Thursday, September 09, 2004

This is awesome. Found it on a google search for the text of Vasistha's Yoga

I think I'll copy-n-paste it in here just in case it disappears one day.

The Playbill

Brought to you by Vasistha's Yoga

(All words and worlds directly from the text.)

~ An Observation ~

There is value in viewing the world as a play.

That which you witness knowing that is in an illusion

does not affect your inner peace.

"I knew that I was perceiving an illusion.

At the same time, also perceived the present experience.

Though I was being carried away by the flood,

I experienced joy." --The Sage, page 630

The Play of Infinite Consciousness

In Three Acts

The Invocation:

You (Self) dwell in 'me' in a state of equilibrium as pure witness consciousness, without form and without the divisions of time and space.

Act One: Creation

The energy of infinite consciousness (without abandoning its true nature) manifests this creation. First. . .the notion of creation, then light and the division of the universe. As a particle of consciousness moves in space, it does 'there' what it did 'here' earlier; thus the sequence of time arises, as well as spatial distinctions. Then, one after the other, the diverse beings are created.

Act Two: Existence

Seeker (played by infinite consciousness who has 'forgotten' his true nature): "Who am I who speaks, walks, stands and functions on this elaborate stage known as the world? I should find this out."

Sage (played by infinite consciousness): "What is is as it is. All this is the wonderful play of the mysterious power of consciousness. Experience this in utter tranquility."

Act Three: Dissolution

The Seeker (played by infinite consciousness) of its own accord awakens itself to its own true nature. Realizing that all this is nothing but infinite consciousness, it attains equilibrium. Realizing itself as a non-entity, it is reabsorbed in the consciousness of which it is but a thought-emanation.

Running Time: One moment
During that moment itself the illusory notion that it is of very long duration arises.

About the Players

About the Author, Mind
The infinite self entertains the notion 'I am Mind' . . .

The Mind assumes it has a Body. . .
and, assumes a variety of creatures with all sorts of relationships existing between them and all subject to time.

About the Cast

Infinite Consciousness plays the roles of all beings.
Like a mirror which holds a reflection within itself, without undergoing any modification in itself, this consciousness appears as all these countless beings.

What the Reviewers Say
"It is clear that this is nothing but the play of the mind; the mind itself is but the play of the omnipotent infinite being."

About the Production

The Stage
This entire creation is like a stage. Diverse scenes arise and cease day after day.

The Lighting
The Stage is illumined by the sun and the moon and the stars.

The Music
Accompanied by the celestial music and the roaring of the oceans.

The Choreography
This delightful cosmic dance that you see in front of you. . .is but the play of the infinite consciousness. The Lord who is infinite consciousness is non-different from the dancer and the dance.

The Chorus
Delusion of the world-existence attains expansion by its repeated affirmations.

The Book
This play is an adaptation using quotations from the unabridged Vasistha's Yoga.

Be Still and Watch this Cosmic Dance


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