Author: Swami DhiresanandaTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): Swami SarvadevanandaPublisher: Sri Ramakrishna MathYear: 2014Language: multilingualPages: 362ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178236155
The Yoga-Vasistha is a highly favored book of great souls who are engaged in the practice of Vedanta. It is a book that they hear recited frequently and reflect on with deep reverence.The Bengali text Yoga Vasistha Sarah, translated and with commentary by Swami Dhiresananda, is superb and unique. Swami Dhiresananda’s explanations, based on his own deep understanding and on what he heard from various highly illumined souls of the Himalayas, carry a charm which not only satisfies the intellect, but touches the heart… Swami Vivekananda, teaching at Thousand Island Park, said, “Obey the scriptures until you are strong enough to do without them; then go beyond them.” The Yoga Vasistha has been the beloved text of so many of the sages… In this important book we now have access in English to an important contemporary commentary on the wisdom of the Yoga Vasistha. By showing the ever-changing nature of appearance through fables and spell-binding tales, the text brings us ever closer to an appreciation of the consciousness that observes and witnesses all things.The Yoga Vasistha is a popular Advaitic text, which explains the precepts of Advaita philosophy in form of a dialogue between Sri Rama and his preceptor Sage Vasistha. Years later, an anonymous learned scholar wrote Yoga Vasishtha Sara with 223 verses, a smaller treatise that contains only the essential philosophical conclusions of the original text.Swami Sarvadevananda, a senior monk of Ramakrishna Order, has faithfully translated Swami Dhiresananda’s book into English and has titled it as Nectar of Supreme Knowledge.