Yoga Vasistha

Definition - What does Yoga Vasistha mean?

The "Yoga Vasistha" is one of the most popular and influential ancient Hindu texts. It is divided into six books comprised of more than 29,000 scriptures that contain a dialogue between and stories of Vasistha, a Hindu sage, and Rama, the seventh incarnation of the Hindu god, Vishnu.

The sixth book of the "Yoga Vasistha" contains portions on yoga practice as well as describes the state of enlightenment and bliss.

Yogapedia explains Yoga Vasistha

Although the true author and time of creation is unknown, many believe the "Yoga Vasistha" was composed between the 6th and 14th centuries. In the text, Rama is dissatisfied with the state of the world and is seeking knowledge, wisdom and enlightenment.

Within the six books of scripture, the stories told by Vasistha in his dialogue with Rama unfold major yogic and Hindu philosophical and religious themes, including:

  • Human suffering and the nature of life
  • Desire for freedom from human suffering
  • Liberation from the nature of life and human suffering comes from spiritually living
  • Efforts required to live a spiritual life
  • Theories of existence, including creativity and free will
  • The role of meditation in spiritual liberation for practitioners
  • The bliss of enlightenment

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