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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.  

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   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. 

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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

View/download: YouTube 36 min / video 277mb / audio 16mb / pdf summary

Part 2 (26 March 2015)

Focus: the liberated sage / self-effort / essence of all scriptures / the course of action

View/download: YouTube 32:30min / video 282mb / audio 15mb / pdf summary

Part 3 (2 April 2015)

Focus: Four Gatekeepers to the Realm of Freedom or Moksha

View/download: YouTube 34min / video 320mb / audio 15mb / pdf summary

Part 4 (9 April 2015)

Focus: the task / in the heart first / self-control next / then inquiry

View/download: YouTube 33:26min / video 332mb / audio 16mb / pdf summary

Part 5 (16 April 2015)

Focus: the illusion / the cure / spiritual discipline / all these help

View/download: YouTube 25min / video 289mb / audio 12mb / pdf summary

Part 6 (23 April 2015)

Focus: beyond conditioning / purification / staying undistracted / beyond restlessness

View/download: YouTube 36min / video 193mb / audio 20mb / pdf summary

Part 7 (30 April 2015)

Focus: restlessness is ignorance / controlling the mind / understanding renunciation / renunciation

View/download: YouTube 47min / video 461mb / audio 27mb / pdf summary

Part 8 (7 May 2015)

Focus: how bondage happens / mind is the doer / liberation and delusion / the unconditioned state

View/download: YouTube 43min / video 455mb / audio 31mb / pdf summary

Part 9 (14 May 2015)  

Focus: The Seven States or Planes of Wisdom 

View/download: YouTube 43min / video 388mb / audio 31mb / pdf summary  

Part 10 (21 May 2015)   

Focus: Yoga—the means of purification / appearances—reflections in consciousness / reality—the indivisible consciousness. 

View/download: YouTube 32min / video 303mb / audio 23mb / pdf summary 

Part 11 (17 April 2016)  

Focus: Simple Ways to Increase Satva or Natural Goodness 

View/download: YouTube 1hr, 15min / video 454mb / audio 73mb / pdf summary  

Part 12 (27 April 2016)  

Focus: Simple ways to transform existing rajas and tamas into satva

View/download: YouTube 30min / video 191mb / audio 30mb / pdf summary  

 Part 13 (6 May 2016)  

 Focus: The seeds of samsara and the mind and conclude with some practical ways to unmind the mind. 

View/download: YouTube 63min / video 398mb / audio 60mb / pdf summary   

Part 14 (29 May 2016)   

Focus: the state of quiescence; going beyond - the no-mind; and; reality - the seed for consciousness.  

View/download: YouTube 52min / video 332mb / audio 63mb / pdf summary 

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.

View/download: YouTube 1hr:23min / video 560mb / audio 73mb / pdf summary  

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.  

View/download: YouTube 1hr : 9min / video 517mb / audio 66mb / pdf summary    

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.  

View/download: YouTube 1hr: 10min / video 540mb / audio 84mb / pdf handout    

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. 

View/download: YouTube 1hr: 23min / video 598mb / audio 120mb / pdf handout   

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.  

View/download: YouTube 60min / video 471mb / audio 72mb / pdf handout     

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.

View/download: YouTube 41min / video 308mb / audio 59mb / pdf summary  

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.   

View/download: YouTube 24min / video 126mb / audio 34mb / pdf summary   

Part 22 (16 October 2016) 

Focus: The Dreadful Elephant in The Forest of Saṁsāra.  

View/download: YouTube 28min / video 169mb / audio 40mb / pdf summary  

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. 

