating the Mind21
15Craving as the Source of All Evils25
16Two Aspected Renunciation of Vasana27
17Affirmations That Promote Liberation29
18The Cessation of All Misery32
19The Story of Punya and Pavana36
20Punya Speaks of the Cessation of Cravings42
21Liberation Consists of The Cessation of Cravings42
22King Bali's Dispassion and His Recollection of the Teachings He Received from His Father45
23The Story of the King and His All-powerful Minister49
24The Means of Defeating the Minister52
25The Rising Moon of Wisdom in the Heart of King Bali56
26Shukracharya Gives His Brief Message57
27King Bali Practices Reflection and Enters into Samadhi60
28Sage Shukracharya Consoles the Demons62
29Bali Attains Liberation in Life64
30-31The Rise of Demon Hiranyakashipu, His Destruction, and His Son Prahlad's Devotion69
32King Prahlad Performs Worship of Lord Vishnu72
33The Unfoldment of Divine Virtues in Prahlad and the Grace of Lord Vishnu75
34Prahlad Attains Enlightenment78
35Reflections and Experiences of King Prahlad83
36Prahlad Adores the Supreme Beloved91
37-39Lord Vishnu awakens Prahlad from Samadhi97
40Lord Vishnu Enlightens the Demon-King Prahlad100
41The Demon-King Prahlad is Blessed by Lord Vishnu103
42Insight into the Prarabdha of the Sages105
43Self-effort of the Individual Secures Divine Grace107
44The Story of Gadhi109
45Gadhi Witnesses Himself Being Born as a Chandala111
46Katanja Being Discovered as a Chandala113
47Gadhi Hears the Story of Kira Country116
48Gadhi Visits the Country of Kira118
49Gadhi Finally Attains Enlightenment119
50The Methods of Controlling the Mind124
51The Story of Sage Uddalaka: Mind and its Distractions131
52Sri Uddalaka Practises Spiritual Enquiry137
53The Self is Unaffected by the Subtle Desires146
54Sage Uddalaka's Spiritual Practice153
55The Liberation of Sage Uddalaka157
56The Samadhi of a Sage159
57The Apparent Externalization of the Self165
58King Suraghu Develops Dispassion167
59King Suraghu Develops Dispassion171
60King Suraghu after Enlightenment174
61King Suraghu Meets King Parigha175
62The Nature of Samadhi178
63Praised by Parigha, King Suraghu Describes His Spiritual State181
64Methods of Overcoming the Defects of the Mind183
0The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa187
67Attachment As the Cause of Bondage193
68Characteristics of Attachment and Detachment196
69The Manner in which the mind is Reduced to Pure Consciousness202
70The Glory of Detachment203
71The Glorious State of Turiya207
72Grief is Neither in the Body nor in the Self214
73Three Types of Ego218
74Enlightenment Leads to Perfection221
75Examples of Liberated Sages230
76Crossing the Ocean of the World-Process234
77A Garland of Heavenly Virtues that Adorn a Sage235
78The Methods of Destroying the Chitta241
79Destruction of the Chitta Through Wisdom248
80Spiritual Enquiry That Promotes Vairagya250
81Negation of the Chitta255
82The Practice of Enquiry by Sage Vitahavya256
83Bliss of the Self Transcending the Chitta and the Indriyas263
84Experiences of Vitahavya during the State of Samadhi267
85The Revival of the Body of Sage Vitahavya270
86Characteristics of Jivan Mukti and Preparation for Videha Mukti271
87Sage Vitahavya Attains Videha Mukti276
88-89Dissolution of the Elements in Videha Mukti and the Glory of Liberation278
90Two Types of Chitta-Nash280
91The Cause of the world-Process285
92Disciplines Leading to Wisdom290
93The Glory of spiritual Enquiry and the Attainment of Wisdom294
Content 4

NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA
1The Dispersal of the Assembly in Ayodhya21
2The Dissolution of the Chitta24
3The Cessation of the Delusion of Duality28
4The Cessation of the Chitta30
5Sri Rama Speaks of His Experiences32
6The Negation of the Body-Idea34
7Extensions of Ignorance39
8Ignorance Compared to a Creeper43
9The Division of the Three Gunas46
10Enquiry Leading to the Removal of Ignorance47
11The Vision of "All This Is Brahman"51
12The Divine State of the Sages58
13Two Methods of Destroying the Vasanas51
14-16The Story of Kaka Bhushunda Begins62
17-19Story of Birth and Enlightenment of Kaka Bhushunda67
20The Similarity of Worlds in Every Kalpa72
21Description of the Kalpa Tree and the Mysterious Creation74
22Kaka Bhushunda Remembers Similar Events in Numerous Cycles of Creation78
23The Mystic Method of Mastering Death80
24The Mystic Path of Controlling the Pranas84
25Meditation on Spontaneous Functions of Prana and Apana87
26The Deathless State Attained by Kaka Bhushunda91
27Kaka Bhushunda Is Praised by Vasistha97
28The Illusoriness of the Body and the World98
29Sage Vasistha Recalls Lord Shiva's Instructions104
30The Mystic Art of Worshipping the Supreme Self114
31Description of Consciousness through the Negation of the World-process121
32Consciousness Involved in the Process of Embodiment126
33The Negation of Multiplicity by Spiritual Enquiry130
34Transcending the Three States of Consciousness134
35The Supreme Self as the Progenitor of all Gods137
36The Glorious Attributes of Pure Consciousness139
37The Dance of the Time Spirit141
38The Worship of God through Objective Meditation184
39The Subjective Worship of Lord Shiva148
40The Supreme Self As the Essence of Gods151
41and 42. The Falsity of the World154
42Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss157
43Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss157
44The Method of Destroying Attachments159
45Brahman Compared to a Bilwa Fruit161
46Brahman Compared to a Painting-in-a-Fruit162
47Brahman as the Mass of Consciousness164
48The innermost Self and Brahman Are Identical166
49Enquiry into the Nature of the World-process167
50The Illusoriness of the Subtle Body169
51The illusion of the Senses171
52Arjunakhyan-Story of Krishna's Teachings to Arjuna175
53Lord Krishna's Instructions178
