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Yoga Vasishtam
« on: February 16, 2010, 10:08:21 AM »
D.: Where has it been said that this knowledge is the all? On the other hand it is said that maya became the all.
M.: Yes. Maya is the knowledge which is spoken of. Only this objective knowledge goes under the different names, maya, avidya, bondage, impurity, darkness, ignorance, the mind, the cycles of repeated births and deaths etc.

D.: Be it so, what has this got to do with the extinction of the mind? M.: Listen. You must understand that the knowledge signified by all these terms is only the mind.

32-33. D.: Who else says so? M.: Vasishta has said to Rama: ‘Whatever objective knowledge manifests as this and that, or not this and not that, or in any other manner, it is only the mind. The mind is nothing but this manifest knowledge’.

34. D.: Let it be so. How can the mind be extinguished? M.: To forget everything is the ultimate means. But for thought, the world does not arise. Do not think and it will not arise. When nothing arises in the mind, the mind itself is lost. Therefore do not think of anything, forget all. This is the best way to kill the mind.

35-37.D.: Has anyone else said so before? M.: Vasishta said so to Rama thus: ‘Efface thoughts of all kinds, of things enjoyed, not enjoyed, or otherwise. Like wood or stone, remain free from thoughts.

Rama: Should I altogether forget everything? Vasishta: Exactly; altogether forget everything and remain like wood or stone.

Rama: The result will be dullness like that of stones or wood.

Vasishta: Not so. All this is only illusion. Forgetting the illusion, you are freed from it. Though seeming dull, you will be the Bliss Itself. Your intellect will be altogether clear and sharp. Without getting entangled in worldly life, but appearing active to others remain as the very Bliss of Brahman and be happy. Unlike the blue colour of the sky, let not the illusion of the world revive in the pure Ether of Consciousness-Self. To forget this illusion is the sole means to kill the mind and remain as Bliss. Though Shiva, Vishnu, or Brahman Himself should instruct you, realisation is not possible without this one means. Without forgetting everything, fixity as the Self is impossible. Therefore altogether forget everything.’

38-39. D.: Is it not very difficult to do so? M.: Though for the ignorant it is difficult, for the discerning few it is very easy. Never think of anything but the unbroken unique Brahman. By a long practice of this, you will easily forget the non-self. It cannot be difficult to remain still
without thinking anything. Let not thoughts arise in the mind; always think of Brahman. In this way all worldly thoughts will vanish and thought of Brahman alone will remain. When this becomes steady, forget even this, and without thinking ‘I am Brahman’, be the very Brahman. This cannot be difficult to practise.

40. Now my wise son, follow this advice; cease thinking of anything but Brahman. By this practice your mind will be extinct; you will forget all and remain as pure Brahman.

(Advaita Bodha Deepika)

Salutations to Sri Ramana
॥ शांतमात्मनि तिष्ट ॥
Remain quietly in the Self.
~ Vasishta


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Re: Yoga Vasishtam
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2010, 11:23:46 AM »
Maya is Mother Uma. Siva is Father, the Self.  Both are to be worshipped.

Unless, one gets Uma's grace, Maya cannot be conquered. When Maya
gets conquered, Maya merges with Siva, as Ardhanari.  It is for the
concorporate form that Unnamulai did penance in Arunachala and got
merged with Siva.  Maya in Bhagavan's words is mind-stuff.  If
Maya is overcome, then she becomes Maha Maya, Uma with Siva.
Then, she guides the devotee to Siva, the self realization.  Saint
Manikkavachagar sings:  I am praying to You, whose one half is the lady,
my mother.

Arunachala Siva.