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The Essence of Yogavasishta   (Sanskirt Text+English Translation)
The Essence of Yogavasishta (Sanskirt Text+English Translation)

The Essence of Yogavasishta (Sanskirt Text+English Translation)

by Sri Jnanananda Bharati

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English

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Samata Books/Advaita

ISBN

9788185208145 - Year: 2013 - Pages: 344

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Hardcover

Sri Jnanananda Bharati
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Author: Sri Jnanananda Bharati
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Samvid
Publisher: Samata Books/Advaita
Year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 344
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788185208145

Description

Yogavaasishtha or Yogavaasishtha Maharamayana is reputed to consist of 32,000 slokas. According to the late Sri Bhagavan Das, Pandit Vrndavana Sarasvata of Benares who passed away in the year 1905 had read through this great work 165 times "and the work consists of 64,000 lines" i.e. 32,000 slokas. However, the printed editions consist of nearly 28,000 slokas. The complete edition is perhaps available in private collections.

It is not easy to condense such a great Book of Vedanta, often referred to in appreciative terms, by Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and other sages and scholars. There is an abridgement known as Laghu Yogavasishtha consisting of 6000 slokas. Sri Vasishthasangraha which forms the text of this publication is a condensation of the original in 1698 slokas. Sri Swami Jnanananda Bharathi who made this compilation, maintaining the continuity and retaining the flow of the teaching, must have read the Yogavasishtha several times and mastered it, as a perusal of the work will show.

THE ESSENCE OF YOGAVAASISHTHA, the fifth book in the Samata Series of Spirirutal Classics, meets the felt need of many seekers of knowledge in India and abroad. The language of the text as of other scriptural texts in Sanskrit is as simple as the thought is subtle and inspiring.

Contents

Contents

Key to Transsliteration of Samskrta Words and Pronunciation

Introduction

I. THE DEJECTION OF SREE RAAMA:
1. The Question of Bharadvaaja
2. The Arrival of Visvaamitra
3. Life is Full of Sorrow
4. The Stages of Life are Painful
5. The Might of Time

II. THE BEGINNING OF THE TEACHING:
1. The Story of Suka
2. Mental Impression is Twofold
3. Guardians of the Entrance to Liberation

III. THE MANNER OF ORIGIN:
1. The Nature of Bondage
2. The World Consists of the Mind
3. The Characteristic of One Who is Liberated while Living
4. The Nature of Brahman or the Supreme Spirit

IV. THE STORY OF LEELAA:
1. The Attainment of the Boon from the Goddess
2. The Early History
3. The Practice of (The Realization of) Brahman or the Supreme Spirit
4. The Following Story
5. The Return

V. THE STORY OF SOOCHEE:
1. The Austerity of Soochee
2. The Question Posed by Soochee
3. Answering the Queries of Soochee

VI. THE POWER OF THOUGHT:
1. The Story of Aindava
2. The Story of a Sensualist
3. The Story of the Mind
4. The Story of the Child

VII. THE STORY OR LAVANA:
1. The Delusion Caused by the Juggler
2. The Delusion of Worldly Existence
3. Degrees of Spiritual Ignorance
4. The Steps of Knowledge
5. The Majesty (or Power) of Nescience (or Spiritual Ignorance)

VIII. THE STORY OF BHAARGAVA:
1. Bhaargava's "Kingdom of the Fancy" (Castle in the Air)
2. Awakening of Bhaargava (or Sukra, the Son of Bhrgu)
3. The Washing of the Impurities of the Mind

IX. THE STORY OF DAAMA AND OTHERS:
1. The Rise of Ego
2. Ego is of Three Kinds
3. The State Free from Mental Impressions
4. The Manifestation of the Individual Soul

X. THE STORY OF DAASOORA:
1. The Manner (or Order) of Creation
2. The Austerity of Daasoora
3. The Awakening of the Son
4. The Power of Ideation
5. The Renunciation of Mental Impressions

XI. THE STORY OF JANAKA:
1. The Hearing of the Song of the Sages
2. The Awakening of Janaka
3. The Renunciation of Mental Impressions is of Two Kinds
4. Conviction is of Four Kinds
5. The Conversation of Punya and Paavana

