Sunday, June 26, 2022

Yoga Vasishta Sara (The Essence of Yoga Vasishta): Chapter One - Dispassion

By Swami Sureshananda An English Translation from the Sanskrit Original 21 June 2022 Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai 606 603 2005 © Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai First Edition : 1973 — 1000 copies Second Edition: 1985 — 1000 copies Third Edition : 1994 — 1000 copies Fourth Edition : 2005 — 1000 copies CC No. 1084 ISBN: 81-88018-45-7 Price: Rs. Published by V.S. Ramanan President Sri Ramanasramam Tiruvannamalai 606 603 Tamil Nadu INDIA Email: Website: Typeset at Sri Ramanasramam Printed by Sudarsan Graphics Chennai PREFACE This English version of the Yoga Vasishta Sara is based on a translation made by Swami Sureshananda, an old devotee of Bhagavan, who has founded an ashram named ‘Vijnana Ramaneeyam’ at Palghat and has translated several works of Bhagavan as well as the Yoga Vasishta Sara into Malayalam. This was published serially in The Mountain Path, the journal published by Sri Ramanasramam, during 1969 to 1971 and is now issued in the form of a book for facility of reference. SRI RAMANASRAMAM V.S. RAMANAN 15th July, 1973 PRESIDENT Guru-Poornima. INTRODUCTION The Brihat (the great) Yoga Vasishta or Yoga Vasishta Maha Ramayana as it is also called, is a work of about 32,000 Sanskrit couplets, traditionally attributed to Valmiki, the author of Srimad Ramayana. It is a dialogue between Sage Vasishta and Sri Rama, during which Advaita (the doctrine of non-duality) in its pure form of Ajatavada (theory of non- origination) is expounded, with illustrative stories in between. This vast work was abridged some centuries ago by Abhinanda Pandita, a Kashmiri scholar, into 6,000 couplets, which go by the name of Laghu Yoga Vasishta. This is a masterpiece in itself, like the original Brihat. Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi used to refer to Yoga Vasishta frequently and has even incorporated six couplets from it in His Supplement to Forty Verses (verses 21 to 27). A further condensation of this work was made long ago, by an unknown author, into about 230 couplets, divided into ten chapters, as Yoga Vasishta Sara (Essence of Yoga Vasishta), of which this translation is presented for Note: An English translation of the Brihat Yoga Vasishta by Vihari Lal Mitra is out of print. Translation of Laghu Yoga Vasishta by K. Narayanaswamy Iyer is available from the Theosophical Publishing House, Madras-20. Introduction the first time. By making this condensation the author has rendered a great service to all Sadhaks. This is indeed a goldmine fit for repeated reading and meditation. PUBLISHER CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE 1 DISPASSION 1 2 UNREALITY OF THE WORLD 5 3 THE MARKS OF A LIBERATED PERSON 9 4 DISSOLUTION OF THE MIND 13 5 THE DESTRUCTION OF LATENT IMPRESSIONS 17 6 MEDITATION ON THE SELF 20 7 METHOD OF PURIFICATION 22 8 WORSHIP OF THE SELF 25 9 EXPOSITION OF THE SELF 27 10 NIRVANA 32 -------- YOGA VASISHTA SARA CHAPTER ONE DISPASSION 1. Salutations to that calm effulgence which is endless and unlimited by space, time etc., the pure consciousness which can be known by experience only. 2. Neither one who is totally ignorant nor one who knows it (i.e. Truth) is eligible to study this book. Only he who thinks ‘I am bound; I must become free’ is entitled to study it. 3. Until one is definitely blessed by the Supreme Lord he will not find either a proper Guru or the right scripture. 4. Just as a steady boat, O Rama, is obtained from a boatman, so also the method of crossing the ocean of samsara is learnt by associating with great souls. 5. The great remedy for the long-lasting disease of samsara is the enquiry, ‘Who am I?, to whom does this samsara belong?,’ which entirely cures it. 6. Not a day should be spent in a place which does not possess the tree of a wise knower of Truth with its good fruit and cool shade. 7. The sages are to be approached even if they do not teach. Even their talks in a light vein contain wisdom. 8. The company of sages converts emptiness into fullness, death into immortality and adversity into prosperity. 9. If sages were concerned solely with their own happiness with whom could those tormented by the sorrows of samsara seek refuge? 10. That which is imparted, O good soul, to a worthy disciple who has become dispassionate, is the real wisdom; it is the real purport of the sacred texts and is also the comprehensive wisdom. 11. Following the customary method of teaching is only for preserving the tradition. Pure awareness results solely from the clarity of the disciple’s understanding. 12. The Lord cannot be seen with the help of the sacred texts or the Guru. The self is seen by the Self alone with the pure intellect. 13. All the arts acquired by men are lost by lack of practice, but this art of wisdom grows steadily once it rises. 14. Just as an ornament worn round the neck is considered lost through forgetfulness and is gained when the mistake is realized, so also the Self is attained (when the delusion is removed) by the words of the Guru. 15. He is indeed an unfortunate person who, not knowing his own Self, takes pleasure in sense-objects, like one who realizes too late that the food eaten by him was poisonous. 16. That perverted man who, even after knowing that worldly objects are deceptive, still thinks of them, is an ass not a man. 17. Even the slightest thought immerses a man in sorrow; when devoid of all thoughts he enjoys imperishable bliss. 18. Just as we experience the delusion of hundreds of years in a dream lasting an hour, so also we experience the sport of maya in our waking state. 19. He is a happy man whose mind is inwardly cool and free from attachment and hatred and who looks upon this (world) like a mere spectator. 20. He who has understood well how to abandon all ideas of acceptance and rejection and who has realized the consciousness which is within the innermost heart — his life is illustrious. 21. On the dissolution of the body, the ether (consciousness) limited by the heart (Hridayam) alone ceases to exist. People lament needlessly that the Self is extinct. 22. When pots, etc. are broken the space within them becomes unlimited. So also when bodies cease to exist the Self remains eternal and unattached. 23. Nothing whatever is born or dies anywhere at any time. It is Brahman alone appearing illusorily in the form of the world. 24. The Self is more extensive than space; it is pure, subtle, undecaying and auspicious. As such how could it be born and how can it die? 25. All this is the tranquil, One without beginning, middle or end, which cannot be said to be existent or non-existent. Know this and be happy. 26. O Rama, it is indeed nobler to wander begging about the streets of the outcasts (Chandalas), an earthen bowl in hand, than to live a life steeped in ignorance. 27. Neither disease nor poison nor adversity nor any other thing in the world causes more suffering to men than such stupidity engendered in their bodies. URL: New Age Islam, Islam Online, Islamic Website, African Muslim News, Arab World News, South Asia News, Indian Muslim News, World Muslim News, Women in Islam, Islamic Feminism, Arab Women, Women In Arab, Islamophobia in America, Muslim Women in West, Islam Women and Feminism

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