54Instructions1orAttaining Freedom from Bondage182
55It is the Knowledge of the Self that Confers Release187
56The Means to Liberation192
57The Vision That Ends All Vasanas195
58Arjuna Attains Enlightenment197
59The Vision of a Liberated Sage199
60The Glory of The Self203
61The Long Dream of the World-process205
62The Story of Jivata207
63The Story of Jivata Continues208
(Mystic Meaning of the Story of Jivata)210
64The Attainment of Shivahood212
65The Story of the Mendicant Applies to All Souls215
66Similarity in Creation216
67Knowledge of the Truth Destroys Bondage287
68Four Types of Silence218
69Conclusion of the Story of the Mendicant223
70The Dialogue between the King and the Vetala224
71Answers to the Questions of the Vetala227
72The King Continues to Give Answers228
(Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Vetala)230
73 - 74King Bhagiratha's Story232
75King Bhagiratha's Liberation235
76Bhagiratha Resumes the Rulership of His Kingdom237
77The Story of Queen Chudala and King Shikhidhwaja240
78Queen Chudala Attains Wisdom241
79Shikhidhwaja Notices the Spiritual Beauty of Chudala246
80Yogic Techniques for Attaining Psychic Powers248
81Kundalini Shakti and the Cessation of Diseases250
82Description of Siddhis in the Story of Queen Chudala205
83The Parable of Kirata257
84King Shikhidhwaja Enters Forest for Attaining Liberation258
85Queen Chudala Observes the Inner State of the King261
86Chudala Tells a Fictitious Story of Her Identity as Kumbha Muni257
87King Shikhidhwaja Seeks Spiritual Instructions from Kumbha Muni (Queen Chudala)268
88Parable of Chintamani (Wish-yielding Jewel)272
89The Parable of the Elephant274
90Meaning of the Parable of the Wish-yielding Jewel276
91Meaning of the Parable of the Elephant from the Vindhya Mountains276
92The King Endeavors to Renounce All His Possessions277
93Kumbha Muni Teaches the Secret of Renunciation279
94Kumbha Muni Gives Insight into Renunciation284
95How to Remove Ignorance288
96Negation of the World-process290
97Pure Consciousness Is the Reality behind All Names and Forms291
98Negation of the Chitta292
99Kumbha Muni Continues to Enlighten Shikhidhwaja293
100Brahman is the Self-effulgent Reality294
101Shikhidhwaja Attains Enlightenment286
102Kumbha Muni Disappears, Leaving the King in a Profound State of Meditation299
103Queen Chudala Awakens the King from Samadhi299
104Kumbha Muni Plans to Test the Firmness of King Shikhidhwaja's Realization301
105Kumbha Muni Relates a False Story302
106Kumbha Muni (Chudala) Assumes the Form of Madanika and Marries Shikhidhwaja303
107Queen Chudala tests the spiritual attainment of King Shikhidhwaja305
108Queen Chudala Creates the illusion of Madanika's Infidelity307
109King Exercises His Intuitive Mind and Praises Chudala309
110The King and Queen Rule Their Kingdom as Enlightened Sages315
Content 5

NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA
111The Divine Sage Brihaspati Teaches His Son, Kacha21
112The Parable of a False Being24
113The Meaning of False Purusha26
114The Negation of the Concepts of Existence and Non-existence28
115The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage30
116Characteristics of a Dissolving Chitta35
117Prajapati Manu Instructs Ikshwaku37
118Methods of Attaining Self-realization38
119The Powers of Ignorance and Knowledge40
120Seven States of Wisdom Taught by Sage Manu41
121Two Types of Mental Attitudes43
122The Daily Conduct of an Enlightened Sage45
123Why Siddhis Are Not Desired by a Sage46
124Bondage and Liberation for the Individual Soul47
125Steadiness in Turiya Consciousness50
126The Seven States of Wisdom52
127Sage Valmiki Summarizes the Teachings for His Disciple Bharadwaja58
128The Path of Laya Yoga and Sri Rama's Awakening61
NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA
1Eradication of Desire in a Jivan Mukta72
2The World is Full of Shiva76
3Eradication of the World-Process79
4Eradication of the Ego-sense84
5The Need of Mastering the Senses (Sage Vasistha and Vidyadhara)87
6Miseries That Arise due to Sense-indulgence90
7The tree of the World-process Rising from the Seed of Ego94
8The World is a Vast Temple Created by Samkalpa96
9The World is Nothing but Pure Consciousness98
10The World Does Not Exist99
11Control of the Senses for Negating the World-process100
12The Ego-sense Is Illusory102
13Cosmos within an Atom103
14Story of the World within an Atom104
15Ego-the Seed of the World-process106
16Vidyadhara Attains Samadhi108
17The Fire that Burns the Seed of the world-process110
18The Illusory Worlds and the absolute Self111
19The Jivas and the Cosmic Being113
0Liberation is Attained by Piercing the Knot of the Ego114
22The Yoga of Bliss116
23The Story of Manki Brahmana119
24The Dispassion of Manki Brahmana124
25The seeds of the World-process and their Destruction126
26Bondage and Liberation130
27Instructions for Attaining Steadiness in the Self133
28The True Nature of Karma135
29A Sage Performs Actions and Is Yet Established in the Actionless Self137
30Description of that Spiritual Vision which Removes the Illusions of Multiplicity141
31All Objects Are Sustained by consciousness143
32Liberation Can Be Attained by the Practice of Good Association and Reflection146
33The Treatment of the Disease of the World-process148
34The World-process Vanishes by Not-Seeing150
35The Nature of Brahman152
36Desire is the Cause of Bondage155
37The Method of Wisdom for Overcoming Desires158
0The Nature of the Sage Who Is Established in Wisdom160
40The Double Consciousness of a Liberated Sage162
41The World Dances like a Puppet due to ignorance163
42The Self is to Be Worshipped by Discriminative Vision164
43The Manner is which the World Dissolves in Brahman166
44The Tree of Samadhi168
45The Ascent on the Tree of Meditation172
46The State of Mind after Eating the Fruit of the Samadhi Tree176
