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Yoga Vasishtam
« on: November 16, 2008, 12:59:57 PM »
I have already written about 10 slokas of Viveka Choodamani,
selected by Mouni Sadhu, (M. Sodousky) and approved by Bhagavan
Ramana Maharshi.  Bhagavan Ramana has also selected 9 slokas,
in Sivananda Lahari. Bhagavan Ramana has also selected 10 slokas,
from Yoga Vasishtam.  These are from Yoga Vasishtam, Upasana
Prakaranam,  Verses 17-26 of Sargam 18.  These are:

Slokas 20 and 23 are incorporated in Sad Darsanam, Supplement
Verse 26.

Slokas 24 and 26 are incorporated in Sad Darsanam, Supplement,
Verse 27.

The remaining six verses are as under:

1. Steady in the state of fullness, which shines when all desires
are given up, and peaceful in the state of freedom in life, act
playfully in the world, O Raghava!

2. Inwardly free from all desires, dispassionate and detached, but
outwardly acrtive in all directions, act playfull in the world, O Raghava!

3. Outwardly, full of zeal in action buy free from any zeal at heart,
active in apperance but inwardly, work  playfully in the world,
O Raghava!

4. Free from egoism, which mind detached as in sleep, pure
like the Space, ever untainted, act playfully in the world, O Raghava!

5. Conducting yourself nobody and with kindly tenderness, outwardly
conforming to conventions, but inwardly renouncing all, act playfully
in the world, O Raghava!

6. Quite unattached at heart, but for all appearance acing as if
with attachment, inwardly cool but outwardly full of fervour, act
playfully in the world,  O Raghava!

(Source:  Guiding Presence of Sri Ramana, K.K. Nambiar.
Sri Ramanasramam, Tiruvannamalai.)

Arunachala Siva.   


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Re: Yoga Vasishtam
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2008, 03:12:16 PM »
Dear srkudai,

Yoga Vasisshtam, original consists of 32,000 slokas of two lines each.
Sri Bhagvandas Vrindavana Saraswata of Kasi is reported to have
read this full version 165 times in his lifetime, like Max Mueller,
a German, spent 40 years of his adult life in reading Rig Veda.
The Kasi pandit then made a condensation consisting of 6000 slokas.
This has been further condensed into 1698 slokas by Sri Swami
Jnananda Bharati.  The Sanskrit-English version of these 1698 slokas,
have been made by one Samvid.  This has been published by
Samata Books, 10, Kamaraj Building, 573 Mount Road, Chennai -
600 006.   I have got an edition printed in 1998.  The same edition
or further reprint may be available in that address.  It was priced
when I had bought, at Rs 300.00.  With double digit inflation of
the country, the price also might have gone up.  You check up with
them and send a payment and you will get the book.

Bhagavan Ramana, known for his brevity, had selected 10 verses
from the original.     

Incidentally, what happened to your Upadesa Saram?  Already,
Dr. Raju and I are jumping the queue!

Arunachala Siva.