The Supreme Yoga, A new translation of the Yoga Vasistha
in Two Volumes (761 pages), by Swami Venkatesanda
(MRP: Rs 795/-)
This special translation of The Supreme Yoga was selected by H.W. Poonja (Papaji) during his morning Satsangs. He lovingly recited its teachings to his devoted followers on three separate occasions.
The Supreme Yoga
For the soul that feels bound and yearns for liberation, the Yoga Vasistha is the greatest help to spiritual awakening and direct experience of truth.
Presented as a rosary of daily thoughts for contemplation throughout the year, this book offers a comprehensive spirituality for creative living and inner- fulfilment.
Scholars speculate about the author of this monumental scripture and such other academic matters: may God bless them with success.
The Yoga Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening and the direct experience of the Truth. This is certain. If this is what you want, You are welcome to the Yoga Vasistha.
The text abounds in repetitions which are, however, not repetitious. If vou do not like (or need) repetition, then read just this one verse:
“This world appearance is a confusion: even as the blueness of the sky is an optical illusion. I think it is better not to let the mind dwell on it, but to ignore it.” (1-3/2)”
This verse occurs several times in the scripture and it sems to be the very essence of the teaching.
If that is not quite clear to you now, read the scripture. The numerous ways in which this truth is revealed will help open your mind.
It is wise to read just one page per day. The teaching is revolutionary.. The biased mind does not readily accept it. After the daily reading, meditate. Let the message soak through.
An oft recurring expression in this scripture is ‘kākatālīya’ – a crow alights on the coconut palm tree and at that very moment a ripe coconut falls. The two unrelated events thus seem to be related in time and space, though there is no causal relationship.
Such is life. Such is ‘creation But the mind caught up in its own trap of logic questions why, invents a why and a ‘wherefore’ to satisfy itself, conveniently ignoring the inconvenient questions that still haunt an intelligent mind.
Vasistha demands direct observation of the mind. its motion, its notions, its reasoning, the assumed cause and the projected result, and even the observer, the observed and the observation and the realisation of their Indivisible unity as the infinite consciousness.
That is the uniqueness of this scripture which hence declares itself to be supreme:
“Except through this scripture. one cannot gain what is good, now or at any time. Therefore, for perfect realisation of the supreme truth, one should fervently investigate this scripture alone.” (VI.2-103)
It is, however, the teaching that is supreme. not a book or a sage. Hence. Vasistha is bold enough to say:
“If however, one thinks it is not authoritative because it is of human origin, one can resort to the study of any other scripture dealing with self- knowledge and final liberation.”(VI.2-175)
Whichever be the scripture taught by whomever, and whichever be the path you choose, stop not till the psychological conditioning ceases entirely. Hence. Vasistha exhorts the secker:
“One should study at least a small part of this scripture daily. The beauty of this scripture is that its student is not abandoned to his despair: if something is not clear in the first instance, a further study of the scripture makes it clear. “(VI.2-175)
May God bless you!