Yoga Vasistha in Poem
6k. Rama's Closing Thoughts
Perception of defects in the world
Has stilled my mind's tendencies
Sense-pleasures do not arise within
As mirages do not appear on water
I am constantly inquiring within
How to wean heart from the world
I do not care how long I live
As long as I remain ever free
Therefore, O Sage, I pray to thee
Kindly do thou please instruct me
On freedom from anguish and distress
In the light of your instruction
I have given up everything I have
But am yet to be established in wisdom
Partly caught and partly freed am I
And wish self-control but haven't the means
What attitude should one have in life?
What is it that needs to be done?
How does one free the mind of its lust?
As the mind sees worth in the worthless
Holy sir kindly do instruct me
How to counteract habit of mind?
That is itself spread out as creation
In the form of this visible universe
Kind sage do thou please instruct me
Of the way and of the means
If you consider I am unfit for this
I shall fast unto death certainly