47The Means of Attaining Self-Realization179
48The Great Qualities that Arise due to Dispassion181
49The Greatness of the Wise184
50Seven Types of Jivas186
51Effacement of the World-Process from One's Consciousness188
52The Self Appears as the World-Process190
53The State of Liberation192
54Non-Duality of the Self194
55The Absolute Point of View196
56The Parable of the World-within-a-Rock197
57-58The Negation of Egoism in a Sage199
59Sage Vasistha Views Numerous Universes201
60Sage Vasistha Ignores the Celestial Lady203
61The Illusory World Exists in the Heart of Brahman207
62Sage Vasistha Converses with the Celestial Lady208
63Brahman Sustains the World of Dreams210
64Vidyadhari (the Celestial Lady) Tells About Her Life212
65How Vidyadhari Developed Vairagya or Dispassion215
66-67The Glory of Abhyasa or Repeated Effort216
68Negation of the Illusion of Physicality in the Subtle Body218
69Vidyadhari Awakens the Brahma of the World-within-a-Rock220
70-71Vasana Bent upon Its Own Destruction and the Consequent Destruction of the World-within-a-Rock224
72-73Description of Pralaya in the World-within-a-Rock224
74-75The Body of Brahma and Its Destruction226
76-79Description of the all-Destroying Fire Below and the Deluge Clouds Above228
79The Creator and His Family Enter into the State of Liberation229
80-81The Dance of Rudra and Kali231
82-83The Dance of Rudra is the Sport of Consciousness233
84-85The Mystic Meaning behind Shiva and Shakti234
86-87Meditation on the Universality of the Self236
88-89Identification with the Earth element238
90Identification with the Water Element239
91Identification with the Fire Element241
92Identification with the Air Element242
93Sage Vasistha Encounters a Siddha in His Etherial Hermitage; Discourse on Vairagya244
94Sage Vasistha and the Siddha Return to their Abodes. Story of the World-within-a-Rock concludes249
Content 6

 NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA
94-95Ghosts and Pishachas; and the Rock of Pure Consciousness21
96The Self Expresses as the World-process24
97The Theories of Different Systems of Philosophy Derive Their Authenticity from the Almighty Self26
98The Characteristics of Enlightened Sages28
99-100Animals, Birds and Countless Beings Strive for Happiness30
101The Vision of Non-duality Bestows Fearlessness32
102Characteristics of a Sage35
103Glory of the Scripture of Yoga Vasistha39
104Pure Consciousness is the Reality behind the World-phenomena41
105Pure Consciousness Manifests as Dream and Also as the Waking State42
106The Ether of Consciousness alone Exists43
107The World is Non-existent Like Dream45
108-109The Story of King Vipashchita47
110-116The Four Vipashchitas Become Victorious; They Enjoy Various Scenes and Sights of the World48
117The Attendants of the Fourfold Vipashchitas Describe the Beauty of Nature52
118-120The Description of Peacocks, Cranes and Others53
121-123The Four Vipashchitas Follow Four Different Courses54
124The Miraculous Power of Avidya or Ignorance56
125The Spiritual Majesty of a Liberated Sage58
126-128The World-process of the Four Vipashchitas after Their Death59
129Vipashchita in Deer Emoodient Brought before Rama61
130The Deer Turns into Vipashchita by the Grace of Vasistha62
131-135Urged by Sage Vishwamitra, Bhasa Relates His Experiences65
136The Story of the Gigantic Corpse68
137Insight into the Dream World70
138-139The Blending of the Muni's Soul with the Soul of the Individual72
140-141The Muni Describes His Amazing Experiences74
142The Description of Clouds that Rain Fire77
143-144The Glory of Knowledge80
145-149The Muni Explains the Mystery of Karmic Fructifications86
151-151The Vyadha Attains Enlightenment88
152-155The State of Enlightenment90
156-158The Vyadha's Future and His Enlightenment92
159-160Ignorance and Enlightenment93
161-162Brahman the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment94
163Mastering the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment98
164Brahman as the Basis of Jiva and Jagat103
165The Similarity of Dream and Waking States105
166The Negation of Khyatis106
167-169The Glory of Enlightenment109
170The Liberated Sage Sports with His Friend and His Friend's Divine Family114
171Negation of the World Phenomena116
172The Negation of Memory119
173-174The Negation of Illusion121
175The Self Alone Exists123
176-179Brahman Alone Transcends the Illusion of Multiplicity125
180-185The Story of Kunda-Danta127
186-189The Jiva Experiences the World Due to Ignorance129
190Questions and Answers to Bring Out the Essence of the Teachings130
191The World is Non-existent for the Enlightened140
192Sri Rama Expresses His Understanding of Brahman142
193Sri Rama Describes His State of Enlightenment143
194-195Sri Rama Continues to Describe His State of Enlightenment145
196The Story of a Woodcutter and His Gem148
197The Explanation of the Parable150
198Equanimity and Equal Vision154
199A Sage Performs Actions for the Wellbeing of the World157
200Siddhas Praise Sage Vasistha160
201Sri Rama Describes His Blissful Experience164
202Joyousness of the Kings as Well as of Rama167
203Description of the Enlightenment of Rama169
204Wiping Out the Illusion of the World-process170
205The World Is Non-existent Like Dream172
206The Story of King Prajnapti174
207Answers to the Questions of King Prajnapti117
208Karmas Fructify at Different Times and Places180
209Contradictions Related to Karma Reconciled181
210Brahman Becomes All Through the Power of Illusion183
211-212This World is Nothing but Brahman185
213Dialogue between Guru and Disciple187
214Rejoicing at the Conclusion of the Divine Teachings191
215Sage Valmiki Gives His Concluding Remarks194

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Vol-I

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.

