The Yoga Vasistha - part 1 - daily readings

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

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July 16
sectionIVchapter60 61
yaiva cid bhuvanabhogabhusane vyomni bhaskare
dharavivarakogasthe saiva citkitakodare (61/18)
Vasistha continued:
After the creation of the world-appearance, it (this world-appearance) became like a water-pot, in which the living creatures keep coming up and going down into the blind-well, with the 'desire to live' as the binding rope.
These living beings that arose in the ocean of infinite consciousness, like waves and ripples, entered into the physical space.
And when the elements like air, fire, water, and earth, were evolved, they became involved in them.
Then the cycle of birth and death began to revolve.
The jlvas come down, as it were, riding the rays of the moon, and enter into the plants and herbs.
They become the fruits, as it were, of those plants.
The fruits are ripened by the light of the sun.
Then they are ready to incarnate.
The subtle notions, ideas and mental conditioning are dormant even in the unborn being.
At birth, the veil that covered them is removed.
Some of these beings are born pure and enlightened (satvic).
Even in their own previous births they had turned away from the lure of sensual pleasures.
But the nature of the others, who are born merely to perpetuate the cycle of birth and death, is a mixture of the pure, the impure, and the dark.
There are others whose nature is pure with just a slight impurity.
They are devoted to the truth and are full of noble qualities - rare are such people who are devoid of the darkness of ignorance.
Other people are enveloped by the darkness of ignorance and stupidity - they are like rocks and hills!
Those beings in whom purity is preponderant with just a slight impurity (the rajasa-satvic people) are ever happy, enlightened, and do not grieve nor despair.
They are unselfish like trees, and like them, they live to experience the fruition of past actions without committing new ones.
They are desireless.
They are at peace within themselves, and they do not abandon this peace, even in the worst calamities.
They love all, and look upon all with equal vision.
They do not drown in the ocean of sorrow.
By all means, one should avoid drowning in the ocean of sorrow, and engage oneself in the enquiry into the nature of the self:
"Who am I, how has this world-illusion arisen?"
One should thus abandon egoism in the body and attraction to the world.
Then one will realise that there is no division in space, whether or not a building stands in space.
The same consciousness that shines in the sun also dwells as the little worm that crawls in a hole on this earth.

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