XII. THE STORY OF BALI:
1. The Dejection of Bali
2. The Instruction by the Father
3. The Instruction by Sukra

XIII. THE STORY OF PRAHLAADA:
1. The Satisfaction of God Hari
2. The Inquiry into the Self
3. The Awakening by Hari

XIV. THE STORY OF GAADHI:
1. Seeing Himself as One of a Degraded Caste (or Dog-Feeder)
2. The Reality of What was Seen Falsely
3. The Teaching of the Lord

XV. THE STORY OF UDDAALAKA:
1. The Expectation of Repose
2. Inner Investigation
3. The Attainment of Identity with Being or Existence
4. The Supreme Repose

XVI. THE STORY OF SURAGHU:
1. Coolness Within
2. The Teaching of Maandavya
3. The Conversation with Parigha
4. Lifting up One's Own Self

XVII. THE MANNER OF DESTRUCTION OF THE MIND:
1. The Conversation between Bhaasa and Vilaasa
2. Close Attachment
3. The Conduct of Those Liberated while Living
4. The Control of the Movements of the Mind

XVIII. THE STORY OF VEETAHAVYA:
1. The Control of the Movement of Praana (or the Vital Air)
2. The Contemplation of the Mind
3. The State of Aloneness or Final Liberation
4. The Two Kinds of Disappearance of the Mind

XIX. THE QUENCHING (OR THE CALMING) OF THE MIND:
1. The Two Seeds (or Prime Causes) of the Mind
2. Absence of Knowing (or Experiencing)
3. The Three Means
4. Destruction of the Mind and Others
5. The Investigation into the Nature of the Supreme Spirit

XX. CONTEMPLATION OF THE SELF THAT IS PURE CONSCIOUSNESS:
1. The Cause of Delusion
2. The Division of Spiritual Ignorance
3. The Method of Scrutiny
4. The Two Kinds of Yoga

XXI. THE STORY OF BHUSUNDA:
1. The Origin of Bhusunda
2. Continuance through the Ends of World-Cycles
3. Wonderful (or Varied) Experience
4. Reflection on Praana (or Vital Air or Bio-energy)
5. The Cause of Long Life

XXII. THE MANNER OF WORSHIPPING THE DEITY:
1. The Question on the Manner
2. The Self is the Highest Deity
3. The Method of Worship

XXIII. THE GLORY OF THE POWER OF PURE CONSCIOUSNESS:
1. The Story of the Bilva Fruit
2. The Story of the Great Rock
3. The Story of Arjuna
4. The Story of a Mendicant

XXIV. THE STORY OF BHAGEERATHA:
1. The Silence of Sushupti (or Profound Repose)
2. The Story of a Goblin
3. The Means of Knowledge
4. The Repose of the Mind

XXV. THE GLORY OF CHOODAALAA:
1. The Rise of Knowledge
2. Kundalinee (The Potential Bio-energy in Living Beings)
3. Diseases of the Mind and Body
4. Supernatural Powers like Animan
5. The Need for Instruction

XXVI. THE PENANCE OF SIKHIDHVAJA:
1. The Dwelling in the Forest
2. The Assumption of the Form of Kumbha by Choodaalaa
3. The Story of Chintaamani, the Wish-fulfilling Gem
4. The Story of the Elephant

XXVII. THE TEACHING OF CHOODAALAA:
1. The Complete Renunciation
2. The Method of Renunciation of the Mind (or the Giving up of Thoughts)
3. The Certain Knowledge (or Fixity in Meditation) of Sikhidhvaja
4. The Awakening of Sikhidhvaja

XXVIII. THE TEST OF SIKHIDHVAJA:
1. The Womanhood of Kumbha during the Night
2. Allurement
3. The Clearing up (of the Situation) by Choodaalaa
4. Coronation in his Kingdom

XXIX. LIVING IN THE FULLNESS OF CONSCIOUSNESS:
1. The Story of Kacha
2. The Story of the Unreal Person
3. The Story of Bhrngeesa

XXX. THE STORY OF IKSHVAAKU:
1. The Cause of Worldly Existence
2. The Steps of Yoga (or the Effort towards Absorption in the Self)
3. The Attainment of Brahmanhood
4. The State of Liberation While Living

XXXI. CONQUEST OF THE STEPS:
1. The Destruction of Thought
2. Ascending the First Three Steps
3. The Higher Steps
4. The Contemplation of Brahman Alone

XXXII. THE CONCLUSION OF THE TREATISE:
1. The Awakening (or Knowledge) of Bharadvaaja
2. The Tranquillity of Raama

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