Vol-II

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

Vairagya Prakarana
1Prologue (sutikshna and Agasti, atc....)20
2Brahma Urges Sage Valmiki to Compose Yoga Vasistha34
3The Nature of Wisdom (The Pilgrimage of Rama)38
4The Daily Life of Rama42
5Rama's Dejection42
6The Arrival of Vishwamitra43
7Vishwamitra's Request for Rama45
8Dasharatha is in Distress47
9Vishwamitra's Request for Rama48
10Rama's Distressing condition50
11Sri Rama is Brought to Vishwamitra51
12The Reason for Rama's distress52
13Denunciation of Wealth54
14The Vanity of Life57
15Denunciation of Egoism59
16Denunciation of the Mind60
17Denunciation of Craving62
18Denunciation of the Body64
19Denunciation of the Childhood Stage68
20The Evils of Youth70
21Denunciation of Sex and Passion73
22Denunciation of Old Age75
23Denunciation of Time79
24The Transitoriness of the world83
25The Dance of the Time Spirit83
26The Evils of Perishability84
27Denunciation of all Objects that obstruct Self-realization87
28The Transient Nature of All Sense91
29The Essencelessness of All Object95
30Request for Spiritual Instruction97
31Spiritual Questions10
32Sri Rama is praised by the Siddhas103
33Sri Rama is Praised by the Sages103
Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana
1Sri Shuka Goes to King Janaka105
2Sage Vishwamitra Requests Sage Vasistha to instruct Sri Rama110
3The Nature of the World-process in the Three Periods of Time112
4The Glory of Self-effort114
5The Power of Self-effort118
6The Negation of Destiny121
7Predominance of Self-effort126
8The Illusion of Destiny129
9The Illusoriness of Actions and the Reality of the Self131
10The Origin of Sage Vasistha135
11The Descent of Spiritual Wisdom139
12The Evils of the World process and the Glory of Wisdom143
13Introduction to the Four Gatekeepers The First Gatekeeper: Shama (Serenity)145
14The Second Gatekeeper: Vichara (Spiritual Enquiry)149
15The third Gatekeeper: Santosh (Contentment)153
16The Fourth Gatekeeper: Satsanga (Good Association)154
17The General Plan of Yoga Vasistha157
18The Special Qualities of Yoga Vasistha159
19Brahman is Revealed by Right Knowledge (Pramana)163
20The Conduct of Enlightened Sages165
Utpatti Prakarana
1The Cause of Bondage168
2The Ignorant Are Devoured by Death172
3Brahma's Creation is Mental in174
4The Nature of the Mind176
5The Divine Self is the Root of the Mind and the world178
6The Self is Realized Through Wisdom and Not Through Action181
7The Absolute without the Limitations of the World - process184
8The Glory of Spiritual Scriptures188
9The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage191
10The Paradoxical Description of Brahman196
11The World as a Mental Illusion201
12The Creation of the Universe202
13Brahman Becomes the Jiva (Individual Soul) through illusion204
14It is Brahman That Manifests as the Universe206
15The Story of Lila Commences210
16There is a Tragic End to the Enjoyments of This World211
17The Spirit of King Padma Enjoys a Different and Becomes king Viduratha215
18Both the World of Padma and the World of Padma's Spirit, Viduratha, Are Illusory217
19The Story of Vasistha and Arundhati (The Past Lives of Padma and Lila)219
20Life Sees the World of Her Previous Birth (Insight into the Illusory Nature of the World)220
21Teachings of Goddess Saraswati Expounding That All This is the Pure Self225
22The Way to Destroy the Vasanas of the Mind229
23 - 26Lila and Goddess Saraswati Travel with Their Astral Bodies to the World of Lils's Previous Existence232
27Lila's Past Lives236
28 29Lils Remembers More Details about Her Previous Embodiment in the Form of Arundhati239
30 - 39Lila Enters into the World of Viduratha and Writnesses a Terrible Battle242
40The nature of the Subtle Body245
41King Viduratha Wakes Up to Find Two Goddesses Before Him249
42 - 44Ignorance Lend: Reality to Waking and Dream States252
45Goddess Saraswati Grants a Boon to Lila (Viduratha's Queen)255
46 - 51King Viduratha Fights with King Sindhu256
52 - 53King Viduratha Dies and Lila-2 Reaches the World260
54The Peocess of Death, and the Karmas That Determine the Life Span of an Individual264
55Experiences After Death268
56 - 58The Departure of Viduratha270
59Conclusion of the Story of Lila273
60The Relativity of Time and Space276
61The Vanity of Objects280
62The Vision That Leads to Liberation283
63Brahman Appears as the World - peocess through Maya285
64 - 65Consciousness is the Reality Behind the Mind and Objects286
Content 2

UTPATTI PRAKARANA
66The Mystic Art of Destroying the Mind21
67The Nature of the Soul23
68-83The Story of Karkati28
84Differences Exist Merely in Nature40
85To His Amazement, Brahma Sees Ten World Systems42
86The Ten Sons of Indu Practise Meditation44
87The Sons of Indu Become Creators of World Systems45
88Brahma Creates the World in the Spirit of Detachment46
89The Story of Indra and Ahalya47
90Sage Bharata Destroys their Bodies by Pronouncing a Curse49
91The Universe as a Creation of Mind51
92The Power of the Mind52
93The Illusoriness of Creation56
94Fourteen Classes of Jivas57
95The Unity of Chitta and Action60
96The Many Names of the Mind62
97The World as a Creation of the Limited Mind67
98The Story of Chitta as a Strange Spirit70
