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Part-I

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings of Yogavaasishta” – 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

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 Vasishta 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 Yogavasishta in the book from in Telugu first with the encouragement of the Neuland Labs Chief, Dr. 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 Swaniji.

My humble obeisance to Sri Swamiji for making me an instrument again in this service, In the series of Sri Guru Gita’. ‘Jnaana Sagar’ and ‘Katha saagar’ volume 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 I 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 the matter in parts even as Mr. Y. Bhaskar, Lecturer in Computer Science, Progressive Degree College, Hyderabad.

 

Contents

 

  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 24
15 Ego 25
16 Mind 27
17 Trishna 28
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 37-182
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 Spaces 56
8 What is Subtle? 57
9 Sky is also a matter 58
10 Pervas ive ness 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: A Word of Solace 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 bin 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 liberation? 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

 

Part-II

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings of Yogavaasishta” – 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

Author’s Note

My series of lectures on Yogavaasishta, since the last two years, in Gemini T. V. has reached the hearts of many listeners of varied classes, bringing satisfaction to these aspirants in philosophy. It is much more heartening to people like me, who are earnestly desiring always to bring this profound subject to within the comprehensible reach of common man.

Dr. D. R. Rao and Smt. Vijaya has brought out these lectures on the first two chapters as Yogavaasishta Hridayam - Part I in Telugu during 2002 and its English version as Musings on Yogavaasishta - Part I during 2003; the second part of telugu version during 2004. But for their resolution, my indolence would have been victorious.

Subjective wise, this second part is more profound than the first part. The chapter on creation only has to be brought out as this work. The chapters on creation, existence and quietitude, when assumed as a single bunch, this chapter on creation becomes or forms the vital core of that bunch.

Who will believe this chapter that is loudly broadcasting that this world do not exist at all from metaphysical aspect? Who will understand Valmiki Maharshi's intricate logical arguments or discussions brought out or made through Vasishta Maharshi? How far the modern intelligentsia that has been brought up the modem scientific background or base can understand this? - The feedback given to me through some listeners of ultra modem culture and NRIs has shown me that all such sceptical thoughts are baseless imaginations only. To express my hearty satisfaction over this feedback, two such impressions are enclosed herewith.

Science is logic. Philosophy is also logic. That is one branch.

This is another branch. It is not a difficult task to move from one branch to another, once you climbed the tree. To prove that one who has studied the modem sciences with a razor sharp intelligence can also understand philosophy that has been conveyed logically, these two letters are enclosed herewith. That is why, I am not conveying my special gratitude to them. I am congratulating all such intelligentsia, silently, within myself.

The preface given in the first part is also added in this with the hope that it will help the reader to have a better comprehension of the original version.

I was also a listener to these lectures! A reader to these musings!! There is someone else who is giving these lectures from inside me and also writing these musings!!! I pray my Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swamiji to grant the compassion of that 'Self' to all of us as our 'self-experience'.

 

Contents

 

1 Author's Note i
2 Writer's Appeal iii
3 Opinion xiv-xviii
4 Vutpatti Prakarana 1
5 Space and Time 2
6 When did this Creation took place? 4
7 Maya is 'Plus' 5
8 Real Thing + Thought = Hiranyagarbha 7
9 The King from the Dream 9
10 King from the dream Vs You - You Vs Hiranyagarbha 12
11 Story of Aakaasaja 15
12 This Wakeful World is also a Mental Kindgom 18
13 Mind's Form 21
14 Dream in a Dream 22
15 Means to Attain Self-knowledge 25
16 Parabrahma Himself Is The Bonded Soul 28
17 The Real Form of Paramaathma 29
18 Obstructions to Real Knowledge 31
19 Characteristics of Jeevanmuktha 33
20 Characteristics of Videhamuktha 34
21 This World is Never Born 36
22 Parabrahma's Form has Two Types of Configurations 38
23 Order of Creation 42
24 Events as told in 13th subchapter 44
25 Wakeful World, Individual Soul, Hiranyagarbha all are Thought Forms only 46
26 Story of Leela 49
27 Three Spaces 50
28 Definition of the Space of Consciousness 52
29 Experiencing the Space of Consciousness 53
30 Which is Real? 55
31 Story of Pavillion 58
32 Story of Vasishta Brahmana 58
33 The Kingdom Is In That Small Hut 59
34 A YugalsInASecond 61
35 Remin iscence- Rernemberance- Illus ion 61
36 Is 'Cause-Effect' relationship Real? 65
37 Aathivaahika Sareera 66
38 Remedy for Ignorance is Inquiry into Real Thing 69
39 Detachment without Real Knowledge is Useless 71
40 All the Worlds are present in that Room only 72
41 Power to fulfill the intention (Satyasankalpa Siddhi) 73
42 Leela's Past Births 76
43 Leela's Brahmin Birth 78
44 Universes in the Chidaakaasa 79
45 Earth's Gravity - A Theory 81
46 War 84
47 Body and World - Both are Mental Creations ony 85
48 Matter - Experience - Rememberance 88
49 Future Birth is present in the Last Minute of this Birth 90
50 Mithya is that which is neither real nor false 94
51 Real Beings or Mirror Reflections? 98
52 Padma Leela - Vidhooratha Leela 102
53 Vidhooratha's Journey 104
54 Gross World Is Also A Reminiscient 108
55 Curses - Boons - Their Effects 109
56 Who Determines the Joys and Sorrows of the Individual souls? 111
57 The Process of Vital Forces Leaving the Body 114
58 What Is Death? 116
59 Modus Operendi of Rebirth or Re-embodiment 118
60 Twists in the discussions so far 120
61 Path of reminiscences 122
62 Effects of performing last rites 124
63 Realized Souls have Subtle bodies only 127
64 Resurrection of Kind Padma 130
65 Analysis on the Story of Leela 134
66 Vasishta's Analysis on the Story of Leela 138
67 Are These Times Inter-convertible 140
68 Niyathi + Human Effort = God's Will 143
69 How did the Individual Soul get its Existence? 145
70 Illusion - Action of Illusion - Liberation 148
71 Story of Soochika, The needle shaped Demon 152
72 Second Penance of Soochika 154
73 Enigmatic Questions 158
74 An Angel in the Demon 166
75 Worshipping Realized Souls Always Fulfills All Desires 168
76 Birth and Death are due to Imagination only 170
77 Retrospection on the Story of Karkati 174
78 Story of Indava 177
79 Story of Another Indra and Ahalya 182
80 This Body and World are the precipitation of Mind only 184
81 Real Nature of Mind 186
82 Varieties of Bodies 188
83 Doer and Action - are not different 192
84 Explanation of the Chart 196
85 It is sufficient, if the mind disappears or the action 199
86 Mind - It's Names 202
87 Mind Is both Inert and Active 205
88 Story of Mind (Chittopakhyaana) 209
89 Inner Meanings in the Story of Mind 210
90 Story of the Child 214
91 Story of Lavana (Story of Magic) 215
92 Life in the Illusory Tribal World 217
93 Order of Conquering the Mind 220
94 Further Story of Lavana 223
95 Definition of the Real Form of One's Self 224
96 Stages in the State of Ignorance 226
97 States in Wisdom 228
98 Awareness of 'I' (Aham Sphurana) is like a ring of gold 231
99 Third part in the Story of Lavana 233

