The following extract is from Vasistha’s Yoga translated by Swami Venkatesananda:
At the same time, the same infinite consciousness held in itself the notion of a unit of time equal to one-millionth of the twinkling of an eye: and from this evolved the time-scale right up to an epoch consisting of several revolutions of the four ages, which is the life-span of one cosmic creation. The infinite consciousness itself is uninvolved in these: for it is devoid of rising and setting (which are essential to all time-scales), and it is devoid of a beggining, middle and end.
That inifinite consciousness alone is the reality, ever awake and enlightened: and with creation also it is the same. That infinite consciousness alone is the unenlightened appearance of this creation: and even after this creation it is the same always. It is ever the same. When one realizes in the self by the self that consciousness is the absolute Brahman, then he experiences it as all–even as the one energy dwelling in all his limbs.
One can say that this world-appearance is real only so far as it is the manifestation of consciousness and because of direct experience; and it is unreal when it is grasped with the mind and the sense-organs. Wind is percevied as real in its motion, and it appears to be non-existent when there is no motion: even so this world-appearance of the three worlds exists as non-differet from the aboslute Brahman.
The creation exists in Brahman just as the sprout exists in the seed, liquidity in water, sweetness in milk, and pungency in capsicum; but in ignorance it appears to be different from and independent of Brahman. There is no cause for the world’s existence as a pure reflection in the absolute Brahman. When there is notion of creation, the creation seems to be: and when, through self-effort, there is understanding of non-creation, there is no world.
Nothing has ever been created anywhere at any time; and nothing comes to an end either. The absolute Brahman is all, the supreme peace, unborn, pure consciousness and permanent. Worlds within worlds appear in every atom. What can be the cause and how do these arise?!
As and when one turns away from the notions of “I” and “the world”, one is liberated: the notion of “I am this” is the sole bondage here. They who know the infinite consciousness as the nameless, formless substratum of the universe, gain victory over samsara (repetitive birth and death).
The depth, immesity and directness of the text above, and the whole book, (the third longest book in the world, as the back cover states) it is ineffable. That’s the only word that may fit it. Ineffable.
One may have read so many books, poems, sutras, etc., but this ancient Indian treatise, is a whole world on itself.
As Swami Venkatesananda puts it, “The Yoga Vasistha is the greatest help to the spiritual awakening and the direct experience of the Truth.”
Each page is such that it is recommended to read only one per day. Although, I have been unable to follow the advice. I get drunk inside its pages, drunk with the poetry and depth through which it expresses such all-ecompassing Knowledge.
Though it is through words, it is beyond words. And I dare not make any comment on the text I write. And it is unnecesary. The text is enough unto itself. One just has to savour it, re-read it over and over. Get embedded.
Here one may finally find words that truly help to quench the soul’s thirst.
Though one has not to get stuck on it, the goal is direct experience and awakening, as the text itself puts it, through self-effort. Our sadhana (spiritual path).
Let’s get drunk in this wisdom-wine. Please get drunk, honest seeker.