99The Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Strange Spirit73
100The Omnipotence of Brahman75
101The World as a Tale Told to a Child79
102The Immutability of the Self81
103The Evils Created by the Unenlightened Mind86
104-105King Lavana and the Magician89
106King Lavana Tells of His Experiences during the State of Trance90
107-109King Lavana Continues to Relate the Story of His Life as a Chandala93
110The Amazing Powers of the Mind96
111The Secrets of Controlling the Mind100
112The Technique of Renouncing the Vasanas of the Mind103
113The Knowledge of Brahman that Annihilates Vasanas105
114The Destruction of Avidya through the Knowledge of the Self103
115Sri Rama's Wonder about the Cause of King Ravana's Misery111
116The Fruit of Mental Sacrifice Performed by King Lavana113
117The Seven Stages of Ignorance115
118The Seven Stages of Knowledge120
119The Method of Attaining the States of Wisdom124
120King Lavana Visits the Lands in the Vindhyas127
121The Illusoriness of the World-process123
122The Practice of the Seven States of Wisdom131
STHITI PFIAKARANA
1The World as a Mysterious Painting139
2The Non-duality of the Self or the Absolute Bliss141
3The Endless World-process of the ignorant142
4The Disappearance of the World-process through the Annihilation Of the Mind and Senses143
44048Begin the Story of Shukracharya illustrating the World within the Mind145
44113The State of the Body of Shukracharya149
44176The World as a Mental Spirit152
13The Time-spirit Explains the Powers of the Mind156
14Shukracharya is Awakened from Samadhi157
15The Brahmin Sees His Previous Body as Shukracharya153
16Shukracharya Enters His Original Body and Lives as a Liberated Sage160
17The Glory of Pure Mind161
18Pure and impure Minds164
19The Essence that Transcends the Three States of Consciousness167
20The World-process as a Projection of the Chitta170
21An impure Mind Sustains Conflicting Views172
22The Qualities that Characterize Self-realization176
23The Sovereignty of a Sage179
24The Importance of Attaining Victory over the Senses134
25-31The Story of Dama, Vyala and Kata135
32-33The Righteous Conduct That Leads to Liberation139
34The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Dridha195
35The Methods of Attaining Mental Peace198
36-40From the State of Bondage to the State of Liberation205
41Maya or Cosmic Illusion211
42Alt-powerful Brahman Assumes the Role of Powerless Souls213
43The Souls Caught in the Wheel of the World-process215
44The Uniqueness of Liberation218
45The illusory. Mental Nature of the World-process220
46The Qualities of a Sage223
47Numerous World systems Projected by Maya225
48-51The Story of Sage Dashura227
52-53The Parable of King Khottha231
54-55The Nature of Samkalpa and the Method of Eradicating It234
56Negation of identification with the World process237
57The Method of Destroying Vasanas239
58The Enlightenment of Kacha243
59The Emptiness of Sense enjoyments246
60-61Rajas-Satwic Souls246
62The Qualities that Adorn an Aspirant248
UPASHAMA PRAKARANA
43862Reflections of Sri Rama251
43924Sri Vasistha Receives Praises from King Dasharatha and Rama255
5The Mystic Art of Eradicating the World process257
6Gradual Ascent Towards Liberation261
44050Song of the Siddhas213
9King Janaka Meditates upon the Significance of the Songs of the Siddhas266
10King Janaka Practices Silent Reflection271
11The King Continues to Enlighten His Mind273
12King Janaka Abides in the State of Liberation275
13The Methods of Mastering the Mind278
Content 3

UPASHAMA PRAKARANA
14The Means of Negating the Mind21
15Craving as the Source of All Evils25
16Two Aspected Renunciation of Vasana27
17Affirmations That Promote Liberation29
18The Cessation of All Misery32
19The Story of Punya and Pavana36
20Punya Speaks of the Cessation of Cravings42
21Liberation Consists of The Cessation of Cravings42
22King Bali's Dispassion and His Recollection of the Teachings He Received from His Father45
23The Story of the King and His All-powerful Minister49
24The Means of Defeating the Minister52
25The Rising Moon of Wisdom in the Heart of King Bali56
26Shukracharya Gives His Brief Message57
27King Bali Practices Reflection and Enters into Samadhi60
28Sage Shukracharya Consoles the Demons62
29Bali Attains Liberation in Life64
30-31The Rise of Demon Hiranyakashipu, His Destruction, and His Son Prahlad's Devotion69
32King Prahlad Performs Worship of Lord Vishnu72
33The Unfoldment of Divine Virtues in Prahlad and the Grace of Lord Vishnu75
34Prahlad Attains Enlightenment78
35Reflections and Experiences of King Prahlad83
36Prahlad Adores the Supreme Beloved91
37-39Lord Vishnu awakens Prahlad from Samadhi97
40Lord Vishnu Enlightens the Demon-King Prahlad100
41The Demon-King Prahlad is Blessed by Lord Vishnu103
42Insight into the Prarabdha of the Sages105
43Self-effort of the Individual Secures Divine Grace107
44The Story of Gadhi109
45Gadhi Witnesses Himself Being Born as a Chandala111
46Katanja Being Discovered as a Chandala113
47Gadhi Hears the Story of Kira Country116
48Gadhi Visits the Country of Kira118
49Gadhi Finally Attains Enlightenment119
50The Methods of Controlling the Mind124