 

Part-III

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings on Yogavaasishta – III (Sustanance)” 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last four years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRls, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part III: Sustenance. I originally intended to bring out a book combining the fourth (Sthiti) and fifth (Upasamana) chapters together. However, readers desired that the fourth chapter should be brought out as a publication as the discourse on that chapter was completed and waiting for the completion of the next chapter would delay the publication. So this volume, small in size but robust in content, is now printed.

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part III too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the 64th birthday of Jagadguru, Parama Pujya Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. May the unlimited grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this third Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. Dr. V.S.R. Moorty, a reputed chemical Engineer and a Philosopher has kindly gone through the draft version. May both of them and their families be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Ynana" and experiential understanding of the same as vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana ". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Juana manifests as "vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

1 Preface i
2 Writer's Appeal iv
3 I-S.E.R.V.E xv
4 Intrinsic Property 1
5 Transient or Assumed Property 1
6 Chapter on Sustenance opens 4
7 Seed and Plant 6
8 Bhargavopakhyana 9
9 Though Present Here Roaming Elsewhere 11
10 Original Body 14
11 Death's teaching 15
12 Extra Body 19
13 There lies the Old Body 20
14 Back to the Old Body 22
15 Cremation of his Own Body 23
16 Truthful Attainment of Thoughts 26
17 Dream Army of Soldiers 28
18 Do Two Mental Constructs Meet 29
19 Four States 30
20 Mind is the Root cause of the States 33
21 Different Theories 35
a. Kapila Philosophy 37
b. Vedanta Philosophy 37
c. Vijnana Philosophy (Buddhism) 38
d. Aarhata Philosophy 38
22 Seven Steps for Purification of Mind 39
23 Daama - Vyaala - Kata Upakhyana 42
24 Brahma's Advise 45
25 Aping the Gods 46
26 Non Existent - Existence 49
27 We are Equally Illusory 52
28 Continuation of Dama - Vyaala Kata Story 54
29 The Three Egoisms 56
30 Bhima, Bhaasa and Dridha 59
31 Revisiting the Story 62
32 Non Existing World Gets Existence 71
33 What is Doership? 73
34 Causes of Distress 75
35 Origination of Individuals 78
36 Play of Words 80
37 Descent of Jiva 82
38 Myriads of Hiranyagarbhas 85
39 Daasura Upakhyana 87
40 A Story in a Story 91
41 Empty the mind 95
42 Scriptural Discussion 99
43 Annihilation of Impressions 102
44 From Subtelity to Grossness 105
45 Summary of Part - III -Sustenance 106
46 Glossary 112

 

Part-IV

About The Book

Yogavassishta is treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to question like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman? It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The present volume, “Musings on Yogavaasishta” –IV (The Calm Down), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavaasishta” telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam. In it:

The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapters on The Calm Down (Upasama) have been ably condensed and lucidly explained in simple worlds.

Possible methods of alleviation from the state of Bondage and annulment of mind are described through the stories of Janaka, Bali, Prahlada, Uddlaka, Gadhi, Suraghu, Parigha and others.

A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T. V. for the last five years as well as the three earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straight- forward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part IV: The Calmdown.

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part IV too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the 66th birth- day of Jagadguru, Parama Pujya Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. May the unlimited grace of the Revered Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior wellknown scientist was kind to render into English this Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swarniji to enable him in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashramorg. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana " (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana'' and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

  Perface i
  Writer's Appeal iii
  I -SERVE xiv
1 Background 1
2 Valmiki's Narrative Skills 3
3 What Originates and Grows is merely the Mind 7
4 Know that You are not the 'Doer' 11
5 The Song of Saints (Siddha Gita) 12
6 Janaka's Contemplation 22
7 Giving up Desires - Contemplation-based and Wisdom-based Approaches 26
8 The Story of Puny a and Paavana (A Discussion on Relationships) 31
9 The Story of Emperor Bali 38
10 Discussion on Consciousness 45
11 The Story of Prahlada 53
12 The Course of Liberation and Need for Demons 58
13 Residual Impressions of Jivanmuktas 65
14 The Story of Sage Gadhi 70
15 A Disrupted Dream 74
16 Dream Proved to be True 77
17 Which part was Reality and Which Part was Fancy? 81
18 Was not my Dream Exclusively Mine? 87
19 Was it a Dream or Magic? 93
20 Gadhi's Story Revisited 97
21 Control of Mind is True Meditation 107
22 Story of Uddalaka 111
23 TheYoga of Aum 113
24 The State of "Common Beingness" 119
25 Meditation-centered and Transactioncentered Knowledge 124
26 Black Pepper Seed 128
27 Story of Suraghu 131
28 Could Knowledge be Permanent? 134
29 Story of Bhaasa and Vilaasa 138
30 Attachment Within 139
31 Various Names of Mind 141
32 Ending Mind through Yoga 147
33 Ending Mind through Knowledge 151
34 Similarity of Time and Space 152
35 A Dream within a Dream - Fancy within a Fancy 158
36 Ending Mind with and without Retention of Form 163
37 Seeds of the Tree of Phantasmagoria 165
38 Getting Rid of the Seed of Phantasmagoria 171
39 Review of the Chapter: The Calm Down (Upasama) of Yogavaasishta 176
40 Word Glossary 185

 

Part-V

About The Book

Yogavasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman?

