|About this book
Yogavaasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical and practical answers to questions like: What is Mind? What is the 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 Maharishi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.
The present volume, “Musings on Yogavaasishta” – Part II: The Conduct of a Spiritual Aspirant, is a presentation by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and Chairman, Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-SERVE) 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 1000 stanzas of the Second chapter on The conduct of a Spiritual Aspirant (mumukshu vyavahAra prakaraNa) have been ably condensed and lucidly explained in simple words. This chapter starts with the Story of Shuka and proceeds forward to establish that there is no agency called “destiny” and that it is the present and past actions (karma) of the individual that show their effects in his/her current life. It further emphasizes that the actions taken in the present birth are much more important and powerful than the past ones. The Chapter also introduces the reader to certain basic Vedantic words and concepts so that the teachings in the subsequent chapters can be easily followed.
A Glossary of Vedantic Words is downloadable here.
The Author's Submission is downloadable here.
The PDF document may be downloaded here.