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Yoga Vasistha, Important Verses (4 February 2017)
The Yoga Vasistha is a very important scripture for spiritual seekers. The wisdom and teachings are in the backdrop of Vasistha’s teachings to Rama. Vasistha uses many stories or illustrations to bring out the subtle teachings.
This is a very compact version with focus on the important teachings of the great Sage. For reference, I have included the different stories these teachings have been culled from as footnotes. I have used page breaks to keep verse integrity during study.
Titles that best suggest the theme covered in the teachings have been used. If there are several verses under the same title, the number is indicated in parenthesis.
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 parts.
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.
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Yoga Vasistha Series: (16 March 2015 - 23 October 2016)
A new series of informal talks on the Yoga Vasistha. Though we will follow the general flow of the text, we will focus on the teachings that can be put into practice in life and on the mat. The video and audio will be on the website for download, the video will also be on YouTube. A concise pdf summary of the main points covered in each episode, will be on the website.
Part 1 (17 March 2015)
Focus: background / examining everything / awakening / at the crossroads
Part 2 (26 March 2015)
Focus: the liberated sage / self-effort / essence of all scriptures / the course of action
Part 3 (2 April 2015)
Focus: Four Gatekeepers to the Realm of Freedom or Moksha
Part 4 (9 April 2015)
Focus: the task / in the heart first / self-control next / then inquiry
Part 5 (16 April 2015)
Focus: the illusion / the cure / spiritual discipline / all these help
Part 6 (23 April 2015)
Focus: beyond conditioning / purification / staying undistracted / beyond restlessness
Part 7 (30 April 2015)
Focus: restlessness is ignorance / controlling the mind / understanding renunciation / renunciation
Part 8 (7 May 2015)
Focus: how bondage happens / mind is the doer / liberation and delusion / the unconditioned state
Part 9 (14 May 2015)
Focus: The Seven States or Planes of Wisdom
Part 10 (21 May 2015)
Focus: Yoga—the means of purification / appearances—reflections in consciousness / reality—the indivisible consciousness.
Part 11 (17 April 2016)
Focus: Simple Ways to Increase Satva or Natural Goodness
Part 12 (27 April 2016)
Focus: Simple ways to transform existing rajas and tamas into satva
Part 13 (6 May 2016)
Focus: The seeds of samsara and the mind and conclude with some practical ways to unmind the mind.
Part 14 (29 May 2016)
Focus: the state of quiescence; going beyond - the no-mind; and; reality - the seed for consciousness.
Part 15 (5 June 2016)
Focus: (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.
Part 16 (13 June 2016)
Focus: 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.
Part 17 (25 June 2016)
Focus: The second of the seven states or planes of wisdom: vicāraṇā or direct and steady observation of the mind. Towards this, we will cover: 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.
Part 18 (6 July 2016)
Focus: The third of the seven states or planes of wisdom: tanumānasa or the thinned and weakened mind. The characteristics of one in this state: (1) one assimilates the teaching of the scriptures, lives with masters and listens to their teachings; (2) being indifferent to this world, one leads a very disciplined life, away from society and completely free from all contacts; (3) practice of the teachings results in right perception of what is; (4) the spirit of non-attachment of both types increases.
Part 19 (27 July 2016)
Focus: 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.
Part 20 (18 September 2016)
Focus: the fifth of the seven states or planes of wisdom: asamśaktti or natural and total non-attachment or freedom. Towards this, we will discuss: (1) total non-attachment or freedom and conviction in the nature of truth happen together, (2) the state of non-attachment or freedom is asamśaktti, (3) perception of the world gives way to the feeling of being, and, (4) though engaged in ‘worldly activities’, one is established in an inner vision of non-duality.
Part 21 (1 October 2016)
Focus: the sixth and seventh states or planes of wisdom: padārthābhavanī or natural cessation of objectivity and turīya or liberated while living.
Part 22 (16 October 2016)
Focus: The Dreadful Elephant in The Forest of Saṁsāra.