51The Story of Sage Uddalaka: Mind and its Distractions131
52Sri Uddalaka Practises Spiritual Enquiry137
53The Self is Unaffected by the Subtle Desires146
54Sage Uddalaka's Spiritual Practice153
55The Liberation of Sage Uddalaka157
56The Samadhi of a Sage159
57The Apparent Externalization of the Self165
58King Suraghu Develops Dispassion167
59King Suraghu Develops Dispassion171
60King Suraghu after Enlightenment174
61King Suraghu Meets King Parigha175
62The Nature of Samadhi178
63Praised by Parigha, King Suraghu Describes His Spiritual State181
64Methods of Overcoming the Defects of the Mind183
0The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa187
67Attachment As the Cause of Bondage193
68Characteristics of Attachment and Detachment196
69The Manner in which the mind is Reduced to Pure Consciousness202
70The Glory of Detachment203
71The Glorious State of Turiya207
72Grief is Neither in the Body nor in the Self214
73Three Types of Ego218
74Enlightenment Leads to Perfection221
75Examples of Liberated Sages230
76Crossing the Ocean of the World-Process234
77A Garland of Heavenly Virtues that Adorn a Sage235
78The Methods of Destroying the Chitta241
79Destruction of the Chitta Through Wisdom248
80Spiritual Enquiry That Promotes Vairagya250
81Negation of the Chitta255
82The Practice of Enquiry by Sage Vitahavya256
83Bliss of the Self Transcending the Chitta and the Indriyas263
84Experiences of Vitahavya during the State of Samadhi267
85The Revival of the Body of Sage Vitahavya270
86Characteristics of Jivan Mukti and Preparation for Videha Mukti271
87Sage Vitahavya Attains Videha Mukti276
88-89Dissolution of the Elements in Videha Mukti and the Glory of Liberation278
90Two Types of Chitta-Nash280
91The Cause of the world-Process285
92Disciplines Leading to Wisdom290
93The Glory of spiritual Enquiry and the Attainment of Wisdom294
Content 4

NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA
1The Dispersal of the Assembly in Ayodhya21
2The Dissolution of the Chitta24
3The Cessation of the Delusion of Duality28
4The Cessation of the Chitta30
5Sri Rama Speaks of His Experiences32
6The Negation of the Body-Idea34
7Extensions of Ignorance39
8Ignorance Compared to a Creeper43
9The Division of the Three Gunas46
10Enquiry Leading to the Removal of Ignorance47
11The Vision of "All This Is Brahman"51
12The Divine State of the Sages58
13Two Methods of Destroying the Vasanas51
14-16The Story of Kaka Bhushunda Begins62
17-19Story of Birth and Enlightenment of Kaka Bhushunda67
20The Similarity of Worlds in Every Kalpa72
21Description of the Kalpa Tree and the Mysterious Creation74
22Kaka Bhushunda Remembers Similar Events in Numerous Cycles of Creation78
23The Mystic Method of Mastering Death80
24The Mystic Path of Controlling the Pranas84
25Meditation on Spontaneous Functions of Prana and Apana87
26The Deathless State Attained by Kaka Bhushunda91
27Kaka Bhushunda Is Praised by Vasistha97
28The Illusoriness of the Body and the World98
29Sage Vasistha Recalls Lord Shiva's Instructions104
30The Mystic Art of Worshipping the Supreme Self114
31Description of Consciousness through the Negation of the World-process121
32Consciousness Involved in the Process of Embodiment126
33The Negation of Multiplicity by Spiritual Enquiry130
34Transcending the Three States of Consciousness134
35The Supreme Self as the Progenitor of all Gods137
36The Glorious Attributes of Pure Consciousness139
37The Dance of the Time Spirit141
38The Worship of God through Objective Meditation184
39The Subjective Worship of Lord Shiva148
40The Supreme Self As the Essence of Gods151
41and 42. The Falsity of the World154
42Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss157
43Sri Rama Enjoys Spiritual Bliss157
44The Method of Destroying Attachments159
45Brahman Compared to a Bilwa Fruit161
46Brahman Compared to a Painting-in-a-Fruit162
47Brahman as the Mass of Consciousness164
48The innermost Self and Brahman Are Identical166
49Enquiry into the Nature of the World-process167
50The Illusoriness of the Subtle Body169
51The illusion of the Senses171
52Arjunakhyan-Story of Krishna's Teachings to Arjuna175
53Lord Krishna's Instructions178
54Instructions1orAttaining Freedom from Bondage182
55It is the Knowledge of the Self that Confers Release187
56The Means to Liberation192
57The Vision That Ends All Vasanas195
58Arjuna Attains Enlightenment197
59The Vision of a Liberated Sage199
60The Glory of The Self203
61The Long Dream of the World-process205
62The Story of Jivata207
63The Story of Jivata Continues208
(Mystic Meaning of the Story of Jivata)210
64The Attainment of Shivahood212
65The Story of the Mendicant Applies to All Souls215
66Similarity in Creation216
67Knowledge of the Truth Destroys Bondage287
68Four Types of Silence218
69Conclusion of the Story of the Mendicant223
70The Dialogue between the King and the Vetala224
71Answers to the Questions of the Vetala227
72The King Continues to Give Answers228
(Mystic Meaning of the Story of the Vetala)230
73 - 74King Bhagiratha's Story232
75King Bhagiratha's Liberation235
76Bhagiratha Resumes the Rulership of His Kingdom237
77The Story of Queen Chudala and King Shikhidhwaja240
78Queen Chudala Attains Wisdom241
