Musings on Yogavaasishta (Yoga Vasistha) Part I (Vairaagya and Mumukshu Vyavahaara Prakaranaa)

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Item Code: NAB752
Author: Sri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy
Publisher: Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore
Edition: 2010
Pages: 199
Cover: Paperback
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Weight 240 gm
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It is the solution given by Sage Vasishta when Sri Rama was caught in the storm of doubts regarding the ultimate nature of Supreme-self.

It is the solution in the form of logical deductions and practical observations for a better understanding of the nature of Supreme-self.

It is a correlations of apparently divergent references of Upanishads.

It is a poetic classic but allegorically explains the absolute and presented in his unique, graceful way by the sage poet Valmiki

It is a presentation from Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota data Peetham Mysore in the form of his “Musings on Yogavaasishta – III (Sustenance)” – a treatise of comparisons and correlations of the ancient traditional knowledge and the modern scientific knowledge, through his lectures in the Gemini T.V on “Yogavaasishta”.

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

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.

Translator’s Note

What am I but a small twig of a mighty tree of spiritual mission of a great Sadgurudev Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji of Avadhuta Datta Peetham, Mysore, India. In this exercise of English Translation of a Soul—stirring classic, YOGA VAASISHTA with its unalloyed essence in Telugu shaped forth in the hands of an unostentatious scholar Sri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, Educational Officer, Datta Peetham, Mysore.

All the same, I deem it a rare opportunity for contributing my small bit thus in the Maha Yagna of knowledge undertaken by the writer, Sri Kuppa Krishna Murthy. It is indeed a pleasant coincidence that Sri Kuppa Krishna Murthy should think of bringing out his Gemini TV discourses on Yogavaasishta in the book form in Telugu first with the encouragement of the Neuland Labs Chief, Dr. D.R.Rao and his wife Mrs.Vijaya, staunch devotees of Sri Swamiji and subsequently meet the wish of Sri Swamiji to get it translated into English. The choice of me both by the writer and the sponsorer for translation also perhaps met with the ‘samkalpa’ of Sri Swamiji.

My humble obeisance to Sri Swamiji for making me an instrument again in this service, In the series of ‘Sri Guru Gita’, ‘Jnaana Saagar’ and `Katha Saagar’ volumes in English.

I, now offer my gratitude to Sri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy and Dr.Rao for trusting me to fulfilling their expectations before entrusting me with the task.

I would fail in my duty if do not acknowledge Sri A.V.Sarma`s ungrudging help in correcting the proofs in respect of the aforesaid translations time and again. I also thank Mr.S.Nagaraj of Neuland Labs for computerizing 1 the matter in parts even as Mr.Y.Bhaskar, Lecturer in Computer Science, Progressive Degree College, Hyderabad.


Writer’s Appeal i
Translator’s Note xi
I. Vairaagya Prakarana 1-36
1. Origin of the book 2
2. Who is eligible to read Yogavaasishtam? 5
3. Story of Arishtanemi 6
4. Agnivesya-Karunyakumar 8
5. Significance of the book 9
6. Sutheekshna 10
7. Correlation of Karma-Jnana 11
8. Curses of Srihari 13
9. Detachment of Sri Rama 16
10. Classification of Yogavaasishta 21
11. What is Vairaagya? 22
12. Sane Inquiry 23
13. Wealth 24
14. Longevity 25
15. Ego 27
16. Mind 28
17. Trishna 29
18. Body 29
19. Childhood, Youth & Old age 30
20. Time 32
21. Looking at the faults 33
22. Congratulation of Maharshis 34
II Mumukhsu Vyvahaara Prakarana 37-82
1. History of Shuka 37
2. Yukti Vicharana 39
3. Analysis of Vedic saying 46
4. Preaching of kind Janaka 49
5. Viswamitra’s preaching 51
6. Vasishta’s preaching 55
7. Three Space 56
8. What is Subtle? 57
9. Sky is also a matter 58
10. Pervasiveness 58
11. Chidaakaasam 59
12. Manorajyam 59
13. How the birth take place? 60
14. Sequence of Vyasa’s birth 61
15. What is Kalpa? 61
16. Liberation while alive 62
17. Personalities bestowed with authority 64
18. Attainment of Liberation 65
19. Plan of Preaching 66
20. Human Efforts 68
21. Destiny is Action 69
22. Types of Human Efforts 70
23. Past Action & Present Action 71
24. Dominance of the Present Action 72
25. Saadhana 73
26. Saadhana Chathushtaya 74
27. Three Contrivances 82
28. Laziness 83
29. Whether there is Destiny or Not? 84
30. The Trio of Movements 88
31. Destiny the Doer? Or Instrument 91
32. Is Destiny the Doer? Or Instrument? 92
33. Destiny is like the sky 94
34. Why abuse destiny? 96
35. Beings have some amount of freedom 97
36. How to prevent bad Samskaaras? 98
37. Can the Antharyaami be the motivator?99
38. What is Independence? 101
39. What is Action? 102
40. Who is a Doer? 103
41. God is independent? 104
42. You yourself are the independent Doer 105
43. How to divert the Mind towards God? 106
44. Contemplation on good things is the solution 108
45. If we are wrong? 109
46. Joy - Bliss 111
47. Recapitulation of the discussion 112
48. Niyati 113
49. Initiation by Brahma 116
50. Creation of Vasishta 119
51. Evolution of the educational curriculum 121
52. Types of Wisdom 123
53. Qualities of Teacher & the Taught 124
54. Analysis of the True nature of self 125
55. Sravana, Manana & Nidhi Dhyaasa 127
56. Sama (Tranquility) 129
57. Vichaarana (Enquiry) 132
58. Aabhaasa Chitta 137
59. Santhosha 141
60. Size of the book 144
61. World in the Womb of the Atom 146
62. Allegory (Drishtantha) 151
63. Relative Allegory (Saapekshika Drishtantha) 153
64. Comparison b/n Dream & Wakefulness? 155
65. Illusory Existence – Practical Existence 158
66. Modern Research about Dreams 161
67. Comparative aspects of Dream & Wakefulness 161
68. Brahma has no change of form & state 162
69. Correlation of Vedic Statements 163
70. Allegories told by a Mother 165
71. How long the inquiry is to be done? 166
72. Pratyaksha Pramaanam 167
73. Working process of the sensory organs 169
74. What does the Modern Science say? 171
75. Vritti Vyaapti – Phala Vyaapti 172
76. Same thing has several names 173
77. Will there be discussion after liberations? 174
78. Is the Mind first or the matter?176
79. World – An illusory attribution on Brahma 178
80.Duty of the Mumukshus 180
81. Appendix 183
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