Author: Swami SivanandaPublisher: Divine Life SocietyYear: 2013Language: EnglishPages: 149ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170520339
It is the Crest-jewel of all the works on Vedanta. It is a masterpiece. A study of the book raises a man to the lofty heights of divine splendour and bliss. It is really a vast store of wisdom. Those who practise Atma Chintana or Brahma Abhyasa or Vedantic Meditation will find a priceless treasure in this marvellous book. He who studies the book with great interest and one-pointedness of mind cannot go without attaining Self-realisation. The practical hints on Sadhana are unique. Even the most worldly-minded man will become dispassionate and will attain peace of mind, solace and consolations. The name is derived from the Sage Vasishtha. Though the book is called Yoga Vasishtha, it treats of Jnana only. Practical Yoga is dealt with in two stories. The world “Yoga” is used in the title of this work in its generic sense. It is known by the name Jnana Vasishtham also. The Yoga Vasishtha Contains a system of ancient philosophical thought unique in its kind. This is a valuable heritage from the hoary past of this sacred land known as Bharatavarsha or Aryavarta. The system of thought that is presented in this book is a highly valuable contribution not only to Indian philosophical thought but also to the philosophical thought of the world at large.
Introduction I. Hastamalaka Stotra II. Para PujaIII. Essence of Yoga Vasishtha Prologue 1. Vairagya Prakarana(On Dispassion) i. The Story of Sukadeva 2. Mumukshu Prakarana (On Longing for Liberation) 3. Utpatti Prakarana (On Creation) ii. The Story of Karkati iii. The Story of Indra and Ahalyaiv. A Tale for a Bala v. The Story of a Siddha 4. Sthiti Prakarana (On Existence) vi. The Story of Sukravii. The Story of Bhima, Bhasa and Dridha 5. Upasanti Prakarana (On Dissolution) viii. The Story of King Janaka ix. The Story of Gadhi x. The Story of Uddalaka xi. The Story of Bhasa and Vilasa xii. The Story of Veetahavya 6. Nirvana Prakarana (On Liberation) xiii. The Story of the Bilva Fruit xiv. The Story of Sikhidhwaja xv. The Story of Ikshwaku 7. Appendixxvi. Sri Satya Narayana Vrata xvii. Realisation of the Ultimate Reality xviii. Prayers and Songs xix. The Universal Prayer xx. Invocatory Prayer xxi. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra xxii. Kirtans xxiii. Song of Instructionsxxiv. Song of Eighteen “Ities”xxv. Song of Ethics xxvi. Yoga of Synthesis xxvii. Essence of Vedanta xxviii. Song of Moderation xxix. Saints of India xxx. Saints of the World.