It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of the Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The present volume, “Musings on Yogavaasishta”-V (Nirvana-Liberation-PartI), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavasishta” telecast by Gimini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri ramesam. In it:

The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapter on Liberation (Nirvana-Part I) have been ably condensed and lucidly explained in simple words.

Possible methods of alleviation from the state of bondge and annulment of mind are described through the stories of Bhushunda and others.

A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T. V. for the last four years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the 1st part of the 6th Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part V: Liberation - Part I

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part V too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the Mahasivaratri, 2010. May the unlimited grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist, was kind to render into English this, Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda.ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "J nana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

I am aware that many of the modem scholars who specialized in the history of Samskrut literature prefer to place Yogavasistha Vaa1rniki around 6th or 7th Century C.E. However, I have not studied this area extensively and I am not competent to make coments on this.

Regarding the content of the book, right from the beginning, I followed the commentary "Sri Vaasishta Maharamayana Tatparya Prakasa" of Sri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamy, published in 1937 by Pandurang Jawaji, proprietor of the Nimaya Sagar Press", Bombay. I am deeply indicated to Shri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathiji and I offer my humble salutations to him.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations]! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

  Preface ii
  Writers Appeal v
  About I-SERVE xviii
1 What is Nirvana 1
2 Recapitulating Previous Lessons 5
3 Let me Repeat 8
4 Trinity is Also Within Nescience 11
5 Knowledge is also Part of Ignorance 14
6 Immobile Creatures and Yogis 18
7 Knowledge and Yoga 22
8 Story of Bhusunda 25
9 The Story of Earlier Period 28
10 Events in a Great Dissolution 35
11 I am Untouched by Death 41
12 Ritualistic Vow on Meditation of Praana 42
13 Defintion of Praana and Apaana 47
14 Ritualistic Vow on Life-force 49
15 Ritualistic Vow on Consciousness 54
16 Right Perception 59
17 Sermon By Shiva 62
18 Worshipping Shiva Within the Mind (Shiva M.anasa Puja) 66
19 What is meant by "God"? 68
20 Where does God exist? 74
21 Experiencmg Happiness and Sorrow is a Defect of the Individual 77
22 Oneness comes Only If Duality Exists 83
23 The Concepts of Superimposition and Sublation 88
24 Three Steps 94
25 Rudreswara 98
26 External Worship 101
27 Internal Worship 104
28 Practice of Detachment 108
29 Pure Satvic Mind Wave 112
30 Chitta and Sattva (Mind and Realized residual Mind) 117
31 The Story of Bilwa (Stone Apple) 119
32 The Story of Shila 120
33 The Five Modes of the Origination of Effects 125
34 Nescience Has no Existence 127
35 The Composite of Eight Cities 130
36 Only Two States - Dream and Deep Sleep 134
37 A Quick Review 139
38 The Celestial Song (Bhagavad-Gita 141
39 Four Methods to Attain the Supreme 147
40 Yoga and Skill 152
41 Existence and Non-Existence 159
42 Action and Non-Action 163
43 The Yoga of Non-Attachment 166
44 There is No Death 170
45 Impressions Make up the World 172
46 A Wall Painting without a Wall 176
47 Orientation Required for the Attainment of "Liberation Right in This Life" 182
48 Residual Effects of Action are the Cause for Experiencing the World 186
49 The Story of YatIshwar / The story of Jivata / The Story of hundred Rudras 189
50 Virtuous Impressions are Mightier 195
51 No Difference Between The Creatures of Dream and Wakeful States 200
52 Was the Saint of the Story Real? 202
53 The Silence of Deep Sleep 205
54 Remaining Questions on the Story of Hundred Rudras 208
55 Saankhya and Yoga 209
56 What is Liberation in Brief 212
57 The Story of Bhetala's Questions 215
58 The story of Bhageerath 219
59 To Live Life as It Happens 224
60 The Story of Chuudaala and Sikhidhwaj 227
61 Self-Realization of Chuudaala 229
62 Yogic Accomplishments of Chuudaala 234
63 Significance of Guru's Teaching 238
64 Renunciation by Sikhidwaj 239
65 The Story of Mr. Pot 242
66 The Story of A Gem Stone and A Glass Piece 248
67 The Story of The Mahout 248
68 Sikhidwaj's Complete Renunciation 251
69 Extermination of the Seed that Engenders the Cycle of Births and Deaths 255
70 Testing Sikhidwaj 260
71 Sikhidwaj 's Attainment 266
72 The Sermon Received by Kach 271
73 The Non-Story of the Illusory Man 275
74 The Story of Bhringeeswar 278
75 The Dialogue Between Ikshwaaku and Manu 280
76 Changes in the Nomenclature of the Steps in the Path of Yoga 283
77 The Greatness of a Jnani (A Liberated Individual) 287
78 Process of Ascension on the Path of Yoga 292
79 Sermon Given to Bharadwaj 299
80 Stages in The Practice - Absorption (pravilaapana) 302
81 Renunciation of Rituals -When and By Whom? 311
82 Bringing Back Rama from Samadhi 313
83 Brief Review of Book I of the Chapter: Nirvana 318

 

Part VI

About The Book

Yogavaasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman?

It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The Present Volume, "Musing on Yogavaasistha" - Part VI (Liberation, Book - II), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murty, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and form a part of his lecture on "Yogavaasishta" telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This Volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last eight years as well as the three earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the sixth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part VI: Book II of Nirvana (Liberatioin).

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part VI too and benevolently making it available to the devotees May the unlimited grace of the Revered Guru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable him in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-Serve are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Introduction

The first part of the Chapter: Nirvana of Yogavaasishta (Part V: Book - I) closed with Lord Rama being brought back from his deep meditative state (Samadhl) into the empirical world by Sage Vasishta at the request of Sage Viswamitra. One may infer from the way Sage Valmiki described the entire event that Self- realization happens effortlessly to a fully eligible and mature individual at the completion of a single cycle of Listening (to Scriptural teachings) and Reflection (on what is heard). However, it is possible that a number of doubts and reservations may still continue to persist in the mind of a seeker regarding the attainment of a stable and lasting Realization of the Self. Some of the questions that began answer could be:

Will a Self-realized individual be able to function back again in the phenomenal world or not?

In case (s)he is back in the activities of the world, would his mind lose Identity with Brahman?

Is there a way to abide firmly in Brahman even if the mind of a Self-realized individual happens to dwell on such worldly affairs that are contra to a position of Self- realization?

