Janaka's vision of himself as a beggar

Surya P. Mittal spmittal at giasdl01.vsnl.net.in
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J. Kingston Cowart wrote:
> Can anyone help me locate a text about Janaka's vision of himself as a beggar?
> I believe it is in the Yoga Vasistha (although Venkatesandanda's Concise YV
> edition does not contain it).
> In the version I have heard, Janaka undergoes a sudden, momentary shift in
> consciousness during which he is not a king but a beggar--with all the
> beggar's lifetime of experiences and relationships as his own.
> Almost instantly, his consciousness shifts back again, whereupon he asks
> Yajnavalkya whether he is the King who dreamt of himself as a beggar or the
> beggar now dreaming of himself as a king. Yajnavalkya replies "Lord thou art
> both--and neither" (or words to that effect).
> This recounting may not be altogether accurate, which is why I seek the
> original text and its source.
> Additionally, does anyone know where I might obtain either
>         1) an English or German translation of the complete Yoga Vasistha,
> itself; and
>         2) any other available resource in either language which contains
> the material I seek?
> I would greatly appreciate any assistance at all.
> Thank you,
> J. Kingston Cowart
> San Diego, California
> <jkcowart at io-online.com>

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