When Lord Ram was 16, he went through the experience of seeing the pain that exists in the world and how everything is temporary. He had ventured out of the palace to see life as it was for everyone. He went into a bout of depression and contemplation. At that time Sage Vasistha approached King Dasratha and suggested that Ram needed to be taken through a spiritual process to “ground” him. Towards that Sage Vasistha then started a dialog with Ram. What happened between them is recorded as the third longest book in history of mankind called the “Yoga Vasistha”.
Vasistha discussed the importance and the pre-eminence of Self-Effort in the spiritual journey. Here are 9 tremendously powerful quotes from “Vasistha’s Yoga” (English translation of the book by Swami Venkatesananda) that were transmitted by Sage Vasistha to Ram himself! We can benefit greatly from listening into the great Sage!!
Some interesting nuggets from Vasishtha’s Yoga:1 … Wise man’s friend, O Rama, is his own action which arises spontaneously in him and in which there is no division or conflict. LIke a father, it encourages him and provides him with enthusiasm. LIke a wife, it checks him, restrains him and guides him. It does not abandon him even in the worst calamities. It is free from doubt. It promotes the spirit of renunciation. Because it turns anger and hate upon themselves, it is like quaffing nectar. It is his friend and helper even in the densest forest of troubles and difficulties. It is the treasure chest which contains the precious gems of faith.
The friend (one’s own action) has sons who are known as bathing (purity of body), charity, austerity and meditation. They, too, promote the welfare and happiness of all beings. Thespirit of happiness (or a happy spirit) is its wife who showers happiness on all naturally and effortlessly. Her name is Samata (Equanimity or even-ness of mind). She encourages her husband (natural action) in the performance of righteous or appropriate action.
This post was first published on Oct 31, 2005