Sage Viswamitra and other saints and ascetics were undoubtedly happy at Rama attaining Self-realization (Samadhl). Yet they wanted the Sage Vasishta to interrupt Rama's Samadhi state and bring him back into the phenomenal world. What could be the possible reason behind such a request of Sage Viswamitra and others? Could they have wished to botch up the Self-Knowledge of Rama? Or is it possible for one to continue to abide in Brahman though he may be out of Samadhi?

There is an obvious need for clarity to emerge on the above matters.

It is precisely for that reason does Sage Valmiki continue with the Book" of the Chapter: Nirvana. The Sage did deliberate on these issues during the earlier chapters; yet we find a marked difference in the way these matters are raised and then resolved again in this Chapter. The solutions offered in the previous chapters were discussed from the position of an individual who had not as yet attained Self-realization (Samadhl). The current discussions are presented from the viewpoint of a Self-realized man. Sometimes Sage Valmiki repeats in the forthcoming Sargas the very same verses that he talked about in the previous chapters. But he adopts each time a novel way in establishing the point in an argument. Further, he digs deeper into the meaning underlying the stories he illustrated previously and explicates them in a new light. Hence one cannot lightly dismiss the second part of the Chapter: Nirvana as a mere repetition of the past chapters.

Sage Valmiki gives greater importance to the matters of principle and related technical aspects in his deliberations in the Book" of Nirvana. He narrates far fewer stories. As a result, the discourses wear a scriptural hue and may even occasionally seem highly pedantic. We shall, however, try to present here the exposition in as simple a manner as possible.

The discussions between Lord Rama and Sage Vasishta ended in the 126th Sarga of Book I of the Chapter: Nirvana. The next two Sargas (127 and 128) were the description of the dialog between Sage Valmiki and his disciple, Bharadwaj. The dialog takes off with a question posed by Bharadwaj whether Lord Rama had any unresolved issues pending at that stage.

 

Contents

 

  Preface iii
  Writers Appeal v
  About I-Serve xvi
1 Introduction 1
2 Give up all conceptualization 4
3 Renounce all actions 7
4 The story of vidhyadhara 12
5 Renouncing I- consciousness(Ego) 14
6 Insentience doesn't exist 19
7 Universe lies at the center of a Subatomic particle (The story of Indra) 23
8 The External and internal worlds 27
9 Knower of truth and Expert on Truth 30
10 The story of Brahmin Manki 33
11 Does Triad (triputi) apply in the case of Self realization 38
12 Establishing identity after canceling out the contradictory elements 41
13 The happiness of liberation and the happiness of object-dependent experience. 44
14 Practice is a must 45
15 Can a teacher bequeath liberation? 51
16 Meditation on Divinity as One's self 54
17 Develop Detachment 57
18 Samadhi 60
19 Unwise practices of detachment 63
20 Classification of individuals (jlvas) 67
21 Different view points with respect to the World 71
22 Consciousness is all 74
23 The story of Hard Rock 79
24 The Story of Vidhyadhari 83
25 Conversation by consciousness- space forms 86
26 A House at the center of a Rock 89
27 Brahma of the Alien World 92
28 Dissolution of the fundamental Elements 94
29 Disproving the Atheistic Perspective 99
30 Dissolution of the Causal Factors 106
31 The Twin Engines - Creation and Dissolution 109
32 Contact with shiva 112
33 Worlds, Worlds, Everywhere 115
34 Unfolding of Creation 118
35 Unfolding of creation from Yogi's perspective 121
36 I lost my physical body 128
37 Relative strengths of the thoughts 130
38 No gross body even today 133
39 Introduction to the story of Vipaschit 136
40 The story of King Vipaschit 143
41 Desire to see the boundaries of the World in four directions 146
42 If one man becomes four wouldn't they think Alike 150
43 Desire to witness ignorance 153
44 Astronomical information 156
45 The birth of the deer 158
46 Rebirth of King Vipaschit 161
47 The Story of the Corpse 164
48 Birth without a mother 167
49 Are Dreams External or Internal? 169
50 Deep sleep state and Turiya 174
51 Do we all share the same World? 176
52 The Pecking order of Life- Force and the mind 177
53 Wakefulness within a dream 181
54 A Macrocosm Beyond A Macrocosm 185
55 The Sheath of Bliss 187
56 Exploring the Subtle nervous system 189
57 Origination, appearance and beingness 192
58 Back to the Old life 196
59 Collective joys and sorrows 198
60 Dreams are untrue just like the Wakeful World 201
61 The future story of the Ascetic 205
62 The future story of the hunter 209
63 A lesson to the King from the Minister 213
64 King Vipaschit's Birth as a deer 216
65 Techniques to conquer the senses 220
66 Intermingling of Awake, dream and deep sleep states 225
67 The Story of Kundadanta 231
68 Mutually opposing boons and curses 235
69 Ignorance is also Brahman 242
70 Essence of Advaita - A question, Answer session 247
71 The three viewpoints 261
72 Assessment of the student 266
73 The story of the Lumberjacks 271
74 Conduct code in Worldly Transactions for a spiritual Aspirant 273
75 Worshipping the Guru 276
76 Dropping the perceivables 278
77 Questions of King Prajnapti 281
78 Are there Alien Worlds? 293
79 Past life of Rama 297
80 Closure of the Sermon 301
81 Review of the Chapter Nirvana Book II 303
82 Chapterwise Reviews 311
82.1 Review of Vairagya Prakarana (Chapter: Detatchment) 312
82.2 Review of Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana (Chapter: Conduct of a spiritual aspirant) 314
82.3 Review of Utpatti Prakarana (Chapter: Origination) 317
82.4 Review of Stiti Prakarana (Chapter: Sustanance) 320
82.5 Review of Upasama Prakarana (Chapter: The Calm Down) 326
82.6 Review of Nirvana Prakarana- Purvaartha (Chapter: Nirvana Book I) 333
82.7 Review of Nirvana Prakarana -Uttaraartha (Chapter: Nirvana, Book II) 339
83 Word Glossary 340

 

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Part-I

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings of Yogavaasishta” – 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

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 Vasishta 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 Yogavasishta in the book from in Telugu first with the encouragement of the Neuland Labs Chief, Dr. 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 Swaniji.

My humble obeisance to Sri Swamiji for making me an instrument again in this service, In the series of Sri Guru Gita’. ‘Jnaana Sagar’ and ‘Katha saagar’ volume 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 I 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 the matter in parts even as Mr. Y. Bhaskar, Lecturer in Computer Science, Progressive Degree College, Hyderabad.

