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Yoga Vasistha is claimed to be written by Valmiki ji.

The first written copy of Yog Vasistha is estimated around 6th century according to Wikipedia.

But I haven't heard about this text like Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc. So a natural question arises. Is it authentic scripture?

Did there exist oral tradition of Yoga Vasistha in the past and was written down recently like Ramayan? I tried to contact persons who have posted the text on archive.org to research about its origin. I wanted to know from where did they get it from. All the translators are dead except the one for Lagu Yoga Vasistha. I had no luck. Also I'm surprised why such a profound text is just found in archive.org and not in the limelight. Very very few people know about this text. So is it unpopular just by chance or is it a non authentic scripture?

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    Please define what is meant by authentic. – Lazy Lubber Feb 10 at 5:59
  • It means whether it has been orally transmitted like Ramayan from Sage Valmiki. If there exist or did exist an oral tradition, then it is authentic. For example Vedas oral tradition is still alive who claim it came from Brahma and is hence authentic. – Lokesh Feb 10 at 6:01
  • It is composed at about the same time as most puranas. It is unlikely to have originated from Valmiki. – Lazy Lubber Feb 10 at 6:05
  • Isn't 18 purana originated from Vsaya ji? – Lokesh Feb 10 at 6:30
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    But I haven't heard about this text like Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, etc. So a natural question arises. Is it authentic scripture? -- Amazing logic .. going by that every other texts' authenticity is doubtful too provided you hv not heard about it.. – Rickross Feb 10 at 9:27

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