Yoga Vasistha

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Re: Yoga Vasistha

Post by Nicholas » Fri Oct 26, 2018 1:02 am

More on the need for self-reliance:
The lazy man is worse than a donkey. One should never yield to laziness but strive to attain liberation, seeing that life is ebbing away every moment. Every day one must think of the impermanent body and struggle to conquer the animal nature. He must take recourse to association with good and virtuous people. One should not revel in the filth known as sense-pleasures, even as a worm revels in pus. By good deeds, good will return to you; by bad deeds, bad will return. Nowhere is there any God, fortune or fate. One who ignores his present ability for self-effort for fear of his past bad actions, might as well fear his own two arms, thinking them dangling vipers.

One who thinks that fate or God is directing him, is brainless and the goddess of fortune abandons him. Hence, by self-effort, discrimination, good association and study of the scriptures, acquire wisdom. Then realize that self-effort will end — in the direct realization of the truth. But ignoring, or going against the traditional injunctions, will not work. One should not try to create a gemstone from an ordinary pebble. Those who do not believe in the long practiced and experienced truths of the wise, but depend upon God, luck or destiny, are fools called the "living dead." If lazy dullness, this dreadful source of evil, were not found on this earth, who would ever be illiterate or poor? It is because lazy ones rely, life after life, on God or fortune that this earth is full of people who live like animals, miserable and poverty-stricken.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Yoga Vasistha

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:19 pm

There are four methods of crossing over the ocean of worldly existence, namely Tranquillity {sama). Contentment {samtosa), Company of the good or the wise {sadhu-sanga), and Thinking {vicara). (II, 16, 18.) They are so related to one another that, if one of them is fully acquired, others will inevitably accompany it. One should, therefore, make effort in acquiring any one of them thoroughly. (II, 16, 22.)

From B.L. Atreya's big study, Philosophy of Yoga-Vasistha, page 136
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Yoga Vasistha

Post by Nicholas » Mon Oct 29, 2018 6:01 pm

One may also like The Vision and the Way of Vasistha a condensation by Atreya that was not put into English until recently. See Samvid's translation in the Samata Books edition which has the Sanskrit for each verse also. Also a good Introduction and detailed analysis of contents by Atreya.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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