 

Contents

 

  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 24
15 Ego 25
16 Mind 27
17 Trishna 28
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 37-182
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 Spaces 56
8 What is Subtle? 57
9 Sky is also a matter 58
10 Pervas ive ness 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: A Word of Solace 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 bin 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 liberation? 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

 

Part-II

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings of Yogavaasishta” – 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

Author’s Note

My series of lectures on Yogavaasishta, since the last two years, in Gemini T. V. has reached the hearts of many listeners of varied classes, bringing satisfaction to these aspirants in philosophy. It is much more heartening to people like me, who are earnestly desiring always to bring this profound subject to within the comprehensible reach of common man.

Dr. D. R. Rao and Smt. Vijaya has brought out these lectures on the first two chapters as Yogavaasishta Hridayam - Part I in Telugu during 2002 and its English version as Musings on Yogavaasishta - Part I during 2003; the second part of telugu version during 2004. But for their resolution, my indolence would have been victorious.

Subjective wise, this second part is more profound than the first part. The chapter on creation only has to be brought out as this work. The chapters on creation, existence and quietitude, when assumed as a single bunch, this chapter on creation becomes or forms the vital core of that bunch.

Who will believe this chapter that is loudly broadcasting that this world do not exist at all from metaphysical aspect? Who will understand Valmiki Maharshi's intricate logical arguments or discussions brought out or made through Vasishta Maharshi? How far the modern intelligentsia that has been brought up the modem scientific background or base can understand this? - The feedback given to me through some listeners of ultra modem culture and NRIs has shown me that all such sceptical thoughts are baseless imaginations only. To express my hearty satisfaction over this feedback, two such impressions are enclosed herewith.

Science is logic. Philosophy is also logic. That is one branch.

This is another branch. It is not a difficult task to move from one branch to another, once you climbed the tree. To prove that one who has studied the modem sciences with a razor sharp intelligence can also understand philosophy that has been conveyed logically, these two letters are enclosed herewith. That is why, I am not conveying my special gratitude to them. I am congratulating all such intelligentsia, silently, within myself.

The preface given in the first part is also added in this with the hope that it will help the reader to have a better comprehension of the original version.

I was also a listener to these lectures! A reader to these musings!! There is someone else who is giving these lectures from inside me and also writing these musings!!! I pray my Sadguru Sri Ganapathi Satchidananda Swamiji to grant the compassion of that 'Self' to all of us as our 'self-experience'.

 

Contents

 

1 Author's Note i
2 Writer's Appeal iii
3 Opinion xiv-xviii
4 Vutpatti Prakarana 1
5 Space and Time 2
6 When did this Creation took place? 4
7 Maya is 'Plus' 5
8 Real Thing + Thought = Hiranyagarbha 7
9 The King from the Dream 9
10 King from the dream Vs You - You Vs Hiranyagarbha 12
11 Story of Aakaasaja 15
12 This Wakeful World is also a Mental Kindgom 18
13 Mind's Form 21
14 Dream in a Dream 22
15 Means to Attain Self-knowledge 25
16 Parabrahma Himself Is The Bonded Soul 28
17 The Real Form of Paramaathma 29
18 Obstructions to Real Knowledge 31
19 Characteristics of Jeevanmuktha 33
20 Characteristics of Videhamuktha 34
21 This World is Never Born 36
22 Parabrahma's Form has Two Types of Configurations 38
23 Order of Creation 42
24 Events as told in 13th subchapter 44
25 Wakeful World, Individual Soul, Hiranyagarbha all are Thought Forms only 46
26 Story of Leela 49
27 Three Spaces 50
28 Definition of the Space of Consciousness 52
29 Experiencing the Space of Consciousness 53
30 Which is Real? 55
31 Story of Pavillion 58
32 Story of Vasishta Brahmana 58
33 The Kingdom Is In That Small Hut 59
34 A YugalsInASecond 61
35 Remin iscence- Rernemberance- Illus ion 61
36 Is 'Cause-Effect' relationship Real? 65
37 Aathivaahika Sareera 66
38 Remedy for Ignorance is Inquiry into Real Thing 69
39 Detachment without Real Knowledge is Useless 71
40 All the Worlds are present in that Room only 72
41 Power to fulfill the intention (Satyasankalpa Siddhi) 73
42 Leela's Past Births 76
43 Leela's Brahmin Birth 78
44 Universes in the Chidaakaasa 79
45 Earth's Gravity - A Theory 81
46 War 84
47 Body and World - Both are Mental Creations ony 85
48 Matter - Experience - Rememberance 88
49 Future Birth is present in the Last Minute of this Birth 90
50 Mithya is that which is neither real nor false 94
51 Real Beings or Mirror Reflections? 98
52 Padma Leela - Vidhooratha Leela 102
53 Vidhooratha's Journey 104
54 Gross World Is Also A Reminiscient 108
55 Curses - Boons - Their Effects 109
56 Who Determines the Joys and Sorrows of the Individual souls? 111
57 The Process of Vital Forces Leaving the Body 114
58 What Is Death? 116
59 Modus Operendi of Rebirth or Re-embodiment 118
60 Twists in the discussions so far 120
61 Path of reminiscences 122
62 Effects of performing last rites 124
63 Realized Souls have Subtle bodies only 127
64 Resurrection of Kind Padma 130
65 Analysis on the Story of Leela 134
66 Vasishta's Analysis on the Story of Leela 138
67 Are These Times Inter-convertible 140
68 Niyathi + Human Effort = God's Will 143
69 How did the Individual Soul get its Existence? 145
70 Illusion - Action of Illusion - Liberation 148
71 Story of Soochika, The needle shaped Demon 152
72 Second Penance of Soochika 154
73 Enigmatic Questions 158
74 An Angel in the Demon 166
75 Worshipping Realized Souls Always Fulfills All Desires 168
76 Birth and Death are due to Imagination only 170
77 Retrospection on the Story of Karkati 174
78 Story of Indava 177
79 Story of Another Indra and Ahalya 182
80 This Body and World are the precipitation of Mind only 184
81 Real Nature of Mind 186
82 Varieties of Bodies 188
83 Doer and Action - are not different 192
84 Explanation of the Chart 196
85 It is sufficient, if the mind disappears or the action 199
86 Mind - It's Names 202
87 Mind Is both Inert and Active 205
88 Story of Mind (Chittopakhyaana) 209
89 Inner Meanings in the Story of Mind 210
90 Story of the Child 214
91 Story of Lavana (Story of Magic) 215
92 Life in the Illusory Tribal World 217
93 Order of Conquering the Mind 220
94 Further Story of Lavana 223
95 Definition of the Real Form of One's Self 224
96 Stages in the State of Ignorance 226
97 States in Wisdom 228
98 Awareness of 'I' (Aham Sphurana) is like a ring of gold 231
99 Third part in the Story of Lavana 233

 

Part-III

About The Book

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 Supreme-self.