79Shikhidhwaja Notices the Spiritual Beauty of Chudala246
80Yogic Techniques for Attaining Psychic Powers248
81Kundalini Shakti and the Cessation of Diseases250
82Description of Siddhis in the Story of Queen Chudala205
83The Parable of Kirata257
84King Shikhidhwaja Enters Forest for Attaining Liberation258
85Queen Chudala Observes the Inner State of the King261
86Chudala Tells a Fictitious Story of Her Identity as Kumbha Muni257
87King Shikhidhwaja Seeks Spiritual Instructions from Kumbha Muni (Queen Chudala)268
88Parable of Chintamani (Wish-yielding Jewel)272
89The Parable of the Elephant274
90Meaning of the Parable of the Wish-yielding Jewel276
91Meaning of the Parable of the Elephant from the Vindhya Mountains276
92The King Endeavors to Renounce All His Possessions277
93Kumbha Muni Teaches the Secret of Renunciation279
94Kumbha Muni Gives Insight into Renunciation284
95How to Remove Ignorance288
96Negation of the World-process290
97Pure Consciousness Is the Reality behind All Names and Forms291
98Negation of the Chitta292
99Kumbha Muni Continues to Enlighten Shikhidhwaja293
100Brahman is the Self-effulgent Reality294
101Shikhidhwaja Attains Enlightenment286
102Kumbha Muni Disappears, Leaving the King in a Profound State of Meditation299
103Queen Chudala Awakens the King from Samadhi299
104Kumbha Muni Plans to Test the Firmness of King Shikhidhwaja's Realization301
105Kumbha Muni Relates a False Story302
106Kumbha Muni (Chudala) Assumes the Form of Madanika and Marries Shikhidhwaja303
107Queen Chudala tests the spiritual attainment of King Shikhidhwaja305
108Queen Chudala Creates the illusion of Madanika's Infidelity307
109King Exercises His Intuitive Mind and Praises Chudala309
110The King and Queen Rule Their Kingdom as Enlightened Sages315
Content 5

NIRVANA PRAKARANA-PURVARDHA
111The Divine Sage Brihaspati Teaches His Son, Kacha21
112The Parable of a False Being24
113The Meaning of False Purusha26
114The Negation of the Concepts of Existence and Non-existence28
115The Characteristics of a Liberated Sage30
116Characteristics of a Dissolving Chitta35
117Prajapati Manu Instructs Ikshwaku37
118Methods of Attaining Self-realization38
119The Powers of Ignorance and Knowledge40
120Seven States of Wisdom Taught by Sage Manu41
121Two Types of Mental Attitudes43
122The Daily Conduct of an Enlightened Sage45
123Why Siddhis Are Not Desired by a Sage46
124Bondage and Liberation for the Individual Soul47
125Steadiness in Turiya Consciousness50
126The Seven States of Wisdom52
127Sage Valmiki Summarizes the Teachings for His Disciple Bharadwaja58
128The Path of Laya Yoga and Sri Rama's Awakening61
NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA
1Eradication of Desire in a Jivan Mukta72
2The World is Full of Shiva76
3Eradication of the World-Process79
4Eradication of the Ego-sense84
5The Need of Mastering the Senses (Sage Vasistha and Vidyadhara)87
6Miseries That Arise due to Sense-indulgence90
7The tree of the World-process Rising from the Seed of Ego94
8The World is a Vast Temple Created by Samkalpa96
9The World is Nothing but Pure Consciousness98
10The World Does Not Exist99
11Control of the Senses for Negating the World-process100
12The Ego-sense Is Illusory102
13Cosmos within an Atom103
14Story of the World within an Atom104
15Ego-the Seed of the World-process106
16Vidyadhara Attains Samadhi108
17The Fire that Burns the Seed of the world-process110
18The Illusory Worlds and the absolute Self111
19The Jivas and the Cosmic Being113
0Liberation is Attained by Piercing the Knot of the Ego114
22The Yoga of Bliss116
23The Story of Manki Brahmana119
24The Dispassion of Manki Brahmana124
25The seeds of the World-process and their Destruction126
26Bondage and Liberation130
27Instructions for Attaining Steadiness in the Self133
28The True Nature of Karma135
29A Sage Performs Actions and Is Yet Established in the Actionless Self137
30Description of that Spiritual Vision which Removes the Illusions of Multiplicity141
31All Objects Are Sustained by consciousness143
32Liberation Can Be Attained by the Practice of Good Association and Reflection146
33The Treatment of the Disease of the World-process148
34The World-process Vanishes by Not-Seeing150
35The Nature of Brahman152
36Desire is the Cause of Bondage155
37The Method of Wisdom for Overcoming Desires158
0The Nature of the Sage Who Is Established in Wisdom160
40The Double Consciousness of a Liberated Sage162
41The World Dances like a Puppet due to ignorance163
42The Self is to Be Worshipped by Discriminative Vision164
43The Manner is which the World Dissolves in Brahman166
44The Tree of Samadhi168
45The Ascent on the Tree of Meditation172
46The State of Mind after Eating the Fruit of the Samadhi Tree176
47The Means of Attaining Self-Realization179
48The Great Qualities that Arise due to Dispassion181
49The Greatness of the Wise184
50Seven Types of Jivas186
51Effacement of the World-Process from One's Consciousness188
52The Self Appears as the World-Process190
53The State of Liberation192
54Non-Duality of the Self194
55The Absolute Point of View196
56The Parable of the World-within-a-Rock197
57-58The Negation of Egoism in a Sage199
59Sage Vasistha Views Numerous Universes201
