Updates...

27 April 2017: Have started some cleaning-up and rearranging on the website. Divine Life - is a new page which will contain the core teachings of Swami Sivananda on theory and practice. An excellent and inspiring two-part article titled 'Practical Sadhana' has joined the website today and can be downloaded as pdf in the print version or reader version

4 February 2017: The Second Edition of Yoga Vasistha, Important Verses along with its video on YouTube - video, audio and eBooks in both print and reader formats have joined the website and YouTube

Yoga Vasistha eBook     Yoga Vasistha reader

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This is an updated and revised very compact version with focus on the important teachings of the great Sage. I have divided these essential verses of the Yoga Vasistha into four parts and included the prayer before reading before each of these four arts.  

    First Part - Chapters I, II & III: YouTube / download video / download audio   

    Second Part - Chapters IV & V: YouTube / download video / download audio

    Third Part - Chapter VI, Part I: YouTube / download video / download audio 

    Fourth Part - Chapter VI, Part II: YouTube / download video / download audio 

These parts are not balanced in length but feel to contain tighter groups of teachings. The fourth part is longer than the other parts. I have also modified some of the translations to be relevant to the present times . This essential verse translation is for the sincere seeker who is interested in what the teachings point to. 

25 December: Yoga Vasistha, Important Verses - a new eBook has joined the website. Four videos and their corresponding audio will be made soon and be available here, the videos will also be YouTube. Click here to visit the webpage to download the eBook for print or the eBook for readers

23 October: The 23rd and last video in the series: Yoga Vāsiṣṭha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s focus is on teachings found towards the end of the scripture: (1) what liberated sages conclude, (2) attitudes conducive to liberation, (3) overcoming saṁsāra and some sorrow, (4) a noble person, and, (5) Vāsiṣṭha’s concluding instructions. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (31min). Click here to view/download the video (440mb), audio (43.2mb) and pdf handout

You can also download eBooks of the complete series: eBook for print and eBook for readers.  

16 October: The 22nd video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. We are coming to the end of this series on the important teachings of the Yoga Vāsiṣṭha. Today, we will follow a very short but important story as we gradually wrap-up this series: The Dreadful Elephant in The Forest of Saṁsāra. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (28min). Click here to view/download the video (168mb), audio (40mb) or pdf handout.  

1 October: The 21st video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s focus is sixth and seventh states or planes of wisdom: padārthābhavanī or natural cessation of objectivity and turīya or liberated while living. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (24min). Click here to view/download the video (126mb), audio (34mb) or pdf handout.   

18 September: The 20th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics is the fifth of the seven states or planes of wisdom: asamśaktti or natural and total non-attachment or freedom. Towards this, we will cover: total non-attachment or freedom and conviction in the nature of truth which happen together; the state of non-attachment or freedom is asamśaktti; perception of the world gives way to the feeling of being; and; though engaged in ‘worldly activities’, one is established in an inner vision of non-duality. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (41min). Click here to view/download the video (308mb), audio (59mb) or pdf handout.   

27 July: The 19th video in the series Yoga Vasistha has joined YouTube and the website. Today's topic is: the fourth of the seven states or planes of wisdom: satvāpatti or natural turning away from sense pleasure and dwelling in truth. We also talked about four simple ways towards this: (1) do what should be done because it needs to be done and not for any other purpose, (2) refrain from doing what should not be done, knowing intuitively that it should not be done, (3) live a simple and natural life, and, (4) live in accordance with the teachings, engage yourself in appropriate activity and accept whatever happens naturally. Click here to see the video on YouTube (60min). Click here to read or download the video 471mb, audio 72mb or pdf handout   

6 July: The 18th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics is the third of the seven states or planes of wisdom: tanumānasa or the thinned and weakened mind. Towards this, we will cover: assimilation, contact and absorption; indifference to the world, a disciplined life, away from society and all contacts; practice of the teachings results in right perception of ‘what is’; and; when the spirit of non-attachment increases. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (1hr: 23min). Click here to view/download the video (520mb), audio (120mb) or pdf handout.

