Its (Yoga Vasishta’s) teaching is that everything is Consciousness, including the material world, and that the world is as you see it. This is absolutely true. The world is nothing but the play of Consciousness.
Abhinavagupta, the great tenth century scholar of Kashmir Shaivism, once said; ‘Shiva, the independent and pure Self that always vibrates in the mind, is the Parashakti that rises as joy in various sense experiences. Then the experience of this outer world appears as its Self. I do not know where the word ‘samsara’ has come from.
Swami Muktananda in his presentation of ‘Vasishta’s Yoga’, trans. Swami Venkatesananda
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