60Sage Vasistha Ignores the Celestial Lady203
61The Illusory World Exists in the Heart of Brahman207
62Sage Vasistha Converses with the Celestial Lady208
63Brahman Sustains the World of Dreams210
64Vidyadhari (the Celestial Lady) Tells About Her Life212
65How Vidyadhari Developed Vairagya or Dispassion215
66-67The Glory of Abhyasa or Repeated Effort216
68Negation of the Illusion of Physicality in the Subtle Body218
69Vidyadhari Awakens the Brahma of the World-within-a-Rock220
70-71Vasana Bent upon Its Own Destruction and the Consequent Destruction of the World-within-a-Rock224
72-73Description of Pralaya in the World-within-a-Rock224
74-75The Body of Brahma and Its Destruction226
76-79Description of the all-Destroying Fire Below and the Deluge Clouds Above228
79The Creator and His Family Enter into the State of Liberation229
80-81The Dance of Rudra and Kali231
82-83The Dance of Rudra is the Sport of Consciousness233
84-85The Mystic Meaning behind Shiva and Shakti234
86-87Meditation on the Universality of the Self236
88-89Identification with the Earth element238
90Identification with the Water Element239
91Identification with the Fire Element241
92Identification with the Air Element242
93Sage Vasistha Encounters a Siddha in His Etherial Hermitage; Discourse on Vairagya244
94Sage Vasistha and the Siddha Return to their Abodes. Story of the World-within-a-Rock concludes249
Content 6

 NIRVANA PRAKARANA-UTTARARDHA
94-95Ghosts and Pishachas; and the Rock of Pure Consciousness21
96The Self Expresses as the World-process24
97The Theories of Different Systems of Philosophy Derive Their Authenticity from the Almighty Self26
98The Characteristics of Enlightened Sages28
99-100Animals, Birds and Countless Beings Strive for Happiness30
101The Vision of Non-duality Bestows Fearlessness32
102Characteristics of a Sage35
103Glory of the Scripture of Yoga Vasistha39
104Pure Consciousness is the Reality behind the World-phenomena41
105Pure Consciousness Manifests as Dream and Also as the Waking State42
106The Ether of Consciousness alone Exists43
107The World is Non-existent Like Dream45
108-109The Story of King Vipashchita47
110-116The Four Vipashchitas Become Victorious; They Enjoy Various Scenes and Sights of the World48
117The Attendants of the Fourfold Vipashchitas Describe the Beauty of Nature52
118-120The Description of Peacocks, Cranes and Others53
121-123The Four Vipashchitas Follow Four Different Courses54
124The Miraculous Power of Avidya or Ignorance56
125The Spiritual Majesty of a Liberated Sage58
126-128The World-process of the Four Vipashchitas after Their Death59
129Vipashchita in Deer Emoodient Brought before Rama61
130The Deer Turns into Vipashchita by the Grace of Vasistha62
131-135Urged by Sage Vishwamitra, Bhasa Relates His Experiences65
136The Story of the Gigantic Corpse68
137Insight into the Dream World70
138-139The Blending of the Muni's Soul with the Soul of the Individual72
140-141The Muni Describes His Amazing Experiences74
142The Description of Clouds that Rain Fire77
143-144The Glory of Knowledge80
145-149The Muni Explains the Mystery of Karmic Fructifications86
151-151The Vyadha Attains Enlightenment88
152-155The State of Enlightenment90
156-158The Vyadha's Future and His Enlightenment92
159-160Ignorance and Enlightenment93
161-162Brahman the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment94
163Mastering the Senses and Attaining Enlightenment98
164Brahman as the Basis of Jiva and Jagat103
165The Similarity of Dream and Waking States105
166The Negation of Khyatis106
167-169The Glory of Enlightenment109
170The Liberated Sage Sports with His Friend and His Friend's Divine Family114
171Negation of the World Phenomena116
172The Negation of Memory119
173-174The Negation of Illusion121
175The Self Alone Exists123
176-179Brahman Alone Transcends the Illusion of Multiplicity125
180-185The Story of Kunda-Danta127
186-189The Jiva Experiences the World Due to Ignorance129
190Questions and Answers to Bring Out the Essence of the Teachings130
191The World is Non-existent for the Enlightened140
192Sri Rama Expresses His Understanding of Brahman142
193Sri Rama Describes His State of Enlightenment143
194-195Sri Rama Continues to Describe His State of Enlightenment145
196The Story of a Woodcutter and His Gem148
197The Explanation of the Parable150
198Equanimity and Equal Vision154
199A Sage Performs Actions for the Wellbeing of the World157
200Siddhas Praise Sage Vasistha160
201Sri Rama Describes His Blissful Experience164
202Joyousness of the Kings as Well as of Rama167
203Description of the Enlightenment of Rama169
204Wiping Out the Illusion of the World-process170
205The World Is Non-existent Like Dream172
206The Story of King Prajnapti174
207Answers to the Questions of King Prajnapti117
208Karmas Fructify at Different Times and Places180
209Contradictions Related to Karma Reconciled181
210Brahman Becomes All Through the Power of Illusion183
211-212This World is Nothing but Brahman185
213Dialogue between Guru and Disciple187
214Rejoicing at the Conclusion of the Divine Teachings191
215Sage Valmiki Gives His Concluding Remarks194

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