MIND : ITS MYSTERIES AND CONTROL : 20.7.



Chapter 20 Vasanas :7.

7. The Meaning Of Moksha

The illusory Samsaric Vasanas that have arisen through the practice of many hundreds of lives never perish except through the practice of Yoga for a long time.
Therefore, O Aspirants! After having put away at a distance the desire of enjoyment by discriminative efforts, practise the state of mind absolutely devoid of Vasana.


Moksha does not mean physical separation from all worldly affairs, but only a state of mind bereft of all impure Vasanas or clinging to worldly things, but yet working as usual amidst them.

You must realise God in and through the world.

This is the central teaching of the Gita.

"But the disciplined (lower) self, moving among sense-objects with senses free from attraction and repulsion and mastered by the higher Self, goeth to Peace" (Gita. II-64).

This is the central teaching of Yoga Vasishtha also.


There is no Vasana in Brahman.

Complete annihilation of the Vasanas takes place only in Nirvikalpa Samadhi.

Only Nirvikalpa Samadhi can completely fry up the seeds of impure Vasanas.

Through the knowledge of Brahman, there will be an extinction of all Vasanas, which form the medium of enjoyments.

With the extinction of all Vasanas, the undaunted mind will get quiescence like a gheeless lamp.

Next : Chapter-21. Desires -

Swami Sivananda
To be continued  ....


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