रामोवाच कयैतज्ज्ञायते युक्त्या कथमेतत्प्रसिद्ध्यति न्यायानुभूत एतस्मिन्न ज्ञेयमवशिष्यते ।
Rama spoke: What proof is there that can make this truth understood and become ascertained? When this alone is directly experienced (as the perceived and as real), nothing else is there that can be understood other than this.
वसिष्टोवाच बहु कालमिमं रूढा मिथ्याज्ञानविषूचिका जगन्नाम्न्यविचाराख्या विना ज्ञानं न शाम्यति ।
वदाम्याख्यायिका राम या इमा बोधसिद्धये तान्श्चेच्छृणोषि तत्साधो मुक्त एवासि बुद्धिमान् ।
नो चेदुद्वेगशीलत्वादर्धादुत्थाय गच्छसि तत्तिर्यग्धर्मिणस्तेsद्य न किञ्चिदपि सेत्स्यति ।
योsयमर्थं प्रार्थयते तदर्थं यतते तथा सोsवश्यं तदवाप्नोति न चेच्छ्रान्तो निवर्तते ।
साधुसङ्गमसच्छास्त्रपरो भवसि राम चेत्तद्दिनैरेव नो मासैर्प्राप्नोषि परमं पदम् ।
Vasishta spoke: This deadly disease of wrong-knowledge namely the ‘Jagat’ which is also known as irrational thinking is deep rooted in the minds from a long time; it cannot be removed without the understanding of the correct knowledge. Whatever stories I will tell you Rama are for the purpose of such understanding only; if you hear it Rama, you will stay liberated only, since you lack no intelligence. Otherwise, if you feel impatient and walk away in the middle of the discourse, you will be deemed as having the intelligence-level of crawling creatures only (an animal which walks on the ground and understands nothing); and you will attain nothing of any use. Whatever one wishes to achieve, he will strive for that only; and will acquire it also for sure; otherwise he will just feel bored and go off (mid-way.) (You must want the knowledge of the truth to the exclusion of all other achievements of the world; and not show surface interest only.)
Rama, if you engage yourself in the company of the wise and study of good Scriptures, then you will attain supreme enlightenment within days if possible or within a few months at least.
रामोवाच आत्मज्ञानप्रबोधाय शास्त्रं शास्त्रविदां वर किं नाम तत्प्रधानं स्याद्यस्मिन्ज्ञाते न शोच्यते ।
Rama spoke: Great one! You are the best among the well-versed ones!
Which is the best scripture to be studied leading to AatmaJnaanam, by understanding which one never suffers again?
वसिष्टोवाच आत्मज्ञानप्रधानानामिदमेव महामते शास्त्राणां परमं शास्त्रं महारामायणं शुभम् ।
इतिहासोत्तमादस्माच्छ्रुताद्बोधः प्रवर्तते सर्वेषानामितिहासानामयं सार उदाहृतः ।
श्रुतेsस्मिन्वाङ्ग्मये यस्माज्जीवन्मुक्तत्वमक्षयमुदेति स्वयमेवान्तरिदमेवातिपावनं ।
स्थितमेवास्तमायाति जगद्दृश्यं विचारणाद्यथा स्वप्ने परिज्ञाते स्वप्नादावेव भावना ।
यदिहास्ति तदन्यत्र यन्नेहास्ति न तत्क्वचिदिमं समस्तविज्ञानशास्त्रकोशं विदुर्बुधाः ।
Vasishta spoke: Hey intelligent one! The excellent scripture that needs to be studied for the sake of AatmaJnaanam is the auspicious text named MahaaRaamaayanam (VaasishtaRamaayanam).
This is an excellent text that describes many events of the past. By listening to these stories, Knowledge rises easily; for this text is said to be the essence of all such Knowledge texts of the past (like Upanishads). When this great literature is listened to, the never-ending state of JeevanMukti rises by itself within. Therefore this is the most auspicious of all texts.
The perceived Jagat vanishes as it is through the practice of Vichaara, like the reality of the dream vanishes when the nature of the dream and its objects is understood properly.
What is here is in the other texts like Upanishads also. What is not here is not in any other such texts. Men of wisdom know this scripture as the store-house of the knowledge given in all the scriptures.
य इदं श्रुणुयान्नित्यं तस्योदारचमत्कृतेर्बोधस्यापि परं बोधं बुद्धिरेति न संशयः ।
यस्मै नेदं त्वरुचये रोचते तत्कृतोदयात्विचारयतु यत्किंचित्सच्छास्त्रं ज्ञानवाङ्ग्मयम् ।
जीवन्मुक्तत्वमस्मिंस्तु श्रुते समनुभूयते स्वयमेव यथ पीते नीरोगत्वं वरौषधे ।
श्रूयमाणे हि शास्त्रेऽस्मिञ्छ्रोता वेत्त्येतदात्मना यथावदिमस्माभिर्ननूक्तं वरशापवत् ।
He who listens (studies) this text daily, will experience a miracle as it were; and will attain the knowledge that is par excellent than that given in other scriptures.
For the person who disregards this work and does not show interest in the study of the text, then he can choose some other text of knowledge for his study as per his inclination and analyze it. (We do not place any objection.) (He can walk the hard way.) If this text is listened to with involvement, the state of JeevanMukti is experienced by itself, like the body is freed of the illness when the excellent medicine is consumed.When this scripture is listened to, the listener experiences himself whatever is explained by us, like the instant effect of a boon or curse.
नश्यति संसृतदुःखमिदं ते स्वात्मविचारणया कथयैव
नो धनदानतपःश्रुतवेदैस्तत्कथनोदितयत्नशतेन ॥
This suffering of the Samsaara will perish for you by the analysis of the Aatman as you listen to the discourse itself; not by even hundreds of other practices like riches, charity, penance, performance of rites, and the study of other texts which are based on the reality of the perceived.