From the Back of the Book:
The Yoga Vasistha is a unique work of Indian philosophy and is highly respected for its practical mysticism. These teachings of Sage Vasistha imparted to Lord Rama, contain the true understanding about the creation of the world.
The Supreme Yoga, with Romanised text, is a translation into English of this complete work and is accompanied by brief expositions by Swami Venkatesananda.
This book brings this store house of wisdom to our world and makes the philosophy comprehensible to scholars and common people alike.
Soak into the message of each verse and discover the numerous ways in which this truth is revealed to help open your mind.
About the Author:
Swami Venkatesananda, has been working untiringly for decades to spread life-giving message of Yoga and Vedanta in the East and West. He is the author of, among others, the Srimad Bhagvatam or The Book of God and The Bhagavad Gita or The Songs of God.
The Yoga Vasistha has always been considered as perhaps
the most elaborate exposition of Philosophy and Religion ever
written under the sun. The work, which is voluminous in its
nature, has been abridged by several scholars subsequently to
make the treatise accessible to people who would not have the
time and patience to wade through this large literature. Sri
Swami Venkatesananda, a direct disciple of His Holiness Sri
Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj, has, however, excelled the earlier
precis writers on this subject in' his brilliant two-volume
presentation of this Scripture under the title 'The Supreme
Yoga'. The First Edition was published under the auspices of
The Chiltern Yoga Trust, P.O. Elgin, Cape Province, South
Africa, in two excellently printed volumes.
Now, the Fourth Edition of this veritably standard work is
being published by The Divine Life Society Headquarters for
the benefit of all seekers of Truth and the general readers of
spiritual teachings. We have a firm hope that this well-known,
towering teaching will provide to everyone the requisite
inspiration and solace.
This Edition is pecially dedicated to the sacred memory
of H:H. Sri Swami Dayanandaji Maharaj who attained Maha
Samadhi on 4.2.2002. He will be remembered by Gurudev
Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj's spiritual fraternity as one who
has rendered invaluable service to the Institution in various
capacities, besides being the chief architect of the printing
establishment at the Headquarters Ashram.
This book. The Supreme Yoga, is a translation into English.
accompanied by brief expositions. by Swami Venkatesananda of the Divine
Life Society. Rishikesh. India. of the well-known Vedanta treatise in
Sanskrit. The Yoga Vasistha.
The Swami has arranged the verses of the book in such a way as to
convert them into a rosary of daily thoughts throughout the year. on the lines
of his two other books already published, namely The Srimad Bhagavatam
or Book of God and The Bhagavad Gita or The Song of God.
The Yoga Vasistha has been a favourite book of spiritual seekers in
India these Several centuries Its special appeal lies in its thoroughly rational
approach. and in its presentation of Vedanta as a philosophy which dares.
like the The Bhagavad Gita, to bridge the gulf between the secular and the
sacred action and contemplation. in human life. through a comprehensive
and lofty spirituality. The reader will come across passages such as the verse
entry for 31 st January. highlighting the importance of reason:
"The remark of even a child is to be accepted. if it is in accordance with
reason: but the remark of even Brahma Himself: the creator of the world, is
to be rejected like a piece of straw, if it does not accord with reason."
It is this philosophy of a comprehensive spirituality. rational and prac-
tical. that man in the modern age needs to rescue himself from his stagnation
of worldliness and put him on the high road of creative living and fulfilment.
Swami Venkatesananda. who has been working untiringly for decades to
spread the life-giving message of Yoga and Vedanta in East and West, has
done a great service to spiritual seekers far and wide by bringing out this
translation of The Yoga Vasistha in the wake of his translation of the other
two great books.
The Chiltern Yoga Trust of Elgin. South Africa, deserves the silent
thanks of readers for publishing these three books of the Swami and helping
to broadcast far and wide the life-giving, purifying. and inspiring ideas of
Eternal India. Amar Bharat, in her Vedanta.
Scholars speculate about the author of this monumental scripture and
such other academic matters: may God bless them with success.
The Yoga Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening and
the direct experience of the Truth. This is certain. If this is what you want,
YOU are welcome to the Yoga Vasistha.
The text abounds in repetitions which are, however, not repetitious. If
you do not like (or need) repetition, then readjust this one verse:
"This world appearance is a confusion: even as the
blueness of the sky is an optical illusion. I think it is
better not to lei the mind dwell 011 it. but to ignore it. "(I - 3/2) "
This verse occurs several times in the scripture and it sems to be the
very essence of the teaching.
If that is not quite clear to you now, read the scripture. The numerous
ways in which this truth IS revealed will help open your mind.
It is wise to read just one page per day. The teaching is revolutionary.
The biased mind docs not readily accept it. After the daily reading,
meditate. Let the message soak through.
An oft recurring expression in this scripture is 'kakataliya' - a crow
alights on the coconut palm tree and at that very moment a ripe coconut
falls. The two unrelated events thus seem to be related in time and space,
though there is no causal relationship.
Such is life. Such is 'creation'. But the mind caught up in 'its own trap of
logic questions why, invents a 'why' and a 'wherefore' to satisfy itself,
conveniently ignoring• the inconvenient questions that still haunt an
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