THE YOGA-VASISTHA is a popular text on. Advaita Vedanta, Puranic in form and philosophical in content. It is also known by other names like Arsa Ramayana. Supreme Yoga. Yoga VäsíStha. Translated by. SWAMI VENKATESANANDA. Foreword by. SR1 SWAMI RANGANATHANANDA. SWAMI MUKTANANDA. One of the greatest spiritual classics ever recorded, the Yoga Vasistha is a Yoga Vasistha contains a system of ancient philosophical thought unique in its kind.

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This English version of the Yoga Vasishta Sara is based on a translation Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi used to refer to Yoga Vasishta. Yoga-Vasishtha ancient Hindu text on Advaita Vedanta known as Arsa Ramayana, Jnana Vasistha. Here is the free PDF version of Ramayana. The Brihat (the great) Yoga Vasishta or Yoga Vasishta Maha Ramayana is a free public domain PDF e-book and can be downloaded here in.

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The text, however, is meticulous in teaching that human endeavor is central to recognizing reality, directly countering and even ridiculing the fatalists. These two early sections lack stories that can be read as philosophical.

Instead, they primarily contextualize what is to subsequently unfold, and in this regard merely lay the foundation for the philosophy beginning in the next section on origination. Although the stage within which these narratives are woven appears to support some form of illusionism, the text is clear that there is an unchanging essential core of pure consciousness manifest in multiple forms.

Next is the section on Stithi or sustenance, with a total of 62 chapters. Philosophically this section addresses the nature of mind, different states of consciousness such as waking, dreaming, and deep sleep, the reality of time and space, the scope and function of ignorance, the nature of the self, and the issue of morality in light of subjective illusionism.

There are in total 93 chapters in this section. In this section, there is also a conversation on the seven stages of yogic realization and reality as perceived by the enlightened beings.

In essence, this section focuses on the nature of liberation and a discourse on the absolute reality while describing the phenomena of the world through the perspective of the enlightened being. Concurrent are the themes of the illusion of time and space, of the nature of subjectivity, and of the reality of the world. On the contrary, the text begins with depression and culminates in liberation.

The problems addressed therefore are primarily psychological, and the issues related to the mind and mental phenomena are the central themes found throughout the text.

Noteworthy also are the concepts of relativism, the holographic nature of consciousness, parallel reality, different layers of time and space, altered states of consciousness, and embodiment and the world. While the primary concern of the text is not the social fabrication of reality, this text can be used as a sourcebook for these issues.

The text deserves a clear phenomenological and cognitive psychological interpretation in order for it to be widely accessible to global scholarship. As for myself, I have found this text highly inspirational, and it has helped me in advancing my own meditation practice. Parimal Publications, In any event, it makes for a difficult read of what already is a challenging book.

The original Sanskrit dates back to early medieval Indian history, and its subject matter arguably millennia before that.

The rest he left alone, but the clean-up work Jay did was considerable and carefully done. Tom Palotas did two more rounds of edits to make the original translation more readable and understandable. This edit is now available for those interested, including in e-book formats which may be downloaded for free.

When Rama was eight years old, he asked many questions of his guru Vasistha. Rama asked his guru 32, questions, and the answers are the Yoga Vasistha.

Yoga Vasistha Maharamayana of Valmiki is printed in the U. Hard cover bound.

Published in The book consists of 32, slokas verses of two lines each spoken by Vasishta. By comparison, Krishna spoke only eighteen slokas on the occasion that has become memorialized in the Bhagavad Gita.

Swamiji said that everything that humanity needs to know and everything a person could possibly want to know is in the Yoga Vasistha.

It contains everything from politics to gambling to knowing how to deceive. There is no need to read any other book. Swamiji advised that we should not try to read it all.The main enquiry regarding the final beatitude or summum bonum is beautifully dealt with.

Icanonlycompareatreetothebody:withbranchesforarms,trunkforthetorso,holesforeyes,fruitsforhead,leavesfornumerousillnessesitisarestingplacefor livingbeings. Shri Guru Charitra Parayan Marathi Totheunwise,knowledgeofscripturesisaburdentoonewhoisfullofdesires,even wisdomis Page10 aburdentoonewhoisrestless,hisownmindisaburdenandtoonewhohasnoselfknowledge,thebody thelifespan isaburden. Those whose minds are turned from this world, who have become indifferent towards the objects of this world and who are thirsting for liberation, will be really benefited by a study of this precious book.

You begin to see and then there is creation. The slayer of the Atman is only the mind.