|Announcing Serialization of Yogavasishta
The best way one can describe Consciousness (brahman), which is eternal, which transcends all conceptual thinking and the only One thing that Is, comes from taittirIya upanishad:
तैत्तिरीयोपनिषद्। भृगुवल्ली । प्रथमोऽनुवाकः । मन्त्रः 1
यतो वा इमानि भूतानि जायन्ते । येन जातानि जीवन्ति । यत्प्रयन्त्यभिसंविशन्ति । तद्विजिज्ञासस्व । तद्ब्रह्मेति ।
(Meaning: taittirIya Upanishad, Bhriguvalli, anuvAka 1, mantra 1:
Know that from which all beings take birth, that which they live by after being born, and toward which they move and they finally merge into. That is brahman).
The mantra thus sums up brahman to be the substratum on which the entire cycle of creation, sustenance and dissolution are played. Yogavasishta is a sacred text that enlarges on and explains this theme in a great detail, devoting a chapter to each aspect of origination, maintenance and disappearance of the apparent world. In so doing, the voluminous text leads a committed spiritual seeker to the ultimate goal from which there is no return and knowing which he/she transcends all sorrow and misery (tarati shokaM Atmavit – chAndogya, VII-i-3).
Tradition holds Sage Valmiki of Ramayana fame to be the author of the highly regarded Advaita text, Yogavasishta which encompasses within itself both the theory and praxis of uncompromising Advaitic teaching guiding the student, holding, so to say, his hand gently and affectionately, in the pursuit of realizing his true nature. Sage Valmiki structured the tome as a dialog between the young lad Shri Rama and the wise Maharishi Vasishta. All possible Questions that are ever raised or can conceivably be raised at the modern discussion fora on Non-duality were already posed by Rama and answered by Sage Vasishta -- be it the desperation of a seeker, code of conduct expected out of an aspirant, the unreality of the world, its apparent reality, what is mind, how an apparent guru can teach at all to a non-existing disciple, how the body of an enlightened jnAni lives and eats etc. etc.
The 32,000 verses of the treatise are spread into six chapters. The teaching covers the entire gamut of Advaita presenting the material with illustrative stories, metaphors and real life examples. A wide spectrum of models are used in imparting the Non-dual teaching – from the most traditional shravaNa-manana-nididhyAsana to Neo-advaitic concept of none to teach or to seek. Yogavasishta is mainly focused on conveying the Non-dual message clearly to the seeker anticipating all his possible doubts. It avoids polemical arguments and is not concerned with debating other systems.
Swami Vidyaranya adopted several verses from an abridged version of Yogavasishta in his much applauded work panchadasi and also presented the Sevenfold Knowledge Path of Sage Vasishta in his short text on brahmavit AshIrvAda padhati.
Shri K. V. Krishna Murthy, a Vedic scholar and Sanskrit Pundit condensed each sarga (canto) of the six chapters of this revered text very ably without losing the essence of the teaching, giving primacy to the philosophical aspects and avoiding redundancy and elaborate poetic descriptions. The incisive logic and reasoning of the Sage Vasishta in presenting Advaita theory is faithfully followed by him in a way that easily appeals to a modern analytically minded seeker. His work is competently rendered into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam retaining the flavor and idiom of the teaching. The hard copy version comes in seven parts which are published by the Sri Ganapati Sachchidananda Avadhoota Datta Peetham of Mysore, India. Shri Krishna Murthy makes it available now free online to all sincere seekers and Dennis has been kind to host this pious text at his esteemed and widely accessed Web site, Advaita Vision.
Each book/volume will have a separate page, containing a short introduction and a Contents List for that volume. A link will then be given to download the PDF version of the text. The list below contains links to these pages as they are added. If no link is provided, that book/volume is not yet available for download.
We begin with Part - 7 of the Series as it provides an overall summary of the Non-dual teaching and is a better introduction than simply jumping in at Part - 1. This (first posted) part also contains the Author's submission and the Word Glossary. These will not be repeated in the other parts.
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Part I: (DETACHMENT) (0.4MB)
Part III: (ORIGINATION) (1.2MB)
Part IV: (SUSTENANCE) (0.6MB)
Part V: (THE CALM DOWN) (1.0MB)