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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 24

One should constantly endeavour to educate the mind with purifying knowledge , and nourish the mind with the inner transformation brought about by the study of scriptures .

When the mind has thus been transformed , it is able to reflect the truth without distortion .

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When dispassion matures , the spirit of enquiry arises in oneself .

The spirit of enquiry strengthens dispassion .

The two are interdependent , even as the ocean and the clouds are .

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Then without delay one should endeavour to see the self .

These two — self-realisation and cessation of craving — should proceed hand in hand , simultaneously .

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Until one turns away from sense-pleasure here , one will continue to roam in this world of sorrow .

No one can reach the state of total dispassion without persistent practice .

Only by right exertion can dispassion be attained ; there is no other means .

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SECTION V | CHAPTER 24

There is no harvest without sowing : the mind is not subdued without persistent practice .

Hence , take up this practice of renunciation .

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SECTION V | CHAPTER 18

You are the eternal infinite light , pure and extremely subtle .

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When all this is seen as the one omnipresent being , where is the distinction between the friend and the other ?

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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 5

Let there be no sorrow in your mind .

Rest in the inner silence .

Remain alone , without selfwilled thoughts

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| SECTION V | CHAPTER 5

When the truth is clearly seen , it is mind that is liberated from its own ignorance .

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Be brave , having conquered the mind and the senses .

Be desireless , content with what comes to you unsought .

Live effortlessly , without grabbing or giving up anything .

Be free from all mental perversions and from the blinding taint of illusion

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 43

Just as in this universe there are countless beings of various species , in other universes , too , there are similar beings , with different bodies suited to those universes .

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 44

He who has eradicated ignorance totally and in whom every form of conditioning has ceased is a liberated sage : though he seems to be aware of this dream known as world-appearance , in reality he does not see it as the world .

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 42

Just as a fruit undergoes various changes in size , colour , etc , as it matures , the same consciousness undergoes these apparent changes as the ignorance grows deeper and denser .

The foolish person then abandons all right thinking or enquiry into the truth and voluntarily embraces ignorance as bliss .

Caught in its own trap of various activities , and of identification of oneself as their doer , he undergoes endless suffering which is self-imposed and self-willed .

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 35

He who has an intelligence that has been rendered pure by the destruction of all inner impurities , has his heart illumined by the light of the self obtained through enquiry into the self .

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 35

When the mind has been purified by pure thoughts and actions , it takes on the nature of the infinite , even as a pure cloth takes on a colour easily .

When in a pure mind there arise concepts and notions of a body , scriptural knowledge and dispassion , etc , the world-appearance comes into being .

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| SECTION IV | CHAPTER 33

Only by the constant remembrance of the truth that the self is a pure reflection in the infinite consciousness does " I-ness " cease to grow

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The world-appearance is a juggler's trick ; all subject-object relationship between it and me is foolish — when this understanding takes root , " I-ness " is uprooted .

When it is seen that it is the " I " that gives rise to the notion of a " world " , both of them cease in peace .

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So long as the cloud of ego hides the moon of jnana, the lily of the Self will not bloom.

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VASISTHA'S YOGA | DAILY READING | SECT V | CHAP 31

avisnuh pujayan visnum na pujaphalabhagbhavet
vlsnurbhutva yajed visnumayam visnuraham sthitah ( 40 )

Prahlada continued to muse :

Even as the snowclad peaks of the Himalayas are never subjected to the scorching heat of the sun, the gods who live in the shade of the protection of Visnu are not subjected to oppression.

Even as a little monkey seated on the branch of a tree annoys a powerful dog standing on the ground, these gods enjoying the security of the protection of Visnu haruss the demons.

It is Visnu that protects the whole universe and upholds it.

Even if Visnu abandons the use of weapons, no one can face him ( Narasimha did not use conventional weapons ).

He alone is the refuge of all beings in this world, therefore by all means one should take refuge in him — there is no other way.

No one is superior to him and he alone is the cause of the creation, preservation and dissolution of the universe.

From this very moment I shall also be devoted to Visnu and live as if filled with his presence.

The holy mantra " Namo Narayanaya " dedicated to him is capable of bestowing every blessing on the devotee : may it never leave my heart.

However, one who is not Visnu does not derive any benefit by worshipping Visnu.

One should worship Visnu by being Visnu.

Hence I am Visnu.

He who is known as Prahlada is none other than Visnu: there is no duality.

Visnu's vehicle Garuda now bears me.

His insignia adorn my limbs.

Laksmi, his consort, is standing next to me.

All the divine splendour of Visnu has become mine.

The conch, the discus, the mace and sword which are the symbols that are invariably associated with Visnu are with me now.

The lotus that bears on it the creator Brahma springs from my navel.

The entire universe which repeatedly appears and disappears is in my abdomen.

My colour is now the colour of Visnu, which is blue.

I am dressed in the yellow garment of Visnu.

I am Visnu.

Who can be my enemy and who can challenge me now?

Since I am Visnu, he who is hostile to me has surely reached the end-of his life-span.

These demons who stand in front of me find it difficult or impossible to endure the dazzling brilliance that radiates from me. And those gods are really singing my own praise, as I am Visnu.

I have transcended all sense of duality and therefore I have myself become Visnu.

He in whose abdomen ever abides the three worlds, he who subdues all evil forces in the universe and he who dispels the anxieties and fears of all — he am I and I salute him.

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 111

The feelings " This is I " and " This is mine " are the mind ; when they are removed , the mind ceases to be .

Then one becomes fearless .

Weapons like sword generate fear ; the weapon ( wisdom ) that destroys egotism generates fearlessness .

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| SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 111

By self-effort and self-knowledge make the mind no-mind .

Let the infinite consciousness swallow , as it were , the finite mind and then go beyond everything .

With your intelligence united with the supreme , hold on to the self which is imperishable .

When the mind is thus conquered by remaining completely unagitated , you will consider even the conquest of the three worlds worthless .

This does not involve studying the scriptures, or rising or falling — nothing but self-knowledge .

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Why do you consider it difficult ?

If this is found difficult by someone , how does he even live in this world without self-knowledge ?

One who knows the deathless nature of the self is not afraid of death .

Nor is he affected by separation from friends and relations .

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Only when one severs the very root of the mind with the weapon of non-conceptualisation , can one reach the absolute Brahman which is omnipresent , supreme peace .

Conceptualisation or imagination is productive of error and sorrow ; and it can be so easily got rid of by self-knowledge — and when it is got rid of there is great peace .

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There is no other path to one's salvation except control over one's mind , which means resolute effort to abandon cravings in the mind .

Make a firm resolve to kill the mind as it were , which is easily achieved without the least doubt .

If one has not abandoned the cravings of the mind , then all the instructions of a preceptor , study of scriptures , recitation of mantras and so on are as valuable as straw !

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SECTION: III | CHAPTER: 111

By intense self-effort it is possible to gain victory over the mind ; and then without the least effort the individualised consciousness is absorbed in the infinite consciousness when its individuality is broken through .

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Victory over this goblin known as mind is gained when , with the aid of one's own self-effort , one attains self-knowledge and abandons the craving for what the mind desires as pleasure .

This can easily be achieved without any effort at all ( even as a child's attention can be easily diverted ) by the cultivation of the proper attitude .

Woe unto him who is unable to give up cravings , for this is the sole means to one's ultimate good .

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