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The Underlying Story

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Yoga Vasistha Stories

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The Yoga Vasistha Maharamayana

Yoga Vasistha is an extraordinarily long book that is considered among the most valuable spiritual treatises and the most comprehensive exposition of non-dualistic (advaita) philosophy or Vedanta.

According to Shivabalayogi, it is the only book that accurately preserves a yogi’s teachings.  Other scriptures, he would say, have been altered over time.

Ramana Maharshi, another great yogi of the 20th Century, often cited Yoga Vasistha.  Ramana encouraged the practice of self inquiry and one who reads Yoga Vasistha will find it to be the quintessential treatise on the practice.

Yoga Vasistha is the book that Shivabalayogi recommended for people to learn more about his own spiritual philosophy, yogis and avatars generally, and the nature of creation.  Everything one would want to know, he said, is in Yoga Vasistha.

Listening to Shivabalayogi talk about Yoga Vasistha, many devotees came to the conclusion that he was Vasistha.  All Shivabalayogi admitted was being there when Vasistha taught Rama.

Yoga Vasistha is the record of how young Rama, the avatar of God Vishnu, attained Self realization through the teaching of Sage Vasistha.  Over the course of twenty-two days, Rama asked questions and Vasistha answered, lectured, and told stories.  All this took place before the assembled court of Rama’s father, King Dasharata, and numerous sages, gods, nobles and brahmin priests.

The book is attributed to Sage Valmiki, the same person who wrote the epic history of Rama, the Ramayana, which events take place after those in Yoga Vasistha.

The essence of the philosophy in Yoga Vasistha is that creation is not a separate existence from God but a reflection of God.  God is consciousness and there is nothing material anywhere.  Each individual is consciousness, ultimately the same indivisible Divine Consciousness, and not any physical body.

The only complete English translation of Yoga Vasistha Maharamayana is by
Vihari Lal Mitra, published in 1891.  It is a monumental work in two volumes, long since out of print.  Copies are difficult to find.  Read about available English translations and some current efforts to make old and new ones available.

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