It is a correlation 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 Vidyaadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore in the form of his “Musings on Yogavaasishta – III (Sustanance)” 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 “Yogavaasistha”.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last four years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRls, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part III: Sustenance. I originally intended to bring out a book combining the fourth (Sthiti) and fifth (Upasamana) chapters together. However, readers desired that the fourth chapter should be brought out as a publication as the discourse on that chapter was completed and waiting for the completion of the next chapter would delay the publication. So this volume, small in size but robust in content, is now printed.

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part III too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the 64th birthday of Jagadguru, Parama Pujya Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. May the unlimited grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this third Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. Dr. V.S.R. Moorty, a reputed chemical Engineer and a Philosopher has kindly gone through the draft version. May both of them and their families be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Ynana" and experiential understanding of the same as vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana ". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Juana manifests as "vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

1 Preface i
2 Writer's Appeal iv
3 I-S.E.R.V.E xv
4 Intrinsic Property 1
5 Transient or Assumed Property 1
6 Chapter on Sustenance opens 4
7 Seed and Plant 6
8 Bhargavopakhyana 9
9 Though Present Here Roaming Elsewhere 11
10 Original Body 14
11 Death's teaching 15
12 Extra Body 19
13 There lies the Old Body 20
14 Back to the Old Body 22
15 Cremation of his Own Body 23
16 Truthful Attainment of Thoughts 26
17 Dream Army of Soldiers 28
18 Do Two Mental Constructs Meet 29
19 Four States 30
20 Mind is the Root cause of the States 33
21 Different Theories 35
a. Kapila Philosophy 37
b. Vedanta Philosophy 37
c. Vijnana Philosophy (Buddhism) 38
d. Aarhata Philosophy 38
22 Seven Steps for Purification of Mind 39
23 Daama - Vyaala - Kata Upakhyana 42
24 Brahma's Advise 45
25 Aping the Gods 46
26 Non Existent - Existence 49
27 We are Equally Illusory 52
28 Continuation of Dama - Vyaala Kata Story 54
29 The Three Egoisms 56
30 Bhima, Bhaasa and Dridha 59
31 Revisiting the Story 62
32 Non Existing World Gets Existence 71
33 What is Doership? 73
34 Causes of Distress 75
35 Origination of Individuals 78
36 Play of Words 80
37 Descent of Jiva 82
38 Myriads of Hiranyagarbhas 85
39 Daasura Upakhyana 87
40 A Story in a Story 91
41 Empty the mind 95
42 Scriptural Discussion 99
43 Annihilation of Impressions 102
44 From Subtelity to Grossness 105
45 Summary of Part - III -Sustenance 106
46 Glossary 112

 

Part-IV

About The Book

Yogavassishta is treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to question like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman? It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The present volume, “Musings on Yogavaasishta” –IV (The Calm Down), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavaasishta” telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam. In it:

The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapters on The Calm Down (Upasama) have been ably condensed and lucidly explained in simple worlds.

Possible methods of alleviation from the state of Bondage and annulment of mind are described through the stories of Janaka, Bali, Prahlada, Uddlaka, Gadhi, Suraghu, Parigha and others.

A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T. V. for the last five years as well as the three earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straight- forward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part IV: The Calmdown.

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part IV too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the 66th birth- day of Jagadguru, Parama Pujya Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji. May the unlimited grace of the Revered Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior wellknown scientist was kind to render into English this Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swarniji to enable him in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashramorg. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana " (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana'' and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

  Perface i
  Writer's Appeal iii
  I -SERVE xiv
1 Background 1
2 Valmiki's Narrative Skills 3
3 What Originates and Grows is merely the Mind 7
4 Know that You are not the 'Doer' 11
5 The Song of Saints (Siddha Gita) 12
6 Janaka's Contemplation 22
7 Giving up Desires - Contemplation-based and Wisdom-based Approaches 26
8 The Story of Puny a and Paavana (A Discussion on Relationships) 31
9 The Story of Emperor Bali 38
10 Discussion on Consciousness 45
11 The Story of Prahlada 53
12 The Course of Liberation and Need for Demons 58
13 Residual Impressions of Jivanmuktas 65
14 The Story of Sage Gadhi 70
15 A Disrupted Dream 74
16 Dream Proved to be True 77
17 Which part was Reality and Which Part was Fancy? 81
18 Was not my Dream Exclusively Mine? 87
19 Was it a Dream or Magic? 93
20 Gadhi's Story Revisited 97
21 Control of Mind is True Meditation 107
22 Story of Uddalaka 111
23 TheYoga of Aum 113
24 The State of "Common Beingness" 119
25 Meditation-centered and Transactioncentered Knowledge 124
26 Black Pepper Seed 128
27 Story of Suraghu 131
28 Could Knowledge be Permanent? 134
29 Story of Bhaasa and Vilaasa 138
30 Attachment Within 139
31 Various Names of Mind 141
32 Ending Mind through Yoga 147
33 Ending Mind through Knowledge 151
34 Similarity of Time and Space 152
35 A Dream within a Dream - Fancy within a Fancy 158
36 Ending Mind with and without Retention of Form 163
37 Seeds of the Tree of Phantasmagoria 165
38 Getting Rid of the Seed of Phantasmagoria 171
39 Review of the Chapter: The Calm Down (Upasama) of Yogavaasishta 176
40 Word Glossary 185

 

Part-V

About The Book

Yogavasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman?

It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of the Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The present volume, “Musings on Yogavaasishta”-V (Nirvana-Liberation-PartI), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavasishta” telecast by Gimini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri ramesam. In it:

The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapter on Liberation (Nirvana-Part I) have been ably condensed and lucidly explained in simple words.

