SKU: CONCISE YO. translated by Swami Venkateshananda with and Introduction and Bibliography by Christopher Chapple. The Concise Yoga Vasistha is a. Translated by Swami Venkatesananda. Published by State University of New York Press. pages. The Yoga Vasishta, attributed to Valmiki, the author of the . Yoga Vasistha is a philosophical text attributed to Valmiki, although the real author is unknown. .. The Concise Yoga Vāsiṣṭha. Albany: State University of New.

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The text is named after sage Vasistha who is mentioned and revered in the seventh book of the Rigvedaand who was called as the first sage of the Vedanta school of Hindu philosophy by Adi Shankara.

The text consists of six books. Yoga Vasistha teachings are structured as stories and fables, [8] with a philosophical foundation similar to those found in Advaita Vedanta[9] is particularly associated with drsti-srsti subschool of Advaita which holds that the “whole world of things is the object of mind”. Yoga Vasistha is famous as one of the historically popular and influential texts of Hinduism. The name Vasistha in the title of the text refers to Rishi Vasistha.

The long version of the text is called Brihat Yoga Vasisthawherein Brihat means “great or large”. The short version of the text is called Laghu Yoga Vasishtawherein Laghu means “short or small”. The date or century of the text’s composition or compilation is unknown, and variously estimated from the content and references it makes to other literature, other schools of Indian philosophies.

Estimates range, states Chapple, from “as early as the sixth or seventh century, to as late as the fourteenth century”. The surviving text mentions Vijnanavada and Madhyamika schools of Buddhism by name, suggesting that the corresponding sections were composed after those schools were established, or about 5th-century. Atreya in suggested that the text must have preceded Gaudapada and Adi Shankarabecause it does not use their terminology, but does mention many Buddhist terms. Mainkar states that Yoga Vasistha probably evolved over time.

The first work, states Mainkar, was the original ancient work of Vasistha that was an Upanishad with Brahamanical ideas, a work that is lost. Peter Thomi has published additional evidence in support Mainkar’s theory on Yoga Vasistha’s chronology. The oldest surviving manuscript of the Moksopaya or Moksopaya Shastra has been dated to have been composed in Srinagar in the 10th century AD.

The text is traditionally attributed to Valmiki, the author of Ramayana. Scholars seriously doubt the larger version of the text was authored by Valmiki, and consider the attribution as a mark of modest respect and reverence for him in the Hindu tradition by the actual unknown author s or compiler s.

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The author of the shorter version, the Laghu-Yogavasisthais generally considered to be Abhinanda of Kashmir. The condise exists in many editions of manuscripts with varying number of verses, but similar message. The full editions contain over 29, [2] to a few with 32, verses, [3] and in some editions about 36, verses. The verses of Yoga Vasistha are structured in the genre of ancient Indian literature, called Grantha. This genre is found in Bhakti movement literature, and Yoga Vasistha’s Advaita theories and monism influenced the Grantha literature of Sikhism, whose primary scripture is called Guru Granth Sahib.


The Yoga-vasistha is throughout a philosophical gasistha, in the form of popular lectures, and the conciee idea is often repeated again and again in various kinds of expressions and poetical imagery. But the writer seems to have been endowed with extraordinary poetical gifts. Almost every verse is full of finest poetical imagery; the choice of words is exceedingly pleasing yiga the ear.

The Yoga Vasistha is a syncretic work, containing elements of VedantaYogaSamkhyaSaiva SiddhantaJainism and Mahayana Buddhismthus making it, according to Chapple, “a Hindu text par excellenceincluding, as does Hinduism, a mosaic-style amalgam of diverse and sometimes opposing traditions”. The Nirnaya Sagar version of Yoga Vasistha manuscript has verses in the first Book, in second, verses in third, verses in the fourth book, in the fifth, while the last ypga longest with verses, for a cumulative total of 29, verses.

This is one of the longest Hindu texts in Sanskrit after the Mahabharataand an important text of Yoga. It consists of numerous short stories and anecdotes used to help illustrate its ideas and message.

The text shows the influence of Advaita Vedanta and Saivite Trika school. The traditional belief is that reading this book leads to spiritual liberation. The conversation between Vasistha and Prince Rama is that between a great, enlightened sage and a seeker of liberation. The Yoga Vasistha states that there are four characteristics that mark someone vassitha for spiritual journey who: Yoga Vasistha teachings are divided into six parts: It sums up the spiritual process in the seven Bhoomikas: In Chapter 2 of Book VI, titled vasisthaa The story of Iksvakuthe text explains the state of nirvana liberation as follows, “Liberation is peace.

Liberation is extinction of all conditioning. Liberation is freedom from every kind of physical, psychological and psychic distress.

This world is not seen by the ignorant and the wise in the same light. To one who has attained self-knowledge, this world does not appear as samsarabut concisse the one infinite and indivisible consciousness”.

The Yoga Vasistha describes the Jivanmuktaor liberated person, as follows abridged from the translation by KN Conccise. The following traditional Sanskrit commentaries on the Yoga Vasistha are extant: Yoga Vasistha is considered one of the most important texts of the Vedantic philosophy. The practice of atma-vichara”self-enquiry,” described in the Yoga Vasisthahas been popularised due to the influence of Ramana Maharshi, who was strongly influenced by this text.

Originally written in Sanskrit, the Yoga Vasistga has been translated into many Indian languagesand the stories are told to children in various forms. This translation, known as the Jug-Basishtwhich has since became popular in Persia among intellectuals cincise in Indo-Persian culture. The Safavid -era mystic Mir Findiriski d.


The unabridged text is currently being translated into Russian [63] and published by Swamini Vidyananda Saraswati, first five books are completed by Naryanaswami Aiyer translated the cobcise abridged version, Laghu-Yoga-Vasistha.

In this version the Laghu-Yoga-Vasistha has been condensed to 86 verses, arranged into seven chapters.

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Yoga Vasistha was translated infrom English into portuguese by Eleonora Meier for Satsang Editora brazilian publisher of the version of Swami Venkatesananda and it is available at www. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Moksha Anubhava Turiya Sahaja. Academic Paul Deussen Daniel H. Buddhism and Hinduism conciise Kashmir and Kashmir Shaivism. Human effort can be used for self-betterment and that there is no such thing as an external fate imposed by the gods.

Chronology of Hindu texts. Contents and stories of the Yoga Vasistha. Gentle enquiry You should either through yourself, or the aid of the exalted onesbe ceaselessly engaged in the pursuit of this gentle enquiry, Who am I?

What is this universe? It is this true enquiry alone that generates Jnana knowledge.

There are three benefits derived from the study of books, from lectures of a preceptor, and from one’s own industry, all of which are attendant on our exertions and not destiny. This is the long and short of all the Shastrasthat diligence preserves our minds from all evils, by employing them to whatever is good and right. To apply with diligence to whatever is excellent, not low nor mean and not liable to loss or decay, is the precept of parents and preceptors to their sons and pupils.

I get the immediate fruit of my labor in proportion to my exertion, hence I say, I enjoy the fruit of my labor and not of fortune. Activity gives us success and it is this that elevates the intelligent.

The Concise Yoga Vasistha

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