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Yoga Vashistha is a text in which Maharishi Vashishtha gives knowledge to Shri Rama. It is in the form of conversation between the two of them.

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Yoga and Vaishnava Sampradaya

I am wondering if I could be a Vaishnava and go through Yoga philosophy versus Vedanta it's more catered to my style of learning and worshiping the supreme and seeing my relationship with him. I ...
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What are the fasting rules for 'triratri vrata' followed by Lila?

Lila did a vrata for pleasing Saraswathi. Fewer details have been given in Yoga Vasista regarding the fasting rules of the vrata. The relevant excerpts regarding fasting rules are given below Having ...
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Is it not unfair for humanity to suffer based upon your past life karma which you aren’t aware of

I just feel its really unfair if life doesn’t give a chance for a human being to redeem his/her past life bad karma. If our past life bad karma can’t be escaped, at least shouldn’t we know what were ...
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What does Yoga vasishtha say about karma? Can present life good karma trump past life karma

According to yoga Vashishtha, can past life karma be trumped by present life good deeds? In this world whatever is gained is gained only by self-effort; where failure is encountered, it is seen that ...
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Why can't or why won't a jivan muktha change niyathi according to advaitha?

This question should be and can be answered using Advaitha only. According to advaitha, a person can become Jivan Muktha while she is living in her human body only. After becoming Jivan Muktha, she ...
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What exactly reaches the chidakasam?

An yogi with proper practice can reach chidakasam, which is generally treated as Samadi state. The chidakasam (space of intelligence) is beyond chittakasam (space of mind) and stulakasam (space of ...
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What is ISKCON's view on Yoga Vasista?

This question is restricted to the view of ISKCON only and no other non-advaitic school. Do ISKCON accept Yoga Vasistha as an authentic scripture? If no, did they cite any valid reason for that?
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Prahlada ruled kingdom being a jivan muktha

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Prahlada in detail. It is present in Upasama khanda. The important point needed for this question is that Prahlada rules his kingdom till the end of the kalpa being ...
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Are there any pandemics (like covid-19) in scriptures other than the one by Visuchi

Yoga Vasistha contains the story of Visuchika and the details of pandemic caused by her. Visuchika killed many humans for several years by entering through nostrils of human in form of very small ...
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Does Visuchika mantra need any initiation

Visuchika mantra is present in Yoga Vasistha and is given below in Sanskrit along with English translation विषूचिकाभिधाना सा नाम्नाप्यन्यायबाधिका । तस्या मन्त्रः। ॐह्रींह्रांरींरां विष्णुशक्तये नमः । ...
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Persons without emotions

In Yoga Vasista, I remember a story whose summary is given below A powerful Rakshasa creates two persons, who have no emotions at all. Devas find it hard to defeat both of them. Then they ask brahma ...
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Interpolations in puranas according to Bhusunda

There is a great conversation between Bhusunda and Vasistha in the scripture Yoga Vasistha. In that conversation, there is a verse about Puranas, which has been told by Bhusunda. The verse is as ...
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Universe inside atom in Hinduism (Sanatana dharma)

Sanatana dharma says that universe can exist inside atoms. Yoga Vasistha, a scripture of Sanatana dharma, mentions across its body about the universe(s) inside atoms. I am quoting a small example from ...
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Women who ruled kingdom being Jivan muktha

I heard about a women ruled a kingdom after becoming Jivan muktha. The story from yoga vasista goes like this: A women attains the state of Jivan muktha. Her husband leaves kingdom and goes to forest ...
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Is there any non-Advaita interpretation of Yoga Vasistha?

Yoga Vasistha is usually considered an advaitic text but is there any non-advatic interpretation of this holy text?
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Where can I find yoga vashishta in pdf format?

I wanted to download Yoga Vashishta in PDF format with commentary in English by a reliable source. Where can I get it?
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Power of mental thought?

It is mentioned in yoga vashisht's books which is translated by Rishi Singh Gherwal that he performed mental Raj-suya Vajna in paragraph 54-56 : Saint Vashisht answered: "King Lavana was not ...
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Is Yog Vasistha authentic scripture?

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 ...
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Is Yoga Vasistha accepted by non-advaitins?

If yes, which sects/schools accept it? How do they interpret the verses of advaitic import in the YV?
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What does Vashishta mean by the term "self extinction"?

In Yoga Vashishta, Vasishta Maharishi has used the word Self extinction is the supreme bliss on few occasions. Here's in one context from Chapter 10 of Book 2. The Supreme Soul of infinite ...
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Should one give up Moha?

In the book Yoga Vashistha(page 426) , Vashistha says one should give up moha as the snake casts off the skin. My question is : should one give up moha and what is the meaning of the word moha ?
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Can vairagya (dispassion) and mudita(gladness) co-exist?

Suppose I have attained vairagya or dispassion with regards to the world then is it possible to develop mudita or gladness along with vairagya ? If yes how ? Is gladness a correct translation of word ...
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What do the scriptures say about the eight generals of Lord Rama?

I am currently reading the Yog Vasishth and it is throwing up a lot of interesting details. In Chapter 2 of Book 1 we find the following statement: 28-29 The eight ministers of Rama — Dhrishta, ...
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Was Rama Avatar a result of four different curses?

The Ramayan tells us that Lord Vishnu incarnated as Rama on the request of the demigods when the three worlds were being tormented by the tyranny of Ravan. But the Yog Vasishtha adds an interesting ...
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How & Why did Shukracharya become the guru of Daityas?

We know Brihaspati is the guru of Devas and Shukra of the Asuras. Both of them are sons of Brahma's Manas Putras so would have had equal chance to lead either of the clans so how did they end up on ...
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What were the 7 previous births of Brahmarishi Vasishtha?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In Chapter 22 while reminiscing about his past lives, the divine crow tells ...
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What are the mantras using which Kak Bhushundi survived the Pralaya?

The Yog Vasishtha narrates the fascinating story of an immortal crow named Bhushunda who is met by Brahmarishi Vasisth. In the course of their conversation the rishi asks him how he has managed to ...
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Why should one do his duty?

I am studying Advaita Vedanta. According to Advaita Vedanta, this world is an illusion. It suggests one to do his duty with detachment. What I do not understand is why should one even do his duty when ...
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Why is it said in Vedanta that you are not the doer of any action?

In my study of Advaita Vedanta, I have come across many references to the point that one is not the doer of any action. See for example these two verses धर्माधर्मौ सुखं दुखं मानसानि न ते विभो। ...
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What is the relationship between cause and effect as enunciated in the Yoga Vasistha?

Yoga Vashishtha is a text in which Maharishi Vashishtha gives knowledge to Shri Rama. It is in the form of conversation between the two of them. How is the relationship between cause and effect ...
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Which Hindu scriptures talk about multiple universes or planets? [duplicate]

The universe is split up into many island-universes, as described in the Yoga Vashishtha 6.2.60 I saw countless creations though they did not know of one another’s existence. Some were coming ...
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Evolution of Earth - Yoga Vashishtha

Yoga Vashishtha, is a conversation between Maharishi Vashistha and Shri Rama. Shri Rama, when young, comes to the palace back after travelling the country and is very despondent. Rishi Vashishtha ...
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