25 June: The 17th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics is the second of the seven states or planes of wisdom: vicāraṇā or direct and steady observation of the mind. Towards this, we will discuss: study, right conduct and meditation; company of the wise and the good; know what is good, harmful, right and wrong; and; resolutely giving up what is not good. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (1hr: 10min). Click here to view/download the video (540mb), audio (84mb) or pdf handout.  

13 June: The 16th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics is the first of the seven states or planes of wisdom: śubhecchā or a noble wish. Towards this, we will cover: awakening; renuciate; renunciation; behavior of a renunciate, and, focus of the renunciate. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (1hr: 9min). Click here to view/download the video (517mb), audio (66mb) or pdf handout.    

5 June: The 15th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics include: (1) The state of pure being, (2) Attain a quiet mind first, (3) Inner ascent, (4) Control of mind, (5) Cause and cure of samsara, (6) Avoid conceptualization, and, (7) Relentless self-inquiry. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (1hr:23min). Click here to visit the webpage from where you can download the video (560mb), audio (79mb) or pdf handout.  

29 May: The 14th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha, has joined YouTube and the website. Today’s topics are: the state of quiescence; going beyond - the no-mind; and; reality - the seed for consciousness. Click here to watch the video on YouTube (52min). Click here to view/download the video (316mb), audio (60mb) or pdf handout.  

6 May 2016: The 13th video in the series on the Yoga Vasistha has joined the website and YouTube. (63 min). Today, our focus is: 1. Two seeds for the mind: prana or life force where the movement of energy enlivens latent impressions, and, vasana or mental conditioning which has gained strength by use and will weaken by disuse, and, 2. Unminding the mind: spiritual discipline, avoiding carelessness, samsara, and equanimity. Click here to see the video on YouTube. Click here to visit the webpage from where you can read or download the video 398mb, audio 60mb or the pdf summary.   

26 April 2016: The 12th video in the series on the Yoga Vasistha has joined the website and YouTube. (30 min) The last time, our focus was: how to increase satva or natural goodness. Today, our focus is: how to transform existing rajas and tamas into satva. With this, we conclude the important teachings of the fourth chapter. Next time, we begin with the important teachings of the fifth chapter. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Click here to visit the webpage where you can read the text, download the video, audio or pdf handout.  

17 April 2016: The 11th video in the series: Yoga Vasistha has joined the website and YouTube. Click here to watch the video on YouTube. Click here to visit the webapage for this video from where you can read the text, download the video 454mb, its mp3 audio 73mb and pdf handout

9 March 2016: eBook or reader versions of the handouts for 'Epistle of Swami Sivananda' and 'Yogasara Upanishad' are now online.

3 March 2016: Swami Sivananda - a new section has been created and placed just below 'Updates' on the menu on the left. Here, you will find inspiring writings on the 'Life and Essential Teachings of Swami Sivananda' which you can read online or download as pdf. Two new subpages have been added under essential teachings: (1) Epistle of Swami Sivananda, culled from the inspiring and insightful correspondence with sincere seekers, and, (2) Yogasara Upanishad or Upanishad of Yoga. 

30 January 2016: Kirtan, Part 2 has joined the website and YouTube. A follow-on on the last video, this is 58 minutes of seven kirtan at about 8 minutes each kirtan with the Universal Prayer as conclusion. Aside from watching this on YouTube, you can download the video, audio or pdf handout of the mantras and prayer from the webpage

23 January 2016: Kirtan, Part 1 - is the first in a new series titled ‘Sadhana’ or spiritual practice has joined the website and YouTube. Though there are already videos on spiritual practice, I thought to start a new series on them this year and deal with both; theory and practice in a more concise way that focusses on practice. Kirtan, will have two parts, part one is what has gone online today and it has some theory and a little singing. The next video on Kirtan will be about a full hour or singing.  Watch on YouTube (60 minutes) / Read or download video, audio, pdf here.