Talk: Why Should You Care What Vasistha Said? – Br. Shankara

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Talk: Why Should You Care What Vasistha Said? – Br. Shankara

Speaker: Br. Shankara

April 29, 2018

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The great Sage Vasistha lived many thousands of years ago. He was spiritual counselor to the court of King Dasaratha, the father of Lord Rama. While still a young prince, Rama makes a a tour of Ayodhya, the kingdom he will inherit. When Rama returns home depressed and disillusioned, his father worries that the prince is about to renounce the world.

Dasaratha asks advice from Vasistha, who assures the king that Rama’s dark mood is auspicious — that the prince has begun to grasp the human condition and other spiritual truths, and is ready for enlightenment.

Vasistha instructs Lord Rama for 21 days; his teachings are known as Yoga Vasistha. The essence of that long conversation was translated into English by Swami Sarvadevananda as, “Nectar of Supreme Knowledge.”

Vasishta tells Prince Rama: “O my dear child! How strange is this world-bewitching maya! Being deluded by this maya, one cannot know the Self; though the Self has pervaded all through the limbs of the body … As (a magic show) or as the mirage water in the desert, are not true, in the similar manner this observable universe is not true.”

Vasistha explains: “This creation, which is merely of the form of a vibration of consciousness alone, is dissolved by accurate knowledge.”

In this talk we explore the meaning of those verses, and others that teach us how to experience maya’s “magic show” and still realize the all-pervading, ever blissful Self that is our true original nature.

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