Author Topic: Sage Vasishtha To Lord Rama How Can One Restrain This Wheel Of Cosmic Maya  (Read 1351 times)

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RAMA asked: But, Holy sir, how can one restrain this wheel of cosmic illusion which revolves with such tremendous force?

VASISTHA replied: O Rama, the mind is the hub around which this vicious cycle revolves, creating delusion in the minds of the deluded. It is by firmly restraining that hub through intense self-effort and keen intelligence that the whole wheel is brought to a standstill. When the hub's motion is stopped the wheel does not revolve: when the mind is stilled, illusion ceases. One who does not know this trick and does not practice it, undergoes endless sorrow; the moment the truth is seen, behold! the sorrow comes to an end.

The disease of the perception of this world-illusion is not cured except through the mastery of the mind. Hence O Rama, abandon all other activities like pilgrimage, gifts and austerities, and bring the mind under your control for our ultimate good. This world appearance abides in the mind, even as there is space within the pot; if the pot is broken, the illusory division of space vanishes and if the mind ceases to be, the concept of a world within the mind also ceases to be. Even as an insect trapped within the pot attains freedom of movement when the pot is broken, you will also enjoy freedom when the mind ceases to be, along with the world-illusion contained in it.

Live in the present with your consciousness externalized momentarily, but without any effort: when the mind stops linking itself to the past and to the future it becomes no-mind. If from moment to moment your mind dwells on what is and drops it effortlessly at once, the mind becomes no-mind, full of purity. It is only as long as the mind continues to be agitated that it experiences diversity of its own projection or expansion, even as rain falls only as long as there are clouds; and it is only as long as the infinite consciousness limits itself into the finite mind that such agitation and expansion take place. If consciousness ceases to be the finite mind, then know that the very roots of cyclic world-illusion (of birth and death) are burnt and there is perfection.

— The Supreme Yoga,Translated from the Yoga Vasishtha by Swami Venkatesananda

Source: http://www.arunachala.org/newsletters/2009/?pg=sep-oct#article.4

Subramanian.R

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Yoga Vasishtam is an advaitic work. It is also called Jnana Vasishtam.
Bhagavan Ramana loved this work very much.  He had rendered in
Tamil, eight verses, and these are included in Bhagavan Ramana's
Sat Darsanam, Supplement.  These are:-

Verse 21  - Y.V. 5-78-32,33

Verse 22  - Y.V. 5-78-34,35

Verse 23  - Y.V. 5-78-36,37

Verse 24  - Y.V. 5-78-38

Verse 26  - Y.V. 5-18-20,23

Verse 27  - Y.V. 5-18-24,26

Verse 29  - Y.V. 5-76-20

Verse 30  - Y.V. 5-56-13,14

Arunachala Siva.