Possible methods of alleviation from the state of bondge and annulment of mind are described through the stories of Bhushunda and others.

A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T. V. for the last four years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the 1st part of the 6th Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part V: Liberation - Part I

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part V too and benevolently making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the Mahasivaratri, 2010. May the unlimited grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist, was kind to render into English this, Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda.ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "J nana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

I am aware that many of the modem scholars who specialized in the history of Samskrut literature prefer to place Yogavasistha Vaa1rniki around 6th or 7th Century C.E. However, I have not studied this area extensively and I am not competent to make coments on this.

Regarding the content of the book, right from the beginning, I followed the commentary "Sri Vaasishta Maharamayana Tatparya Prakasa" of Sri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamy, published in 1937 by Pandurang Jawaji, proprietor of the Nimaya Sagar Press", Bombay. I am deeply indicated to Shri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathiji and I offer my humble salutations to him.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations]! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Contents

 

  Preface ii
  Writers Appeal v
  About I-SERVE xviii
1 What is Nirvana 1
2 Recapitulating Previous Lessons 5
3 Let me Repeat 8
4 Trinity is Also Within Nescience 11
5 Knowledge is also Part of Ignorance 14
6 Immobile Creatures and Yogis 18
7 Knowledge and Yoga 22
8 Story of Bhusunda 25
9 The Story of Earlier Period 28
10 Events in a Great Dissolution 35
11 I am Untouched by Death 41
12 Ritualistic Vow on Meditation of Praana 42
13 Defintion of Praana and Apaana 47
14 Ritualistic Vow on Life-force 49
15 Ritualistic Vow on Consciousness 54
16 Right Perception 59
17 Sermon By Shiva 62
18 Worshipping Shiva Within the Mind (Shiva M.anasa Puja) 66
19 What is meant by "God"? 68
20 Where does God exist? 74
21 Experiencmg Happiness and Sorrow is a Defect of the Individual 77
22 Oneness comes Only If Duality Exists 83
23 The Concepts of Superimposition and Sublation 88
24 Three Steps 94
25 Rudreswara 98
26 External Worship 101
27 Internal Worship 104
28 Practice of Detachment 108
29 Pure Satvic Mind Wave 112
30 Chitta and Sattva (Mind and Realized residual Mind) 117
31 The Story of Bilwa (Stone Apple) 119
32 The Story of Shila 120
33 The Five Modes of the Origination of Effects 125
34 Nescience Has no Existence 127
35 The Composite of Eight Cities 130
36 Only Two States - Dream and Deep Sleep 134
37 A Quick Review 139
38 The Celestial Song (Bhagavad-Gita 141
39 Four Methods to Attain the Supreme 147
40 Yoga and Skill 152
41 Existence and Non-Existence 159
42 Action and Non-Action 163
43 The Yoga of Non-Attachment 166
44 There is No Death 170
45 Impressions Make up the World 172
46 A Wall Painting without a Wall 176
47 Orientation Required for the Attainment of "Liberation Right in This Life" 182
48 Residual Effects of Action are the Cause for Experiencing the World 186
49 The Story of YatIshwar / The story of Jivata / The Story of hundred Rudras 189
50 Virtuous Impressions are Mightier 195
51 No Difference Between The Creatures of Dream and Wakeful States 200
52 Was the Saint of the Story Real? 202
53 The Silence of Deep Sleep 205
54 Remaining Questions on the Story of Hundred Rudras 208
55 Saankhya and Yoga 209
56 What is Liberation in Brief 212
57 The Story of Bhetala's Questions 215
58 The story of Bhageerath 219
59 To Live Life as It Happens 224
60 The Story of Chuudaala and Sikhidhwaj 227
61 Self-Realization of Chuudaala 229
62 Yogic Accomplishments of Chuudaala 234
63 Significance of Guru's Teaching 238
64 Renunciation by Sikhidwaj 239
65 The Story of Mr. Pot 242
66 The Story of A Gem Stone and A Glass Piece 248
67 The Story of The Mahout 248
68 Sikhidwaj's Complete Renunciation 251
69 Extermination of the Seed that Engenders the Cycle of Births and Deaths 255
70 Testing Sikhidwaj 260
71 Sikhidwaj 's Attainment 266
72 The Sermon Received by Kach 271
73 The Non-Story of the Illusory Man 275
74 The Story of Bhringeeswar 278
75 The Dialogue Between Ikshwaaku and Manu 280
76 Changes in the Nomenclature of the Steps in the Path of Yoga 283
77 The Greatness of a Jnani (A Liberated Individual) 287
78 Process of Ascension on the Path of Yoga 292
79 Sermon Given to Bharadwaj 299
80 Stages in The Practice - Absorption (pravilaapana) 302
81 Renunciation of Rituals -When and By Whom? 311
82 Bringing Back Rama from Samadhi 313
83 Brief Review of Book I of the Chapter: Nirvana 318

 

Part VI

About The Book

Yogavaasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answer to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of existence? What is Brahman?

It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.

The Present Volume, "Musing on Yogavaasistha" - Part VI (Liberation, Book - II), is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murty, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and form a part of his lecture on "Yogavaasishta" telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This Volume is a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam.

 

Preface

The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last eight years as well as the three earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of the world.

I present to you now the book on the sixth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part VI: Book II of Nirvana (Liberatioin).

Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part VI too and benevolently making it available to the devotees May the unlimited grace of the Revered Guru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!

Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this Part of the series, diligently going through each of the words with me for clarity for readers in English. May he and his family be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable him in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!

We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website: www.omkarananda-ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.

Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as "Jnana" and experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person to liberation as "Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense, "Vijnana" itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as "Vijnana" and both knowledge and realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (1- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-Serve are appended to this Preface.

I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I - Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from this.

As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these compilations!! It is some One residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!! I pray to our Reverend Guru Shri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!

 

Introduction

The first part of the Chapter: Nirvana of Yogavaasishta (Part V: Book - I) closed with Lord Rama being brought back from his deep meditative state (Samadhl) into the empirical world by Sage Vasishta at the request of Sage Viswamitra. One may infer from the way Sage Valmiki described the entire event that Self- realization happens effortlessly to a fully eligible and mature individual at the completion of a single cycle of Listening (to Scriptural teachings) and Reflection (on what is heard). However, it is possible that a number of doubts and reservations may still continue to persist in the mind of a seeker regarding the attainment of a stable and lasting Realization of the Self. Some of the questions that began answer could be:

Will a Self-realized individual be able to function back again in the phenomenal world or not?