Part 23 (23 October 2016) Series Complete
Focus: We will conclude this series with focus on: (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.
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Spiritual Practice Series
1. Spiritual Practice, Part 1 (36 minutes / 15 October 2014)
2. Spiritual Practice, Part 2 (33 minutes / 20 October 2014)
3. Spiritual Practice, Part 3 (27 minutes / 2 November 2014)
4. Spiritual Practice, Part 4 (31 minutes / 13 November 2014)
5. Spiritual Practice, Part 5 (20 minutes / 7 December 2014)
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Living Wisely Series
1. Bringing About Change (29 April 2012)
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Japa Yoga (24 April 2012)
Sankirtan Yoga (24 March 2014)
Prayer (31 May 2014) New!
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1. Yama: Avoiding the Counter-Productive - There is one common video and audio for yama and niyama though I have broken up the text pages (7 May 2012)
2. Niyama: Better Options Instead - There is one common video and audio for yama and niyama though I have broken up the text pages (7 May 2012)
3. Asana - There is one common video and audio for asana and pranayama though I have broken up the text pages (9 May 2012)
4. Pranayama - There is one common video and audio for asana and pranayama though I have broken up the text pages (9 May 2012)
Practice charts & posters:
Asana and Pranayama Practice Chart (pdf - page size)
Suryanamaskar Chart (jpeg image - page size)
Yoga Asana Chart (jpeg image - poster size)
5. Pratyahara - There is one common video and audio for pratyahara and dharana though I have broken up the text pages (22 May 2012)
6. Dharana - There is one common video and audio for pratyahara and dharana though I have broken up the text pages (22 May 2012)
7. Dhyana or Meditation (2 July 2012)
What follows below are guided meditations in three parts.
Meditation 101: Stabilization - A guided meditation video, first of three parts. (19 July 2012)
Meditation 201: Mastery of Mind - A guided meditation video preceeded by a ten minute talk on awareness. (27 July 2012)
Meditation 301: Self-Inquiry - A guided meditation video preceeded by a short 11 minute talk on inquiry. (10 August 2012)
eBooks, Quick Reference and Posters
eBook for readers (Optmized for most readers, size 5.5 x 8.5 inches)
eBook for print (Optimized for print on regular sized paper 8.5 x 11 inches)
Guide to Meditation (Concise booklet with the complete flow of meditation that can be printed on one sheet, double sided and folded in half to make a handy booklet. Though this goes through from Meditation 101 through 301, it has markers where it moves on and you can stop where you feel best till you are ready to move on) Click here to download
Yoga Asana Poster (Can print up to 30 inches wide by 20 inches tall or smaller without any loss – just make sure it fits the size selected. Large sized prints can be printed at most online photo places and very reasonable at club stores)
Suryanamaskar Chart (prints on regular sized paper (8 ½ x 11) or photo paper)
Asana and Pranayama Practice Chart (pdf - page size)
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(A series of seven videos on the path and some essentials)
1. Sharpening the Edge (1 September 2012)
2. Thought and Action (2 September 2012)
3. Consciousness and Thought (3 September 2012)
4. Consciousness Realizing Itself (3 October 2012)
5. Real Hunger for Change (15 October 2012)
6. Unceasing Vigilance (1 November 2012)
7. Relentless Perseverance (28 November 2012)
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1. From Habitual to Awakened Living (17 March 2013 / 48:51 minutes)
2. Lessons from the Past (9 May 2013 / 40:45 minutes)
3. Cultivating the Mind (29 June 2013 / 56 minutes)
4. Practice on the Mat (26 August 2013 / 1 hour 26 minutes)
5. Practice in Life (21 October 2013 / 62 minutes)
6. The Reset Program (31 December 2013 / 54 min)
7. Closing Thoughts (9 March 2014 / 50 min)
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1. Beyond Sorrow and Delusion: (26 Aug 2013 / 60 minutes)
2. Inner Journey (57:17 min / 28 Oct 2013)
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