The Yoga Vasistha - part 1 - daily readings

The Supreme Yoga - a new translation of The Yoga Vasistha - daily readings

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June 13
sectionIVchapter23
ajnasyeyam anantanam duhkhanam kosamalika
jnasya tviyam anantanam sukhanam kosamalika (18)
Vasistha continued:
Rama, he who treads the superior path, though he dwells in this body which functions as the potter's wheel does by past momentum, is untainted by the actions that might be performed.
In his case, the body exists for his pleasure and for the liberation of his soul; he does not experience unhappiness in it.
To the ignorant, this body is the source of suffering; but to the enlightened man, this body is the source og infinite delight.
While it exists the wise sman derives from it great pleasure and the delight of enlightenment; and when its life-span comes to an end he does not regard it as a loss at all.
Hence, to the enlightened person the body itself is a source of infinite delight.
And, since it transports him in this world in which he roams freely and delightfully, the body is regarded as a vehicle of wisdom.
Since it is through the body that the wise man derives the different sense-experiences and gains the friendship and affection of others, to him it is a source of gain.
The enlightened man reigns happily while dwelling in the city known as the body, even as Indra the king of heaven dwells in his city.
The body does not subject the wise man to the temptations of lust and greed, nor does it allow ignorance or fear to invade him.
The intelligence that governs the wise man's body is not drawn out by the excitement which the ignorant call pleasure, but it rests within in a state of contemplation.
The embodied being comes lightly into contact with the body while it lasts but is untouched by it once it is gone, even as air touches a pot which exists, but not one that does not exist.
Just as the most deadly poison which was drunk by lord Siva did not harm him but enhanced his charm, the varied actions and enjoyments of an enlightened person do not bind him to the cycle of birth and death.
Just as if you know someone is a thief and deal with him with that knowledge, he becomes your friend, when you enjoy the objects knowing their true nature, they give you joy.
The wise man who is rid of all doubts and in whom there is no image of self, reigns supreme in the body.
Therefore one should abandon all cravings for pleasure and attain wisdom.
Only the mind that has been well disciplined really experiences happiness.
The captive king, when freed, is delighted with a piece of bread; the king who has not been subjected to captivity does not enjoy as much, even should it be the annexation of another kingdom.
Hence, the wise man grinds his teeth and strives to conquer his mind and senses: such conquest is far greater than conquest of external foes.

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