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Yoga Vasistha, Important Verses

Dedicated to

Gurudev Swami Sivananda and Swami Venkatesananda 

Gurudev Swami Sivananda and Swami Venkatesananda

Preface

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.

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.

  • First Part: Chapters I, II & III

  • Second Part: Chapters IV & V

  • Third Part: Chapter VI, Part I

  • Fourth Part: Chapter VI, Part II

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 as literal translations include ‘kings’ and other social orders which are not relevant today. This essential verse translation is for the sincere seeker who is interested in what the teachings point to. Scholars would do best with other works.

Swami Suryadevananda

December 2016

Please note: I will be working on the video and audio soon and post them as they are done. Kindly check back on the website and/or YouTube page for updates. 

Part I (video on YouTube / download video / download audio)

I. On Dispassion

II. On The Behaviour of the Seeker

IIII. On Creation

Part II (video on YouTube / download video / download audio)

IV. On Existence

V. On Dissolution

Part III (video on YouTube / download video / download audio)

VI. On Liberation, Part I

Part IV (video on YouTube / download video / download audio)

VI. On Liberation, Part II