Power of Present Moment – Yoga Vasishta

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Yoga Vasishta is a philosophical work describing Advaitha (nondualism) very beautifully through slokas and stories. Sage Vasishta explains the methods of realizing Self and liberation to Lord Rama. Lord Rama felt the life meaningless in his teenage even though he lived in the middle of luxuries. Sage Vasishta helps Rama to realize the self and thereby relieves his sorrow. This is a very short introduction of Yoga Vasishta to all those who are hearing it for the first time.

One of the beautiful sloka in Yoga Vasishta which caught my attention is the following which explains the power of present momement awareness.

“Varthamanamanayasam Bhajathbhayadhiyakshanam
Bhoothambhavishyadabhajadyadi Chithamachithatham”

Meaning: Gently, effortlessly keep the focus only on the present moment and not allow it to go to past or future. Thus the mind becomes non-mind.

Only the present moment is what we have. Past has already passed and Future is yet to come. Worries, tension, depression, anxiety, and all those feelings affect the mind only when mind travels to either past or to future. Present moment is bliss only. Present moment is blissful because mind, intellect, nor ego can touch the present moment. Mind disappears in present moment. Time and space disappears in present moment. Mind is alive only when there is thoughts and thoughts are alive only by thinking about past or future. When there is no thoughts, mind disappears. When mind disappears, what remains is “I” only. That “I” is bliss. With words, I can explain this much only. It’s a beautiful blissful experience. May we all experience this at this very moment dear all. Try gently, effortlessly and experience the bliss here and now ๐Ÿ™‚


33 thoughts on “Power of Present Moment – Yoga Vasishta

  1. Wonderful teaching thank you for posting. Though it may appear difficult to attain, the difficulty is merely illusion of the clinging mind.

    1. It’s universal wisdom dear ๐Ÿ˜Š my teacher has once asked me to find this sloka and yesterday, I got it and thought to share here too ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

      1. You are blessed to have a Teacher and live in Shlokas. We are blessed to enjoy your shares and dip into this wisdom and make feeble attempts to practice. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ™

  2. am blessed now. I understand that present moment is so important to all of us … but mind falters ….thanks

    1. Ignore the mind ๐Ÿ˜Š just focus gently on present moment. When you feel focus wanders, breath deeply and gently bring focus again to present moment. Stay blessed ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™

  3. My precious possession…The Supreme Yoga: Yoga Vasistha by Swami Venkatesananda…very deep and profound…This is one of the infinite gems in that…it takes more than a lifetime to comprehend it! thank you very much for reminding me about it…

    1. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ™ I have a copy of Yoga vasishta – Vasishta Sudha in Malayalam by Sri. Balakrishnan Nair. He has explained each slokas very beautifully in it. Yoga vasishta is a precious treasure and we are lucky reading and absorbing it. Om namo narayanaya ๐Ÿ˜Š

      1. Please also check this version if possible…I got blown away by his explanations… very clear and in simple language to describe something as extremely complex as this subject matter!

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