I wanted to become a teacher (I had just met BAWA). BUT I was playing chess for the western railways and they also made me work for half a day. My dad was mad at me because I was giving him ample signs of quitting job. I was also "trying" to get a girl fall in love with me!? I was in a mess, complete mess.

It was during that time that in one of the satsangs I heard Guruji asking all of us to read the Yoga Vasistha daily. My brother Saleel bought a copy of it and I started reading it.. daily.

"He who listens to and reflects upon the exposition of this scripture enjoys unfathomable wisdom, firm conviction and imperturbable coolness of spirit"

I read this sentence in the introduction of the book and at that point of time I definitely wanted to be one of the "HE" who enjoyed "coolness of spirit" among other things. In the next four years I read the whole scripture 4 times without a break. I still continue to read it and it has become a part of my life. Every time just a few moments of reading, gets my scattered mind back and something in me consolidates.

YOGA VASISTHA aligns me with the very fundamental reason of my being on a spiritual path, of having a Guru in life. It gets my mind to contemplate on things that are worth contemplating. All mundane issues drop off and meditation becomes deeper.

The next post is going to be all about some Unfiltered, direct, inspiring and exceptionally beautiful quotes from the Yoga Vasistha.

Jaigurudev!
Rashmin


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20 comments:

    bhaw said...

    I am on Chapter 16.
    Was going to search in bawa's blog about his post on the Holy Book and Voila Got yours

    Thankyou for sharing bhaiya
    Love
    jai gurudeva

  1. ... on January 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM  
  2. komal said...

    looking forward to your next post then rashmin bhaiya.. i do read yog vasisht and its quite inspiring .. just got the book quite recently

  3. ... on January 16, 2009 at 5:13 PM  
  4. atmarati avirodhena said...

    woww ..im definitely going to get myself a copy and read it :)

    thank you :)
    lots of love
    tanu

  5. ... on January 16, 2009 at 7:39 PM  
  6. bhaw said...

    Bhaiya kindly read my latest post. Its beautiful. I 'd be very happy if I could have your reaction as well :-)

    Jai Gurudev

  7. ... on January 16, 2009 at 9:47 PM  
  8. Vishesh Jain said...

    whoooooooooo .....

    really lookin fwd to that post i am . . . :-)

  9. ... on January 16, 2009 at 11:10 PM  
  10. Aparna said...

    This is almost the 5th time i am being recommended this book!!

    i should be taking it up soon!

  11. ... on January 17, 2009 at 2:30 PM  
  12. pyari said...

    Waiting for ur next post :)

  13. ... on January 19, 2009 at 11:47 AM  
  14. Jaimin said...

    thank you Rashmin

    where can i get a copy? there may be many versions ... abridged or other people's "versions" or commentaries ... can someone guide me as to where to get it...

    Jai Gurudev!

  15. ... on January 19, 2009 at 2:45 PM  
  16. megha said...

    hi! even i am reading the book these days.eagerly waiting for your next post.

  17. ... on January 19, 2009 at 10:31 PM  
  18. hrishikesh said...

    haanji
    spectacular,awesome,ultimate
    when you read it, what ever it quotes the mind says yes this is how it is. so true.

    effortlessly goes into meditation;)

    i love the blog and what you write please write more often

  19. ... on January 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM  
  20. Anonymous said...

    U make us to wait a lot for ur post..
    :(

    Madhan

  21. ... on January 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM  
  22. Abhay Karnataki said...

    wow!
    looking forward for the quotes!

  23. ... on January 24, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
  24. Random Reflections said...

    Yoga Vasishta ! What would the last 6 months have been without it ! Oh......I have really experienced something deep and profound at the same time immensely practical . So easy to control the senses after reading some lines. Yoga Vasishta - Not just a book , a GURU's blessing.

    Outside India, the divine shops dont seem to have it. This is what I have .

    http://www.amazon.com/Concise-Yoga-Vasistha-Swami-Venkatesananda/dp/087395954X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1232801862&sr=8-2

    Jai Guru Dev,

  25. ... on January 24, 2009 at 6:28 PM  
  26. nirmit19 said...

    bhaiyya some one is in need of yesplu teacher... i just thought of forwarding this to you...jaigurudev



    Jgd !

    We plan a Yes!+ course in a University for around 100+ students on regular yearly basis.
    The Uni has already given grant of 100% course fee waiver on its part for most of them.

    See if you know the following queries: (Kindly substantiate with contact person and number)

    1. What is the least that Art of Living takes as registration donation for each student for Yes!+ under its own clauses as is existent with Part 1 Basic course.
    (I am aware 2000/- INR onwards in cities in India is existent as of now!)
    2. Any Yes!+ teacher whom you know personally in Maharashtra/AP/any other state who is willing
    to take this course here (Maharashtra) with the above criteria.

    Kindly reach me on 99490 36008 / sujeet.charugulla@gmail.com asap.

    We already have the hall, students, intro-session, permissions already arranged for 9th-15th Feb 2009.

    Looking forward in urgent anticipation,
    Dr Sujeet

    Do Fwd this to other Yes!+ groups/contacts/teachers in your list.

  27. ... on January 24, 2009 at 11:59 PM  
  28. Gauri said...

    you are really great in getting people interested in anything by your beutiful and impeccable observation and writing about it. :)

  29. ... on January 26, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
  30. Random Reflections said...

    @Jaimin : Guruji has recommended the version by Swami Venkatesananda. In India the Divine shops have an Indian edition. Intenationally you can get it on amazon.com . I have posted the URL in a previous post on this same thread.

    Jai Gurudev,

  31. ... on January 27, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
  32. Jaimin said...

    @Random Reflections: Thanks! I will try a Divine Shop.

    Jai Gurudev

  33. ... on January 27, 2009 at 6:18 PM  
  34. Narayan said...

    Listening and practicing the teachings of Shri Yog Vasisht Maharamayan is said to be the straight path to self realization

    Live Broadcasting daily at 9.30 PM IST, previously recorded sessions also available

    To listen visit: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/YogVashisht

  35. ... on August 8, 2009 at 11:36 AM  
  36. Anand said...

    Beautiful. I feel exactly the same about Yoga Vasistha.

  37. ... on December 19, 2009 at 11:16 PM  
  38. Anonymous said...

    I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

  39. ... on February 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM