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IV 31    ahancaram ato rama marjaya ntah prayatnatah aham na kincideveti bhavayitva sukhi bhava (7)
Vasistha continued:
Thus you see the disastrous results that arise from non-wisdom.
You see how the invincible demons were utterly defeated and disgraced on account of their ego-sense, which gave rise to fear in their hearts.
The deadly creeper of worldliness sprouts from the seed of the ego-sense.
O Rama, abandon this ego-sense with all the strength that lies within; and by being established in the conviction: "I is nothing", be happy.
The one infinite consciousness, which is of the nature of pure bliss, is eclipsed by the shadow of the ego-sense.
Though the demons Dama, Vyala and Kata were really free from the cycle of birth and death, on account of their ego-sense they had to be subjected to birth and death.
They of whom even the gods were afraid are today miserable fish in a lake in Kashmir.
Rama asked:
Holy sir, Dama, Vyala and Kata were unreal, having been produced by the magic of Sambara.
How was it that they became real entities like us?
Vasistha replied:
Rama, just as the demons Dama and others were unreal and the products of magic, even so are we and all the gods and others.
All these notions of 'I' and 'you', O Rama, are unreal.
That you and I are seen to be real entities does not alter the truth; even if a dead person appears before you now, he is still dead!
However, it is unwise to declare the truth ('Brahman alone is real') to the ignorant.
For, the reality of the world-appearance, which has become deep-rooted in the heart of the ignorant, will not be dispelled except through intense enquiry into the purport of the scriptures.
One who declares "This world is unreal, Brahman alone is real" to such ignorant people is laughed at.
However well you explain to them that 'All this is Brahman', the ignorant cannot comprehend it any more than a corpse can walk.
That truth can be experienced only by the wise.
O Rama, neither we nor these demons are real.
The reality is the one infinite consciousness which does not undergo any change.
In that infinite consciousness there arise the notions of yourself, myself, these demons etc., and they are invested with reality because the perceiving consciousness is real.
Where this consciousness is 'awake' as it were, there such notions arise; and where it is 'asleep', there such notions are dissolved.
Yet, in the infinite consciousness there are no such states as awake and asleep.
It is but pure consciousness.
Realise this and be free from sorrow and fear caused by division.
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[The Supreme Yoga - a new translation of the Yoga Vasistha ] [ Swami Venkatesananda ] ( 2nd ed. 1991 - 2 vol ) - published by The Divine Life Society - Himalayas, India

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