Introduction to the Concepts of the Yoga Vasistha
There is nothing except
Brahman and its energy --
The Yoga Vasistha uses
many names for Brahman -- Infinite Consciousness, the Self, the
inner reality, witness consciousness, the homogeneity, the absolute,
the eternal, the indivisible, CID (Sanskrit).
Brahman's energy (CIT
in Sanskrit) has infinite manifestations including these three:
which is the initial vibration of the 'creations'
(the Big Bang and/or collision of branes)
2) Movement which
is the atomic structure of the natural world (the string theory)
3) Movement in
consciousness which is in a limited format (the Mind)
and limited consciousness (thought) are the same thing and are used
The Mind, in its
creative aspect, is called Brahma. It is also the Ego. The Mind
serves as a veil which prevents us from recognizing ourselves as
Brahman, prevents us from recognizing everyone else as Brahman, and
prevents us from recognizing Brahman as the underlying reality of
every thing we see, hear, sense, etc. This veiling by the Mind is
the root cause of sorrow.
The Mind seeks
the Self (Brahman consciousness) only in order to dissolve
itself in the Self. . .this is the supreme goal.
p. 124 Yoga Vasistha
The following may help
your initial reading of the book --
Distinguish Brahman (the infinite) from Brahma (the
Recognize that the development of dispassion is to take
relationships, events, etc. beyond the limitations of the
Mind/Senses to the unlimited Witness Consciousness.
You (Self) dwell
in 'me' in a state of equilibrium, as pure witness
consciousness, without form and without the divisions of
space and time. p. 248 Yoga
3) Recognize that
happiness/unhappiness are trivial compared to the bliss of the
4) Understand that
the word 'exist' is used in its classic sense -- which is to
have separate reality -- hence, the Yoga Vasistha states:
"The world does not
5) Realize that the
word 'awareness' refers to that state of mind wherein the Mind
identifies some aspect of Brahman as being apart (that
is, individual) and thereby creates a subject/object split.
From the scripture --
. . .
when a truth that has not been personally experienced is
expounded, one does not grasp it except with the help of an
illustration. Such illustrations have been used in this
scripture with a definite purpose and a limited intention. They
are not to be taken literally, nor is their
significance to be stretched beyond the intention. When
the scripture is thus studied, the world appears to be a
dream-vision. These indeed are the purpose and the purport of
7) A personal
As a way to integrate the Yoga
Vasistha into one's daily life, it may be beneficial to
distinguish between "Witness Consciousness" and the "Knower of
the Field". While the scripture at page 181 of Vasistha's Yoga
would appear to equate these two terms, many other passages
clearly attribute only "witnessing" to the absolute, indwelling
The recognition of the absolute
"Witness Consciousness" by reference to this scripture --
dwell in me in a state of equilibrium as pure witness
consciousness, without form and without the divisions of time
gives one a touchstone for
experiencing the Absolute. The recognition of the
manifesting, self-experiencing, relativity-based "Knower of the
". . .the knower
of the knowable and the doer of all actions, the experiencer of
all experiences, the thinker of all thoughts. . ."
gives a reminder that one's ignorant
identification with "individuality" is the basis of sorrow, so. . .
". . .live as
the sages of self-knowledge live. They know infinite
consciousness and the world-appearance: hence they do not relish
nor renounce activity in this world."