In the Moksopaya (also known as the Yogavasistha), an eleventh-century Sanskrit poetic
text, the great Vedic philosopher Vasistha counsels his young protege Lord Rama about the
ways of the world through sixty-four stories designed to bring Rama from ignorance to
wisdom. Much beloved, this work reflects the philosophy of Kashmir Saivism. Precisely
because all worldly pursuits are dreamlike and fiction-like, the human soul must first
come to an experience of non-dualistic, mind-only metaphysics, and after attaining this
wisdom, promote moral activism. Another important discussion in the
Moksopaya/Yoga-vasistha centers space (akasa). Space, in addition to the term akasa, is
referred to as nabha, vyoma, vyat, gagana, kha, and ambara. In its various uses, it can
refer to a gap, a hole, a slit in a physical sense. It also refers to the field of
possibilities, serving as the locus of all things.
`Engaged Emanicipation' is a wide-ranging consideration of this work and the
philosophical and spiritual questions addressed by philosophers, Sanskritists, and
scholars of religion, literature, and science. Contributors allow readers to walk with
Rama as his melancholy and transform into connectivity, peace, and spiritual equipoise.