Yogavaasishta is a treasure house of the ancient Indian philosophical wisdom. It offers logical
and practical answers to questions like: What is Mind? What is world? What is the purpose of
existence? What is Brahman?
It is a poetic classic by the Sage Valmiki explaining the nature of The Supreme Self expounded in
his own inimitable and graceful way as a Discourse between Maharshi Vasishta and Lord Sri Rama.
The present volume, “Musing on Yogavaasishta” – V (Nirvana – Liberation-Part I), is a presentation
by Brahmasri Kuppa Venkata Krishna Murthy, the Vidyadhikari of Avadhoota Datta Peetham, Mysore and
forms a part of his lectures on “Yogavaasishta” telecast by Gemini T.V. in Telugu. This volume is
a rendering of the same into English by Dr. Vemuri Ramesam. In it:
The 5000 stanzas of the fifth chapter on Liberation (Nirvana - Part I) have been ably condensed
and lucidly expained in simple words.
Possible methods of alleviation from the state of Bondage and annulment of mind are described
through the stories of Bhushunda and others.
A Glossary of Vedantic Words is given.
Jagadguru Parama Pujya Sri Sri Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji
‘Yogavaasishtam’ is a very useful book for all those who know many things in the spiritual line,
or who do not know any thing in that line, and who wish to enter into that line. To know about
spirituality is different and experiencing is different. Our endeared devotee Kuppa Krishna Murthy
experienced spiritual flavor in all the three ways due to his continual presence at the feet of
Sadguru. So your Swamiji has been using him as His mouthpiece to serially analyse and explain this
rare classic the way He wanted through the TV Channel for his devotees and the entire mankind at
large and also go this trentise written by him.
All of you should read nay study this with a steady mind and sincerely render yourself deserving
for the grace of Sri Datta
The series of my Discourses on Yogavaasishta being televised by the Gemini T.V. for the last four
years as well as the two earlier books published in Telugu and English based on these talks have
received an overwhelming response from the public. I am particularly pleased to note that there
are, amongst them, many young men and women, natives and NRIs, who are attracted by the subtle and
straightforward logical approach adopted by Yogavaasishta in establishing the illusory nature of
I present to you now the book on the Fourth Chapter of Yogavaasishta as Part V: Liberation – Part
Dr. D. R. Rao and his wife, Srimati Vijaya Rao who kindly supported the publication of English and
Telugu versions of the earlier volumes are funding the publication of Part V too and benevolently
making it available to the devotees on the occasion of the Mahasivaratri, 2010. May the unlimited
grace of the Reverend Guru be with this noble family, their children and their future generations!
Dr. Vemuri Ramesam, a senior reputed scientist was kind to render into English this third Part of
the series, diligently going through each of I the words with me for clarity for readers in
English. May both of them and their families be blessed by the benevolence of Respected Guru Shri
Ganapati Sachchidananda Swamiji to enable them in experiencing the final goal of all Knowledge!
We presented the transliterated version of original Sanskrit slokas whenever they were quoted
using the Itranslator of the Omkarananda Ashram, Rishikesh, 249192, Uttaranchal, India. The
software is simple to operate and those desiring to have the slokas in Devnagari script can print
using the transliterated text. Itranslator is downloadable from their website:
wvw.omkarananda—ashram.org. We express our gratitude to Omkarananda Ashram for the software.
Some writers referred to acquiring Vedantic knowledge from scriptural texts as “Jnana" and
experiential understanding of the same as Vijnana, while others considered knowledge dealing with
material objects as "Vijnana" (Science) and the Knowledge that leads a person 4 to liberation as
"Jnana". All such apparently contradictory usages of the words arose because, in a sense,
"Vijnana” itself manifests as Jnana and Jnana manifests as “Vijnana " and both knowledge and
realization become one and the same in the end. Inspired by Reverend Guru Shri Ganapati
Sachchidananda Swamiji who understood this secret, I have become instrumental in establishing the
Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I- SERVE) with the aim of understanding the Supreme
through a study of the physical principles. For those interested, details with respect to I-SERVE
are appended to this Preface.
I am including the introductory note of mine written for Part I — Vairagya and Mumukshu Prakaranas
in this book. I trust the readers will get an overall idea of the original Yogavaasishta from
I am aware that many of the modern scholars who specialized in the history of Samskrut literature
prefer to palce Yogavasistha Vaalmiki around 6th or 7th Century C.E. However, I have not studied
this area extensively and I am not competent to make coments on this.
Regarding the content of the book, right from the beginning, I followed the commentary “Sri
Vaasishta Maharamayana Tatparya Prakasa” of Sri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathi Swamy, published in
1937 by Pandurang Jawaji, proprietor of the” Nirnaya Sagar Press”, Bombay. I am deeply indicated
to Shri Ananda Bodhendra Saraswathiji and I offer my humble salutations to him.
As a matter of fact, I too was a listener to the discourses! I too am a reader of these
compilations!! It is some one residing in me that makes me speak and pushes my pen to scribble!!!
I pray to our Reverend Guru Sri Ganapathi Sachchidananda Swamiji to bless us all so that we will
have an experiential understanding of the compassion of that One!
Why should one muse over a book?
To see clearly what is hidden in the heart of the author.
Why does an author hide his heart'?
He does so to make it more luminous for those who find. So the poet hides his heart in the petals
of words and not in the iron boxes
His heart should reach the readers, but only to those who strives to get it. This is the view of
great poets! It is the inner vision in their creation.
Though my effort in writing
‘Yogavaasishta’ is not considerable, it is through the grace of my revered Sadguru Sri Ganapathi
Sachchidananda Swamiji that the heart of the Sage Poet Valmiki has been revealed to me without
much effort and it continued to be the feeling in the throughout the exercise. It is my fortune.
The Gemini TV Serial telecast of the discourses on ‘Yogavaasishta’ enabled me to share my musings
with my brother readers.
The Great Poet Kalidas Said: "Madhumaya Phaniteenaam Marghadarsi Maharshih" — the paths shown by
Maharshi Valmiki are blended with honey. It is truer in respect of Vasishta Ramayana than the
It might not be very difficult even for an ordinary poet to have his creation invested with a
sense of fulfillment when he selected such a person as Sri Rama as the hero of his subject and the
annihilation of Ravana as the central theme. But, with sheer philosophy as the crux of the subject
and packing it with subtle and scientific arguments, stretching it to 32000 verses, and
maintaining its poeticality has been possible only to Sage Poet Valmiki. So far none has been
there to compete with him and fulfill such a task. Perhaps none might be there in future too.
Having got the perception with the blessings of my revered master, I began eagerly to search for
the ‘heart’ of the great poet. In this respect, Paramahamsa Sri Samadaananda Bodhendra
Saraswathi came to my rescue again and again. His commentary, “Taatparya Prakaasa”
enabled me to have the fruits and the essence of ‘Yogavaasihta’. It is with this strength that I
could gain access to the heart of Yogavaasishta.
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