Question 253: Kacha – Son of Brihaspati

Introspection: self-inquiryThe young Rama asks the sage about Kacha, the son of Sage Brihaspati, the preceptor of the gods, the master of sacred wisdom, charms, hymns, and rites. Kacha has quite the journey in identifying exactly what it is he has to renounce, in order to achieve total renunciation and self-realisation.

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Question 245: What, then, is equanimity (samadhi)?

Queen Chaudala
In Question 244, Vasishtha finished with reference to King Sikhidhvaja. Ramji, some time back there lived a king, Sikhidhvaja by name, who also remained in the non-ideational state and enjoyed immense bliss. You, too, should adopt the attitude like that of King Sikhidhvaja. In this new question from the young Rama, the story of King Sikhidhvaja and Queen Chudala is narrated.

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Question 241-243: How does the Universe arise?

Boat on sand The mind is outward going, and like a little child, it reaches out and grasps that which it sees in its ambit. Due ignorance of the soul (Atma) the Universe has assumed form, and the mind – like a child – reaches out for what it desires. Non-ideation – a mind that is still – has no master above it. So the Sage explains to the young Rama.

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Question 240: The young Rama asks about Lord Vishnu, Krishna and Arjuna

Everything is BrahmanAlthough the true author and time of creation is unknown, many believe the “Yoga Vasistha” was composed between the 6th and 14th centuries. Here we have a conversation between the Sage Vasishtha and the young Rama, about Lord Vishnu taking birth as Krishna and Arjuna, centuries before that event occurred. Does time actually exist, or is everything happening now?

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Question 234 – 5: What is the nature, the basis of everything?

Stone buddhaThe young Rama asks “What bondage and liberation?” The Sage replies that just as an image carved from stone remains stone, so the Universe is atma-roop, the form of Atma. The duality or diversity of names and forms perceived in Atma is because of ignorance. Faults and failings arise because of the potency of Atma, and Atma remains unaffected by faults and failings.

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