BhagavAn vaSishTha continued: O rAma, while dASUra was instructing his son, I happened to go to the river of heaven mandAkini to take bath. As I go across the kadamba tree, I heard the teaching.
dASUra said (to his son): O son, I shall narrate a story about a world that is similar in nature to this world. Listen carefully.
There was a great king, well known in all three regions of the world (earth, space & heavan) called khOttha (kha is space, uttha is risen lit., risen from space). Command of this king is obediently followed even by the creator and the lord of gods as the king is very courageous and can’t be conquered by anyone. He has countless initiatives resulting in good and bad endings just like the ripples on the surface of water. With best, medium and low bodies he occupied all the three regions.
Then he created a group of yakshas who are capable of hiding the reality of self and ever frightened of the existence. Due to the wavering of freight and ignorance they keep going into the future world and become anxious and sometimes goes back into past world and worry. The combinations of bodies and yakshas keep going into three regions and doing unlimited number of actions!
Sometimes he is defeated by himself, some times he feels that he is ignorant and subordinate and feels saddened by all these. Suddenly he becomes very happy; just like the flow of water in a stream.
dASUra’s son Asked: Dear father, who is this king khOttha? Please explain the hidden meaning of the story narrated by you to me.
dASUra explained: O son, to explain the void nature of the world, I narrated the story to you. The void born sankalpa i.e., imagination is called khOttha which rises on its own and subsides on its own. All this visible world is born of that sankalpa i.e, mind alone and when rises it appears and when sets it disappears. Even the creator and lord of gods also the limbs of this sankalpa.
Having built three regions in the empty space, as a reflection the mind (sankalpa i.e, imagination) is assembling and shining as three worlds.
For the recreation of itself, it created the bodies and the yakshas i.e, ahamkAras i.e, egos to protect those bodies that fill up all the three regions. The best beings are on the heaven, middle ones in the space and low are on the earth.
These ahamkAra mahA yakshas keep going around in these regions as per their own activities and imaginations. The three worlds are also called as waking, dreaming and deep sleep states.
The three states are also referred to sattva, rajas and tamas qualities predominating this ahamkAra.
So, O son:
sarvAdRshThIH parityajya niyamya manasA manaH; sabahyAbhyantarAthasya samkalpasya kshayam kuru.
Give up all external views; control mind by mind; remove imagination related to the things of external and internal origin.
achieve the above even if it takes a 1000 years of tapas, even if it takes to powder the stones with the body, even if it needs to enter fire or dive into deep abyss, even if it requires finding a great sage as a teacher, even if it requires to travel across the three worlds; there is no other means to realize the self other than removing the sankalpa.
Having given up all notions/thoughts/intentions sankalpas, just engage yourself in those activities as they come across you. The mind will naturally turns to what is beyond mind – the infinite consciousness i.e, cit.
Thus we reach the end of 53rd sarga of sthiti prakaraNa on the auspicious day of mOhinI EkAdaSi of SrI durmukhi year.