View/download: YouTube 31min / video 461mb / audio 45mb / pdf summary

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Spiritual Practice Series

1. Spiritual Practice, Part 1 (36 minutes / 15 October 2014)

(video on YouTubedownload video 67mb / download audio 18mb / download pdf)

2. Spiritual Practice, Part 2 (33 minutes / 20 October 2014)

(video on YouTube / download video 59mb / download audio / download pdf)

3. Spiritual Practice, Part 3 (27 minutes / 2 November 2014)

(video on YouTube / download video 46mb / download audio 13mb / download pdf)

4. Spiritual Practice, Part 4 (31 minutes / 13 November 2014)

(video on YouTube / download video 57mb / download audio 15mb / download pdf )

5. Spiritual Practice, Part 5 (20 minutes / 7 December 2014) 

(video on YouTube / download video 38mb / download audio 10mb / download pdf)

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Living Wisely Series

1. Bringing About Change (29 April 2012)

(video on YouTube / download video 50 mb / download pdf)

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Practice Series

Japa Yoga (24 April 2012)

(video on YouTube / download video 31mb / download pdf)

Sankirtan Yoga (24 March 2014)

Video on YouTube / Download video 229mb / download full audio 33mb / download kirtan audio 14mb

Prayer (31 May 2014) New!

YouTube / download video 166mb / download full audio 32.5mb / download pdf

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Raja Yoga Series

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)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

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)     

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

3. Asana - There is one common video and audio for asana and pranayama though I have broken up the text pages (9 May 2012)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

4. Pranayama - There is one common video and audio for asana and pranayama though I have broken up the text pages (9 May 2012)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.     

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)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

6. Dharana - There is one common video and audio for pratyahara and dharana though I have broken up the text pages (22 May 2012)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

7. Dhyana or Meditation (2 July 2012)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.      

What follows below are guided meditations in three parts.     

Meditation 101: Stabilization - A guided meditation video, first of three parts. (19 July 2012)     

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

Meditation 201: Mastery of Mind - A guided meditation video preceeded by a ten minute talk on awareness. (27 July 2012)     

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.     

Meditation 301: Self-Inquiry - A guided meditation video preceeded by a short 11 minute talk on inquiry. (10 August 2012)    

See video on YouTube / download video / download audio / download pdf.    

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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Living Meditation Series

(A series of seven videos on the path and some essentials)

The Path...

1. Sharpening the Edge (1 September 2012)

Video on YouTube / download video 297mb / download audiodownload pdf

2. Thought and Action (2 September 2012)

Video on YouTube / download video 276mb / download audiodownload pdf

3. Consciousness and Thought (3 September 2012) 

Video on YouTube / download video 234mb / download audiodownload pdf

4. Consciousness Realizing Itself (3 October 2012) 

Video on YouTube / download video 217mb / download audiodownload pdf

Some Essentials...

5. Real Hunger for Change (15 October 2012) 

Video on YouTube / download video 270mb / download audiodownload pdf 

6. Unceasing Vigilance (1 November 2012) 

Video on YouTube / download video 409mb / download audio / download pdf

7. Relentless Perseverance (28 November 2012) 

Video on YouTube / download video 138mb / download audio / download pdf 

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Resetting the Mind Series

1. From Habitual to Awakened Living (17 March 2013 / 48:51 minutes)

(video on YouTube / download video 100mb / download audio / download pdf)

2. Lessons from the Past (9 May 2013 / 40:45 minutes)

(video on YouTube / download video 80mb / download audio / download pdf)

3. Cultivating the Mind (29 June 2013 / 56 minutes)

(video on Youtube / download video 128mb / download audio / download pdf)

4. Practice on the Mat (26 August 2013 / 1 hour 26 minutes) 

(video on YouTube / download video 450mb / download audio / download pdf)

5. Practice in Life (21 October 2013 / 62 minutes)

(video on YouTube / download video 134 mb / download audio 28mb / download pdf)

6. The Reset Program (31 December 2013 / 54 min)

(video on YouTube / download video 122mb / download audio 38mb / download pdf)

7. Closing Thoughts (9 March 2014 / 50 min)

(video on YouTube / download video 431mb / download audio 24mb / download pdf summary)

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Teachings

1. Beyond Sorrow and Delusion: (26 Aug 2013 / 60 minutes)

(video on YouTube / download video 114mb / download audio 29mb / download pdf)

2. Inner Journey (57:17 min / 28 Oct 2013)

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