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June 19
IV 32    acaracarucaritasya vivikttavrtteh samsarasaukhyaphaladuhkhadasasvagrdhnoh ayuryasamsi ca gunas ca sahaiva laksmya phullanti madhavalata iva satphalaya (60)
Vasistha continued:
O Rama, they who are established in the state of liberation, as pointed out by the scriptures, surely cross this ocean of world-appearance as their consciousness flows towards the self.
But, they who are caught in the net of polemics, which are only productive of sorrow and confusion, forfeit their own highest good.
Even in the case of the path shown by the scriptures, only one's direct experience leads one along the safest way to the supreme goal.
What else is left of a greedy man except a handful of ashes?
But, he who looks upon the world as less valuable than a blade of grass never comes to grief.
He who has fully realised the infinite is protected by the cosmic deities.
Hence, one should not set foot on the wrong path even in times of great distress.
He who has earned a good reputation through a virtuous life gains whatever has not been gained and is rid of misfortune.
Only he can be considered a human being who is not complacent with his own virtue, who is devoted to the teaching he has heard and who strives to tread the path of truth: others are animals in human disguise.
He who is filled with the milk of human kindness is surely the abode of the lord Hari (who is said to dwell in the ocean of milk).
Whatever has to be enjoyed has already been enjoyed, whatever has to be seen has been seen: what else is there new in this world which a wise man should seek?
Hence, one should be devoted to one's duty as ordained by the scriptures, having given up all craving for pleasure.
Adore the saints: this will save you from death.
Adhering to the injunctions of the scriptures one should patiently wait for perfection which comes in its own time.
Arrest the downward trend by studying this holy scripture for liberation.
Enquire constantly into the nature of truth, knowing that 'this is but a reflection'.
Do not be led by others; only animals are led by others.
Wake up from the slumber of ignorance.
Wake up and strive to end old age and death.
Wealth is the mother of evil.
Sense-pleasure is the source of pain.
Misfortune is the best fortune.
Rejection by all is victory.
Life, honour and noble qualities blossom and attain fruition in one whose conduct and behaviour are good and pleasant, who is devoted to seclusion and who does not crave for the pleasures of the world, which lead to suffering.
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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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