In case (s)he is back in the activities of the world, would his mind lose Identity with Brahman?

Is there a way to abide firmly in Brahman even if the mind of a Self-realized individual happens to dwell on such worldly affairs that are contra to a position of Self- realization?

Sage Viswamitra and other saints and ascetics were undoubtedly happy at Rama attaining Self-realization (Samadhl). Yet they wanted the Sage Vasishta to interrupt Rama's Samadhi state and bring him back into the phenomenal world. What could be the possible reason behind such a request of Sage Viswamitra and others? Could they have wished to botch up the Self-Knowledge of Rama? Or is it possible for one to continue to abide in Brahman though he may be out of Samadhi?

There is an obvious need for clarity to emerge on the above matters.

It is precisely for that reason does Sage Valmiki continue with the Book" of the Chapter: Nirvana. The Sage did deliberate on these issues during the earlier chapters; yet we find a marked difference in the way these matters are raised and then resolved again in this Chapter. The solutions offered in the previous chapters were discussed from the position of an individual who had not as yet attained Self-realization (Samadhl). The current discussions are presented from the viewpoint of a Self-realized man. Sometimes Sage Valmiki repeats in the forthcoming Sargas the very same verses that he talked about in the previous chapters. But he adopts each time a novel way in establishing the point in an argument. Further, he digs deeper into the meaning underlying the stories he illustrated previously and explicates them in a new light. Hence one cannot lightly dismiss the second part of the Chapter: Nirvana as a mere repetition of the past chapters.

Sage Valmiki gives greater importance to the matters of principle and related technical aspects in his deliberations in the Book" of Nirvana. He narrates far fewer stories. As a result, the discourses wear a scriptural hue and may even occasionally seem highly pedantic. We shall, however, try to present here the exposition in as simple a manner as possible.

The discussions between Lord Rama and Sage Vasishta ended in the 126th Sarga of Book I of the Chapter: Nirvana. The next two Sargas (127 and 128) were the description of the dialog between Sage Valmiki and his disciple, Bharadwaj. The dialog takes off with a question posed by Bharadwaj whether Lord Rama had any unresolved issues pending at that stage.

 

Contents

 

  Preface iii
  Writers Appeal v
  About I-Serve xvi
1 Introduction 1
2 Give up all conceptualization 4
3 Renounce all actions 7
4 The story of vidhyadhara 12
5 Renouncing I- consciousness(Ego) 14
6 Insentience doesn't exist 19
7 Universe lies at the center of a Subatomic particle (The story of Indra) 23
8 The External and internal worlds 27
9 Knower of truth and Expert on Truth 30
10 The story of Brahmin Manki 33
11 Does Triad (triputi) apply in the case of Self realization 38
12 Establishing identity after canceling out the contradictory elements 41
13 The happiness of liberation and the happiness of object-dependent experience. 44
14 Practice is a must 45
15 Can a teacher bequeath liberation? 51
16 Meditation on Divinity as One's self 54
17 Develop Detachment 57
18 Samadhi 60
19 Unwise practices of detachment 63
20 Classification of individuals (jlvas) 67
21 Different view points with respect to the World 71
22 Consciousness is all 74
23 The story of Hard Rock 79
24 The Story of Vidhyadhari 83
25 Conversation by consciousness- space forms 86
26 A House at the center of a Rock 89
27 Brahma of the Alien World 92
28 Dissolution of the fundamental Elements 94
29 Disproving the Atheistic Perspective 99
30 Dissolution of the Causal Factors 106
31 The Twin Engines - Creation and Dissolution 109
32 Contact with shiva 112
33 Worlds, Worlds, Everywhere 115
34 Unfolding of Creation 118
35 Unfolding of creation from Yogi's perspective 121
36 I lost my physical body 128
37 Relative strengths of the thoughts 130
38 No gross body even today 133
39 Introduction to the story of Vipaschit 136
40 The story of King Vipaschit 143
41 Desire to see the boundaries of the World in four directions 146
42 If one man becomes four wouldn't they think Alike 150
43 Desire to witness ignorance 153
44 Astronomical information 156
45 The birth of the deer 158
46 Rebirth of King Vipaschit 161
47 The Story of the Corpse 164
48 Birth without a mother 167
49 Are Dreams External or Internal? 169
50 Deep sleep state and Turiya 174
51 Do we all share the same World? 176
52 The Pecking order of Life- Force and the mind 177
53 Wakefulness within a dream 181
54 A Macrocosm Beyond A Macrocosm 185
55 The Sheath of Bliss 187
56 Exploring the Subtle nervous system 189
57 Origination, appearance and beingness 192
58 Back to the Old life 196
59 Collective joys and sorrows 198
60 Dreams are untrue just like the Wakeful World 201
61 The future story of the Ascetic 205
62 The future story of the hunter 209
63 A lesson to the King from the Minister 213
64 King Vipaschit's Birth as a deer 216
65 Techniques to conquer the senses 220
66 Intermingling of Awake, dream and deep sleep states 225
67 The Story of Kundadanta 231
68 Mutually opposing boons and curses 235
69 Ignorance is also Brahman 242
70 Essence of Advaita - A question, Answer session 247
71 The three viewpoints 261
72 Assessment of the student 266
73 The story of the Lumberjacks 271
74 Conduct code in Worldly Transactions for a spiritual Aspirant 273
75 Worshipping the Guru 276
76 Dropping the perceivables 278
77 Questions of King Prajnapti 281
78 Are there Alien Worlds? 293
79 Past life of Rama 297
80 Closure of the Sermon 301
81 Review of the Chapter Nirvana Book II 303
82 Chapterwise Reviews 311
82.1 Review of Vairagya Prakarana (Chapter: Detatchment) 312
82.2 Review of Mumukshu Vyavahara Prakarana (Chapter: Conduct of a spiritual aspirant) 314
82.3 Review of Utpatti Prakarana (Chapter: Origination) 317
82.4 Review of Stiti Prakarana (Chapter: Sustanance) 320
82.5 Review of Upasama Prakarana (Chapter: The Calm Down) 326
82.6 Review of Nirvana Prakarana- Purvaartha (Chapter: Nirvana Book I) 333
82.7 Review of Nirvana Prakarana -Uttaraartha (Chapter: Nirvana, Book II) 339
83 Word Glossary 340

 

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