Seeds of Light Foundation
The Essence of Yoga Vasishtha.
If the four sentinels that wait at the gates of Moksha are befriended, then there will be no obstacle to the attainment of the final emancipation. Even if one of them is befriended, he will introduce you to the rest of his companions.
The Four Sentinels are;
If you attain knowledge of the Self - Satchidananda, Brahman, God, The Father, The Absolute - you will be freed from the trammels of births and deaths. All your doubts will vanish and all Karmas will perish. It is through one's own efforts alone that the Immortal, all-blissful Brahmic seat (Self Realization, knowledge about God) can be attained.
The slayer of the Atman (spiritual realization) is only the Mind. The form of the mind is only Sankalpas. The true nature of the mind consists in the Vasanas. The actions of the mind alone are truly termed actions (Karmas). The universe is nothing but the mind manifesting as such through the power of Brahman (this relative manifestation is just the Mind of God). The mind contemplating on the body becomes the body itself and then, enmeshed in it, is afflicted by it.
The mind manifests itself as the external world in the shape of pains or pleasures. The mind subjectively is consciousness (satchidananda - pure, unalloyed awareness). Objectively, it is this universe. By its enemy, discrimination, the mind is rendered to the quiescent state of Para Brahman. The real bliss is that which arises when the mind, divested of all desires through the eternal Jnana, destroys its subtle forms. The Sankalpas and Vasanas which you generate, enmesh you as in a net. The self-light of Para Brahman (The Absolute Self) alone is appearing as the mind or this universe.
The persons without Atmic enquiry will see as real this world, which is nothing but of the nature of Sankalpas. The expansion of this mind alone is Sankalpas. Sankalpa, through its power of differentiation, generates this universe. Extinction of Sankalpas alone is Moksha.
The enemy of the Atman (the Enlightened state) is this impure mind only which is filled with excessive delusion and hosts of wordly thoughts. There is no vessel on this earth to wade through the ocean of rebirths other than mastery of the antagonistic mind.
The original sprout of the painful Ahamkara, with its tender stem of rebirths, at length ramifies itself everywhere with its long branches of "mine" and "thine" and yields its unripe fruits of death, disease, old age, and sorrows. This tree can be destroyed to its root only by the fire of Jnana.
All the heterogenous visibles (all the diverse names and forms), perceived through the organs of sense, are only unreal; that which is real is Para Brahman, the Self, the One Universal Spirit, the Supreme Soul of All Souls - The Absolute.
If all the objects which have an enchanting appearance become eyesores and present the very reverse of the former feelings, then the mind is destroyed. All your properties are useless. All wealth and poverty lands you in the danger of attachment. Freedom (non attachment) from desires and aversions will take you to the eternal, blissful abode.
Destroy Vasanas and Sankalpas. Kill egoism. Annihilate this mind. Equip yourself with the "Four Sentinels". Meditate on the pure, immortal, all-pervading Self or Atman. Get knowledge of the Self and attain immortality, everlasting peace, eternal bliss, freedom and perfection - because that is the very nature of the Self.
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