The Yoga Vasistha is a very important scripture for sincere seekers of the truth but perhaps not as well-known as some others. Here, we have a dialogue between the great sage Vasistha and Rama who amongst other wonderful qualities, was also a prince. The core of the scripture is a dialogue between Vasistha and Rama in the royal court of his father and in the presence of other great ones and sages.
After finishing his education with others, Rama returned to his home and resumed his normal way of princely living. Very soon, he had an urge to go out and see the country before he would get into the thick of his duties and responsibilities. With his father’s permission, he set out to see the world – the land his duties were tied to. He toured the length and width of the land and eventually, returned to the palace and princely way of life.
Soon, a wave of thought overtook him and he became indrawn and pensive. Others noticed this but did not know quite what to make of it. One day, the great sage Vishvamitra came to the royal court and asked the king, Rama’s father for a favor. He asked that Rama’s company him for some time as he was involved in a sacred rite which required his full involvement and there were others bent on disturbing the rite. With Rama, the rite would be secure and this would benefit others including Rama in many ways. Rama was sent for but to the surprise of his father, he appeared very indrawn and pensive. When asked about the cause of his present state, Rama spoke about his observations on life and the inability to reconcile what was observed during his journey, what he had very intelligently pondered upon and what was expected of him in terms of his duties and responsibilities. He was not dejected but at the threshold of awakening and sage Vishvamitra requested the sage Vasistha to resolve any doubts Rama may have. (webpage link)
Part 1 (17 March 2015) Þ
Focus: background / examining everything / awakening / at the crossroads
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Part 2 (26 March 2015) Þ
Focus: the liberated sage / self-effort / essence of all scriptures / the course of action
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(2 April 2015) Þ
Focus: Four Gatekeepers to the Realm of Freedom or MokshaView/download: YouTube 34min / video 320mb / audio 15mb / pdf summary
Part 4 (9 April 2015) Þ New!
Focus: the task / in the heart first / self-control next / then inquiry.
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