The Wisdom Of Vasistha A Study On Laghu Yoga Vasistha From A Seeker`S Point Of View

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Motilal Banarsidass Publishe, Jan 1, 2004 - Advaita - 556 pages
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Yogavasistha or Yogavasistha Maharamayana has been a guide book to earnest Sadhakas, all over the country. The popularity of this book appears to be due to the fact, that it is a happy combination of terse Upanisadic thought clothed in the story form. A scripture becomes relevant, when it gives the truths of the Upanisads, using a common man's language with illustrative stories, helps a beginner as well as an advanced seeker. It is believed by some that Sage Valmiki wrote the Ramayana for the purification of mind and to create a mood of seeking in the society. It is well known, that the story of Sri Rama, gives an exemplary ethical and moral behaviour in an individual, and a glimpse into the ideal culture, through the description of Ayodhya. For only on a strong ethical and moral foundation can one hope to build the super-structure of spirituality. Attempt has been made to cover all the stories in six Prakaranas. This book is a study by a seeker, and an attempt to present the philosophy, and practical hints contained in the book, to fellow seekers who are not very familiar with Sanskrit. It is essentially meant for inspiring the seekers to take up the study of the original text, which is a mine of practical wisdom. The essays contained herein, are glimpses into the meditations on the golden verses and their connection and relevance in our day-to-day life. Consequently, the interpretation and the perspective is not really meant for scholastic pursuits.
  

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Contents

Origin of Disinterest
3
The Limitations of the World
11
The Story of Suka
22
The Conduct of a Seeker
31
The Story of Akasaja
41
The Story of Lila
53
The Story of Karkati
65
The Story of Aindavas
76
The Story of Suraghu
270
The Dialogue between Bhasa and Vilasa
282
The Story of Vitahavya
291
The Conclusion of Upasama Prakarana
307
The Transcendence 321496
321
The Story of Bhusunda
323
The Story of Deva Puja Worship of the Divine
334
The Story of Bilva Fruit
343

The Story of Indra
85
The Story of Manas
94
The Story of a Lad
104
The Story of a Siddha
112
The Story of LavanaI
120
The Story of LavanaII
135
The Story of Sukra
145
The Story of Dama Vyala and Kata
157
The Story of Bhima Bhasa and Drdha
167
The Story of Dasura
175
The Story of Kaca
185
Conclusion of Sthiti Prakarana
193
The Quiescence 199320
199
The Story of King Janaka
201
The Story of Punya and Pavana
213
The Story of Bali the Great
223
The Story of Prahlada
233
The Story of Gadhi
245
The Story of Uddalaka
256
The Story of Sila Granite
351
The Story of Arjuna
359
The Story of the Hundred Rurdas
370
The Story of Vetala
378
The Story of Bhagiratha
387
The Story of Cudala
395
The Story of SikhidhvajaI
409
The Story of SikhidhvajaII
425
The Story of Kaca
435
The Story of Mithyapurusa
441
The Story of Bhrhgisa
450
The Story of Iksvaku
458
The Story of a Muni and a Hunter
468
The Seven Stages of YogaI
477
The Seven Stages of YogaII
487
Conclusion 497505
497
Sanskrit Verses 507518
509
Index 519524
519
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